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The Birthday of the World and Other Stories
I think it’s something of a cliché to say that science fiction is about the here and now. Reading Iain M. Banks or Vernor Vinge, who write (awesome) a...more
Feb 15, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
It is pretty amazing that Charles Beaumont is not better known today (I had to manually add this book to goodreads, mawkish description and all). I ca...more
Jan 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Restless Nights: Selected Stories
Buzzati reminds me of Calvino, only a little more willing to go to strange places. In these short stories (and I mean short-short stories - 23 tales p...more
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May 03, 2009
I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories
William Gay has a gift for portraying the ugly side of human nature and the many dark and violent situations that arise from it with a prose style tha...more
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Feb 18, 2008
Jesus' Son
Although each of the short stories in this collection follow the experiences and (mis)deeds of a raging drug addict, all is not dreary, bleary-eyed dr...more
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Apr 29, 2008
The Perseids and Other Stories
At some point during each of the stories in this collection, there was a moment where I stopped reading, looked up, and said to no one in particular “...more
Apr 2008
Apr 02, 2008
Selected Short Stories
Man, this guy knew how to write a great story!

The best stories in this collection – Boule De Suif, Madame Tellier’s Establishment, and Mouche – are w...more
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Mar 16, 2008
The Return and Other Stories
I read this for "The Rubbish Wind," "The River Potudan," and "The Return." When reading Platonov, it's hard to shake the feeling that he was someone w...more
Apr 24, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
Crystal Express
I feel like reading Sterling's Mechanist/Shaper stories is like passing some sort of science fiction Rubicon: once you've read them you are officially...more
Jun 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Love's Body, Dancing In Time
These are some very elegant, philosophically charged science fiction/alt history love stories. My favorites: "The Gift," about an off-world tour guide...more
Mar 16, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Looking for Jake
This book was my companion on a recent spate of work-related site visits around some of the more industrial and bleak areas of New York City’s outer b...more
Oct 2007
Nov 04, 2007
Low Flying Aircraft And Other Stories
Sometimes it pays to take a chance on a $4 book in a used bookstore. I saw this quaint little paperback with totally 1970's sci-fi cover art in Housin...more
Dec 2007
Dec 17, 2007
Northwest of Earth (Complete Northwest Smith)
I can't say I didn't know what I was getting into with this book. I knew that these were some of the first high adventure space tales with all the hok...more
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Jun 01, 2008
The Panic Hand: Stories
Carroll has a real gift for spinning stories where the strangest, most bizarre things can seem utterly commonplace. The best stories in this collectio...more
Feb 2009
Apr 16, 2008
Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass
I have had this book on my coffee table for months, and I read a few passages here and there, usually on weekends when my mind has readjusted to its p...more
Dec 2007
Nov 18, 2007
The Best of Lucius Shepard
When I was young I was always able to tell when I was listening to Brahms: not only would it be all romantic and blustery to my young ears, but there...more
Apr 30, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
Burning Chrome
If a short story is like a tree – a self-contained entity with a clear direction (up) and with branches of sub-plot, character detail, and description...more
Jan 2006
Nov 04, 2007
Scorch Atlas
A collection of stories seemingly set in the same post-apoc world, where mold eats away at everything and all manner of grotesque things fall from the...more
Dec 03, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
Close Range
The conventional wisdom in short stories, I feel, is that they encompass short periods of time and examine the profound significance of small events....more
Mar 31, 2010
Apr 29, 2008
The Best of Michael Swanwick
It wasn't until I was about a third of the way through this book that I started to believe Michael Swanwick capable of writing a pretty awesome story,...more
Apr 2009
Mar 07, 2009
My Work is Not Yet Done: Three Tales of Corporate Horror
I feel like half the art in horror is atmosphere, where nothing exactly happens for a while but I am nail-bitingly on edge and expecting just about an...more
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Nov 23, 2008
Strange Itineraries
This is a strange and uneven collection of bizarre, sometimes moving stories; the better ones are a wonderful mixture of Alfred Bester, Philip K. Dick...more
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Nov 20, 2008
This book was my long overdue introduction to Theodore Sturgeon’s short fiction. At first I was non-plussed. The first story, “Bright Segment,” is a s...more
Jan 2008
Jan 12, 2008
Fancies and Goodnights
Collier writes short, very intense stories, often making blithe and skillful use of all sorts of fairy tale and fantasy tropes such as angels, devils,...more
Jan 29, 2008
Jan 02, 2008
Bester is a hell of a writer, someone who can quickly and thoroughly create a world, paint a character with convincing shadings of moral and emotional...more
Jan 2008
Jan 20, 2008
The Eternal Moment and Other Stories
A mixed bag of six stories, with the first ("The Machine Stops") and last ("The Eternal Moment") standing out above the rest.
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
Strange Travelers: New Selected Stories
All but two or three of the stories in this collection were quite wonderful. Reading these stories were exciting in the same way that reading Salman R...more
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Apr 16, 2008
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories
I am selectively skipping around this collection of dark short stories. So far, Old Virginia, Shiva Open Your Eyes, and Hallucinagenia are all captiva...more
Mar 29, 2010
Feb 27, 2010
Distant Stars
This was my first Delany book, and it left me pretty impressed. The first few stories in this collection, namely "Prismatica", "Corona", and "Empire S...more
Jan 2008
Jan 20, 2008
S is for Space
Reading Bradbury is almost like listening to Bach – one not only enjoys the music but appreciates the form, proportions and structure of the piece on...more
Dec 2007
Dec 31, 2007
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