Short Stories

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

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We will be reading 3-4 short stories per class, for a total of around 90 stories over the course of the semester.  Some stories are only a few pages long, and no story is longer than 30pp. (most are between 10-15pp).  For some classes there will also be a critical essay to read or a short film to view.

You will also read an additional story from a country of your choice.  Many anthologies will be on reserve in a special section at the H&L Library, where you can sit and read them.  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.
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Anthologies to purchase
Arthur Evans, et al., ed. The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (CT: Wesleyan UP, 2010)
Lavie Tidhar, ed., The Apex Book of World SF 2 (KY: Apex Publications, 2012)

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 from The Apex Book of World SF 2
Hannu Rajaniemi, “Shibuya No Love” (Finland, 2004)
Anabel Eriquez Pineiro, “Borrowed Time” (Cuba, 2007)
Nnedi Okorafor, “From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7” (Nigeria, 2009)
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, “Alternate Girls’ Expatriate Life” (Philippines/Netherlands, 2010)
Fábio Fernandes, “Nothing Happened in 1999” (Brazil, 2010)

Assigned stories on e-reserve
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)
Sandro Sandrelli, “The Scythe” (Italy, 1963)
José Maria Gironella, “The Death of the Sea” (Spain, 1964)
Stanisław Lem, “How Erg the Self-Inducting Slew a Paleface” (Poland, 1964)
Italo Calvino, “All At One Point” (Italy, 1965)
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)
André Carneiro, “A Perfect Marriage (Brazil, 1966)
Sakyō Komatsu, “Take Your Choice” (Japan, 1967)
Tor Age Bringsvaerd, “Codemus” (Norway, 1968)
B. Shridhar Rao, “Victims of Time” (India, 1968)
Gérard Klein, “Party Line” (France, 1969)
Vladlen Bakhnov, “Cheap Sale” (Russia, 1970)
Eddy Bertin, “Timestorm” (Belgium, 1971)
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)
Elisabeth Vonarburg, “The Knot” (Canada, 1980)
Zheng Wenguang, “The Mirror Image of the Earth” (China, 1980)
Tais Teng, “Disslish the Acquamancer” (The Netherlands, 1981)
Wolfgang Jeschke, “Haike the Heretic’s Writings” (Germany, 1981)
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)
Goran Hudec, “The Ring” (Yugoslavia, 1986)
Braulio Tavares, “Stuntmind” (Brazil, 1989)
Yves Meynard, “Equinox” (Canada, 1992)
Guillermo Lavín, “Reaching the Shore” (Mexico, 1994)
Silviu Genescu, “Glimpses of a Faraway World” (Romania, 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)
W. J. Maryson, “Verstummte Musik” (The Netherlands, 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)
Yaniv Nir, “Cinderers” (Israel, 2009)
Gerardo Sifuentes, “Future Perfect” (Mexico, 2011)
Francesco Verso, “Flush” (Italy, 2011)
Issui Ogawa, “Golden Bread” (Japan, 2012)
Sergey Lukyanenko, “If You Act Now” (Russia, 2012)
Nick Wood, “Azania” (Zambia, 2012)
Haihong Zhao, “1923 – A Fantasy” (China, 2012)
Minsoo Kang, “Jing Ke Before the Principle of Order” (Korea, 2012)
Mandisi Nkomo, “Heresy” (South Africa, 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)
Kylie Thorne, “Insomnia” (New Zealand, 2013)
Pavel Amnuel, “The White Curtain” (Russia-Israel, 2014)
Lavie Tidhar, “The Smell of Orange Groves”  (Israel, 2014)
Hannu Rajaniemi, “The Server and the Dragon” (Finland, 2014)

See also
UNZ.org for old SF magazines (some issues are fully readable, other just have the tables of contents)



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