The Invention of Happiness - Brian Aldiss

Cover art by Alison Soskice.

A new year dawned and I suddenly determined to challenge myself with shortage of time. In brief, I would write a short short story every day in succession. This little book contains some of the results.

To be honest (generally a foolish thing for a writer to be) a short  written on a Monday requires a Tuesday as well. On Tuesday, you edit, you correct, you knock out ungainly sentences, you amplify... for you may suddenly discover a new meaning that had never occurred to you on the Monday. So you in effect rewrite. That's what Tuesdays are for... the writing of tiny masterpieces.

Most of these stories are fairly dark, glowing with gloom. I like it that way.

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Release date: November 2013
Genres: short stories
Updated: August 23, 2021