My post-apocalyptic novel, After The Fires Went Out: Coyote, is not free. Sorry. But I’ve put it down to $0.99 for a few days.

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  1. Dark Futures has a science fiction novelette from Tom Howard

    “Transpace Cargo Ship 479,” said the calm voice on the radio. “We have identified you by your security beacon. Are you available for conversation?” It was a standard question, carefully designed and delivered to ensure the pilot had an opportunity to turn down any communication that might cause anxiety. As part of his extensive contract, Serv’s interactions were limited to docking instructions and occasional check-ins with his handlers, but he’d recently unloaded his cargo pods and wasn’t scheduled for contact with his bosses for six months, three weeks, two days and thirteen hours. Perhaps they had a question about why he was delayed reaching his last port. Or maybe a fleet of Winzi Rive space lizards was blasting its way to him at this very minute. Or… The possibilities were endless; each one more horrifying than the last.

    - “Isolation Run”

  2. Tor has a contemporary fantasy short story from Steven Brust, from the world of The Incrementalists

    Ren had gone back to Phoenix for her sugar spoon, leaving me nothing to do except play poker or change the world. I got out of my sadly empty bed, put the coffee on, and stepped into the shower. Usually, it would be an easy choice: The World Series of Poker was going, and the money I made playing the side-games was a truly appalling percentage of my yearly income. But, in the first place, I’d done really well so far, and, in the second, I’d played eight to twelve hour sessions every day for the last eleven days. Even if you’ve been playing poker since the game was invented, which I have, you need breaks from time to time to stay at your best.

    Besides, Ren had made a pretty good argument before she left.

    So I had to change the world. Trouble was, I didn’t know how. I mean, I knew, in the most general terms, what I wanted to do; but how to go about it stumped me.

    - “Fireworks in the Rain”

  3. The Hole Behind Midnight is a new dark fantasy audio serial

Written

Written – Flash

Written – Serialized

  • @Legend of the Five Rings: Face the Madness by Shawn Carman & Seth Mason – Part 2 [Shared World Fantasy Serialization]
  • @Paizo: The Fencing Master by Dave Gross – Chapter Four: The Second Trap [Shared World Fantasy Serialization]
  • @Weird Fiction Review: The Divinity Student by Michael Cisco – Chapters Eleven and Twelve [Neo-Gothic Horror Novel Serialization]
  • @Author’s Site: The Greenland Diaries by Patrick Marsh – Day 89 [Post Apocalyptic Serial]

Audio

Audio – Serialized

Free eBooks (at time of listing)

Excerpts

For Post-Apocalyptic Lovers: The Post Apocalyptic Link Roundup for 9/27/2013

And For Writers: Speculative Fiction Writing Wroundup for 9/27/2013

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