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Free eBook: ‘Zendegi’ by Greg Egan

Night Shade Books is handing out eBook copies of Zendegi by Greg Egan for the low, low price of free!

Here’s what the book is about:

In the near future, journalist Martin Seymour travels to Iran to cover the parliamentary elections. Most would-be opposition candidates are disqualified and the election becomes the non-event the world expects. But shortly afterward a compromising image of a government official captured on a mobile phone triggers a revolutionary movement that overthrows the old theocracy.

Nasim Golestani, a young Iranian scientist living in exile in the United States, is hoping to work on the Human Connectome Project–which aims to construct a detailed map of the wiring of the human brain–but when government funding for the project is canceled and a chance comes to return to her homeland, she chooses to head back to Iran.

Fifteen years after the revolution, Martin is living in Iran with his wife and young son, while Nasim is in charge of the virtual world known as Zendegi, used by millions of people for entertainment and business. When Zendegi comes under threat from powerful competitors, Nasim draws on her old skills, and data from the now-completed Human Connectome Project, to embark on a program to create more lifelike virtual characters and give the company an unbeatable edge.

As controversy grows over the nature and rights of these software characters, tragedy strikes Martin’s family. Martin turns to Nasim, seeking a solution that no one else can offer… but Zendegi is about to become a battlefield.

And here’s how you can get it…

All you have to do is send an email to and they will send you an eBook copy of Zendegi by Greg Egan in .epub format. [Note that by emailing Night Shade for the free ebook, you will signing up for their mailing list, from which you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking a link in their newsletter. But I bet you won’t! Lots of great stuff in there…]

It’s that simple. But hurry! This offer ends on May 6th, 2011.

UPDATE: Folks are saying the email address is bouncing emails back. I’m checking with Night Shade and will update this post again when I know more.

UPDATE 2: I’m told the email address issue has been fixed. Replies will be manual for now (that is, not immediate), but an automated solution is coming soon. Night Shade apologizes for the inconvenience. You may now send your emails as described above.

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21 Comments on Free eBook: ‘Zendegi’ by Greg Egan

  1. OldMiser // May 2, 2011 at 1:23 am //

    The e-mail I sent via the link in this article bounced.

  2. OldMiser // May 2, 2011 at 2:59 am //

    P.S.   .epup –> .epub ?

  3. Email link still bouncing πŸ™

  4. Bouncing for me too.

  5. I’ve sent a note to Night Shade about the email address.  Will update you when it’s fixed.

    @OldMiser: Maaaaaybe…or maybe it’s an eBook written for tiny canines…. πŸ™‚

  6. Probelm fixed as noted above.  Please resend your emails.

  7. Jason M. Robertson // May 3, 2011 at 1:38 am //

    Response to email was size zero file ‘noname’…

  8. Scotoma // May 3, 2011 at 1:59 am //

    I had the same problem (I’m using googlemail), when I went into the options for the individual mail and let me show the original text, there was greetings from Night Shade and a link to the book. Looks like googlemail (and probably others) might not show you the complete mail with the link.

  9. Jason M. Robertson // May 3, 2011 at 3:06 am //

    That does appear to do the trick. Looks to me as if they botched their message encoding and Google is being less tolerant than other services….

  10. The email sends me to this page which tells me to send an email?!?!

  11. Beckie // May 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm //

    I, too, received an email with a link sending me right back here.  I already sent an email requesting the eBook.

  12. I sent my e-mail yesterday, got no answer… yet. πŸ™

  13. Some folks seem to be having problems, but not others.  The best advice I can give is to keep trying.

  14. Dennis // May 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm //

    “The best advice I can give is to keep trying.”

    I keep trying and it keeps sending me back to this page, same as others have said above. Has anyone actually got the ebook? What is the point of all this hoop-jumping? Why not just post the link?

  15. UPDATE: Nightshade is aware of the problem.  Some script issues are not working as expected and Gmail (and possibly Yahoo users) are seeing some problems.  Night Shade is working diligently to get everyone their eBooks.


    And yes, many folks have gotten the eBook. I’m one of ’em.

  16. no response at all πŸ™

  17. No response either, after two separate emails sent forth days ago. :-<

  18. Got my copy, but at a different address than my gmail one (hotmail).

  19. Dennis // May 6, 2011 at 9:29 am //

    I finally received an email at my Gmail address with a working link. Since I complained above, I thought I should let you know. πŸ™‚


  20. Thanks for the update, Dennis. 

    Yeah, they’re probably playing catch-up. We’ve gotten thousands of hits on this post. Combine that with their system issues, and it’s easy to see how they might be a bit behind.

  21. KAIRAM AHMED HAMDAN // May 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm //

    Never managed to download thru the link.


    Please help!

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