very short science fiction stories for kids
The T-Rex roared, its huge foot coming down right next to us. I noticed it had giant feathers sprouting out of its leathery skin.
Their sky was cloaked in a never ending darkness, the moon painted blood red, and the trees purple as well as the sea.
“The Janitor in Space” is about, well. a janitor in space. A very lonely janitor who cleans during the artificial “nights” up in space. So if you’ve ever wondered how one would clean in zero G’s, then this is the story for you.
It was a Ted Chiang short story that inspired the film Arrival, so it’s safe to say that Chiang is a mastermind of mind-altering short fiction. “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” is one of his best-loved stories, about what it means for an artificial entity to “grow up.”
Based on the concept of a chilling classic, The Day of The Triffids by John Wyndham, The Boy in The Tower takes the idea of a world colonised by killer plants and sets it in a modern-day city tower block community. The character portraits and unlikely friendships in this book are sublime and the portrayal of Ade’s mother’s post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression is particularly well drawn. The terrifying plants are not the most terrifying part of this story and it left me shaken in the very best way.
Prepare to believe!
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering short stories for kids about science fiction and fantasy will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about sci-fi and fantasy short stories. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding science fiction and fantasy short stories for kids
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about short stories about science fiction and fantasy
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra literature resources
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Wendel is a young mouse who keeps very busy with all of the inventions in his workshop. At the same time, he struggles with the idea of cleaning up after himself. He invents a Wendelbot whose sole purpose is to clean up the mess, but then the robot thinks Wendel is a scrap to be cleaned up as well! This hilarious story will intrigue children and provide a jumping off point for talking about what happens when we get too excited about science and innovation.
“A hilarious and heartfelt examination of “dadliness” in all its forms.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It’s hard to go wrong with a Daniel Pinkwater book. The guy’s got a fantastic imagination.
Thank you so much for sharing the title and author of that story! I will have to read it. You can download a copy of the story here. If your school’s filters are block Weebly, you may need to download the PDF at home and email it to yourself.
I once read a short story about a group of space explorers who crashed on a zoo-like planet where all of the animals lived in harmony. They try to fix the spaceship to leave, but some invisible force keeps breaking it while they sleep at night. Also, manna falls from the sky to feed them. They end up trapped there forever. For goodness sake, who wrote it and what is the title?! It’s driving me nuts!
“Dark Air” by Lincoln Michel
(Collected in Upright Beasts)
“The Red Thread” by Sofia Samatar
(Collected in Tender)
The social fabric that prevents us from being unbelievably horrible to one another is so thin that it’s perpetually on the verge of coming undone. Saramago shows us just how easy it would be to pull the first thread.
By Tom Chiarella. Great guy. Creative writing professor. Steals books though.
A man wakes up in the darkness to an ultrasonic wailing. He’s disoriented but realizes he has to escape. He runs into a bit of light that turns into a glare.
by Andrew Spacey 1