Category Archives: short fiction

“The Purple Pileus” by H.G. Wells

A lot of good, even classic, science fiction stories are currently available for free as HTML, PDF or some e-reader format. I decided to feature some of these “freebee” pieces on a semi-regular basis this year.  Recently, I was trading … Continue reading

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The Last Stand, by Mickey Spillane

I’ve noticed that many of the recent “rediscovery” publications from Hard Case Crime are older novels packaged with a extra short story or two. Whether I really liked (Robert Silverberg’s Blood on the Mink), disliked (Lawrence Block’s Borderline) or have … Continue reading

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“The White Otters of Childhood” by Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop, like the almost all authors of the SF genre, is best remembered for his novels. Additionally, recent reviewers of his work have emphasized his novellas as further examples of his best writing, especially among his 1970s fiction (see … Continue reading

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Blooded on Arachne, by Michael Bishop – part 2

This article continues of my overview of the first collection of Michael Bishop stories, Blood on Arachne (1982). In Part 1 I found the first four stories to be all worth reading, with “Blooded on Arachne” and “Cathadonian Odyssey” being … Continue reading

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Blooded on Arachne, by Michael Bishop – part 1

I’ve been a fan of Michael Bishop’s work since discovering the reviews of the site SF Ruminations and reading Transfigurations. Much of his novel-length fiction focuses on the ideas and methods of anthropology, in a mixture of wonder and skepticism. … Continue reading

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Neanderthal Planet, by Brian Aldiss

The short story collections of Brian Aldiss have been hit-and-miss for me over the years; Who Can Replace a Man? was filled with thought-provoking entries, but Supertoys Last All Summer Long felt like a collection of weak material propped up … Continue reading

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“Inside Earth” by Poul Anderson

A lot of good, even classic, science fiction stories are currently available for free as HTML, PDF or some e-reader format. I decided to feature some of these “freebee” pieces on a semi-regular basis this year.  Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was … Continue reading

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