Category: Short Story Pick

Short Story Pick: “A Walk in the Dark” by Arthur C. Clarke

Straight out of the pulps, Arthur C. Clarke’s science-fiction/horror short story published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1950, tells the story of a man on a far off planet looking for the port station in the dead of night. His tractor broke down and his flash light went out; all he can do now is ...

Short Story Pick: “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El–Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron” tells the tale of Tabitha, who must walk through seven pairs of iron shoes, and Amira, who sits on a throne atop a glass hill, which she cannot move from. Each woman lives in her own personal prison, but life gets a little brighter when they happen to ...

Short Story Pick: “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” by Brooke Bolander

“I was playing at being mortal this century because I love cigarettes and shawarma, and it’s easier to order shawarma if your piercing shriek doesn’t drive the delivery boy mad.” This flash fiction by Brooke Bolander is an exciting and quick read, with unapologetic frankness. Originally published in Uncanny Magazine, it has been nominated for ...


Short Story Pick: ‘Sleeper’

Jo Walton’s “Sleeper” is a short and engaging read set in a future where the minds and memories of the dead can be brought back to life. A young woman studies the memories of a deceased BBC director with many secrets for a biography that she is writing. Here it is on


Short Story Pick: This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year

As someone who works in the news business and loves science-fiction, it delights me when I see the two brought together. This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year by Kris Millering, follows a journalist who is captured in the field, while covering a story on an unidentified spaceship. She also struggles with her relationship. ...


Short Story Pick: The Discovered Country

Ian R. MacLeod’s The Discovered Country takes place in Farside, a virtual afterlife for the wealthy.


Short Story Pick: Immersion

Immersion, by Aliette De Bodard, won the 2012 Nebula Award and 2013 Locus Award for Best Short Story. Originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine, this short story is about the effects of technology on society.