Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Great Free Fiction, Comics, and More.

Some really impressive fiction (Fom SF to YA Fantasy to Weird) from some of the big sites today (Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Subterranean, ChiZine, etc.) another large collection of Flash Fiction, Cool Comics, including a ton at Digital Comics Museum, and some good audio including PodCastle fantasy and other great ones. Maybe a review later today.

Today's Illustration is from "Lifelong Companion" in the comics section.

@Lightspeed Magazine: "Bibi from Jupiter" by Tessa Mellas.
"She’s sitting at her desk already, reading the student handbook. I double-check the room number. 317. I’ve got the right place. This is my roommate." [author profile here]

@Strange Horizons: "Young Love on the Run from the Federal Alien Administration New Mexico Division (1984)" by Grant Stone.
"When she gets it right, it will signal the mothership. If there's a mothership. She thinks there's a mothership, but the smile she gives him, trembling slightly at the corners, shows she's not completely sure."

@Subterranean Press: "The Ghost Party" by Richard Larson.
“I don’t want to go,” said Charlee as she rode in the passenger seat of the old Bronco through the dark and quiet streets outside of her tiny, depressing town. Even though by now she actually did want to go.

@The author's site: "Geeks Bearing Gifts" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. (2009) Online 1 week.
"Bethanne Dupree did not know a lot about mythology. In fact, what she knew, prior to what she later called The Event, her employees called The Incident, and her customers called The Class Action Suit, were a handful of names."

"The Word of God" by Nir Yaniv.
"Ofer searched through his pockets like a man possessed. “A pen!” he said. “My kingdom for a pen!” and immediately found one, in the pocket of his shirt, and when he returned home discovered that the door refused to open."

"The Dilkey Never Landed" by Paul Tremblay.
"Wrapped in her black, casino-issued, form-fitting suit, the Juong says, “Drink or snack, sir?” Gnarly, fried Oasis roots, or dilkies as us Chooms like to call ’em, battle bottles of Zub and Knickerson beer for space on her tray."

"Late Night Pick-Up" by Peter Crowther.
"'It’ll be okay, just tell us the whole thing from the top,' he says with a slight lisp, folding his hands calmly and carefully on the desk in front of him.."

"Suckling" by Patricia Russo.
“Candace,” said Joshua, “I think there’s something on my foot.”

"Beer on Sunday" by Nick Mamatas.
"The day after the Rapture, Tommy goes looking for his bookie Newsboy Shaw, but he isn’t nowhere to be found. He ain’t in the park and weren’t loitering by the newsstand neither."

@Daily Science Fiction: "Starlight Cantata" by Brian Lawrence Hurrel
"Jump flash, blinding but brief. Alpha Centauri A swims into view. It takes only a few minutes after our emergence into realspace for the receiver to align itself with Earth. A long burst of static roars, fades."

Serial Fiction
@Ray Gun Revival: "The Princess – part two" by Robert Mancebo.
“We got warships on our tail. We took a torpedo or somethin’ amidships. Stay in your cabin with the hatch sealed in case we’re hit again.”

@Legend of the Five Rings: "The Destroyer War - Part 10" by Shawn Carman. (or here)
"The ongoing saga of the Emerald Empire’s desperate war against the invading forces of Kali-ma, as determined by the results of our Kotei season tournaments."

Reviewed and Linked
@BestScienceFictionStories.com: "Orange" by Susan Forest (2010) is reviewed with a link to a free online version.
"At four o’clock in the morning, when the explosions were fewer and some dozed on the step, SpaceCorp’s main door opened briefly. She, and a couple of dozen others, managed to squeeze in without being trampled before the door locked."

@Marooned - Science Fiction & Fantasy books on Mars: Links to free online versions of six of the stories in the upcoming Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction.

@19 Nocturne Blvd: "Castle Makeover" by Julie Hoverson.
"When Moderna Home Makeover International comes to "improve" the castle of Professor Ludvig, they find more than they expected."

@PodCastle: PodCastle #156 "Household Spirits" by C.S.E. Cooney, read by Bob Eccles and Brian Lieberman.
"This here’s ghost country, just like you said. Can’t imagine a more haunted place on all Athanore, no, nor at the bottom of the nine seas where the nine old cities fell. Frontier, we call it."

@Beware the Hairy Mango: Weird, often gross, flash audio by Matthew Sanborn Smith.
Classic Serial Audio
@Triplanetary: The Adventures of Superman "Atom Man In Metropolis" parts 5-8.

@Strange Horizons: [Poem] "Telling Deaths" by Lila Garrott.
@365 tomorrows: "ExaByte" by Aradhana Choudhuri.
@Weirdyear: "Wawa and Wato" by Will Johnson.
@The New Flesh: "Immaculate Conception" by Kirk Jones.
@The New Flesh: "Stupid Measles" by Georges Dodds .

@Diversions of the Groovy Kind: "Lifelong Companion" SciFi.
@The Horrors of It All: "The Madman's Music / The Storm!" Horror.
@ Pencil Ink: "Phantom Fliers" from Out of the Night #4 (1952). Horror.
@Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine: A "Land of the Lost" story (1946) Children's fantasy - not the cool 70's series.
@The Comic Book Catacombs: Camilla in "The Flame Queen and the Witchman" Adventure.
@Grantbridge Street: "The Weirdest Character I've Ever Known!" Horror ["R" rated site]
@Atomic Kommie Comics: Part one of "Barbarella"
@Secret Sanctum of Captain Video: "The Last Moonrise"
@Digital Comics Museum: In CBR downloads Fight Comics #58, Fight Comics #50, Fight Comics #43, Jungle Comics #136, Jungle Comics #127, Jungle Comics #124, Jungle Comics #121, Black Magic #15 [UK reprint-b&w], Eerie #7 [UK reprint-b&w], Fight Comics #4, and Thrilling Comics #61. Adventure and Horror.

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