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Old 07-04-2009, 14:45   #1
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Short Stories - Question and Recommendations.

Hi

I know it's not a lot to go on, but I read a terrifying short story ages ago about the future, where travel to other planets happens regularly (people put into a 'stasis' like state, and travel using portals). The story focused on a young boy who somehow tricked the system, and ended up travelling on his own for decades, slowly going mad with only his own company.

Any ideas what it was?

Also, I want to get back into short stories now (ideal for a half-hour commute to work...). Anyone got any recommendations for where to start? Open to anything really, although crime / horror / sci-fi would be ideal...
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Jeffery Deaver Twisted and More Twisted

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Stephen King - Everythings Eventual

He has a load of other short story compilations actually.
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I liked Ian McEwan's short stories - from what I remember, very dark and twisted for a guy who's now considered a literary genius.
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The story in the OP is The Jaunt by Stephen King. I love it, and for some reason always think about it on long plane journeys.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jaunt_(short_story))

For stuff like this, you can't go wrong with anything written by Ray Bradbury.

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Also sounds a bit like ‘end of eternity’ by Asimov. I really got into short stories recently, perfect for reading on commutes. Authors with good ones seem to include-

Martin Amis
Alistair Reynolds (more sci fi)
Lorrie Moore
Hanif Kureishi
And of course, the master JG Ballard (a lot of his novels could be short stories without much loss)
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Raymond Carver short stories are superb, though they are very much 'slice of life' rather than any sort of crime/horror/fantasy. The Altman film 'Short Cuts' was based on some of his stories.
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The story in the OP is The Jaunt by Stephen King. I love it, and for some reason always think about it on long plane journeys.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jaunt_(short_story))
That's it !! Fantastic story - very chilling....
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i liked i robot, that was some good short stories.

And Under the duvet by Marian keyes if you are a chick.

Jeffery archers stories were always very good reads
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I like Haruki Murakami's short stories.
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Ray Bradbury is a good suggestion, the complete Ray Bradbury vol 2 was a superb tome, unfortunately coudl never find volume one. Anyway for some superb SF stories have you ever read Dangerous Visions? An acknowledged classic in the genre, which is then followed up by Again Dangerous Visions another collection with some astounding stories particularly the name for world is forest. Also Adventures in TIme and Space was a great collection of all the classic SF short stories

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