List of science fiction short stories

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This is a non-comprehensive list of short stories with significant science fiction elements.


Notable Short Stories

TitleAuthorPublication yearFirst published inNotes
2 B R 0 2 B Kurt Vonnegut 1962 If
2430 A.D. Isaac Asimov 1970 Think
The Adaptive Ultimate Stanley Weinbaum 1935 Astounding
All Summer in a Day Ray Bradbury 1954 F&SF
All You Zombies Robert Heinlein 1959 F&SF
Allamagoosa Eric Frank Russell 1955 Astounding
And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side James Tiptree Jr. 1972 F&SF
The Answer H. Beam Piper 1959 Fantastic Universe
The Aqueduct
The Aqueduct (story)
Arena (short story)
Armaments Race
Auto-da-Fé (short story)
The Awakening (short story)
Azathoth (short story)
Baby, You Were Great
Backstage Lensman
The Ballad of Black Tom
The Barbie Murders
Be My Guest
The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
Bicycle Repairman
Big Game Hunt
Birth of a Notion (short story)
The Bitter End (short story)
Black Box
Black Destroyer A.E. van Vogt
The Black Pits of Luna
Black Projects, White Knights
Black Sheep Astray
The Black Stone
The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species
A Boy's Best Friend
The Brains of Rats
A Braver Thing
Breakfast at Twilight
Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight
The Builder (short story)
Burning Chrome
But Who Can Replace a Man?
Buy Jupiter
By His Bootstraps
Byomjatrir Diary
A Cabin on the Coast
Call Me Joe
The Call of Cthulhu
The Caller of the Black
The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians
A Can of Paint
Captive Market (short story)
Cassandra (short story)
Cat Pictures Please
The Children of the Night
The Chronic Argonauts
A Clean Escape
The Cloak and the Staff
The Clock that Went Backward
The Clockwork Atom Bomb
The Cold Equations
Cold War (short story)
A Colder War
Colliding Branes
Collision Orbit
Colony (short story)
The Colour Out of Space H. P. Lovecraft
Columbus Was a Dope
The Comet (short story)
Coming Attraction
Coming of Age in Karhide
Common Time
The Commuter (short story)
The Concentration City
The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion
The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, A Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk
The Country of the Kind
Coventry (short story)
The Crawlers
Critical Factor
Critical Mass (Arthur C. Clarke short story)
Crouch End (short story)
Crusade (short story)
The Crystal Crypt
The Crystal Spheres
The Curse (short story)
The Curse of Yig
Dagon (short story)
The Damned Thing
Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites
Dancer in the Dark (short story)
The Dancers at the End of Time
The Dandelion Girl
The Darfsteller
The Dark Between the Stars
Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed
Darth Maul: Saboteur
Darwinian Pool Room
The Day After the Day the Martians Came
The Day of Forever
Day of the Hunters
The Dead
Dear Pen Pal
Death by Ecstasy
The Deathbird
The Defenseless Dead
Delilah and the Space Rigger
Despoilers of the Golden Empire
Destination Moon (short story)
Destination: Universe!
Devil You Don't Know
The Diamond Pit
Dinosaurs (short story)
The Disaster Area
The Discarded
The Disintegration Machine
Divide and Rule (short story)
Divided We Fall
Divided We Fall (short story)
Division by Zero (story)
Dog Star (short story)
Dogfight (short story)
The Doll-House
The Dowry of the Angyar
Dr. Ox's Experiment
The Dragon Masters
A Dream of Armageddon
Dreaming Is a Private Thing
The Dreams in the Witch House
Drode's Equations
Dulcie and Decorum
Dune short stories
The Dunwich Horror
The Dying Night
E for Effort
Earthlight (short story)
Eight Episodes
Elemental (short story)
The Enchantress of Venus
Encounter in the Dawn
The Enemy (short story)
Enemy Mine
Enemy Mine (novella)
The Eternal Adam
Eutopia (short story)
Even the Queen
The Evening and the Morning and the Night
Everest (short story)
Evil Robot Monkey
The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change
Exhalation (short story)
Exhibit Piece
Exile of the Eons
Exile to Hell
The Exiles (Bradbury story)
The Exit Door Leads In
Expendable (short story)
Exploration Team
Extempore (short story)
Eye for Eye
Eyes Do More Than See
Fair Game (short story)
Falling Onto Mars
Far Centaurus
The Far Look
Farewell to the Master
The Father-thing
Fermi and Frost
The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model
The Festival
Fire Watch (short story)
First Contact (short story)
First Law
The First Men
Flat Diane
Flowers for Algernon
The Fly
The Fog Horn
The Food of the Gods (short story)
For a Breath I Tarry
The Fort Moxie Branch
Fountain of Age
Fragments of a Hologram Rose
Free Men
From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled
Frost and Fire
The Fun They Had
The Galoshes of Fortune
The Gambler (short story)
Gateway to Strangeness
Gene Hive
The General Zapped an Angel
Genius of the Species
Gentlemen, Be Seated!
