Short fantasies

There’s an article in The Guardian by one Natasha Pulley which posits that proper fantasy world-building can’t be accomplished in a short story, and that’s why so many fantasy novels these days are a) hefty and b) continued in multi-volume series.

I offer the following counterpoints:

  • the short fantasies of Michael Swanwick (for example, “The Dragon Line” or “Radio Waves”)

  • the very existence of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

  • …and Beneath Ceaseless Skies

  • …and Fantasy Faction

  • …and so forth.