*na: Novella (46-100 pages, 17,500-39,999 words); *nv: Novelette (21-45 pages, 7,500-17,499 words);
*sa: Story adaptation of a play/screenplay; *ss: Short story (4-20 pages, 1,000-7,499 words)
Top 100 SF Short Fiction
The Top 100 sci-fi short stories, novelettes, and novellas
1Flowers for AlgernonDaniel Keyesnv1959
2NightfallIsaac Asimovnv1941
3Story of Your LifeTed Chiangna1998
4The Nine Billion Names of GodArthur C. Clarkess1953
5The Ones Who Walk Away from OmelasUrsula K. Le Guinss1973
6ExhalationTed Chiangss2008
7'Repent Harlequin!' Said the TicktockmanHarlan Ellisonss1965
8Hell is the Absence of GodTed Chiangnv2001
9A Rose For EcclesiastesRoger Zelaznynv1963
10I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamHarlan Ellisonss1967
11The Bicentennial ManIsaac Asimovnv1976
12The StarArthur C. Clarkess1955
13The Merchant and the Alchemist's GateTed Chiangnv2007
14SandkingsGeorge R. R. Martinnv1979
15Houston, Houston, Do You Read?James Tiptree, Jr.na1976
16Who Goes There?John W. Campbellna1938
17The Persistence of VisionJohn Varleyna1978
18Fondly FahrenheitAlfred Besternv1954
19A Boy and His DogHarlan Ellisonnv1969
20The Fifth Head of CerberusGene Wolfenv1972
21The Man Who Sold the MoonRobert A. Heinleinna1950
22A Sound of ThunderRay Bradburyss1952
23Blood MusicGreg Bearnv1983
24All Systems RedMartha Wellsna2017
25The Only Harmless Great Thing Brooke Bolandernv2018
26BloodchildOctavia E. Butlernv1984
27Beggars in SpainNancy Kressna1991
28The Cold EquationsTom Godwinnv1954
29All You ZombiesRobert A. Heinleinss1959
30Johnny MnemonicWilliam Gibsonss1981
31The Women Men Don't SeeJames Tiptree, Jr.nv1973
32The Screwfly SolutionJames Tiptree, Jr.nv1977
33And Then There Were (N-One)Sarah Pinskerna2017
34Vintage SeasonKuttner & Moorena1946
35The LotteryShirley Jacksonss1948
36The Girl Who Was Plugged InJames Tiptree, Jr.nv1973
37The Mountains of MourningLois M Bujoldna1989
38There Will Come Soft RainsRay Bradburyss1950
39A Song for LyaGeorge R. R. Martinna1974
40Artificial Condition Martha Wellsna2018
41The Last QuestionIsaac Asimovss1956
42Tower of BabylonTed Chiangnv1990
43Light of Other DaysBob Shawss1966
44It's 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still WinningTed Chiangss2019
45Harrison BergeronKurt Vonnegutss1961
46Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceRebecca Roanhorsess2017
47A Martian OdysseyStanley Weinbaumnv1934
48Time Considered as a Helix…Samuel R. Delanynv1968
49We Can Remember It for You WholesalePhilip K Dicknv1966
50Burning ChromeWilliam Gibsonnv1982
51The Man Who Ended HistoryKen Liuna2011
52After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the FallNancy Kressna2012
53By His BootstrapsRobert A. Heinleinna1941
54Cat Pictures PleaseNaomi Kritzerss2015
55The Big Front YardClifford D. Simakna1958
56The Calorie ManPaolo Bacigalupiss2005
57Baby is ThreeTheodore Sturgeonna1952
58Behold the ManMichael Moorcockna1966
59PRESS ENTER [ ]John Varleyna1985
60How to Talk to Girls at PartiesNeil Gaimanss2006
61The Last of the WinnebagosConnie Willisna1988
62True NamesVernor Vingena1981
63ArenaFredric Brownss1944
64Surface TensionJames Blishnv1952
65Lest We ForgetElizabeth Bear2019
66Fire WatchConnie Willisnv1982
67Silently and Very FastCatherynne M. Valentena2011
68The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for SushiPat Cadigannv2012
69The DeathbirdHarlan Ellisonnv1973
70The Game of Rat and DragonCordwainer Smithss1955
71Day MillionFrederik Pohlss1966
72The Last CastleJack Vancena1966
73The People of Sand and SlagPaolo Bacigalupinv2004
7424 Views of Mt. Fuji by HokusaiRoger Zelaznyna1985
75Great Work of TimeJohn Crowleyna1989
76The Green Hills of EarthRobert A. Heinleinss1947
77The Dragon MastersJack Vancena1962
78The Moon MothJack Vancena1961
79The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan HoagRobert A. Heinleinna1942
80PalimpsestCharles Strossna2009
81Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach Kelly Robsonna2018
82New Light on the Drake EquationIan R. MacLeodna2001
83Jeffty is FiveHarlan Ellisonss1977
84The SentinelArthur C. Clarkess1951
85Liking What You See: A DocumentaryTed Chiangna2002
86The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His MouthRoger Zelaznynv1965
87Inconstant MoonLarry Nivennv1971
88The Ballad of Lost C'MellCordwainer Smithnv1962
89LobstersCharles Strossnv2001
90Touring with the AlienCarolyn Ives Gilmannv2016
91Kiss Me TwiceMary Robinette Kowalna2011
92Wind Will RoveSarah Pinskernv2017
93When It ChangedJoanna Russss1972
94Enemy MineBarry B. Longyearna1979
95The Martian WayIsaac Asimovna1952
96Riders of the Purple WagePhilip Jose Farmerna1967
97Love is the Plan, the Plan is DeathJames Tiptree, Jr.ss1973
98Fast Times At Fairmont HighVernor Vingena2001
99Mimsy Were the BorogovesKuttner & Moorenv1943
100Aye, and Gomorrah…Samuel R. Delanyss1967
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