I hate this annoying card. Nothing against the game that spawned in, nor its players, but it has made Google Alerts practically useless for me. That aside, QD has some solid links today, with hopefully something for everyone.
At Lightspeed Magazine: "Spider the Artist" by Nnedi Okorafor.
"There was a stream where I had been fetching water. A flow station was built nearby and now the stream was rank and filthy, with an oily film that reflected rainbows"
At Dark Valentine Magazine: "River Fever" by Jamie Mason.
“The body, man, the body! Do you have to … leave it sitting in the corridor like that? Can’t you put it somewhere else? My God, that’s got to be … unsanitary!”
Part one is HERE and part two is HERE.
And "Wild-Caught" by Katherine Tomlinson.
"He was new and wasn’t authorized to handle the “special shipments.” To him, one case of canned salmon was pretty much like all the others, so he shelved the 14.75 ounce cans of Segey Sea Company’s “Fancy Sockeye Red Salmon” right next to the Chicken of the Sea."
Hub has up its 136th issue with "The Walker" by Adam Christopher, an interview with James O’Barr, and reviews.
"When I looked back I could still see him, the walker, in the farmer’s field below. I had stopped at this, the halfway point on my trek towards the summit of the hill, but to my dismay — although not my surprise — he had not."
In PDF and ePub downloads HERE.
New at Munseys: "A Mixture of Genius" by Arnold Castle from If: Worlds of Science Fiction (June 1958).
Who, but the imaginative young, shall inherit the stars?
In e-book downloads at Munseys HERE and Project Gutenberg HERE.
At Paizo: "The Walkers from the Crypt" part three "Bones of the Fallen" by Howard Andrew Jones.
"Elyana withdrew a lantern from her saddlebag and Arcil used a cantrip to light it. With the wizard holding the lamp aloft, she did her best to calm the horses, distracting them with grain and securing their lead lines to some rusting sconces so that the animals would not wander off."
At Ray Gun Revival: Thieves’ Honor Episode 13: "Walking Through Walls" by Keanan Brand.
"These are the adventures of space mariner Captain Kristoff, formerly of the colonial navy but now a pirate more given to smuggling and salvage than theft, and prone to reluctant good deeds and harboring strays. After all, his crew is made up of strays—and criminals"
@Daily Science Fiction: "J is for Junk" by by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, and Greg van Eekhout.
@Every Day Fiction: "Dear Lisa" by Bruce Holland Rogers.
@365 tomorrows: "The Wrong Question" by Jordan Whicker.
@The Daily Cabal: "The Unlucky Bot" by David Kopaska-Merkel.
At StarShipSofa: Episode180 featuring main fiction "The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara" by Christopher Kastensmidt, an interview with Larry Santoro, and more.
Streaming and in MP3 download HERE.
At The Dunesteef: "Out Of The Storm" by Rick Kennett, voice acting by Cameron Horsburgh, Simon Dooley, Patrick Dwyer, Dylan Boyd, Ben Maclain, and Julian Ramundi.
"They found the H.M.A.S. Barrinji damaged and abandoned floating out of a storm that had sunk three other ships. The Barrinji really should have sunk as well, but for some reason, she’s a lucky ship. Perhaps too lucky."
Streaming and in MP3 download HERE.
An unusual one at LibriVox: The Book of Werewolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition by Sabine Baring-Gould, read by many readers.
"A survey of the myths and legends concerning lycanthropy from ancient times to the Victorian Era." Could be interesting.
In ogg and MP3 downloads HERE.
At Crosseyed Cyclops: "The Official Adventures of Flash Gordon" Starring Buster Crabbe, produced by Leo the Lion Records in 1966. It's a couple of cool vintage stories: "Prisoner of Ming" and "City Under the Earth"
In zipped MP3 download HERE (more Leo the Lion children's records are here)
At RPGDriveThru: "Chronicles of Arax" - Solo Adventure Game.
"Chronicles of Arax is a game where you, the reader, takes on the role of a Hero in the world of Arax. It is your job to fight against evil and injustice, to undertake various Quests to further the goals of good, and hopefully get some fame and loot in the bargain!"
In PDF download HERE (free membership required).
At ix: "Revised Humanspace Empires Playtest Draft" A Tékumel inspired "science fantasy campaign setting [that] also stems from pulp sci-fi of the first half of the 20th century, likely the same sources that originally influenced Professor Barker. I’m thinking rayguns, needle shaped spaceships, odd headgear, and alien monsters."
In PDF download HERE. [via Hill Cantons]
Small but cool, gaming freebies.
@A Hamsterish Hoard of Dungeons & Dragons: [New Magic Item] Mala of the Hexad.
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Spell] Circle of Sacrifice.
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Spell] Inspire Companions.
At Pappy's Golden Age Blogzine: "Cat's Death" drawn by Joe Kubert, from Strange Terrors #7, (1953).
At The Comic Book Catacombs: Jann of the Jungle in “The Killers of the Swamps” (June 1957) . Love the old breathing through a reed trick - much harder than it looks.