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The 2005 Locus All-time Fantasy Story Poll

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What is the greatest fantasy short story of all time? Please vote for your favorite novellas, novelettes, and short stories, published in 1995 or before, in this special category. A selection of nearly 300 titles, drawn from awards winners, classic anthologies, and expert recommendations, is listed below as suggestions, but you may vote for any other titles of your choice by using the write-in boxes at the bottom of the page.

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Best Fantasy Story Poll

  Aickman, Robert, Pages from a Young Girl's Journal
  Aickman, Robert, Stains
  Anderson, Poul, Operation Afreet
  Anderson, Poul, The Tale of Hauk
  Anderson, Poul, The Valor of Cappen Varra
  Baker, Scott, Still Life with Scorpion
  Ballard, J.G., The Drowned Giant
  Barker, Clive, In the Hills, the Cities
  Barker, Clive, The Forbidden
  Barrett, Neal Jr, Stairs
  Beagle, Peter S., Come Lady Death
  Beagle, Peter S., Lila the Werewolf
  Beagle, Peter S., Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros
  Benet, Stephen Vincent, The King of the Cats
  Bester, Alfred, Hell is Forever
  Bierce, Ambrose, An Inhabitant of Carcosa
  Bishop, Michael, Within the Walls of Tyre
  Bisson, Terry, Bears Discover Fire
  Bisson, Terry, There Is No Death
  Blaylock, James P., Paper Dragons
  Blish, James, There Shall Be No Darkness
  Bloch, Robert, That Hell-Bound Train
  Borges, Jorge Luis, The Library of Babel
  Borges, Jorge Luis, The Lottery in Babylon
  Borges, Jorge Luis, Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
  Boucher, Anthony, Mr. Lupescu
  Boucher, Anthony, Snulbug
  Boucher, Anthony, The Compleat Werewolf
  Boucher, Anthony, They Bite
  Bradbury, Ray, Homecoming
  Bradbury, Ray, The Black Ferris
  Bradbury, Ray, The Fog Horn
  Bradbury, Ray, The Small Assassin
  Bradbury, Ray, The Veldt
  Bradbury, Ray, Uncle Einar
  Brown, Fredric, Come and Go Mad
  Brunner, John, The Things That Are Gods
  Brunner, John, The Wager Lost by Winning
  Buchan, John, The Wind in the Portico
  Cady, Jack, The Night We Buried Road Dog
  Campbell, Ramsey, In the Bag
  Campbell, Ramsey, Mackintosh Willy
  Campbell, Ramsey, The Chimney
  Card, Orson Scott, Hatrack River
  Carroll, Jonathan, Friend's Best Man
  Carter, Angela, The Erl-King
  Chappell, Fred, The Somewhere Doors
  Charnas, Suzy McKee, Beauty and the Opera, Or the Phantom Beast
  Charnas, Suzy McKee, Unicorn Tapestry
  Chiang, Ted, Tower of Babylon
  Clarke, The Nine Billion Names of God
  Collier, John, Bird of Prey
  Collier, John, Man Overboard
  Cowper, Richard, Piper at the Gates of Dawn
  Crowley, John, Great Work of Time
  Crowley, John, Missolonghi 1824
  Dann, Jack, Camps
  Davidson, Avram, Great Is Diana
  Davidson, Avram, Manatee Gal Ain't You Coming Out Tonight
  Davidson, Avram, Naples
  Davidson, Avram, Or All the Seas with Oysters
  Davidson, Avram, Polly Charms the Sleeping Woman
  Davidson, Avram, Sleep Well of Nights
  Davidson, Avram, The Golem
  Davidson, Avram, The Montavarde Camera
  Davidson, Avram, The Singular Events Which Occurred in the Hovel on the Alley Off of Eye Street
  Davidson, Avram, The Sources of the Nile
  Davidson, Avram, The Woman Who Thought She Could Read
  de Camp & Pratt, The Roaring Trumpet
  de Camp & Pratt, The Rule of Names
  de Camp, L. Sprague, Nothing in the Rules
  de Camp, L. Sprague, The Gnarly Man
  de Camp, L. Sprague, The Green Magician
  Delany, Samuel R., The Tale of Dragons and Dreamers
  Dick, Philip K., Faith of Our Fathers
  Dick, Philip K., The King of the Elves
  Disch, Thomas M., Descending
  Dunsany, Lord, The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth
  Dunsany, Lord, The Sword of Welleran
  Effinger, George Alec, Two Sadnesses
  Eisenstein, Phyllis, Subworld
  Elgin, Suzette Haden, Lest Levitation Come Upon Us
  Ellison, Harlan, Jeffty Is Five
  Ellison, Harlan, On the Downhill Side
  Ellison, Harlan, Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes
  Ellison, Harlan, The Deathbird
  Etchison, Dennis, The Dark Country
  Etchison, Dennis, The Dog Park
  Etchison, Dennis, The Olympic Runner
  Farmer, Philip Jose, Sail On! Sail On!
