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55 Free Speculative Fiction Stories by 41 Authors

Another huge update from the indispensible resource Free Speculative Fiction Online…check out these beauties:

  1. Kage Baker: “Caverns of Mystery” (Subterranean: “Tales of Dark Fantasy Anthology, 2008) (PDF)
  2. Kage Baker: “Running the Snake” (Sideways in Crime Anthology, 2008) (PDF)
  3. Stephen Bartholomew: “Last Resort” (Analog, April 1963)
  4. Peter S. Beagle: “King Pelles the Sure” (Strange Roads Collection, 2008) (PDF)
  5. Peter S. Beagle: “The Rabbi’s Hobby” (Eclipse Anthology #2, 2008) (PDF)
  6. Elizabeth Bear: “The Horrid Glory of Its Wings” (, December 2009)
  7. Elizabeth Bear: “The House of the Rising Sun” (Third Alternative #42, Summer 2005)
  8. Marie Brennan: “The TWA Corbies” (Talebones, Winter 2005)
  9. John Brown: “Bright Waters” (LCRW #17, November 2005) (PDF)
  10. John Brown: “From the Clay of His Heart” (Intergalactic Medicine Show #8, April 2008) (PDF)
  11. John Brown: “Loose in the Wires” (Intergalactic Medicine Show #1, October 2005) (PDF)
  12. John Brown: “The Scent of Desire” (Writers of the Future Anthology #13, 1997) (PDF)
  13. Michael A. Burstein: “Lifeblood” (New Voices in SF Anthology, 2003)
  14. Jeff Carlson: “Exit” (Apex, December 2009)
  15. Kris Dikeman: “Dearest Cecily” (LCRW #22, June 2008) (PDF)

  1. Debra Doyle: “A Death in the Working” (Murder by Magic Anthology, 2004) (PDF)
  2. Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald: “On Suivi Point” (Cosmic Tales Anthology #2, 2005)
  3. Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald: “Philologos; or, A Murder in Bistrita” (F & SF, February 2008) (PDF)
  4. Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald: “The Queen’s Mirror” (A Wizard’s Dozen Anthology, 1993)
  5. Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald: “The Last Real New Yorker in the World” (Newer York Anthology, 1991)
  6. Christopher Fowler: “The Lady Downstairs” (BBC Online, 2004)
  7. Randall Garrett: “The Asses of Balaam” (Analog, October 1961)
  8. David W. Goldman: “Invasion of the Pattern Snatchers” (Analog, September 2008)
  9. David W. Goldman: “Radical Acceptance” (Analog, January 2007)
  10. David W. Goldman: “Reunion” (Analog, December 2007)
  11. David W. Goldman: “The Last Man’s First Year on Earth” (Helix, Winter 2008)
  12. David W. Goldman: “The Story of His Life” (Writers of the Future Anthology #21, 2005)
  13. Dominic Green: “The Adventure of the Lost World” (BBC Online, 2004)
  14. Daryl Gregory: “The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm” (Eclipse Anthology #2, 2008) (PDF)
  15. Jon Courtenay Grimwood: “The Spy’s Retirement” (BBC Online, 2004)
  16. Richard Harland: “A Guided Tour in the Kingdom of the Dead” (Dreaming Again Anthology, 2008) (PDF)
  17. Kenneth Mark Hoover: “High Moon” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #32, December 2009)
  18. Nicole Kornher-Stace: “The Raccoon’s Daughter” (Fantasy Magazine, December 2009)
  19. Marc Laidlaw: “Childrun” (F & SF, August 2008) (PDF)
  20. Tim Lebbon: “The Horror of the Many Faces” (Shadows Over Baker Street Anthology, 2003)
  21. Randy McCharles: “Ringing the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta” (Tesseracts Anthology #12, 2008) (PDF)
  22. James Morrow: “Lady Witherspoon’s Solution” (Extraordinary Engines Anthology, 2008) (PDF)
  23. Kim Newman: “A Shambles in Belgravia” (BBC Online, 2004)
  24. Kim Newman: “Mildew Manor, or The Italian Smile” (BBC Online, 2005)
  25. Naomi Novik: “Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake” (Fast Ships, Black Sails Anthology, 2008) (PDF)
  26. Richard Parks: “Skin Deep” (Eclipse Anthology #2, 2008) (PDF)
  27. Mack Reynolds: “Border, Breed Nor Birth” (Analog, July 1962)
  28. Chris Roberson: “Merridew of Abominable Memory” (Gaslight Grimoire Anthology, 2008)
  29. Darrell Schweitzer: “The Adventure of the Death-Fetch” (The Great World and the Small Anthology, 2001)
  30. Ekaterina Sedia: “Red” (Subterranean Online, Fall 2009)
  31. Delia Sherman: “Gift from a Spring” (Realms of Fantasy, April 2008) (PDF)
  32. Michael Marshall Smith: “This Is Now” (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Anthology #16, 2005)
  33. Brian Stableford: “After the Stone Age” (BBC Online, 2005)
  34. James Stoddard: “The First Editions” (F & SF, April 2008) (PDF)
  35. Harry Turtledove: “Under St. Peter’s” (By Blood We Live Anthology, 2009)
  36. Catherynne M. Valente: “Exsanguinations” (By Blood We Live Anthology, 2009)
  37. Howard Waldrop: “Avast, Abaft!” (Fast Ships, Black Sails Anthology, 2008) (PDF)
  38. Kim Wilkins: “The Forest” (Dreaming Again Anthology, 2008) (PDF)
  39. Liz Williams: “Queen of the Sunlit Shore” (Myth-Understandings Anthology, 2008) (PDF)
  40. Stephen Woodworth: “The Olverung” (Realms of Fantasy, December 2008) (PDF) (Audio)
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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