Day 1 of my #SHORTADAY Challenge is here. I have decided to read one of the most reprinted stories of all time: “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman, by science fiction great Harlan Ellison.
This is a perfect story for me to kick off #SHORTADAY with. It’s only a couple pages long, and it is an award-winning short story. It won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1966, and the Nebula Award in 1965, which is the year I was born. My birthday is Sunday, so expect to see maybe another classic by Ellison on that day as well. I’ve already read I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream. It’s in the top five on my list of all time “must read” science fiction stories. I may read it again on Sunday, or investigate one of the other stories I have from his collection I’m reading: Alone Against Tomorrow.
Some folks have asked about the list I’m working from. It’s huge. I now have over 100 stories to choose from, enough to do three months worth of #SHORTADAY reading. Let me get through my one-month challenge, and we’ll see if I can manage more reading time. I have decided to post a few of the stories that I know I have to read for this:
- “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman, by Harlan Ellison. From the collection: Alone Against Tomorrow: Stories of Alienation in Speculative Fiction.
- A Psychological Shipwreck, by Ambrose Bierce. From the Kindle collection: A Collection of Short Horror Stories by Ambrose Bierce
- Beachworld, by Stephen King. From Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 5, October 2010, Kindle edition.
- Some of Our Work with Monsters, by Ron Carlson. From What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
- The Exterminator’s Want Ad, by Bruce Sterling. From The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2010.
- Free Elections, by Alan Dean Foster. From The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November/December 2010.
- Five Planets that Will Kill You Dead, by Genevieve Valentine. From Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 5, October 2010, Kindle edition.
- Puma and Jaguar Save the Planet, by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith. From The Best of Friday Flash, Volume 1. Kindle Edition.
- Twilight in Hysperia, by Robert Guffey. From Aoife’s Kiss Magazine, Issue 36, March 2011. (My contributor’s copy…I’m finally going to read the other stuff in there!)
- A Short Trip, by Jim Bronyaur. From the collection: October Horror. Smashwords.
- Some of the stories from Icy Sedgwick’s Checkmate & Other Stories. I like the title The Midas Box. Will start with that one, likely.