  Finney, Jack, The Third Level
  Ford, John M., Green Is the Color
  Ford, John M., Winter Solstice, Camelot Station
  Friesner, Esther M., Blunderbore
  Gaiman, Neil & Charles Vess, A Midsummer Night's Dream
  Godwin, Parke, The Fire When It Comes
  Gold, H.L., Trouble with Water
  Grant, Charles L., Confess the Seasons
  Greene, Graham, Under the Garden
  Guin, Wyman, The Root and the Ring
  Haldeman, Joe, Armaja Das
  Haldeman, Joe, Graves
  Haldeman, Joe, Manifest Destiny
  Hand, Elizabeth, Last Summer at Mars Hill
  Harrison, M. John, Seven Guesses of the Heart
  Heinlein, Robert A., Our Fair City
  Henderson, Zenna, Through a Glass-Darkly
  Holdstock, Robert & Garry Kilworth, The Ragthorn
  Holdstock, Robert, Mythago Wood
  Holdstock, Robert, Thorn
  Howard, Robert E., The Tower of the Elephant
  Howard, Robert E., The Valley of the Worm
  Jackson, Shirley, One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts
  Jackson, Shirley, The Lottery
  King, Stephen, Do the Dead Sing? [aka The Reach]
  King, Stephen, The Breathing Method
  King, Stephen, The Gunslinger
  King, Stephen, The Monkey
  Kipling, Rudyard, Red Dog
  Kipling, Rudyard, The Mark of the Beast
  Kirk, Russell, There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding
  Klein, T. E. D., Nadelman's God
  Knight, Damon, Extempore
  Kornbluth, C.M., The Words of Guru
  Kornbluth, C.M., Thirteen O'Clock
  Kuttner, Henry, A Gnome There Was
  Kuttner, Henry, Call Him Demon
  Kuttner, Henry, See You Later
  Lafferty, R.A., Configuration of the North Shore
  Lafferty, R.A., Continued on Next Rock
  Lafferty, R.A., Narrow Valley
  Lamsley, Terry, Under the Crust
  Lanier, Sterling E., Ghost of a Crown
  Lanier, Sterling E., His Coat So Gay
  Lanier, Sterling E., The Kings of the Sea
  Lansdale, Joe R., On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks
  Le Guin, Ursula K., Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight
  Le Guin, Ursula K., Darkness Box
  Le Guin, Ursula K., Dragonfly
  Le Guin, Ursula K., The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
  Le Guin, Ursula K., The Rule of Names
  Le Guin, Ursula K., The Stars Below
  Le Guin, Ursula K., The Word of Unbinding
  Lee, Tanith, Bite-Me-Not or Fleur de Fur
  Lee, Tanith, Elle Est Trois (La Mort)
  Lee, Tanith, Into Gold
  Lee, Tanith, Red as Blood
  Lee, Tanith, The Demoness
  Lee, Tanith, The Gorgon
  Leiber, Fritz, Adept's Gambit
  Leiber, Fritz, Bazaar of the Bizarre
  Leiber, Fritz, Belsen Express
  Leiber, Fritz, Four Ghosts in Hamlet
  Leiber, Fritz, Gonna Roll the Bones
  Leiber, Fritz, Ill Met in Lankhmar
  Leiber, Fritz, Lean Times in Lankhmar
  Leiber, Fritz, Scylla's Daughter
  Leiber, Fritz, Smoke Ghost
  Leiber, Fritz, Space-Time for Springers
  Leiber, Fritz, The Bleak Shore
  Leiber, Fritz, The Button Molder
  Lovecraft, H.P., The Colour Out of Space
  Lovecraft, H.P., The Nameless City
  Lovecraft, H.P., The Rats in the Walls
  Lovecraft, H.P., The Silver Key
  Lumley, Brian, Fruiting Bodies
  Lynn, Elizabeth A., The Red Hawk
  Lynn, Elizabeth A., The Woman Who Loved the Moon
  Martin, George R.R., The Monkey Treatment
  Martin, George R.R., The Skin Trade
  McCaffrey, Anne, A Proper Santa Claus
  McCaffrey, Anne, The Smallest Dragonboy
  McKillip, Patricia A., The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath
  McKinley, Robin, The Princess and the Frog
  Merritt, A., The Woman of the Wood
  Merritt, Abraham, Through the Dragon Glass
  Millhauser, Steven, The Illusionist
  Moorcock, Michael, Elric at the End of Time
  Moorcock, Michael, Kings in Darkness
  Moore, C.L., Black God's Kiss
  Moore, C.L., Daemon
  Moore, C.L., Fruit of Knowledge
  Moore, Catherine L., Jirel Meets Magic
