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Old 03-15-2013, 04:23 PM   #31
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Interesting how many fall into some category of "horror" or have a creepy dark twist. I suppose the length and PD requirement pushes for that... the nothing-really-happens short story may be entertaining but is forgettable, while scary or intriguing lasts longer in our minds.

Science fiction in the public domain is a much smaller pool of stories, and a lot of them are either mysteries with a technological twist or "shocking revelations" that fail to be shocking to modern readers.

For myself, I'd pick out one or more (probably one, given the collection) stories by Saki; I'm fond of The Lull, The Story-Teller, and Sredni Vashtar.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:08 PM   #32
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Can you explain how these works come to be in the public domain? Have they been put there by their respective authors?
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Can you explain how these works come to be in the public domain? Have they been put there by their respective authors?
dammit i overread that in the fine print...
they are, unfortunately, not...
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #34
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:40 PM   #35
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dammit i overread that in the fine print...
they are, unfortunately, not...
I also missed it before writing post #2

The second story you mentioned is freely available from the web site of the magazine that first published it:

http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/fea...printable=true

The above link doesn't make it legally public domain, but from my reader's POV, it has the same effect.

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Old 03-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #36
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I also missed it before writing post #2

The second story you mentioned is freely available from the web site of the magazine that first published it:

http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/fea...printable=true

The above link doesn't make it legally public domain, but from my reader's POV, it has the same effect.

Yep, that's where I first read it too, greta read... it's also in DeLillo's short story collection "The Angel Esmeralda" and license violations are pretty sure to be pursued...
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Can't help but notice how many of these are ghost/horror/SF/fantastic literature. Does this mean that imaginative and speculative literature has had a greater influence on the development of the short story than other genres?
The three or four that came to my mind are not public domain--but they are spec fiction genre.
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