Another day with a starship full of free items from around the web. Remember to thank/comment on the original sites because the posters/writers/editors do a lot of work.
At Daily Science Fiction: "Song of the Laughing Hyena" by David G. Blake.
"The hag inhaled the acrid smoke that rolled off the roasting carcass of the pure-white lovebird. "It will bind her heart with threads of steel," she rasped. 'She will do everything for you, but I must impress upon you the importance of it being her labor that prepares it.'"
At Strange Horizons: "Trouble" by David M. deLeon.
"Now our eyes were used to the dark, about as open as they get, and she was right, the view was better than Cafe C. There were so many stars if I started counting em I'd lose my place and count em all over again."
Online HERE or read the whole issue including the poem "This Apocalypse" by Andrea Blythe, columns, and reviews HERE.
At the author's website: "Cosmic Balances, Inc." by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
"The computer spit out the information, then locked as a single piece of paper printed to the left of Grint. He closed his eyes, resisting the urge to bang his head against the screen."
Online HERE until 21 March 2011
At The World SF Blog: "Irredenta" by Lou Antonelli.
"Lawhon had too much time to think during the long walk from the city. Old memories throbbed like battle scars. He rubbed his neck. The uniform he wore had begun to crumble during the 20 years it had lain in a prison drawer. The old comlink wires in the fabric chafed."
The March issue of Niteblade Fantasy and Horror is out with fiction by D.X. Cooper, Damien Walters Grintalis, Joseph Zieja, L.M. Stull, Greg Schwartz, and Nick Kolakowski and poetry by Jamie Wasserman, Keith Kennedy, G. O. Clark, and Brian Rosenberger.
The latest issue of Goblin Fruit, a quarterly zine that publishes "poetry that we can call "of the fantastical", poetry that treats mythic, surreal, fantasy and folkloric themes, or approaches other themes in a fantastical way" is out with fantasy poetry by Neile Graham, Rose Lemberg, Michelle Muenzler, Mari Ness, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Christopher W. Clark, Leah Bobet, and Loreen Heneghan. (Many of the poems are also in audio format.)
At Munseys: "Clean Break" by Roger Dee (Roger D. Aycock), from Galaxy Science Fiction (Nov. 1953).
A veteran veterinarian might have vamoosed—but Watts had to help any sick animal....
Online and in e-book download at Munseys HERE and Project Gutenberg HERE.
BestScienceFictionStories.com reviews, and links to, a free online version of, Henry Kuttner's 1944 short "Housing Problem."
"Jacqueline said it was a canary, but I contended that there were a couple of lovebirds in the covered cage. One canary could never make that much fuss."
The review and link are available HERE.
Variety SF reviews, and links to, free online versions of, Gordon Randall Garrett's short story "Thin Edge."
"There are inventions of great value that one type of society can use—and that would, for another society, be most nastily deadly!"
The review and link are available HERE.
At Podcastle: Episode #148 "State Change" by Ken Liu, read by Heather Welliver.
"When Rina’s soul finally materialized, the nurse in charge of watching the afterbirth almost missed it. All of a sudden, there, in the stainless steel pan, was an ice cube, the sort you would find clinking around in glasses at cocktail parties."
Streaming and in MP3 download HERE.
At Cast Macabre: Episode #35 "The High Priest" by C Deskin Rink.
Horror audio in MP3 download HERE.
At The Drama Pod: Journey to the Centre of the Earth Part Seven by Jules Verne.
Streaming and in MP3 Download HERE.
@Everyday Fiction: "Television For The Dead" by Shaun Simon.
@Flashes in the Dark: "The End of it All" By Daniel Slaten.
@365 tomorrows: "The Anomaly" by Patricia Stewart.
@The Daily Cabal: "The Wind’s Road" by Rudi Dornemann.
At RPGDriveThru: The Ancible #8, free war gaming magazine, this issue focusing on small scale war gaming. Some SF content. In PDF download HERE (free membership required).
And Trophy Case Vol. 1, No. 3. Featuring four new mobsters, addenda to a Supplement I appendix, a review, original fiction from blogger Steve Lopez, and tips for the D20 based Hideouts & Hooligans.
In PDF download HERE (free membership required).
At The Land of NOD: "Mu-Pan - Encounter I " "Situated high in the mountains there is a small village of barbaric hunters. The village consists of about 20 wattle-and-daub houses surrounded by a palisade." Online HERE.
And "Mu-Pan - Encounter II/III" "A large village of tsanjani peasants cultivates edible fungus in the steamy caves that line the walls of the valley." Online HERE.
At Daddy Grognard: "An Adventure for Every Monster - Basilisk" "Hung over the shrine, from a hook in the wall is a shimmering golden key. As the party look at it, it seems to shift and change from one image to another" Online HERE.
At Sickly Purple Death Ray: "Interesting Places: Ruins of the Undertemple"
A ruined temple map to inspire DMs/GMs online HERE.
At The Warrior's Comic Book Den: Forbidden Worlds #1: highlighted by "Demon of Destruction" with Frank Frazetta pencils and Al Williamson inks.
At Beware, There's A Crosseyed Cyclops in My Basement!!!: Three classic horror comics in CBR format.
World of Fantasy #6 is available for download HERE.
World of Mystery #5 is available for download HERE.
and Spellbound #32 is available for download HERE.
At Lady, That's My Skull: the final original Golden Age appearance of Mysta of the Moon
Online HERE - more Mysta stories HERE.