10 captivating short stories everyone should read


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#2

“Parson’s Pleasure” is a great pick. Remembered the story three lines in - I’d read and loved it long ago but forgotten the title.

I’ll add this to the list:


#3

I would like to nominate “The Nine Billion Names of God” by Arthur C. Clarke.


#4

Among The Dangs by George P. Elliott
The Singers by Ivan Turgenev
The Artificial Nigger by Flannery O’Connor

so many…


#5

That’s my favorite Gaiman story as well.


#6

Oops - forgot about “How to Talk to Girls.”


#7

It seems to me there’s a lot of stuff out there you can find online, but that might not actually be there legally. This copy of Robert Bloch’s Hugo-winning That Hell-Bound Train, for instance. Normally I wouldn’t hesitate to link to Ted Chiang’s “Understand” over at Infinity Plus, but – shock! – it is “no longer available”.

Anyway, everyone should read The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster, an astonishingly prescient piece from 1909, though admittedly a bit lengthy and slow-paced


#8

seconded.


#9

My nomination: nearly anything by Raymond Carver.


#10

No If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth by Clarke, The Fog Horn by Bradbury, or Flowers for Algernon by Keyes?

All elegant tragedies, and each with a style of its own.


#11

Yes that’s a good story but my favourite is still one of his first: Travel by wire

Also I think Air Raid by John Varley is one of the best short SF stories ever written.


#12

What? A list without Allan Poe?


#13

I love “The Alligators” by John Updike.The last paragraph is about as poignant as it gets.


#14

I just remembered a superb Dahl story- “The Visitor”. It’s available on Youtube as an audiobook. Really good!


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