Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories

Titles in bold are on the Classics of Science Fiction Short Stories v2 list.

Title Author/Editor Year↥ Citations
"E for Effort"T. L. Sherred1947
1950Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Groff Conklin
1964A Century of Great Short Science Fiction Novels edited by Damon Knight
1973The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two B edited by Ben Bova
1981Barry Malzberg Recommended Short Stories
1983The Great SF Stories 9 (1947) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Scanners Live in Vain"Cordwainer Smith1950
Hugo finalist - story
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1970The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One edited by Robert Silverberg
1973The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1974) / A Science Fiction Omnibus (2007)
1984The Great SF Stories 12 (1950) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
1999Locus All Time Poll
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"A Saucer of Loneliness"Theodore Sturgeon1953
Hugo finalist - story
1978Anthologies edited by Pohl, Greenberg, and Olander
1986The Great SF Stories 15 (1953) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
2001Masterpieces edited by Orson Scott Card
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Fondly Fahrenheit"Alfred Bester1954
Gardner Dozois Recommended Short Stories
1970The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One edited by Robert Silverberg
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1977The Road to Science Fiction edited by James Gunn
1981Barry Malzberg Recommended Short Stories
1987The Great SF Stories 16 (1954) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
1999Locus All Time Poll
2000The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Garyn G. Roberts
2010The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction edited by Evans et al
2011Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction edited by Leigh Ronald Grossman
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Star"Arthur C. Clarke1955
Hugo winner - story
Gardner Dozois Recommended Short Stories
1962A Century of Science Fiction edited by Damon Knight
1963Best SF Five edited by Edmund Crispin
1973The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1974) / A Science Fiction Omnibus (2007)
1977The Road to Science Fiction edited by James Gunn
1983Science Fiction: A Historical Anthology edited by Eric S. Rabkin
1988The Great SF Stories 17 (1955) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1999Locus All Time Poll
2010Nancy Kress Recommended Short Stories
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2016The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"And Now the News …"Theodore Sturgeon1956
1988The Great SF Stories 18 (1956) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Dead Past"Isaac Asimov1956
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1999Locus All Time Poll
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Man Who Came Early"Poul Anderson1956
Richard Lupoff Recommended Short Stories
1968One Hundred Years of Science Fiction edited by Damon Knight
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1988The Great SF Stories 18 (1956) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
1999Locus All Time Poll
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Flowers for Algernon"Daniel Keyes1959
Gardner Dozois Recommended Short Stories
Hugo winner - story
1960The 5th Annual of the Year's Best S-F edited by Judith Merril
1961Best SF Four: Science Fiction Stories edited by Edmund Crispin
1970The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One edited by Robert Silverberg
1977The Road to Science Fiction edited by James Gunn
1978Anthologies edited by Warrick, Greenberg, and Olander
1983Science Fiction: A Historical Anthology edited by Eric S. Rabkin
1999Locus All Time Poll
2011Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts edited by Heather Masri
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Man Who Lost the Sea"Theodore Sturgeon1959
Hugo finalist - story
1960The 5th Annual of the Year's Best S-F edited by Judith Merril
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1990The Great SF Stories 21 (1959) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2016The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
2019Piet Nel Recommended Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Moon Moth"Jack Vance1961
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1973The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two B edited by Ben Bova
1977The Road to Science Fiction edited by James Gunn
1991The Great SF Stories 23 (1961) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
1992Modern Classics of Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois
1999Locus All Time Poll
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Sources of the Nile"Avram Davidson1961
Richard Lupoff Recommended Short Stories
2019Piet Nel Recommended Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Wall of Crystal, Eye of Night"Algis Budrys1961
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1991The Great SF Stories 23 (1961) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"A Rose for Ecclesiastes"Roger Zelazny1963
Hugo finalist - story
196510th Annual Edition: The Year's Best SF edited by Judith Merril
1970The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One edited by Robert Silverberg
1978Anthologies edited by Warrick, Greenberg, and Olander
1992The Great SF Stories 25 (1963) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
1999Locus All Time Poll
2011Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction edited by Leigh Ronald Grossman
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Light of Other Days"Bob Shaw1966
Richard Lupoff Recommended Short Stories
Hugo finalist - story
Nebula finalist - story
1967World's Best Science Fiction: 1967 edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
1968SF 12 edited by Judith Merril
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1972A Science Fiction Argosy edited by Damon Knight
1977The Road to Science Fiction edited by James Gunn
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1999Locus All Time Poll
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Star Pit"Samuel R. Delany1967
Hugo finalist - story
Gardner Dozois Recommended Short Stories
Richard Lupoff Recommended Short Stories
1968SF 12 edited by Judith Merril
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1994Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Starfog"Poul Anderson1967
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Last Flight of Dr. Ain"James Tiptree, Jr.1969
Nebula finalist - story
1977The Road to Science Fiction edited by James Gunn
2000The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Garyn G. Roberts
2018The Future is Female! edited by Lisa Yaszek
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Nine Lives"Ursula K. Le Guin1969
Nebula finalist - story
1970Best SF: 1969 edited by Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss
1970World's Best Science Fiction: 1970 edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr
1978Anthologies edited by Warrick, Greenberg, and Olander
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1999Locus All Time Poll
2010The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction edited by Evans et al
2010Nancy Kress Recommended Short Stories
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2018The Future is Female! edited by Lisa Yaszek
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Winter's King"Ursula K. Le Guin1969
Hugo finalist - story
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"How the Whip Came Back"Gene Wolfe1970
1992The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories edited by Tom Shippey
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Second Inquisition"Joanna Russ1970
Nebula finalist - story
1975Women of Wonder anthology series edited by Pamela Sargent, 1975-1995, 5 volumes
