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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?
- @Cosmos: “In the future there will be birds” by Shauna O’Meara
- @Terraform: “Local Stop on the Floating Train” by E. Lily Yu
- @Author’s Site: “The Space Between Hopes and Dreams” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- @The Colored Lens: “Bioluminescence” by Kristen Hatten [Science Fiction]
- @Cosmos: “In the future there will be birds” by Shauna O’Meara [Science Fiction]
- @Mad Scientist Journal: “The Problem with Protégés” by Rob Oxley [Science Fiction]
- @madgeniusclub: “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” by Sarah A. Hoyt [Dystopian]
- @Short-Story.me: “Silent Night” by Andy Morris [Christmas Horror]
- @Terraform: “Local Stop on the Floating Train” by E. Lily Yu [Science Fiction]
- @Author’s Site: “The Green Man” by Vincent Asaro [Horror]
- @Author’s Site: “The Space Between Hopes and Dreams” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Fantasy]
Written – Flash
- @365 tomorrows:
- @Daily Science Fiction: “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Monsters” by Alex Shvartsman [Fantasy Flash]
- @Every Day Fiction:
- @Flashes in the Dark: “Every Traveler Who Returns is Lost” by Robin Wyatt Dunn [Horror Flash]
- Drabblecast #345 – Cat With Blue Fur Trifecta [Speculative Feline Fiction – Three Shorts]
Audio – Radio Dramas
- @Relic Radio: Quiet, Please –“Bring Me To Life” [Horror Radio Drama – from 1947]
Free eBooks – Science Fiction
Breath of Life (The Gaian Consortium #1) by Christine Pope
Anika Jespers lives in the Gaian colony, and she assumes that she will never experience life outside of her family’s farm. Her father makes a bargain with their neighbor, sending Anika to live with a man who is a member of the Zhore alien race. Though the two have little in common, they form a lasting bond, and she draws him out of his shell as he introduces her to the outside world.
[Space Opera Novella – First of Series – Amazon]
Guardian Awakening (Guardian Planetary AI #1) by C. Osborne Rapley
Following an unsuccessful and debilitating experiment by the Navy, Tristan Taylor’s now reclusive and desolate life takes a shocking turn with the arrival of an alien warrior whose ship has crash-landed behind his isolated cottage.
Discovering that his previously failed brain implant can interface with the alien’s computers, Tristan resolves to accompany the enchanting Aesia in her quest to return to her people…little knowing what awaits him. And at what price…?
[Science Fiction Romance Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Mother Outlaw (Flight Records of The Northern Julie #1) by J.C. Nathans
Mariana Gardner never wanted to huntcriminals. She never needed to know how to shoot or how to find people who don’t want to be found. Content with a second-hand spaceship and a work license, she traveled the stars as a freelance scientist, owing her life to no one.
That was before Michael Azrael, the enigmatic bounty hunter with a taste for insurrection, before the job that would land them on death row, before an expensive bailout courtesy of the paramilitary organization Zygna.
Indebted to Zygna their release and in the wake of a string of failed missions, Mariana is given one last chance to save her career: travel to Oranos, a planet in the throes of a civil war and assassinate the Chancellor. Fail, and it’s back to death row, and after a taste of freedom, neither she nor Azrael intend to go back without a fight.
But her ship’s sentient computer missed the memo. And instead of carrying her to Oranos, he has other plans. Namely to gather the soul pieces of the universe’s former most dangerous outlaw…
[Space Opera Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Star Soldiers by Andre Norton
A grand tapestry of the far-flung interstellar future, in which the first starships from Earth have burst out into the universe . . . only to run straight into the restraining grasp of the stagnant alien federation known as Central Control.
[Space Opera Novel – Amazon]
Starship’s Mage: Episode 1 by Glynn Stewart
Humanity’s far flung interstellar colonies are tied together by the Protectorate of the Mage King of Mars and the magic of the Jump Mages.
Damien Montgomery is a newly-trained member of this elite order.Unable to find a ship to take him on, he joins the crew of a freighter as desperate as he is – without looking hard enough at why they’re desperate.
