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 U.S. Government Inflicted Horrible Atrocities On Cthulhu's Followers

Chances are, you've read tons of stories in the Cthulhu Mythos — but "The Litany of Earth" by Ruthanna Emrys is still something special. It's set in a world where the U.S. government destroyed Innsmouth, closed Miskatonic University, and imprisoned the true believers. And now, one survivor of the camps is trying to… » 6/05/14 3:20pm 6/05/14 3:20pm

Alastair Reynolds Writes A New Story Inspired By A Surprising Exoplanet

The surprising news that NASA has discovered a potentially habitable planet orbiting Kapetyn's star, only 13 light years from Earth, has motivated Revelation Space author Alastair Reynolds to write a brand new story about a space probe visiting Kapetyn and sending back some sobering data. » 6/04/14 2:24pm 6/04/14 2:24pm

10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing

To you, your short story is unique and perfect. To editors, it's "the third steampunk time-travel story we've seen this week." But which trends should you try to avoid? To find out, we asked some of the top editors in the field which type of science fiction and fantasy stories they're tired of seeing. Here's what they… » 4/22/14 10:28am 4/22/14 10:28am

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

This story only takes a couple minutes to read -- and it's superb.

Some of the shortest stories pack the biggest punches. Case in point: "In the Marrow" by Malon Edwards, published over at Lakeside Circus. It's under 1,000 words, and it tells the story of a gynoid and her girlfriend, who've been driven apart by their parents — and by the "sexually deviant" gynoid's memory loss. » 2/20/14 3:40pm 2/20/14 3:40pm