Blips are free short stories which are under 2000 words long. This free short story section contains a variety of short tales that are short, sharp and sometimes shocking.

The stories here were all written and designed with classroom use in mind. It all started when I was unable to find a good source of material to use in tests. I was unable to find anything that really worked. Eventually I decided it was easier and quicker to just write something myself. I later created more detailed stories that helped to illustrate story structure. They were made easy to analyse with many transparent themes while making points that we were discussing in class.

The stories are designed to be easy to read yet educational. These tales are meant to be fun while giving students something to think about. Each has a little twist in the tail while some have a surprise ending. Several are designed to be analysed and won’t become clear without a little thought while others might just make you laugh. Most are science-fiction since I’m passionate about that genre however several are creepy since that is increasingly what my students seem to enjoy most.

All the stories here are free to read online. Copying and sharing is encouraged but please credit the author if you use the story.

Requests for additional stories will be seriously considered. Suggestions can be sent through the contact page.

 

Empty

The bag was straining in her hand. Taught polythene handles had stretched thin, cutting painfully into her fingers as she made her way along the street. Above her, birds sang happy songs in a largely cloudless sky and the sun had made a brief, rare appearance and...

Sweet Dreams

He woke up suddenly, his body drenched in sweat, his heart pounding in his chest. The dream was still fresh in his mind but the details were already fading, lost in the swirling clouds of his fogged memory. Nothing was going to wipe out the last grim detail of what...

The Audit

The airlock hissed closed behind him, sending a coiling wisp of white vapour edging from the vent, curling softly though the air as it slowly, faded out of existence. Darren Whyte was a boring man and such details actually mattered to him. He whipped out his pad and...

The Sphere

“When I awoke for that first time, I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know where I was, I didn’t even know who I was. I was inside this grand glass sphere, this gigantic artificial structure that has supported us all throughout my life,” he said softly. His voice was...

The Glass Spaceship

He was a strikingly handsome man, he had a powerful, lean physique and a proud, square jawline. His piercing blue eyes peered out into the infinite darkness of space, the endless black canvas upon which the universe itself was painted. But it wasn’t the universe, the...

The Future

Stirk sat down in the waiting room. It was finished in a dull grey colour that forced any pleasant thoughts scurrying to hide at the back of his innocent young mind, where they were reported to belong. Reports of such things were quite adamant and were made...

The Diary

They sat across one from one another, trying to get the measure each other, trying each to sum up exactly who the person opposite really was. She sipped at a frothing pink liquid and smiled an enigmatic little smile that held exactly the lack of warmth of a fast-food...

The Charge

She glared at the young man opposite and he looked back at her with a slightly bemused expression. Whatever it was that was darkening her mood, he wasn’t sharing it and that just served to darken it more. She sighed, grunting to herself as she took a sip of water and...

No Good Deed

Doctor Steven Leftfield was at the top of his profession. Sadly, it was a profession with an unusually low ceiling. He checked a final third time over his work, not that anything ever went wrong, not that anything ever really could go wrong. He glanced up briefly,...

Diagnose This.

The scanner flashed brightly and finally went dark as the readings scrolled up on the monitor, showing that the item on the targeting pad had been successfully analysed, a process that took several miserable hours of waiting. Doctor Hubert was tired. It had been a...

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