Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 7/12/2014
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- Beneath Ceaseless Skies #150 – Second Half of Double-Issue – June 26, 2014 [Fantasy Magazine]
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies #151 – July 10, 2014
- @Daily Science Fiction: “The Heresy of Friar Travolo” by J.S. Bangs [Science Fiction]
- @Omni Reboot: “Pilotman” by Brandon Hopkins [Science Fiction]
- @Tor: “Sleep Walking Now and Then” by Richard Bowes [Near Future Science Fiction]
Written – Flash
- @365 tomorrows:
- @Daily Science Fiction: “Princess No More” by Memory Scarlett [Fairy Tale Flash]
- @Every Day Fiction:
- @Farther Stars Than These: “Only A Matter of Time “ by Lyla Sommersby [Science Fiction Flash]
- @Lakeside Circus: “Life After Wartime” by Don Pizarro [Fantasy Flash - also available in audio]
- @Nature: “Benjy’s birthday” by John Grant [Science Fiction Flash]
Written – Serialized
- @Author’s Site: The Greenland Diaries by Patrick Marsh – Day 135 [Post-Apocalyptic Serial]
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies Audio Vault #1 – “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” by Chris Willrich
- @Clarkesworld Magazine: “Stone Hunger” by N. K. Jemisin [Fantasy]
- @Lakeside Circus: “Life After Wartime” by Don Pizarro [Fantasy]
- Tales To Terrify #131 – “Extern” by Tim Waggoner [Horror]
Audio – Radio Dramas
- @Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod:
Free eBooks – Science Fiction
It’s Better This Way by Travis Hill
Twenty-three years ago, the ‘bulls’ appeared in orbit and destroyed Earth’s infrastructure in less than ten seconds. These days, the alien invaders aren’t as much of a problem as the surviving humans are.
[Science Fiction Novella - Amazon | Kobo]
Raid on Kahamba by Peter Lok
A team of commandos and mecha pilots are thrown together on a hastily organized mission to retrieve an alien artifact from an African warlord. Time is running out as various factions all desire the artifact.
[Science Fiction Adventure Novelette - Amazon]
Recovery of a Colony Ship (Colony Ship Eschaton) by John Thornton
Michael and Jamie live in Dome 17. The last place safe for humans, or any life, on a dying earth. They are adventurers who have explored other domes, but everywhere else is dead. Will Dome 17 meet the same fate?
[Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
Sergeant Riley’s Account (A Sullivan’s Realm Story) by Michael K. Rose
In the jungles of the planet Edaline, a mysterious species known as the Squamata has long avoided the planet’s human colonizers. But as the only survivor of an apparent attack by the Squamata, Sergeant Leonard Riley knows that the government’s official version of events is untrue. Now he must make a choice between protecting the government he once proudly served and exposing the lies and corruption of an oppressive regime.
[Science Fiction Adventure Short Story - Amazon]
Sullivan’s War (The Sullivan Saga #1) by Michael K. Rose
On Earth, a powerful politician has been murdered. When he’s assigned to the case, Agent Frank Allen soon discovers that the man responsible, Rick Sullivan, is not yet finished killing. But Allen will also discover that Rick Sullivan is not the man he appears to be, and the war he’s fighting, a war to rid his home planet of its oppressive government, is not his only battle.
As Allen pursues Sullivan across the known galaxy, he begins to question his own beliefs and loyalties. Will Allen be able to stop Rick Sullivan before he kills again? Does he really want to? As their lives become increasingly intertwined, both men realize they must face truths about themselves that neither of them are prepared for. And some of those truths will have consequences that neither of them could have ever imagined.
