- “An Ocean is a Snowflake, Four billion Miles Away” by John Barnes
The rivalry between two documentarians, filming on Mars, puts them in peril as the planet is being terraformed.
- “Martian Heart” by John Barnes
A colonist provides a moving account of his life on Mars to inspire a new generation of Martians.
- “Mars Abides” by Stephen Baxter
The first man to step foot on Mars recounts his life’s story as mankind ends its colonization of the planet.
- “The Burial of Sir John Mawe at Cassini” by Chaz Brenchley
A gravedigger uncovers many secrets at the burial of a hanged British nobleman on a Victorian Mars.
- “Hanging Gardens” by Gregory Feeley
Two young girls are desperate to survive on the surface of Mars after their commune’s underground compound is destroyed by comet strikes.
- “The Martian Job” by Jaine Fenn
The greatest heist known to humankind, with many a double-cross, is pulled on the largest corporation on Mars.
- “The Rise and Fall of Paco Cohen and the Mariachis of Mars” by Ernest Hogan
A corporation building New Las Vegas on Mars grooms a janitor for rock stardom to improve worker morale.
- “The Vicar of Mars” by Gwyneth Jones
An elderly High Priest suffers hauntings after visiting an old, reclusive, wealthy woman on Mars.
- “Falling onto Mars” by Geoffrey A. Landis
In this Hugo Award winning story, a penal colony on Mars violently clashes with a science base.
- “The Monoliths of Mars” by Paul McAuley
Pilgrims, tourists, and locals visit the many monoliths of Mars to commune with their unknown builders through radio bursts.
- “Wyatt Earp 2.0” by Wil McCarthy
A rough and tumble Martian mining town reconstructs a lawman from the Old American West to restore order.
- “Digging” by Ian McDonald
A project has been undertaken to create a breathable atmosphere on Mars constructing a valley so deep that the planet’s thin atmosphere will be forced into it.
- “The Old Cosmonaut and the Construction Worker Dream of Mars” by Ian McDonald
The lives of a young Indian construction worker and an old Estonian cosmonaut collide during the terraforming of Mars by quantum machines.
- “The Cascade” by Sean McMullen
An affair between a shy robotics postdoc and an adventurous young woman change the destiny of the first landing on Mars.
- “The Martian Obelisk” by Linda Nagata
In the Locus Award winning story, a robotic crawler threatens the remote construction of a monument on Mars, by an architect on Earth, as it approaches the obelisk.
- “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele
In the Hugo Award winning story, a laborer on a corporate-owned Martian colony transforms himself into royalty while coping with a tragedy on Earth.
- “Martian Blood” by Allen M. Steele
An Egyptian-American astrobiologist travels to a Martian aboriginal settlement to prove his theory that life on Earth originated on Mars.
- “Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar
An improbable group of astronauts are slingshot to Mars in cheap one-person, one-way jalopies.
- “How to Become a Mars Overlord” by Catherynne M. Valente
An amusing step-by-step program enables potential potentates to find the right Mars to rule over.
- “La Malcontenta” by Liz Williams
A young girl defies the conventional role she’s fated for on Mars.
Short novels may well be the perfect length for science fiction. They are movie length tales that resonate with moxie while exploring characters, new worlds, and ideas. The stories in this unabridged audio collection are the best-of-the best short science fiction novels published in 2010 by current and emerging masters of this form.
Audiobook: $33.59 (Audible)
Edited by Allan Kaster
Read by Tom Dheere, Adam Epstein, and Nicola Barber
Playing time: approximately 15 Hours & 20 Minutes