I'm just starting as a writer, I prefer sci-fi, with a little mix of horror. I wanted to get opinions on whether or not you prefer an ending where not much is explained, or where the details of the events leading up to the point, are explained in great detail. This really applies to sci-fi stories, IMO. If you have a plot where something destroys half the population, would the story be more effective if the ending was open ended, or if everything came together nicely? I'm confused by these two forms of storytelling. I have a short story, which has a beginning and a middle, with a climax, but I'm not sure if I should explain the ongoings, or just leave it alone, and have the reader wondering what just happened.