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Fiction: Very short stories with an unreliable narrator?

Does anyone know of any very short stories (1,500 words or fewer), preferably in the science fiction or fantasy genre, that are told through the eyes of an unreliable narrator? [more inside]
posted by DeusExMegana on Apr 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Can you find this sci-fi short story?

I've been looking for this particular short sci-fi story for several years and I am finally giving up on going solo. Help me find it, hive mind. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis on Mar 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Who wrote this story about a marvellous Alsation dog?

If anyone recognises this story, please can you tell me the author? I think the story is about five years old. An ordinary man with low self-esteem is dumped by his beautiful intelligent accomplished girlfriend. She gives him a dog as a pity present, with a snide subtext that the dog is better than he is. Gradually through caring for the dog, a magnificent Alsation, and taking pride in it, the man recovers his self-esteem and becomes sought-after. It's a story that feels as if it has a lot of undercurrents and as if it's not as simple as it looks: in some way the dog stands in for the guy, or represents the guy or becomes a totem for him. Or something.
posted by glasseyes on Mar 3, 2013 - 3 answers

I can make your short story disappear

Please help me identify a short story I read in high school. It's about a man who claims that he can make people disappear to the extent that no-one will remember that they ever existed. He is asked to prove the claim... *possible spoilers inside* [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Mar 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read?

Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read? I read it probably as recently as last year. I don't remember if it's a short story or an incident in a novel. [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for short story about a doll's house and a man playing God

Someone recently emailed me trying to track down a short story he remembered reading as a kid (in Johannesburg, 1970). He thought it might be by Roald Dahl. I told him that I'm 99.9% sure it's not by Dahl, just on the basis that I've read everything he ever published. The story sounds interesting though (something about a doll's house and playing God), and I'd like to try to help him track it down if I can. Does it ring a bell for anybody? Plot description follows. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Jan 13, 2013 - 5 answers

I want to learn about the birth of dystopias, fictional and real

I'm looking for books, stories, films, documentaries, articles about the birth of dystopic societies. Examples could be a prequel to the Hunger Games (how did this fictional world come to be?), an article about people's lives in a nation where democracy was overthrown, stories about how Jews and non-Jews reacted to the early days of Hitler's rise, explorations of the slow realization that an ostensibly democratic nation is now really run by a strongman or single powerful party. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jan 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for short story or novel about forced marriage

I am looking for the title of a nineteenth centry short story that goes: a man and a woman (acquainted but unconnected) inadvertently get lost or delayed together on an excursion and have to stay out overnight (sleeping separately). When they return, everyone is scandalised and propriety forces them to marry, which both resent, and blame each other for. But they fall passionately in love as soon as they are married. I thought this was by Guy de Maupassant, but I have searched all his stories and cannot find it.
posted by Bradfordian on Dec 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Which Jewish-American author could this be?

Can you help me remember the name of this Jewish-American author? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Dec 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Chinese short story set in Gansu or western China, involving a farmer venturing into the sand dune desert?

Chinese short story set in Gansu or western China, involving a farmer venturing into the sand dune desert? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Dec 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Helplessness at a busy crosswalk

Can you help me identify a 25+ year-old short story that describes someone unable to cross a city street? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Nov 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Need to track down a short ghost story

Half remembered short story: Girl and Guy meet at rail station waiting room. Feel a relationship spark. They walk into nearest Town and dance at a bar. Halfway through the story the couple realise that they (and everyone else in the railway waiting room) are ghosts. *Might* have been a originally posted to the metafilter? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Nov 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me identify this short story

What's the story where the guy talks to a bunch of dead people and then finds out he's dead? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Sep 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Venue for longer short stories

What print fiction magazines accept longer short stories? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Aug 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Forgotten gem.

I'm trying to recall a Star Trek short story published 25-30 years ago. I have no author or title. It was in an anthology. [more inside]
posted by Mblue on Aug 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Literary translation journals? Or not?

Where should I try and publish a literary translation? [more inside]
posted by little cow make small moo on Jun 2, 2012 - 3 answers

What does this story mean?

