I Know this has been done before but it’s been quite a while and there’s plenty of new people around who might find it interesting. I’ll list my favorite five stories and anyone who has done it before can certainly repeat themselves or change their choices. After all, we may have read new stuff.
In no particular order:
The Man Who Traveled in Elephants, by Robert A Heinlein. I never read this story without tearing up at the description of the veterans passing the parade viewing stand.
True Minds, by Spider Robinson. My favorite depiction of love in fiction, challenged only by…
The Gifts of the Magi, by O. Henry 'Nuff said.
Tobermory, by Saki, aka H.H. Munro. It portrays perfectly the attitude a cat holds toward all lesser beings. And what the member of the houseparty think when they heard about the death of the German professor is hysterical.
He Walked Around the Horses, by H. Beam Piper. Told in the form of letters between British and German gov’t officials, it’s the signature of the last letter, the last two words of the story, that make it great.
Now, if I see any stories that I don’t know getting a lot of mentions, that will mean I have something new to read to look forward to.