Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings, is hosting the Out of This World mini-challenge this weekend as a part of both the Sci-Fi Experience and the challenge in Dewey’s memory. The idea is just to read at least one Science Fiction short story over the weekend. Carl even provides a link to a fabulous online resource to find them!
All Summer in One Day by Ray Bradbury
No one in the class could remember a time when there wasn’t rain.
On the planet Venus the sun only shines for a couple of hours each day, nine year old Margot whose family moved to the planet when she was four, is an outsider to the rest of her class, and when their teacher leaves leaves for a few moments, they decide to pull a very mean prank on her.
For such a short story it contains incredible descriptions:
She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth and the yellow from her hair. She was an old photograph dusted from an album, whitened away, and if she spoke at all her voice would be a ghost. Now she stood, separate, staring at the rain and the loud wet world beyond the huge glass.
And as Rusty says, it’ll make you hate bullies even more. 4.5/5
They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson
“We’re supposed to talk to meat.”
Two aliens on a recon mission, discuss the race they have been sent to investigate.
This entirely dialogue driven short story, is very funny 817 words. 4/5
You can download a free version of this story (in several reader formats) from ElectricStory.com.
After the Coup by John Scalzi
“How well can you take a punch?” asked Deputy Ambassador Schmidt.
Lieutenant Harry Wilson, a Colonial Defence Force’s space technician is coerced into fighting a goodwill exhibition match against a little known alien race.
A fun and speedy return to the world and characters of Old Man’s War for me. Weird aliens, spaceships, witty dialogue, naked fighting, diplomacy, what more could you wan out of a sci-fi short story?! 4.5/5
Read the story online, here.