Free Classic Science Fiction Stories for Your Holiday Reading


What stories are you most thankful that you discovered for your bookshelf last year? This week, readers around the world are sharing the books and writers that inspired them in 2013 at the #ReaderThanks Twitter hashtag.

Here at True Pictures, we spend a lot of time exploring classic science fiction stories. For your holiday reading pleasure, we’ve collected a few inspiring stories that we are thankful for this year. You can download a free digital book copy of the story or listen to a classic X Minus One radio drama edition of the story.

X Minus One was a radio show that ran from 1955 until 1958, sharing work by some of our greatest speculative fiction authors. Follow the links below to read or listen to three great stories…

The Old Time Radio Researchers Group has more about the show:

The stories for the show came from two of the most popular science fiction magazines at the time; Astounding and Galaxy. Adaptations of these stories were performed by Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts. They even wrote a few original stories of their own. The writers of the magazine stories were not well known then but now are the giants of today. These stories came from the minds of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Poul Anderson to name a few.

“Bad Medicine” by Robert Sheckley: Fearing for his sanity, a man buys a robot psychiatrist to help him cope with life. (MP3 edition, free eBook edition)

“The Tunnel Under The World” by Frederik Pohl: A man wakes up screaming every single day, eventually uncovering a mind-bending secret about his life. (free MP3 editon, free eBook edition)

“Project Mastodon” by Clifford D. Simak: A band of time travellers set up camp in the stone age and seek diplomatic immunity from the United States.  (MP3 edition, free eBook edition)

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