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!

Underlined stories have been recorded at least once -- however multiple versions are Very Welcome!

Word counts are only rough esteems of total words in each story.

Last edited: July '09 (up to and inc. Vol 20. and including all Gutenberg short titles to 29559.) There are 304 sci-fi short stories. 132 of those have been recorded for LibriVox at least once.

* 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 recorded as a solo.
See also Science Fiction Novels. 

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

Accidental Death by Peter Baily ~3378words

Droozle by Frank Banta ~2798words

Vanishing Point by C.C. Beck ~2003words

Shipwreck in the Sky by Eando Binder - - 35KB

One-Shot by James Benjamin Blish ~4941words

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

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

Earthmen Bearing Gifts by Fredric Brown ~919words

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

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

Untechnological Employment by E. M. Clinton ~551words

Flight Through Tomorrow by Stanton Arthur Coblentz ~ 3451 words

Warning from the Stars by Ron Cocking ~6370words

Indirection by Everett B. Cole ~7431words

Question of Comfort by Les Collins ~7113words

The Hills of Home by Alfred Coppel ~3221words

Egocentric Orbit by John Cory ~1053words

The Guardians by Irving E. Cox ~6249words

Impact by Irving E. Cox ~7854words

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

Control Group by Roger Dee ~5019words

Traders Risk by Roger Dee ~4994words

The Ultimate Experiment by Thornton DeKy ~1494words

The Sun King by Gaston Derreaux ~3101words

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

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

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

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

The Gift Bearer by Charles Louis Fontenay ~1979words

The Jupiter Weapon by Charles Louis Fontenay ~5012words

Wind by Charles Louis Fontenay ~5900words

I Like Martian Music by Charles E. Fritch

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

Exile by Horace Brown Fyfe ~4888words

The Talkative Tree by Horace Brown Fyfe ~3259words

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

Transmutation of Muddles by Horace Brown Fyfe ~6312words

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

Measure of a Man by Gordon Randall Garrett ~7471words

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

...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

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

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

Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison - - 55KB

The Repairman by Harry Harrison ~5544words

Toy Shop by Harry Harrison ~2015words

The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison - - 62KB

The Beginning by Henry Hasse ~6520words

Walls of Acid by Henry Hasse ~4830words

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

Missing Link by Frank Patrick Herbert ~6073words

Old Rambling House by Frank Patrick Herbert - - 34KB

Operation Haystack by Frank Patrick Herbert ~8401words

Texas Week by Albert Hernhuter ~ 1733 words

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

Advanced Chemistry by Jack G. Huekels ~2228words

Tight Squeeze by Dean Charles Ing ~6221words

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

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

Security by Ernest M. Kenyon ~3762words

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

The Worshippers by Damon Knight ~9174words

All Day September by Roger Kuykendall ~5761words

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

Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas by Raphael Aloysius Lafferty ~2666words

