18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels

People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world. » 3/19/15 12:38pm 3/19/15 12:38pm

A brand new Heinlein story! Robert A. Heinlein wrote a funny cyborg story in response to a cyborg anthology that was dedicated to him, Human Machines. And this rare find is finally appearing in a magazine, the May issue of Galaxy's Edge. » 3/12/15 2:40pm 3/12/15 2:40pm

Introducing Jews Vs. Zombies And Jews Vs. Aliens, Two Very Strange Books

The chosen people are going where they've never gone before. Two new anthologies, Jews Vs. Zombiesand Jews Vs. Aliens, feature an all-star group of writers, explaining just what happens when Judaism confronts the unimaginable. To celebrate, we've got an exclusive excerpt: A brand new story by Naomi Alderman! » 2/24/15 10:20am 2/24/15 10:20am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories from the Week of February 8 - 14

This week's stories are all about bodies — including body-modification, violations, and finding the physical truth of yourself. » 2/13/15 9:40am 2/13/15 9:40am

Why short fiction is a good career move. Earlier today, we revealed why Tor.com thinks short novels are the future of publishing — but in a post on the SFWA site, John Joseph Adams and Daniel H. Wilson explain why short fiction may not pay much, but can still boost your career. » 2/12/15 4:30pm 2/12/15 4:30pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for January 19 - 24

This week's stories are about divergent histories, revolutions, and people abusing their power (or just the ones they love). » 1/23/15 9:20am 1/23/15 9:20am

R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

A Whole Bunch Of Free Science Fiction And Fantasy To Download Right Now

If you're looking for something fun to put on your Kindle or other e-reading device, Tor.com has just published their annual collection of some of their best stories. You can read them all for free on the web, sure, but now they're in a handy free ebook. » 1/06/15 2:30pm 1/06/15 2:30pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for October 20 - 25

Over on his blog Morning, Computer, Warren Ellis has a few thoughts on the state of SF magazines (mostly of the British variety) prompted by the news that the new New Worlds is now defunct. » 10/24/14 10:53am 10/24/14 10:53am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for October 13 - 18

The creepy stories continue to pile up, making for a very interesting October. And the more dark fantasy and horror we read, the more we appreciate that subgenre. Please share your own suggestions of great creepy and terrifying stories in the comments! » 10/17/14 10:58am 10/17/14 10:58am

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for October 6 - 11

Last month, Nebula award-winning author and editor Eugie Foster passed away at the way too early age of 42. Eugie was, and is still, one of the most impressive people I've ever known. » 10/10/14 10:46am 10/10/14 10:46am

Neal Stephenson Inspired Madeline Ashby To Write This Wild, Clever Tale

Tomorrow sees the publication of Hieroglyph, a book of optimistic science fiction spearheaded by Neal Stephenson's famous call to arms . And we've got an exclusive excerpt from Madeline Ashby's weird, bracing short story, in which she imagines a world without border fences. » 9/08/14 10:30am 9/08/14 10:30am

Read A Brand New Apocalyptic Story By Defenders Author Will McIntosh!

Hugo Award-winning writer Will McIntosh has blown us away with novels like Love Minus Eighty and Defenders — but he's also shown a unique spin on the apocalypse in his book Soft Apocalypse. And now, he's written a unique apocalyptic vision for the anthology The End Is Now, and we're excited to share it with you. » 9/02/14 1:20pm 9/02/14 1:20pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Short Stories for the Week of July 7 - 12

Summer reading — is it really a thing once you leave primary school? People seem to think it is, from all the summer reading lists that pop up around this time of year. But in between plowing through the novels in your to-read pile, don't forget to pick up or download some magazines as well. Here are the best stories… » 7/14/14 2:52pm 7/14/14 2:52pm

The Saddest Ghost Story You'll Read This Year

When Ginny and Bobby were teenagers, they stayed in a haunted house and saw a ghost. Now Virginia and Robert are all grown up, and it's their last chance to see the ghost a second time, before the house is torn down. That's the deceptively simple premise of Richard Butner's moving story, "Circa." » 6/03/14 11:30am 6/03/14 11:30am

Essential Short Story Anthologies That Every Writer Should Read

Short stories are the lifeblood of science fiction and fantasy — novels get all the buzz and the parties, but short fiction is where the wildest ideas and coolest characters come out. And here are 15 or so anthologies that will show you just how superb science fiction and fantasy storytelling can get. » 5/20/14 3:11pm 5/20/14 3:11pm

Read One of The Year's Best Tales: "In Metal, In Bone" By An Owomoyela

Last week, we brought you Jonathan Strahan's essay about finding the year's best short stories for his annual collections — now here's an excerpt from The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Volume 8: "In Metal, In Bone" by An Owomoyela. » 5/19/14 10:51am 5/19/14 10:51am

How To Find The Best New Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories

Jonathan Strahan has been editing collections of the year's best short fiction for several years — and it's no easy task. In this essay, Strahan talks about reading a whole year's worth of stories for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Volume 8.
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When the world is ending, the only thing to do is make slapstick movies

We're all obsessed with the end of the world lately — but at last, John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey have broken that anxiety down into three distinct stages. They're putting out collections of pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. And you can read my story from the pre-apocalyptic volume now. » 3/04/14 1:47pm 3/04/14 1:47pm

Why is it so hard to write a decent ending?

Endings define stories. A great ending can make everything that's come before seem retroactively great. A weak ending can ruin everything. But why do they have to be so impossible to write? And is there any trick for crafting a strong ending that doesn't involve endless misery? » 1/22/14 1:05pm 1/22/14 1:05pm