ISFDB Top 100 Short Stories (Balanced List)


  1  370 Bears Discover Fire                      Terry Bisson 
  2  340 Coraline                                 Neil Gaiman 
  3  294 The Night We Buried Road Dog             Jack Cady 
  4  285 Forgiveness Day                          Ursula K. Le Guin 
  5  270 Jeffty Is Five                           Harlan Ellison 
  6  270 Death on the Nile                        Connie Willis 
  7  270 Rachel in Love                           Pat Murphy 
  8  270 "...Where Angels Fear to Tread"          Allen Steele 
  9  260 Danny Goes to Mars                       Pamela Sargent 
 10  258 None So Blind                            Joe Haldeman 
 11  250 Even the Queen                           Connie Willis 
 12  250 Think Like a Dinosaur                    James Patrick Kelly 
 13  249 Cocoon                                   Greg Egan 
 14  240 The Lincoln Train                        Maureen F. McHugh 
 15  235 Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge             Mike Resnick 
 16  235 Barnacle Bill the Spacer                 Lucius Shepard 
 17  235 Beggars in Spain                         Nancy Kress 
 18  235 The Last of the Winnebagos               Connie Willis 
 19  234 Echea                                    Kristine Kathryn Rusch 
 20  232 Mefisto in Onyx                          Harlan Ellison 
 21  232 The Gallery of His Dreams                Kristine Kathryn Rusch 
 22  228 Schrödinger's Kitten                     George Alec Effinger 
 23  228 The Hemingway Hoax                       Joe Haldeman 
 24  227 Beauty and the Opéra or The Phantom
           Beast                                  Suzy McKee Charnas 
 25  225 When the Old Gods Die                    Mike Resnick 
 26  225 The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter     Lucius Shepard 
 27  223 Story of Your Life                       Ted Chiang 
 28  223 Bibi                                     Mike Resnick  and
                                                  Susan Shwartz 
 29  221 Age of Aquarius                          William Barton 
 30  221 The Summer Isles                         Ian R. MacLeod 
 31  221 Oceanic                                  Greg Egan 
 32  220 The Manamouki                            Mike Resnick 
 33  220 Blood of the Dragon                      George R. R. Martin 
 34  215 R & R                                    Lucius Shepard 
 35  214 Fire Watch                               Connie Willis 
 36  214 Hatrack River                            Orson Scott Card 
 37  212 Radiant Green Star                       Lucius Shepard 
 38  211 The Flowers of Aulit Prison              Nancy Kress 
 39  209 Angel                                    Pat Cadigan 
 40  209 The Mountains of Mourning                Lois McMaster Bujold 
 41  205 The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule   Lucius Shepard 
 42  204 The Diamond Pit                          Jack Dann 
 43  203 Wall, Stone, Craft                       Walter Jon Williams 
 44  202 Bully!                                   Mike Resnick 
 45  201 The 43 Antarean Dynasties                Mike Resnick 
 46  200 Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out
           Tonight                                Ursula K. Le Guin 
 47  200 The Martian Child                        David Gerrold 
 48  200 Bloodchild                               Octavia E. Butler 
 49  200 Press Enter []                           John Varley 
 50  200 Robot Dreams                             Isaac Asimov 
 51  200 Do Ya, Do Ya, Wanna Dance                Howard Waldrop 
 52  200 The Secret Sharer                        Robert Silverberg 
 53  200 Grotto of the Dancing Deer               Clifford D. Simak 
 54  199 The Brave Little Toaster                 Thomas M. Disch 
 55  199 The Winter Market                        William Gibson 
 56  198 Black Air                                Kim Stanley Robinson 
 57  197 Aurora in Four Voices                    Catherine Asaro 
 58  195 The Undiscovered                         William Sanders 
 59  192 Protection                               Maureen F. McHugh 
 60  191 Hunting the Snark                        Mike Resnick 
 61  190 The Ugly Chickens                        Howard Waldrop 
 62  190 Dancing on Air                           Nancy Kress 
 63  189 The Chop Girl                            Ian R. MacLeod 
 64  189 The Ultimate Earth                       Jack Williamson 
 65  185 Hell Is the Absence of God               Ted Chiang 
 66  185 The Persistence of Vision                John Varley 
 67  185 The Pusher                               John Varley 
 68  185 Souls                                    Joanna Russ 
 69  185 Sandkings                                George R. R. Martin 
 70  185 Madonna of the Maquiladora               Gregory Frost 
 71  184 The Dog Said Bow-Wow                     Michael Swanwick 
 72  183 Itsy Bitsy Spider                        James Patrick Kelly 
 73  181 The Singular Habits of Wasps             Geoffrey A. Landis 
 74  179 The Blind Geometer                       Kim Stanley Robinson 
 75  178 The Chief Designer                       Andy Duncan 
 76  178 The Father of Stones                     Lucius Shepard 
 77  177 Seventy-Two Letters                      Ted Chiang 
 78  177 Boobs                                    Suzy McKee Charnas 
 79  176 Gas Fish                                 Mary Rosenblum 
 80  173 Three Hearings on the Existence of
           Snakes in the Human Bloodstream        James Alan Gardner 
 81  173 The Death of Captain Future              Allen Steele 
 82  172 Ripples in the Dirac Sea                 Geoffrey A. Landis 
 83  172 Gilgamesh in the Outback                 Robert Silverberg 
 84  170 Kirinyaga                                Mike Resnick 
 85  170 Piper at the Gates of Dawn               Richard Cowper 
 86  170 The Wild Girls                           Ursula K. Le Guin 
 87  170 Taklamakan                               Bruce Sterling 
 88  170 The Wedding Album                        David Marusek 
 89  170 A Roll of the Dice                       Catherine Asaro 
 90  169 Dori Bangs                               Bruce Sterling 
 91  169 Escape from Kathmandu                    Kim Stanley Robinson 
 92  169 Into the Miranda Rift                    G. David Nordley 
 93  168 The Matter of Seggri                     Ursula K. Le Guin 
 94  168 Les Fleurs du Mal                        Brian Stableford 
 95  168 Bones                                    Pat Murphy 
 96  168 The Astronaut from Wyoming               Adam-Troy Castro  and
                                                  Jerry Oltion 
 97  166 Stellar Harvest                          Eleanor Arnason 
 98  166 The Executioners' Guild                  Andy Duncan 
 99  165 Suppose They Gave a Peace...             Susan Shwartz 
100  165 Paladin of the Lost Hour                 Harlan Ellison 

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