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Questions tagged [novella]

For questions about novellas or short novels

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Old story about a creature laying pyramid shaped eggs on Mars [duplicate]

I remember a very old short story/novella about a man on Mars who finds a creature who lays pyramid shaped eggs, the eggs hatch and a new creature lays an egg and so on. Think the man is a stranded ...
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A man sent to a parallel Earth to save someone important

This is not a novel, but "longish" short fiction, novelette or novella. I read it around 1984, in an already used book containing half a dozen or so stories, in a cheap hotel in the US. There were ...
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Short story about a planet with two sentient species

It is short fiction, not a novel, but just how short (novella, novelette, short fiction) I am not sure. I read it maybe four decades ago. Humans have some (trading? scientific?) outpost, not a full ...
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“Lost his faith in humanity in the trenches of Verdun” — last line of an SF story

I read this long story (novella?) a couple of decades ago, I believe, and probably in one of the SF magazines. There's a good chance this was in F&SF of the time. It involves a priest who was an ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

I am asking this question for an older relative. This story sticks out to them over four decades after reading it, but they can't remember the title. The story is about an extremely intelligent man ...
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70-80s (?) book about a military man who is a new person every day

This was a novella length book I read maybe forty years ago. It might have been an Ace double but I'm not 100%, There was a Earth military intelligence officer based on another planet and (I don't ...
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60s, or earlier, story featuring the last living tree on Earth

I'm looking for the author and title of a short story or novelette that was probably published before 1960. It may even predate 1926. It was probably published in a SF pulp, though I do not know ...
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Outbreak of deadly disease which turns out was accidentally triggered by a government experiment

It's a short novella, I think, something Scandinavian (i.e. Swedish, Danish, or something like that, but I'm not really sure) from 1980s (or maybe even 1970s) Russian translation. There's an ...
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Novella where two vast digital civilizations simulate each other

A couple of years ago, I came across an intriguing and fun novella about acorporeal civilizations (living as computer simulations) which I'd love to read again. Can any of you identify which story I'...
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Science fiction horror novella about yellow smoke that can control people's minds

It was a sci-fi and horror novella (the book contained 3 stories in total). The protagonist was a young kid with asthma. His parents were scientists and had to move to a new town in the middle of ...
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90s YA vampire romance short novel where a girl moves to a new town and invites a vampire into her house

I'm struggling to get the title of a young-adult vampire horror/romance short novel that was written in the 90s about a teenage girl named Christina (I believe) who moves to a new creepy town where ...
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Pre-1980 short story about solipsism

This could've be in an anthology; it was a novella or short story, published before 1980. The main character goes to the psychiatrist because he thinks he is being followed and watched - or is it ...
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Book series about a boy bonded to a phoenix

It was about a boy who is sort of bonded to a Phoenix. He can communicate telepathically with her. He goes on some sort of quest and meet some other kids who are bonded with these other magical ...
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Short story about a vast, telepathic, amoeba-like creature that covers an entire planet

This was a short story or novella I read in the 1980s when I was a teenager. I read this in the United States. I'm guessing the story was written in the 1970s. I think I read this as part of a ...
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Fantasy book where two magicians travel to many worlds while being chased?

I remember reading this book some years ago, probably like ten or twelve. In it, two magicians: I think it was a mind magician and maybe a necromancer, are on the run from some big bad (probably a ...
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SF novella title - stardrive with an unexpected side effect

In the mid ‘70s I read a story, probably novella length as I remember it being in an anthology, about a stardrive with an unexpected side effect. Plot details I remember: During construction, the ...
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Seeking title / author of a story about alien first contact with Earth

As title, seeking the title of a story I read in the mid 1970s. I'm fairly sure it was a novella in an anthology. Plot details I can remember - I think main character's family name was Monk. His ...
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Book about an astronaut who is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a shuttle in the vicinity of a small forest planet

I've been looking for a book for over ten years now on and off that I read and loved as a child but misplaced in a house move. I'm not 100% sure of the title, but I believe it's called The Wizard of ...
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Novella set in futuristic environmentally focussed portion of USA

An older story as it has been at least 15 or more years since I've seen it. I think it was novella length, and was part of a paperback that had several pieces of work by the same author. I think the ...
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Book about adventure on Jupiter

I read several of my, now ex-, brother-in-law's scifi books back in the early nineties without really paying too much attention to the titles or authors; just wanted something to read. One keeps ...
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Looking for short story/novella I read in the early 1980s about people hibernating in winter

A man finds himself in a farming society. The people run out of food every winter and hibernate. The man has a hard time the first couple of years and wakes starving in the middle of winter. ...
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Searching for sci-fi short story relating to space pilots and autism

I remember reading an amazing short story/novella (at least 15+ years ago) that focused on a universe where it has been discovered that the vastness of space drives the pilots of spaceships insane ...
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Short story search: reverting back to primitive language

I'm having a case of probable false memory... Has anyone else ever heard of a short story where the main character is a newscaster or perhaps he is just watching the news and he's very eloquent but ...
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Old sci-fi novella where a space flight (and its astronaut protagonist) are threatened by radical anti-technology activists?

Plot Summary/Details I fear I'm a bit light on details with this one. From what I can remember: NASA (or its fictional equivalent) has developed its first interplanetary space program. It ...
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Story where mental disabilities are used as an advantage

This was a fairly old story, probably 1950s at the latest (since I believe I listened to it on Librivox) It was fairly short, either a short story or novella. There was some kind of recurring ...
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Novelette about contact with intergalactic inhabitants after interstellar jump failure

I read a novelette a long time ago, but I can't remember its name or author, in which an Earth interstellar ship has a problem during a jump from one star to another and ends up returning from the ...
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Dual Fantasy Novellas about Sleeping Gods and Robots

This was a book with two novellas. Both novellas used the same main characters but each was written by a different author. The original novella had the characters run into a sleeping god and the ...
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Sci-fi novella where colonists begin to de-evolve - Mankind has reached limits of its evolutionary cycle

Plot Details/Summary I'm afraid this is going to be one of those longshot questions. I remember reading this story, but I can only recall a few details. The setting is a new world in which human ...
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SF novella from 90-10's in which aliens archaeologists look into human history on earth

I'm looking for the title of a story about aliens which study human history. The story is set in the distant future, where humans conquered the universe and were extinguished. Few aliens came to ...
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Identify short story from Year's Best Science Fiction, where school friends descend an ancient stairway into a deep ravine looking for adventure

This was a short story/novella published in Gardner Dozois's "The Year's Best Science Fiction" series. It was probably included somewhere around the 2003 20th edition, give or take a number of years. ...
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Looking for a sci-fi collection book 2000 to 2010 containing two specific stories

First, the cover has a purple alien riding a motorbike down a road at night. As I recall it's sort of squid like, and wearing biker clothes. The two stories are: Three friends discover a device ...
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Novella indentification about a boy who can wish just about anything and is scared to do so

I read this in the mid-eighties I believe, and the novella was about a boy against a wizard. The way magic works in this universe is that the younger and purer you are, you are much more powerful. ...
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Trying to find story from magazine between 1976 and - cee-pee guns

When I was too young, my mother got me a subscription to Analog or Asimov or another main sci-fi fantasy magazine - a little too advanced for her nerdy son at the time. But there was a story (after ...
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Story of ancient coin with chariot and atomic mushroom cloud on it

I heard this summary from a friend when I was in 7th grade in the 1970s. Some archeologists find a near-prehistoric coin that has the image of a man driving a chariot in profile and in the ...
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Endless peninsula world

Trying to recall name of novella originally printed in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. The story involved a character traversing a world that consisted of a single peninsula bounded by two ...
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Ecological novella from the 50's or 60's

Need author and title. The novella concerns a 3 man trade mission to a planet inhabited by a hunter gatherer race. Members of the mission try to interest the natives in technology to no avail. One ...
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Name of a story about a man who is colonized by microscopic aliens [duplicate]

A man is injured in a explosion and later he realizes that he has become the host of a whole civilization of aliens. The aliens help him repair himself physically and provide him with help and advice....
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Greenhorn lawyer tries to solve murder in “Old West” asteroid belt

There's a story that's tickling my mind about a lawyer newly arrived in the asteroid belt. From what I remember of the style, it must have been written in the 1940s or 1950s, and I probably found it ...