Slingshot by Irving W. Lande ~5033words

The Great Potlatch Riots by Allen Kim Lang ~7328words

Gambler's World by John Keith Laumer ~7817words

The Yillian Way by John Keith Laumer ~5166words

Junior Achievement by William M. Lee - - 47KB

The Bell Tone by Edmund H. Leftwich ~1764words

Bread Overhead by Fritz Leiber ~5079words

What's He Doing in There? by Fritz Leiber - - 31KB

Attention Saint Patrick by [pseud.] Murray Leinster ~7822words

Daughters of Doom by Herbert B. Livingston ~6551words

G-r-r-r...! by Robert Donald Locke - - 36KB

Mex by William Logan ~849words

The Calm Man by Frank Belknap Long ~ 6278 words

The Man from Time by Frank Belknap Long - - 48KB

The Man the Martians Made by Frank Belknap Long - - 60KB

The Mississippi Saucer by Frank Belknap Long ~6008words

The Sky Trap by Frank Belknap Long ~5663words

When I Grow Up by Richard E. Lowe - - 39KB

Troubadour by Robert Augustine Ward Lowndes ~1431words

Tulan by C.C. MacApp - 59KB

The Alternate Plan by Gerry Maddren ~2062words

The Deadly Daughters by Winston K. Marks ~3647words

Summer Snow Storm by Stephen Marlowe ~4649words

Beyond Pandora by Robert J. Martin ~880words

Pushbutton War by Joseph P. Martino ~7640words

Something Will Turn Up by David Mason ~2187words

Shepherd of the Planets by Alan Mattox ~4236words

Rex Ex Machina by Frederic Max ~ 1161 words

On Handling the Data by M. I. Mayfield ~6063words

Mother America by Sam McClatchie ~5361words

Criminal Negligence by J. Francis McComas ~6880words

It's All Yours by Sam Merwin - - 40KB

Reel Life Films by Sam Merwin - - 36KB

The Hoofer by Walter M. Miller - - 41KB

In the Control Tower by Will Mohler ~5790words

Song in a Minor Key by Catherine Lucille Moore ~ 964 words

Divinity by William Douglas Morrison ~6807words

The Hunters by William Douglas Morrison ~5355words

General Max Shorter by Kris Ottman Neville ~7354words

Of Time and Texas by William F. Nolan - - 23KB

Small World by William F. Nolan - - 41KB

All Cats Are Gray by Andre Norton - - 36KB

The Gifts of Asti by Andre Norton ~6155words

An Ounce of Cure by Alan Edward Nourse ~1444words

Circus by Alan Edward Nourse ~2557words

Coffin Cure by Alan Edward Nourse ~5649words

Image of the Gods by Alan Edward Nourse ~6414words

Letter of the Law by Alan Edward Nourse ~5842words

Meeting of the Board by Alan Edward Nourse ~5899words

My Friend Bobby by Alan Edward Nourse ~4962words

Second Sight by Alan Edward Nourse ~8164words

The Dark Door by Alan Edward Nourse ~8944words

The Link by Alan Edward Nourse ~6045words

The Native Soil by Alan Edward Nourse ~7311words

As Long As You Wish by John O'Keefe ~1811words

The Diamond Lens by Fitz-James O'brien ~9251words

The Good Neighbors by Edgar Pangborn - 31KB

This One Problem by M. C. Pease - - 38KB

Lost in the Future by John Victor Peterson ~ 1102 words

The White Feather Hex by Don Peterson ~4989words

Dearest by H. Beam Piper ~6657words

Crossroads of Destiny by H. Beam Piper ~4676words

Operation R.S.V.P. by H. Beam Piper ~2941words

The Answer by H. Beam Piper ~4677words

Time and Time Again by H. Beam Piper ~7112words

The Day of the Boomer Dukes by Frederik Pohl ~8308words

The Hated by Frederik Pohl - - 41KB

Revenge by Arthur Porges - - 36KB

The Green Beret by Thomas Edward Purdom ~4724words

A Filbert Is a Nut by Rick Raphael ~2991words

Gun for Hire by Dallas McCord (Mack) Reynolds ~5037words

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

I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Dallas McCord (Mack) Reynolds ~2023words

