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!