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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 9/13/2013

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  1. Baen has four short stories (two each) excerpted from upcoming anthologies, In Space No One Can Hear You Scream and The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including stories by Arthur C. Clarke and Mercedes Lackey

    Robert Armstrong had walked just over two miles, as far as he could judge, when his torch failed. He stood still for a moment, unable to believe that such a misfortune could really have befallen him. Then, half maddened with rage, he hurled the useless instrument away. It landed somewhere in the darkness, disturbing the silence of this little world. A metallic echo came ringing back from the low hills: then all was quiet again.

    – Arthur C. Clarke, “A Walk in the Dark”

  2. Daily Science Fiction has a longer-than-usual fantasy story from Kalisa Ann Lessnau

    We knew the witch was dead when her cat showed up on our doorstep. Mom found him sitting patiently beside the morning’s milk delivery, like he was waiting for his share of the cream. She only called to Dad, but the tone of her voice got us both up from the breakfast table until we all stood in the entryway to stare at the cat.

    – “The Witch’s Cat”

  3. Nature has some science fiction flash from William Meikle

    What Frank Green did wasn’t difficult. All it took was a large amount of computing power and many weeks of meticulous research in musty book stacks. By mid-July he felt ready to test his findings.

    He wasn’t sure quite what he’d found, but the pattern was unmistakable. For most of recorded history, people have been disappearing without trace, often right in front of astonished friends and acquaintances.

    – “Lacunae”

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