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Free Speculative Fiction Online

Updated on February 22, 2008

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.

Profits From This Lens...

Any profits made from this lens go to Room To Read, an organization whose goal is giving literacy and education to children who would not have it otherwise, worldwide.

Speculative Fiction Short Story Anthologies & Compilations - ~ ~ ~

Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction
Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction

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.

Firebirds Rising: An Original Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Firebirds Rising: An Original Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy

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.

Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories
Unexpected Magic: Collected Stories

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"


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      7 years ago

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      8 years ago

      Good resource for anyone interested in Speculative Fiction. Well done. Thanks for the lens.

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      10 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your lens. Thanks for the hard work of collecting links.

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      11 years ago

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      11 years ago

      The Baen Free Library is also a must for people looking to ethically read free specfic online

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      11 years ago

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