Monday, April 18, 2011

Freebies on a Gorram Monday

Your friendly space captain has a busy day today so today's post was made last night. We have some new fiction, including a variety from Absent Willow. Some classic fiction (Weird Tales and Galaxy ruled in their eras), some great gaming items, Art, and more. Have as good a day as possible on a gorram Monday! [Today's illustration is for the poem "When Wizards Clashed" by Richard H. Fay in Absent Willow]

@The Absent Willow Review:

@The author's Site: "All the Clowns in Clowntown" by Andrew J. McKiernan. (only until the 22nd of April) [via SF Signal]
"Binko stood his ground, white-gloved fingers twitching into nervous fists. The warmth from the overhead street-lamp drew sweat from his brow, sheening his greasepaint until it shone like fine-glazed porcelain."

Classic SF/Weird Tales
@Two-Fisted Tales of True-Life Weird Romance: "The Last Three Ships" by Margaret St. Clair, from Weird Tales (May 1950). (jpg scans).
"The best of it was that it wasn't really stealing. Everybody knew that the ships had been moored in the estuary because mooring them was cheaper than cutting them up for scrap would have been."

@Project Gutenberg: "The Rotifer" by Robert Abernathy, IF Worlds of Science Fiction (March 1953).
"Beneath the stagnant water shadowed by water lilies Harry found the fascinating world of the rotifers—but it was their world, and they resented intrusion."

@Two-Fisted Tales of True-Life Weird Romance: "Second Childhood" by Clifford D. Simak,
from Galaxy Magazine (Feb. 1951). (jpg scans).
"Achieving immortality is only half the problem. The other half is knowing how to live with it once it's been made possible -- and inescapable."

@Every Day Fiction: "Vestige" by Yvette Managan.
@Flashes in the Dark: "The Bottom Step" by Thomas Scopel.
@365 tomorrows: "The Mad Cow Special" by Marlan Smith.
@365 tomorrows: "What Happened to San Francisco?" by David Bastin. [Poem] "Ragnarok" by Paul Park.

@Free Listens: "The Library of Babel" by Jorge Louis Borges, reviewed with an MP3 download. Magic Realism.
"The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings."

Serial Audio:

@Triplanetary: Superman "The Atom Man" Parts 13-16.
"Superman confronts his nemesis, Atom Man, as the transcription feature continues."

@DriveThruRPG: Blackmarsh from Bat in the Attic Games.
"Blackmarsh is a complete, ready to run setting for your campaign. It can be run as its own setting or an expansion of your existing world. Contained in Blackmarsh are 17 geographical entries, 78 described locales, and one detailed town; Castle Blackmarsh. Each entry provide one or more adventure hooks to use in your campaigns." For early editions of D&D and retro clones.

[free membership required]

@Earthdawn Blog: Tableau Infractus #7. A fan generated Earthdawn zine with "an interview with Andrew Ragland wherein he talks about his authorship on the new RedBrick release “Burning Desires”. Further chapters include descriptions of Iopos, several selection charts which explain the methods of spell casting in Earthdawn and of course is a chapter with miniatures included."

Smaller But Still Cool:
@The Land of NOD: [Encounter] "Mu-Pan - Encounter XXIII"
@Big Ball of No Fun: [Monster] "Nuberu"
@Sea of Stars: [New Magic Item] "Naenia’s Flute"
@The Grand Tapestry: [Monster] "Cephalomalian"
@A Character for Every Game: [New Spells] "Level 1 Diablo Necromancer Magic"
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Magic Item] "Mind Gems of Athra-Kla"
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Spell] "Fatestone"

Other Coolness
@Monster Brains: [Art] A gallery of SF art by Paul Lehr.
@Golden Age Comic Book Stories: [Art] A gallery of Ace Books covers for Andre Norton Books.
@Two-Fisted Tales of True-Life Weird Romance: [Art] Ed Emshwiller SF gallery.

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