Free Speculative Fiction Online
Reading SpecFic: A Literacy Resource
This site provides links to free online Speculative Fiction. SpecFic is a broad and wonderous term that encompasses many forms of speculative genre writing.
Care has been taken to choose only sites that do not infringe on the authors' copyright.
What Is "Speculative Fiction"?
"Speculative Fiction", or "SpecFic", is a term coined by Robert Heinlein decades ago to describe literature that transcends the artificial boundaries of "Science Fiction" and "Fantasy". It's an inclusive term, allowing no snobbery or safety in cliched plots and paper doll characters. Think of it as "What If..." stories allowed to unfold in a fluid, natural manner.
Free range writing. It's healthier.
SpecFic Authors Who Share Their Work Online
Please respect the rights of the author and read and/or link to these works only. No stealing to add content to your website! It's both disrepectful and illegal.
More Free Reading Online
- SciFiction Archives
SciFiction was the online SF magazine of the SciFi channel. The SciFiction Archives contain both classic and original stories.
- Science Fiction At Project Gutenberg
Science Fiction from Jules Verne forward.
- Precursors of Science Fiction/Project Gutenberg
Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Mary Shelley, Voltaire, and others who were the leading edge into Speculative Fiction.
- Baen Free Library
Science Fiction and Fantasy Electronic books. Free ebooks from authors such as David Weber, Lois Bujold, David Drake, Mercedes Lackey and other greats.
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Speculative Fiction Short Story Anthologies & Compilations - ~ ~ ~
Short stories from Firebird's Lloyd Alexander, Nancy Farmer, Meredith Ann Pierce, Elizabeth Wein, Michael Cadnum, Kara Dalkey, Nancy Springer, Emma Bull, Patricia A. McKillip, Delia Sherman, Megan Whalen Turner, Laurel Winter, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sherwood Smith, Diana Wynne Jones, November Sharyn, and Charles Vess.
Original SpecFic short stories by Francesca Lia Block, Emma Bull, Charles de Lint, Diana Wynne Jones, Ellen Klages, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Patricia A. McKillip, Tamora Pierce, and Sharyn November.
Reprints of short stories by Diana Wynn Jones, including a few very hard to find. Recommended for 10+.
"The Girl Jones", "Nad and Dan adn Quaffy", "The Plague of Peacocks", "The Master", "Enna Hittims", "
The Girl Who Loved the Sun", "The Fluffy Pink Toadstool", "Aunt Bea's Day Out", "Carruthers", "What the Cat Told Me", "The Green Stone", "The Fat Wizard", "No One", "Dragon Reserve, Home Eight", "Little Dot", "Everard's Ride"