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1 The Veteran by Chaon

An old veteran walks to the wall of remembrance and remembers. --- A short little piece that I had to get down tonight so it may be a bit rough but I hope people see it for what it says.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Military
Downloads: 426| Votes: 47 | Score: 8.84
Size: 6KB | 1,180 words | Posted:

2 Dearest by H. Beam Piper

I'm convinced that I'm in direct-voice communication with the spirit of a young girl who was killed by Indians in this section about a hundred and seventy-five years ago.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 417| Votes: 33 | Score: 8.81
Size: 36KB | 6,543 words | Posted:

3 A Thief's New Start by Ka Hmnd

A thieft was framed. He needed to clear his name or die. It's a fight for life.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Aliens, Violence
Downloads: 2101| Votes: 162 | Score: 8.58
Size: 40KB | 8,044 words | Posted:

4 One Small Step by Ernest Bywater

A masters student does some research into the Apollo 11 moon landing and the claimed hoax. He has some startling discoveries to announce when he delivers his final paper in an Australian university.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Aliens, Space, Politics, School, Vignettes
Downloads: 750| Votes: 68 | Score: 8.55
Size: 9KB | 1,814 words | Posted:

5 The Wrong Way - or Is It? by Ernest Bywater

A girl goes for a walk in the woods and gets lost, the searchers can't find her, but her destiny does. Some codes have been omitted so as not to give away too much, I promise there's nothing that should upset anyone as this is more a drama with some sex and not a stroke story.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Time Travel
Tags: Science Fiction, Drama, Historical, Rags To Riches, Vignettes
Downloads: 1649| Votes: 132 | Score: 8.47
Size: 24KB | 4,837 words | Posted:

6 The Final Figure by Sam Merwin

Was it a wild talent that MacReedy had, or was it just prophetic genius that led him to figure out new, improved ordnance weapons and make models of them--before the armed forces had them? Whichever it was, MacReedy was both valuable and dangerous--and when the general saw MacReedy's final figure, the weapons following the mobile rocket A-missile launcher....

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 753| Votes: 51 | Score: 8.47
Size: 43KB | 7,701 words | Posted:

7 Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison

At one time,this was before the Robot Restriction Laws they'd even allowed them to make their own decisions It was a big, coffin shaped plywood box that looked like it weighed a ton. This brawny type just dumped it through the door of the police station and started away. I looked up from the blotter and shouted at the trucker. "What the hell is that?" "How should I know?" he said as he swung up into the cab. "I just deliver, I don't X-ray 'em. It came on the morning rocket from is all I know."

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 1260| Votes: 117 | Score: 8.38
Size: 34KB | 6,793 words | Posted:

8 Revenge of the Strong by Pars001

A Tale of revenge in the old west

Age Rating: Older than 17
Tags: Crime, Drama, Violence, Historical, Western
Downloads: 2152| Votes: 152 | Score: 8.30
Size: 29KB | 5,862 words | Posted:

9 A Question of Courage by Jesse F. Bone

I smelled the trouble the moment I stepped on the lift and took the long ride up the side of the "Lachesis." There was something wrong. I couldn't put my finger on it but

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 505| Votes: 46 | Score: 8.24
Size: 45KB | 8,436 words | Posted:

10 All Cats Are Gray by Andre Norton

Under normal conditions a whole person has a decided advantage over a handicapped one. But out in deep space the normal may be reversed--for humans at any rate.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 808| Votes: 68 | Score: 8.19
Size: 14KB | 2,731 words | Posted:

11 The Sword by Frank Quattrocchi

There were but three days in which to decipher the most cryptic message ever delivered to earth.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 532| Votes: 48 | Score: 8.18
Size: 21KB | 3,817 words | Posted:

12 The Next Logical Step by Benjamin William Bova

Ordinarily the military least wants to have the others know the final details of their war plans. But, logically, there would be times.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 473| Votes: 47 | Score: 8.18
Size: 12KB | 2,185 words | Posted:

