Thursday, June 2, 2011

Seven Kick-Butt Free E-Zines and Much More

An overwhelming amount of free goodness today! Three great free fiction magazines (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, and Redstone Science Fiction) have new issues out today. And a couple more good free stories are up. There is an interesting variety of audio fiction today to check out. Four (Really!) free gaming magazines are available for PDF downloads. And if all that isn't enough, there are more gaming itemes, and several free comic book stories - heavy on adventure today.

Clarkesworld Magazine has its June issue out with

"Semiramis" by Genevieve Valentine.
"Ever since Svalbard had been put under review, it had been hell and a half trying to figure out how to recruit a domestic cover who could carry seeds off the island."
"Trickster" by Mari Ness.
"The god came to me on a night when both moons were dark, allowing us to see the stars. Not that I could, hidden as I was behind mats and screens and hangings, but I knew the stars were there, one of the rare nights we could be sure of this."
The audio version of "Semiramis" by Genevieve Valentine, read by Kate Baker is HERE.

@Redstone Science Fiction: The June 2011 issue is out with fiction:

"An Infallible System of Roulette"by Christopher Miller.
"The first time I died might’ve been back in ‘65 on a community farm up in Forest River, North Dakota. Although there was an earlier summer where I’d tiptoed out to a Lee Street beach sandbar and gotten stranded by Lake Michigan’s tide, or maybe wind swells"
"Love and Anarchy and Science Fiction" by Angela Ambroz.
"Of course, he has changed since prison. His hair is whiter. His jowls droop; he’s filled out. But I don’t see a big difference. And I’ve known him for years; I’ve known him longer than anyone else in the empire has."

@Beneath Ceaseless Skies: "From the Spices of Sanandira, Pt. I" by Bradley P. Beaulieu.
"Uhammad ben Yazr woke with someone nudging his shoulder. By the pale light of the moon through the open window of his dhoba he could see his friend of twenty years, Jalaad, holding a finger to his lips."
"The Nine-Tailed Cat" by Michael J. DeLuca.
"I arrive at the door of my house in the dark with lamp and spade, jungle mud caked past my ankles, thickets of scratches streaking my limbs. I set the lamp on the step, sling the sack of stinking goat’s meat off my shoulder, and reach for the knob. "
@Dark Valentine: "Fine Fire" by Richard Godwin.
"She was always there. In the corner of the bar with her cigarette burning in her hand, her long and slender holder tapering at the en and oozing smoke like dry ice."

@Pathfinder Tales: "The Ironroot Deception" by Robin D. Laws. Chapter One: The Snare.
"Gad feels the roughness of the burr-oak's bark as its branch constricts tighter around his ankles. Though he is upside down, blood rushing to his head, his face retains its symmetry. A roguish skiff of stubble softens his jutting jaw. Gray-peppered hair clings closely to his scalp. Blue eyes sear out at his elven captor."

@LightningBolt Theater of the Mind: "The Swamp" [via Radio Drama Revival]. Horror.
"When Rachel sleeps, the swamp awaits her. Every night, the dreams of something pursuing her through the twilight-lit marshland, come. Her real life isn’t much better."
@PodCastle: PodCastle Special: The Alphabet Quartet (A Primer) by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, and Greg van Eekhout. Fantasy.
“D is for De Gustibus,” read by Norm Sherman (of The Drabblecast).

“F is for Flotsam,” read by Dave Thompson.

“L is for Luminous,” read by Rish Outfield (of The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)

“N is for Nevermore Nevermore Land,”
@Pseudopod: Pseudopod Special: The Alphabet Quartet (A Primer) by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, and Greg van Eekhout. Horror.

“Q is for Quit,” read by Graeme Dunlop.

“F is for Flotsam,” read by Dave Thompson of PodCastle.
@Lovecraft eZine: "Fungi from Yuggoth" by H. P. Lovecraft. Horror.
"Fungi from Yuggoth is a sequence of 36 sonnets by cosmic horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Most of the sonnets were written between 27 December 1929 – 4 January 1930; thereafter individual sonnets appeared in Weird Tales and other genre magazines. " Tuesday Terror: "Lefty and the Boxcar" Part 2 of 2 by Steven Gomez, read by Arioch Morningstar. Horror.

@Kung Fu Action Theater: KFATales 05- "Gen San-Mi Yorimasa- The Knight" by Yei Theodora Ozaki, read by Richard Bartok III. Adventure.
A "look instead at one of the legendary Samurai from Japanese history- Gen San-Mi Yorimasa. This story is from the collection Warriors of Old Japan and Other Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki, which was published in the early 20th century"
@Beneath Ceaseless Skies: "Cold Iron and Green Vines" by Wendy N. Wagner. Fantasy.
"Most people didn't bother replacing teeth; they all went wicker-and-cogwork as young as they could."
@Beware the Hairy Mango: Episode 79 – "A Question of Benefits" by Matthew Sanborn Smith. Weird.

@DriveThruRPG: Rite Publishing's Pathways #4

"Rite Publishing continues its free e-zine with templates, new monsters, domains, feats, encounters, and reviews all bundled together with a Greg A. Vaughn (Pathfinder Chronicles: Into the Darklands and Slumbering Tsar) interview about Tome of Horrors Complete!"

@DriveThruRPG: Infinite Horizons #2.

"The second issue of Avalon Game's great Sci-Fi e-zine, Infinite Horizons will bring to you all the great Sci-Fi stuff you have been wanting, and more."

@DriveThruRPG: Game Geek #18.

This free 55 page PDF contains free gaming articles, reviews, serial fiction, comics and more.

@Mongoose Publishing: Signs & Portents #93 featuring
Traveller - "the fully updated classic adventure Annic Nova. Your players will discover a strange ship floating in deep space."
Lone Wolf - "We are talking Giak this month - who need Klingon?"
RuneQuest II - "A brand new cult to insert into your campaign"
RuneQuest II Vikings - "A complete adventure for north men with horned helmets."

And other articles in the free PDF download.

Other Cool Gaming Items

@The Horrors of It All: "Miser in the Coffin" Horror (1953).
@The Comic Book Catacombs: Kara the Jungle Princess in "Shrine of the Moon God" Adventure. 1945.
@The Comics Reading Library: Adventures Into the Unknown #120. SF/Adventure.
@Digital Comics Museum: Sheena and the Hawk in Jumbo Comics #27. Adventure and Tiger Girl in Fight Comics #34, #44, and #45. Adventure.
@Ditko Comics: "You Can Make Me Fly" (1957). Science Fiction.
@Four-Color Shadows: an untitled "Stuart Taylor in Weird Tales of the Supernatural" story. SF.
@Atomic Kommie Comics: Space Western "Hank Roper and the Riddle of Skull Valley"
@Hero (& Heroine) Histories: Cave Girl "Ape God of Kor" Adventure.

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