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George Slusser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038228

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038228.001.0001

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Benford’s Short Fiction

Benford’s Short Fiction

(p.154) Chapter 8 Benford’s Short Fiction
Gregory Benford

George Slusser

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Gregory Benford's short fiction. The short story is widely considered the essential form for science fiction (SF). Indeed, many of the most esteemed SF novels began as an idea-packed short story, which the author subsequently elaborates (often with less success) into a larger narrative. Since his first published story “Stand In” appeared in 1965 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Benford has published a large number of short stories in magazines and in anthologies. He collected many of his best stories in two landmark volumes, In Alien Flesh (1986) and Matter's End, followed by three more recent anthologies: Worlds Vast and Various (1999), Immersion and Other Short Novels (2002), and Anomalies: Collected Stories (2012). This chapter examines two of Benford's short stories, “Exposures” (1981) and “Mozart on Morphine” (1989).

Keywords:   short fiction, Gregory Benford, science fiction, short stories, In Alien Flesh, Matter's End, Exposures, Mozart on Morphine

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