Georgia on My Mind (novelette)
Getting Real (short story)
Getting to Know You
The Ghost Pit
Giant Killer
The Gift of Gab
Gilgamesh in the Outback
The Girl Who Was Plugged In
The Gnarly Man
Goat Song (novelette)
The God in the Bowl
Gods and Pawns
Gold (short story)
The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind
Good Night, Moon
Gramma (short story)
The Great C
The Great Nebraska Sea
Great Science Fiction Stories About the Moon
The Great Secret
The Great Simoleon Caper
The Great Wall of Mexico (short story)
Great Work of Time
The Green Leopard Plague
Grotto of the Dancing Deer
The Gun (short story)
The Gunslinger (novella)
The Gunslinger and the Dark Man
Hallucination (short story)
Hammer's Slammers
The Hanging Stranger
The Happy Breed
Happy Ending (short story)
Harrison Bergeron
The Haunter of the Dark
The Haunter of the Ring
He Walked Around the Horses
The Heart of the Serpent
Helix the Cat
Hell-Fire (story)
The Hemingway Hoax
Henry James, This One's for You
Herbert West–Reanimator
Here There Be Tygers
The Hibited Man
Hinterlands (short story)
History of the Necronomicon
The Hole Man
Home Delivery
Honeymoon in Hell
The Hood Maker
The Hound
The House Beyond Your Sky
The House of the Worm
The House on Maple Street
The Houses of Iszm
Houston, Houston, Do You Read?
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
How We Went to Mars
How's the Night Life on Cissalda?
Huddling Place
Human Is
The Human Operators
I Am the Doorway
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
I Know What You Need
I, Cthulhu
I, Robot Cory Doctorow April 15, 2005
I, Robot Eando Binder January 1939 Amazing Stories
I'm in Marsport Without Hilda
Idiot Stick
If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?
If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth
If There Were No Benny Cemoli
Impossible Dreams
The Impossible Man
Impostor (short story)
In Darkness Waiting
In the Pound, Near Breaktime
In the Walls of Eryx
In the Year 2889
Inclination (novella)
The Indefatigable Frog
Inertia (short story)
The Infinites
Inheritance (short story)
Internal Combustion (short story)
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 1 (1939)
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 2 (1940)
It's a Good Life
It's Great to Be Back!
Jack-in-the-Box (short story)
Jerry Was a Man
Jerusalem's Lot
The Jigsaw Man
Jipi and the Paranoid Chip
Judas (short story)
Judgment Day (short story)
The July Ward
The Keeper
The Keeper (short story)
The Key
The Key (short story)
Kid Stuff
Killdozer! (short story)
Kin (short story)
King Solomon's Ring (short story)
Lambing Season
The Land Ironclads
Land of the Great Horses
The Last Castle
The Last Command (short story)
Last Contact
The Last Defender of Camelot (short story)
Last Enemy
The Last Full Measure
The Last Lunarians
The Last of the Masters
The Last of the Winnebagos
The Last Trump
The Last Word
The Lawnmower Man
Lecture Demonstration
Left to Right
Legions in Time
Lest Darkness Fall and Related Stories
Lest We Remember
Let There Be Light (Clarke short story)
Let There Be Light (Heinlein short story)
Let's Go to Golgotha!
