There was a panel at the recent Science Fiction Worldcon in Reno, where a few notable figures from known short fiction markets discussed how technology changed or will change short fiction.
You can read the whole article over on io9.com … http://io9.com/5833833/how-technology-has-transformed-short-science-fiction-and-fantasy
I agree with a lot of points. Especially with the paragraphs about novellas and adventure fiction. I like the pulp stories of the 30s and 40s a lot, and I’d love to see those stories and formats rise again. Over here in Germany we still have those novellas, which were called “Groschenroman” back in the day. “Groschenroman” is a quite literal translation of the term “dime novel”. Nowadays they are mostly sold at train station news agents, and range from Western, Romance, Horror to Science Fiction. In fact the longest running series in the past five decades has been “Perry Rhodan”.
25,000 to 30,000 words is a lot easier to produce and to read than a full length novel. With attention spans getting shorter and more media trying to grab our attention, a novella seems like the ideal format for todays readers. Especially in electronic form. Besides, at this length any writer will have a hard time selling it to print outlets.
Let’s hope there indeed is another golden age for novellas coming.
That reminds me to get back to writing that 30k noir-fantasy mashup I’ve had in the drawer for while now.
PS: Why is the Asimov’s magazine not available for Kindle subscription outside the US?