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Short Story Meme - pass it on!

List and link to five short stories that you recommend to others and are available online. Then pass it on!

Here are five short stories (in no particular order, though without the usual Tolkien and Lovecraft), off the top of my head, that I recommend:

* "Undine" by Baron de la Motte-Fouqué
(a dark fairy tale, written in 1811)
Available here and here at Project Gutenberg.

* "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster
(a dystopian science fiction story, written in 1909)
Available here at Plexus.

* "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood
(a weird/supernatural tale, written in 1907)
Available here at Project Gutenberg.

* "The Screwfly Solution" by Raccoona Sheldon (a.k.a. James Tiptree, Jr. and Alice Sheldon)
(a Nebula Award winning science fiction story, written in 1977)
Available here at SciFi.com.

* "A Study In Emerald" by Neil Gaiman
(a Hugo Award-winning story crossing the universes of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes universe, written in 2003)
Available Available here as a PDF at Neil Gaiman's site, and here as HTML

Your turn, if you so desire!

And, just for kicks, some of my favorite online text collections:

The Camelot Project

Discovering Sherlock Holmes from Stanford University

Index of The Works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft

The Literary Gothic

Project Gutenberg

SciFiction (Classic and Original) at SciFi.com


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 6th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
without the usual Tolkien and Lovecraft

That's almost cheating, you realise, because "A Study in Emerald" is kinda Lovecraftish. It's also brilliant, so eh. :)
Apr. 6th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
LOL! That's true - it was cheating a bit. But it is a brilliant story, isn't it?

Have you read any of the other stories from Shadows Over Baker Street? I've thought about getting it.
Apr. 7th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
It's on my Wishlist, so eventually I will. I'm broke, currently, so bleh.
Apr. 7th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
*loves Undine so utterly*

Wow, these are great. What a cool meme! Thanks for listing them. :)
Apr. 7th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :) I appreciate the lovely reply.
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