I have been on this short fiction review gig for eight months now and it has been largely a one-sided affair, as these things are wont to be, with me sharing my thoughts and (hopefully…possibly) listening. In a week where work has taken its cue from episodes of The Twilight Zone, I have not had nearly enough time to read. This set me to thinking about our busy lives and the time we carve out for reading and what informs our reading choices. For none of us have the means by which to read everything we want to read every day.
Short Fiction seems to be an oft-maligned, or perhaps just oft-ignored, format though I do believe the sheer volume of short fiction magazines and print collections over the past years shows that its near-death has been greatly exaggerated. Thus I am curious, about you. About what you read. About the choices you make in regards to where you get your short fiction if short fiction is a part of your reading regimen. About why short fiction appeals to you and what stories you feel represent the best that short fiction has to offer.
So what I’ve done is put together a list of questions that you can cut and paste in the comments, in whole or in part, if you have the time to talk about you, your reading habits, and what about short fiction turns you on…or off.
- Do you read short fiction, and if so how large a portion of your reading time is devoted to short fiction?
- From where do you partake of short fiction? Online zines? Electronic media? Print collections?
- If you do read short fiction do you mostly stick to genre fiction or are you an equal opportunity short fiction aficionado?
- What about the format appeals to you?
- Are there drawbacks to the format that affect your enjoyment of short fiction?
- What is your assessment of the current state of short fiction and the short fiction market?
- Do you find it important to try to keep up with the latest stories being released?
- What stories, classic or contemporary, would you recommend that most adequately capture your feelings about short fiction and/or highlight what the format can do?
There you go. In the interest of saving space here I believe I’ll take a moment to post my answers in the comments as well. I welcome you to answer any or all of the questions and feel free to share even if you are vehemently opposed to the format and have nothing positive to say. All opinions welcome. It is probably obvious given that I try to read and review short fiction each week that I am passionate about the format and because reading is a very isolating activity I’m curious about the thoughts of both the casual and regular readers of SF Signal.