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Essential Short Fiction

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 | Posted by Soyka

deathbirdstoriesSf Signal has an interesting discussion going on.067976783501_sclzzzzzzz_sl200_

What single-author, non-“Best-of” collections of sf/f/h stories should be in every fan’s library? You may choose between 1 and 10 titles.

Once again, the gaps in my own reading are extensive.


  1. Great topic! Here are my choices (in no particular order):

    – DEATHBIRD STORIES by Harlan Ellison

    – THE REALITY TRIP by Robert Silverberg

    – DREAMS OF TERROR AND DEATH by H.P. Lovecraft (or substitute your favorite HPL collection)

    – A DREAMER’S TALES by Lord Dunsany

    – TALES OF ZOTHIQUE by Clark Ashton Smith

    – THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY by Thomas Ligotti

    – SEKENRE: BOOK OF THE SORCERER by Darrell Schweitzer (or substitute any of his other fine collections)

    – BURNING CHROME by William Gibson

    – THE THRONE OF BONES by Brian McNaughton

    Comment by John R. Fultz - June 26, 2010 1:44 am

  2. Thinking of my own list is bound to take far too much time that I should be devoting to other things…

    But of course I just can’t leave well enough alone. :)

    Comment by Luke Forney - June 26, 2010 5:05 am

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