Best Science Fiction Short Stories Books
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1. Foundation and Empire
Author: by Isaac Asimov
Spectra (June 1, 2004)
June 1, 2004
The second novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation seriesTHE EPIC SAGA THAT INSPIRED THE UPCOMING APPLE TV+ SERIES FOUNDATION, COMING 9/24/21Led by its founding father, the psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and utilizing science and technology, the Foundation survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets.
Now cleverness and courage may not be enough. For the Empirethe mightiest force in the Galaxyis even more dangerous in its death throes. Even worse, a mysterious entity called the Mule has appeared with powers beyond anything humanly conceivable. Whoor whatis the Mule?
And how is humanity to defend itself against this invulnerable avatar of annihilation? Filled with nail-biting suspense, nonstop action, and cutting-edge speculation, Foundation and Empire is the story of humanity’s perpetual struggle against the darkness that forever threatens to overwhelm the lightand of how the courage of even a determined few can make all the difference in the universe.
2. Second Foundation
Author: by Isaac Asimov
Spectra (June 1, 2004)
June 1, 2004
The third novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation seriesTHE EPIC SAGA THAT INSPIRED THE UPCOMING APPLE TV+ SERIES FOUNDATION, COMING 9/24/21The Foundation lies in ruinsdestroyed by a mutant mind bent on humanity’s annihilation. But it’s rumored that there’s a Second Foundation hidden somewhere at the end of the Galaxy, established as insurance to preserve the knowledge of mankind.
Now a desperate race has begun between the survivors of the First Foundation and an alien entity to find this last flicker of humanity’s shining pastand future hope. Yet the key to it all might be a fourteen-year-old girl burdened with a terrible secret.
Is she the Foundation’s savioror its deadliest enemy? Unforgettable, thought-provoking, and riveting, Second Foundation is a stunning novel of adventure and ideas writ huge across the Galaxya powerful tale of humankind’s struggle to preserve the fragile light of wisdom against the threat of its own dark barbarism.
Author: by Ted Chiang
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARA NATIONAL BESTSELLERNine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant storiestwo being published for the very first timeall from the mind of the incomparable Ted Chiang. Tackling some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine, these stories will change the way you think, feel, and see the world.
They are Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic, revelatory.
4. Frankenstein (Signet Classics)
Author: by Mary Shelley
More than 200 years after it was first published, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has stood the test of time as a gothic masterpiecea classic work of horror that blurs the line between man and monster. If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear.
For centuries, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has held readers spellbound. On the surface, it is a novel of tense and steadily mounting dread. On a more profound level, it illuminates the triumph and tragedy of the human condition in its portrayal of a scientist who oversteps the bounds of conscience, and of a creature tortured by the solitude of a world in which he does not belong.
A novel of almost hallucinatory intensity, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein represents one of the most striking flowerings of the Romantic imagination. With an Introduction by Douglas Clegg And an Afterword by Harold Bloom
5. Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs (Light Novel) Vol. 3
Author: by 三嶋与夢
July 8, 2021
Save the Kingdom or Save Himself? Leon keeps earning accolades and climbing the social ladder-much to his chagrin. Now other nobles view him as a threat, and his political rivals pull out all the stops to lock him up and throw away the key.
But that’s just what the Principality of Fanoss wants. With Holfort Kingdom’s greatest power behind bars, the Principality launches an unprecedented attack. Now Leon must figure out how to free himself-and whether his country is even worth saving.
6. Stories of Your Life and Others
Author: by Ted Chiang
From the author of Exhalation, an award-winning short story collection that blends “absorbing storytelling with meditations on the universe, being, time and space … Raises questions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human” (The New York Times).
Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden changethe inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of alienswith some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder.
An award-winning collection from one of today’s most lauded writers, Stories of Your Life and Others is a contemporary classic. Includes Story of Your Lifethe basis for the major motion picture Arrival
7. Alas, Babylon
Author: by Pat Frank
An extraordinary real picture of human beings numbed by catastrophe but still driven by the unconquerable determination of living creatures to keep on being alive. The New Yorker Alas, Babylon. Those fateful words heralded the end. When the unthinkable nightmare of nuclear holocaust ravaged the United States, it was instant death for tens of millions of people; for survivors, it was a nightmare of hunger, sickness, and brutality.
Overnight, a thousand years of civilization were stripped away. But for one small Florida town, miraculously spared against all the odds, the struggle was only just beginning, as the isolated survivorsmen and women of all ages and racesfound the courage to come together and confront the harrowing darkness.
