Monday, September 16, 2013

Give Me Speculative Fiction, I'll Take Anything. Now Quiet While I Read My Good Free Fiction

  The free fiction week's off to a good start with fiction, flash fiction, audio fiction, and other genres from some fantastic sites. Huzzah!  I'll be back later with more, and be certain to check out the latest free fiction post from Regan Wolfrom at SF Signal for additional links.  [Art from "Turnip Girl" in fiction below]

 • At Black Gate: "Stand at Dubun-Geb" by Ryan Harvey. Fantasy.
       "Under a downpour of rain the slate faces of the Dubun-Geb Mountains were dreadful, and they stirred memories in the warriors clustered at their feet of campfire tales of the secrets lurking among the crags. In the days of the Hegemony, the Shapers had carved fortresses in the Dubun-Geb where they worked the magic of the Art on stone and metal. The Shapers had vanished, but no place stained with their sorceries forgot them."

 • At Mad Scientist Journal: "Diary of a Turnip Girl" by Finale Doshi-Velez. Science Fiction.
      "'You crossed me with a bunch of turnips.' Teens with glossy hair and perfect teeth smiled at me from the racks of fashion magazines. I blew at a few strands of my own wiry frizz. Stupid turnip hair. 'Radhika’s mom always buys her the silky pear shampoo.'"

• At "Tammy Lynn's Burden" by Rachel Villalobos. Horror.
     "She wished she didn't live way out in the outskirts of town. In the middle of a half dead corn field with the nearest neighbor two miles away. She continued on at the slow pace, taking her time. Even as the 100 degree weather baked her brain, she would not hurry to reach the dirty little trailer sooner than she had to, Tammy Lynn refused to call it home. It was a prison, a cage, a place she dreaded returning to. Inside the trailer was the burden that would be chained to her for the rest of her life."

Flash Fiction
Audio Fiction
• At Author's Site: "Bones are White #10: Passenger, Part 2" by Scott Sigler.
     "A recon team just crash-landed on Vee-Seven just before SAM fire tore into their troop carrier. Duck is dead. Chesque and Nguyen are MIA. Jennings has lost a leg and is screaming for help. Sgt. Marcus Crowley tries to keep the survivors together. Can Cheryl and Psycho stay alive long enough to help him complete the mission? "

• At Beam Me Up: "Episode #377
    Featuring Kevin Phyland’s "Long Shot" - "The line for betting on Melbourne Cup Day was ridiculously long. All hoping to bring home a long shot." and part one of Dean Giles "Dave"- "The room was dimly lit by a single window set high on the once white-tiled walls, now faded to a putrid yellow. The unwashed concrete floor bore no furniture apart from the plastic stool where Simon sat, and his Grandfather’s wooden rocking-chair opposite him."

• At Clarkesworld: "One Flesh" by Mark Bourne & Elizabeth Bourne, read by Kate Baker. Science Fiction,
        "Jupiter’s immense horizon appears flat as a flitter, stretching beyond the reach of vision. Cloud banks the size of continents drift in what might be sky. Organic molecules paint them in autumn colors: oranges and browns and peach and gold. Behind the clouds, the rising sun shines like a silver coin"

• At Radio Drama Revival: "Paradox" by Jack Feldstein. Fantasy.
    "Inspired by The Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz [. . . ] Paradox is a modern fairy tale that has fun and whimsy and absurdity but also adult and philosophical concepts."

• At SFFaudio: "The Red Room" by H. G. Wells, read by Simon Vance.  
     "I can assure you," said I, "that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." And I stood up before the fire with my glass in my hand.

Other Genres

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