Outside my flat it’s cold, damp and very dark. Indoors, however, I can bathe in the comforting glow of a flatscreen monitor replete with links to free science fiction stories available online… and what better way to get into the seasonal spirit than by sharing, eh?
A couple of classics from Manybooks:
Here’s a handful from Feedbooks:
- “True Names” by Cory Doctorow and Benjamin Rosenbaum
- “Starman’s Quest” by Robert Silverberg
- “The Last Evolution” by John W Campbell Jr
- “A Scientist Rises” by Desmond Winter Hall
Via OldMiser and others, another freebie from Gwyneth Jones:
Castles Made Of Sand […] should have had a fortunate début, given that the first episode had just won a major award when it came out, but it was all a bit of a rush, and I’ve always wanted to go back and give the script a scale and polish, nothing too painful. So here it is, a few pages shorter, bloopers excised and every sentence a bit tighter, tho’ possibly only the writer can tell.
COSMOS Magazine presents “Delivery” by Trent Jamieson
A message from Ben Rawluk:
Strange Horizons presents “The Same Old Story” by Naomi Bloch
The new issue of Ideomancer (which should really get itself an RSS feed) features fiction and poetry by George S Walker, A C Wise, Rachel Swirsky, Marsheila Rockwell, David Kopaska-Merkel and J C Runolfson.
Another update from Subterranean Online; I don’t usually link to podcast stories here (simply because so many other places already do) but I thought I’d break ranks for this one:
…we’re capping off the fall issue with a real corker — one of Alastair Reynolds’ fine space opera novellas, read by Sam Mowry. Head over and check out Thousandth Night, which was the jumping off point for Al’s most recent novel, House of Suns.
Great writer, Al Reynolds; go listen.
And here’s the stuff that SF Signal‘s immense trawler net caught that I’d have otherwise missed:
- Vonda McIntyre has made some of her fiction available for free download in various formats, including her novel The Moon and the Sun
- Matthew Jarpe has released “City of Reason“
- Michael Swanwick presents his flash fiction story “Like the Boiled Eggs in Isaac Asimov“, inspired by Janet Kagan, and the story behind the story about its creation
- Mindflights presents “Demons Without, Demon Within” by Scott M Sandridge
- Every Day Fiction presents:
And to finish, a few bits of Friday Flash Fiction:
- “Blood and Snow” by Neil Beynon
- “Headlines” by Gaie Sebold
- “Fear a’ Ghondòla” by Gareth D Jones – a Gaelic translation of of his story “The Gondolier”
And there you have it. Don’t forget to let us know if there’s something you think I might miss! In the meantime, have a great weekend.