Science fiction stories I loveFebruary 11, 2009 by 1adirarox Some of my favourite science fiction stories:
“Dankden” by Marc Laidlaw
-in a fantasy world, a half-gargoyle wandering minstrel finds himself mediating between fishermen and intelligent, half-human water creatures, a process further complicated by him falling in love with one of the humans, who may be hiding secrets of her own about why the water creatures hate the humans.
“The Ugly Little Boy” by Isaac Asimov
A classic about a Neanderthal boy, brought by scientists to the future and the woman who cares for him. Okay, it’s sentimental, but I still love it. The book is great too and doesn’t feel padded in the least.
“Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov
Classic about what happens in a world with multiple suns that only experiences night once every few thousand years. Told from the alien’s point of view so seamlessly that the reader never even questions the strangeness of it all.
“The Immortal Bard” by Isaac Asimov
This story is not one of his more famous ones, but it really appeals to the English student in me. Few people seem to remember that Asimov wrote many books about Shakespeare and was an ardent reader of his plays. I always see Magnifico in “Foundation and Empire” as a direct descendent of King Lear’s Fool.
“Synthesis” by Mary Rosenblum
It’s cyberpunk but with a humanist heart you don’t see in William Gibson’s stuff, as much as I do love William Gibson, (especially Neuromancer, even if I didn’t get all of it, really should read that book again, but I digress). Anyway, it’s really beautiful.
“The Centaur Garden” by Mary Rosenblum
Twisted and awesome, Rosenblum does it again. A rent boy falls in love with a bio-engineered female centaur, who is the clone of an evil tycoon’s daughter.
“The Fringe” by Orson Scott Card
I read a whole bunch of Card’s stuff, based on reading this truly fantastic and heart-breaking short story, before realizing that the only thing Card’s ever written that I really like is this story. However, this story is incredible and well worth the read. It’s about a disabled teacher in post-apocalyptic Utah.
By James Patrick Kelly
A drug designer and his daughter attend a summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge and experience a number of unsettling revalations.
By James Patrick Kelly
A news reporter and a drug addled hacker crash land at the European castle estate of a Byron quoting hacker the world believes to be dead, who wants to get his hands on the technology they have stolen, believing it may save his life.
“Miss Thang” forget who wrote it
Aliens and drag queens. Hilarious, with surprising insights into xenobiology.