Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Freebies

 Another roundup of great free science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

[Art from  "Beside Still Waters" in audio fiction below]

• At Black Gate: “Devotion” By Robert Rhodes. Fantasy.
     "Piran’s blood ran cold, and his vision dimmed. He could not breathe, could not complete the arc of his sword. But the numbness passed like a chilling wave, and he cut down through the witch’s cloak, through the joint of neck and shoulder, collarbone and lung. She screamed — her voice terrible and shrill, crystal shattering on steel — and crumpled to the ground. She lay coughing, softly choking, then was still."

• At Cast of Wonders: "The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer" by Jess Hyslop. YA Fantasy.
     "What's this--another visitor? How tiresome. I thought I had seen the last of you when the guards departed. I thought I had finally been left to meet my end in peace."

•  At Cosmos: "The Pinocchio Complex" by Sarina Dorie.
     "She stepped closer, the sweet, Earth vanilla of her perfume overpowering the constant sulfur scent of Mars’s artificial atmosphere. 'You build toys. Puppets and dolls? Custom made, no?'"

• At Electric Velocipede: “The Tempting: A Love Story” by James Alan Gardner
    "Upon waking in a dampened bed—and it had been a poor idea to sleep in the Summer Room, but that was the way of Summer, wasn’t it? to make you forget its weight—your thoughts got all sidetracked by the languid scent of lilacs, and thunderstorms, and berries so fresh they were still hot from the sun."

• At L5R: "Coils of Madness, Part 1" by Seth Mason & Robert Denton. Fantasy.
     "The spirit worlds all shook slightly as he laughed at the words tumbling out of his thoughts. It was a secret joke, though, so he stopped his laughter quickly. He didn’t want the others to notice him. They took any excuse to say he was sick, or there was something wrong with him. Such little things they used as excuses, and he wouldn’t give them any more."

• At The WiFiles: "The Door" by Jennifer Cox. speculative fiction. 
      "“Hey Michael, can you grab the other end of this?” Stanley says, attempting to lift the heavy antique dresser. It is the final piece of furniture that needs to be removed from the guest room."

Flash Fiction

Audio Fiction

• At Author's Site: "The MVP Episode #30" by Scott Sigler.  Science Fiction. Football.
     The final game of the season against the To Pirates gives the Krakens an outside chance at making the playoffs. Can Quentin survive the saftey blitz of Ciudad Juarez, the leage's second-most lethal player of all time? Or will Ciudad send Barnes to "the gridiron of the immortals?"

• At Beam Me UpEpisode #364. Science Fiction.
     Featuring "Trathh: Final Confrontation pt1" by David Scholes and "No Great Magic Ch2" by Fritz Leiber. - "The troupers of the Big Time lack no art to sway a crowd— or to change all history!"

• At Cast of Wonders: "The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer" by Jess Hyslop. YA Fantasy.
     Described Above

• At Cthulhu:  "The House on the Borderland - Conclusion" by William Hope Hodgson. Horror.
    No Description

• At Drama Pod: "Valley of the Dreams" by Stanley Weinbaum. Science Fiction. Mars.
     "Captain Harrison of the Ares expedition turned away from the little telescope in the bow of the rocket. "Two weeks more, at the most," he remarked. "Mars only retrogrades for seventy days in all, relative to the earth, and we've got to be homeward bound during that period, or wait a year and a half for old Mother Earth to go around the sun and catch up with us again. How'd you like to spend a winter here?"

• At Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs: "Episode 18 - The Beasts of Tarzan"
     "Tarzan and Jane have been reunited on board the Kincaid. Mugambi and Tarzan’s beasts are safely aboard, and Rokoff has gone to meet his Maker under the fangs of Sheeta. The remainder of Rokoff’s thugs have been subdued and are now loyal to Tarzan – all seems right with the world, except …"

• At LibriVox: "The Airlords of Han" by Philip Francis Nowlan.  Science Fiction.
     "Airlords of Han is the 2nd Buck Rogers story, the sequel to Armageddon 2419 A.D.. Anthony Rogers takes the fight to free 25th Century America to the Han overlords. From the March, 1929 issue of Amazing Stories."

• At SFFaudio: "Beside Still Waters" by Robert Sheckley. Science Fiction.
     "When people talk about getting away from it all, they are usually thinking about our great open spaces out west. But to science fiction writers, that would be practically in the heart of Times Square. When a man of the future wants solitude he picks a slab of rock floating in space four light years east of Andromeda. Here is a gentle little story about a man who sought the solitude of such a location. And who did he take along for company? None other than Charles the Robot."

• At SFFaudio: "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood. Horror.
     "After leaving Vienna, and long before you come to Budapest, the Danube enters a region of singular loneliness and desolation, where its waters spread away on all sides regardless of a main channel, and the country becomes a swamp for miles upon miles, covered by a vast sea of low willow-bushes."

• At Toasted Cake: "Sapience and Maternal Instincts" by Krystal Claxton.
     She had my teeth. I hadn't expected to recognize myself in her, but when she greeted me, her maroon lips parting into a crescent, there they were."

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