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February 5, 2013 7:57 PM   Subscribe

Sometimes you might find yourself sitting at a computer, wanting to read something. But you don't want something long. You're thinking, what about a short story, and possibly something in the fantasy or sci-fi realms? You're in luck! Here are four collections, for your reading pleasure: Apex Magazine short fiction | Baen Ebooks Free Library, which includes some short story collections | Eclipse Online, from Nightshade Books | Strange Horizons fiction archive, including podcasts of many stories. If this is overwhelming, io9 has a pick of 5 short stories from January, with synopses. [Previously: Plane of the Ecliptic, on the Eclipse series | This isn't your grandfather's science fiction, where "Exhalation" is from the Eclipse series]
posted by filthy light thief (15 comments total) 155 users marked this as a favorite

 
This needs a link to Lois Tilton, my favorite grumpy short fiction reviewer.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:07 PM on February 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


There is also AE, the Canadian Sci-Fi revue, disclaimer, I am in some of the Micro collections
posted by The Whelk at 8:15 PM on February 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Great stuff filthy light thief. Also don't forget all the short SF/Fantasy available at tor.com!
posted by Wretch729 at 8:30 PM on February 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Lightspeed Magazine offers a few stories for free, both in print and podcast form.

And don't forget author websites, like MeFi's own Charlie Stross (cstross) or maybe David Brin.
posted by Sunburnt at 8:35 PM on February 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Peter Watts has a some great stuff at his site.
posted by jclarkin at 9:38 PM on February 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Miracle Jones writes short stories that are not sci-fi but highly imaginative and DAMN.
posted by ecsh at 10:20 PM on February 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


There goes my weekend.
posted by Happy Dave at 1:39 AM on February 6, 2013


Miracle Jones writes short stories that are not sci-fi but highly imaginative and DAMN.

Dear me. Rather like a new hole in Warren Ellis's skull.
posted by sebastienbailard at 2:14 AM on February 6, 2013


Don't forget Clarkesworld.

And, from back in the day, all of OMNI is now available online.
posted by ninebelow at 3:05 AM on February 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


FLT, what do you have against my productivity?
posted by mollweide at 4:45 AM on February 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Nothing. Think of these as little breaks you can give yourself. Think of it like chocolate: you can either eat the whole chocolate bar now, or nibble on one square at your break, saving more for later. Except this chocolate bar will last you for weeks, if not months, and gorging yourself on the weekends probably won't leave you feeling ill on Monday.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:22 AM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Problem is, these start out as little breaks, but then turn into an afternoon. It is often hard to stop at just one. All that said, for an even shorter break (or series of breaks...), I also recommend 365 Tomorrows, which is a great daily read for very short form ("Flash Fiction") sci-fi.
posted by mysterpigg at 10:24 AM on February 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


And, from back in the day, all of OMNI is now available online.

William Gibson Stories in OMNI Available For Download
posted by homunculus at 5:36 PM on February 10, 2013


The Performance Artist

Via
posted by homunculus at 9:44 AM on February 11, 2013


Another few treasure troves, from Rachel Swirsky's Short Story Recommendations for 2012: posted by filthy light thief at 7:21 PM on February 12, 2013


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