Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is a Genre Freebie and I’m doing a roundup of Classic Science Fiction Short Stories!
For anyone who has been hanging around this site for a while now, you know that some of my first posts were all primarily about science fiction short stories. Why? Because I was an undergrad at the time that I started this blog and was taking a class on that very topic. It sparked my interested in both the short story and science fiction genre, and introduced me to authors and stories I will never forget.
Here’s a few of my favorites, in no particular order…
- The Third Level by Jack Kinney
- Party Line by Gerard Klein
- The Valley of Echoes by Gerard Klein
- The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells
- Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven
- Chronopolis by J.G. Ballard
- I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
- Nine Lives by Ursula Le Guin
- Zero Hour by Ray Bradbury
- Backward in Seville by Audrey Niffenegger
To be completely truthful, most of these spooked me so much that I still, to this day, think about them often, kind of like the bad nightmare you can never get out of your head, but in a good way if that makes sense. I think the best stories, especially when it comes to short fiction, are the ones that stick with you whether for good or bad, and each of these stories managed to do a little of both.
What did you pick for the genre freebie this week? Tell me in the comments or drop a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post so I can check it out!