Okay ladies and gents, boys and girls, here’s your weekly fistful of free fiction.
Before I begin, though, I’d just like to draw your attention to the sidebar, where I’ve been adding as many science/speculative fiction webzines as I know addresses for. Not only should this act as a useful reading list for you guys, it also means you can drop us a line about any we don’t know yet – so please do.
James Patrick Kelly has finally finished the epic podcasting marathon that has been his novel, Look Into The Sun, and you can get the whole lot (all 34 installments!) at his "freereads" blog.
New at ManyBooks.net:
- "Attention Saint Patrick" by Murray Leinster (1960)
- "On Handling the Data" by M.I. Mayfield (1959)
- "Unspecialist" by Murray F. Yaco (1960)
- "The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Leiber
- "I Remember Lemuria" (1948) and "The Return of Sathanas" (1948) by Richard S. Shaver
- Gladiator by Philip Wylie.
Ben Peek has posted Chapter 1 from his book Black Sheep.
Two heads-up posts in one week from BoingBoing. Firstly:
"[Rick Dakan‘s] Mile Zero [the sequel to Geek Mafia] is a labyrinth of twists and turnabouts, filled with charming geek humor, thoroughly likable characters, and a relentless plot that you won’t be able to put down. Don’t take my word for it — it’s Creative Commons licensed, and you can download the text and check it out for yourself."
And secondly, via a BoingBoing reader:
"Mindwebs was a radio series produced in Madison, Wisconsin in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It features semi-dramatized readings of stories by authors such as Norman Spinrad, Arthur C. Clarke, Gordon R. Dickson, and Ray Bradbury. I’ve been listening to it on the bus and it’s really entertaining!"
"I’m delighted to announce that Subterranean Press has decided to post the complete text of “The Sagan Diary” at Subterranean Online […] and don’t forget the audio version is also freely available."
Chris Roberson returns to free-fiction Friday action this week with a story called "Granma Stemple".
These aren’t really science fiction, but certainly are free: 201 Stories by Anton Chekhov, via Jeremiah Tolbert.
Friday Flash Fictioneers in effect … but first, a brief word from James Bloomer of Big Dumb Object:
"Just thought I’d mention that I’m posting a piece of flash fiction
every day in November (my alternative to NaNoWriMo) on my writing blog – and consequently some of it is both Flash, and on a Friday. So you could say that I’m popping into the FFF club for one month …"
Welcome aboard, James! We’re short a few crew this week, for various reasons, so that’s well-timed.
Meanwhile, Martin McGrath has a continuing disregard for the ‘Friday’ part of the title, but as he’s a nice chap we’ll let him off. He posted "The Decision That Changed The Life Of Fabrice Colliseo" last Sunday.
Gareth D. Jones tells of a different sort of "Cat Burglar".
Neil Beynon remembers "Amber".
Justin Pickard is using NaNoWriMo extracts again – this week, he has "Creeping Doubts". Not about the NaNo project, we hope, Justin!
Gareth L. Powell is in a sober mood with "Where Were You When The Fun Stopped?"
An last but not least (or so I hope) is my attempt to win the not-very-prestigious (and, indeed, non-existent) award for the shortest title for a piece of short-short science fiction ever – it’s just called "J".
That’s your lot for this week. Don’t forget that if you (or someone you know) have a piece of free fiction that you’d like us to tell the world about, or if you’d like to join the ranks of the Friday Flash Fictioneers, please just drop me an email using my address on the staff page. Just make sure you put "Friday Free Fiction" in the email subject line so it doesn’t get chomped by my spam-traps.