Science Fiction Short Stories

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Science Fiction Short Stories

All these are available from Project Gutenberg, and are likely, in Cori's opinion, to be under an hour in finished recording time*. The advantage of using PG texts is that they have already been carefully copyright checked, so unlikely to give us legal problems in that respect! (Though a few books there are copyrighted - double-check the licence text before recording.)

Longer books and more short stories and novellas can be found on the Science Fiction Bookshelf at PG, or search there for your favourite authors -- you may be surprised!

Multiple versions are very welcome - however, if you want to read something for the first time, please cross-reference with the LibriVox Short Science Fiction Index.

Word counts are only rough estimates of total words in each story. Another loose rule-of-thumb is 1 min per KB.

Last edited: Nov '09 (including all Gutenberg short titles to 30400.) There are 385 sci-fi short stories listed.

* Longer stories -- but which may still fit within the 70min limit of the Short Story collection, 
depending on how fast you read -- may now be found at Science Fiction Shortish Stories. 
Stories which turn out longer than 70mins can be split into more than one file and catalogued as a solo.
See also Science Fiction Novels. 

Authors Surname A-K

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Authors Surname L-Z

Science Fiction Short Stories p2


Out of This World Convention (non-fic) by Forrest James Ackerman http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28535 ~738words

The Burning Bridge by Poul Anderson http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22554 ~9975words

The Valor of Cappen Varra by Poul Anderson - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29542 - 48KB

Lease to Doomsday by (Harlan Ellison?) Lee Archer http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27392 ~5602words

Operation Earthworm by Joe Archibald - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29303 - 51KB

The Indulgence of Negu Mah by Robert Arthur http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23688 ~4142words

The Aggravation of Elmer by Robert Arthur (34KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29618

Accidental Death by Peter Baily http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24517 ~3378words

Droozle by Frank Banta http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23148 ~2798words

The Cuckoo Clock by Wesley Barefoot (36KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29623

Vanishing Point by C.C. Beck http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23868 ~2003words

Shipwreck in the Sky by Eando Binder - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29133 - 35KB

Zen by Jerome Bixby (36KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29750

One-Shot by James Benjamin Blish http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22958 ~4941words

Lighter Than You Think by Nelson Slade Bond (45KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29698

The Issahar Artifacts by Jesse F. Bone - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29271 - 40KB

Pandemic by Jesse F. Bone http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26206 ~6903words

A Prize for Edie by Jesse F. Bone http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26332 - 29KB

The Next Logical Step by Ben Bova http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28063 ~ 2762 words

Show Business by Lyle Gifford Boyd (34KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30189

Year of the Big Thaw by Marion Zimmer Bradley http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28650 ~ 3345 words

Earthmen Bearing Gifts by Fredric Brown http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26521 ~919words

Hall of Mirrors by Fredric Brown (33KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29720

Happy Ending by Fredric Brown (50KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29206

Keep Out by Fredric Brown (27KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29142

Two Timer by Fredric Brown (23KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29948

Happy Ending by Fredric Brown and Dallas McCord (Mack) Reynolds - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29206 - 50KB

Keep Out by Fredric Brown - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29142 - 27KB

The Day Time Stopped Moving by Bradner Buckner http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27053 ~6130words

The Stoker and the Stars by Algirdas Jonas Budrys http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22967 ~4549words

Weak on Square Roots by Russell Burton (35KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29976

Solander's Radio Tomb by Ellis Parker Butler http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26856 ~3195words

The Last Evolution by John Wood Campbell http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27462 ~6835words

Tulan by Carroll M. Capps http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27968 ~8455words

And All the Earth a Grave by Carroll M. Capps http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23146 ~2572words

Hard Guy by H. B. Carleton http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26855 ~1045words

Solomon's Orbit by William Carroll http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23160 ~3869words

The Perfectionists by Arnold Castle http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24977 ~4903words

Competition by James Causey (37KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29632

Teething Ring by James Causey (33KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29625

Untechnological Employment by E. M. Clinton http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23147 ~551words

Flight Through Tomorrow by Stanton Arthur Coblentz http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28453 ~ 3451 words

Warning from the Stars by Ron Cocking http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22545 ~6370words

Say "Hello" for Me by Frank W. Coggins (25KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30382

Indirection by Everett B. Cole http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23339 ~7431words

Question of Comfort by Les Collins http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22597 ~7113words

