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On Vox: The long touch of short stories

I used to read short stories fairly often. My teen years were spent with a subscription to "Fantasy and Science Fiction." Even later, I continued to read short stories collected in anthologies.

But in recent years I found myself reading almost exclusively novels. I stumbled upon the Vision anthology accidentally--My friend Kate Baggott won second prize in the 2007 University of Hertfordshire Writing Award, and I won a copy from her blog.

Since reading these stories, I now have a renewed interest in short stories. I picked up an issue of Maison Neuve, and might start reading science fiction short stories again.

Vision is an interesting anthology. The prize-winning short stories are all excellent. I loved some of the short-listed stories as well, but others not so much. Even when reading stories that did not work as well, however, I liked seeing what the author did with the vision theme. Sometimes the vision is an integral part of the story, as in the first prize "The Snow Child" by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi, about a Finnish woman's vision of a child. Other times the vision is only one piece of the story, as in Kate Baggot's "The Three Wives," in which the third wife taps into the world of visions.

Originally posted on mmarques.vox.com


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Aug. 15th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
There's some really good short fiction out there. On Spec is publishing some great stuff; really, most SF/F magazines that are still alive are publishing good stuff, it's just that they're dying off like flies.

There's a lot of good writing being posted online, as well. Strange Horizons has been doing a great job, and there's a few others that are really impressive.

Speaking as someone who's writing a lot of short fiction at the moment, I strongly suggest you check them out. Of course, I'll suggest it even MORE strongly if they ever publish me ...
Aug. 16th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
I'll pick up some mags at Bakka on Saturday, and then pick something to subscribe to. The douglascohen has a challenge for people to subscribe to something.
Aug. 20th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I picked up a copy of On Spec, based on your recommendation, and Realms of Fantasy.
Aug. 15th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Haven't read much in the way of short stories in years--an anthology might be just what the doctor ordered! Mega congrats to Kate for second prize!! =)
Aug. 16th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
There are so many neat anthologies.
Aug. 19th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
I've been away and offline for much of this month, so I just saw this post today. I am glad to hear that you are back into short stories, but also really appreciative that you've given me so much publicity in return for one free book. No wonder PR people love bloggers these days...
Aug. 20th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
I blog reviews of most of the books I read these days.
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