Supersize Me: Large Stories in Sci Fi

Claudia in Space

Some stories have such amazing characters, that it doesn’t even matter what the story is you just want to know everything about their lives. You want their whole life, not just the window presented in the narrative. You want to know what happened before, what happens after the book ends. Then there are other stories that are even bigger than the characters. In these it is the world that grabs you. You want to see the bigger effects of the events. As someone that primarily studies history, this is the kind of story I used to seeing. You hear the stories of individuals, but you get to see the bigger picture. You can see what happens 100 years later, and what they think of the characters that came earlier.

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series and Stephen Baxter’s Vacuum Diagrams are two such narratives. Both were originally based on short stories, that…

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