I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the days to start getting longer again. Still, we’re nearly there now, and it’s holiday time for most of us – so put your feet up and enjoy some free science fiction stories, why don’tcha?
Here’s a few from Feedbooks:
- “Unthinkable” by Rog Phillips
- “Upstarts” by L J Stecher
- “True Names” by Cory Doctorow and Benjamin Rosenbaum
A reminder from EOS/HarperCollins:
For November and December only, click to download a free eBook of Adam Troy Castro’s Emissaries From the Dead.
Strange Horizons presents “How to Hold Your Breath” by Meredith Schwartz
Tor.com presents “Firstborn” by Brandon Sanderson (the guy who’s finishing off the Wheel of Time series, apparently).
Mindflights presents “The Void Test” by Therese L Arkenberg.
Polu Texni presents part 2 of “Running Free” by Mark Sherwood
It’s been a while since the last instalment, but things are back on track with Memory #29 from Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Something more than a trifle blasphemous from Hal Duncan:
See, y’all know Revelation, right? The last book of the New Testament, the one with all the Antichrist and Armageddon gubbins, all the Rapture and wrath of God malarky? You may not have read it, but you’re bound to be familiar with its zany eschatological content, even if only by way of horror movies and heavy metal lyrics. Well, if you have read it, you may recall the lines where a curse is laid out on anyone that fucks around with the text. Add to the words of this book, we’re told, and that’s bad news, baby. Take away from the words of this book, and that’s just as bad. We’re talking biblical plagues, baby, a pointy reckoning upon anyone who adds to or takes away from the words of this book.
Course, it doesn’t say anything about changing the order of those words.
Which is exactly what he has done; violent eRa is a story told using all the words from the book of Revelation in a different order, featuring God as the villain of the piece. Not that Duncan seems particularly bothered by the risk of a curse, anyway…
Here are the extras that the SF Signal crew picked up:
- Jeff Patterson presents “Thrilling Holiday Tales“
- Aphelion webzine has just released issue #128
- Scott Sigler is serialising his new novel Contagious as a string of PDFs delivered by RSS. Neat.
- The Edge of Propinquity #36 features Jennifer Brozek, Rick Silva, James M Sullivan, Ivan Ewert and Eric R Lowther
- Revolution SF presents “Stormsong” by John E Rogers, Jr
- Elizabeth Hand is in a seasonal frame of mind with “Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol“
- Anthony G Williams has set free his novel Scales
And here’s some Friday Flash Fiction, some of which has a festive flavour:
- “Serenity Valley” by Phred Serenissima
- “Bitterness the Star” by Shaun C Green
- “Last Christmas” by Justin Pickard
- “Jetsam” by Gareth L Powell
- “Baubles” by Neil Beynon
- “An Dùsgadh Dàlach” by Gareth D Jones (which is his story “Delayed Reaction” translated into Scottish Gaelic)
And that’s about your lot. Friday Free Fiction is going to go into hibernation until the new year (because most everyone will be too busy to pay any attention, AMIRITE?), but your tip-offs and plugs are always welcome for the next instalment on January 2nd. Adios!