Here it is folks – two week’s worth of free science fiction from around the web. I hope you’re hungry!
Over at FeedBooks, the Futurismic back-catalogue is nearly complete:
- David Reagan – “Only the Neck Down“, “Solitude Ripples From The Past“
- Ruth Nestvold – “Exit Without Saving“
- Will McIntosh – “Echoes in Evening Wear“
- David McGillveray – “Forgotten Dragons“
- Jason Stoddard – “Jack’s Gift“
- Chris Nakashima-Brown – “R.P.M.“
- Mark Ward – “A Life In Pictures“
- David Walton – “The Towers of St. Michael’s“
- Eliot Fintushel – “UXO, Bomb Dog“
- Leonard Richardson – “Mallory“
- Kristin Janz – “Veritas Nos Liberabit“
And a few old classics from elsewhere:
- Ernest M Kenyon – “Security“
- Edgar Pangborn – “The Good Neighbors“
- Frederic Brown – “Earthmen Bearing Gifts“
- Ambrose Bierce – “The Damned Thing“
- Jeffrey A Carver – Neptune Crossing, Strange Attractors, “Rocket Ride! A Short Day’s Journey Into Space“
- Benjamin Rosenbaum – The Ant King and Other Stories
- Kelly Link – Stranger Things Happen
- Charles V de Vet – “Monkey on his Back“
The last ever Oddlands Magazine:
- “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” by Edward Morris
- “The World Above” by Adam Durrant
- “Yet Again at the Funeral of Robin Goodfellow” by Derek Goodman
- “Music Smooth as Fog” by Marge Simon
- “Sparrow” by Marge Simon
- “In the Eyes of the Pilot” by Bruce Boston
Subterranean Press has another installment of “Kilimanjaro” by Mike Resnick. And another little bonus at Subterranean – Scalzi fans who don’t read the Whatever (for, ahem, whatever reason) should schlepp on over and check out “Denise Jones, Super Booker“.
(Those who do read the Whatever doubtless knew that already… and knew that Scalzi sold it within thirteen (13!) minutes of finishing it.)
A Jay Lake story, originally published in Interzone – “The American Dead”
A select few of you know that I do write, despite my protestations that I am just an editor. And even fewer of you know that I sold a story to Diet Soap, the wonderfully eclectic magazine put out by Doug Lain.
My story, which was initially submitted under a pseudonym, was accepted for the online edition of Diet Soap. Doug has created a new feature, “How to Write Stories About Writers” of which I am the first offering.
There are two parts:
I hope you enjoy them both.
I’ve just discovered that the online magazine Fanzine has published a short story by Scott Bradfield. I’ve been a big fan every since I read some of his early short stories in Interzone, back in the Paleolithic: smartly-written absurdist parables, goofy and sweet, but always with a sting in the tale. Kind of like the films of Preston Sturges.
Those nice people at Orbit Books have got another excerpt from their roster for you to read; this time it’s from Halting State, the latest sf novel from Charlie Stross.
For what it’s worth, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I reckon you’ll get a good sense of whether it’ll be your thing by checking out a sample of its idiosyncracies… put it this way, if you’re into RPGs, virtual worlds or old-school text-adventure dungeon games, I reckon you’ll love it.
Here are some free samples from John Joseph Adams‘ new zombie fiction anthology, The Living Dead (how does he manage such a prodigious output?):
- “Some Zombie Contingency Plans” by Kelly Link
- “Death and Suffrage” by Dale Bailey
- “Dead Like Me” by Adam-Troy Castro
- “Stockholm Syndrome” by David Tallerman
The mysterious Minister Faust, who has been blogging over at Jeff VanderMeer’s Ecstatic Days this week, offers an excerpt from his book The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad.
An email from Shira Lipkin:
Hello! I’m doing a collaboration with Kythryne Aisling of Wyrding Studios, posting short fiction every weekday this month based on reader prompts and Kythryne’s jewelry. The fiction is free; there’s a PayPal button, but no payment is required, so Free Ficton Friday fans might be interested. 🙂
Thanks, Shira – good luck!
Tor.com has another piece of fresh fiction from a genre notable: “The Girl Who Sang Rose Madder” by Elizabeth Bear.
Thanks to SF Signal for rounding up a lot of stuff that I’d have doubtless otherwise missed by being away from the RSS coalface:
- “Larisa Miusov” by Lucius Shepard, parts one, two, and three.
- An excerpt from The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
- Revolution SF has “Wonder” by J.R. and “Flowers for Melody” by Mikal Trimm
- SpaceWesterns: “West of the Texas Nebula” by Dan Devine and Lyn Perry.
- Reflection’s Edge #39 features fiction from Matthew Kressel, Claude Lalumière, Margaret Yang, Chad Bank, and Brian Haycock.
- Ray Gun Revival #46 has a gorgeous looking new issue featuring fiction by Jonathon Mast, Justin R. Macumber, T.M. Hunter, Jonathan J. Schlosser, and Alice M. Roelke. The issue also features continuing serials by M. Keaton, Keanan Brand, L. S. King, Johne Cook, and Sean T. M. Stiennon, as well as art by Christian Hecker and reviews.
- SFX has “The Stinker” by Colin Harvey.
- And finally, Munseys has “The Judas Valley” by Gerald Vance (1956).
And a special mention – Futurismic‘s very own hard-working fiction editor Chris East got a story published at COSMOS Magazine – “Frame of Mind“. Yay, Chris! 😀
Last week’s Friday Flash pieces:
- Sarah Ellender – “Red Rock West“
- Gaie Sebold – “Tempus Fugit“
- Shaun C Green – “We’re Never Going Home!“
- Neil Beynon – “Turn“
- Phred Serenissima – “Vandiver“
- Gareth L Powell – “Hot Rats” (Zappa references FTW!)
- Clive Birnie – “Regret“
And here are the early ones from this week; I’m afraid another sojourn away from the computer this evening may mean I miss a few, but I’ll roll ’em on into next week’s round-up if so.
- Shaun C Green – “Watching the Valves“
- Sarah Ellender – “The Seven Year Itch“
- Phred Serenissima – “The Cube“
Non-fiction bonus: Sir Cory of Doctorow has a collection of his essays coming out, and naturally you can get an electronic version for nada:
Tachyon Books and I are launching my latest book, Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future, my very first collection of essays. In it are 28 essays about everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, the necessity of privacy in a digital world, the reason to love Wikipedia, the miracle of fanfic, and many other subjects.
Phew! Amazing how it all piles up in just a couple of weeks, eh? Keep your tip-offs coming in, though, and they’ll make it into next week’s selection – deadline 1800 GMT!