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I figure if you read Futurismic, you’re quite keen on the idea of quality free fiction, poetry and articles from the genre literature scene being available online. In which case, you’re probably already aware of the excellent Strange Horizons site – if not, you are now, and you should go and get acquainted. They’re near the end of their annual fundraising drive at the moment, which is all the more reason to drop over there and wire them a bit of cash so they can keep delivering quality material. It’s tax-deductible for you American types, too.

[Full disclosure: I have written reviews for Strange Horizons.]

Friday Free Fiction for July 27th

Rather than posting links to free fiction piecemeal as it turns up, we thought we’d aggregate the stuff we hear about over the course of the week, and serve it up every Friday for Futurismic folk. So here is the first installment of Friday Free Fiction:

The named-for-perfect-SEO Free Speculative Fiction Online site has posted a list of new arrivals, including a whole bunch of Lewis Shiner short stories.

Matthew Jarpe is sharing the first three chapters of his debut science fiction novel, Radio Freefall.

OK, not strictly fiction, but Subterranean Online has a column from Joe Lansdale and an interview with Patrick Rothfuss. And they are, er, free.

James Patrick Kelly has been gradually podcasting his 1989 novel Look Into The Sun, and is up to the twenty first installment. All the previous bits are still available, too.

And if you want to spend a few minutes having a chuckle at the efforts of a rank amateur, you can read my latest Friday Flash Fiction piece, “AWOL”.

Note for authors and editors – if you’ve just posted some free genre fiction online – in written, graphic or podcast form, or some new format that no one else has ever used before – drop me (Paul Raven) a line using the email address on the ‘Staff’ page, and I’ll list it here.

Is it time the print media stopped printing?

newspapersAn article on the Business Week website suggests that some of the bigger American newspapers should stop printing physical copies and withdraw to publishing solely on the web – maybe not right away, but within the next year or two. It’s hardly a new suggestion, but it’s gaining more weight as time goes by – the logistics and overheads of print media are making it a tricky business in which to make a profit, and we’re consuming more media online all the time. The UK’s Guardian already lets you download the latest editions in PDF form, to print or not as you choose. How long will it be before all periodical publications are electronic? [Print Is Dead]

Spacesuits and Sixguns – free fiction online

It’s official – there really is more free genre fiction online than I will ever have time to read, even if I stopped reading anything else. Still, diversity is a sign of a healthy growing market, so they say; so those of you who have more spare time than myself (which is most of you, I’m guessing) may want to wander over to check out the third issue of Spacesuits And Sixguns. If the fiction is of a similar quality to the artwork, it won’t be a wasted visit.