Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kuttner, Laumer, Rambo, Rusch, and other Greatness

Some great free stuff today! There's some good free fiction, including short story by the couple of my favorite active writers Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Cat Rambo (even though I always picture a calico with a bandanna and an M60, Rambo is an excellent writer).  There's great audio fiction, including new readings of classic Kuttner and Laumer stories, e-books, and flash fiction. And finally, there's a new issue of the free gaming 'zine Frontier Explorer, which provides today's art.

And despite what you may have heard at SF Signal (one of the best sites out there), perfection only exists at the sites linked to, never here.

At Aurora Wolf:  "An Apple a Day" by Harmony Melbourne. Fantasy.
      Patti May kept her eyes on her work. “Don’t know why. She’s a hypocrite. She helped them kill us. Don’t know how anyone could live with themselves after that.”

At Author's Site: "Dread Unlocks" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.  Horror. (Up until next Monday)
     "In Los Angeles, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds an amazing amount of it in that sunlight-filled city, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces on her current case."

At Daily Science Fiction: "The Number Two Rule" by Lesley L. Smith.
     "Still looking out the window, I nodded. It was okay if I didn't say anything, right? I heard the liquid stream into the cup."

 At L5R: "Scenes from the Empire" by Robert Denton & Seth Mason. Fantasy vignettes.
      "My own days of late have been filled with the conflict my clan faces. The Mantis pursue their agenda of avarice and chaos despite the honor of our claims and destruction they cause."

Now Posted: The Red Penny Papers Vol. 3 No. 1 [via SF Signal]
A Connection to Beyond by Cat Rambo.
     “The editor writes that he believes it is the innocence of their hearts allowing them this great gift.” Papa was silent, studying me. Then, with hesitation in his voice he said, “You never hear noises you can’t explain, do you, Jenny?”
Breathing Room by Jamie Mason.
     "Willy uses a hose to siphon bootleg oxygen from the condo into the VW microbus he shares with Moo. This is a dangerous operation, not so much for them as for the Yuppies infesting the newly-built facility."
Fearsome Critters and Friendly Giants by M. Bennardo.
      "Yes, spring had returned to the Michigan North Woods, but Paul Bunyan had not. Instead, there was a barge at the Lake Superior landing with six brand-new, bright red Overpack horse-drawn logging wheels."
Crossroads and Carousels by Alan Baxter.
      "Mark Cooper lay under a light sheet, wishing a breeze would blow in through the open window. Not a breath stirred the curtains and the hot night lay heavy like a shroud."
The Extravagant and Venturesome Lives of Woman Pyrates by Katy Gunn.
     "Our pockets full of elephant teeth, gold-dust, lamp tassels, and rat pellets, we leap about the decks of our new plundered galley, the Whidaw."

Flash Fiction
At Every Day Fiction: "10 Things To Do in Los Angeles After You Die" by Emily C. Skaftun. Horror.
At Flashes in the Dark: "The Tattered Man" by Michael A. Kechula. Horror.
At Mindflights: "The Hollow Man - an alphabet" Fantasy. Poem.
At 365 Tomorrows: "Curiosity" by Daniel. Science Fiction.

 At Free eBooks Daily:
Via Pixel of Ink:
 At Smashwords:

Audio Fiction
At Author's Site:  "Lovestory" Part Two by James Patrick Kelly. Science Fiction.
    "first published in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine"

At Drabblecast: "The People of Sand and Slag " by  Paolo Bacigalupi. Science Fiction.
     "'Hostile movement! Well inside the perimeter! Well inside!' I stripped off my Immersive Response goggles as adrenaline surged through me. The virtual cityscape I’d been about to raze disappeared, replaced by our monitoring room’s many views of SesCo’s mining operations."

At Dunesteef:  "CHEMO: The Pieces Of Erica Smith" by J.M. Perkins. Horror. Zombies.
     "It’s only been two months since Agent Joseph faced masses of zombies while locked inside of a prison. Now, he has a new mission. This one is so big that half of all CHEMO is being mobilized."

At LibriVox: "Gambler's World & The Yillian Way" by Keith Laumer. Science Fiction.
     "Here are two stores starring the always unconventional Terrestrial Diplomat, Retief. As a diplomat, Retief does not always follow procedure. Well the truth is that he almost never follows procedure but somehow his wit and strength manage to salvage most situations from the bumbling of his superiors"

At 19 Nocturne Boulevard: "Luella Miller" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman. Horror.
      "Close to the village street stood the one-story house in which Luella Miller, who had an evil name in the village, had dwelt. She had been dead for years, yet there were those in the village who, in spite of the clearer light which comes on a vantage-point from a long-past danger, half believed in the tale which they had heard from their childhood."

At 19 Nocturne Boulevard:  "The Shunned House" by H. P. Lovecraft. Horror.

     classic Lovecraft story adapted as an audio drama.

At 19 Nocturne Boulevard: "Dead Wet Chicks" (Fatal Girl, episode 4). Horror.

      "A serial killer in a remote town raise suspicions, and bring the team to investigate."

At 19 Nocturne Boulevard: "Baby Love" (Fatal Girl, episode 3). Horror.

      "Following a vision, Chiyoko, Alice, and Ken (minus the wounded Hyde) find themselves facing a hideous monster in the guise of the most innocent of things..."

At Protecting Project Pulp: “Raiders of the Spaceways” by Henry Kuttner. Science Fiction.
     "A warning throb came from the televisor. Kenworth sprang to the door, flung it open. Against the gray clouds, dim in the rain, a black oval grew larger—the collection ship, swiftly descending. And within it—Thona Trenton and the Raider!"

 At DriveThruRPG: Frontier Explorer - Issue 2.
      "The Frontier Explorer is a fan supported and run magazine dedicated to science fiction role playing games and fiction. In its pages you will find optional rule systems, equipment, encounters, and more for various RPGs as well as fiction contributed by our authors and the community."

 Other  Genres
At Project Gutenberg: Fairy Legends and Traditions of The South of Ireland by T. Crofton Crocker. Non-Fiction. 1844.

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