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Golden age SF short story where spacecraft pilots are reanimated dead people?

This must be Scanners Live in Vain by Cordwainer Smith. From the wikipedia summary: Conscious humans cannot travel through space because of an effect called the "Great Pain of Space", which ...
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Alien diplomat unable to lie settles bet about the most wonderful planet in the galaxy

Gordon R. Dickson: Lulungomeena (1954 - novelette) Tensions at a deepspace relay station erupt over a veteran's claim that his homeworld, Lulungomeena, is the most beautiful in the galaxy. To resolve ...
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Time travel short story about a man from a multi-racial future who is killed when he goes back to a racist past?

"Dark Interlude" by Mack Reynolds and Fredric Brown A traveller is sent back to an earlier time (early 20th century America?). He reveals innocently that he's "at least one-fourth" ...
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Scientist in accident which reverses his molecular handedness

Arthur C. Clarke, "Technical Error" Great summary of the story in the question. Also a full summary at Wikipedia here. The outcome was...it ended poorly
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Planet of cannibals

This sounds very much like Disqualified, a short story by Charles Fontenay, first published in If in 1954. The story concerns two inspectors visiting a colonised world, who have to decide whether to ...
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Murder in cult of identical people

Pretty sure this is "The Barbie Murders" by John Varley.
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Isaac Newton is visited by a time traveller who tries to give him a calculator

This one is "Newton's Gift" by Paul Nahin from Omni, in January 1979 The story is available here Link to scan of Omni This link has a description Description of the story Time traveller ...
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90s vampire short story set in post-communist Romania having a subplot about the effects of AIDS on vampires

As the OP specified a short story, I will suggest another work by Dan Simmons, a novelette entitled All Dracula's Children. It was published in a vampire anthology in 1991 called The Ultimate Dracula. ...
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Sci-fi short story with shocking reversal of expectation

I was originally going to suggest "Sentry" (1954) by Fredric Brown, but looking at the ISFDb page it doesn't look nearly as likely as the other one Fuzzy Boots suggested, "The Hunters&...
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Destructive teleportation story where the inventor is afraid to use it

This sounds very much like "The Fare" by Sherri Roth. It was indeed published in Asimov's, but in November 1979 so little earlier than you thought. You summarised the plot very completely. ...
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Looking for a collection of stories about an isolationist community

Mike Resnick's Kirinyaga series They were about a group of people of a particular, but I think unidentified, ethnicity who lived in an isolated community--isolated both by physical location and by ...
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Short story about time travel and refugees from the future

I am pretty sure Radiant Doors by Michael Swanwick is the story you're looking for. It was published in the September 1998 edition of Asimov's Science Fiction. The story, and a few more of Michael ...
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90s vampire short story set in post-communist Romania having a subplot about the effects of AIDS on vampires

I know you said this is a short story, but the scene in an orphanage with a foreign delegation investigating the spread of AIDS and the doctor freaking out about the lack of an autoclave is straight ...
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Story about sailing ship/printing press on a metal-poor world

This is Vernor Vinge's The Barbarian Princess (or another short story in the series) or possibly the novel form of that story "Tatja Grimm's World" The ship serves as a mobile printing press,...
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Trying to remember a story about vikings attacking a convent

I think this is the 1982 story Souls by Joanna Russ. The Abbess is the head of a convent and works to get rid of Norse invaders by seemingly magical means. Near the end the Abbess is taken away by ...
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Short story where people traveling FTL see their parallel universe selves (not Cascade Point)

With respect to Sieur Zahn, I believe his recollection of his story is incorrect. Unless the story is "The Evidence of Things Not Seen" instead (which I consider less likely), it's almost ...
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Beehive in body short story

I Am Not I by G. V. Anderson, published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July-August 2017. You can read the story courtesy of PodCastle: Part 1 and Part 2 A review from Goodreads ...
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Starship crewman from separate space community falls for outsider

Potentially Ghetto by Poul Anderson, originally published in 1954 but anthologised a few times, including in the 1980s. The hereditary crew are Kithmen, and live in their own community (Kithtown) on ...
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SF short story, maybe from 50s or earlier, man visits place (planet?) where vendors at a market buy minute things, like fingernail clippings

The date doesn't match your recollection, but otherwise your description sounds like "The Skinny People of Leptophlebo Street", a 1975 short story by R. A. Lafferty, which was also the (...
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Short story about intelligence being only an evolutionary stage to ensure interstellar propagation

The Locusts by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes A colony expedition to Tau Ceti ends up de-volving into apelike creatures. There are no men on Tau Ceti IV ... There are things in the forest. They prefer ...
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Twin star, perception disturbances on space station, punning text message

This is the Fredric Brown story "Placet is a Crazy Place" (1946). ISFDb offers this synopsis: A man attempts to manage a research station on a planet in a distant system, where the weird ...
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Story about sailing ship/printing press on a metal-poor world

A ship-based printing press, plying trade as mobile printers, is the background for Vernor Vinge's Tatja Grimm series. I need to dig it out to provide quotes, but a review on Goodreads yields: the ...
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Sci-fi short, a miniature town/people used for testing advertisements?

"The Tunnel Under the World" (1955) by Frederik Pohl? Wikipedia reports the ending: In actuality, the chemical plant had exploded, and all the inhabitants of Tylerton were killed by the ...
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Pre-80s short story: man finds tape player inside his chest and cuts the tape

This is The Electric Ant (1969) by Philip K. Dick. "He wants to kill himself and realizes that he can do this by accessing his chest panel and cutting off his reality tape that controls his ...
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Sci-fi short story with shocking reversal of expectation

There are a number of stories with similar plots. An episode of The Twilight Zone, for example. However, I think the story you read was probably Youth, by Isaac Asimov. The humans aren't attacking, ...
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Trying to remember a story about vikings attacking a convent

Maybe The Wind Eye by Robert Westall. Plot: a family from the present day (1970s) are on holiday around Lindisfarne. The youngest child has a seriously injured hand, which was burned a few years back ...
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Time traveller going backwards and mad in museum

Ian Watson's The Very Slow Time Machine, I think. At first hairy, dirty and wildly incoherent, the occupant becomes calmer, cleaner and communicative over time. Holding up messages to his window he ...
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Short story where protagonist tries to select wife based on predictions of automated system

This sounds like Robert Sheckley's 'Sneak Preview' found in the collection 'The Robot who Looked like Me" (1982)... "Peter Honorious looked through his mail one bright September morning and ...
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Short story: maniac takes over space ship, kills crew

I'm pretty sure this is "The Intruders" (1964) by Robert Rohrer, published in Amazing Stories, October 1964. The only missing point is that it wasn't ever anthologized, it was only ever ...
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Story set on a world where the law requires everyone to carry a gun

This has some strong similarities to The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith (1978, and Smith wasn't yet a well known author -- this was AFAIK his first published novel). Ed "Win" Bear (a ...
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