Sunday, June 16, 2013

Do Androids Dream of Electronic Free Fiction?

 There's quite a bit of good free fiction and audio fiction today, with a wide variety of stiles and genres to choose from.  And in  "other genres" Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast makes a very welcome return (even if this reading is not in our covered genres)

 In other news,  the winners of the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards have been announced, the full list is at SF Signal and an audio reading of the winning short story is at Tales to Terrify.

 [Art from  "The MVP Episode #36" linked in Audio Fiction below]

• At Cast of Wonders: "The Dictionary’s Apprentice" by Sandra M. Odell.
      "The door opened wide enough to reveal a head crowned with tufts of pale hair. Shadows tangled in the wrinkles around the nose and mouth. 'Get inside, boy,' Friedrick Mullhouse said as he peered into the night. 'Quickly now.'"

• At The WiFiles: "The Body in Question" by Charles Bush. Speculative Fiction.
     "It was easy, finding the body; it only took me three days. It all happened at the dockyards. There was this old organ grinder there that saw everything, so he filled me in on what happened. According to him, a couple of toughs stabbed the guy, robbed him, and left him for dead."

• Now Posted: Perihelion June 2013. Science Fiction
• "19th in Love" by Gerard Mulligan.
     "He met the seven-year-old Rosanna Dagamac in his first body. He was just one of the new batch of men and women, all fresh faced from the ship’s casks, who crowded the port tunnel leading from the gestation ship to the Juventas transport hub hanging at a low elevation above the planet of the same name."
• "Nelay and the Blunt" by Clint Spivey.
     "A massive black column split the sky vertically. It reached high, vanishing beneath the clouds. The orbital lift. Gifted by the humans upon cessation of hostilities. Below, the line of those awaiting transport wended serpentine about itself. Those of her people intrepid enough to partake in humanity’s offer. The offer of travel to their system."
• "Fletcher’s Mountains" by Michael Hodges
     "The snow froze his feet. The boots he’d gotten from the local sporting goods outfit worked as well as a screen door on a submarine. He chuckled. His old man used to tell him that joke a long time ago—back before The Event. It took the old man just like it took most humans. What was left of them had scattered, most going to the cities. Foolish."
• "Robert and Sarah, Across the Multiverse" by Matthew S. Dent
     "Sarah had fallen out with one of her friends. A mouthy cow called Alexa, who wasn’t really her friend but had unaccountably tagged along with the group. A stupid argument had escalated until Sarah stormed off."
• "Boccaccio in Outer Space" by Chet Gottfried
     “What do you mean hibernating? Is that another one of your condescending human remarks? For your information, I don’t hibernate. I have a longer cycle than you do. Seventy-two hours on and then twenty-four for sleep. And I’ve been awake working on the cloning design for over ninety hours.”
• "Invoking Fire" by Guy Stewart
     "Payne screamed but stopped abruptly. Na’Rodney landed at the bottom of the stairs. Two women dressed in black suits, white shirts with black ties and sunglasses held Payne between them."
"• Seven Seconds" by Charles Payseur.
      "Jake was trending up fifteen percent from the time he woke and rolled off of the crowded mattress on the floor to the time he made it downstairs to the darkened street and started looking for a place open to feed him."
• "Malware" by Simon Kewin
     "Jay sat back from his screen, fingers paused over his keyboard. A window with the words Unknown Process Detected overlaid his screen. Details filled the window: memory usage, I/O, CPU load. The numbers blurred as they counted up."
• "Coming of AGE" by Bob Sojka
     "You the reporter? How’d you get here before the EMT? Really? In this building? I never knew that. C’mon in. Mrs. Hamilton told me you’d be coming, but I thought for sure the EMT would get here first. She told me to keep you here until she’s ready for them to talk to you. But you’re not allowed any pictures if you want an exclusive. "
• "A Journey Through the Wormhole" by Brian Biswas
     "The pillars performed two functions. First, they provided the propulsive force to circulate the silvery liquid through the tubules, a liquid which was used to keep the entire apparatus at a constant—and very cold—temperature. Second, when a switch was pressed, the electrical potential of two previously generated proton beams was increased to seven tera-electron volts."
• Flash Fiction at 365 Tomorrows: "Franny" by Bronwyn Seward. Science Fiction.

Audio Fiction
• At Author's Site: "The MVP Episode #36" by Scott Sigler. Science Fiction. Football.
     "Football/scifi fans, you have suffered through several cliff-hangery moments, but in this episode we finish the Galaxy Bowl XXVII. Either your Ionath Krakens or the Jupiter Jacks will walk away as champions."

• At Cast of Wonders: "The Dictionary’s Apprentice" by Sandra M. Odell.
     Described Above

• At Cthulhu: "The Shadow Over Innsmouth, part 3" by H. P. Lovecraft. Horror.
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• At Every Photo Tells: "Uncle Zapf" by Harris Tobias.
     "A visit to stay with Uncle Zapf is always a treat for his young nieces and nephews, but the question remains… just what IS in that old locker of his?"

• At The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs: "Episode 09 - The Land That Time Forgot"
      "their travels take them into contact with a tribe of apelike men more advanced than any they have met so far. This tribe – the Band-Lu – or hatchet men – grudgingly allow the humans to rest with them."

• At LibriVox: Tom Swift and His Wireless Message by Victor Appleton. YA Adventure.
       "Tom Swift & friends decide to trial an experimental airship near the New Jersey coast, and are unexpectedly swept out to sea by hurricane winds. Unable to steer or navigate without tearing the airship apart, the hapless crew must simply let the storm take them wherever it will. Unfortunately, the storm proves too much for the craft and Tom makes a crash landing on the uninhabited and crumbling Earthquake Island"

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