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Old 04-28-2014, 01:33 PM
TriPolar is offline
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Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
Are we limited to novels? I and many other fans believe that the short story is a much more apt medium for the genre, and you can fit a whole collection of short stories into the same shelf space as a single novel. Any volume of The Hugo Winners would be a good choice; they're all regarded as good, and give the reader exposure to a wide variety of authors, whom they can pursue more of on their own.
I agree. IMHO the best science fiction focuses on a single aspect of future or scientific novelty and it's ramifications. I'm sure there are plenty of people who do enjoy the novels and broadly constructed worlds created also, but the short stories starting in the pulp era and onward were highly influential.

I would include the Weapons Shops of Isher in the list, either the novel or the short stories it was based on. Also Dragon's Egg, which to me is the best hard science fiction novel ever written.