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    Very Good Short SFFH Recommendations

    Hi all,

    Once again I am being a resourceful teacher and reaching out to my hidden team of online uber-professionals.

    I am teaching a creative writing unit in genre fiction. We are embarking on the "discovery" phase, so I'm looking for some great short stories (or shorter) across the SFFH spectrum. In particular, I am woefully ignorant of horror, so any recommendations there would be tremendously helpful. But, I am also hoping for some great ideas for SF and F.

    Clarke's "The Star" and Roald Dahl's "The Swan" are my two starters, if that jump starts anyone's thoughts.

    Much appreciated!

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    I have, somewhere, a collection of the best golden age (1920-60s) science fiction short stories. I forget the exact title of it.

    Stories like Isaac Asimov's Nightfall, Flowers for Algeron & many others have real literary value. The vast majority of these stories are so well crafted that they stand the test of time intact, and make a lasting impression.

    The key point for you is that I believe many of these stories are, individually, now public domain. I am pretty sure Nightfall is public domain, for example.

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    YOUTH by ISAAC ASIMOV.

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31547...-h/31547-h.htm

    Is a pretty good one for kids or anyone really. It's just really good.

    Exhalation by Ted Chiang is also great and also free online.

    http://www.nightshadebooks.com/Downl...d%20Chiang.pdf

    Ted Chiang gives good interviews about writing as well
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    Not sure if this is short enough, but it is a great story:

    Ken Liu's Paper Menagerie

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    I think Ray Bradbury might also be a good source for shorts.

    Kerry

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    Either of two by Mike Resnick: Kirinyaga or Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge.

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    Any fantasy or horror suggestions?

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    That one by Ken Liu is fantasy.

    Horror? Hmmm, and short? Can't help you there.

    But there is this Hugh Howey short that I thought bordered on horror: http://www.hughhowey.com/books/nothing-goes-to-waste/

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    Oh, there is a short story collection by Tim Lebbon but I wouldn't give it to a kid. (shudder)

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    As for horror:

    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    The Tell-Tale Heart or The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe (I usually go for The Black Cat, but for creative writing, The Tell-Tale Heart might be better)
    The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft
    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (a bit longer than a short story but it's brilliant)
    A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor (not proper horror but still a great short story and a bit horrific)

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    This is a ghost story rather than what one might call (post-70s say) "horror", but:

    Oh, Whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad, by M. R. James: one of the all time finest tales of the supernatural, there in all it's glory.

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    I'd say pretty much anything by Michael Swanwick. One of my faves:

    From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled

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    Of the 'older stuff':

    Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon (short story rather than novel); Art mentioned this already.
    Harlan Ellison's Jeffty is Five
    Arthur C Clarke's The Sentinel or The Star (already mentioned); possibly The Nine Billion Names of God;
    Philip K Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale
    Heinlein's All You Zombies (now the basis for a film)
    I would go Asimov's Nightfall Could compare with The Nine Billion Names of God. Also mentioned above.
    George RR Martin's Sandkings.

    Horror: Yes, anything by M R James.
    Lieber's The Smoke Ghost

    Fantasy: C.L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry (Black God's Kiss). I'm thinking Mike Moorcock's Elric, but can't think of a specific story.
    Undertow by Karl Edward Wagner, using the character Kane.
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    The collection I referred to above is titled:

    The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1: 1929-1964 Paperback – January 13, 2005, edited by Robert Silverberg.

    Understanding that the collection isn't appropriate for you per se, the list of stories is amazing. Since almost all are public domain, you can get/distribute them other ways.

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    Fantastic everyone. Thanks particularly to Hobbit -- all of those seem like they will fit right into the mindspace I'm gunning for. (Not that everyone else's ideas were bad -- just not quite so.... resonant )

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