Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 8/05/2014
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- Beneath Ceaseless Skies #152 – July 24, 2014
- Crossed Genres #20 – August 2014 – Time Travel
- Galaxy’s Edge #9 – July 2014
- @AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review: “The Winnipeg Kid” by Ken Gerber and Brian Hirt [Science Fiction]
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies #152 – July 24, 2014 [Fantasy Magazine]
- @Chrome Baby: “Astreya’s Fish” by Siobhan Gallagher [Science Fiction]
- @The Colored Lens: “Drained” by Dusty Cooper [Dark Fantasy]
- @Comets and Criminals: “La Rosa Still in Bloom” by Beth Cato [Dystopian Science Fiction - also available in audio]
- Crossed Genres #20 – August 2014 – Time Travel [Speculative Fiction Magazine]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “Jump, and I’ll Catch You” by Michelle Ann King [Science Fiction]
- @Escape Pod: “Keep Your Shape” by Robert Sheckley [Science Fiction - from 1953 - also available in audio]
- Galaxy’s Edge #9 – July 2014 [Science Fiction Magazine]
- “Hark! Listen to the Animals” by Lisa Tang Liu & Ken Liu
- “Honey, Plums and Cinnamon” by Andrea G. Stewart
- “Matial” by Lou J. Berger
- “Street of Dreams, Feet of Clay” by Robert Sheckley [from 1967]
- “The Book of Faces” by Kay Kenyon [from 2003]
- “The Peacemaker” by Gardner Dozois [from 1983]
- “The Very Pulse of the Machine” by Michael Swanwick [from 1998]
- “The Wings The Lungs, The Engine The Heart” by Laurie Tom
- “Totaled” by Kary English
- @GigaNotoSaurus: “Between Sea and Shore” by Vanessa Fogg [Fantasy - also available as eBook]
- @Lakeside Circus:
- @Lightspeed Magazine:
- “De La Tierra” by Emma Bull [Fantasy - also available in audio]
- “Harry and Marlowe Versus the Haunted Locomotive of the Rockies” by Carrie Vaughn [Science Fiction]
- @Mad Scientist Journal:
- @Nightmare Magazine: “The Misfit Child Grows Fat on Despair” by Tom Piccirilli [Horror]
- @Omni Reboot:
- @Tor: “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon A Star” by Kathleen Ann Goonan [Science Fiction]
- @The WiFiles:
Written – Flash
- @365 tomorrows:
- @Daily Science Fiction:
- @Every Day Fiction:
- @Farther Stars Than These: “UFO” by Alfonso Colasuonno [Science Fiction Flash]
- Flash Fiction Online – August 2014:
- @Weirdyear: “An Unexpected Reunion “ by Madeleine Swann [Weird Flash]
Written – Serialized
- @Dark Futures: Bonepicker by Matthew X. Gomez: [Dark Science Fiction Serialization]
- @Kat and Mouse: Guns for Hire: In The Name Of The Father by Abner Senires: [Cyberpunk Serial]
- @Legend of the Five Rings: Siege: the Heart of Darkness by Shawn Carman – Part 2 [Shared World Fantasy Serialization]
- @BBC Radio 4 Drama of the Week: “I’m A Believer” by Jon Canter [Fantasy Humor]
- @Beam Me Up! Podcast:
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies Audio Vault #2 – “One Ear Back” by Tina Connolly [Fantasy]
- @Cast of Wonders:
- @Clarkesworld Magazine:
- @Comets and Criminals: “La Rosa Still in Bloom” by Beth Cato [Dystopian Science Fiction]
- Drabblecast #332 – “Mister Bob” by Dan Campbell [Strange / Comedy]
- Escape Pod #455 – “Keep Your Shape” by Robert Sheckley [Science Fiction]
- Every Day Fiction Podcast #179 – “Rattlebone” by Bosley Gravel [Horror]
- @Far Fetched Fables:
- @Lightspeed Magazine: “De La Tierra” by Emma Bull [Fantasy]
- Protecting Project Pulp #102 – “Out of This World” by Henry Hasse [Science Fiction - from 1942]
- Pseudopod #396 – “The Buchenwald Man” by Benjamin Sonnenberg [Horror]
- @Toasted Cake:
Audio – Radio Dramas
- @Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod:
- @Relic Radio:
Audio – Serialized
- @Author’s Site: Nocturnal by Scott Sigler – Episode #39 [Horror Novel Serialization]
- @Author’s Site: Nocturnal by Scott Sigler – Episode #40 [Horror Novel Serialization]
- @Author’s Site: Nocturnal by Scott Sigler – Episode #41 [Horror Novel Serialization]
- @Transmissions from Colony One:
Free eBooks – Science Fiction
Islandia The Lost Colony (The ANKH Trilogy #1) by C.J. Klinger
The story of Earth’s fifteenth colony, 450 years after being settled. It is a water world with tens of thousands of islands and very little usable landmass to build the cities the original pioneers envisioned. Without the ability to recreate an Earth-like civilization, their descendents sink back to a more primitive time and create a society of clanboats and small villages. Into this world is born Jonathon McKinnah, known as Jonny Oarboy to his fellow clansmen. An accidental contact brings Jonny in touch with an alien entity who has rested quietly on Islandia for 6,000 years. The two of them start an incredible journey taking them from the past to the present, from Islandia to old Earth, and finally to Earth’s other colonies.
