Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Free Fiction - Part One

 More cool free items this morning, including a complete fantasy novel at Black Gate, several classic SF stories given new audio readings, continuing serialized audio and more.

 [Art from Astounding Stories #02 in Audio Fiction]

• At Black Gate: The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells. Fantasy.
      "Despite the frosty night air and the chill wind off the river, there were other guests milling around on the wide marble portico, admiring the famous pediment. Madeline tucked her hands more firmly into her muff and shivered, partly from the cold, partly from anticipation. Her coachman received his instructions and urged the horses away, and her escort Captain Reynard Morane strolled back to her." A complete novel.

• At Cosmos: "Tranquility" by O.J. Cade.Science Fiction.
     "The cryonics case reminded her of a coffin, and Mary had to bite back a comment about rising from it like the undead. Making light of it wouldn’t make her feel any less claustrophobic."

• At The WiFiles: "Dreamweaver" by David Bridge. Speculative Fiction.
     "I just had a horrible dream. I dreamt a hundred gibbering goblins were ripping me apart, pulling my intestines out through my bellybutton."

Flash Fiction
Audio Fiction
• At Author's Site: "The MVP Episode #34" by Scott Sigler. Science Fiction. Football.
     "The Galaxy Bowl is heating up! It's Quentin and the Krakens vs. Don Pine and the Jupiter Jacks. Injuries have started to take their toll on both teams, and the gridiron runs red (and purple, and black) with blood."

• At Cthulhu: "The Shadow over Innsmouth, part 2" by H. P. Lovecraft.
     "The story describes a young man's discovery of a strange hybrid race, half-human and half an unknown creature that resembles a cross between a fish and a frog, that dwell in Innsmouth – a coastal town that had seen better days" - Wikipedia.

• At Drabblecast: "The Eyes Have It"  by Philip K. Dick. Science Fiction.
      "It was quite by accident I discovered this incredible invasion of Earth by lifeforms from another planet. As yet, I haven’t done anything about it; I can’t think of anything to do. I wrote to the Government, and they sent back a pamphlet on the repair and maintenance of frame houses. Anyhow, the whole thing is known; I’m not the first to discover it. Maybe it’s even under control"

• At The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs: "Episode 05 - The Land That Time Forgot"
     "The U-33 has discovered a land mass. Seemingly surrounded by impenetrable cliffs, Bradley remembers the legend of Caprona, discovered but never explored by an Italian navigator centuries before. Finding an undersea river pouring into the sea from the land mass, the U-33 submerges and travels upstream."

• At LibriVox: "Astounding Stories 02, February 1930" Science Fiction.
     "This is the second issue of the classic science fiction Astounding Magazine. It contains the finale of The Beetle Horde by Victor Rousseau, as well as stories by Harl Vincent, Charles Willard Diffin, Hugh B. Cave, Sophie Wenzel Ellis, Sterner St. Paul, Anthony Pelcher and Captain S. P. Meek." Issue One Here (Contains part one of "The Beetle Horde"}

• At 19 Nocturne Boulevard:  "The Amazing Mrs. Mimms!" by David C. Knight.
     "There was a muffled rushing noise and the faintly acrid smell of ion electrodes as the Time Translator deposited Mrs. Mimms back into the year 1958. Being used to such journeys, she looked calmly about with quick gray eyes, making little flicking gestures with her hands as if brushing the stray minutes and seconds from her plain brown coat."

Other Genres
  • Audio at CrimeWAV: “Luck” by Johnny Shaw.
  • Audio at Selected Shorts: "About Time"
  • Flash Fiction at Every Day Fiction: "Down, on the Farm" • by Lyn Brown.
  • Flash Fiction at Every Day Fiction: "The Horses" by Rebecca Schwarz

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