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Want something to read while you sit down for just a few minutes on the bus or in a waiting room? Here's just the thing—forty authors, forty stories, mostly under 2,000 words, mostly reprints. Grouped according to their themes—artificial intelligence, technology, space, time travel, space aliens, the arts and media, religion, strange relationships, and reviving the past. There are even a few shaggy dogs.


Just remember—one sitting, one read! Others are waiting!


Includes First-Time-in-Print stories by film critic Daniel M. Kimmel, film-maker Douglas van Belle, mystery writer Brendan DuBois, SETI pioneer H. Paul Shuch, and software engineer Steven Popkes! Also, a bonus micro-story by David Brin!


The authors in this book have earned a combined 10 Nebula Awards (from 60 nominations) and 10 Hugo Awards (from 118 nominations). Stories by: Gregory Benford, Lloyd Biggle, David Brin, Michael A. Burstein, James L. Cambias, Brenda Cooper, Dave Creek, Robert Dawson, Paul Di Filippo, S.B. Divya, Brendan DuBois, Marianne Dyson, Michael F. Flynn, Jeff Hecht, Liam Hogan, Daniel M. Kimmel, Nancy Kress, Edward M. Lerner, Paul Levinson, J. D. MacDonald & Debra Doyle, Leslie Starr O'Hara, Steven Popkes, Cat Rambo, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Don Sakers, James Sallis, Stanley Schmidt, Holly Schofield, Darrell Schweitzer & Lee Weinstein, H. Paul Shuch, Alex Shvartsman, Steven H Silver, Bud Sparhawk, Douglas Van Belle, James Van Pelt, Jo Walton, Gerald Warfield, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jay Werkheiser, and Fran Wilde.




"Here's a book everyone needs.… A good one for when you've only got a few minutes to read something!" —Peter Heck, Asimov's Science Fiction (November/December 2018)


"The stories are expertly crafted, highly entertaining and perfect for the stated purpose…. Science Fiction for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads is not a book to try and read in one sitting (as I largely did). It is what I sometimes refer to as 'a dipping book:' for maximum effect, you should read a story or two here, a story or two there, a story or two somewhere else." —Ira Nayman, Amazing Stories (August 2017)


"I thoroughly enjoyed this premise: supershort stories you can enjoy while taking care of very personal business." —Andrew Andrews, True Review (June 2017)


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