admin wrote:(I recently read a Faulkner, a Jerome Bixby, a Vonnegut, and an Asimov -- can't remember any of them!)
For me, this aspect of short fiction doesn't go in parentheses. I simply find that the more time I spend reading something, the better it sticks with me afterwards (on average). A short story that I read in one sitting gets crowded out of my brain by a novel that occupied me for a month. Nowadays when I read short fiction, It's usually a single-author collection, so that there's at least some sense of unity to it. That said, I don't know why short stories seem to be preferred over novellas or novelettes. It seems counterintuitive.
The last time I read short stories on a regular basis was back in the early 80s when I subscribed to Omni Magazine. They had about three of them per issue, as I recall. I don't think there's anything like Omni out there right now, though: a combination of science and sci-fi.
Here's an idea that I've often wondered why nobody's tried. What about individually packaged short stories at, say, Barnes and Noble* for something like 75 cents a pop. There would be a big rack of them and they'd be sealed so you wouldn't just sit down and read them in the store.
*Note to Brightonian: In case you don't know what Barnes and Noble is, it's a big chain of large bookstores in the U.S. that has rendered other bookstores economically obsolete. Do they have them in the U.K.?
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