13 Black Sidhe by Ka Hmnd

The son of one of the first Ashtear and a sidhe queen clone hunts ancient realm gates. When he finds one lost and forgotten he opens a gate. The realm holds dark sidhe and he scouts it until he feels a need to act and help a female slave. After that he discovers their plan to open a gate onto his world to attack.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction
Downloads: 1297| Votes: 100 | Score: 8.14
Size: 27KB | 5,407 words | Posted:

14 The Nothing Equation by Tom Godwin

The space ships were miracles of power and precision; the men who manned them, rich in endurance and courage. Every detail had been checked and double checked; every detail except--

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 524| Votes: 37 | Score: 8.14
Size: 15KB | 2,942 words | Posted:

15 A Mother's Love by Pars001

How far would you go for a lost loved one?

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Alternate Timeline, Violence, Spiritual, Religion, Assassins, Supernatural
Downloads: 1030| Votes: 69 | Score: 8.12
Size: 6KB | 1,380 words | Posted:

16 The C.I.A. Exposed: T.A.R.P. Cover Up by Ernest Bywater

Some smart people invent a way to dispose of rubbish, and a few other things. The CIA want their technology, and they won't hand it over. Things heat up. Set in Australia.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Politics, Violence, Workplace, Rags To Riches
Downloads: 1203| Votes: 95 | Score: 8.09
Size: 36KB | 7,122 words | Posted:

17 The Plague by Teddy Keller

Suppose a strictly one hundred per cent American plague showed up.... One that attacked only people within the political borders of the United States!

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 286| Votes: 35 | Score: 8.07
Size: 25KB | 4,587 words | Posted:

18 Killing Me Softly by Pars001

When the lies outweigh the truth can revenge and death not follow far behind?

Age Rating: Older than 17
Tags: Violence, War, Military, Assassins, Spies, Secret Agents, Travel
Downloads: 1301| Votes: 97 | Score: 8.06
Size: 17KB | 3,368 words | Posted:

19 King's Walk by Ka Hmnd

Being a minor mage and a constable in one of the most difficult zones on the planet means I see a lot. There are no other mages with the constables so I get called for many cases. Sometimes to recreate a crime and others to help with surveillance. Just being a constable on the King's Walk is dangerous. Being a mage constable means everyone knows me and I am always a target for those that hunt us.

Age Rating: Older than 17 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction
Downloads: 2005| Votes: 129 | Score: 8.04
Size: 21KB | 4,224 words | Posted:

20 Salvage in Space by Jack Williamson

To Thad Allen, meteor miner, comes the dangerous bonanza of a derelict rocket-flier manned by death invisible.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 797| Votes: 66 | Score: 8.04
Size: 47KB | 8,617 words | Posted:

21 The Draw by Jerome Bixby

Stories of the old West were filled with bad men who lived by the speed of their gun hand. Well, meet Buck Tarrant, who could outdraw them all. His secret: he didn't even have to reach for his weapon....

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 665| Votes: 40 | Score: 8.01
Size: 36KB | 7,266 words | Posted:

22 The Ambulance Made Two Trips by Murray Leinster

If you should set a thief to catch a thief, what does it take to stop a racketeer...?

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 442| Votes: 38 | Score: 8.00
Size: 43KB | 7,893 words | Posted:

23 Sorry: Wrong Dimension by Ross Rocklynne

So the baby had a pet monster. And so nobody but baby could see it. And so a couple of men dropped out of thin air to check and see if the monster was licensed or not. So what's strange about that?

