30 Sci-Fi Stories Everyone Should Read
This month fellow Kansans James Gunn and Chris McKitterick (renowned and gifted Science Fiction writers/scholars/professors) contributed to Popular Mechanic’s recent list of the top 30 must read stories in the genre.
While not all of them are all-time classic SF must-reads (although Jim and Chris’ picks are totally spot on perfect), they are all super reads and worth checking out. You can’t go wrong with any of them. And, if for no other reason, the cover art is worth a gander since they are the original artwork from the first editions – many of which are over 50 years old. Great art and literature is timeless!
“Reading science fiction is like an ethics class for inventors, and engineers and designers should be trying to think like science fiction authors when they approach their own work. ”
For me, THIS is one of the great powers of speculative thinking.
And this article is one of the reasons I enjoy the Atlantic. Long, but worth it.
An interesting article about Dana Paxson, a long-time IT professional and industry “outsider” who is trying to change the way science fiction is produced and consumed. And, it blends a story about a guy who builds art from found things with a guy who can read octal as if it were plaintext–a Noble Fusion.
Writing science-fiction and fantasy is a specialized form of literary art that is at the far right of the “inspiring and thought-provoking” bell curve. The short-story is an art form all of it’s own and demands a steady and trained hand. Combining the two is down right daunting and one of the most noble and rewarding challenges of all. We are fans.
But a good science fiction/fantasy/horror short story written with only 6 words leaves us speechless.
So for your pleasure, Wired Magazine commissioned 6-word short stories from some of the best talent: Joss Whedon, Eileen Gunn, William Shatner and more. This was published quite some time ago, but since time is a construct for the mind we decided to post this anyway. Enjoy!
Wanted to share a great interview with KSR about his new novel 2312 and his writing process. I love the description of his work as “These books are the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” … something I’d love to have said about anything we produce! In any case, it’s a worthwhile read.
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