I like big books, but novellas have their own advantages. There is no space for info-dumping and you can read them in one sitting. Next to reading, I also like to listen to short stories. I cycle to my work every day and on the way I love to listen to podcasts. Recently I discovered Levar Burton Reads. He is a talented reader and also uses sound effects to make the stories come alive. So far I heard a couple of amazing stories in various genres. A podcast that exclusively features science fiction and fantasy stories is Clarkesworld Magazine. For SciFiMonth I made a list with some of my favourite short stories I heard or read.
Memento (The Illuminae Files, #0,5) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (read)
The prequel to The Illuminae Files, one of my favourite science ficion series. I personally thought this novella wasn’t as great as the trilogy. I still loved to be back in the Illuminae world! I also really enjoyed reading more about AIDEN, the AI-system from the books.
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (read)
This beautifully written story is about two time travelling agents on different sides of a war. It did took a couple of chapters to get used to, but I came to love the writing style as well as the characters! You can find my thoughts about the book here.
The Simplest Equation by Nicky Drayden (heard on Levar Burton Reads)
This story is about a Math student who gets a new classmate from another planet. I actually don’t like math, but this story made me understand a little why some people do love math.
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer (heard on Clarkesworld Magazine)
I love cats, so this title immediately caught my attention. It’s about a self-conscious AI that adores cat pictures. It’s a funny story that really made me laugh, but has a kind of deeper layer too.