Science fiction is a genre in which novellas are flourishing, and they can be a way to sample without a big commitment. Try Sci-Fi month may be winding down, but with books that are less than 130 pages, you still have time to read one start-to-finish and enter to win a prize! Read here for more details.
In All About Emily, acclaimed author Connie Willis combines the glamour of old Hollywood and the eternal allure of Broadway to explore the cutting edge robotics of a richly-imagined near future, all with trademark wit and heart.
A classic novel of the future, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells follows the Time Traveller as he hurtles one million years into the future and encounters a world populated by two distinct races, the childlike Eloi and the disgusting Morlocks.
Try steampunk with Kage Baker’s The Women of Nell Gwynne’s. After joining an exclusive brothel (and sister organization to the Gentlemen’s Speculative Society), Lady Beatrice finds herself in the middle of a mystery when a member of the Society goes missing.
Theodora Baumgarten has just been selected for a coveted spot as an IASA space cadet, but she is one of the few who didn’t apply. In D.A., another light comedy from Connie Willis, Theodora and her hacker best friend will stop at nothing to uncover the conspiracy that has her shanghaied.
Like to keep your options open? Take home a collection of short novels from master storytellers such as Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Larry Niven, and Philip José Farmer. In Baker’s Dozen: 13 Short Science Fiction Novels, you might find yourself reading more than one!