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Winter Solstice and Short Stories

4 books of short stories stacked on a wood table

Today, December 21, is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, or the longest night, depending on how you want to look at it. Rather fitting that it is also Short Story day, according to literary calendars.

I love short stories. Preparing to write this post, I realize most of the short story books I have on hand are sci-fi in nature, except a few:

  • A small paperback Great Stories by Checkhov, edited by David H. Greene.

  • And Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. 

As for sci-fi short stories, I like:

  • Worlds Enough and Time: Five Tales of Speculative Fiction by Dan Simmons because it has in it the story ‘On K2 With Kanakaredes’ by Dan Simmons

  • John Varley’s, The Persistence of Vision has 9 stories.

  • The Last Man on Earth is an older paperback, 1982, edited by Isaac Asimov. It  has 17 stories, each taking a turn at telling the stories of Earth’s final survivors.

I look forward to reading a few stories tonight, beginning to end, on the longest night of this year.



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