Friday Free Fiction for 17th October

Paul Raven @ 17-10-2008

Is it just me, or are the weeks speeding up? Seems like only yesterday I compiled the last Friday Free Fiction post, but here I am again with a big batch of free-to-read science fiction from the far reaches of the hyper-clogged intertubes…


A couple of oldies at


A whole bunch of stuff from Feedbooks:


Via Karl Schroeder:

You can try out Metatropolis, the shared world anthology from, before buying. There’s a sample from my own story,

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, or if you want you can listen to Jay Lake’s excellent story, “In the Forests of the Night” in its entirety.


Paul McAuley seems intent on sharing pretty much the whole of his new novel The Quiet War; here’s chapter 8 and chapter 9.


Via pretty much everywhere, it seems that although you can’t read it, you can hear the entirety of Neil Gaiman‘s new YA novel The Graveyard Book… as read by Gaiman himself on his just-finished tour of bookstores and lovingly video’d by his people.

The videos are embedded in different posts on his blog, but this category collects them all together. I know it’s not sf, but it deserves inclusion because it’s good to see that even as big a name as Gaiman can see the merits in giving free access to his work.

Plus he’s a very nice chap, don’t you know. 🙂


Scotland-based Finnish author Hannu Rajaniemi just sold a trilogy to Gollancz, but the first book isn’t even finished yet, so there’ll be a while to wait until you can read it.

Some of you may have read his story in the latest Interzone… the rest of you can make do with the free stories stashed on Rajaniemi’s website:


This week at Strange Horizons: “The Lion and the Mouse” by Kaolin Imago Fire


Ray Gun Revival has a new issue available to download (comes as a PDF, y’see).


Two new pieces at SpaceWesterns:

They’ve just upped their rates for fiction, by the way, so sf writers with a Clint Eastwood jones should get over there and submit something.


A message from Ben Rawluk:

A couple weird/SF postcard stories available on my blog: #1 and #2.

As well, the first issue of Future Earth is available for free as a pdf, with lots of fiction and poetry inside.

Thanks, Ben!


Jayme Lynn Blaschke has found the twenty-sixth fragment of his Memory.


Finally, some Friday Flashing from a few of the usual suspects:


And here’s a novelty non-fiction bonus via BoingBoing whose title explains itself:

The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush by Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Perhaps that should be filed under fantasy? 😉


That’s all for this week, boys and girls. Keep those tip-offs coming in – deadline is 1800 GMT every Friday. Have a great weekend!

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2 Responses to “Friday Free Fiction for 17th October”

  1. Tom Marcinko says:

    …”Scotland-based Finnish author Hannu Rajaniemi just sold a trilogy to Gollancz, but the first book isn’t even finished yet, so there’ll be a while to wait until you can read it.”…

    I’d love to hear how that came about.

  2. Paul Raven says:

    io9 covered the story, as it happens. His agent is one of my clients… small world, genre fiction. 🙂