Some people have expressed confusion about the different genres of short fiction.
Maybe this will help...
 


LITERARY DEFINITIONS:  THE GENRES

by
Ed Churnside



 
 

Literary:

A black, woman, Vietnam veteran, amputee returns to the USA eight years after the conflict, because she was secretly held captive and tortured by the Khmer Rouge. Since she was presumed dead, her husband has married her kid sister, and they are now living happily in Detroit. The US Government refuses to pay compensation for her disabilities since they deny laying mines in Cambodia, and she cannot collect her pension until she can convince the Veterans Administration that she isn't dead. Meanwhile, the IRS demands back taxes and penalties. She tries valiantly to get her life together with the help of a sympathetic civil rights attorney, and they fall in love. 

Unfortunately, he is killed in the crossfire at a convenience store hold-up, while he is buying some puppy-chow for a stray dog he has befriended, and he never learns that she is carrying his unborn child. The final straw comes when she loses her job at the post office, because her supervisor, angered by her rejection of his advances, plants stolen mail in her locker and fires her. As the story ends, she is loading steel jacketed ammo into the last of her AK47 collection, and making a list of the people that she blames for the ruin that has become her life....
 

Contemporary:

A black, woman, Gulf-War veteran, amputee returns to the USA eight years after the conflict, because she was secretly held captive and tortured by the Kurdish rebels...
 

Science Fiction:

A black, woman, Cappelan-War veteran, amputee returns to the Earth eight years after the conflict, because she was secretly held captive and tortured by the Unblati Rebels....
 

Fantasy:

An elven woman, Orc-War veteran, who had her leg chewed off by a hungry dragon, returns to Elfholme eight years after the conflict, because she was secretly held captive and tortured by the Gnome Liberation Front....
 

Alternate Lifestyles:

A black, lesbian, Vietnam veteran, amputee returns to the USA eight years after the conflict, because she was secretly held captive and tortured by the Khmer Rouge...
 

Historical:

An Amish woman, Indian-War veteran, who had cut her own arm off rather than lie with a man out of wedlock, returns to Lancaster, PA., eight years after the conflict, because she was secretly held captive and tortured by the Amachahowa....
 

Political:

A Chicago woman, Whitewater veteran, and moral amputee, returns to Washington after eight years of conflict, where she plans to secretly capture and torture.....
 

Radical Feminist:

I tell you sisters, when that mine exploded and tore off my leg, I knew it wasn't because I had ignored the warning signs and walked into the minefield. No sisters, it wasn't. And it wasn't because I was still blind drunk from the night before, and incapable of watching where I put my big feet. No indeed! I tell you true! That mine exploded because it was planted by a man....
 



 

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