The Sound of Silence by Barbara Constant (53KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30283

The Hills of Home by Alfred Coppel http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22102 ~3221words

Egocentric Orbit by John Cory http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24101 ~1053words

The Guardians by Irving E. Cox http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24152 ~6249words

A Choice of Miracles by James A. Cox http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26190 ~3832words

Foundling on Venus by Dorothy De Courcy and John De Courcy - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29181 - 37KB

No Pets Allowed by M. A. Cummings - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29139 - 26KB

Martians Never Die by Lucius Daniel (46KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29735

Foundling on Venus by Dorothy De Courcy (37KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29181

Control Group by Roger Dee http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24949 ~5019words

Traders Risk by Roger Dee http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23103 ~4994words

The Ultimate Experiment by Thornton DeKy http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22466 ~1494words

Badge of Infamy by Lester Del Ray (22KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/21439

Dead Ringer by Lester Del Ray (42KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30234

McIlvaine's Star by August William Derleth (42KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30199

The Sun King by Gaston Derreaux http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24973 ~3101words

Monkey On His Back by Charles V. De Vet http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26569 - 47KB

There is a Reaper ... by Charles V. De Vet (28KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29954

Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K. Dick http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28554 ~ 3422 words

Beyond the Door by Philip K. Dick http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28644 ~ 2877 words

The Crystal Crypt by Philip K. Dick - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28698 - 61KB

The Gun by Philip K. Dick - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29132 - 47KB

The Putnam Tradition by Sonya Dorman http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26743 ~2249words

Dead World by Jack Douglas http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27631 ~5805words

Test Rocket! by Jack Douglas http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23651 ~1077words

Tree, Spare that Woodman by Dave Dryfoos (36KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29794

Regeneration by Charles Dye http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/19964 ~7293words

Blessed Are the Meek by G.C. Edmondson http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23762 ~1840words

Cully by Jack Egan http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26751 ~1716words

Disowned by Victor A. Endersby - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29384 - 62KB

The Radiant Shell by Paul Ernst http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22171 ~7321words

The Mightiest Man by Patrick Fahy http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/21582 ~1871words

They Twinkled Like Jewels by Philip José Farmer - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29559 - 56KB

Remember the Alamo! by T. R. Fehrenbach (43KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30267

The Mathematicians by Arthur Feldman - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29140 - 26KB

One Out of Ten by J. Anthony Ferlaine - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28933 - 27KB

The Invaders by Benjamin Ferris http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23535 ~5992words

The Circuit Riders by R. C. FitzPatrick http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24543 ~6328words

Disqualified by Charles Louis Fontenay (25KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30251

The Gift Bearer by Charles Louis Fontenay http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24975 ~1979words

The Jupiter Weapon by Charles Louis Fontenay http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27588 ~5012words

Service with a Smile by Charles Louis Fontenay (26KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30371

Wind by Charles Louis Fontenay http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22590 ~5900words

The Flying Cuspidors by V. R. Francis (43KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29749

I Like Martian Music by Charles E. Fritch http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28451

The Odyssey of Sam Meecham by Charles E. Fritch - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29355 - 39KB

Exile by Horace Brown Fyfe http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22346 ~4888words

Flamedown by Horace Brown Fyfe (28KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29936

Irresistible Weapon by Horace Brown Fyfe (34KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29994

Satellite System by Horace Brown Fyfe (47KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29990

The Outbreak of Peace by Horace Brown Fyfe (29KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29989

The Talkative Tree by Horace Brown Fyfe http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23767 ~3259words

Transmutation of Muddles by Horace Brown Fyfe http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24187 ~6312words

This World Must Die! by Horace Brown Fyfe http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23102 ~8046words

The Eternal Wall by Raymond Z. Gallun http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27110 ~4277words

...After a Few Words... by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23960 ~3001words

Belly Laugh by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28643 ~ 1240 words

The Bramble Bush by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23764 ~7579words

But, I Don't Think by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24005 ~11754words

Cum Grano Salis by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/25234 ~8489words

Dead Giveaway by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24054 ~9430words

Heist Job on Thizar by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/25028 ~4591words

In Case of Fire by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24521 ~3327words

The Man Who Hated Mars by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/25644 ~5501words

Measure of a Man by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24135 ~7471words

...Or Your Money Back by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23534 ~7994words

Suite Mentale by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22763 ~4903words

