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

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Out of This World Convention (non-fic) by Forrest James Ackerman ~738words

The Burning Bridge by Poul Anderson ~9975words

The Valor of Cappen Varra by Poul Anderson - - 48KB

Lease to Doomsday by (Harlan Ellison?) Lee Archer ~5602words

Operation Earthworm by Joe Archibald - - 51KB

The Indulgence of Negu Mah by Robert Arthur ~4142words

The Aggravation of Elmer by Robert Arthur (34KB) at

Accidental Death by Peter Baily ~3378words

Droozle by Frank Banta ~2798words

The Cuckoo Clock by Wesley Barefoot (36KB) at

Vanishing Point by C.C. Beck ~2003words

Shipwreck in the Sky by Eando Binder - - 35KB

Zen by Jerome Bixby (36KB) at

One-Shot by James Benjamin Blish ~4941words

Lighter Than You Think by Nelson Slade Bond (45KB) at

The Issahar Artifacts by Jesse F. Bone - - 40KB

Pandemic by Jesse F. Bone ~6903words

A Prize for Edie by Jesse F. Bone - 29KB

The Next Logical Step by Ben Bova ~ 2762 words

Show Business by Lyle Gifford Boyd (34KB) at

Year of the Big Thaw by Marion Zimmer Bradley ~ 3345 words

Earthmen Bearing Gifts by Fredric Brown ~919words

Hall of Mirrors by Fredric Brown (33KB) at

Happy Ending by Fredric Brown (50KB) at

Keep Out by Fredric Brown (27KB) at

Two Timer by Fredric Brown (23KB) at

Happy Ending by Fredric Brown and Dallas McCord (Mack) Reynolds - - 50KB

Keep Out by Fredric Brown - - 27KB

The Day Time Stopped Moving by Bradner Buckner ~6130words

The Stoker and the Stars by Algirdas Jonas Budrys ~4549words

Weak on Square Roots by Russell Burton (35KB) at

Solander's Radio Tomb by Ellis Parker Butler ~3195words

The Last Evolution by John Wood Campbell ~6835words

Tulan by Carroll M. Capps ~8455words

And All the Earth a Grave by Carroll M. Capps ~2572words

Hard Guy by H. B. Carleton ~1045words

Solomon's Orbit by William Carroll ~3869words

The Perfectionists by Arnold Castle ~4903words

Competition by James Causey (37KB) at

Teething Ring by James Causey (33KB) at

Untechnological Employment by E. M. Clinton ~551words

Flight Through Tomorrow by Stanton Arthur Coblentz ~ 3451 words

Warning from the Stars by Ron Cocking ~6370words

Say "Hello" for Me by Frank W. Coggins (25KB) at

Indirection by Everett B. Cole ~7431words

Question of Comfort by Les Collins ~7113words

The Sound of Silence by Barbara Constant (53KB) at

The Hills of Home by Alfred Coppel ~3221words

Egocentric Orbit by John Cory ~1053words

The Guardians by Irving E. Cox ~6249words

A Choice of Miracles by James A. Cox ~3832words

Foundling on Venus by Dorothy De Courcy and John De Courcy - - 37KB

No Pets Allowed by M. A. Cummings - - 26KB

Martians Never Die by Lucius Daniel (46KB) at

Foundling on Venus by Dorothy De Courcy (37KB) at

Control Group by Roger Dee ~5019words

Traders Risk by Roger Dee ~4994words

The Ultimate Experiment by Thornton DeKy ~1494words

Badge of Infamy by Lester Del Ray (22KB) at

Dead Ringer by Lester Del Ray (42KB) at

McIlvaine's Star by August William Derleth (42KB) at

The Sun King by Gaston Derreaux ~3101words

Monkey On His Back by Charles V. De Vet - 47KB

There is a Reaper ... by Charles V. De Vet (28KB) at

Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K. Dick ~ 3422 words

Beyond the Door by Philip K. Dick ~ 2877 words

The Crystal Crypt by Philip K. Dick - - 61KB

The Gun by Philip K. Dick - - 47KB

The Putnam Tradition by Sonya Dorman ~2249words

Dead World by Jack Douglas ~5805words

Test Rocket! by Jack Douglas ~1077words

Tree, Spare that Woodman by Dave Dryfoos (36KB) at

Regeneration by Charles Dye ~7293words

Blessed Are the Meek by G.C. Edmondson ~1840words

Cully by Jack Egan ~1716words

Disowned by Victor A. Endersby - - 62KB

The Radiant Shell by Paul Ernst ~7321words

The Mightiest Man by Patrick Fahy ~1871words

They Twinkled Like Jewels by Philip José Farmer - - 56KB

Remember the Alamo! by T. R. Fehrenbach (43KB) at

The Mathematicians by Arthur Feldman - - 26KB

One Out of Ten by J. Anthony Ferlaine - - 27KB

The Invaders by Benjamin Ferris ~5992words

The Circuit Riders by R. C. FitzPatrick ~6328words

Disqualified by Charles Louis Fontenay (25KB) at

The Gift Bearer by Charles Louis Fontenay ~1979words

The Jupiter Weapon by Charles Louis Fontenay ~5012words

Service with a Smile by Charles Louis Fontenay (26KB) at

Wind by Charles Louis Fontenay ~5900words

The Flying Cuspidors by V. R. Francis (43KB) at

I Like Martian Music by Charles E. Fritch

