There’s a lot of buzz going on in the sf blogosphere right now about short fiction…its purpose, its declining numbers, the reasons for them, its future and why you should support short fiction through subscription drives, etc. (Niall @ Torque Control rounds up the links.)
As a short fiction reader, I like having it around and see it continuing to be around. I certainly understand the desire to drive up numbers, especially by those authors and editors who have a vested interest in it. But the cold, hard fact of short sf (as reiterated by Paul Raven) is that readers aren’t coming and nobody is sure why.
Is it because there’s plenty of free short fiction online? Is it because the magazines offer a low ratio of good stories to bad? Do people just prefer longer length stories?
Tell us why!