Suggest for me some SciFi short stories.
May 7, 2010 7:20 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for some Sci-fi to read, but I have some pretty specific requests: Short stories, bold endings. More inside.
posted by GilloD to Writing & Language (31 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
I really love the science fiction short story. Nothing against the novel, but I just really, really love surprising, creative ideas delivered in short, smart packages. I'm willing to consider a novel if it's bold enough.
My platonic ideal here is something like the comic book Planetary. Big, creative ideas delivered in little bites. I'd be willing to go to novella size on this. I really love the reveal. Like "Jim and Steve are on a mysterious space ship. The space ship is spooky. In the end it turns out THEY ARE INSIDE A DINOSAUR. IN SPACE!!!".
I don't like cheap shocks ("Jim is also a WOMAN!"), but I like outlandish things. Anyway, I've pretty much hen pecked my way through all those Dozio's Best or whatever. I'm looking for more stuff.
If it's any help, I really adored that Terry Bisson story about time travel which was packed with these little 'smart' ideas (i.e. The people in the future who are done creating). I also once read a novella about a 100,000 year space craft trip where all the people evolved and there was one dude who was awake through the whole thing.
Anyway, I'm not much of a sci-fi literature nerd, I don't keep up with it outside of those "Best Of!" books, but Planetary has really put me in the mood. Bonus points for Kindle availability.