Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays

We have found some great freebies for you this Christmas Eve.  As always there's an eclectic selection of genres and formats so there should be something for virtually everyone.

As some of the more observant readers may have noticed, there is a new "gadget" on the right hand called QD Radio.  Here we will stream classic genre old time radio and modern readings of public domain stories. Today it's Ray Bradbury's classic story "Mars is Heaven" adapted by the classic radio program Escape.  These will change almost daily.

[Art for Islands of Space in Audio Fiction]

• At Electric Velocipede: "Glass Boxes and Clockwork Gods" by Damien Walters Grintalis.
     "When the one in red gives up and screams, no one makes a sound. We turn our faces away or rest our foreheads against the glass and wait. It won’t take long. Big is quick with the remaking. In between the screams, sharp snaps punctuate the air with exclamation points of splintered bone and leaking marrow."

• At Interstellar Fiction: "Alms Race" by Deborah Walker. Science Fiction.
     "Erin felt in her pocket and pulled out a ten-euro coin. She tossed it into the newman’s plate, which was already primed with a couple of euros and what looked like a very old, very green fifty pence piece."

• At L5R: "Scenes from the Empire" by Robert Denton & Seth Mason. Fantasy. Samurai.
      "Asako Jirou walked through the bustling movement of TwinForksCity, peasants and samurai alike parting quickly as the shugenja strode by. The man wasn’t certain if it was the mark denoting his status as an Inquisitor that inspired such behavior, or the Crane’s generally friendly attitude towards the Phoenix, but he didn’t much care."

• At Mindflights: "Beyond the Sky" by Lily Best. Fantasy.
     "It’s not that bad, really.  I just have to take some extra precautions…like double-checking under my bed for the things that really do live there.  In general, I’ve learned the best strategy is to avoid people.  Nothing is more unnerving and revealing than seeing the kind of things that a person attracts."

• At The WiFiles: "The Reluctant Soul" By Tala Bar.
     "Hassida the Stork felt frustrated. The man lying on the bed was almost dead – but almost, since his Soul refused to leave the inanimated body. That Soul was destined to go to a newborn baby, and it was the Stork’s task to take it there, but Hassida had no power over the Soul as long as it was still attached to the body, and what was she to do?"

Serial Fiction
• At Author's site: "Thieves' Honor - Episode 21 The Rescuers, Part 2" by Keanan Brand
     "I'm an engineer. I invent things. I maintain things." Through dusty glasses, Alerio stared at the expanse of desert, his face as forlorn as that of any mariner forced to travel without his ship. "I'm not supposed to sweat."

• At Author's site: "Kat and Mouse: Ties That Bind" - Part One" by Abner Senires.
      "Revell, the burly and bearded owner, was restocking the liquor bottles that lined the mirrored back counter. Mouse, my partner and fellow ronin, was perched on a bar stool, working over a plate piled with breakfast pastries."

Flash Fiction
Audio Fiction

• At Author's Site: "The MVP Episode #11" by Scott Sigler. Science Fiction. Football.
      "Quentin gets the best birthday present he never knew he wanted. An unexpected conflict  on the Hypatia, Quentin's yacht, threatens to change the entire season before it even begins."

• At Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs:  "Episode 13 - The Return of Tarzan"
       "Traveling by steamer down the west coast of Africa towards Cape Town, Tarzan has made fast friends with Hazel Strong, Jane Porter’s best friend. Unfortunately, Nicholas Rokoff is on board disguised as Monsieur Thuran."

• At LibriVox: "Phantoms of Reality" by Ray Cummings. Science Fiction.
      "Red Sensua's knife came up dripping—and the two adventurers knew that chaos and bloody revolution had been unleashed in that shadowy kingdom of the fourth dimension." from Astounding, January, 1930.

• At LibriVox: "Islands of Space" by John W. Campbell. Science Fiction.
    "As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies, Arcot, Wade, Morey and Fuller could see below them, like a vast shining horizon, the mass of stars that formed their own island universe. Morey worked a moment with his slide rule, then said, "We made good time! Twenty-nine light years in ten seconds! Yet you had it on at only half power...." (1956).

• At Toasted Cake: "Bad Elf" by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn.
      "They tried to give me other jobs more suitable to my gifts, like reindeer euthanasia technician and pest exterminator."

Other Genres


Beam Me Up said...

Great selection and I just picked up on the audiostream! great idea!

Dave Tackett said...

Thanks Paul!