Summit by Dallas McCord (Mack) Reynolds ~1949words

Subversive by Dallas McCord (Mack) Reynolds ~7109words

Unborn Tomorrow by Dallas McCord (Mack) Reynolds ~4480words

Such Blooming Talk by L. Major Reynolds - - 24KB

Disturbing Sun by Robert Shirley Richardson ~4091words

The Premiere by Richard Sabia ~5766words

Operation Lorelie by William P. Salton - - 28KB

Divinity by Joseph Samachson - 56KB

The Hunters by Joseph Samachson - 49KB

Watch the Sky by James H. Schmitz ~8380words

An Incident on Route 12 by James H. Schmitz ~5087words

Quiet, Please by Kevin Scott ~970words

Alien Offer by Al Sevcik ~5320words

A Matter of Magnitude by Al Sevcik ~2097words

Survival Tactics by Al Sevcik ~4183words

The Dope on Mars by Jack Sharkey ~5629words

Minor Detail by John Michael Sharkey ~ 3713 words

Stairway to the Stars by Larry Shaw ~6193words

The Helpful Robots by Robert J. Shea ~ 1301 words

Mutineer by Robert Shea - - 40KB

Resurrection by Robert J. Shea ~679words

Bad Medicine by Robert Sheckley - - 47KB

Beside Still Waters by Robert Sheckley - - 27KB

Cost of Living by Robert Sheckley - - 38KB

Forever by Robert Sheckley - - 39KB

The Hour of Battle by Robert Sheckley - - 31KB

The Leech by Robert Sheckley - - 53KB

Warm by Robert Sheckley - - 37KB

Warrior Race by Robert Sheckley - - 43KB

Houlihan's Equation by Walter J. Sheldon - - 39KB

This is Klon Calling by Walter J. Sheldon - - 29KB

Two Plus Two Makes Crazy by Walter J. Sheldon - - 28KB

The Hunted Heroes by Robert Silverberg ~5181words

Postmark Ganymede by Robert Silverberg ~2854words

The Happy Unfortunate by Robert Silverberg ~7373words

The Street That Wasn't There by Carl Richard Jacobi and Clifford Donald Simak ~5994words

The Delegate from Venus by Henry Slesar ~4655words

Dream Town by Henry Slesar - - 42KB

My Father, the Cat by Henry Slesar ~ 3080 words

Reluctant Genius by Henry Slesar ~1109words

The Success Machine by Henry Slesar ~4016words

The Vortex Blaster by E. E. Smith ~8266words

The Doorway by Evelyn E. Smith - - 29KB

The Blue Tower by Evelyn E. Smith ~5266words

Benefactor by George H. Smith - - 24KB

History Repeats by George Oliver Smith ~4367words

Instinct by George Oliver Smith ~4623words

Stop Look and Dig by George Oliver Smith ~9722words

Compatible by Richard R. Smith - - 26KB

No Hiding Place by Richard R. Smith - - 38KB

Old Mr. Wiley by Fanny Greye la Spina ~9823words

The Marooner by Charles A. Stearns ~4412words

Upstarts by L. J. Stecher ~5370words

The Hands by Richard Sternbach - - 21KB

Solar Stiff by Chas. A. Stopher ~ 2341 words

Faithfully Yours by Lou Tabakow ~6921words

Far from Home by J.A. Taylor ~6644words

Cerebrum by Albert Teichner ~6971words

Man Made by Albert Teichner ~3646words

Sweet Their Blood and Sticky by Albert Teichner ~2024words

The Big Bounce by Walter S. Tevis ~6930words

There Will Be School Tomorrow by V. E. Thiessen - - 37KB

The Professional Approach by Harness and Thomas ~8172words

Tinker's Dam by Joseph Tinker ~7669words

The Glory of Ippling by Helen M. Urban ~4668words

Vital Ingredient by Gerald Vance ~3637words

Jubilation, U.S.A. by G.L. Vandenburg ~3664words

Martian V.F.W. by G.L. Vandenburg ~2584words

Grove of the Unborn by Lyn Venable - - 43KB

Monkey On His Back by Charles V. De Vet ~4848words

2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut ~2675words

Shock Absorber by E. G. von Wald ~8714words

The 4-D Doodler by Graph Waldeyer ~5506words

A Matter of Proportion by Anne Walker ~5660words

Bolden's Pets by Floyd Wallace - 57KB

Second Landing by Floyd Wallace ~2666words

Strange Alliance by Bryce Walton ~3890words

The Ideal by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum ~8112words

Pygmalion's Spectacles by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum ~7129words

The Point of View by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum ~6745words

The Worlds of If by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum ~6309words

Moment of Truth by Basil Eugene Wells ~ 1628 words

The Coming of the Ice by G. Peyton Wertenbaker ~6328words

Cogito, Ergo Sum by John Foster West - - 36KB

The Risk Profession by Donald E. Westlake ~11227words

The Quantum Jump by Robert Wicks ~3785words

Be It Ever Thus by Robert Moore Williams - - 46KB

The Cosmic Express by John Stewart Williamson ~4984words

Out Around Rigel by Robert H. Wilson ~8351words

Longevity by Therese Windser - - 22KB

The Infra-Medians by Sewell Peaslee Wright ~9988words

The Terror from the Depths by Sewell Peaslee Wright - - 63KB

Unspecialist by Murray F. Yaco ~4532words

No Moving Parts by Murray F. Yaco ~6405words

Collector's Item by Robert F. Young - - 27KB

Star Mother by Robert F. Young ~1897words