Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Terrific Tuesday Treats

Many good freebies today, including two 'zines, numerous short stories, flash fiction, comics, e-books, etc.  Be sure to check out SF Signal's daily freebies post, especially since, reversing the natural order of the universe, I swiped a link from Regan Wolfrom today.

[Art from "Deathchaser" by D.L. Watson, linked below]

• At Author's Site: "Tribute" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Pirates.
     " But when the crew begin writing about a ghostly vision—a vision impossible to believe but inadvisable to ignore—he must address the danger facing the ship and her crew. And he must make a choice that will affect every last man on board."

• At The Colored Lens: "The Desert Cold Oasis and Spa" by Emily B. Cataneo.  Slipstream.
     "The woman in the diner’s backroom sat in a chair–but no, she wasn’t just sitting. She had become the chair, or the chair was eating her, consuming her like a wicker tumor. Half her teeth were gone and white willow strands had forced through the empty spots in her gums."

• At Daily Science Fiction: "It's Good to See You" by Douglas Rudoff. Science Fiction.
     "Most people were unsettled by the journey past the dead to the ship's forward viewing dome. Brad didn't mind as it allowed him solitude. He floated through the zero gravity of the dimly lit, quarter-mile-long corridor of the necropolis, pulling himself along the rungs between the rows of thousands of white sarcophagi encircling him on all sides, the blank faces of their occupants just barely visible through small windows. In four days, he'd be joining them."

• At Lightspeed: "The Traditional"  by Maria Dahvana Headley. Science Fiction.
      "By your first anniversary, the world’s stopped making paper, and so you can’t give your boyfriend the traditional gift. You never would have anyway, regardless of circumstances. You’re not that kind of girl. You pride yourself"

• At Lightspeed: "The Man Who Carved Skulls"  by Richard Parks. Fantasy.
     “I married your mother for her skull. It’s no secret.” Jarak put aside his rasps and gouges for the moment, resting his eyes and mind from the precise, exacting work his trade demanded. He didn’t mind his son’s persistent questions at such times. Akan was at an age when he should be curious and, if curiosity was a duty, Akan was a dedicated boy. It wasn’t as though Purlo the Baker, whose skull rested patiently on Jarak’s workbench, was in a hurry."

• At Strange Horizons: "Hear the Enemy, My Daughter" by Kenneth Schneyer.
       "Now Kesi is four and does not mention him at all. She remembers him; when I point to his picture, she tells me who Jabari is. But she does not begin conversation about him. She does not ask when he will return. She does not ask what it means to die."

• At Tor.com:  "We Have Always Lived On Mars" by Cecil Castellucci. Science Fiction.
       "Nina, one of the few descendants of human colony on Mars that was abandoned by Earth, is surprised to discover that she can breathe the toxic atmosphere of the Martian surface.  The crew, thinking that their attempts at terraforming and breeding for Martian adaptability have finally payed off, rejoice at the prospect of a brighter future."

• At World SF Blog: "A Puddle of Blood" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Vampires.
     "Domingo waits to see if the next news items will expand on the drug-war story. He is fond of yellow journalism. He also likes stories about vampires; they seem exotic. There are no vampires in Mexico City: their kind has been a no-no for the past thirty years, around the time the Federal District became a city-state."

Now Posted: Galaxy's Edge #2. Science Fiction. [Via SF Signal]
Now Posted: Sorcerous Signals May - Jul '13. Fantasy.
Flash Fiction
At Free eBooks Daily:
At Smashwords:
Audio Fiction
• At Lightspeed: "The Traditional"  by Maria Dahvana Headley. Science Fiction.
     Described Above.
• At Strange Horizons: "Hear the Enemy, My Daughter" by Kenneth Schneyer.
     Described Above. 

Other Genres
  • Audio at Project Pulp: "The Spirit of France" by S. B. H. Hurst. Pulp f=Fiction.
  • Flash at Every Day Fiction: "Margins" by D. Z. Watt.

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