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Inconstant Moon"Larry Niven1971
Hugo winner - story
1972Best Science Fiction for 1972 edited by Frederik Pohl
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1999Locus All Time Poll
2001Masterpieces edited by Orson Scott Card
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side"James Tiptree, Jr.1972
Hugo finalist - story
Nebula finalist - story
1973The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1974) / A Science Fiction Omnibus (2007)
2010The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction edited by Evans et al
2016The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Milk of Paradise"James Tiptree, Jr.1972
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Nobody's Home"Joanna Russ1972
1970Anthologies edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
1973The Best Science Fiction of the Year #2 edited by Terry Carr
1975Women of Wonder anthology series edited by Pamela Sargent, 1975-1995, 5 volumes
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1992Modern Classics of Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Imaginary Countries"Ursula K. Le Guin1973
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Stars Below"Ursula K. Le Guin1975
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"An Infinite Summer"Christopher Priest1976
1977The Road to Science Fiction edited by James Gunn
1977The Best Science Fiction of the Year #6 edited by Terry Carr
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton"Gene Wolfe1977
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Seven American Nights"Gene Wolfe1978
Hugo finalist - story
Nebula finalist - story
1979The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year #1 edited by Terry Carr
1979Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Eighth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
1999Locus All Time Poll
2011Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction edited by Leigh Ronald Grossman
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Fire Watch"Connie Willis1982
Nebula winner - story
Hugo winner - story
1983The Best Science Fiction of the Year #12 edited by Terry Carr
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1999Locus All Time Poll
2010Nancy Kress Recommended Short Stories
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB All Time Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Bloodchild"Octavia E. Butler1984
Hugo winner - story
Nebula winner - story
1975Women of Wonder anthology series edited by Pamela Sargent, 1975-1995, 5 volumes
1978Anthologies edited by Warrick, Greenberg, and Olander
1985The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
1985Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year #14 edited by Terry Carr
1985The 1985 Annual World's Best SF edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha
1999Locus All Time Poll
2000The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Garyn G. Roberts
2004The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Brown & Strahan
2011Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction edited by Leigh Ronald Grossman
2011Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts edited by Heather Masri
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2016The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
2018ISFDB All Time Short Stories
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Crystal Spheres"David Brin1984
Hugo winner - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"New Rose Hotel"William Gibson1984
1985The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
2016The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"All My Darling Daughters"Connie Willis1985
1986Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year #15 edited by Terry Carr
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Green Mars"Kim Stanley Robinson1985
Hugo finalist - story
Nebula finalist - story
1986The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
1999Locus All Time Poll
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Only Neat Thing to Do"James Tiptree, Jr.1985
Hugo finalist - story
Nebula finalist - story
1986Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction of the Year #15 edited by Terry Carr
1986The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
2004The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Brown & Strahan
2011Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction edited by Leigh Ronald Grossman
2018ISFDB All Time Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Out of All Them Bright Stars"Nancy Kress1985
Nebula winner - story
1986The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
1993The Norton Book of Science Fiction edited by Le Guin and Attebery
1999Locus All Time Poll
2010The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction edited by Evans et al
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Rat"James Patrick Kelly1986
Hugo finalist - story
Nebula finalist - story
1993The Norton Book of Science Fiction edited by Le Guin and Attebery
2001Masterpieces edited by Orson Scott Card
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Schwarzschild Radius"Connie Willis1987
Nebula finalist - story
1993The Norton Book of Science Fiction edited by Le Guin and Attebery
2016The Big Book of Science Fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers"Lawrence Watt-Evans1987
Nebula finalist - story
Hugo winner - story
2018ISFDB Most Viewed Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Last of the Winnebagos"Connie Willis1988
Nebula winner - story
Gardner Dozois Recommended Short Stories
Hugo winner - story
1989The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
1999Locus All Time Poll
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB All Time Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Other Dead Man"Gene Wolfe1988
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Stairs"Neal Barrett, Jr.1988
Sturgeon finalist
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"At the Rialto"Connie Willis1989
Nebula winner - story
Hugo finalist - story
1975Women of Wonder anthology series edited by Pamela Sargent, 1975-1995, 5 volumes
1990The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook Three edited by David S. Garnett
1990The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
1999Locus All Time Poll
2011Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts edited by Heather Masri
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Great Work of Time"John Crowley1989
Nebula finalist - story
Gardner Dozois Recommended Short Stories
1973The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1974) / A Science Fiction Omnibus (2007)
1989Anthologies edited by Hartwell, Cramer, and Wolf
1990The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2018ISFDB All Time Short Stories
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Originist"Orson Scott Card1989
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Starship Day"Ian R. MacLeod1995
1996The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Think Like a Dinosaur"James Patrick Kelly1995
Nebula finalist - story
Hugo winner - story
1996Year's Best SF edited by David G. Hartwell
1996The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
2010The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction edited by Evans et al
2011Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction edited by Leigh Ronald Grossman
2012Locus All Centuries Poll
2018ISFDB All Time Short Stories
2018Sci-Fi Lists Top 200 - story
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"Wang's Carpets"Greg Egan1995
1996The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
2005The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois
2011Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts edited by Heather Masri
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
"The Ziggurat"Gene Wolfe1995
2019Rich Horton Recommended Short Stories
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