Terra Incognita: Three Novellas

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Terra Incognita brings together three novellas written by the prolific and eternally inventive Connie Willis, who offers three distinct glimpses of characters who aren’t in their element, but make the best of their new surroundings in unexpected, creative ways.

Although it opens up the trilogy, “Uncharted Territory” is not the strongest start. The story takes a while to get into, given the peculiar jargon of the characters and the alien environment, but once you’ve given it some time and attention, it quickly becomes an engaging character study about people and the many assumptions we make.

The second piece, “Remake,” is an all-time favorite; it takes a wonderful look at the inexorable march of technology and how one person’s dream can become not just reality, but a paradigm-shifting act of individuality. This story alone is worth the price of admission.

The third entry, “D.A.” isn’t really a novella, clocking in at 40 pages, but it is a marvelous capper to the collection. Armed with a clever, engaging protagonist who finds herself living everyone else’s dream life, just not her own, Willis brings humor, vulnerability, and style in spades, and all with stunning efficiency. This story could easily have been double the length, given the richness of the setting, the lively supporting characters, and the mystery at the heart of the adventure.

All in all, this is not just a strong triptych of stories, but it’s also the perfect gateway drug for one of science fiction’s best modern voices.


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Author Connie Willis
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Del Rey
Publish Date 2018-08-21
ISBN 9781524796860
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Issue Mar-19
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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