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Lewis Shiner Joins the Revolution!
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The Fiction Liberation Front Manifesto



By Lewis Shiner

It's hardly news that the Internet Revolution has toppled the traditional short story markets. If you look through the periodical racks at one of the big chain bookstores (what passes for a newsstand in most of the US these days), you'll be hard pressed to find a magazine devoted to fiction. It's been a slow decline since the heyday of the pulps, true, but the last few years have seen even the remaining SF and mystery digests falling back to a subscription model.

What we don't know is what comes next. Some magazines, like Subterranean, have moved online; many have just gone under. Even the idea of a magazine may cease to be relevant. The only thing that seems likely is that whatever future the short story has, the Internet will be involved in it. The thing that's least clear is how--or whether--artists will be compensated for their efforts.

There's been no living to be made from short stories in my lifetime. But short fiction endures because it provides a way of introducing writers to new readers, and because there are stories that need to be told at that length.

For all these reasons I've decided to open myself to this uncertain future.


Read the rest of it at... The Fiction Liberation Front Manifesto

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It seems most short fic, I've read anymore has been direct to anthology collections. Last one I read was Bujolds short story.

Though if your counting short fanfic .... ok that I've read, but I don't think it should count.

You might try Jim Baen's Universe then. Some damn fine short fiction. No fanfic.

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