Monday, July 15, 2013

Begin the Day with Friendly Free Fiction

Some great free speculative fiction links to start your week with!  There are some great selections in fiction, flash fiction, and audio fiction this morning. More later.  And be sure to check out our peers listed in "Free SF Sites" in the right hand column.

[Art from "The Highwater Harbor - Part One" linked below]

• At Black Gate: "The Highwater Harbor - Part One" by Aaron Bradford Starr. Fantasy.
     "While not exactly fugitives from justice, Gloren, Yr Neh, and I have found ourselves fleeing from various legal entanglements better resolved in our absence from West Rotthe. Arising, as they will no doubt prove, from unfounded allegations of sundry flavors of negligence, we agreed last night that the best course would likely be to take some form of long journey, far from the misplaced grievances of the Viscount of Amberle and his vengeful wife."

• At HiLobrow: "Theodore Savage part 19" by Cicely Hamilton. Science Fiction. 1922.
      "When war breaks out in Europe — war which aims successfully to displace entire populations — British civilization collapses utterly and overnight. The ironically named Theodore Savage, an educated and dissatisfied idler, must learn to survive by his wits in the new England, where 20th-century science, technology, and culture are regarded with superstitious awe and terror." Prior chapter at same link.

• At "The Priory Sunday" by Daniel Ayiotis. Horror.
      "The Priory of St. Anthony had appeared unannounced and unnoticed at first in the old three story house on Dublin’s North Circular Road.  From the outside, the house looked like any other, but it was what went on inside that attracted the interest of the Gardaí, not to mention the concerned families and friends of those who counted themselves amongst the believers within."

• At "The Monsters of Heaven" by Nathan Ballingrud.
     "For a long time, Brian imagined reunions with his son. In the early days, these fantasies were defined by spectacular violence. He would find the man who stole him and open his head with a claw hammer. The more blood he spilled, the further removed he became from his own guilt."

• At Wily Writers: "Profiles in Survival" by Simon McCaffery. Alternate History.
      "An iconic president and band of survivors fight for survival after the USSR launches a biological weapon at the mainland during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis."

Flash Fiction
  • At Beware the Hairy Mango: "Bravissimo" by Matthew Sanborn Smith. Audio. Weird.
  • At Daily Science Fiction. "Of Ash and Old Dreams" by Sarah Grey. Fantasy.
  • At Quantum Muse: "Welcome" by Harris Tobias. Science Fiction.
  • At 365 Tomorrows: "The Lion" by J.D. Rice. Science Fiction.
  • At Toasted Cake: "The Moon's Wife" by Cheryl A. Warner. Audio.
• At Author's Site: "Kissyman & The Last Song" by Scott Sigler. Horror.
      "Here it is, folks, the free serialization of our short story collection BONES ARE WHITE. The eBook is available for purchase, but you're getting the podcast even before the audiobook is in stores."

• At Beam Me Up: Episode #374. Science Fiction.
      "the last of Ed McKeown’s story, 'In the Mourning.'"

• At Cthulhu: "The Shadow over Innsmouth - conclusion" by H.P. Lovecraft.
     "During the winter of 1927-28 officials of the Federal government made a strange and secret investigation of certain conditions in the ancient Massachusetts seaport of Innsmouth. The public first learned of it in February, when a vast series of raids and arrests occurred, followed by the deliberate burning and dynamiting - under suitable precautions - of an enormous number of crumbling, worm-eaten, and supposedly empty houses along the abandoned waterfront." Parts one, two, three, and four.

• At Every Photo Tells: "The Voyage Home"  by Jeffrey Hite. Science Fiction.
     "In a distant future, the journey back to earth is not an easy one."

• At LibriVox: "Gladiator" by Philip Wylie. Science Fiction.
      "Gladiator by Philip Wylie is the story of a man who although normal in all other ways, through the genius of his Father a biologist attains the strength and impregnability of a superman. The problems he encounters in trying to fit into a society of normal human beings who show fear and hatred whenever they view his abnormal strength and physical ability pains him to the point of having to leave civilization."

• At LibriVox: "The Magic Skin" by Honoré de Balzac. Fantasy.
       "Set in early 19th-century Paris, it tells the story of a young man who finds a magic piece of shagreen that fulfills his every desire. For each wish granted, however, the skin shrinks and consumes a portion of his physical energy." - Wikipedia.

• At Wily Writers: "Profiles in Survival" by Simon McCaffery. Alternate History.
      "An iconic president and band of survivors fight for survival after the USSR launches a biological weapon at the mainland during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis."

Other Genres

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