Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How Do I Love Free Fiction? Let Me Count the Ways.

More free fiction for us all! Huzzah! Also be sure to check out Regan Wolfrom's column at SF Signal for more free fiction (I think there's zero overlap in our e-book sections).  

[Art from Nightmare Magazine linked below]

• At HiLobrow: "The Comet - parts One, Two, and Three" of Five parts by W.E.B. Du Bois. Science Fiction (1920) [via SF Signal]
      "Everything of value has been moved out since the water began to seep in,” said the president; “but we miss two volumes of old records. Suppose you nose around down there, — it isn’t very pleasant, I suppose."

• At HiLobrow: "The Clockwork Man - part 12" 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. However, when one of these devices goes awry, a “clockwork man” appears accidentally in the 1920s, at a cricket match in a small English village. Comical yet mind-blowing hijinks ensue."

• At Nightmare Magazine: "The House on Cobb Street" by Lynda E. Rucker. Horror.
      "The house itself was razed, its lot now surrounded by a high fence bearing a sign that announces the construction presumably in progress behind it as the future offices of Drs. Laura Gonzales and Didi Mueller, D.D.S. The principal witnesses in this case did not respond to repeated enquiries, and in one case, obtained a restraining order against this author. And the young woman in question is said by all to have disappeared, if indeed she ever existed in the first place."

• At Paizo:  "A Matter of Knives - Chapter One: In the House of Blades" by Ed Greenwood. Fantasy.
     "She did not have to look to know she'd struck the target dead center. She was, after all, better at demonstrating the throwing knives Argulk Hroalund was deservedly famous for than the Master was himself."

• At "A Window or a Small Box" by Jedediah Berry.
      "they bought bus tickets and street maps, and sometimes they stopped long enough for a movie or a beer, or for a quickie in a borrowed room. They were far from home, but they didn’t know how far. They figured everything would turn out all right in the end."

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• At PodCastle: "Beyond the Shrinking World" by Nathaniel Katz. Fantasy.
     “Bring my prisoner,” I said and none dared question, not a knight and Scholar-Practitioner so august as I. They knew the glyph carved into the base of my tongue kept me from lying."

• At StarShipSofa: “Sergeant Chip” by Bradley Denton.Science Fiction.
          "So I think of the word shapes, and the girl writes them for me. I know how the words are shaped because I could see them whenever Captain Dial spoke. And I always knew what he was saying."

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Unknown said...

Thank you for mentioning Catching A Sorcerer!


Dave Tackett said...

My pleasure!