By googling various versions of the pun, I eventually found the story We'll return, after this message by John Walker, better known as a programmer and a co-founder of autoCAD. He maintains a website named fourmilab, where among other things, he posts short science fiction stories. I must have visited the site before, because several of the other stories ...
The story you are thinking of is "The Candidate" by Henry Slesar in 1962. It has been published in a lot of anthologies, so it could have been any of those that you read it in. I found a filmed version of it:
This one has Vietnamese subtitles, but is in english.
I haven't read the written story, only seen the short,...
Pretty sure this is Out of Copyright by Charles Sheffield, first published in the May 1989 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
The story is set in the mid-21st century, and the first-person narrator heads one of four teams competing for a contract to transform Jupiter's moon, Europa, into a planet capable of supporting life.
Copseye was a story by Larry Nathan and it was in an anthology of stories called,"2020". Harlan Ellison had a story and that anthology also. it was written probably before 1975 or thereabouts. I had the book but there was a house fire and the book went out with the house.
Sounds like Isaac Asimov's (very) short story Silly Asses.
Read it here.
The people of Earth have developed atomic power. As such, they are recorded by Naron the Rigellian, the long-lived Keeper of the galactic records, as having achieved maturity. But when the keeper learns that they have not yet penetrated space and that they test their ...
David Weber's Out of the Dark, initially published as part of Warriors, seems to match at least partially.
Civilizations are ranked:
The problem was that the Hegemony Council's authorization for this
operation was based on the survey team's report that the objective's
intelligent species had achieved only a Level Six civilization. The
other two systems on ...
This sounds like Homefaring, a novella by Robert Silverberg published in 1984.
The consciousness of a man named Jim McCulloch is sent forwards in time by millions of years by mistake (the experiment was aiming at an interval of a few hundred years). He awakens in the body of a creature very much like a lobster:
and yet there were differences. They were ...
This really sounds like A. Bertram Chandler's No Room in the Stable (available online), even if the details don't quite match:
But, one by one, I caught the poor, half drowned little wretches,
opened the front gate just a crack and threw then out into the street.
I went outside to make a last check, to make sure that I’d evicted all
eight of them. I ...
I believe I've found it. There were a series of stories written by Alison Tellure and published in Analog between 1977 and 1984. The names of the giant sea creatures are FirstOne and Skysinger. The priestess character I mentioned in my comment was named Green-Eyed She.
The stories are:
“Lord of All It Surveys” - June, 1977
“Skysinger” - August, 1977
Are you thinking of "Disappearing Act" (1953) by Alfred Bester?
The story takes place during a war where a computer has helped train everyone into every necessary specialty for waging the war; so many of this type of technician, so many mechanics, etc. Then recuperating soldiers start disappearing, and they perform an ever more esoteric search for ...
"The Fence", a short story by Clifford D. Simak, first published in Space Science Fiction, September 1952, available at the Internet Archive. You may have read it in one of these compilations. (I have it in a paperback edition of Simak's collection Strangers in the Universe.)
A scholarly researcher uses a time viewer to track everything that ...
Searching my history for "inter" didn't do it, but my subconscious suggested to try "inters" and this did the trick!
After Life by Simon Funk
This might be it. It was for me anyway and this question was one of the only things I could find that came even close.
not quite a chat log, but is written as a personal log!
a consciousness is uploaded, though not to save the man, it is simple impatience and desire to push the human boundary I feel.
"Who's on First?", a novelette by Lloyd Biggle, Jr., first published in If, August 1958, available at the Internet Archive. You may have read it in one of these compilations.
The story is set in Baseball, California, where the National League plays all its games (the American League plays in Baseball, Arizona):
"Each team had its own city,&...
Machine of Death: a collection of stories about people who know how they will die. It's a 2007 short story collection of unconnected sci-fi stories written by different authors in different styles, all tied together by a shared sci-fi premise:
The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell, from just a sample of your blood, how ...
"The Long Chase" by Jeffrey A. Landis.
The war is over.
The survivors are being rounded up and converted.
In the inner solar system, those of my companions who survived the ferocity of the fighting have already been converted. But here at the very edge of the Oort Cloud, all things go slowly. It will be years, perhaps decades, before the ...
Sounds like Democritus' Violin by G. David Nordley, originally published in the April 1999 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
A member review of Year's Best SF 5 from LibraryThing offers a summary of the plot:
"Democritus' Violin", G. David Nordley -- In some ways, this is one of those hackneyed stories that critics of Analog, site of this ...
I had an epiphany shortly after posting the bounty.
The story was "Serpent Eggs" by David Langford, first published 1994.
I read it in the collection "Different Kinds of Darkness".
Some of my details were wrong, the inhabitants were members of a commune centered around alternative energy, not a cult.
The protagonist wasn't sent by the ...
And... found it. "The Ugly Chickens" by Howard Waldrop
I was idly leafing through Greenway's Extinct and Vanishing Birds of the World. The city bus was winding its way through the ritzy neighborhoods of Austin, stopping to let off the chicanas, black women, and Vietnamese who tended the kitchens and gardens of the rich.
"I haven't seen any of ...
The story is Youth by Asimov. It was published in the May 1952 edition of Space Science Fiction magazine.
It's available at archive.org - PDF format of entire May 1952 edition.
Project Gutenberg - HTML format
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