Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Great Free Genre Fiction

More great freebies including, Comics, Audio Fiction and good old-fashioned text fiction.  And in case you missed it, be sure to check out yesterday's Wizard of Id for a droll pop culture fantasy reference.

[Art for "The Crystal Ray" by Raymond Gallum in audio fiction below]

• At Author's Site: "Sing" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Science Fiction. 1987.
     "Well, I’d never heard the word 'sing' before and I told him so. He kinda frowned and said it was the only word he couldn’t find a translation for. That word and a couple others he called 'related,' as if words could share blood like people do."

• At The Black Gate "The Sealord’s SuccessorPart I and Part II by Aaron Bradford Starr. Fantasy.
     "This minor discomfort (which grew steadily less minor as the journey continued) served admirably to distract me from the terrifying drops and bottomless chasms to which we traveled so close. A single slip by one of our runners could send us plummeting, but Gloren and Yr Neh seemed quite unconcerned. How brave they were! But perhaps they knew what to expect of the Otrock Line."

• At The Colored Lens: "Eight of Swords – Part 2" by Darja Malcolm-Clarke. Speculative Fiction.
     "After class, she gave Chris an excuse about studying for the next day’s chemistry test so she wouldn’t meet him in town. He peered at her as if trying to detect animosity in her. But she had sealed herself off from him, as she always did when they got this way; she wouldn’t let him know anything, despite his claim that he was able to read her."

• At Cosmos: "Soul Song" by Frankie Seymour. Science Fiction.
     "Antarctica itself is still pretty spectacular, even with so much of the snow and permafrost gone. Valleys and vast plains of newly seeded green – not planted by humans; nature has done it all by herself."

• At Daily Science Fiction: "Gullible Georgina Agravaine" by Michael J Greenhut.
     "The sheriff asked me to believe that a telephone call turned Georgina Agravaine into a werewolf. Evidently, the caller suggested that she might be one, and that's when the trouble started."

• At Lightspeed: "Three Days of Rain" by Holly Phillips.Science Fiction.
     "They came down out of the buildings’ shade into the glare of the lakeside afternoon. Seen through the sting of sun-tears, the bridge between Asuada and Maldino Islands wavered in the heat, white cement floating over white dust, its shadow a black sword-cut against the ground."

• At Lightspeed: "The Bolt Tightener" by Sarena Ulibarri. Fantasy.
    “There are one thousand eight hundred bolts total,” the old man said. “You’ll work every night until sunrise. Always go in order. Never skip a bolt.”

• At Strange Horizons: "Town's End" by Yukimi Ogawa. Speculative Fiction.
       "For five years in the city I worked as a receptionist at an English language school, where I had to deal with countless, groundless complaints and had developed a Noh-mask on my face devoid of any real expression. But even that was nothing to fight against this."

E-Book Shorts
At Smashwords:
Flash Fiction
  • At Quantum Muse: "Ambition" by Harris Tobias.
  • At Strange Horizons: "Bang" by Stefon Mears. Speculative Poem.
  • At 365 Tomorrows: "Almost Human" by George R. Shirer. Science Fiction.
Audio Fiction
• At Lightspeed: "The Bolt Tightener" by Sarena Ulibarri. Fantasy.
     Described Above.

• At Protecting Project Pulp: "The Crystal Ray" by Raymond Gallum. Science Fiction.
      "From the bow of one of America’s ships a beam of bluish light stabbed out and struck an enemy craft. It passed thru the vessel as tho it had been made of glass instead of thousands of tons of steel." - first published in Air Wonder Stories, November, 1929.

• At Strange Horizons: "Town's End" by Yukimi Ogawa. Speculative Fiction.
     Described Above.

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