Category Archives: Science Fiction

A Bottle of Old Wine by Richard O. Lewis

The contemplation of murder is like that of anticipating a bottle of old wine as you walk by it on the shelf. In a future world in which the inner spirit can be transported leaving the body behind, there are … Continue reading

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A Filbert Is A Nut by Rick Raphael

When an institutionalized man tells you he is making an atomic bomb out of modeling clay, you’re inclined to dismiss him. When it goes off he gets your attention.

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A Transmutation of Muddles by Horace Brown Fyfe

A judge is sent to a distant planet to mediate between a spaceship captain and an insurance adjuster. The natives have seized the captain’s spaceship as a gift from the great god Meeg and are turning it into a temple … Continue reading

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Accidental Death by Peter Baily

The only survivor of the first starship journey was lucky. Well, maybe. There is a reference in this story to a program on paper tape. I dedicate this reading to those of you who recall loading short programs via the … Continue reading

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An Incident on Route 12 by James H. Schmitz

An acronym I haven’t heard for years is BEM for bug eyed monster. In this story an escaping bank robber who may have murdered a guard and a bank customer has car trouble while still 110 miles from his destination. … Continue reading

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An Ounce of Cure by Alan Edward Nourse

The title is a play on “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”. While the satirical nature of the story is obvious the Sci-Fi aspect may elude you. This story was published in 1963 and very … Continue reading

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And All The Earth A Grave by Carroll M. Capps

A piece of black humor by Carroll M. Capps (AKA C.C. MacApp). Through a computer error the advertising manager for a casket company gets 100 times his normal budget and makes death the new cool thing. The text for this … Continue reading

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Ankal the Witch by Roy Trumbull

This is a mixture of traditional witchcraft and the stuff you pull out of your pocket and recharge every night. A princess is sent back in time by a witch and her prince searches for her. Ankal the Witch text

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As Long As You Wish by John O’Keefe

If, somehow, you get trapped in a circular time system … how long is the circumference of an infinitely retraced circle?

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Belly Laugh by Ivar Jorgensen

It’s a shooting war on our shores. American and Russia both use devilish new weapons. Russia brings out their ultimate weapon. Americans are suckers for it.

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Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K. Dick

An alien pig may be tasty but therein lies a novel form of survival and invasion.The text for this story may be found at www.gutenberg.org.

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Beyond the Door by Philip K. Dick

In this fantasy, the classic threesome is augmented by a pouting homicidal cuckoo clock. The text for this story may be found at www.gutenberg.org.

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Capt. Z-Ro

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Captain Z-Ro is dead

Roy Steffensen (aka Steffens) has passed away (1914-2012) He was a television pioneer who created Capt. Z-Ro, a time travel program in the early 1950s that took him and his supporting cast to historical events. He had a young sidekick … Continue reading

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Circus by Alan Edward Nourse

Forget clowns and elephants. This isn’t that kind of circus. It’s about a man lost in a paradox who finds the only one who can’t possibly help him.

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Cogito Ergo Sum by John Foster West

This philosophical wheeze is attributed to Rene’ Descarte. As it is a philosophical statement it can have no meaning as that is the mission statement of philosophers. They are dead against anything meaning anything. Most would have learned more by … Continue reading

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Craphound by Cory Doctorow

How many extra-terrestrials do you get at your yard sales or see at the Salvation Army Thrift shop looking for cowboy and Indian gear? Copyright Cory Doctorow. Some rights reserved under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 license. This … Continue reading

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Disturbing Sun by Philip Lathem

While astrology has gone out of favor since the constellations have moved over the past 2000 years and are no longer where the charts would have them, yet the possibility of closer celestial objects effecting our destinies goes on. In … Continue reading

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Droozle by Frank Banta

You know the story of the man, the woman, and the snake? Well, it’s not that one. This snake serves as a ballpoint pen and has literary ambitions. The text for this story is at www.gutenberg.org

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Earthmen Bearing Gifts by Frederic Brown

Using their telepathic powers the Martians know the earth rocket is coming. They have great expectations as do the earthmen. But a slight error changes all that.

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