Some quite good free items today. The 152nd issue of Aphelion, with stories from future greats. A couple of serialized stories, including a first time linking for Hugo nominee Eric James Stone's Unforgettable. Classic SF and Audio SF from two of the big fiction podcasts. Cool gaming items, including a free game thoroughly reviewed and a free PDF zine. And closing out with a six pack of cool comics. Likely back later with a couple of cool reviews and maybe more.
Today's illustration from "The Anglers of Arz" by Roger Phillips Dee in the classic SF section.
Issue #152 of Aphelion is posted with fiction and poetry by Christopher Owen, Emilie P. Bush, Richard Tornello, Eric Victor Neagu, John T. Bien, D. Conteur, Joseph Thompson, Roderick D. Turner, Mike Phillips, Matthew Acheson, Dave Weaver, Joseph Arechavala, Holly R. Appling, Richard Tornello, Robin B. Lipinski, Richard H. Fay, Stephanie Smith, David Barber, Harris Tobias, and Bill Wolfe.
@Dark Valentine: "Miss Elliot and the Eldritch" Chapter Six by Laura Neubert.
"My muscles burned, my bones felt as though they had been splintered, and when my eyes opened, they were scalded by the light. A groan was pulled from me as I returned to the waking world."
@The Author's Site: Chapter Eight "Unforgettable" by Eric James Stone. [via SF Signal]
"The previous time the Bukharins had caught me, I had been taken to the interrogation room. I fully expected that to happen again, and it did. As before, they ignored my request to use the restroom."
Earlier chapters can be found via this search.
@Munseys and Project Gutenberg: "The Anglers of Arz" by Roger Phillips Dee, from IF Worlds of Science Fiction (Jan. 1953).
"In order to make Izaak Walton's sport complete, there must be an angler, a fish, and some bait. All three existed on Arz but there was a question as to which was which."
@Munseys and Project Gutenberg: "Ye of Little Faith" by Rog Phillips, from IF Worlds of Science Fiction (Jan. 1953).
"It matters not whether you believe or disbelieve. Reality is not always based on logic; nor, particularly, are the laws of the universe...."
@Munseys and Project Gutenberg: "The Time Mirror" by Clark South, from Amazing Stories (Dec. 1942).
"Here was a strange mirror indeed! It reflected an image all right, but not an image from the same era in history!"
@StarShipSofa: Episode #190 featuring "Mohamed’s Angel" by Jack Dann and "The Big Bounce" by Walter Tevis. Read by Mike Boris and Chris White.
"Laura had loved the Prom since she was a child. She used to imagine its landmass was a stone-grey dragon rising from the sea. It still looked like the mythical creature, especially now, when it was on fire. Smoke billowed up from the eastern tip of the national park like dragon’s breath."
@Dunesteef: "The Voyage Of The Van Leeuwenhoek" by John Medaille.
"Life aboard the Van Leeuwenhoek spacecraft is tough. There’s pretty much constant war with the Venusians, not to mention the daily duties, subspace apparitions, and the difficulties with the Lunars. And then, there are the cockroaches."
Reviewed and linked to @The Free RPG Blog: The Cursed RPG by Michael Evans.
"a free roleplaying game set in the modern world with elements of the supernatural interlaced with every day life. The Cursed have The Gift: the ability to reach beyond our mundane world into a supernatural realm."
@A Character for Every Game: Dyson’s Dodecahedron Issue 4 featuring the first two of four levels of "Erdea Manor" a Labyrinth Lord adventure location for a party of level 3 to 6 characters, expecting an average level of 4.5.
@Kobold Quarterly: [Monster] "Strigoi" Part 1 of 3. 4E.
@Wizards of the Coast: [Monster] "Hound of Ill Omen" 4E. PDF download.
@A Field Guide to Doomsday: [Monster] "Anenomouth" Mutant Future.
@Sea of Stars: [Monster] "Anger Fragment"
@IX: [Monster] "Sand Men of Canopus 3"
@Underworld Kingdom: [Art] Cavern day One, Two, and Three.
@Sea of Stars: [Magic Item] "Harness of the Night"
Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [Spells] "War Council of the Grave" and "Bringing out the Beast"
@Digital Comics Museum: The Man from Planet X (Fawcett Movie Comics #15) B&W. SciFi.
@Atomic Kommie Comics: Spurs Jackson in "Sun Masters" (Space Western Comics)
@Four-Color Shadows: "The Strangler" from Worlds of Fear (1952). Horror.
@Diversions of the Groovy Kind: Classic Sword & Sorcery "Where Broods the Demon!"
@The Comic Book Catacombs: Jann of the Jungle in "The Drum Beats At Midnight!" (1957). Adventure.
@The Horrors of It All: "The Boy Who Cried Wolf!" from Adventures into the Unknown #10 (May 1950). Horror.