Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fiction Fiction Every Where, Nor Any Cent To Pay.

Another cherry-picked collection of free speculative fiction, old and new, for your enjoyment. (Including one swiped from Regan Wolfrom, Huzzah!)  And in the other genres section) there's a very interesting, complete series of interviews at Slate "in which Tim Wu talks to a contemporary science fiction writer about whether we’re living in the future." 

  And as you may have noticed, there have been a few changes to QD as improvements and de-uglification are slowly getting underway. Currently there is a cool video of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield covering Bowie's classic "Space Oddity" on the ISS (be sure to make it full screen and up the resolution of you have a decent connection). Videos will change fairly frequently, often without warning. And be sure to visit BestScienceFictionStories (An awesome site with an awesome webmaster) and chime in on what you'd like to see from that great resource.   More to come.

[Art from "The Horses Under Her Skin" linked below]

• At HighLobrow: "The Clockwork Man - Part 13" by E.V. Odle. Science Fiction. (1923).
     “There was a man,” continued the Curate, in ancient-mariner-like tones, “at the Templars’ Hall. I thought he was the conjurer, but he wasn’t — at least, I don’t think so. He did things — impossible things —”

• At Nightmare Magazine: "Shiva, Open Your Eye" by Laird Barron. Horror.
      "The human condition can be summed up in a drop of blood. Show me a teaspoon of blood and I will reveal to thee the ineffable nature of the cosmos, naked and squirming. Squirming. Funny how the truth always seems to do that when you shine a light on it."

• At Weird Fiction Review: "Caterpillars" by E.F. Benson. (1912).
      "There is therefore no longer any reason for refraining from writing of those things which I myself saw (or imagined I saw) in a certain room and on a certain landing of the villa in question, nor from mentioning the circumstances which followed, which may or may not (according to the opinion of the reader) throw some light on or be somehow connected with this experience."

• Now Posted: Waylines Speculative Fiction and Film #3 [via SF Signal]
• "The Horses Under Her Skin" by Leena Likitalo.
     "I could sense the resentment that emanated from the hill tombs of the past kings and queens. They abhorred Slavik for using the curse he’d cast on his deathbed, for causing storms, draught, and famine upon a whim. I’d frequented the sauna to seek counsel from them too many times to count, but before a curse of this magnitude, the ancestors were powerless."
• "Word For Word" by Kate Heartfield,
     "Sam knew Madeline’s flushed cheeks and wide, starry eyes had nothing to do with him. As he walked her home, she stared past him and prattled about how funny her boss had been at dinner. About how nice he looked in that suit. About how he was so great."
Flash Fiction
  • At Daily Science Fiction: "Three Wishes" by Melissa Mead 
  • At 365 Tomorrows: "Patsy" by Jae Miles. Science Fiction.
At Free eBooks Daily:
At Smashwords:
Audio Fiction
• At The New Yorker: "The Daughters of the Moon" by Italo Calvino.
      Streaming Only. "The story takes place in a mythological New York City where Calvino’s shape-shifting narrator, Qfwfq, witnesses the decay and subsequent rejuvenation of the moon."  

• At Nightmare Magazine: "Shiva, Open Your Eye" by Laird Barron. Horror.

• At PodCastle: "Mermaid’s Hook" by Liz Argall. Fantasy.
     "She caught treasures from the ship with her sisters; dangerous, exotic objects that plummeted through the water. Metal not yet rusted; fractured glass and timbers not yet smoothed by the sea; woven filaments as delicate as jellyfish, and as treacherous. Curiosities from the world above to be dared, caught, examined and discarded."

• At StarShipSofa: Episode No 293.
"Paint by Numbers" by Dan Rabarts.
     "Another work complete. Still no reason why. Subroutines whir in the background, compiling the data, searching for meaning, for light in the darkness. What my hands do with the brush, the sponge, the paint, is a distant thing, something I merely observe. SYSTEM: STABLE"
Better Phones” by Grant Stone.
      "The pack ran past a second later, not slowing, although Carl gave him a wave. No time to warm up. Kerry plugged his earphones in and started running, fumbling with his phone to patch in. The runners all had the same app, logging their time, relaying statistics and music over an ad-hoc network."
Other Genres

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