Questions 287: Short Novels–Are They Worth It?

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“James Patterson’s Book Shots has me thinking about writing short novels. What are your thoughts on short fantasy novels?”

Resources:
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
The Final Formula by Becca Andre
Ideas, Inc. by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Professor Challenger Books by Arthur Conan Doyle
Waldo & Magic, Inc. by Robert A. Heinlein
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do! by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

One thought on “Questions 287: Short Novels–Are They Worth It?”

  1. If you want to see a large amount of science fiction and fantasy short fiction I would recommend:

    1. Hitting an old used bookstore and getting a ton of Andre Norton.
    2. Look up what was in old Ace Double novels.
    3. The Mars, Peculliar, Venus, and some independent novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
    4. Wildside Press’s Megapack series which join a lot of old sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery short stories and short novels in inexpensive packs.

    To add some specific titles:

    Deathworld (and its sequels) and The Stainless Steel Rat (and its sequels) by Harry Harrison

    The Lost Race (one of my finds in the past two weeks), Web of the Witch World (in fact, most of the early WW novels but this is the thinnest on my shelf), and Star Man’s Son by Andre Norton

    Lone Star Planet, Space Viking, and Uller Uprising by H. Beam Piper

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