Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Big Wednesday and an Endless Loop

Quite a bit more free fiction today, including items from all currently covered categories. Among the many highlights are stories from Nightmare Magazine and Eclipse Online, new Drabblecast and StarShipSofa episodes, and much more.  If this isn't enough reading/listening/watching for you, be sure to check out SF Signal's latest free fiction post.  [I realize that linking to a post that links back here might create and endless loop that destroys the universe, but since that would mean no more political ads, I'm willing to take the chance.]  Back tomorrow with free fiction and perhaps something else.

At The Colored Lens:  "Sisters" by Jude-Marie Green. Speculative Fiction.
     "When Sarah was not-quite-two and I was not-quite-twelve, she ran headlong off the side of a pier that jutted over the frothy waves and shattered rocks of a beach on the West Coast. Or she would have, if I had not grabbed her shirt collar in the moment between her launch into space and her inability to fly."
At Eclipse Online:The Contrary Gardener” by Christopher Row. [Via SF Signal]
      "Kay Lynne wandered up and down the aisles of the seed library dug out beneath the county extension office. Some of the rows were marked with glowing orange off-limits fungus, warning the unwary away from spores and thistles that required special equipment to handle, which Kay Lynne didn’t have, and special permission to access, which she would never have, if her father had anything to say about it, and he did."
At Nightmare Magazine: "Frontier Death Song" by Laird Barron. Horror.
      "Night descended on Interstate-90 as I crossed over into the Badlands. Real raw weather for October. Snow dusted the asphalt and picnic tables of the deserted rest area. The scene was virginal as death."
At Paizo: "Proper Villains Chapter Two: The Gang" by Erik Scott de Bie. Fantasy.
     "They met at midnight in the Bloody Fang, a dive down in the Puddles district that catered to sailors, criminals, and the lowest of the low. The authorities of Absalom rarely made it there, and certainly not at this hour of night."
At Project Gutenberg: "The Martian" by Allen Glasser and A. Rowley Hilliard. Science Fiction.
     "The water was evaporated by the ever-shining sun until there was none left for the thirsty plants. Every year more workers died in misery." From Wonder Stories Quarterly Winter 1932.
At Project Gutenberg:  "Spacewrecked on Venus" by Neil R. Jones. Science Fiction.
     "A beam of electricity leaped from the ship. Instantly shafts of light spread from the nearest projectile to the ones on either side of it." From Wonder Stories Quarterly Winter 1932.
At Shadow Unit: Chapter 17: Underworld by Elizabeth Bear. Science Fiction  [Via SF Signal]
     "He hadn't yet graduated: his first known stranger murder would not be committed until January 15th, 1975. But on June 1st, 1972, he matriculated."
At The WiFiles: "Commande-In-Chief" by Greg Boxer. Speculative Fiction.
     "The West Wing bustled with frantic activity as President Kenneth Powers strode briskly through the halls, flanked on all sides by aides and advisors."

At Drabblecast: "The Last of the O-Forms" by  James Van Pelt. Sci-Fi  Strange.
     "Who knew what it might have been made from? He doubted there were any original-form cows, the o-cows, left to slaughter"
At Drama Pod: "Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G Weinbaum.
At Journey Into: Episode #48 - "Pennywhistle" by Greg van Eekhout and "The Scottish Scene" by Rish Outfield.
     "A mom seeks to save her child from a piper, and a teenages seeks to save herfriends from the curse of Macbeth."
At LibriVoxFrankenstein (dramatic reading) by Mary Shelley. Horror. Gothic.
    "Mary Shelley's 1818 novel presents the Faustian story of a man who aspires to create life out of death, with disastrous results."
At LibriVoxThe Emerald City of Oz (version 2) by L. Frank Baum. Children's Fantasy.
At StarShipSofa: "A Time For Ravern" by Stephen Kotowych.

At Free eBooks Daily: Shadow of Stone by Ruth Nestvold. Historical Fantasy. Temporarily free.
    "For over ten years, there has been peace in Britain after Arthur and his warriors soundly defeated the Saxons at the battle of Caer Baddon. But sometimes peace is deceptive"

At Smashwords:

Flash Fiction
At Daily Science Fiction:  "Not the Destination" by Richard E. Gropp.
At Every Day Fiction: "Father Frances and His Mechanical Bees" by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks. SF.
At Flashes in the Dark: "The Talking Dead" By Matt Demers. Horror.
At 365 Tomorrows: "Kids" by Duncan Shields. Science Fiction.
At 365 Tomorrows: "The Neodymium Accord" by Desmond Hussey. Science Fiction.
At 365 Tomorrows: "Cold War" by Bob Newbell. Science Fiction.
At Yesteryear Fiction: "The Oath" by James R Waggoner. Fantasy.

Reviewed Free Fiction
At  "Fleurs du Mal" by J. Kathleen Cheney. Fantasy 2010.
At Variety SF: Space Platform by Murray Leinster.

At Divers and SundryThe Student of Prague a 1913 silent film about a young man who sells his soul to the devil.
At Divers and SundryDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912)  and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1913)

At The Internet Archive: To the Stars the Hard Way. Subtitled Russian Science Fiction Film.

At Atomic Kommie Comics: Speed Carter: Spaceman in "Thing in Outer Space" SF. 1954.
At Atomic Kommie Comics: "Octopus Kings of the Lost Planet" by W Malcolm White. SF. 1951.
At The Comic Book Catacombs: Tygra in "The Beasts of Dr. Krafte" Adventure. 1947.
At The Digital Comics MuseumJumbo Comics #16 featuring Sheena. Adventure. 1940.
At The Digital Comics Museum: Dark Mysteries #20. Horror. 1954.
At Four-Color Shadows:  "The Living Dead" Horror. 1953.
At The Horrors of It All: "Ultimate Destiny / Unknown Presence" Horror. 1952.
At The Horrors of It All: "The Haunted Ghost / Specter's Revenge" Horror. 1951/1952.
At True Love Comics: "Romantic Souls" Ghost Story. Horror. 1953.
At True Love Comics: "Mother's Boy" Horror. 1974.

Fighting Fantazine #9
     Including a 275 reference adventure "Return to the Icefinger Mountains"  and an Advanced Fighting Fantasy adventure: Andrew Wright's "The Hunt for the Black Whale"
At And the Sky Full of Dust: "Dynamic Lairs: Demon Boar"
At Daddy Grognard: "An Adventure for Every Monster - Manes"
At Kobold Quarterly: "Twenty Things Found in the Pockets of Your Enemies"
At The Land of Nod: "Six Wicked Witches!"
At Smithsonian Magazine: A real-world dungeon. [via Greyhawk Grognard]
Many recent monsters, magic items, and spells at Ancient Vaults and Eldritch Secrets, Blog on the Borderlands, and A Field Guide To Doomsday.

Other Genres
Audio at SFFAudio: "Moonlight" (aka "In The Moonlight") by Guy de Maupassant.
Fiction at Project Gutenberg: The Eye of Istar by William Le Queux. Historic Adventure.
Fiction at Project Gutenberg: Zoraida by William Le Queux. Historic Adventure.
Non-Fiction at Project Gutenberg: The Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley. Mythology.
Non-Fiction at Project Gutenberg: Mythical Monsters by Charles Gould. Mythology.

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