Episode 292: Short fiction, defining fantasy and more

This week we find ourselves talking about the resurgence of the novella in fantasy and SF, the possible reasons behind it, the changes in recent print magazines Asimov’s and Analog, the question of why short fiction seems to be moving in a digital direction whereas the novel not so much–and then we segue unconvincingly into questions of what gets reviewed and by whom, finally ending up with the problems in trying to find a workable definition of fantasy as compared to science fiction or horror.

As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!

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  1. Great episode. I’ve been a listener for a long time and as more of a fantasy reader, I enjoyed the discussion of defining the scope/history of that genre. This put me in mind of your past discussions of writers and works in the Fritz Leiber tradition (i.e. Joe Abercrombie; the Sir Hereward and Darger and Surplus stories).

    To this end, I’m looking forward to Jeff Vandermeer’s forthcoming Book of Fantasy (would be great if you interviewed him to talk about that) as well as two upcoming anthologies- Swords against Darkness by Paula Guran and The Book of Swords by Gardner Dozois.

    Thanks again. I appreciate your feedback.

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