The Odyssey of Sam Meecham by Charles E. Fritch - - 39KB

Exile by Horace Brown Fyfe ~4888words

Flamedown by Horace Brown Fyfe (28KB) at

Irresistible Weapon by Horace Brown Fyfe (34KB) at

Satellite System by Horace Brown Fyfe (47KB) at

The Outbreak of Peace by Horace Brown Fyfe (29KB) at

The Talkative Tree by Horace Brown Fyfe ~3259words

Transmutation of Muddles by Horace Brown Fyfe ~6312words

This World Must Die! by Horace Brown Fyfe ~8046words

The Eternal Wall by Raymond Z. Gallun ~4277words

...After a Few Words... by Gordon Randall Garrett ~3001words

Belly Laugh by Gordon Randall Garrett ~ 1240 words

The Bramble Bush by Gordon Randall Garrett ~7579words

But, I Don't Think by Gordon Randall Garrett ~11754words

Cum Grano Salis by Gordon Randall Garrett ~8489words

Dead Giveaway by Gordon Randall Garrett ~9430words

Heist Job on Thizar by Gordon Randall Garrett ~4591words

In Case of Fire by Gordon Randall Garrett ~3327words

The Man Who Hated Mars by Gordon Randall Garrett ~5501words

Measure of a Man by Gordon Randall Garrett ~7471words

...Or Your Money Back by Gordon Randall Garrett ~7994words

Suite Mentale by Gordon Randall Garrett ~4903words

Unnecessary Man by Gordon Randall Garrett ~8324words

Viewpoint by Gordon Randall Garrett ~4086words

With No Strings Attached by Gordon Randall Garrett ~6512words

Acid Bath by Bill Garson - - 47KB

Stopover by William Gerken ~ 3863 words

Stopover Planet by Robert E. Gilbert (34KB) at

Breakaway by Stanley Gimble ~2291words

Each Man Kills by Victoria Glad ~6850words

Master of None by Lloyd Neil Goble ~5018words

Cry from a Far Planet by Tom Godwin ~5073words

The Nothing Equation by Tom Godwin ~3062words

The Golden Judge by Nathaniel Gordon ~6211words

The Gallery by Roger Phillips Graham ~6947words

The Sword and the Atopen by Taylor H. Greenfield ~3672words

A Scientist Rises by Desmond Winter Hall ~2738words

The Man Who Saw the Future by Edmond Hamilton ~ 6545 words

Native Son by T. D. Hamm (31KB) at

The Last Supper by T. D. Hamm (22KB) at

The Undersea Tube by L. Taylor Hansen ~4379words

The Beast of Space by F. E. Hardart ~4724words

The Last Place on Earth by James Judson Harmon ~7014words

Measure for a Loner by James Judson Harmon ~4995words

Goodbye, Dead Man! by Tom W. Harris (30KB) at

Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison - - 55KB

Navy Day by Harry Harrison (31KB) at

The Repairman by Harry Harrison ~5544words

Toy Shop by Harry Harrison ~2015words

The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison - - 62KB

Prelude to Space by Robert W. Haseltine (27KB) at

The Beginning by Henry Hasse ~6520words

Walls of Acid by Henry Hasse ~4830words

The Stowaway by Alvin Heiner (32KB) at

Now We Are Three by Joe L. Hensley - - 40KB

Missing Link by Frank Patrick Herbert ~6073words

Old Rambling House by Frank Patrick Herbert - - 34KB

The Smiler by Albert Hernhunter (25KB) at

Texas Week by Albert Hernhuter ~ 1733 words

Spacemen Never Die! by Morris Hershman (26KB) at

It's a Small Solar System by Allan Howard ~ 1414 words

I'll Kill You Tomorrow by Helen Huber (35KB) at

Advanced Chemistry by Jack G. Huekels ~2228words

Field Trip by Gene Hunter (25KB) at

Tight Squeeze by Dean Charles Ing ~6221words

The Long Voyage by Carl Richard Jacobi (53KB) at

Made in Tanganyika by Carl Richard Jacobi - - 45KB

The Street That Wasn't There by Carl Richard Jacobi - - 53KB

The Shining Cow by Alex James - - 39KB

Lost in Translation by Laurence M. Janifer (44KB) at

The Man Who Played to Lose by Laurence M. Janifer (58KB) at

Sight Gag by Laurence M. Janifer (38KB) at

Wizard by Laurence Mark Janifer ~7434words

The Ambulance Made Two Trips by William Fitzgerald Jenkins ~7999words

Scrimshaw by William Fitzgerald Jenkins ~6012words

The Fourth Invasion by Henry Josephs ~1428words

The Untouchable by Stephen A. Kallis ~1938words

The First One by Herbert D. Kastle ~4601words

John Jones's Dollar by Harry Stephen Keeler ~4073words

The Rat Racket by David Henry Keller ~7273words

The Plague by Teddy Keller (46KB) at

Security by Ernest M. Kenyon ~3762words

The Love of Frank Nineteen by David Carpenter Knight ~7827words

The Worshippers by Damon Knight ~9174words

The Altar at Midnight by C. M. Kornbluth (33KB) at

The Adventurer by C. M. Kornbluth (48KB) at

All Day September by Roger Kuykendall ~5761words

We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly by Roger Kuykendall ~1800words