Top Shelf

My guide to the best short SF fiction. Highlighted entries link to reviews. Will be updated from time to time.

UPDATED: 8 February 2022

Universe—Robert A. Heinlein (1941)

Microcosmic God—Theodore Sturgeon (1941)

The Star Mouse—Frederic Brown (1942)

The Cave— P. Schuyler Miller (1943)

Desertion—Clifford D. Simak (1944)

First Contact—Murray Leinster (1945)

The Last Objective—Paul A. Carter (1946)

Vintage Season—C. L. Moore and Henry Kutner (1946)

E For Effort—T.L. Sherred (1947)

Alien Earth—Edmond Hamilton (1949)

The Little Black Bag—C. M. Kornbluth (1950)

Coming Attraction—Fritz Leiber (1950)

Spectator Sport—John D. MacDonald (1950)

Dear Devil—Eric Frank Russel (1950)

A Pail of Air—Fritz Leiber (1951)

Dark Benediction—Walter M. Miller, jr. (1951)

Bettyann—Kris Neville (1951)

Old Man Henderson—Kris Neville (1951)

What’s It Like Out There?—Edmond Hamilton (1952)

Ticket To Anywhere—Damon Knight (1952)

The Altar At Midnight—Cyril Kornbluth (1952)

Cost Of Living—Robert Sheckley (1952)

Delay In Transit—F. L. Wallace (1952)

Sam Hall—Poul Anderson (1953)

The Defenders—Philip K. Dick (1953)

Second Variety—Philip K. Dick (1953)

The Liberation Of Earth—William Tenn (1953)

The Last of the Masters—Philip K. Dick (1954)

Short In The Chest—Margaret St. Clair (1954)

Down Among The Dead Men—William Tenn (1954)

The Darfsteller—Walter M. Miller, jr. (1955)

The Tunnel Under The World—Frederik Pohl (1955)

The Country Of The Kind—Damon Knight (1956)

The Concentration City (aka ‘Build-Up)—J. G. Ballard (1957)

Omnilingual—H. Beam Piper (1957)

Hunting Machine—Carol Emshwiller (1957)

Dio—Damon Knight (1957)

The Last Man Left In The Bar—C. M. Kornbluth (1957)

The Big Front Yard—Clifford D. Simak (1958)

The Burning Of The Brain—Cordwainer Smith (1958)

What Rough Beast—Damon Knight (1959)

Mind Partner—Christopher Anvil (1960)

The Ship Who Sang—Anne McCaffrey (1961)

Shards (aka. Sector Green)—Brian Aldiss (1962)

No Truce With Kings—Poul Anderson (1963)

Hunter, Come Home—Richard McKenna (1963)

Turn Off The Sky—Ray Nelson (1963)

To See The Invisible Man—Robert Silverberg (1963)

A Rose For Ecclesiastes—Roger Zelazny (1963)

Oh, to be a Blobel!—Philip K. Dick (1964)

A Man of the Renaissance—Wyman Guinn (1964)

The Dowry of Angyar—Ursula Le Guin (1964)

The Kragen—Jack Vance (1964)

Day Million—Frederick Pohl (1966)

Faith of Our Fathers—Philip K. Dick (1967)

Hawksbill Station (novella)—Robert Silverberg (1967)

Passengers—Robert Silverberg (1968)

to be continued…

The complete list can be found here.

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