Here are some more short stories that I have enjoyed reading and teaching:
- The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
According to Asimov himself, this is his favourite of all the stories that he has written. This short story explores the connection between humans and technology and whether we will ever be able to transcend the limitations of reality
2. My Father by Rita Chang Eppig
Eppig’s writing is stunning: her sentences are filled with beautiful imagery and rich symbolism. My Father tells the story of Stella, Lucifer’s daughter, who leaves hell on a journey of self-discovery.
3. As The Last May Know by S.L Huang
Winner of the Hugo Award in 2020, this story explores the ethics of nuclear weapons and human sacrifice.
Books are portals to other worlds, allowing us to escape our problems and find refuge in imaginary universes. This short story, winner of the Hugo Award in 2019, is centred on a librarian who recommends books to wayward teenagers, helping them overcome their struggles in the process.
5. Sticks by George Saunders
An emotionally stunted father struggles to connect with his family. This very short story is both comical and tragic.
6. The Swan as a Metaphor for Love by Amelia Gray
Love, beauty and grace are concepts that we hyperbolise and idealise; we often gloss over the imperfections, closing our eyes to the full picture and pretending that everything is flawless. This amusing story explores these myopic tendencies
7. The water that falls from nowhere by John Chu
Two men visit their parents, worried about revealing their secret romantic relationship. Will tradition clash with young love? This story won the Hugo award in 2014.
8. Bridesicle by Will McIntosh
Imagine if you could cryogenically freeze yourself in the hope that you can be reanimated in the future. Imagine if your reanimation was dependent upon a man choosing to marry you.
9. Mono No Aware by Ken Liu
The world has been destroyed by an asteroid and the last survivors of humanity escape on a ship. This engrossing tale asks questions about duty, honour, sacrifice and identity.
10. The Lumber Room by Saki
Children and adults perceive the world differently. From a child’s perspective, adult decisions can seem absurd. Saki brilliantly satirises adult authority in this playful tale.