On Reprints and Websites and Plot

I understand Jonathan's sentiment regarding reprints. I have mixed feelings. If the publication's obscure and the editor thinks it's an important story for a wider audience, I'm all for it. If you're trying to give us a feel for an author with interview and certain selections, that's cool, too. But if it stands alone and comes from a major magazine, many of us have large collections and may already have it. Also, for an editor, it's a feather in your cap if you found the needle in the haystack.

Infinity Plus, however, is set up cleverly, giving you the chance to sample writers and get a good feel for who they are.

I liked Jonathan's choices of websites, but I wonder what makes them good choices. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Someone was complaining of a lack of plot on online websites in the Sci Fiction discussion board. I agreed until I realized it was directed at Sci Fiction. I don't recall ever reading something Datlow bought that lacked plot. If a fiction doesn't have plot [i.e. a structure of the work's development], it isn't a story but a character sketch, or a mood piece, or vignette, or prose poem, or whatever. I wonder if this is what separates pretty good from higher quality websites. Thoughts?

Gabe, do you still have that link to Neal Asher's comments concerning lack of plot?

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