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 596| Votes: 64 | Score: 7.97
Size: 16KB | 3,087 words | Posted:

24 Genesis by H. Beam Piper

Was this ill-fated expedition the end of a proud, old race--or the beginning of a new one? There are strange gaps in our records of the past. We find traces of man-like things--but, suddenly, man appears, far too much developed to be the "next step" in a well-linked chain of evolutionary evidence. Perhaps something like the events of this story furnishes the answer to the riddle.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 615| Votes: 38 | Score: 7.96
Size: 45KB | 8,514 words | Posted:

25 In Case of Fire by Randall Garrett

There are times when a broken tool is better than a sound one, or a twisted personality more useful than a whole one. For instance, a whole beer bottle isn't half the weapon that half a beer bottle is.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 421| Votes: 38 | Score: 7.96
Size: 17KB | 3,195 words | Posted:

26 Queen's Special Magister by Ka Hmnd

My family taken and being bitten by a blood drinker changes my life. Now I walk the night to enforce the laws and convents of the kingdom and the councils. Some times it is just to show my presences and others it is my judgement dark creatures seek. And then there are those that would bring chaos and I must take a life to make a final judgement.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction
Downloads: 1457| Votes: 124 | Score: 7.93
Size: 23KB | 4,598 words | Posted:

27 Toy Shop by Harry Harrison

The gadget was strictly, beyond any question, a toy. Not a real, workable device. Except for the way it could work under a man's mental skin....

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 651| Votes: 56 | Score: 7.88
Size: 10KB | 1,907 words | Posted:

28 Breeder Reaction by Winston Marks

The remarkable thing about Atummyc Afterbath Dusting Powder was that it gave you that lovely, radiant, atomic look--just the way the advertisements said it would. In fact, it also gave you a little something more!

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 433| Votes: 35 | Score: 7.85
Size: 22KB | 4,220 words | Posted:

29 Time and Time Again by H. Beam Piper

To upset the stable, mighty stream of time would probably take an enormous concentration of energy. And it's not to be expected that a man would get a second chance at life. But an atomic might accomplish both--

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 524| Votes: 33 | Score: 7.85
Size: 37KB | 6,971 words | Posted:

30 The Mercenaries by H. Beam Piper

Once, wars were won by maneuvering hired fighting men; now wars are different--and the hired experts are different. But the human problems remain!

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 764| Votes: 34 | Score: 7.83
Size: 49KB | 8,643 words | Posted:

31 Finding Sheila by Sci-Fi Guy 101

In the not-so-far future, an AI Engine struggles with its own existence, while a famous Law Master finally gets his heart's desire.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Futuristic, Robots, AI, Romance, Drama, Tear Jerker
Downloads: 655| Votes: 43 | Score: 7.80
Size: 16KB | 3,059 words | Posted:

32 Crossroads of Destiny by H. Beam Piper

No wonder he'd been so interested in the talk of whether our people accepted these theories!

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 425| Votes: 34 | Score: 7.78
Size: 24KB | 4,536 words | Posted:

33 Shipping Clerk by Joseph Samachson

If Ollie knew the work he was doing, he would have resigned--if resigning were possible!

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 500| Votes: 44 | Score: 7.77
Size: 31KB | 5,977 words | Posted:

34 Flight From Tomorrow by H. Beam Piper

Hunted and hated in two worlds, Hradzka dreamed of a monomaniac's glory, stranded in the past with his knowledge of the future. But he didn't know the past quite well enough....

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 536| Votes: 35 | Score: 7.77
Size: 45KB | 8,109 words | Posted:

35 Tiger Fleet by Westernman

Jason started out as a farm boy and ends up owning a fleet of spaceships. This is his story.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Aliens, Space, Pirates
Downloads: 2533| Votes: 234 | Score: 7.73
Size: 42KB | 8,510 words | Posted:

36 The Hohokam Dig by Theodore Pratt

From_ where _had these attacking Indians come? Out of a long forgotten and dim past? Had their medicine man seen the one supreme vision?

