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Micro Science Fiction ペーパーバック – 2019/6/5
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O. Westin's micro science fiction is set in an extra-terrestrial future, capturing scenes of interstellar life - transgalactic communication attempts between aliens and humans, philosophizing robots, Siri's emotions, and plenty of comic relief across the space-time continuum. The over 350 very short stories tackle all the Big Questions: How do you establish contact with aliens without offending them? Will artificial intelligences one day demand election rights? And which species would aliens decide to contact on Planet Earth? "Some of the best depth and potential built into the space of a single tweet." MEG, Chair of the BristolCon SF Convention "I've been writing microfics on postcards and my appreciation for the Sheer Compressed Wonder you create has only increased. (Which isn't to say I ever thought it was *easy*.)" Jeanette Ng, award-nominated SF novelist "Like a circus tent, @MicroSFF stories are much bigger on the inside than they appear on the outside." Gunnstein R'Lyeh
For those of you new to this idea:
When one writes a very short story constrained by 140 characters (now up to 280 characters) then one chooses their words VERY carefully. The magic here is just how much information is packed into those short sentences. Almost like MicroSFF took a large file and zipped it into a tiny archive.
Each person that reads the story may have their own expression of thought about what that story really means, and that my friends is the true beauty of this collection.
Many of these stories will seem shallow, until you wake up at 3AM and realize the deeper implications of what you read. That story unfolds, expands in your mind and you begin to extend it along logical or emotional paths. You become a partner in the dialog, the ideas. And you realize that this path may be unique to you, that it stimulated something already in your mind.
I feel that reading these micro-stories is best done at a slow pace. I might almost suggest that a serious reading of this book be paced at about one story per day . . . because each story - when you allow the time - will unfold in detail in your mind from the compressed limitations of the media. If you read all the stories at one sitting, without time to reflect, you might miss out on the expansion that occurs in your mind.
I loved this book, only hope that we might see more collections in the future - as there is a vast wealth of these stories that @MicroSFF has tweeted over the years.