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Table of Contents: Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #4

Fantasy Scroll Magazine (edited by Iulian Ionescu, Frederick Doot, and Alexandra Zamorski) is an online, quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. The magazine’s mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. With a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, and micro-fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine aims to appeal to a wide audience.

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 12/17/2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. @Baen: “The night don’t seem so lonely” by Sharon Lee
  2. Fantasy Scroll Magazine #4 – December 2014
  3. @Terraform: “One Day, I Will Die on Mars” by Paul Ford

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 12/16/2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Crossed Genres #24 – December 2014 – Destruction
  2. Electric Spec #9.4 – November 30, 2014
  3. Expanded Horizons #44 – November 2014
  4. Journal of Unlikely Entomology #10 – November 2014
  5. Mirror Dance –  Winter 2014
  6. New Myths #29 – December 2014

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 12/13/2014

Thanks for all of the support with my new novel, First Lights. Still no movie or theme park deal. I’ll keep you posted.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #162
  2. Ideomancer #13.3

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 12/12/2014

 

This is it, SFSignalnauts (yes, that term will catch on)… I finally have a bonafide science fiction book released as of today.  First Lights is the first book in the offplanet series, about Humanity’s first big push into outer space.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Apex Magazine #67 – December 2014
  2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #161
  3. Clarkesworld Magazine #99 – December 2014

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Table of Contents: FANTASTIC STORIES OF THE IMAGINATION, December 2014

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination has posted the table of contents for their new issue:
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Table of Contents: Apex Magazine #67 (December 2014)

Here’s the table of contents for the new issue of Apex Magazine, a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field, edited by Sigrid Ellis.
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Table of Contents: The Journal Of Unlikely Entomology, Issue #10

The Journal Of Unlikely Entomology has posted the table of contents for the latest issue:

Podcast Spotlight: Toasted Cake

In the previous podcast spotlights, I covered the three Escape Artists podcasts and their weird uncle Drabblecast. This month I’ll be talking about Toasted Cake, the idiosyncratic flash fiction podcast that’s edited, produced, published and often narrated by Tina Connolly who is probably best known for her books Ironskin, Copperhead, and Silverblind published through Tor Books–the last of which I’m reading right now (to be reviewed sometime soon) and which I’d highly recommend. If you listen to any fiction podcasts, her voice may already be familiar to you, because she does a lot of voice work.

Flash fiction is an interesting art form. Even though it’s still prose it can often have a very different feel from longer short stories because every word has to count even more. A well-written flash story can hit you like a punch in the face, and then it’s over before you have time to react. It’s a form that suits itself to things that can be difficult to pull off in other forms, quick emotional punches, twist endings, weird but vivid world building. And even if you don’t like a flash story, it might take 5 or 10 minutes to listen/read the whole thing and then you’re on to something completely different. It’s great to keep the driver awake on road trips, too, because the constant change-up of settings and characters keeps your mind more active. Flash fiction is my favorite form of prose, and Toasted Cake is my favorite source of flash fiction.
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Table of Contents: Nightmare Magazine, December 2014

Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Table of Contents: Lightspeed Magazine, December 2014

Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for December 2014

Daily Science Fiction has announced its December line-up of free stories.
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FREE Audiobook Download: LEGION: SKIN DEEP by Brandon Sanderson


Starting today and lasting for the net 30 days or so, you can download the audible audiobook version of Brandon Sanderson’s Legion: Skin Deep for absolutely free!

Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a short, distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. In the stunning sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, that talent is on full display.

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion”, is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous… What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at its most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent – and unpredictable – voices.

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 11/19/2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Vice/Motherboard has kicked off a new near future science fiction venue: Terraform
  2. Beware the Hairy Mango #247 – “God-Emperor of Dog”
  3. Some Alternate History: “The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly “ by Lou Antonelli

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 11/15/2014

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 11/11/2014

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 11/08/2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. A little late on my part, but: Fantasy Scroll Magazine #3 – September 2014

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Table of Contents: Clarkesworld, November 2014

The new issue of Clarkesworld is now posted:
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Podcast Spotlight: Drabblecast

In the first few Podcast Spotlights, I covered the Escape Artists podcasts: Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Podcastle.  If those three are sister podcasts, Drabblecast is kind of the weird uncle of the family–sharing many of the fans and even some of the same staff as the EA casts, but not part of the same company.
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Table of Contents: Apex Magazine #66 (November 2014)

Here’s the table of contents for the new issue of Apex Magazine, a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field, edited by Sigrid Ellis.
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