Date: 2014-11-06 03:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
Like you I find it hard to know where to find short fic I will enjoy. I'm a little weird about the big SFF magazine publications in that I don't like magazines & I don't really feel like those publications are 'for me' (that whole thing SFF culture does where it convinces you that you're an imposter). I also think. like you, I generally follow authors more than publishers/collective authorities. If I like a book by X published by Y I'm way more likely to follow X around the internet (unless we're talking about Orbit) and the same goes for short fiction. Finally, I also find the amount of choice in the short fic section overwhelming & obscure. This is especially weird for me because generally I love gigantic amounts of choice. 'Oh wow I can only choose one of these icecream flavours from hundreds? Having choice is so cool!'

I kind of feel the same way about short fic as I sometimes do about comics. It's hard to know what to read because there's so much to read & I don't know anything about this section of fic at all so I have no guiding principles to help me select and deselect based on short synopses of stories. And I don't have any investment in collective authorities the same way I don't when it comes to comics. However, comics culture is becoming easier to get into as I find friends who are really into comics. And I think short fic works the same way for me - I see people excited about a story, I read it & then I get excited about discovering more short fic. When friends get involved I feel excited about all the choice rather than like clawing at my face in despair.
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