The Liberation of Earth
Light of Other Days
The Lincoln Train
The Little Black Bag
Little Brother (short story)
The Little Movement
The Little Sisters of Eluria
A Little Something for Us Tempunauts
Live Without a Net (book)
Living Space
A Logic Named Joe
A Loint of Paw
The Long Rain
The Long Watch
The Longest Voyage
Lorelei at Storyville West
Lost Dorsai
The Love Letter (1998 film)
Machine Made
The Machine Stops
The Machine That Won the War (short story)
Macs (short story)
A Man of the People
The Man Who Bridged the Mist
The Man Who Came Early
The Man Who Evolved
The Man Who Ploughed the Sea
The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles
The Man Who Sold the Moon
Marionettes, Inc.
Mars Is Heaven!
A Martian Odyssey
A Martian Odyssey and Others
The Martian Star-Gazers
Masks (short story)
Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body
Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson
May Be Some Time
Medusa's Coil
Melancholy Elephants
Memorare (novella)
Memory (short story)
The Men and the Mirror
The Men Who Murdered Mohammed
Men Without Bones
The Menace from Earth
The Message
The Message (short story)
The Million Cities
Mimsy Were the Borogoves
Misfit (short story)
The Monster
The Monster of Lake LaMetrie
The Monsters
The Moon Is Hell!
The Moon Moth
Morning Child
The Morphology of the Kirkham Wreck
Mortimer Gray's History of Death
Moving Spirit
Moxon's Master
Mozart in Mirrorshades
Mr F. is Mr F.
Mr. Boy
MS Fnd in a Lbry
My Object All Sublime
My Son, the Physicist
Myths of the Near Future
The Nameless City
Nanny (short story)
Neanderthal Planet
Neil Gaiman's Only the End of the World Again
Neutron Star (short story collection)
The New Accelerator
The New Prime
The Night That All Time Broke Out
Nightwings (novella)
Nine Lives (novelette)
Nirvana High
No Love Lost (book)
Nobody Bothers Gus
None So Blind
Not with a Bang
Notebook Found in a Deserted House
Nothing But Ice
Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon
Now: Zero
The Nutcracker Coup
Nyarlathotep (short story)
Old Hundredth (short story)
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (short story)
Old Man in New World
Old Music and the Slave Women
Or All the Seas with Oysters
The Oracle and the Mountains
Ordeal in Space
The Originist
Orphans of the Helix
Orpheus with Clay Feet
Our Fair City
Out in the Garden
A Pail of Air
Paladin of the Lost Hour
The Past Through Tomorrow
The Pause (story)
Paying It Forward
The Pedestrian
The People of Sand and Slag
Permafrost (story)
The Persistence of Vision (short story)
Piper in the Woods
The Planck Dive
Plato's Dream
Point of View (short story)
Polaris (short story)
Polly Plus
Poor Daddy
Poor Dionis
The Possessed (short story)
The Pre-persons
The Preserving Machine (short story)
The Prize of Peril
Prize Ship
Professor Shonkur Kandokarkhana
Project Nightmare
The Proper Study
The Prophets' Paradise
The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
Proxima Centauri (short story)
Psi-man Heal My Child!
The Queen of Air and Darkness (novella)
Queen of the Black Coast
The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper
Quicker Than the Eye
Rachel in Love
Radiant Doors
Rat (short story)
The Rats in the Walls
The Ray-Gun: A Love Story
Recall Mechanism
The Red One
The Red Queen's Race
Red Star, Winter Orbit
The Reluctant Orchid
Replacements (short story)
Requiem (short story)
The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw
The Return
The Return of the Sorcerer
The Return of William Proxmire
The Riddle of the Universe and Its Solution
Ring Around the Sun
Ripples in the Dirac Sea
Rivers of Time
The Rocket (short story)
Rogue Farm
Rome, Sweet Rome
Rule 18
The Rulers
The Runaway Skyscraper
The Ruum
Salvador (short story)
Sam Hall (short story)
The Saturn Game
The Screwfly Solution
The Search (short story)
Searchlight (short story)
The Secret (short story)
The Secret Sense
Selam Professor Shonku
Selkie Stories Are for Losers
The Sensitive Man
The Sentinel (short story)
Sergeant Chip
A Series of Steaks
Service Call
Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge
Sex and/or Mr. Morrison
Shabash Professor Shonku
The Shadow over Innsmouth
Shadows over Innsmouth
Shah Guido G.
Shall the Dust Praise Thee?
