So, I hope this is the right place for this, it is really a question about plot structure. So, I've got an idea that won't go away but I'm not sure its feasible: a series of short stories, each focusing on a different character in this sci-fi world I've constructed, which culminates in short story about them banding together to become space pirates. I'm sure something like this has been tried before, there are short stories compilations like Winesberg, Ohio which kind of have an overarching narrative, but those usiually have some kind of framing device don't they? Do you need a framing story to make this idea work? Is it possible to do it in such a way that doesn't rob the stories themselves of tension? Another related question I have is if the stories I'm planning are too large in scope and need to be whittled down? Like, the first one's about a soldier stranded on planet, fixing a space craft, hen coming home to find out his family is gone and he has nothing. That one seems like its small enough to fit into a single self-contained short story. unfortunately, another one is about a person who finds out they're responsible for torturing prisoners of war, their pangs of conscience, doing something about it, and then losing everything because of it...am I right to say thats way too much for one short story?