A simple list today.
Last semester, I was fortunate enough to be able to take a science fiction literature course with a professor I very much appreciate. We had a great time, and I thought I'd share some of my favorite readings among the short stories that we read.
Take a look at the list and tell me in the comments if you've read any of these or if you'd add some other spec fic short stories to the required reading list!
It's time for the Electric Didact!
This list, of course, is not definitive nor superior to any other, but it will provide a good variety of speculative fiction to choose from. The class in which I read these was a lot of fun, and these stories provided a lot of good discussion because many are so thought-provoking in the way only speculative fiction can really be. These stories span subgenres and time period from the so-called Golden Age to more contemporary fiction.
- "When I Was Miss Dow" (Sonya Dorman)
- "Faster Than Empires and More Slow" (Ursula K. Le Guin)
- "Bloodchild" (Octavia Butler)
- "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" (James Tiptree, Jr.)
- "When We Went to See the End of the World" (Robert Silverberg)
- "The Nine Billion Names of God" (Arthur C. Clarke)
- "Blood Music" (Greg Bear)
- "Bears Discover Fire" (Terry Bisson)
Jedd Cole is a professional writer and author of short speculative fiction. He resides in Ohio where he is completing a degree in Rhetoric & Professional Writing, crafting short stories in every time-nook he can find, all while frequenting the pages of imaginary worlds with his wonderful wife, Heather, and no pets. None.