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Determining what exactly separates a short story from longer fictional formats is problematic. A classic definition of a short story is that one should be able to read it in one sitting, a point most notably made in [[Edgar Allan Poe]]'s [[essay]] "[[The Philosophy of Composition]]" (1846). Other definitions place the maximum word length at 7,500 words. In contemporary usage, the term short story most often refers to a work of fiction no longer than 20,000 words and no shorter than 1,000.
*"[[The Last Question]]" by [[Isaac Asimov]] ([http://infohost.nmt.edu/~mlindsey/asimov/question.htm Online Text])
* "[[A Martian Odyssey]]" by [[Stanley G. Weinbaum]].
* "[[The Red Room (Wells)|The Red Room]]" by [[H.G. Wells]] ([http://www.twilightharbor.com/moonmistress/stories/RedRoom.html Online Text])
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