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Notes on establishing a personal canonical collection of short stories

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Warning: This is a work in progress. -- Fritz.



James Van Pelt gives the following as his canonical collection of short stories and books on writing that focus on short stories in his article On Establishing a Personal Canonical Collection of Short Stories:




Which leads to me to want and try to list short stories that have impacted me, but I'll just start with ones that I remember more or less distinctly. The following titles are approximate until I have a chance to vet them. If they are links, then this is close guess, if not, then they will be parenthesis and are more or less a summary of the story.


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Also see ...

  1. “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov
  2. “The Daemon Lover” by Shirley Jackson
  3. “The Janitor on Mars” by Martin Amis
  4. “Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel” by Peter S. Beagle
  5. “Aye, And Gomorrah” by Samuel R. Delany
  6. “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury
  7. “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  8. “That Only A Mother ” by Judith Merril
  9. “Escape From Spiderhead” by George Saunders
  10. “Solitude” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  11. “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” by James Tiptree, Jr.
  12. “Message in a Bottle” by Nalo Hopkinson
  13. “The Seventh Voyage” by Stanislaw Lem
  14. “The Lifecycle of Software Objects” by Ted Chiang
  15. “Stone Animals” by Kelly Link
  16. “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu
  17. “The Father Thing” by Philip K. Dick
  18. “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu









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