Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday Free Fiction - From the Moon to Mars

There's a slew of good e-books today, many via the excellent Freebook Sifter, be sure to check them out. There are also a few other gems, including an unusually early trip to the Moon story, there's a LibriVox reading of Thuvia, Maid of Mars, and more.

• At Project Gutenberg: Adventures in the Moon, and Other Worlds by John Russell Russell. 1836. Proto-Science fiction.
         "I had often wished that we could procure admission into the moon, in order to regain what had once belonged to us, and had amused myself with imagining the eager search that would take place; but without having the least suspicion that this could ever be really effected, since the want of air, and other conveniences, is sufficient to discourage most travelers; besides which, the having no ground to tread upon must increase the difficulty of the journey. It cannot, therefore, be wondered, that in former times only one journey to the moon was known to have been accomplished, which is that related by Ariosto. But nothing seems too difficult for modern science; and it is well known that, by a most ingenious invention, we have lately been enabled to walk up into our satellite with safety. As I, amongst others, have accomplished this journey, I shall give a short narrative of my adventures, for the amusement of those who have been deterred by the distance from traveling in person."

Flash Fiction

At Amazon: [Via Freebook Sifter]
At Smashwords: "Mikanical - New Age Man" by Mikey Robert Simpson. Science Fiction.

Audio Fiction
• At Internet Archive [LibriVox]: Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Science Fiction.
     "John Carter's son, Carthoris, falls in love with his father's true friend, Thuvia of Ptarth, but she has been promised to another and is kidnapped by a third! Carthoris, suspected of the crime, spends the entire novel in efforts to rescue her and restore her to her fiancé. The adventures introduce to us a philosophical system or fringe science that challenges our conception of the nature of reality itself."

• At Radio Drama Revival: "Episode #345" Science Fiction.
     "two episodes from the 2008 serial 'The Moon Wraith', as well as an episode of the more recent (futuristic, you might say!) 'Frank Gadsen, Personal Injury Lawyer of the Future.'"

Other Genres
• Fiction at Online Pulps! "Bad Medicine" by Russell Hays. 1935. "Murder on Wheels" by Leo Hoban. 1941. "Sleuth of the Air Waves" by Emile C. Tepperman. Pulp Fiction. Noir.

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