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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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Podcast Spotlight: Podcastle

In the last two podcast spotlights I featured Escape Pod, the first speculative fiction podcast, and Pseudopod, the first horror podcast. This installment is about Podcastle, the third brand of the Escape Artists brand with the other two. They cover the whole spectrum of fantasy stories from contemporary to epic, grimdark to comedy, literary to light, contemporary authors to classics (including three Conan the Barbarian stories so far). There’s something there for everybody, and plenty to recommend. Compared to the other Escape Artists podcasts, they are friendlier to longer stories–even featuring period “Giant” episodes of novelette length stories, and have also often feature Miniature episodes for flash fiction. They’ve also started doing some non-fiction features, including Podcastle Spotlights to highlight an exciting upcoming fantasy novel, and recently featured Kameron Hurley’s essay “We Have Always Fought” reprinted from Dribble of Ink that went on to win the Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

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Attention, readers!

Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to go: The Earth Is All That Lasts by Catherine Wells!

About the book:

Welcome to the North American continent after a series of catastrophes, including famine, plague and floods, have destroyed almost all of humanity. *** Descendants of the survivors (those who stayed) have created a tribal society in the depopulated American West which lives side by side with an enclave of scientists. *** But unknown to all, a spaceship is coming: one with humans on board who care little for the new tribal customs and ways of life. Financed by an influential family settled away from Earth, Homeward Bound is an exploratory ship sent back to see what has become of the home planet, and how best it can be used to further the aims of certain vested interests.

Readers may download this book for free or pay a nominal price of their choice from October 2 – October 31. So grab it now!

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page.

NOTE: This is the first book in The Coconino Trilogy. The other two books in the Trilogy (Children of the Earth and The Earth Save) will also be available for purchase at a deeply discounted price.

The new issue of Clarkesworld is now posted:
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Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue (which is guest-edited this month by Ellen Datlow):
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Daily Science Fiction has announced its October line-up of free stories.
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Today, we’re pleased to bring you a short story that appears in the Helen Marshall’s new collection from ChiZine, Gifts for the One Who Comes After . Helen’s work has been nominated for the Aurora Award from the Canadian Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, and the Sydney J. Bounds Award from the British Fantasy Society, which she won in 2013. This is just one of the many stories in the collection, which is described thusly:

Ghost thumbs. Microscopic dogs. One very sad can of tomato soup. Helen Marshall’s second collection offers a series of twisted surrealities that explore the legacies we pass on to our children. A son seeks to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past. A young girl discovers what lies on the other side of her mother’s bellybutton. Death’s wife prepares for a very special funeral. In Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Marshall delivers eighteen tales of love and loss that cement her as a powerful voice in dark fantasy and the New Weird. Dazzling, disturbing, and deeply moving.

Here’s Helen’s marvelous story…
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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 9/11/2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Crossed Genres #21 – September 2014 – Typical
  2. Electric Spec #9.3 – August 31, 2014
  3. Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #21
  4. Mirror Dance Autumn 2014
  5. New Myths #28 – September 2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #155
  2. Lovecraft eZine #32 – August 2014
  3. SQ Mag #16

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Apex Magazine #64 – September 2014
  2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #154 – August 21, 2014
  3. Clarkesworld Magazine #96 – September 2014
  4. @Lakeside Circus: “Sassanid Sands” by Gitte Christensen
  5. @Tor: “A Cup of Salt Tears” by Isabel Yap

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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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The new issue of Clarkesworld is now posted:
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Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 8/30/2014

And we’re back, after a nice August vacation.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #153 – August 07, 2014
  2. @OpenBook Publishers: “A Time Travel Dialogue” by John W. Carroll, Et Al.
  3. @Mythic Delirium: “The Djinn” by Saira Ali

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Podcast Spotlight: Pseudopod

“I have a story for you, and I promise you it’s true.” Pseudopod was the first horror fiction podcast, running continuously since 2006. They cover the whole spectrum of horror, new to old, gory to non, psychological to grossout, it’s all there. Alasdair Stuart’s thoughtful after-story comments are a huge draw to the podcast as well. Among the feature length episodes are “Flash in the Borderlands” episode that group together three flash horror stories with a related theme. Even if I don’t like the story in a particular week, I’ll listen to the end just so I can hear what he has to say. They publish a lot of really great stuff.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Apex #63 – August 2014
  2. Clarkesworld Magazine #95 – August 2014
  3. Subterranean Summer 2014 – The Final Issue

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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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