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Old July 30th, 2017, 08:07 AM   #1
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Best Short Stories

I just re-read Red Wind by Raymond Chandler.

That is perfect story telling by the master.
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Old August 3rd, 2017, 11:23 PM   #2
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Thanks for the tip.
What 3 things did you most like about it?

As a teen I read a book of short stories by Isaac Asimov.
The one story I've remembered to my age of 63 was a short story about
- the goose that laid the golden egg -

What was great about this particular book was:

- Asimov's formula for this collection of short stories was:
- He'd tell the story
- then he'd critique it for scientific validity.

In that particular story Asimov explained that the idea that goose, a bird could biologically convert whatever geese eat into gold is not scientifically plausible.


Because converting food into goose (a process known as "digestion"), and goose droppings, is a CHEMICAL process.

BUT !!

Gold is an element, not a compound.
So converting goose food into gold requires changing not merely chemical bonds, but nuclear bonds.

And that means a nuclear reaction within the goose.

It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to understand, that's not gunna happen.

The great merit of that book was, while it was a volume of short stores; entertainment for those with short attention span, it was also a powerful learning tool: combining entertainment and valuable education in one.
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Old August 4th, 2017, 08:53 AM   #3
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I've read a lot of Chandler but never his short stories. I just got a book of them from the library and am looking forward to exploring it.
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