[Science Fiction Adventure Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
“The First Robotic Human “ by Nate Todd
Michael lives in New York city. It’s the year 2045, the internet is now a virtual reality. Cars drive themselves, cellphones are just a chip implanted in your ear and a visor implaled into the eye. There has never been a full fledged robot human robot, but Michael volunteers for the task. Jamakiso Samura works for apple robotics, and uploads a human brain into a robotic brain. Mike develops super strength, can remember everything he has ever experienced, solve the most baffling calculations and shows very little emotions. His powers become so immense he can easily hack into anything in the world. The government tries to destroy him, but will they succeed against the most powerful entity that’s ever lived?
[Technothriller Short Story - Amazon]
The Sapporo Outbreak by Brian Craighead
It’s December 2019 and inside an imposing steel and concrete complex nestled in a quite suburb of Sapporo Japan, the WhiteStar Corporation prepares the release of a revolutionary new version of a virtual reality game. Around the world over one billion obsessive users wait anxiously.
Concerned by the increasingly bizarre behaviour of its charismatic CEO, the WhiteStar board insists on an inspection of the Sapporo compound by a small group of specialists from the US, led by Professor Ben Skinner. As Skinner and the team arrive in blizzard-bound Sapporo, a small group of online freedom fighters in Seattle finalize preparations for a massive coordinated attack on the new game.
Over the next two days, events spin out of control. Random and savage acts of violence erupt around the world.
[Technothriller Novel - Amazon]
The Waters of Chaos: The Ancient Saga, The Modern Quest by Jeff Dobson and Jerry Dobson
How did human society evolve from the Ice Ages to today?
[Science Fiction / Alternative History Novel - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Science Fiction – Young Adult
Alien Disaster (Alien Disaster Trilogy #1) by Rob May
Fourteen-year-old Brandon Walker’s world is changed forever in the middle of the summer holidays when London is hit by a mysterious and catastrophic attack. With the help of two unlikely friends, he battles to uncover a secret within his own family that might hold the key to saving the whole planet.
[YA Science Fiction Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
The Plantation (The Plantation #1) by Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons
A century has passed since they arrived. Human history has been erased. Children are enslaved on Alien plantations. Some have heard whispers of the existence of a rebel band of humans who roam free in the forests. Most slaves dare not speak of the rebels for fear the mutant guards will grab and make an example of them.
[YA Science Fiction Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
“When Everything Changed” by Edward M Wolfe
People had no idea they were being watched for thousands of years by an advanced race. Eventually that race could not stand any longer to watch our blundering efforts at civilization and was compelled to take over and make things right. It’s been five years since they arrived and everything on earth has changed.
[YA Science Fiction Short Story - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian
“A Royal Knight” by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Welcome to Tisaia – The last hub of modern civilization, in a world left
scorched by the nuclear fires of the Biomass Wars.
Captain McNeill is one of the most respected Royal Knights in Tisaia. Plagued with scars, a robotic arm and cancer, his men call him the Bionic soldier. For two decades he has hunted the rebels inside the great Tisaian steel walls and in the tunnels snaking deep beneath the cities. He has followed them into the Wastelands and the skeletons of cities from the old world. But the one rebel he can’t seem to kill is Obi Hepe, the leader of the infamous Squad 19.
[Dystopian Short Story - Prequel to Series - Amazon]
“Squad 19″ by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Welcome to Tisaia – The last hub of modern civilization, in a world left scorched by the nuclear fires of the Biomass Wars.
Sasa is a young immigrant who has been left for dead outside the safety of the Tisaian steel walls. It is only by a dash of luck the rebels find her and bring her back to Camp Salvation in the middle of the Wastelands. She is put to work as a technician, working to purify the camp’s water, but more than anything she wants to fight.
[Dystopian Short Story - Prequel to Series - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Cyberpunk
Bad Metal 01: Wrecked by Robert Black
In 2031, a viral pandemic swept the globe, indiscriminately devastating all forms of complex life. The human and animal populations were decimated within months. The developed nations of the world each blamed one another for releasing a bio-weapon, either out of malice or incompetence. In 2035, the world saw its first nuclear war.
