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Novels versus short stories

In the preface to Burning Chrome, William Gibson writes that the relationship of short stories to science fiction is the same as that of the single to rock music: “the medium that defined the most perfect expressions” of a given art form.

Come to think of it, my favorite science fiction stories usually came in the form of short fiction, often no longer than a novella.

Does this mean that science fiction novels don’t really work? Or that they just aren’t worth the extra effort it takes to write them?

Meh. Overthinking this. Bring on November!

New books I’ve ordered

These are supposed to arrive this Monday from Amazon.com:

Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer: I read parts of this when it was serialized but not the whole thing. It was touching and explored some interesting social and scientific issues.

Coyote by Allen Steele: Some other stories in this universe have been really interesting so I want to get started from the beginning of it.

X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking by Jeff Gordinier: The author was on Think (a local public radio talk show) and this sounded like something really interesting.

A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting by Hara Estroff Marano: Recommended by my doctor.

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