Unnecessary Man by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24529 ~8324words

Viewpoint by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23563 ~4086words

With No Strings Attached by Gordon Randall Garrett http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23198 ~6512words

Acid Bath by Bill Garson - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29159 - 47KB

Stopover by William Gerken http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28450 ~ 3863 words

Stopover Planet by Robert E. Gilbert (34KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30015

Breakaway by Stanley Gimble http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23592 ~2291words

Each Man Kills by Victoria Glad http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23301 ~6850words

Master of None by Lloyd Neil Goble http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27383 ~5018words

Cry from a Far Planet by Tom Godwin http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23799 ~5073words

The Nothing Equation by Tom Godwin http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/25628 ~3062words

The Golden Judge by Nathaniel Gordon http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24495 ~6211words

The Gallery by Roger Phillips Graham http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26936 ~6947words

The Sword and the Atopen by Taylor H. Greenfield http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26883 ~3672words

A Scientist Rises by Desmond Winter Hall http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27464 ~2738words

The Man Who Saw the Future by Edmond Hamilton http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28062 ~ 6545 words

Native Son by T. D. Hamm (31KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30014

The Last Supper by T. D. Hamm (22KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30348

The Undersea Tube by L. Taylor Hansen http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27609 ~4379words

The Beast of Space by F. E. Hardart http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23509 ~4724words

The Last Place on Earth by James Judson Harmon http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23426 ~7014words

Measure for a Loner by James Judson Harmon http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22596 ~4995words

Goodbye, Dead Man! by Tom W. Harris (30KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29963

Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29204 - 55KB

Navy Day by Harry Harrison (31KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30019

The Repairman by Harry Harrison http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22073 ~5544words

Toy Shop by Harry Harrison http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22966 ~2015words

The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29471 - 62KB

Prelude to Space by Robert W. Haseltine (27KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30381

The Beginning by Henry Hasse http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27645 ~6520words

Walls of Acid by Henry Hasse http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28045 ~4830words

The Stowaway by Alvin Heiner (32KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30361

Now We Are Three by Joe L. Hensley - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29290 - 40KB

Missing Link by Frank Patrick Herbert http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23210 ~6073words

Old Rambling House by Frank Patrick Herbert - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29492 - 34KB

The Smiler by Albert Hernhunter (25KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30353

Texas Week by Albert Hernhuter http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28647 ~ 1733 words

Spacemen Never Die! by Morris Hershman (26KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29947

It's a Small Solar System by Allan Howard http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/28437 ~ 1414 words

I'll Kill You Tomorrow by Helen Huber (35KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30034

Advanced Chemistry by Jack G. Huekels http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26955 ~2228words

Field Trip by Gene Hunter (25KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30379

Tight Squeeze by Dean Charles Ing http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23337 ~6221words

The Long Voyage by Carl Richard Jacobi (53KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29742

Made in Tanganyika by Carl Richard Jacobi - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29242 - 45KB

The Street That Wasn't There by Carl Richard Jacobi - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22218 - 53KB

The Shining Cow by Alex James - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29328 - 39KB

Lost in Translation by Laurence M. Janifer (44KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30029

The Man Who Played to Lose by Laurence M. Janifer (58KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30259

Sight Gag by Laurence M. Janifer (38KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30288

Wizard by Laurence Mark Janifer http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24375 ~7434words

The Ambulance Made Two Trips by William Fitzgerald Jenkins http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24149 ~7999words

Scrimshaw by William Fitzgerald Jenkins http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23791 ~6012words

The Fourth Invasion by Henry Josephs http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/23099 ~1428words

The Untouchable by Stephen A. Kallis http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24221 ~1938words

The First One by Herbert D. Kastle http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24192 ~4601words

John Jones's Dollar by Harry Stephen Keeler http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26867 ~4073words

The Rat Racket by David Henry Keller http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26890 ~7273words

The Plague by Teddy Keller (46KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/30062

Security by Ernest M. Kenyon http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26140 ~3762words

The Love of Frank Nineteen by David Carpenter Knight http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/27921 ~7827words

The Worshippers by Damon Knight http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/22560 ~9174words

The Altar at Midnight by C. M. Kornbluth (33KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29619

The Adventurer by C. M. Kornbluth (48KB) at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/29908

All Day September by Roger Kuykendall http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24161 ~5761words

We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly by Roger Kuykendall http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/24118 ~1800words