13 Science Fiction Short Stories

I thought I’d kill 2 birds with one stone today, to incorporate Thursday Thirteen and a book review. Thankfully, there were 13 short stories in the copy of L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXIII. The people at Galaxy Press were kind enough to send me a review copy.

Each story is very unique and entertaining, by several new talented writers. And each story is accompanied by wonderful illustrations by various artists as well. Here is a list of the short stories along with a little blurb about each:

1. Primetime – by Douglas Texter
Reality TV travels through time.

2. The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom – by Andrea Kail
Letters to President Lincoln from King Tut.

3. The Frozen Sky – by Jeff Carlson
Adventure on an icy moon.

4. The Stone Cipher – by Tony Pi
A mystery uncovers the fate of humanity?

5. Obsidian Shards – by Aliette de Bodard
Supernatural danger from the underworld.

6. Ripping Carovella – by Kim Zimring
A “talent scout” removes neurons for paying customers.

7. Our Last Words – by Damon Kaswell
A soldier travels the distant futures.

8. Saturn In G Minor – by Stephen Kotowych
Maestro performs his final masterpiece.

9. By the Waters of the Ganga – by Stephen Gaskell
“Revelation is coming.”

10. Pilgrimage – by Karl Bunker
Galaxy games and living a life on another planet.

11. The Gas Drinkers – by Edward Sevcik
Danger and death in space.

12. The Phlogiston Age – by Corey Brown
Love and drama at Cape Canaveral.

13. Mask Glass Magic – by John Burridge
A glassblower has strange dreams.


18 thoughts on “13 Science Fiction Short Stories”

  1. Thanks for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed volume 23. I have sent your link around to all this year’s winners so they can appreciate what you have to say as well.

  2. My fave is an oldie but goodie, the one that turned me on to sci-fi in 7th grade: Ray Bradbury’s “Sound of Thunder.” I just didn’t know stories could do that.

    This week I have 13 upcoming movies.

  3. Oh, thanks for the heads-up! It’s been far too long since I’ve read science fiction short stories. I’ll have to look for this.

  4. To Carl V.

    All the writers’ jaws dropped when we got a chance to see the cover for the first time. It’s just gorgeous.

  5. Normally I am not one for short story collections, but they are really good for introducing new authors. Since I am lacking in my sci-fi reading lately, I might have to pick this up. 🙂

  6. How bad is it that I haven’t read ANY of these?? Truthfully, I’ve never been a big short story reader. Though I do have to admit to a love of Stephen King’s short stories!!

  7. I think I’m forwarding this list to my Dad. Oh Angela have you read a Christopher Moore? I just read one of his books called A Dirty Job, it was in my Sci Fi Book Club Magazine, it’s hilarious. Hilarious.

    A must read.

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