[Science Fiction Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
The Artifact Competition (Approaching Infinity #1) by Chris Eisenlauer
Jav Holson has a time bomb ticking away inside him with one chance to survive: learn the martial art known as the Eighteen Heavenly Claws and win the Artifact Competition. The prize will make him an elite Shade of the Viscain Empire and virtually immortal. There’s just one catch: learning the Eighteen Heavenly Claws.
[Science Fiction Adventure Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
The Forever Gate – Part One by Isaac Hooke
3740 A.D. The ice age has immobilized the world. Colossal walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called “gols” run society, and force the humans to wear collars that block the innate powers mankind has evolved. One man rises up…
[Science Fantasy Novella - First of Series - Amazon | Kobo]
The Fringe Worlds (The Human Chronicles Saga #1) by T.R. Harris
Adam Cain is an Alien with an Attitude!
After all, what would you do if you were abducted by aliens and transported into a strange, new universe away from your home, your family — everything familiar to you? Would it make you happy? Not likely!
[Space Opera Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Science Fiction – Young Adult
“The Trojan “ by Nate Todd
Earth has been conquered, humans are perennial slaves to the alien red bloods-the Edos. The lecherous king, Eba seeks an innocent virgin bride as a peace pact that humans have finally reneged control to the alien invaders. Semaj is his chosen bride, little does he know that she is a covert plant by the resistance who is meant to poison the purity pool of the red bloods with the dreaded virus-the Trojan which serves as the elixir of life for all Edos. The trojan can only survive for 48 hours. This is the once chance to save what is remaining of the world. If this treachery is discovered every remaining human would be slaughtered.
[YA Science Fiction Short Story - Amazon]
Walking Ghost Phase by DC Daugherty
All eighteen-year-old Emily Heath wants before college is a summer vacation at the beach. Instead she’s in Washington D.C. at the height of tourist season, looking for an excuse to leave early.
She gets one in the worst way possible; a nuclear bomb destroys a large section of the capital.
[YA Science Fiction Adventure / Suspense Novel - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian – Young Adult
City of the Falling Sky (The Seckry Sequence #1) by Joseph Evans
When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.
[YA Dystopian Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]
Warchild: Pawn (The Warchild #1) by Ernie Lindsey
The world ended long before Caroline Mathers was born, but that doesn’t mean life stops for the fourteen-year-old scout for the People’s Republic of Virginia. Abandoned by her parents, raised by her grandfather, she guards the forests surrounding their crumbling encampment, keeping a watchful eye on their devious and shadowy enemies from the north.
Drastic, terrifying change comes the day Caroline hears the sound that everyone dreads: distant drums echoing throughout their quiet valley, pounding to the beat of the war rhythm. With much-needed help from unlikely allies, Caroline leads her people in a breathtaking retreat, praying they’ll find salvation in their capitol city. Along the way, haunting dreams may reveal a look into her mystifying past.
[YA Dystopian Superhero Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo]
Free eBooks – Steampunk
The Tinkerer’s Daughter by Jamie Sedgwick
Breeze is an outcast, a half-breed orphan born into a world torn apart by a thousand years of war. Breeze never knew her elven mother, and when her human father is recalled to the war, he leaves her in the safest place he knows: in the care of a reclusive tinker.
The Tinkerman’s inventions are frightening at first -noisy, smelly, dangerous machines with no practical use- but when the war comes home, Breeze sees an opportunity. If she can pull it off, she’ll change the world forever. If she fails, she’ll be considered a traitor by both lands and will be hunted to her death.
[Steampunk Novel - Amazon | B&N | Kobo]
Wilder’s Mate (Bloodhounds #1) by Moira Rogers
Wilder Harding is a bloodhound, created by the Guild to hunt down and kill vampires on America’s frontier. His enhanced abilities come with a high price: on the full moon, he becomes capable of savagery beyond telling, while the new moon brings a sexual hunger that borders on madness.
Rescuing a weapons inventor from undead kidnappers is just another assignment, though one with an added complication–keeping his hands off the man’s pretty young apprentice, who insists on tagging along…
[Steampunk Vampire Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo]
Free eBooks – Fantasy
Mulogo’s Treatise on Wizardry – A Wizard’s Guide to Survival in a World Where People Want to Kill You and Take Your Stuff by Joseph J. Bailey
So you want to be a wizard?
You know being a wizard is not all quests filled with high adventure, finding priceless treasure, warm adulation and reward, and uncovering newfound knowledge?
[Fantasy Humor Novella - Amazon | Kobo]
The Road to Grafenwöhr by Edward C. Patterson
Set in a tense Cold War atmosphere during both the invasion of Czechoslovakia and the Vietnam call to arms, The Road to Grafenwoehr is one man’s emotional journey to square nature’s justice with humankind’s disregard for it. It’s a summons for a least likely and reluctant champion. But those called to service rarely choose where they serve. They just answer it, ripening to their purpose. For Quincy Summerson, a hero’s life is not his choice, but can he ignore the call? Can he stay off the road once the twilight snares him?
