As we say here in the UK, “Cor blimey, guv’nor, wotta lotta free stuff!” Actually, there’s probably a grand total of twenty people on the face of the planet who’d even consider saying that, but the point remains – it’s a bumper crop of free fiction this week, and no mistake.
Manybooks.net just keeps on giving with the old-school classics:
- Beyond the Vanishing Point by Raymond King Cummings
- The Hunters by William Douglas Morrison
- Cubs of the Wolf by Raymond F. Jones.
- The Devil’s Asteroid by Manly Wade Wellman
- The K-Factor by Harry Harrison
- The Misplaced Battleship by Harry Harrison
- A World is Born by Leigh Brackett
- Space Prison by Tom Godwin
- The Day of the Boomer Dukes by Frederik Pohl
- The Worshippers by Damon Knight
- The Burning Bridge by Poul Anderson
- Spell of Catastrophe by Mayer Alan Brenner
- Warning from the Stars by Ron Cocking
- –And Devious the Line of Duty by Tom Godwin
- Jubilation, U.S.A. by G.L. Vandenburg
Plus the Free Speculative Fiction Online gang have updated once again; lots of fresh meat for genre carnivores right there.
More modern stuff:
There’s a lot of taster excerpts about; Orbit Books has posted the first chapter of The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller, and SciFiChick has a list of thirteen (thirteen!) current genre titles with free excerpts available online in hope of hooking you into lashing out for the full book.
Chris Roberson has obviously been so impressed by our efforts here that he’s cloned the idea (it’s OK, Chris, we won’t sue! ;] ) and is doing his own Free Fiction Friday posts – his first offering is an excerpt from his out-of-print book Cybermancy Incorporated.
Extra webcomic goodness – an online reworking of War Of The Worlds in comic form … which has the ultimate merit of being completely devoid of Tom Cruise. [via Ectoplasmosis]
And now, for the interminably busy, podcasts!
From Librivox, a 28-part audiobook version of Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
If you like genre podcasts, you probably already know and love Escape Pod – but I wish to draw your special attention to Transcendence Express by Jetse de Vries, not just because he’s one of my fellow editors at Interzone, but because he’s a damn fine writer in his own right, and this is one of his best pieces of work.
And finally, if you’d like something bite-sized, there’s a growing clade of people doing a piece of flash fiction every Friday: Gareth L. Powell, Neil Beynon, Gareth D. Jones, Martin McGrath … and even yours truly.
Enjoy, and have a great weekend!
PS – compiling this list would be impossible without continual cribbing from the diligent chaps at SFSignal. If you like what we do here at Futurismic, you should definitely be subscribed to them, too.
Writers, editors and anyone else – if you want something you’ve written or published on the web for free mentioned here, drop me (Paul Raven) an email to the address listed for me on the Staff page, and I’ll include it in next week’s round-up.