Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Green Hills of Earth and More.

Another post of awesome free fiction. There are several free written stories as well as audio fiction.  More later - if possible.

Today's QD Radio is Dimension X's adaptation of Heinlein's classic "The Green Hills of Earth"

[Art from Lorelei Signal - linked below]

• At The Colored Lens: "The 13th Prophet" by T. Lucas Earle.
      "Men with long black beards sit on the sidewalk huddled around a TV, like a fireplace, warming their hands. A man shouts in a deep poet-preacher’s voice, “The Prophets have spoken! Cross-cut shawls for women, high beam neck ties for men! All straight from the Temple! The new Control ‘Blue’ hits the shelves today, and it is to die for! The Prophets scoff at the styles of last season!”"

• At Daily Science Fiction: "The Remnant" by Cassie Beasley.
     "We expected them to be better at it. The aliens. You've only got to go to the movies to know that we expected explosions, telepathy, ray guns. We thought it would be something drawn-out and gruesome, or maybe quick and painless. But either way--big."

• At Lightspeed: "Daltharee" by Jeffrey Ford. Fantasy.
      "You’ve heard of bottled cities, no doubt—society writ miniscule and delicate beyond reason: toothpick spired towns, streets no thicker than thread, pin-prick faces of the citizenry peering from office windows smaller than sequins."

• At Lightspeed: "Lifeline" by Jonathan Olfert. Science Fiction.
      "The day I meet my Lifeline is hot and dry, even for New Dakar. Dust chokes the air and filters the red sun to a washed-out orange that slathers its paint onto the road and the walls. I forsake the balcony in favor of a wall at my back."

• At Weird Fiction Review: "Slitten Gorge" by Conrad Williams.
      "Ellis dreamt that night of the forest. He was treading through it in darkness, subtly aware of the conifers and the heather. His feet knew this territory well and he moved quickly, ignoring the sounds of the wildlife: the nightjar, the siskins, the snipes."

Now Posted: The Jan - Mar '13 Issue of The Lorelei Signal.
Flash Fiction
Audio Fiction
• At Clarkesworld: "Variations on Bluebeard and Dalton’s Law Along the Event Horizon" by Helena Bell.
      "When I am told well, the shade of my husband’s beard is a word for longing. A robin’s egg, deep water below the coral reef, the night sky against the glow of a dying flashlight. A fooling color so I will not know his plans for me until the first door is opened and my neck is sliced: the thin edge like fresh cut paper."

• At LibriVox: "The Raven and Other Poems" by Edgar Allan Poe. Horror.
    "Beside The Raven, there are Alone; A Dream Within A Dream; Annabel Lee; City In the Sea; The Bells; A Dream Within a Dream; Annabel Lee; Dreamland; Evening Star; Lenore; Eldorado; A Valentine and 'The Happiest Day'"

• At LibriVox: Widdershins by Oliver Onions. Horror.
      "Onions wrote several collections of ghost stories, of which the best known is Widdershins (1911). It includes the novella The Beckoning Fair One, widely regarded as one of the best in the genre of horror fiction"

• At LibriVox: Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti.
       "Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862) is British writer Christina Rossetti's first book of poetry. The title poem is her most famous work: a creepy and sensual tale of two sisters' temptation to eat forbidden fruits. The poems explore themes of death, faith, isolation, and love"

• At Lightspeed: "Daltharee" by Jeffrey Ford. Fantasy.
     Described Above

• At PRI: Selected Shorts - "Compulsions"
       "Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about compulsion. W.W. Jacob’s classic chiller “The Monkey’s Paw” features a sinister relic with a curse. The spine-tingling read is by Lithgow himself. Next, a poor woman who makes living by giving people the right words for every occasion, entrances a guerilla leader. Lisa Fugard reads."

• At Protecting Project Pulp: “Devil’s Asteroid” by Manly Wade Wellman. Science Fiction.
      "Parr strode out upon dark, rich soil. He sensed behind him the silent quiver of Martian laughter, and felt a new ecstasy of hate for his late guards, their race, and the red planet that spawned them. Not until he heard the rumble and swish of the ship’s departure did he take note of the little world that was now his prison home."

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