The Fate of Short Fiction Online

Over at the Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine blog, F&SF editor/publisher Gordon Van Gelder comments and wants your feedback on short fiction published online. If you’ve got a moment, check it out and give him your thoughts.

7 Comments on “The Fate of Short Fiction Online”

  1. i noticed i hadn’t seen an update to your blog in my rss feed for like, 6 weeks. apparently the feed be b0rked. I tried to resubscribe and it said:

    ERROR: atom is not a valid feed template

  2. melinda @ 1: I don’t use it, but I believe I saw someone say the correct feed is atom1 now – try adding the one and see if that helps.

  3. Online fiction is ephemera until its published on paper.

    Meaning I usually do not become aware of it until it gets published in say “The Year’s Best Science Fiction.”

    In such a form it could be around for years if not decades in collections such as libraries.

    About ten years for the average library depending on how much it is used.

  4. Sub-Odeon – I'm a full-time nerd for a large medical care organization, and a part-time Soldier for the United States Army Reserve. I am into science fiction, military history, Utah Jazz NBA basketball, and busty women.

    I freely admit to being an ODT chauvanist.

    (ODT = On Dead Tree)

    Perhaps if I purchased a Kindle, I might be swayed.

    But reading fiction on my computer screen… It’s just not the same. My brain wants a paperback, or a digest-sized magazine, in my hands when I go into someone else’s mental playground and take a tour.

    Reading, even with a laptop, is a sit-at-the-desk kind of thing, and while I love to read news and politics and such on-line, when it comes to fiction, my brain goes back to demanding it be of the ODT variety.

    Again, a Kindle could change my mind, if it lives up the hype. But as long as books and stories can come to me ODT then I will continue to enjoy them and collect them ODT.

  5. I suppose I’m an odd duck. Like most folks I speak with, I prefer my fiction in dead tree format, BUT…

    I prefer my periodicals in electronic format. Short fiction has always appeared more often in periodical format, which means I prefer it online.

  6. Freebies online (and public libraries) are a great way of trying out authors whose work I haven’t read before. There have been a lot of cases where I have read a short story, excerpt, or entire novel for free that has encouraged me to spend money on the author’s back catalogue and future output.

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