It's already a fantastic day for free fiction and I haven't even looked at the e-book sites yet. Strange Horizons has extra free fiction as part of it's fund drive (PRI take note - please!). There's great free fiction and flash fiction from several other great sites. Add some audio fiction and crime stories in the "other genres" category and it's already a great day!
[Picture from "A Princess of Spain" in fiction and audio fiction]
At AE: "The Fade" by Dylan Sargent. Science Fiction.
"According to the notice, Don would be completely invisible by the early hours of tomorrow morning."
At The Colored Lens: "In The Garage" by Victor Alao. Speculative Fiction.
"I don’t have a soul; that was one of the first things my mother told me. I asked her what she meant, but she smiled and said it meant I was special. Later that day, I asked myself what it meant; it was my first question to myself, what did it mean to have no soul? From all the information that poured into me"
"A Well-Adjusted Man" by Tom Crosshill, Science Fiction.At Strange Horizons:
"On September 3, 2045, Jim Turner shot dead an innocent girl and went home to his family a well-adjusted man. It was supposed to be a simple escapee bust, out in the projects."
"A Princess of Spain" by Carrie Vaughn. Fantasy.
"Catherine of Aragon, sixteen years old, danced a pavane in the Spanish style before the royal court of England. Lutes, horns, and tabors played a slow, stately tempo, to which she stepped in time."
"The Hateful Brilliance of His Eyes" by Alec Austin. Speculative Fiction.
"This fragment, recovered from the archives at Tian Jing, is the only surviving account of the deeds of Captain Liao Jun and the Celestial Ascension during their exile in barbarian lands."
"Household Management" by Ellen Klages. Speculative Fiction.
"He is, perhaps, the worst tenant in all of London.""Good Hunting (Part 1 of 2)" by Ken Liu. Speculative Fiction."A hulijing cannot resist the cries of the man she has bewitched.""Good Hunting (Part 2 of 2)" by Ken Liu. Speculative Fiction."I dream of hunting in this jungle of metal and asphalt," she said. "I dream of my true form leaping from beam to ledge to terrace to roof, until I am at the top of this island, until I can growl in the faces of all the men who believe they can own me."
At Weird Fiction Review: "The Stone Badger" by Misha Nogha.
"She keeps hearing badgers. She hears their shadows creeping across the frozen ground mumbling faint sounds of subterranean rage. She wakes to the noises of licking fur, claws sharpening, purrs and growls. In the woods sounds layer on each other."
At The World SF Blog: "Planetfall" by Athena Andreadis. Science Fiction.
"Through the haze of her dark blue mane, the mershadow gazed sternly at her youngest. She had often warned her not to go near the shore. Afterwards, ever would she long for the hostile land, where her skin would crack and she would wither."
- At Daily Science Fiction: "This Is Your Problem, Right Here" by David Steffen.
- At Every Day Fiction: "Like Braces For Broken Teeth" by Emily C. Skaftun. Horror. Science Fiction.
- At Flashes in the Dark: "Best Episode Ever" by Chad Case. Horror.
- At 365 Tomorrows: "The Darkness" by Jack Holt. Science Fiction.
- "Machine Guns Loaded with Pomegranate Seeds, by Mike Allen. Poem
- "All the Mari's Parties" by Mat Joiner. Poem
- "The Architect of Snow Michele Bannister. Poem
At LibriVox: Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Adventure.
"This book follows Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar chronologically. The action is set during World War I. While away from his plantation home in East Africa, invading German troops destroy it and kill his wife Jane and the Waziri warrior Wasimbu who is left crucified."
At Lightspeed: "A Princess of Spain" by Carrie Vaughn. Fantasy.
At SFFAudio: "The Other Celia" adapted from the short story by Theodore Sturgeon.
"Something drastic should happen to all snoopers – but nothing as awful and frightful as this!" First published in Galaxy Magazine, March 1957.
- Audio at Protecting Project Pulp: “Ten Dollars & No Sense” by Tom Thursday. Crime.
- Fiction at Author's Site: "Incident At Lonely Rocks" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Crime.
- OTR at Relic Radio: "Heads You Lose" - Suspense. Mystery.