Tuesday, June 11, 2013

“To Err is Human, Free Fiction is Divine.”

There's even more great, free speculative fiction than usual today.  Be sure to check out those that sound interesting, and save everything that you can.

[Art from "Creatures of the Abyss" by Murray Leinster in audio fiction below]

• At AE: "Put Out Every One" by Rich Larson.
      "The petrol leaks, dripping small craters into cool sand. The smell burns up inside Elliot’s nose. There’s a half-man lying at his feet, blurry in the dark. He is breathing hard. He is staring upward. There’s no starlight, but the sand glistens radioactive and Beasley provides some light where he stands beside Elliot, his skin glowing like a tribal god."

• At Buzzy Mag: "A Meek And Thankful Heart" by Jeff Somers.
     "The other customers of the Morgue knew him and regarded him as a weirdo. They didn’t notice anything different about him aside from the fact that he was taking up valuable bar space he usually had the good sense to abandon."

• At The Colored Lens: "No More Horizons – Part 2" by Adam C. Richardson.
      "'I’ll tell you why.' She rolled over to glare at me. 'You wouldn’t tell me because you’re a reporter, because you have to be the first one on the scene, so you can get the scoop on everyone else. Your journalist’s instinct is one thing, but you could at least mention it to your wife.'"

• At HiLobrow: "The Comet - part 4" by W.E.B. Du Bois. Science Fiction. (1920).
      "She stopped. She was alone. Alone! Alone on the streets — alone in the city — perhaps alone in the world! There crept in upon her the sense of deception — of creeping hands behind her back — of silent, moving things she could not see, — of voices hushed in fearsome conspiracy."

• At Lightspeed: "Mono No Aware"  by Ken Liu. Science Fiction.
     "The world is shaped like the kanji for umbrella, only written so poorly, like my handwriting, that all the parts are out of proportion."

• At Lightspeed: "The Huntsman" by Megan Arkenberg. Fantasy.
      "It’s the best bargain you’ll get in this town,” the faery woman says. She’s standing by a cracked kitchen sink with mold between the tiles, rinsing diced tomatoes and crooked green jalapeño rings. “A heart for a heart. And my heart’s more than what she’s used to, I’ll tell you that. You couldn’t find better if you went door-to-door from every house in the tithe-projects.”

• At Tor.com: "A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill" by Elizabeth Knox.
     "Tom Teal and Albert Barnes are government employees tasked with visiting a hard-to-reach house and convincing its inhabitant, a member of the Zarene family that controls the whole valley, that a large dam project is a good idea. But the Zarenes have their own way of doing things, and they don’t take kindly to outsiders…."

Flash Fiction
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Audio Fiction
19 Nocturne Boulevard: "Survival Tactics" by Al Sevcik. Science Fiction.
      "The robots were built to serve Man; to do his work, see to his comforts, make smooth his way. Then the robots figured out an additional service—putting Man out of his misery."  - from Amazing Science Fiction Stories October 1958

• At LibriVox: Creatures of the Abyss by Murray Leinster.
      "'The things that listen', whispered the superstitious fishermen when the strange occurrences began off the Philippine coast. How else explain the sudden disappearance of a vessel beneath a mysterious curtain of foam? The writhings of thousands of maddened fish trapped in a coffin-like area of ocean?"

• At LibriVox:: Treasure Island (dramatic reading)  by Robert Louis Stevenson. Adventure.
      "When a rough old seaman calling himself "the Captain" appears at the inn owned by Jim Hawkins' father, young Jim little dreams what adventures will follow in the man's wake. Soon, the once-peaceful inn is threatened by pirates, Jim's father is laid in his grave, and Jim finds himself in possession of a map showing the location of treasure buried by the legendary and notorious Captain Flint

• At Lightspeed: "The Huntsman" by Megan Arkenberg. Fantasy.
      Described Above

• At Protecting Project Pulp: "The Problem of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle
     "'Let’s suppose a case,” he said, after a moment. “Take a cell where prisoners under sentence of death are confined—men who are desperate and, maddened by fear, would take any chance to escape—suppose you were locked in such a cell. Could you escape?'
     'Certainly,' declared The Thinking Machine".- first published in 1905.

Old Time Radio
  • At Plot Spot: "The Other Man" - 2000 Plus, "The Signal-Man" - Columbia Workshop, "The Potters of Firsk" by Jack Vance - Dimension X, "The Moon Moth" by Jack Vance - Seeing Ear Theatre.
  • At Relic Radio: "The Robot Killer" on 2000 Plus.
Other Genres


John D. said...

+1 for post title :)

Dave Tackett said...

Thanks John! Droll titles and bad puns are just part of the QD experience.

Rusty said...

Hey Dave,

I have been loving your post titles the past 2 days also! They brought a smile to my face!

Also, your comment about saving free stories while you can is very true - I'm constantly surprised at how many stories disappear each day... even from links I thought were totally reliable!

Dave Tackett said...

Thanks Rusty, looks like I found a gimmick!

Sadly, the internet is ephemeral by nature and saving everything is a bit OCD, but the only way to be safe.