Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and More

Another day of fantastic freebies with Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and other great free fiction sites.  Today also brings the first Strange Horizons audio fiction podcast (It sounds quite good). More will be added to this post as the day goes on.

Today's QD Radio is "Knock" by Fredric Brown adapted on Dimension X.  Obviously with the whole story being only  "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door..." the Dimension X is more "inspired by" than "based on" the story.

[Art from Blackburn Gaslight Adventures, linked below]

• At The Colored Lens: "Desert Song" by Carol Holland March. Speculative Fiction.
      "The skeleton stuck with us as we drove into the mountains at Flagstaff where it was cool and green. I thought a more populated area might scare it off, but it just kept running along the right side of the road, at a pace to keep it the same distance behind us."

• At Daily Science Fiction: "Harmonies of Time" by Caroline M. Yoachim. Science Fiction.
      "You do not know me yet, my love, but I can hear you in my future. You are there from the beginning--at first just a few stray notes, but your presence quickly grows into a beautiful refrain"

• At DargonZine:
"And Two Steps Back" by Keith English. Fantasy.
      "The recruits look good this batch," Kalen Darklen mumbled to the man next to him. The other officer looked from the new additions to the watch and to his superior. "Straight." He hesitated a moment but then continued, "Captain, you know that you don't have to be here any longer.
"Five Days in Winter Part 2" by Joseph Carney. Fantasy.
      "The early morning sun shining through a cloudless sky fell upon a hillside overlooking Leavenfell Keep. Fresh snow covered the hillside and a cold wind blew from the east carrying ice crystals from the bay where the keep was located. A murder of crows perched in barren oak trees huddled together for warmth."
• At Lightspeed:
"With Tales in Their Teeth, From the Mountain They Came" by A.C. Wise. Fantasy.
      "She woke with the words I love you on her tongue, speaking them aloud to an empty room. They tasted of smoke and ash drifting over a far-distant, muddy field. The War that had taken her lover had lost him. She knew he was dead, because she’d never spoken the words aloud before."
"Addison Howell and the Clockroach" by Cherie Priest. Science Fiction.
      "Addison Howell didn’t so much arrive in the town of Humptulips as appear there sometime around 1875. He had money, which set him apart from everybody else—because everybody else was working for the logging company, and mostly they didn’t have a pot to piss in, as my Daddy put it."
• At Nightshade Books: "The Advocate" by Genevieve Valentine. Science Fiction.
     "The Martian Embassy in New York is at the north edge of Midtown along First Avenue, in a grey building set back from the street by a courtyard and surrounded by a high stone wall."

• At Strange Horizons: "Selkie Stories Are for Losers" by Sofia Samatar. Speculative Fiction.
      "I hate selkie stories. They’re always about how you went up to the attic to look for a book, and you found a disgusting old coat and brought it downstairs between finger and thumb and said “What’s this?”, and you never saw your mom again."

Flash Fiction
Audio Fiction
• At Gypsy Audio: "Blackburn Gaslight Adventures: Arc 2 part 1 Arachnophobia" by A.J. Clarkson.
• At Lightspeed: "Addison Howell and the Clockroach" by Cherie Priest.Science Fiction.
      Described above.
• At Strange Horizons: "Selkie Stories Are for Losers" by Sofia Samatar.
      Described above.

Old Time Radio
  • At Boxcars711: "Caretaker" by James H. Schmitz. Adapted on X Minus One. Science Fiction.
  • At Relic Radio: "A Sound Of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. Adapted on SF 68. Science Fiction.
Other Genres
  • Audio at Crime City Central: "Jade Skirt" by Simon Levack.
  • Audio at LibriVox:  Critias by Plato. (Origin of the Atlantis myth)
  • Audio at Protecting Project Pulp: “Whispering Death” by Lawrence Donovan. Action.
  • Flash Fiction at Every Day Fiction:  "Illuminations" by Gustavo Bondoni. Literary.
  • Fiction at Author's Site: "Mr. Alibi" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Noir.
  • Fiction at Project Gutenberg: The Strand Magazine, Volume XVII, February 1899, No. 98.

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