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Dinner in Audoghast by Bruce Sterling

You can read this story for free courtesy of Lightspeed Magazine. This story is told with Sterling’s usual aplomb but once more I am led to ask: how is this story science fiction? It was published in Isaac Asimov’s Science

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Science fiction is dead… or is it?

Listen. I can see three possible arguments against the idea that science fiction is dead. 1. It’s everywhere Yes, I readily admit that it doesn’t immediately look like SF is dead. Bookshop shelves groan and Kindles and iPads are filled

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Sister Planet by Poul Anderson

First published in Sattelite Science Fiction, February 1959. And so we come to the end. This is the last story in The Golden Age of Science Fiction (and therefore the last story in my great classic SF read-a-thon, but we’ll

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It’s A Good Life by Jerome Bixby

Billy Mumy as Anthony in The Twilight Zone. This is another story that was made into a classic episode of the Twilight Zone, which is famous enough to have been parodied on The Simpsons. It’s a classic ‘what if?’ story:

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Student Body by F L Wallace

First published in Galaxy 1953. Another one available at Project Gutenberg. You could also listen to an audio version from the 50s courtesy of the Biology in Science Fiction page.  Sorry it’s not a better story!  A striking illusatration by

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The Machine That Won The War by Isaac Asimov

First published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1961. The real Mulitvac is a vacuum-packing machine. For all his hard SF reputation, Isaac Asimov’s stories are very rarely about hard science. The technicalities of artificial intelligence are

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The Country of the Kind by Damon Knight

First published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 1956. This is a classic high-period SF dystopia: a world where peace and contentment reigns but at the cost of some vital element of humanity. It would seem that

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The Streets of Ashkelon by Harry Harrison

First published in New Worlds #122, Septermber 1962. You can read this one for free courtesy of Lightspeed Magazine. A brilliant Jim Burns illustration! Science fiction and religion have always been enemies. Not so science itself – many great scientists

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The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C Clarke

First published in Star Science Ficiton Stories No. 1, 1953. You can listen to this one via youtube in this excellent reading in two parts. This one’s pretty famous. It’s widely anthologised and was a given some kind of retrospective

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A Game of Rat and Dragon by Cordwainer Smith

First published in Galaxy Science Ficiton, October 1955. And another one that’s available as a free download from Project Gutenberg! It’s listed under the pseudonymous Smith’s real name, Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger. This is a story about, of all things,

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