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foureyed
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Favorite S/f Fantantasy short fiction

There was a story I read years ago called Microcosmic God by theodore sturgeon. it is about a scientist whocreates a synthetic life form called the neoterics. They live their lives at fast forward, so he uses them to invent a lot of cool stuff that benifits mankind. What is your favorite short piece?  my favorite short novel is David Drake's Rolling Hot, hands down. Balls -to-the-wall, realistic combat action start to finish. If you love military sci-fi, this is a manditory read!
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Re: Favorite S/f Fantantasy short fiction

Well, you're right about Theodore Sturgeon – I hooked up with a multivolume set of Sturgeon's collected works published by North Atlantic Books – http://www.northatlanticbooks.com/category/literature/theodoresturgeon – and, wow!, that guy has literally dozens of stories that could be considered classics.  

 

One of my favorite short SF works is the Hugo and Nebula Award winning "The Persistence of Vision" by John Varley, about a drifter who stumbles across a commune  of deaf and blind people... It really is amazing!

 

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Re: Favorite S/f Fantantasy short fiction

I got hooked on "Twilight Zone" short stories in high school.  They always had an O'Henry type surprise ending.  And they were mixing the genres (horror, sci fi, suspense) long before it became popular.

 

Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Henry Kuttner have some great books of sci fi short stories.

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Re: Favorite S/f Fantantasy short fiction

check out George RR Martin's short stories.  they are collected in two volumes.  Dream Songs

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Re: Favorite S/f Fantantasy short fiction

Loved Microscopic God! I first read it as part of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One  which I first found and read probably around '74-'75 (and still have both volumes!).

 

My favorite short story at the moment is Bridesickle (link is a PDF file) by Will McIntosh, first published in the Jan '09 Asimov's.

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Re: Favorite S/f Fantasy short fiction


foureyed wrote:
There was a story I read years ago called Microcosmic God by theodore sturgeon. it is about a scientist whocreates a synthetic life form called the neoterics. They live their lives at fast forward, so he uses them to invent a lot of cool stuff that benifits mankind. What is your favorite short piece?  my favorite short novel is David Drake's Rolling Hot, hands down. Balls -to-the-wall, realistic combat action start to finish. If you love military sci-fi, this is a manditory read!

 

Some of this stuff is very old, but you might still get a kick out of it:

 

1.  "Murder, 1990" by C. B. Gilford.  This is a science fiction mystery story set in a negative utopia, and well worth reading.  It appeared in Best Detective Stories of the Year, 16th Annual Collection, edited by Brett Halliday.  It was written in 1960, when 1990 seemed very far in the future.

 

2.  The Counterfeit Man and Tiger by the Tail, both by Alan E. Nourse.  Nourse's works are aimed more at Young Adults than at real adults, but I can't help picking them up and rereading them every so often.  Nourse was my absolute favorite SF writer until I was well into my thirties.

 

3.  Bolo by Keith Laumer.  Everyone already knows this, but, just in case . . .  Laumer is known for two things:  a) Retief, an ambassador from Earth who's always getting into one amusing scrape after another; and b)  Bolos, huge, very powerful fighting machines, sort of like self-aware tanks on steroids.

 

I'm sure that as soon as I click on "Post," I'll think of 10 others I should have mentioned!  :smileyhappy: