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Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novellas

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novellas

Trying to meet your annual reading goal? Or pull yourself out of a reading slump? This list is full of wonderful and quick fantasy and sci-fi reads!

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate

By Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 4 hours 30 minutes

“Extraordinary . . . A future sci-fi masterwork in a new and welcome tradition.” -- Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

A stand-alone science fiction novella from the award-winning, bestselling, critically-acclaimed author of the Wayfarer series.

At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a...

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The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps

By Kai Ashante Wilson
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 5 hours 7 minutes

Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous tale of gods and mortals, magic and steel, and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcery.


Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the...

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All Systems Red

Murderbot Diaries: Book #1

By Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hours 17 minutes

All Systems Red is the first tense science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld and Ex Machina. All Systems Red by Martha Wells begins The Murderbot Diaries, a new science fiction action and adventure series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of... Read more »

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The Black God's Drums

By P. Djeli Clark
Narrated by: Channie Waites
Length: 3 hours 4 minutes

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air--in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie's trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious... Read more »

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The Black Tides of Heaven

Tensorate: Book #1

By Neon Yang
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
Length: 5 hours 21 minutes

Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What's more, they saw the sickness at... Read more »

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Over the Woodward Wall

By A. Deborah Baker
Narrated by: Heath Miller
Length: 5 hours 31 minutes

"Heath Miller smoothly narrates this young adult fantasy...[He] ensures that listeners of all ages will thoroughly enjoy this audio experience." -- AudioFile Magazine

Writing as A. Deborah Baker, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of talking trees and sarcastic owls, of dangerous...

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Binti

Binti: Book #1

By Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes

Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do...

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In the Watchful City

By S. Qiouyi Lu
Narrated by: S. Qiouyi Lu
Length: 5 hours 11 minutes

Cut off from the rest of the world by choice, the city of Ora relies on heavy surveillance of its people and surroundings to maintain order. Anima is one of the extrasensory humans tasked with running the city. Even if it means never leaving the Hub, Anima is content with ær job, as it offers ær a direct connection to the Gleaming, a powerful... Read more »

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River of Teeth

River of Teeth: Book #1

By Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 4 hours 1 minutes

In the early twentieth century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible... Read more »

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Monk & Robot: Book #1

By Becky Chambers
Narrated by: Emmett Grosland
Length: 4 hours 8 minutes

A Psalm for the Wild-Built

“What do you do when you have everything you could ever need or want, but still aren't satisfied with what your life is? A Psalm for the Wild-Built is a short and sweet odd-couple road trip set in a beautiful world that could be our world — if we wanted it to be.”

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The Awakened Kingdom

The Inheritance Trilogy: Book #4

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 4 hours 28 minutes

The long awaited sequel to the Inheritance trilogy -- a novella by award winning author N. K. Jemisin where a godling must struggle to grow in the shadow of her parents.

Some truths must be learned the hard way. . .


As the first new godling born in thousands of years -- and the heir presumptive to Sieh the Trickster -- Shill's got big shoes to... Read more »

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The Jewel and Her Lapidary

The Jewel Series: Book #1

By Fran Wilde
Narrated by: Mahvesh Murad
Length: 1 hours 39 minutes

The kingdom in the Valley has long sheltered under the protection of its Jewels and Lapidaries, the people bound to singing gemstones with the power to reshape hills, move rivers, and warp minds. That power has kept the peace and tranquility, and the kingdom has flourished.

Jewel Lin and her Lapidary Sima may be the last to enjoy that peace.

The...

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A Dead Djinn in Cairo

A Tor.Com Original
Dead Djinn Universe

By P. Djèlí Clark
Narrated by: Suehyla El-Attar
Length: 1 hours 41 minutes

"With impeccable inflections and tones, El-Attar's narration embodies the quirky investigator and those who surround her. She personifies both the place and the people, making them come alive. Listeners will imagine they're traversing Cairo through the deep, dark night. This is a perfect listen for those who are short on time but want a...

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Rolling in the Deep

By Mira Grant
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 3 hours 6 minutes

When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the... Read more »

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