Tanith Lee (born 19 September 1947)
World Fantasy Award winner Tanith Lee is one of the all-time greats. Combining extreme prolificness (over 70 novels and 250 short stories - wow!) with exceptional storytelling, Lee will likely be read for generations to come.
Fiction after jump break
• At Baen: "Draco, Draco" Fantasy.
"You'll have heard stories, sometimes, of men who have fought and slain dragons. These are all lies. There's no swordsman living ever killed a dragon, though a few swordsmen dead that tried."
• At Fantasy Magazine: "Clockatrice"
"Poor girl. Beautiful Diana, named for a goddess, and barely sixteen years of age. Just after midnight she descended through the gardens to meet her lover. And before any clock could strike one, she was as beautiful as she was dead."
• At Fantasy Magazine: "The God Orkrem"
"How long I traveled I have no knowledge. When you have lost everything on earth for which you ever cared, distance—and time—become two foreign elements. To a man bereaved of all as I was, distance and time are only words."
• At Lightspeed: "Black Fire" [Audio version at same link]
"I don’t never drink when I drive. Not no more. I got pulled over a couple years ago, random check, and I was just over the limit: half a glass—well, a pint—of beer. But I won’t take any chance now. So nobody can say I imagined what I seen. Go on, you can test me, if you like. No. I see it. And I see what come after too."
• Flash Fiction.at Nature: "Dead Yellow" Science Fiction.
• At PodCastle: "Rapunzel"
• At StarShipSofa: "The Beautiful And The Damned" by F. Scott Fitzgerald by Tanith Lee.
Damon Francis Knight (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002)
Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Damon Knight is probably best known for "To Serve Man," a 1950 short story that was adapted on The Twilight Zone. In addition to his writing, he was the editor of the Orbit anthology series. He was names a SFWA Grand Master in 1994
• "Auto-Da-Fe" 1961.At Project Gutenberg:
"The king of the world sat on a balcony, listening to the wind blow around his tower. He was drunk. He would get drunker still, and then he would be sick, and the dogs would take care of him. By tomorrow afternoon, he would be drunk and sick again."
• "The Dying Man" 1957.
"It is noon. Overhead the sky like a great silver bowl shimmers with heat; the yellow sand hurls it back; the distant ocean is dancing with white fire. Emerging from underground, Dio the Planner stands blinking a moment in the strong salt light; he feels the heat like a cap on his head, and his beard curls crisply, iridescent in the sun."
• "Idiot Stick" 1958.
"The ship came down out of a blue sky to land in a New Jersey meadow. It sank squashily into the turf. It was about a mile long, colored an iridescent blue-green, like the shell of a beetle."
• "Special Delivery"
"All Len had to hear was the old gag: "We've never lost a father yet." His child was not even born and it was thoroughly unbearable!"
• "The Worshippers"
"Destiny reached out a hand to Algernon Weaver—but he was a timid man, at first. But on the strange world of Terranova, there was much to be learned—of destiny, and other things...."
• "The Itching Hour" in Futuria Fantasia, Spring 1940.
"Mind you, I don't believe the story, myself. It was obvious, from the start, that the old man was mad. Besides, I was stinko at the time, and I may not have got some of the details right. But in its essentials, the story still sticks in my mind.... "
Old Time Radio
• At Internet Archive: "The Country of the Kind" - Mindwebs (right click title to download MP3)
"In a world where violence and crime have been almost totally eliminated, a man engages in antisocial behavior." - OTR Plot Spot.