The decade that followed saw the human race desperately trying to survive. A new generation inherited a world poisoned by nuclear and chemical weapons. Only with the aid of automatons – highly advanced robotic laborers – was mankind able to recover and begin to rebuild.
However, the automatons were not perfect…
[Cyberpunk / Post-Apocalyptic Novella - First of Series - Amazon]
Memoria. A Corporation of Lies by Alex Bobl
Those who own human memory, own the world. That’s why the corrupt bosses of Memoria Corporation control the bombed-out streets of New York. And that’s why Frank Shelby – once a humble citizen and now a murder suspect on the run – has to fight tooth and nail to unearth clues to Memoria’s dirty secrets and avenge his loved ones.
[Cyberpunk / Technothriller Novel - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy
131 Days (Book 1) by Keith C Blackmore
Once every year, in the city of Sunja, gladiators meet within the arena known as Sunja`s Pit. Men such as Baylus, Goll, and Halm enter for the lure of fortune. Others enter for the fame. And some simply for the fight. The games continue for days, until a champion is finally crowned. Or all who are involved perish.
This is blood sport at its finest.
At its worst.
At its longest.
[Dark Sword & Sorcery Novella - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult
Shadowhero – Part I by Jacob Dunn
The voices are loudest when it’s dark.
They haven’t stopped bothering Jared ever since his sister was murdered. The voices ruin his life, constantly egging him on, making him get into fights and do things he knows he shouldn’t.
[YA Fantasy Novella - First of Series - Amazon]
Shadowhero – Part II: Fighting Darkness by Jacob Dunn
His second time through the ninth grade a mysterious green-eyed girl named Sadie reaches out, giving Jared hope that he can finally quiet the voices and bring his life back under control. Sadie and her friends give Jared a new set of voices to listen to, teaching him the truth about what he is—a Shade who draws immeasurable power from the whispering shadows. Although learning about Shadowtalent helps him push away some of the darkness in his life, what Jared’s shadow eventually makes him do haunts him.
[YA Fantasy Novella - Second of Series - Amazon]
The Prophecy (Sons of Tundyel #1) by A.J. Kilbourn
Syndria is a Healer assigned to heal prisoners in the dungeon because she refused to take part in the king’s daily healing ritual. Paodin is a man imprisoned for daring to speak out against the king. When the Royal Wizards enter his cell to finish his torture, Paodin stands to meet them. He speaks of his belief in the Prophecy, the True Wizards, and the true heir being returned to the throne.
Then, he vanishes.
[YA Sword & Sorcery Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Paranormal and Romance
AngelFall (AngelFall #1) by S.E. Foulk
A mysterious ancient prisoner has been freed from eternal sleep, awakened after millenia by the wandering Aristotle, who roams freely despite the edicts of the Elders Council.
Tired of living within the gilded cage of Limbo, the great teacher has unknowingly opened Hells’ own Pandoras box and set in motion a chain of events that will forever alter the infernal landscape.
Will the Fallen, those Dark Angels who reign over Hell, discover their loss? And why does this prisoner not know who he is? Can he evade capture and get to Limbo?
[Paranormal Fantasy Novella - First of Series - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Superhero
Zephyr: Phase One by Warren Hately
It’s 2012 on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The place is Atlantic City: a sweeping longitudinal metropolis rebuilt following widespread devastation in 1984. Superhumans are not only real, they’re human. All too human, as Nietzsche would say. In Phase One, Zephyr tackles the pressure to reform his old Sentinels superhero team for financial gain, saves his best friend Twilight, endures sexual blackmail, reconciles his daughter’s expulsion from high school and deals with a close betrayal, all as the star-god Hariss as-Sama prepares for its assault on Atlantic City.
[Superhero Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Horror
Souvenir and three more not-quite-straightforward tales by Daniel Kelley
A collection of four stories, not one of which travels a predictable route.
[Horror / Dark Speculative Fiction Collection - Amazon]
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