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TV Zombie
02-16-2010, 11:54 AM
Hello All,

I'm looking for your recommendations on sci-fi short stories. A collection would be great of some of the best "current" Short Stories that I could buy through Amazon (I have a gift card).

Please no Fantasy (I.e., Lord of the Rings style) I'm looking for robots, space odysseys, aliens, etc.

If you know of any good short stories published online please forward me a link.

As always thanks for your help.

GelfXIII
02-16-2010, 11:56 AM
Larry Niven has many good collections, as does Spider Robinson and Isaac Asimov

Generic Poster
02-16-2010, 12:11 PM
Here is one of my faves: A Dry, Quiet War by Tony Daniel (not the comic book one):

http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/quietwar.htm

Hate_Prime
02-16-2010, 12:13 PM
The Cyberiad.

dasNdanger
02-16-2010, 12:17 PM
Maybe something like this?

http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Forward-2-Lou-Anders/dp/159102692X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266354923&sr=1-1


das

Gregory
02-16-2010, 12:21 PM
Ray FUCKING Bradbury. Illustrated Man or I Sing the Body Electric. Any decent library will have one of them.

Mister Mets
02-16-2010, 12:24 PM
Edited by Harlan Ellison, Dangerous Visions (published in the 60s) still has a reputation as the best original science fiction anthology ever published. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangerous_Visions)

Gardner Dozois has been the acclaimed editor of an annual short-story anthology, and to celebrate the 20th Anniversary, he published The Best of the Best (http://www.amazon.com/Best-20-Years-Science-Fiction/dp/031233656X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266355241&sr=1-3), which lives up to the title. "A Short History of Death" is a masterpiece.

I'd certainly recommend general "Best of" anthologies of the work of Issac Asimov, Phillip K Dick, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein and Arthur C Clarke. Not sure which specific anthologies are the best. Arthur C Clarke's "The Star" is really worth getting in some form, while Robert Heinlein's "All You Zombies" is the craziest take ever on the grandfather paradox.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame is an astounding collection of the classics from 1929-1964. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Science_Fiction_Hall_of_Fame,_Volume_One,_1929 %E2%80%931964) It includes many of the all-time great science fiction stories and gets my highest possible recommendation. The absolute best stories in that collection would be Issac Asmiov's "Nightfall," Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God," Murray Leinster's "First Contact" and Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations."

Mister Mets
02-16-2010, 12:31 PM
A little over a decade ago, Locus ranked the best short fiction writers and anthologies, in addition to the best short stories (in three different categories.) (https://secure.locusmag.com/SFAwards/Db/LocusAT1999.html)

Obviously your mileage can vary, but this is generally going to be ridiculously good material.

Jef UK
02-16-2010, 12:45 PM
The Best Sci-Fi of 2009 will be shelved with other sci-fi anthologies at most book stores.

Edit: Amazon. No searching the bookshelves!

Andreas
02-16-2010, 12:48 PM
Good one volume sf anthologies that cover the last twenty years are:

- The Hard SF Renaissance (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?THHRDSFRNS2003) (2002) ed. by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer

- The Space Opera Renaissance (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?THSPCPRRNB2006) (2006) ed. by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer

- The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?BSTFTHBST22005) (2005) ed. by Gardner Dozois

- The Best of the Best Volume 2: 20 Years of the Best Short Science Fiction Novels (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?THBSTFTHBB2007) (2007) ed. by Gardner Dozois


As for the "big" and a couple of newer annual sf anthologies we have:

- The Year's Best Science Fiction (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?8258) ed. by Gardner Dozois

- Year's Best SF (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?8383) ed. by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

- The New Space Opera (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?26545) ed. by Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan

- Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?18561) ed. by Rich Horton

- The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?23309) ed. by George Mann

- Eclipse (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?20149) ed. by Jonathan Strahan

- Fast Forward (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?11614) ed. by Lou Anders


Andreas

greg donovan
02-16-2010, 03:23 PM
any of the Phillip K. Dick short story collections are amazing. his novels are good but it is the short stories where his skill really shines.

Heroic Age Moe
02-16-2010, 03:54 PM
I like this site. (http://bestsciencefictionstories.com/) It gives little blurbs about the stories and shows you where you can go download them. Nice organization on the right hand side as well.

I suggest The 9 billion names of God (http://bestsciencefictionstories.com/2008/03/18/the-nine-billion-names-of-god-by-arthur-c-clarke/)by Arthur C. Clarke.

