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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Mind Meld: What Makes the Perfect Short Story?
I recently participated in another Mind Meld at the SFSignal website with about 20 other writers and editors. This was the question posed by superfan Paul Weimer, which each of us answered in our own way:
Novels have to do many things, novellas a few things. But a short story is a pure, distilled idea, crystallized down to the core, drilling down through a reader’s shields and evoking a reaction, branding a reader’s memory forever. With this in mind, we asked our contributors: Q: What do you consider the perfect SF/F short story, or the elements of one?