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Occupation
by Charlie Taylor
Jimmy's life changes for ever when the soldiers come to the door.
- Length: 26 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
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Falls The Shadow
by George Anthony
A historian is given the chance to run very realistic simulations of the past.
- Length: 47 pages
- Age Rating: PG
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Advance Directive
by Jamie Brindle
My name is John Price AD, and I have to decide if someone lives or dies.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: PG
Pythias
by Frederik Pohl
I deliberately shot to death Laurence Connaught. So they mean to execute me. Especially because Laurence Connaught had saved my life.
- Length: 6 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
Eternity is 20 Seconds Long
by Paul Trembling
They would have the time of their lives. A long time.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:3 stars
The Wrinkles
by Troy Keller
Stephen tells me the wrinkles methodology is a hoax...
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: U
- Rating:4 stars
The Hated
by Frederik Pohl
Byron has been to Mars. Now he's not supposed to leave New York and New England. For good reason.
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
Occupation
by Charlie Taylor
Jimmy's life changes for ever when the soldiers come to the door.
- Length: 26 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
Paris, at Night
by Sung J. Woo
"You grow memory like a crop, and when you want to, you harvest it."
- Length: 10 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Rating:5 stars
Welcome to the science fiction short story section at east of the web. Find this month's featured stories above. You can browse the science fiction library by subgenre or search it for a title, author or keyword. Clicking on an author's name lists all their stories along with further information and links. Stories can be read online, printed or downloaded for reading offline or on handheld devices.
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They're Made out of Meat
by Terry Bisson
A conversation about an unusual discovery.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
The Tunnel Under The World
by Frederik Pohl
A classic satirical look at consumerism. On the morning of June 15th, Guy Burckhardt wakes up screaming.
- Length: 34 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
Time, Art & Criticism
by Paul Trembling
What is art? And who decides? The artist or the critic?
- Length: 13 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
Time, Again
by Tim Maly
"Before we met, you showed me your diary."
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
Visiting The Millionaire
by George Anthony
An attempt is made to visit the millionaire.
- Length: 2 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Rating:4 stars
The Big Deal
by Jamie Brindle
Quince sells death. No wonder he likes his job.
- Length: 17 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
The Star
by Esther Claes
Not even fame can protect you when the world goes wrong.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: 15
- Rating:4 stars
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
by Ambrose Bierce
A man stands on a railroad bridge; his wrists are bound with a chord, a rope encircles his neck. This story was adapted into the most popular ever episode of The Twighlight Zone.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
Professor Panini
by Matthew Grigg
Professor Panini is too clever for his own good.
- Length: 3 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
Fear No More
by George Anthony
Jonte has spent his whole life in a radiation shelter, but the arrival of eight strangers is the start of an adventure that will change his life forever.
- Length: 20 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
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