Here is a wonderful review of my Notebook. It was a nice thing to find when I woke up this morning.
I have a necklace. Each pearl is perfectly matched, building carefully in size from the small ones at each end to the larger ones in the middle. I wear it for things that are important, special—where I know exactly what I’m bringing to the table. I have another necklace, though. It’s much shorter, and every bead is unexpected, different, unusual, and perfect in itself. It doesn’t “match” anything, but it’s always fun.
That’s how I think about short stories. The best ones are perfect little jewels, unexpected and complete within themselves. O. Henry knew this. Twain reveled in it. The brilliant science fiction masters of the early twentieth century—Clarke, Heinlein, Ellison, Bradbury, Asimov, and so many more—made it their trademark. And with his new release, The Experimental Notebook, author C.S. Boyack proves himself their rightful heir.
A speculative selection of micro-fiction and short stories. These were designed to be short…
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