The Shambler from the Stars (Short Story)
The Sharing of Flesh
Shell Game (short story)
Shikari in Galveston
The Shobies' Story
Shoggoths in Bloom
Shonku Ekai Aksho
The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford
Silence Please
The Silver Key
The Singing Bell
Sister Planet
Skirmish on a Summer Morning
The Skull (short story)
Sky Lift
Sleeping Beauty (short story)
A Slice at a Time
The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World
The Slithering Shadow
Slow Life (novelette)
The Slow Mutants
Slow Sculpture
Soldier Boy
Soldier from Tomorrow
Something Up There Likes Me
Son of the Tree
The Sound (short story)
A Sound of Thunder
The Sound-Sweep
The Sounds of Old Earth
Source Decay
Space Jockey
The Space Traders
Special Delivery
The Specter General
Speech Sounds
Spell My Name with an S
Stability (short story)
Stable Strategies for Middle Management
Star Light (short story)
The Statement of Randolph Carter
A Statue for Father
Stellar Ships
Sticks (short story)
The Stolen Dormouse
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Streets of Ashkelon
A Study in Emerald
Study in Still Life
Suitable for the Orient
Superiority (short story)
Supertoys Last All Summer Long
Surface Tension (short story)
Swords Against Tomorrow
Syzygies and Lunar Quadratures Aligned to the Meridian of Mérida of the Yucatán by an Anctitone or Inhabitant of the Moon, and Addressed to the Scholar Don Ambrosio de Echevarria
Take a Match
Take Us to Your Chief: and Other Stories
Taklamakan (short story)
The Tale of Satampra Zeiros
The Talking Stone
TAP (novelette)
A Tenderfoot in Space
Terminal Avenue
The Terrible Old Man
Test to Destruction
The Testament of Athammaus
That Only a Mother
There Will Come Soft Rains
They (Heinlein)
Thing of Beauty
The Thing on the Doorstep
Think Blue, Count Two
Think Like a Dinosaur
Think! (short story)
Thirsty God
Thor Meets Captain America
A Thousand Deaths
A Thousand Deaths (London short story)
Through the Gates of the Silver Key
Tideline (short story)
Time and Stars
Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones
Time Enough
Time's Arrow (short story)
The Tissue-Culture King
Titanium Mike Saves the Day
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
To Arkham and the Stars
To Mars and Providence
To Serve Man
Tony and the Beetles
Tower of Babylon
The Tower of the Elephant
A Toy for Juliette
The Toynbee Convector
Track 12
Transience (short story)
Travel by Wire!
Trends (short story)
Trouble with the Natives
True Names
The Tryouts
The Tunnel under the World
The Ugly Little Boy
Ullward's Retreat
The Ultimate Melody
Uncharted Territory (novella)
Uncommon Sense
Understand (story)
The Undiscovered
The Ungoverned
The Unnamable (short story)
The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall
The Unreconstructed M
The Vale of Lost Women
The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family
Vaster than Empires and More Slow
Vault of the Beast
The Veldt (short story)
Venture to the Moon
Venus and the Seven Sexes
Venus Equilateral
Venus Smiles
The Village
Vintage Season
The Voice in the Night
The Wages of Syntax
The Waitabits
A Walk in the Sun
A Walk in the Sun (short story)
The Wall Around the World
Wanderers of Time (short story)
War Game (short story)
War Veteran
The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere
The Watery Place
The Way of Cross and Dragon
The Way Station
We Also Walk Dogs
The Web (story series)
What Goes Up (short story)
Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo?
When in the Course
When It Ends, He Catches Her
When the Twerms Came
When the World Screamed
The Whisperer in Darkness
Who Goes There?
Who's Afraid of Wolf 359?
Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers
Wild Minds
The Wilderness
The Wilderness (short story)
Window (short story)
The Windows of Heaven
The Windows of Heaven (short story)
Winter's King
With Folded Hands
With Morning Comes Mistfall
The Women Men Don't See
A Work of Art
The World Well Lost
The Xi Effect
A Year in the Linear City
Yellow Card Man
You Were Right, Joe
You're Another
Young Zaphod Plays It Safe
Zone of Terror

Award winning short stories

The two main awards given in American science fiction are the Hugos and the Nebulas. Complete lists of the short stories that won these awards are at Hugo Award for Best Short Story and Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

See also