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Short story masterclass: Future masters


Learn from the SF classics with Helen M Walters

Putting together this article, I was overwhelmed by the number of brilliant SF stories out there. Even if you don’t consider yourself a science fiction fan, seek out some classic SF to read. I think you’ll be surprised.

My recommendations are A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury, Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, and In The Abyss by HG Wells. But other names to look out for if you want to widen your reading experience are Arthur C Clarke, John Wyndham, Brian Aldiss and Philip K Dick. As always, you will get the most out of this masterclass if you read the stories, available online here:

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