What does the Joe Hill story "My Father's Mask" mean? [more inside]
posted by altopower on May 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Robot Jesus of the future

Looking for a short story I read 2 or 3 years ago about a robot who worked in a church, and started reading scripture, and was eventually killed by the townspeople because of it. [more inside]
posted by Gargantuantoe on Apr 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Sci fi novel

I need help finding the title of a sci fi story I read once. [more inside]
posted by trojanhorse on Mar 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Young Adult Linked Short Story Collections

I'm looking for linked short story collections. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Mar 23, 2012 - 23 answers

How to Survive a Bear Attack and Selling Typewriters, in Literature

Help me find two pieces of literature I read about thirty years ago, one a short story, the other a poem. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Can you identify this book?

Help one of my colleagues identify a short story (we think) for a patron! [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Mar 8, 2012 - 1 answer

Looking for a short story on copyright micropayments

Looking for a dystopian short story that made the rounds around half a year ago about intellectual property. It was (I believe) a father and daughter who go through emails and have to make micropayments for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, etc. Any thoughts? I may have seen it on MeFi or Boing Boing, and my google-fu is failing me.
posted by evadery on Feb 29, 2012 - 5 answers

What's this Sci-Fi short story?

What's this Sci-Fi short story? A scientist working on gender selection technology is contacted by future potential outcomes of his work (a male-dominated world and a woman-dominated world) that end up corresponding to the woman he marries.
posted by ropeladder on Feb 17, 2012 - 4 answers

What is this short SF story?

Help me name this SF short story. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Ethical test-cases in literary form?

Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 26, 2012 - 29 answers

A story before its time. Its time is now.

Seeking a 1950s sf short story, probably by a notable author, that presaged a panopticon-esque surveillance society. My google-fu pride is injured that I can't find a trace of it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Jan 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Title of Short Story about a soldier made up of prosthetics?

I can't remember the name of a short story about a man who was made up almost entirely of artificial body parts. [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Jan 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Where did I read this short story about an alien abduction?

I am looking for the title and author of a short story about an alien abduction. The abduction itself was a major plot twist-- the story was about a farmer, but very abruptly, the farmer is abducted.
posted by jstef on Dec 15, 2011 - 1 answer

Curse you, you mysterious orb.

Story-about-orbs filter: in my eighth grade English class, I read a sci-fi story about an extraterrestrial orb that was collecting specimens from Earth. I'd love to find out its author and name (and, optimally, a copy of the story itself on the web.) [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Nov 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Short Story ID, please.

Please help me ID a short story I read many years ago. A handicapped woman, living with her sister and her sister's family, sees a man in church whom she feels quite sure is the devil. In order to get away from him, she struggles to regain the physical independence she had given up. (She had gone into a wheelchair because walking was possible, but too painful.) She does manage to become self-sufficient enough to move out on her own--and the rest I'm not sure of. I asked this question two years ago--I'm trying again. It's still driving me crazy.
posted by uans on Nov 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Post-singularity theater short story id

Today's FPP reminded me of a short story about post-singularity life in the theater. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Oct 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Life at Half-Speed

Name that sci-fi short story I read as a child. [more inside]
posted by minifigs on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Please help me find this depressing sci-fi short story.

Please help me find this depressing sci-fi short story. [more inside]
posted by robot-hugs on Oct 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Whither a space opera wilt not wither?

What's the best venue to submit a politically tinged left-leaning science-fiction short story? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Aug 24, 2011 - 14 answers

short story about a composer, a marine biologist and middle C

I'm trying to track down a short story. [more inside]
posted by garlic on Aug 24, 2011 - 1 answer

Its sad I dont remember authors/titles from stories read in college :(

ShortStoryFilter: In one of my undergrad Spanish Lit. classes, I remember reading a short story about a man who had supported the feminist struggle with his wife and had greatly benefited from women's 'liberation'. His wife gets a high paying job and he eventually either loses or quits his job and (happily) never works again. After he loses his job his life becomes carefree, he has time for friends again now that their wives are 'liberated,' while his wife comes home from work exhausted everyday. Does this ring a bell to anyone?
posted by ReWayne on Aug 5, 2011 - 0 answers

Trying to find an old scifi short story about time travel

I'm trying to find a SciFi short story I read as a kid - I read this story as a kid in the '70s or '80s. It was in a paperback collection of SF short stories I got from the school library, it could have been published anytime from the '50s to the late '70s. I have no idea of the title or the author, just my memory of the story. It involved someone who was walking backwards through time to get home. Some scientific accident had propelled him hundreds of years forward in time. On the wreckage of the lab, he appeared, briefly, once every year (or maybe every decade or century?). From an observer's point of view, someone flashed in and out of existence predictably on that spot. I think a holiday formed around the appearance. From the person's point of view, he was walking backwards through time, from the far future back towards the date of the accident. Each "flash" was a step in that walk. Anyone know what this story is called or who wrote it?
posted by Cranialtorque on Aug 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Know any stories about camouflage tattoos?