Not really racy with explosions but a really cool story. :)

TV Zombie
02-16-2010, 04:04 PM
Lots of great suggestions everyone, thank you, this should keep me busy for the rest of my adult life :-)

Heroic Age Moe
02-16-2010, 04:18 PM
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth (http://baens-universe.com/articles/When_Sysadmins_Ruled_the_Earth)

Doubly better if it kinda is your line of work. :)

juampi
02-16-2010, 04:41 PM
The Billiard Ball - Isaac Asimov.

Andreas
02-16-2010, 06:41 PM
Lots of great suggestions everyone, thank you, this should keep me busy for the rest of my adult life :-)

It would help to know which writers, who write in the subgenres you are interested in, you are already familiar with. Alastair Reynolds writes great space opera, his novel Revelation Space (2000) could be a good starting point.

Andreas

naclone
02-16-2010, 06:53 PM
"Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov blew my motherfucking mind. if you can find an anthology that includes it, I would highly recommend.

TV Zombie
02-16-2010, 06:57 PM
It would help to know which writers, who write in the subgenres you are interested in, you are already familiar with. Alastair Reynolds writes great space opera, his novel Revelation Space (2000) could be a good starting point.

Andreas

I actually grew up on Fantasy. Despite being a huge Star Wars fan, I never got into Sci-Fi stories (aka Robot, future, space odyssey stuff).

I love movies like i Robot, Minority Report, Aliens, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc, etc

I'm working on my first Sci-fi stories and wanted to read up on some sci-fi shorts to set my mood.

I would love to dive into the greats listed above but I don;t have a lot of time to invest in novels (and I'm a slow reader). Books on tape I could do as I have an hour commute to and from work every day.

Andreas
02-16-2010, 07:15 PM
Ah, ok. Then it makes sense to also take a look what's available online.

"Boojum" by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear was included in the Ann & Jeff VanderMeer edited anthology of pirate stories Fast Ships, Black Sails (2008 ). A fine example of modern space opera, Dozois chose it for The Year's Best Science Fiction: 26th Annual Collection (2009). A pdf is online:

- "Boojum" (http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/geekdad/files/boojum.pdf) [pdf]

Andreas

Criden
02-16-2010, 07:22 PM
This one's not too bad:

http://www.publishyourself.com/contest/view_submission.asp?sub_id=240

R0cketFr0g
02-16-2010, 07:27 PM
This is older, but Burning Chrome is a great collection. it contains one of my favorite short stories, Fragments of a Hologram Rose, which is available online http://lib.ru/GIBSON/frag_rose.txt

Ryan F
02-16-2010, 08:13 PM
Some of my faves:

"The Last Question" Isaac Asimov (1956)
"Inconstant Moon" Larry Niven (1971)
"Crystal Spheres" David Brin (1984)
"Exhalations" Ted Chiang (2008 )

Andreas
02-16-2010, 08:56 PM
A few stories that were published in 2008 in the online magazine Strange Horizons were included in the "honorable mentions" in Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction: 26th Annual Collection (2009):

- "Five Good Things About Meghan Sheedy" by A. M. Dellamonica (Strange Horizons, April 21-28, 2008 )
[brief summary/review and links at The Fix (http://ttapress.com/fix/reviews/strange-horizons-april-2008/)]

- "Linkworlds" by Will McIntosh (Strange Horizons, March 17-24, 2008 )
[brief summary/review and links at The Fix (http://ttapress.com/fix/reviews/strange-horizons-march-2008/)]

- "Called Out to Snow Crease Farm" by Constance Cooper (Strange Horizons, July 28, 2008 )
[brief summary/review and link at The Fix (http://ttapress.com/fix/reviews/strange-horizons-july-2008/)]


A few more recent stories that could be of interest:

- "Greetings from Kampala" by Angela Ambroz (Strange Horizons, January 12, 2009)
[brief summary/review and link at The Fix (http://ttapress.com/fix/reviews/strange-horizons-january-2009/)]

- "Down the Well" by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Strange Horizons, August 4, 2008 )
[brief summary/review and link at The Fix (http://ttapress.com/fix/reviews/strange-horizons-august-2008/)]

- "Torquing Vacuum" by Jay Lake (Clarkesworld Magazine, February 2010)
[link (http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/lake_02_10/)]


Perhaps also take a look at one story that, despite being well written, is criticized by Jason Sanford because it "can't move past the incredible weight of all the SF history on this subject":

- "Running" by Benjamin Crowell (Strange Horizons, June 9, 2008 )
[brief summary/review and link at The Fix (http://ttapress.com/fix/reviews/strange-horizons-june-2008/)]


Andreas

JustJames
02-16-2010, 09:59 PM
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