Monday, April 25, 2011

China Miéville and other Monday Freebies

It's Monday, which means the weekend is just a few days away. There's some good fiction today, including China Miéville, as well as other well known and up-and-coming writers. Some audio fiction, including the latest chapter of Scott Sigler's rather cool SF/football story The Starter. [Off topic note. If there are any pro-football fans out there, and the walkout continues, I hope you remember that the UFL and CFL play some pretty good football.] And there are flash fiction stories and gaming extras. [Today's illustration is for "A Hunter’s Ode to His Bait" in the fiction section]

@The Guardian: "Covehithe" by China Miéville.
"A trip to the Suffolk coast takes on a new urgency when Dughan decides the time is right for a night-time adventure in this exclusive story from China Miéville" [via Triplanetary]

@Fantasy Magazine: "A Hunter’s Ode to His Bait" by Carrie Vaughn.
"'I’ll take her.' He tossed the pouch of silver at the woman. It landed at her feet, and she hurried to pick it up. Her husband was dead, and she had eight other children to feed." [author spotlight here]

@Supterranean Press: "Younger Women" by Karen Joy Fowler.
"Vampire. Plain as the nose on your face."

@Anotherealm: "The Ediad" by Tim McDaniel.
"They stood on the windy plain before the walled city: Odysseus, the shrewd captain; Agamemnon, tamer of horses, and Menelaos his brother, the wargod's friend; god-reared Aias Telamonias; and Ed. They looked upon the great doors of fitted planking, bolted tight to keep the town of Troy secure."

@AE Science Fiction: "Resolution" by Adam Callaway.
"Pixelpeople passed me on both sides as I neared my home. I felt my frame of reference drag and looked back to see blocks of diffuse color exchange between them. The pixelpeople were migrating black holes with blurry event horizons."

@Hub: Issue #138 featuring "A Nose For Such Things" by Ian Watson.
"'You mean,' said Max, 'this ghost business might be a stunt to take people’s minds off politics?'"

Serial Fiction
@Kat and Mouse: "Payback" - Part Six" by Abner Senires.
"Duster lay on his side, looking at us, wide-eyed. Mouse's wakizashi stuck out from his throat, Duster's hands hanging limply off the blade. Blood pooled around his head and shoulders"

Classic SF
@Google Books: Yezad: A Romance of the Unknown by George H. Babcock (1922).
"A long-winded tale about a deceased aviator who is to be reincarnated after his spiritual instruction on the Red Planet by a ten-foot tall Martian named Marcomet" [via Marooned - Science Fiction & Fantasy books on Mars]

@Munseys and Project Gutenberg: "Mr. Spaceship" by Phillip K. Dick, from Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy (Jan. 1953).
"A human brain-controlled spacecraft would mean mechanical perfection. This was accomplished, and something unforeseen: a strange entity called—"

SF Review "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" by Yoon Ha Lee (2010).
Reviewed with a link to a free online copy.

Serial Audio

@The Author's Site: "The Starter" Episode #11, by Scott Sigler.
"Quentin's growing fame brings offers for endorsement deals, including one from yacht maker Manny Sayed (remember him from The Rookie?). The Krakens' offensive line troubles continue, with no solution in sight."

Fan audio @BrokenSea Audio Productions: Episode Six of Beneath the Planet of the Apes [earlier episodes here]

Classic Audio
@SFFaudio:"Warrior Race" by Robert Sheckley, read by Gregg Margarite.
"Destroying the spirit of the enemy is the goal of war and the aliens had the best way!"

@Lovecraft eZine: Three Lovecraft Audio Stories: "The Colour Out of Space," "The Dumwich Horror," and "Pickman’s Model."

@Triplanetary: Classic Superman Audio The Atom Man Parts 17-20.

@Flashes in the Dark: "Blur" by Neil Leckman.
@365 tomorrows: "Good Man" by Jordan Whicker.
@Weirdyear: "The Zeek Files - Escape from Exkerbjann" by Mandi M. Lynch.
@Brain Harvest: "Fool" by
by Steven R. Stewart.
@Strange Horizons: [Poem] "Tonight I Know" by Shweta Narayan.
@Daily Science Fiction: "The School Counselor" by Mark Sarney.
@Feedbooks: "Quick Gasps of Breath - 5 MicroHorrors" by Lyn Perry.
@Triplanetary: [Poem] "The Sorrow of the Winds" by Clark Ashton Smith.

@Netherwerks: [New Item] "Bacchune's Prototypes: The Drunkard's Gonne"

@The Land of Nod: "Two New Villains for Mystery Men!"
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Spells] "Oath of the Acorn" and "Riddle of Perplexion"
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Magic Item] "Dwarf Rings of Goldkeep"
@Sea of Stars: "Seirios’ Bow" and "Tempestes’ Girdle"
@Big Ball of No Fun: "Tatzlwurm" and "Uwan"
@Zalchis: [New Monsters] "Rattong" and "Triloo"

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