Happy Friday, free fiction fans! This week’s selection may be missing a few items, because I’ve had to precompile it on Thursday (I’m off on holiday, don’t you know). For the same reason, there won’t be a Friday Free Fiction next week, but I’ll be saving up the links as per usual for a bumper edition on 12th September.
If you’re worried about going hungry for new material, though, bear in mind that there’ll be a fresh new Futurismic story out on Monday 1st… keep watching the skies! Now, on with the list…
From ManyBooks.net, a classic pulp “Hitler won” novel: The Sound Of His Horn by Sarban
Feedbooks.com are still catching up on the Futurismic back catalogue:
- “The Jiminy Device” by Lisa Mantchev
- “Cycle Thieves” by Mark Ward
- “The Other Side Of Silence” by Ruth Nestvold
- “Diamond Dust” by David Walton
- “Changing the Tune” by Jason Stoddard
- “Real City” by Carrie Vaughn
- “Eyelid Movies” by Will McIntosh
- “The Baby Window” by Vincent VanAllen
Project Gutenberg drags out Anthem by the enduringly controversial Ayn Rand.
At Tor.com, a new story from Steven Gould: “Shade”
Xareed had been waiting for the water truck for two days, seated in the dirt at the edge of the camp, his family’s plastic ten-liter water-jug tied to his ankle.
He didn’t like being on the edge of the camp. Except for the piece of cardboard he carried impaled on a stick there was no shade. The poet Sayyid had said, “God’s Blessing are more numerous than those growing trees,” and Xareed hoped so, for there were no trees in the camp or outside. So the blessings had better be more numerous, not less.
Also via Tor, we hear that Mur Lafferty has released an electronic version of her new novel Playing For Keeps in parallel with the dead-tree launch.
More heads-up notices from the SF Signal posse:
- Stuart Clark is giving away PDF versions of his stories “Digitall” and “The Curator“.
- Someone has laboriously scanned the first year’s worth of Astounding Stories magazine (from 1930!) and put it up on archive.org for all to read. Should be good for a chuckle, if nothing else.
From Apex Online: “Scenting the Dark” by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Shadow Unit never sleeps: the latest DVD extra is called “Mirror Writing“.
From Gary Reynolds:
Issue #2 of the Concept Sci-fi ezine is now available to download in both PDF format and Mobipocket format. This issue includes short fiction from; Walter Jon Williams, Susan Murray, Ben O’ Neill, Andrew Males and Michael Kechula. We also have a piece of poetry (our first one!) and an interview with Marianne De Pierres.
I really hope that you enjoy reading it – feel free to subscribe and get future issues delivered directly to your Inbox.
You heard the man – go check it out.
Jayme Lynn Blaschke is up to instalment #22 of Memory:
“Lassie, I’m nae a performing dog what’ll sit up and do tricks on command for ya,” Flavius growled. “Nae matter what ya ken of me, with all this talk about ‘lesser sentients’ and the like, I’m more than a plaything for the women of the Eternal Dominion. I’m descended of Bellona’s bridgroom and Sajal be damned, I’ll nae jump to when ya snap yer fingers. I’ll thank ya to remember that!”
And finally, Greg O’Byrne missed the Friday Flash Fiction boat last week, so here’s his micro-flash of “Hard Luck on Mars“. I’m sure the other Fictioneers will supply their own links in the comments in my absence!
And that’s your lot, folks. Keep the tips and plugs coming in as usual, and I’ll cobble them into a post in a fortnight’s time. Until then, bon voyage!