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 338| Votes: 37 | Score: 7.69
Size: 24KB | 4,538 words | Posted:

37 The Repair Man by Harry Harrison

A stellar communications repairman is sent to repair a beacon on a planet, and discovers that its presence had a profound influence on the planet in question. Needing to deal with a locally evolved sentience and a bizarre ritual, the repairman needs to use his best plan to complete his mission and end up alive and whole too.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 903| Votes: 71 | Score: 7.66
Size: 28KB | 5,467 words | Posted:

38 We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly by Roger Kuykendall

After all--they only borrowed it a little while, just to fix it--

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 335| Votes: 36 | Score: 7.65
Size: 8KB | 1,698 words | Posted:

39 Rocky Roads by Mark Randall


Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Space, Near Future, Melodrama
Downloads: 1564| Votes: 86 | Score: 7.61
Size: 13KB | 2,498 words | Posted:

40 The Gifts of Asti by Andre Norton

Varta, the last of the virgin Maiden of Asti, is watching her world die. The barbarians of Klem have hunted Memphir to its death and even here, in the forgotten mountain retreat of Asti, Varta can smell the stench of the fires of their destruction. It's time to leave.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 552| Votes: 37 | Score: 7.61
Size: 30KB | 5,771 words | Posted:

41 The Day Time Stopped Moving by Ed Earl Repp

All Dave Miller wanted to do was commit suicide in peace. He tried, but the things that happened after he'd pulled the trigger were all wrong. Like everyone standing around like statues. No St. Peter, no pearly gate, no pitchforks or halos. He might just as well have saved the bullet!

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 441| Votes: 32 | Score: 7.61
Size: 32KB | 5,973 words | Posted:

42 Spoken For by Joseph Samachson

He was lost--anyone could see that--but she had no idea how entirely lost he was nor why!

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 318| Votes: 30 | Score: 7.57
Size: 14KB | 2,736 words | Posted:

43 The Sargasso of Space by Edmond Hamilton

Helpless, doomed, into the graveyard of space floats the wrecked freighter Pallas.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 640| Votes: 42 | Score: 7.56
Size: 49KB | 8,987 words | Posted:

44 Security Risk by Ed M. Clinton

General David Walker looked up again at the seamed face of the Chief of Staff, General Marcus Meriwether. "This could be serious," he said slowly, with a sick sense of the statement's inadequacy. An old tic suddenly returned, tugging at the left corner of his mouth. The deadly, unsmiling expression on Meriwether's face did not change as he slid more tightly into his chair. "You know as well as I that it means the Interplanetary Confederation is ready to go to war with us."

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 423| Votes: 35 | Score: 7.53
Size: 22KB | 4,006 words | Posted:

45 Sink or Swim by A Scribe

A story in the Warhammer 40K Universe
Airborne troop movements don't always go to plan...

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction
Downloads: 426| Votes: 30 | Score: 7.52
Size: 17KB | 3,057 words | Posted:

46 The Captain by QM

In a space war, the ultimate test can be facing a foe knowing you simply cannot win, yet never flinching from your duty.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Space, War
Downloads: 715| Votes: 93 | Score: 7.49
Size: 15KB | 2,772 words | Posted:

47 Spacers by Mark Randall

A story in the Asteroid Hunters Universe
In the not to distant future.

Age Rating: Older than 13 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Space, Near Future, Melodrama, Politics, Military, Travel
Downloads: 1716| Votes: 93 | Score: 7.49
Size: 23KB | 4,221 words | Posted:

48 Collisions by Gordon Johnson

Collisions in space have consequences. This is a tale of such an event in another solar system, and what happened to a planet-bound race as a result.

Age Rating: Anybody | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Aliens, Space, AI, Science
Downloads: 1324| Votes: 62 | Score: 7.49
Size: 48KB | 8,727 words | Posted:

49 Runaway by Joseph Samachson

Heroism is merely daring and ingenuity--at the age of ten--experience can come later!

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Science Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction, Novel-Classic
Downloads: 688| Votes: 54 | Score: 7.48
Size: 24KB | 4,578 words | Posted:

50 A Traveler in Time by August Derleth

He threw open the thick-walled door of his time-machine and pulled it shut behind him. He sat down before the controls and began to chart his course for 1650.

Age Rating: Older than 7 | Genre: Time Travel
Tags: Science Fiction, Time Travel
Downloads: 1339| Votes: 54 | Score: 7.46
Size: 26KB | 5,103 words | Posted:
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