Thursday, December 8, 2011


Some great free fiction (e and audio). More tomorrow.

@Fantasy Magazine: "Her Lover’s Golden Hair" by Nike Sulway.
"Lily’s hand is not resting carelessly in her lap. Lily’s sandy feet are not up on the dashboard. Lily’s salty hair is not blowing into a knotted, lovely mess."
@Lightspeed: "The Sighted Watchmaker" by Vylar Kaftan.
"The Makers had been dead for billions of years, yet Umos discovered one caught in the starship’s net. A young one, naked, with still-fused dorsal fins."
@Strange Horizons: "Penelope Napolitano and the Butterflies" by Aliya Whiteley.
"You can travel the world, you can see Kuala Lumpur and the Côte D'Azur, go everywhere, try anything; but it all comes down to one moment where you realise you're about to get engaged to a deeply lovely man who is undoubtedly going to turn you into your mother."
@Tor: "Glitches" by Marissa Meyer.
"Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In “Glitches,” a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch...."
@Wily Writers: “The Deepest Hour” by Tina Lonergan.
The nights were never quiet. Even the nurses’ soft-soled shoes seemed loud in the rarefied atmosphere of the hospital at night. The ward was on the other side of the building from the accident and emergency, so although we heard the sirens at a distance, the resulting fuss didn’t filter down to us.
@Drama Pod: "Hunted Heroes" by Robert Silverberg, read by Gregg Margarite.
""Let's keep moving," I told Val. "The surest way to die out here on Mars is to give up." I reached over and turned up the pressure on her oxymask to make things a little easier for her. Through the glassite of the mask, I could see her face contorted in an agony of fatigue."
@Escape Pod: "Honor Killing" by Ray Tabler, read by Mur Lafferty.
"You would think that after all the years I’ve spent schlepping cargoes around the galaxy I’d have learned not to get involved with the locals, especially when they’re not humans. You would think."
@Fantasy Magazine: "Her Lover’s Golden Hair" by Nike Sulway, read by Gabrielle De Cuir.

@LibriVox: "Tarzan the Terrible" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, read by Don W. Jenkin.
"Tarzan is continuing to search for Jane. He has tracked her to a hidden valley called Pal-ul-don, which means "Land of Men." In Pal-ul-don Tarzan finds a real Jurassic Park filled with dinosaurs, notably the savage Triceratops-like Gryfs, which unlike their prehistoric counterparts are carnivorous"
@Lightspeed: "The Sighted Watchmaker" by Vylar Kaftan, read by Paul Boehmer.

@PodCastle: "Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar Pirates of Sarskoe" by Garth Nix, read by Paul Tevis.
"“Remind me why the pirates won’t sink us with cannon fire at long range,” said Sir Hereward as he lazed back against the bow of the skiff, his scarlet-sleeved arms trailing far enough over the side to get his twice folded-back cuffs and hands completely drenched, with occasional splashes going down his neck and back as well."
@StarShipSofa: "Faithful Servants" by James L. Sutter, read by Jonathan Danz.
The bar's unusual shape, however, was nothing compared to its clientele. As far as Salim could tell—and such things weren't always obvious—he was the only human present. To his right, a cluster of hive people—this particular group composed almost entirely of the flying variety, which resembled seven-foot-tall, black-shelled wasps—used deft proboscises to scrape thick red fluid from long, fluted glasses.
@Wily Writers: “The Deepest Hour” by Tina Lonergan

Serial Audio
@Beam Me Up: "Thief of Futures - part one" by Thomas Minton.
"Where in the not so distant future a person’s “Future” becomes a commodity, if it proves to be of exceptional quality. And a X futures thief trying hard to protect what is most important to him, his daughter."
@Journey Into: "Dream Engine - Part 2" by Tim Pratt, performed by full cast.
"When Howlaa and Wisp follow the Fat Man back to his world, they must unravel the mystery behind the dream engine.."

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