Tor.com quickly established itself as one of the web’s premiere online venues of high quality free fiction. Like they did last year, they are collecting some of the best stories from their archives during the last 12 months. And they’re offering for in DRM-Free, eBook format for the low, low price of nothing.
Here’s the table of contents:
- “Dormanna” by Gene Wolfe
- “Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia” by Rachel Swirsky
- “The Mongolian Wizard” by Michael Swanwick
- “A Tall Tail” by Charles Stross
- “The Ghosts of Christmas” by Paul Cornell
- “The Finite Canvas” by Brit Mandelo
- “Am I Free to Go?” by Kathryn Cramer
- “About Fairies” by Pat Murphy
- “Our Human” by Adam-Troy Castro
- “Faster Gun” by Elizabeth Bear
Sure, you could read these online for free. But why not pick up your favorite eBook reader and read it?
The free eBook is available from Amazon or iTunes. (Presumably a Nook version is coming soon)
Science fiction fans love new gadgets. The most recently hyped gadget is the Apple iPad. Sure, it’s sexy, but like any gadget, it has its pros and cons.
We asked this week’s panelists:
Q: Do you own an Apple iPad? If so, what are the things you like and dislike about it? If not, are you thinking of getting one? Why or why not?
Here’s what they said.
is the author of the Onyx Court
series of historical fantasy novels: Midnight Never Come
, In Ashes Lie
, and the upcoming A Star Shall Fall
. She has also published nearly thirty short stories. More information at www.swantower.com
Full disclosure: my brother works on the iPad. Which doesn’t give me any special insights or advantages — I spent a year and a half not knowing what his job was, just that he’d been moved to a new team at Apple, before they announced the thing publicly — but if you want to read bias into this, go ahead.
I don’t own an iPad, and am not likely to buy one any time soon, for a variety of reasons: cost paired with lack of immediate pressing need, caution regarding the first generation of *anything*, etc. Having said that, when I saw the specs of the iPad, I admit it looked attractive, for two reasons.
Weight/size and battery life…
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