infovore + shortstory   12

The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu | Tor.com
"The water that falls on you from nowhere when you lie is perfectly ordinary, but perfectly pure. True fact. I tested it myself when the water started falling a few weeks ago. Everyone on Earth did. Everyone with any sense of lab safety anyway. Never assume any liquid is just water. When you say “I always document my experiments as I go along,” enough water falls to test, but not so much that you have to mop up the lab. Which lie doesn’t matter. The liquid tests as distilled water every time." A truly lovely short story from John Chu.
fiction  sf  shortstory 
september 2014 by infovore
There Will Come Soft Rains - Ray Bradbury
Sixty years earlier, a precursor to Warren Ellis' _Lich House_. The terrors of the future are not those we have - the Cold War still looming large. But the depiction of the future is, whilst regimented and picket-fence-utopian... also charming. The childrens' bedroom, in particular, made me smile and want to visit; not nod knowingly at the cleverness. When we write stories about the future, it's important they're still stories.
raybradbury  fiction  sf  shortstory 
march 2014 by infovore
Read Ken Liu's amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards
"A little paper tiger stood on the table, the size of two fists placed together. The skin of the tiger was the pattern on the wrapping paper, white background with red candy canes and green Christmas trees.

I reached out to Mom's creation. Its tail twitched, and it pounced playfully at my finger. "Rawrr-sa," it growled, the sound somewhere between a cat and rustling newspapers."

Ken Liu's "The Paper Menagerie" is just a lovely short story. Sad, deft, minimal, very much worth your time. Might have had a little sniffle.
sf  shortstory  kenliu 
november 2012 by infovore
How to Build an Impossible Staircase
A short story by Jon Ingold. When I first read this, in a Cambridge May Anthology, I thought "this chap must write Interactive Fiction". It turns out he does, and writes very good IF. He's also a maths teacher now, I believe - but he also wrote this several years ago, and it's a lovely little short story about all the things you can only do in writing.
shortstory  impossible  joningold  if 
june 2010 by infovore
P. G. Wodehouse's short story: The Coming of Gowf
"What this magazine requires," he said, "is red-blooded, one-hundred-per-cent dynamic stuff, palpitating with warm human interest and containing a strong, poignant love-motive." "That," we replied, "is us all over, Mabel." "What I need at the moment, however, is a golf story." "By a singular coincidence, ours is a golf story." Lovely short Wodehouse about the coming of Gowf to a far-off land.
golf  pgwodehouse  shortstory  fiction 
june 2010 by infovore
They're Made Out Of Meat
"You're not understanding, are you? You're refusing to deal with what I'm telling you. The brain does the thinking. The meat."
writing  shortstory  sf  meat  via:tomc 
february 2010 by infovore
Life Starts Here: High Society
“This is who we are.” Duncan Fyfe is writing again; twelve short stories - presumably, one a month - set in the world of games. Writing fiction about something as a way of writing about something; he ends up with not only good - and acute - games writing, but just good writing, plain and simple. So good to have him back.
duncanfyfe  games  fiction  shortstory 
january 2010 by infovore
kewlchops: Blog all dog-eared pages: The Best Australian Stories 2007 / Repossession
"I'm continually drawn in by the belief that everyone finds their own way through life, age, cities, networks, whatever. And as Meehan's tale recounts, it's the whispers we leave on the wind that entice others to follow our hints." Just go and read the story; it's wonderful, and the fragments George picks out so carefully constructed. That made my evening.
stories  narrative  shortstory  storytelling  conversation 
june 2009 by infovore
The Remarkable Case Of Davidson's Eyes by H.G. Wells: Arthur's Classic Novels
Wells short story I don't know; a lovely tale of (literal) tele-vision. Linked to by Rod elsewhere.
shortstory  hgwells  scifi  science  fiction 
march 2007 by infovore
The Author of the Acacia Seeds, Ursula K. Le Guin
This story is copyright 1974 by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is transcribed from Le Guin's collection The Compass Rose because I'd like my friends to read it.
shortstory  ursulaleguin  scifi  fiction  language 
march 2007 by infovore

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