: The short story has always been a more popular format
: in science fiction than in other genres.
Yes, it is so much easier to write SF in short story form. It is difficult to sustain the theme for too long without turning it into some over-the-top silliness. The limits of time/space in a short story conveniently allows the absence of befores, afters and beyonds of the story. Reader can fill in the gaps and the writer doesn't have to.
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