Sunday, February 20, 2011

Various Cool Free Fiction

Some varied goodies today, so there is likely something for most tastes.


John DeNardo at SF Signal listed quite a bit of free fiction yesterday and rather than reinvent the wheel and post several links with a "via SF Signal," the SF Signal post is HERE.

Inner City by Scott Norton is a free online Sci/Fi/Adventure/Romance novel.
"The cities have gated their walls to lock all else out. Those in rural areas have been reduced to savages eeking out a primitive existence. When a seven year old Callen Carrus, a boy from the city, faces a personal crises and runs away, he's chased outside the city walls. What happens to him there will set him on a quest that will lead to him risking his life in search of answers."

Online HERE.

And DargonZine has its latest issue, Volume 23 Number 4, online with, "Hubris" by D'Artagnon Wells and "The Far Patrol" by Liam Donahue.

Online HERE.

Audio Fiction

At Escape Pod, "Endosymbiont" by Blake Charlton, read by Mur Lafferty.
"Stephanie started to protest but then stopped. A terrifying memory flashed through her mind. “Mom said they might take me to a hospital for the dead.” She didn’t know what that meant but the memory was clear. 'She said you’d keep me here to fool me into thinking I’m still alive.'"

A very interesting story, but one that will tear your heart out.

Streaming and in MP3 download HERE.

At Beam Me Up, part two of Nancy Fulda’s “Knowing Neither Kith….”
"The tension begins to really build as a mysterious evil preys on kith and kin alike. It looks as though evil will once again be freed to destroy the people. The obligation to save everyone falls on a reluctant outcast with little interest in saving the very people who have rejected her in the past."

Streaming and in MP3 download HERE. (Part one is here)

And a couple of free professional, mystery podcasts. Mystery isn't really a focus of QuasarDragon, but it is a kindred genre with a tiny bit of overlap. And the odds are at least a few QD readers like this genre.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine has several free audio fiction stories available online.

For streaming and MP3 downloads HERE.

And Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine also has a free podcast of mystery audio fiction.

Streaming and in MP3 download HERE. (Found via SFFAudio)


At The Horrors of it All, "The Halls of Horror" from Adventures into the Unknown #18 (April 1951).

Classic pre-code horror

Online HERE.

At Grantbridge Street & Other Misadventures, "The Magic Hammer" a 1957 Jack Kirby story of Thor well before the Marvel character of the same name.

Online HERE. (warning, although this comic is G rated, there are R rated posts there.)

At The Comic Book Catacombs, a pure 1950's skiffy story "Mission to Malooka" from Amazing Adventures (Oct 1951).

Online HERE.

At Steve Ditko Comics Weblog, a three-page short sf story called "Automata Ultima"

Online HERE.

At Diversions of the Groovy Kind a cool adaptation of John W. Campbell's classic short story "Who Goes There?" on which The Thing From Another World (1951) and The Thing (1982) are based. Great SF/Horror.

Online HERE.


At DanMeth.Com "The Fantasy World Map #12 In A Series of Pop-Cultural Charts" an interesting, "accurate map of the entire fantasy world." Unusual choices make it more interesting than I would have expected. Lidsville?

Online HERE (via

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