Aesthetic Daisycutter Bomb
Perhaps that’s what we are looking for, as readers, more and more these days – a sort of aesthetic daisycutter bomb of a reading experience that does its work with ruthless brevity and concentrated dispatch.
Have a read of that. It’s a measured analysis of what short stories are and provides some useful ideas about how to think about them. Theory notwithstanding, it also points out who some of the best short story writers are, including dear old Jim Ballard. If Boyd is right then these are the people who can provide you with the concentrated dose of prose you’re looking for.
Those of you who are still reading this after the Big Robot experiment might be wondering whether there’s likely to be a reprise of that kind of material from me or the others involved. To be honest I felt like the whole thing was a bit sloppy and naive, but recently I’ve received a few encouraging comments about it which has made me reflect on the whole process a little differently.
I had pretty much stopped writing fiction after Big Robot. I’ve turned out a few half-hearted ventures, but nothing particularly inspired or inspiring. That is set to change. I’ve begun to collate ideas at a terrific rate, and my inchoate ideas about fiction are starting to sort themselves a little more clearly. I won’t be running another Big Robot, but I will be contributing something a little more interesting later in the year. I’m genuinely looking forward to it.
More on this in the months to come…