Harmonic Convergence, by Daniel Cubias

SFReader 2007 Story Contest First Place Winner In essence, the story ‘Harmonic Convergence’ was the result of my wife and I getting picked on. Various friends and family members throughout the years have accused us of being co-dependent because we spend so much time together. So I decided to write a …

A Question of Faith, by Corie Ralston

SFReader 2005 Story Contest First Place Winner Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) Sidney Miller Video interviews, 2025 I still remember the exact moment the Miracle occurred: two-twenty in the afternoon, March 7, 2015. I had driven to Atlanta that day …

The Craven, by Edward Knight

SFReader 2005 Story Contest Second Place Winner “Coward!” Aristodemus ignored the taunt. The accusing citizen spat on his feet as he passed; the bronze sword at his side was no deterrent. Others glared at him as he worked his way out of Lacedaemon. At the city gates, a Spartan hoplite used …

Asp, by Sean T. M. Stiennon

SFReader 2004 Story Contest Second Place Winner In some ways, this tale seems like a “throwback” to the kind of SF story that was popular in the mid to late eighties.  In other ways, the story feels completely new.  And it is new, if only for the fact that the author, …

Pathways, by K. D. Wentworth

SFReader 2004 Story Contest First Place Winner This year, the final judging for the annual SFreader fiction contest was handled a bit differently from previous years.  Webmaster/Publisher Dave Felts helped to finalize the results and each of the eventual winners was given a chance to revise their original submission with a …

The Tinker, by Robert J. Santa

SFReader 2004 Story Contest Third Place Winner Veteran scribe Rob Santa takes Third Place with his “fusion” SF tale – one that only automatons will fail to love.  Then again, part of fiction’s power is to induce powerful emotions in the reader, to break down the more rote (one might …

Remainders, by Michael J. Jasper

SFReader 2003 Story Contest Second Place Winner Jaret Lazarus forced his eyes to remain open as the Pantheron burned through the entry atmosphere of Socorro. He rested his hand on his upper thigh, a few centimeters from the two rows of five buttons on his belt. The interior of the ship …

1800, by Ben DeRogatis

SFReader 2003 Story Contest Third Place Winner Francis Morgan, though an accomplished agent, did not much care for the idea of being plucked down at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay an hour before dawn. He understood all the justifications, of course. The last shipwreck that he could have conceivably …

Where Did You Go? by Greg Beatty

SFReader 2003 Story Contest Honorable Mention “Did you have enough to eat? Are you wearing that? Are you ready?” “Dad!” “I’m sorry, honey, it’s just that with your mother gone, I feel responsible–” “I’ll get it!” Helen slipped out of her chair with balletic grace and ran to answer the …

Satellite Nights, by Mithran Somasundrum

SFReader 2002 Story Contest First Place Winner I don’t sleep anymore, thought Lange, and wondered if he ever had. Opposite his bed, evil crimson digits read “02:15.” Another sterile night stretched out. It was always in summer. Those slow evenings when the city seemed to sigh and loosen itself. The streets …

Gravid, by Justin Stanchfield

SFReader 2002 Story Contest Second Place Winner Wind whistled through the tear in the outer hull, a low, keening moan, the Yellowstone’s death cry shaking its frame. Sara Reed stumbled painfully to her knees, the off-axis spin accelerating as the cabin’s atmosphere bled into the frigid vacuum outside. The bomb had …

Homecoming, by Howard Andrew Jones

SFReader 2002 Story Contest Third Place Winner Howard Andrew Jones edits technical books for a living, but he’d much rather be writing tales of heroic fantasy. His fiction has appeared in several semi-pro magazines and some pro ezines, and he has written a half-dozen computer game hint guides. He lists …