[Historical Fantasy Novel - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult
Firedancer (The Serpent’s Song #1) by Aric Catron
Thousands of years ago, in what is now called The Middle East, there existed a grand civilization of men and women, warriors and slaves, savages and priests, wizards and witches. Named after its first king, the Empire of Urnamu stretched from the modern-day Persian Gulf to Baghdad and flourished in the fertile crescent of the land history calls Mesopotamia. In this primordial world humanity harnessed stone, copper, and bronze to build beautiful cities, craft exquisite artwork, and smith weapons and armor.
[YA Historical Fantasy Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
Nightblade: Episode One by Garrett Robinson
Meet Loren, a forester’s daughter from a small village in Selvan. Born to mean, spiteful parents, she’s always hoped to escape and make a name for herself. When she meets Xain, a fugitive wizard, she thinks her dream may finally come true. But the nine kingdoms are more complicated and dangerous than she could have imagined…
[YA Sword & Sorcery Serial - First Episode - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]
Streetlights Like Fireworks by David Pandolfe
Jack has been getting on his parents’ nerves for some time. Bad enough he’s a rock musician, has crappy grades and hangs out with his “loser” friends. But Jack’s ability to predict the future–well, that just annoys the hell out of them.
[YA Fantasy Novel - Amazon]
Ugly Stick by Joy Givens
Fifteen-year-old April Somerfield is a shy, self-loathing misfit who would blend in with the wallpaper, if only the wallpaper were a little less attractive. In a family line of gorgeous, successful women, April’s a fluke. At Prescott High School, she’s a walking punch line.
A school project sends April on the hunt for her mother’s missing yearbooks, and upon finding them she uncovers a big secret: being “hit with an ugly stick” is a surprisingly literal occurrence in April’s family tree—a curse has been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries. When April sees a chance to finally ditch the family curse, she must decide if becoming beautiful on the outside is worth giving up the person she is meant to be.
[YA Contemporary Fantasy Novel - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Paranormal and Romance
Sapphire Shade by Ann Serafini
What if human beings are merely the ancestors of a highly intelligent master race, called the Ikhälea, which controls everything in the universe from dreams to the afterlife? When it is discovered that the balance of evolution has been upset and the people of Earth are on a path to eventual self-destruction, a young Irish immigrant learns that she is only one who can save humanity from extinction.
[Fantasy Romance Novel - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Vampires
The Weight of Darkness (The Darkness Series #1) by A. S. McNair
Despite only ever being unlucky in love, when Anna meets Jay she falls hard and fast. But unlike the ideal man of her dreams, Jay’s life is in shambles. He stands accused of murder and treason and is on the run for his life. When Anna gets drawn in to his crazy world she learns her most steadfast beliefs may all be lies. Her parents didn’t really die in a car crash and the kind couple who raised her may have been accomplices in their murder. And there is one small detail she can’t quite get out of her head: her parents may have been vampires.
[Vampire Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Horror – Young Adult
The Empty Lot Next Door by Arthur Mills
In a South Austin neighborhood, Ray and his family excitedly moves into a small house standing in the midst of a big, green lawn. Beside their house is a strange, vacant lot where a house apparently once stood, and where a huge wide hole in the back lays mysteriously. As a young boy with a lot of new friends, Ray considers the empty lot as an exciting playground. But the tale behind the lot keeps the boy intrigued and frightened as he learns that the house that was once there was burned down years ago, leaving a girl dead amid the fire. The little girl, as the neighborhood kids say, comes out in the night to regain her life. Determined to validate the authenticity of this tale, Ray daringly and mistakenly challenges the ghost, a challenge that he would forever regret. Soon, he becomes haunted by the little girl, who he named as Candle Face, visiting his dreams and leaving handprints and other signs even when he is awake.
[YA Horror Novel - Amazon]
Free eBooks – Zombies
Dark Recollections (Adrian’s Undead Diary #1) by Chris Philbrook
Beheading a zombie isn’t easy in a world where you’re more afraid of the living than the dead.
Adrian Ring’s simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors. He saves his cat Otis, but shoots his mom. Pretty successful, all things considered.
[Zombie Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
The Zombies: Volume One by Macaulay C. Hunter
Schools are closed. Thousands of sick people are locked in confinement points to die. Vigilante soldiers are pacing the streets. A mutation of a common cold virus has resulted in the deadly Sombra C illness, which is spreading through the world like wildfire. Highly contagious, it transforms its victims in the weeks before death into violent, zombie-like creatures.
[Zombie Novel - First of Series - Amazon]
Those Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West #1) by Tim Marquitz
September, 1868…SOMEWHERE IN THE SIERRA NEVADA, during the expansion of the Central Pacific Railroad, Nina Weaver and her pa, Lincoln, trundle into Coburn Station with a wagonful of goods they’re looking to barter. Of all the rotten luck, their world—and the future of the American West—is forever changed when a sudden swarm of zombies invades town on the hunt for some human-sized vittles.
[Zombie Western Novella - Amazon]
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