Well, here we are in a brand new year – how did that happen so quickly?
Some of you will have been back at work today, while some of you are probably still trying to shake off hangovers from the last few days, (and some of us are caught between the two)… but you can all rest easy in the knowledge that I’ve been collecting free science fiction links for the last two weeks!
Your weekend reading starts here, ladies and gents:
Here’s a bunch from Feedbooks:
- “Eight Keys to Eden” by Mark Irvin Clifton
- “The Jupiter Weapon” by Charles Louis Fontenay
- “Dead World” by Jack Douglas
- “Test Rocket!” by Jack Douglas
- “The Curse of Yig” by H P Lovecraft
A couple at Manybooks:
And a singleton at Project Gutenberg:
- “Junior Achievement” by William Lee
Here’s another freebie from Jay Lake: “Lux Fiat”
Strange Horizons presents “Engines of Survival” by Larissa Kelly
Hub Magazine presents “The Watchers at the Window” by Marie Faye Prior
Via the SF Signal gang:
The good folks over at Snowbooks have posted a free short story from George Mann called “The Shattered Teacup”. It’s subtitled “A Maurice Newbury Investigation” which means it’s set in the Steampunk/Doctor Who world of his awesome novel The Affinity Bridge. Snowbooks has made the story available in both PDF and audio formats for your choice of reading and/or listening enjoyment.
Madeline Ashby has a five-part speculative story over at the excellent Worldchanging site: “βoyfriend” follows a high-school girl of the near future in the run-up to Prom night, and is well worth a look.
Some new titles have cropped up in Baen Books‘ free library
Among a trio of new poems at Polu Texni is a subtly sf-nal piece called “Unruly Harvest” by friend-of-Futurismic Shira Lipkin.
A note from Jake Freivald:
Via the newly-revived Genre Files:
Predominantly dark fantasy and horror according to the strapline, so not really prime Futurismic fodder… but it certainly deserves a place in the Free Fiction Sidebar of Justice. 🙂
By the way, there’ll be more news to come regarding Futurismic and Book View Cafe – watch this space!
And here’s the inevitable collection of goodies that SF Signal caught:
- Mindflights presents “Gaming Real Life” by K C Shaw and “Santa Is My Homeboy” by Rachel V Olivier
- Afterburn SF presents “Ismay’s Run” by Joanne Hall
- “Kat and Mouse: Guns for Hire” is a new, weekly web serial by Abner Senires about a pair of guns-for-hire trying to eke out a living in the 2042 in the California Free State metroplex of Bay City.
- Grantbridge Street & other misadventures presents: The Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction comic book adaptation of Michael Moorcock‘s Behold the Man [editor’s note – I’m not entirely sure this work is out of copyright; also, the page features a rather annoying autoplaying flash music gizmo which you’ll probably want to scroll down and deactivate right away. Why anyone would choose to make their site *more* like MySpace is quite beyond me, but there you go; it takes all sorts.]
- The latest issue of Ray Gun Revival has fiction from Clinton Lawrence, Alice M Roelke, Drew Arrants, Richard S Levine, Timothy A Sayell, Martin Turton, M Keaton, Keanan Brand, and Sean T M Stiennon
- AntipodeanSF has its latest issue up with short speculative fiction stories by David McVeigh, Richard Kerslake, Mark Farrugia, Mark Tremble, Marian Stone, Shaun A Saunders, Anna Potts, KJ Hannah Greenberg, David Such, and Simon Petrie
- Issue #14 of The Future Fire presents stories by John Kratman, Rick Novy, and Richard Thieme
- The Scientific Indian presents: “Live and Exclusive” by Aditya Sudarshan
And finally, some Friday Flash: since the last round-up, Neil Beynon has published “Beats” and “New Space“, while Gareth D Jones has delivered – appropriately enough – “Another Year“, and Shaun C Green – even more appropriately – brings us “Two Thousand and Eight“.
And that’s the lot – more than enough to keep you busy there, I’m thinking. Don’t forget we’re always open for your tip-offs and plugs, so keep ’em coming… but for now, Happy New Year to you all!