Thursday, June 27, 2013
Free Fiction at the Midnight Hour
• At Tor.com: "Jake and the Other Girl" by Emmy Laybourne. Science Fiction.
"The apocalypse has hit Monument, Colorado, and Jake Simonsen, captain of the football team, is caught in the middle of it. A series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a terrible chemical weapons spill that affects people differently depending on blood type, has torn the world as he knows it apart."
• At HiLobrow: "The Clockwork Man - part 15" by E.V. Odle. Science Fiction. (1923)
"Several thousand years from now, advanced humanoids known as the Makers will implant clockwork devices into our heads. At the cost of a certain amount of agency, these devices will permit us to move unhindered through time and space, and to live complacent, well-regulated lives."
• At StarShipSofa: "Bloodcloth" by Ray Cluley.
"Tanya lives in a world in which people must pay blood tribute to something called bloodcloth that hangs in their homes. When people touch the bloodcloth, it absorbs their blood as long as they are in contact with it. Women who are of menstruating age are exempt. When people get old, they wrap themselves in bloodcloth, ending their lives so they can pay a large credit for their families." - SFRevu.