Short Stories

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© Franco Brambilla, “Let’s Go Back to the Alps” (2010)

We will be reading a few short stories per class. Some stories are only a few pages long, and no story is longer than 30pp. (most are between 10-15pp). 

You are also welcome to read additional stories from around the world.  Many anthologies are in the library or my office.  Some stories can also be found online: check out Translated SF, these magazines, and these blogs.  If you find a story or an anthology that CBB doesn’t have, you can order it through Interlibrary Loan.  Sometimes, you can find an inexpensive, used copy of an anthology on Amazon, Alibris, Ebay, etc.  See also for old SF magazines (some issues are fully readable, other just have the tables of contents)

Anthology to purchase
Arthur Evans, et al., ed. The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (CT: Wesleyan UP, 2010)

Assigned stories (all US or UK authors) from The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction
H. G. Wells, “The Star” (1897)
Isaac Asimov, “Reason” (1941)
Clifford D. Simak, “Desertion” (1944)
Judith Merril, “That Only a Mother” (1948)
Ray Bradbury, “There Will Come Soft Rains” (1950)
Arthur C. Clarke, “The Sentinel” (1951)
Avram Davidson, “The Golem” (1955)
J. G. Ballard, “The Cage of Sand” (1962)
Harlan Ellison, “‘Repent Harlequin!’ Said the Tictockman” (1965)
P. K. Dick, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” (1966)
Samuel R. Delany, “Aye, and Gomorrah…” (1967)
Ursula Le Guin, “Nine Lives” (1969)
Brian Aldiss, “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” (1969)
Joanna Russ, “When It Changed” (1972)
William Gibson, “Burning Chrome” (1982)
Octavia Butler, “Speech Sounds” (1983)
Pat Cadigan, “Pretty Boy Crossover” (1986)
Eileen Gunn, “Computer Friendly” (1989)
James Patrick Kelly, “Think Like a Dinosaur” (1995)
Ted Chiang, “Exhalation” (2008)

Assigned stories on BB (Readings)
Juan José Arreola, “Baby H.P.” (Mexico, 1952)
Herbert Franke, “Thought Control” (Austria, 1958)
Anatoly Dnieprov, “The World in Which I Vanished” (Russia, 1961)
Julian Kawalec, “I Kill Myself” (Poland, 1962)
Lino Aldani, “Good Night, Sophie” (Italy, 1963)
Shinichi Hoshi, “Bokko-chan” (Japan, 1963)
Stanisław Lem, “How Erg the Self-Inducting Slew a Paleface” (Poland, 1964)
Luigi Cozzi, “Rainy Day Revolution No. 39” (Italy, 1965)
Ilya Varshavsky, “Perpetual Motion” (Russia, 1965)
Pablo Capanna, “Acronia” (Argentina, 1966)
Strugatsky Brothers, “Wanders and Travelers” (Russia, 1966)
Primo Levi, “Man’s Friend” (Italy, 1966)
Sakyō Komatsu, “Take Your Choice” (Japan, 1967)
Tor Age Bringsvaerd, “Codemus” (Norway, 1968)
Gérard Klein, “Party Line” (France, 1969)
Vladlen Bakhnov, “Cheap Sale” (Russia, 1970)
José B. Adolph, “The Falsifier” (Peru, 1972)
Gheorghe Săsărman, “Senezia” (Romania, 1975)
Hanmura Ryō, Cardboard Box” (Japan, 1975)
Gabriel Bermudez Castillo, “Opportunities Galore” (Spain, 1978)
David Grigg, “A Compassionate People” (Australia, 1978)
Sam Lundwall, “Take Me Down the River” (Sweden, 1979)
Ernst Vlcek, “Say It With Flowers” (Austria, 1980)
Bob Shaw, “In the Hereafter Hilton” (Ireland, 1980)
Zheng Wenguang, “The Mirror Image of the Earth” (China, 1980)
Tong Enzheng, “The Death of the World’s First Robot” (China, 1982)
Federico Schaffler, “A Miscalculation” (Mexico, 1983)
Josef Nesvadba, “The Divided Carla” (The Czech Republic, 1985)
Ion Hobana, “Night Broadcast” (Romania, 1986)
Braulio Tavares, “Stuntmind” (Brazil, 1989)
Yves Meynard, “Equinox” (Canada, 1992)
Guillermo Lavín, “Reaching the Shore” (Mexico, 1994)
Valerio Evangelisti, “Sepultura” (Italy, 1996)
Rosaleen Love, “Two Recipes for Magic Beans” (Australia, 1998)
Massimo Mongai, “Galactic Guidebook for the Gourmet” (Italy, 1999)
Pablo A. Castro, “Exerion” (Chile, 2000)
Vandana Singh, “Delhi” (India, 2004)
Hannu Rajaniemi, “Shibuya No Love” (Finland, 2004)
Alastair Reynolds, “Zima Blue” (USA, 2005)
W. J. Maryson, “Verstummte Musik” (The Netherlands, 2005)
Park Seonghwan, “Readmade Bodhisattva” (Korea, 2005)
João Barreiros, “A Night on the Edge of the Empire” (Portugal, 2007)
Panagiotis Koustas, “Athos Emfovos in the Temple of Sound” (Greece, 2007)
Kristin Mandigma, “Excerpt From a Letter By a Social-Realist Aswang” (Phillippines, 2007)
Anabel Eriquez Pineiro, “Borrowed Time” (Cuba, 2007)
Nnedi Okorafor, “From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7” (Nigeria, 2009)
Yaniv Nir, “Cinderers” (Israel, 2009)
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, “Alternate Girls’ Expatriate Life” (Philippines/Netherlands, 2010)
Fábio Fernandes, “Nothing Happened in 1999” (Brazil, 2010)
Issui Ogawa, “Golden Bread” (Japan, 2012)
Sergey Lukyanenko, “If You Act Now” (Russia, 2012)
Nick Wood, “Azania” (Zambia, 2012)
Minsoo Kang, “Jing Ke Before the Principle of Order” (Korea, 2012)
Jake Kerr, “The Alien Invasion As Seen in the Twitter Stream of @dweebless” (USA, 2012)
Ken Liu, “Mono no Aware” (USA, 2012)
Grace Bridges, “Max’s Black Box” (New Zealand, 2013)
Karin Tidbeck, “Sing” (Sweden, 2013)
Lavie Tidhar, “The Smell of Orange Groves”  (Israel, 2014)
Hannu Rajaniemi, “The Server and the Dragon” (Finland, 2014)
Catherynne Valente, “The Future is Blue (USA, 2016)
Hao Jingfang, “New Year Train” (China, 2017)
Ezra Clayton Daniels, “A Vessel in Drift” (USA, 2016)
Magera Gordon, “Peopleology” (USA, 2016)
Evangelos Androutsopoulos, “Recordings” (Greece/Finland, 2016)
Vina Jie-Min Prasad, “A Series of Steaks” (Singapore, 2017)

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