Little did Hugh know when he finished that first short story just how far the story would go and where it would take him. Hugh expanded Wool into a character-driven dystopian novel where authoritarian structures are brought down by those with the courage to think for themselves.
Wool is the little story that could.
And the surprising thing is, in the history of science fiction, it’s often the novellas and the short stories that make it big. Consider these classics
- I Am Legend
- Minority Report
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner)
- Ender’s Game (which like Wool was expanded into a novel)
- We Can Remember it for you Wholesale (Total Recall)
- Who Goes There? (The Thing)
- I, Robot
- Enemy Mine
- Bicentennial Man
- Johnny Mnemonic
- A Sound Of Thunder
Like the original Wool, all of these are either short stories or novellas, there’s not a novel among them.
As a writer, I find this fascinating as it dispels the myth that readers are only interested in full length novels, that if it’s not a novel it’s not worth reading. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In light of this, I’ve made my novella Trixie & Me available free on Amazon. It too is a little story chugging up the literary hill.