Date: 2014-11-06 09:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] coalescent
It does seem odd to my that you say there's little to no filtering with short stories – the magazine of publication *is* a filter; as is an anthology being put together by a particular editor or on a particular theme.

I agree, in theory this is part of how it should work -- editors/magazines themselves become trusted sources. If you read a dozen Clarkesworld stories and enjoy them, you're likely to enjoy more stuff that Clarkesworld publishes. Or for a place that has a whole panoply of editors like, you can seek out the stories picked by Ann VanderMeer, or Ellen Datlow, etc.

(Of course I do this with publishers as well -- I will at least check out pretty much anything Aqueduct publishes, for instance. But I think it's much easier in short fiction. The editors are more visible and the volume of work published per editor is higher, so it's easier to get a sense of whose taste matches up with yours.)
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