Monday, May 2, 2011

Four Free Magazines and Other Free Fantasy, SF, Horror, and RPG Items

Read 'till your eyes bleed, then listen to the cool free audio-fiction. There's another batch of cool freebies today. Two great SF magazines, including a story by the impressively prolific Cat Rambo, and many other good science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. More good audio, including the 259th Beam Me Up and audio versions of Clarkesworld and Fantasy Magazine stories. Many flash fiction stories, two gaming 'zines, and more gaming items. Even more item than sentence fragments today.

Issue #56 of Clarkesworld is up with:

"Whose Face This Is I Do Not Know" by Cat Rambo.
"He hesitates, staring at me as though he were hungry, as though I were reminding him of someone. 'Any other odd... episodes?'"

"The Architect of Heaven" by Jason K. Chapman.
"She smiles and tells him of the new star in Terranova's sky. It's the rich blue color of a chipchip's egg—a bright dot pointing back toward Earth."

As well as non-fiction and audio fiction.

Issue #8 of Redstone Science Fiction is up with:
"Party, with Echoes" by Patty Jansen.
"He fins past the sub’s flank in languid strokes. Yeah, he has done this before. Some of the tension inside her dissipates."

"Zeno’s Arrow" by R.L. Ferguson.
"Groggy from the hibernation chamber, shivering as the infrared heaters bathed my skin, Andrea spoke to me about communications lasers, data decay, and crew suicides."

"Ask Not" by Bonnie McDaniel.
“Come on in.” I pointed to the couch. “I don’t have much use for salespeople, and you’ve interrupted my canning. You have five minutes.”

As well as upcoming non-fiction.

@Fantasy Magazine: "Solo Piano" by Genevieve Valentine, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.
"The windows go first, from enemy fire and bad frosts. Then the moss and ivy move in, and the birds, and the rain. At last, the brick begins to crumble. By the time the Circus comes, it will be a ruin."

@Kasma ScienceFiction: "To Be the Queen" by Shelly Li.
"She sprawls her wings across the milky white netting, her body stretched across two poles, brown and spindly and rooted into the asphalt ground. A thin curtain of wax covers her face."

@Philippine Genre Stories: "The Departure" by Marianne Villanueva. Horror.
"That morning, when they awoke, Julietta had a bad feeling. Nothing she could put a figure on, just a feeling."

@Mind Flights: "The Parachute" by Shelly Li. SF.
"Rain falls gently around me, shading a second layer of grey over the world. Perhaps in a place like this, it is better that not a ray of sunshine penetrates the tight blanket of smog. Better that God cannot see what is happening here, what I am doing. "

@Smashwords: "Ablaze" by Harsh Thakar. Dark. [via Dark Valentine].
"A story loosely based on the story of Rumplestiltskin. This book tells a story of a young woman Mia as she encounters a will-o-wisp who wishes to take her child. "

@Smashwords: "Cold Stairs" by Mark Petersen. Ghost. [via Dark Valentine].
"Winner of an Honorable Mention Virginia Tech Literary Award, this story takes place in Eastern Kentucky and is based on what might have been a true ghost story."

Two free e-books (links and details at SF Signal).

Classic SF

@Project Gutenberg: The Secret of the Ninth Planet by Donald A. Wolheim (1959).
"On the morning that the theft of the solar system's sunlight began, Burl Denning woke up in his sleeping bag in the Andes, feeling again the exhilaration of the keen, rarefied, mountain air. He glanced at the still sleeping forms of his father and the other members of the Denning expedition, and sat up, enjoying the first rays of the early morning."

Serial Fiction

@Ray Gun Revival: "The Princess – part one" by Robert Mance.
@Kat and Mouse: "Payback - Part Seven" by Abner Senires.

@Beam Me Up: Episode #259, with "Heretics Son" by T. Joseph Dunham and "With Stealth and Grace" by Mikal Trimm.
"Two new authors this week! Mikal Trimm and T. Joseph Dunham. Mr. Trimm’s story is a powerful short story of a hunter and its prey."

@Clarkesworld: "Whose Face This Is I Do Not Know" by Cat Rambo, read by Kate Baker.

@Fantasy Magazine: "Solo Piano" by Genevieve Valentine, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.

@PodCastle: Miniature #62 "The Transfiguration of Maria Luisa Ortega" by E. Lily Yu, read by Julia Rios.
"The first time María Luisa Ortega cursed, after stabbing herself with a pair of steel tweezers, she turned into a sea urchin."

@Lovecraft eZine: Two more classic Lovecraft audios, "The Lurking Fear" and "The Haunter of the Dark."
"There was thunder in the air on the night I went to the deserted mansion atop Tempest Mountain to find the lurking fear."

@Misfits Audio: "Stranger Stories - This Guy Walks Into a Bar" by Mike Murphy, performed by a full cast.
"A confused man walks into a bar. How, he wonders, can what he sees be true?"

Serial Audio
@The author's site: "The Starter - Episode 12" by Scott Sigler.
"Today's episode finds Quentin suffering through practice with the offensive line, sacked over and over in his red "no touch" jersey."

@Decoder Ring Theater: The Red Panda - Episode 71 "All The King's Men"
"For years now, the country has been haunted by an enemy as elusive as any ghost. The head of a network working to weaken our war effort and prepared to devestate our defences at a stroke when the opportunity presents itself for their Nazi masters to strike."

@Triplanetary: Classic Superman action in "Atom Man in Metropolis" 1-4.
"Superman lies near death, struck down by the deadly radioactive blasts of the Atom Man"

@Daily Science Fiction: "Necessities" by Nathaniel Matthews Lee.
@Flashes in the Dark: "The Cold of the Open Sky" by Lori Titus.
@Flashes in the Dark: "Operators Standing By" By Kristina R. Mosley.
@365 tomorrows: "Birthday Suit" by Ryan Swiers.
@365 tomorrows: "Death Dance" by John Eric Vona.
@Weirdyear: "Without a Utility Belt" by Gayle Francis Moffet.
@Eschatology: "Summit" by Erika Wilson.
@Quantum Muse: "Alone Beside a Methane Sea" by Roi Czechvala.

@DriveThruRPG: Pathways #3, from Rite Publishing.
featuring "a collection of Pathfinder haunts and templates, Ogres, Wolves, and more combining monstrosities, feats and domains, all of it bundled together with a interview with Brandon Hodge"

@DriveThruRPG: Game Geek Issue # 17, from Avalon Game Company.
Free 55 page PDF featuring "all sorts of gaming goodness."

@A Field Guide to Doomsday: [Monster] "Xottle ('Swamp Gobbler')" - Mutant Future.
@ Zalchis: [Monster] "Zaldrim"
@Big Ball of No Fun: [Monsters] "Yamabiko" and "Ziz"
@Sea of Stars: [Magic Item] "Zelus’ Ring"
@The Savage After World: [New Character Race] "Geologian" - Mutant Future.
@A Character For Every Game: [New Class] "Elven Warder Class"
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Deity] Enuli.
@Trollish Delver: [New Monster] "Hexwood Crawler" - Tunnels and Trolls.
@The Land of NOD: [Superhero] "May Day" - Mystery Men.
@Kobold Quarterly: [New Monster] "Slaying Dolls"
@Kobold Quarterly: Valkyrie Names
@DriveThruRPG: "Kingdoms of Legend: Treasure Fleet of Zheng He"
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Magic Items] "Harness of Enlarging" and "Helm of the Dwarf Kings"

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