Hey, Folks! The Lords of SF Signal have allowed me to post a story from my new collection The Dritty Doesen in order to get your Matthew Sanborn Smith juices flowing. (They’re easy to identify as they flow from the nose.) So here, with two more sentences of ado, is my story “A Body is for Driving.” The Dritty Doesen struggles to contain this and eleven other of my least reasonable stories, along with behind the scenes info concerning their creation. The story you’re about to read first appeared in Grant Stone’s nifty zine, b0t!

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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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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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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Crossed Genres #23 – November 2014 – School
  2. Galaxy’s Edge #11 – November 2014
  3. Kaleidotrope Autumn 2014

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Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to go for all you voracious readers out there: The Mutant Season by Karen Haber and Robert Silverberg!

About the book:

There are mutants living among us. People with golden yellow eyes, extraordinary powers and strange abilities. For centuries they have hidden themselves, fearing persecution. After rising tensions in recent decades, the mutants find new hope in the twenty-first century, with one of their own holding high political office.

But underlying prejudices are hard to eradicate completely. And even as the mutants find greater acceptance in society, a single event threatens to undo everything.

In 2017, the murder of a prominent politician sets off a series of events that will bring the mutants into direct conflict with “normal“ humans, and the world may never again be the same.

Readers may download this book for free or pay a nominal price of their choice from November 2 – November 30. So grab it now!

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 10/31/2014

So why did I disappear for a while? I had to work on finishing a book (an upcoming science fiction novel, so you can all judge me harshly).

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 10/29/2014

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 10/25/2014

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  1. It exists in list format for the first time in a while. I’d say that’s pretty special.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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Attention, readers!

Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to go: Future Perfect: Six Stories of Genetic Engineering by Nancy Kress!

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Nancy Kress is unrivaled in her treatment of genetic engineering. In 1991 she wrote the ground-breaking classic novella Beggars in Spain (Hugo/Nebula) and since then has only enhanced her outstanding reputation of telling stories set in the near-future and dealing with genetics.

This collection brings together six of these stories written between 1984 and 2008, including “The Flowers of Aulit Prison” which won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short story.

Readers may download this book for free or for a nominal price of their choice from September 2 – September 30. So grab it now!

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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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  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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