This classic apocalyptic novel by Pat Frank, first published in 1959 at the height of the Cold War, includes an introduction by award-winning science fiction writer and scientist David Brin.
8. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Author: by Carmen Maria Machado
Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction[These stories] vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange. Roxane GayIn these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women’s memories and hunger and desire. I couldn’t put it down.
Karen RussellIn Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own.
In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck.
A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella Especially Heinous, Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we navely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgngers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.
9. The Big Front Yard: And Other Stories (The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak Book 2)
Author: by Clifford D. Simak
October 20, 2015
Tales of the unknown in which a fix-it man crosses into another dimensionand more Hiram Taine is a handyman who can fix anything. When he isn’t fiddling with his tools, he is roaming through the woods with his dog, Towser, as he has done for as long as he can remember.
He likes things that he can understand. But when a new ceiling appears in his basementa ceiling that appears to have the ability to repair television sets so they’re better than beforehe knows he has come up against a mystery that no man can solve.
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novelette, The Big Front Yard is a powerful story about what happens when an ordinary man finds reality coming apart around him. Along with the other stories in this collection, it is some of the most lyrical science fiction ever published.
Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook.
10. The Illustrated Man
Author: by Ray Bradbury
Simon & Schuster
The Illustrated Man, a seminal work in Ray Bradbury’s career, whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time’s passage, is available from Simon & Schuster for the first time. Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. For this peerless American storyteller, the most bewitching force in the universe is human nature.
In these eighteen startling tales unfolding across a canvas of tattooed skin, living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Provocative and powerful, The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truthas exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.
11. I, Robot
Author: by Isaac Asimov
This classic science fiction masterwork by Isaac Asimov weaves stories about robots, humanity, and the deep questions of existence into a novel of shocking intelligence and heart. A must-read for science-fiction buffs and literature enjoyers alike. The Guardian I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimov’s Robot series, forever changed the world’s perception of artificial intelligence.
Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-reading robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the worldall told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov’s trademark.
The Three Laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov formulated the laws governing robots’ behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant futurea future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.
12. Kurt Vonnegut: The Complete Novels: A Library of America Boxed Set
Author: by Kurt Vonnegut
Library of America
The ultimate Vonnegut: all 14 novels plus a selection of the best of his stories in a definitive collector’s boxed set. The novels of Kurt Vonnegut defined a generation a remain among the most enduringly popular and influential works of the last century.
Now, for the first time, they are available in a single collector’s edition, featuring authoritative annotated texts. This boxed set includes four Library of America volumes: Novels & Stories 1950-1962 Player Piano / The Sirens of Titan / Mother Night Novels & Stories 1963-1973 Cat’s Cradle / God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater / Slaughterhouse-Five / Breakfast of Champions Novels 1976-1985 Slapstick / Jailbird / Deadeye Dick / Galapagos Novels 1987-1997 Bluebeard / Hocus Pocus / TimequakeLIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing.
The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
13. Chapter House Dune: The Sixth Dune Novel (The Dune Sequence Book 6)
Author: by Frank Herbert
June 30, 2011
The long-established galactic order is passing. The Honoured Matres, ruthless and all-conquering, have destroyed the planet Dune. In opposition, hard-pressed but still fighting back, the Bene Gesserit sisterhood co-ordinate their resistance from their as-yet undiscovered home world, Chapter House. Now as a new Scattering is planned, they still have one carefully nurtured asset: the sandworms, offspring of the only giant worm salvaged from Dune.
Chapter House is to about to turn into a barren wasteland: Chapter House will be the new Dune.
14. Dandelion Wine: A Novel (Grand Master Editions)
Author: by Ray Bradbury
The summer of ’28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma’s belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees.
A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spauldingremembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury. The only god living in Green Town, Illinois, that Douglas Spaulding knew of. The facts about John Huff, aged twelve, are simple and soon stated.
He could pathfind more trails than any Choctaw or Cherokee since time began. Could leap from the sky like a chimpanzee from a vine. Could live underwater two minutes and slide fifty yards downstream. Could hit baseballs into apple trees, knocking down harvests.
Could jump six-foot orchard walls.Ran laughing.Sat easy.Was not a bully.Was kind. Knew the words to all the cowboy songs and would teach you if you asked. Knew the names of all the wild flowers and when the moon would rise or set and when the tides came in or out.