  Morris, Kenneth, The Eyeless Dragons: A Chinese Story
  Morris, Kenneth, The Regent of the North
  Morris, Kenneth, The Sapphire Necklace
  Morrow, James, City of Truth
  Murphy, Pat, Bones
  Niven, Larry, Not Long Before the End
  Pangborn, Edgar, Longtooth
  Peake, Mervyn, Same Time, Same Place
  Poe, Edgar Allan, The Masque of the Red Death
  Pratchett, Terry, Troll Bridge
  Priest, Christopher, An Infinite Summer
  Reamy, Tom, San Diego Lightfoot Sue
  Roberts, Keith, I Lose Medea
  Roberts, Keith, The Signaller
  Roberts, Keith, Timothy
  Robinson, Kim Stanley, A Short Sharp Shock
  Robinson, Kim Stanley, Black Air
  Royle, Nicholas, Night Shift Sister
  Rucker, Rudy, Inside Out
  Russ, Joanna, My Boat
  Russ, Joanna, My Dear Emily
  Russ, Joanna, The Man Who Could Not See Devils
  Russell, Eric Frank, Displaced Person
  Ryan, Alan, The Bones Wizard
  Ryman, Geoff, The Unconquered Country
  Saki, Tobermory
  Sampson, Robert, A Gift of the People
  Schow, David J., Red Light
  Shepard, Lucius, The Jaguar Hunter
  Shepard, Lucius, The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule
  Shepard, Lucius, The Night of White Bhairab
  Silverberg, Robert, Basileus
  Simak, Clifford D., The Ghost of a Model T
  Simmons, Dan, This Year's Class Picture
  Singer, Isaac Bashevis, The Parrot
  Sitwell, Osbert, Jack and the Beanstalk
  Smith, Clark Ashton, The Coming of the White Worm
  Smith, Clark Ashton, The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan
  Smith, Clark Ashton, Xeethra
  Smith, Michael Marshall, The Dark Land
  Smith, Michael Marshall, The Man Who Drew Cats
  Sologub, Fyodor, Turandina
  St. Clair, Margaret, The Goddess on the Street Corner
  St. Clair, Margaret, The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles
  Sterling, Bruce, Flowers of Edo
  Straub, Peter, Blue Rose
  Straub, Peter, The Ghost Village
  Sturgeon, Theodore, And Now the News
  Sturgeon, Theodore, It
  Sturgeon, Theodore, Shottle Bop
  Sturgeon, Theodore, The Hag Seleen
  Sturgeon, Theodore, The Silken-Swift
  Sturgeon, Theodore, Yesterday Was Monday
  Swann, Thomas Burnett, The Manor of Roses
  Swann, Thomas Burnett, The Sudden Wings
  Swanwick, Michael, Radio Waves
  Swanwick, Michael, The Changeling's Tale
  Swanwick, Michael, The Man Who Met Picasso
  Tarr, Judith, Death and the Lady
  Tem, Steve Rasnic, Leaks
  Tiptree, James Jr., Beyond the Dead Reef
  Vance, Jack, Green Magic
  Vance, Jack, Guyal of Sfere
  Vance, Jack, Liane the Wayfarer [aka The Loom of Darkness]
  Vance, Jack, Mazirian the Magician
  Vance, Jack, The Men Return
  Vance, Jack, The Bagful of Dreams
  Vance, Jack, The Overworld
  Vance, Jack, The Seventeen Virgins
  Wagner, Karl Edward, Beyond Any Measure
  Wagner, Karl Edward, Neither Brute Nor Human
  Wagner, Karl Edward, Sticks
  Wagner, Karl Edward, Two Suns Setting
  Waldrop, Howard, God's Hooks!
  Waldrop, Howard, The Ugly Chickens
  Walpole, Horace, The Bird's Nest
  Wellman, Manly Wade, Nine Yards of Other Cloth
  Wellman, Manly Wade, O Ugly Bird!
  Wellman, Manly Wade, The Desrick on Yandro
  Wellman, Manly Wade, Walk Like a Mountain
  White, T.H., The Troll
  Wilhelm, Kate, With Thimbles, with Forks and Hope
  Willis, Connie, Jack
  Wolfe, Gene, A Cabin on the Coast
  Wolfe, Gene, Empires of Foliage and Flower
  Wolfe, Gene, La Befana
  Wolfe, Gene, The Detective of Dreams
  Wollheim, Donald A., The Rag Thing
  Wu, William F., Wong's Lost and Found Emporium
  Yolen, Jane, Johanna
  Yolen, Jane, The Sleep of Trees
  Zelazny, Roger, Death and the Executioner
  Zelazny, Roger, Divine Madness
  Zelazny, Roger, The Last Defender of Camelot
  Zelazny, Roger, Unicorn Variation

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