A recent conversation reminded me of something I once read. It was in a Playboy magazine, likely mid-80s, and it was either a short story or an excerpt from a novel if Playboy even does that kind of thing. From what I remember it was written in the first person about a guy (a reporter?) who hears about this Vietnam vet that has learned some art of tattooing which acts as the perfect camouflage. [more inside]
posted by komara on Jun 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Short story about a curmudgeon's home life?

I'm trying to come up with the name of a short story I read eight or ten years ago. It is a first-person narrative of the domestic life of a cynically detached man who lives with his wife and kid. [more inside]
posted by churl on Jun 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me find a webcomic and a webstory

I cannot remember a webcomic that I am sure I found while surfing through metafiltered waters. I also cannot remember a short story that I am also sure I discovered through similar means. Help me, O-Me-Fi, you're my only hope. [more inside]
posted by J0 on Apr 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Short Stories like White Elephants

IdentifytheShortStory Filter: Takes place in Spain. Probably by Hemingway. About a man who dies, but at the end of the story the narrative scope expands to include the lives of others.
posted by HeroZero on Apr 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Name this story?

Can you tell me the name and author of this story? Aliens contact earth, but they say they will only negotiate with humanity through [woman's name] - it is up to [woman] to decree if humanity is given vast boons of technology, or if it is destroyed by the aliens. [more inside]
posted by Sockpuppets 'R' Us on Mar 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Name this SciFi short story

What is the name of this science fiction short story that has stuck with me since I read it in the 80s? [more inside]
posted by sparkatito on Mar 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me identify this short story based on the plot!

Help me find the name/author of a short story with the following plot: human children are the work slaves of gremlins (goblins?), and made to do manual labor underground. Those with good behavior and who are getting older are "graduated" and told that they're being freed, but after a gremlin-only "ceremony," are killed for food instead. [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Feb 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Semi-humourous sci-fi short story ID

I'm trying to remember a science-fiction (?) short story that I read about 10-15 years ago. Basically, a bunch of prominent citizens of Earth (including Miss Universe) are summoned to Mars to be harangued by a sarcastic alien who tells them they're all doomed. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Nov 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Time travel story about lone loser in family of overachievers?

I'm looking for a science fiction short story, probably from a science fiction magazine from the mid-1990s, involving time travel; a female graduate student from the future visits a contemporary ladies' man to figure out why he, alone in a family of very successful people, never excelled at anything in life. [more inside]
posted by mistersix on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Best depictions of magic in fiction?

What are some short stories or novels (probably in the fantasy genre, but not necessarily) with the most awesome, clever, and/or thought-provoking depictions and conceptions of magic?
posted by shivohum on Oct 22, 2010 - 40 answers

Help me remember a story!

It's a science fiction short story, from a collection. The main character finds a weird piece of technology in a store or something and works out that it's a video recording from the future. They watch it and it's a police advisory warning of 'Smoots' who can travel in time. The narrator gets a little freaked but puts a notice in a newspaper seeking 'smoots.. no spoofs'. The tale ends on a Lovecraftian note with a figure in a long coat outside the door. There's a character in the story called 'High Space Dick Hagger' which is what I remembered (because come on, it's awesome). I vaguely think it might be Sheckley... but it's not quite witty enough. Help me metafilter!
posted by Sebmojo on Oct 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Identification of short story (and author) about an inside joke at a funeral

About two years back, I was traveling and picked up a huge book of short stories in a hostel. They were all by the same author, and for the most part, they were Roald Dahl-esque, intricately plotted, fast moving, usually violent or crimeish short stories with an elaborate twist at the end. However, one of the stories was a lovely departure from the others, and I'd like help identifying it. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Aug 25, 2010 - 8 answers

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