Thus begins an adventure that will take him to the edges of known space and to the limits of his own magic.
[Space Opera Serial – First Episode – Amazon]
The Course of Empire (Course of Empire #1) by Eric Flint and K. D. Wentworth
Conquered by the Jao twenty years ago, the Earth is shackled under alien tyranny—and threatened by the even more dangerous Ekhat, who are sending a genocidal extermination fleet to the solar system. Humanity’s only chance rests with an unusual pair of allies: a young Jao prince, newly arrived to Terra to assume his duties, and a young human woman brought up amongst the Jao occupiers.
But both are under pressure from the opposing forces—a cruel Jao viceroy on one side, determined to drown all opposition in blood; a reckless human resistance on the other, perfectly prepared to shed it. Added to the mix is the fact that only by adopting some portions of human technology and using human sepoy troops can the haughty Jao hope to defeat the oncoming Ekhat attack—and then only by fighting the battle within the Sun itself.
[Space Opera Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
The Key: Part One (Project Enterprise #1) by Pauline Baird Jones
Spunky US Top Gun pilot, Sara Donavan’s blasting aliens when she crashes on a deserted planet. Well, almost deserted, another stranded pilot, a seriously hot alien, Kiernan Fyn, rescues Sara and takes her to his cave. When Sara’s crew finds her, she returns Fyn’s favor and takes him back with her to the huge U S spaceship she calls home. Though he fits in well on the ship, and he and Sara have a close encounter—an out-of-this-world kiss—Fyn’s hiding a dark secret. Sara has her own mystery, she discovers a hidden city everyone in the galaxy’s searching for. The lost city is a key to Sara’s baffling abilities and her mother’s past but its discovery also leads dangerous enemies to the Earth Expedition.
[Science Fiction Adventure Novella – First of Series – Amazon]
Wanted by Terry Compton
Josh Gunn detests space pirates. He hunts them down and brings them to justice – one way or another. When he and his android partner Cherry Kang close in on one of the worst, the fireworks start. After the big explosion, they wake up in a different galaxy with their spaceship crashed on an asteroid and shot to smithereens. When they get a derelict spaceship ready to fly with parts from their ruined ship and escape, Josh finds something he hates worse than pirates. Josh Gunn and Cherry Kang intend to hunt every last one of them down and make sure they pay.
[Military Science Fiction Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian – Young Adult
The Secret Apocalypse by James Harden
Sixteen year old Rebecca Robinson is the sole survivor of the Australian Apocalypse. The death toll is at an estimated 22 million. The entire world wants to know what happened down there and since the military aren’t talking, everyone is looking to Rebecca for answers.
[YA Post-Apocalyptic Novel – First of Series – Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]
Free eBooks – Fantasy
Raziel’s Shadow (Angels and Djinn, Book 1 of 3) by Joseph Robert Lewis
Zerai thought he was a long-lost prince. He thought he would be blessed by the angels to slay an army of demons. He thought he would reclaim his grandfather’s golden throne. He thought wrong.
[Dark Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult
Abstrus (Planet Abstrus #1) by TK Rayford
When 17 year old Lexi Lee’s mother disappeared six months ago, her world fell apart.She is finally coming to terms with her new life when she meets Farah, Ferdinand, and Liza.They bring with them revelations that cause her world to crumble even more.She finds out that she is much more than human and that the truths she thought she knew are not really truths at all.Things are never what they seem on the surface. She better figure out who to trust… and fast.
Could Earth really handle the truth?
[YA Fantasy Romance Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Small Town Witch (Fae of Calaveras #1) by Kristen S. Walker
Teen witch Rosamunde is totally mature and responsible—if only her mother would realize that. Then she could learn more advanced spells, get her parents to listen to her opinions, and finally go on a date with that cute boy from school. But her mom is stricter than all the other magical parents in town, and Rosa is fighting an uphill battle for her independence.
But there’s strict, and then there’s the crazy spells Rosa finds hidden around the house, including one that can track Rosa’s every movement. Suspecting her mom’s magic use has gone too far, she enlists the help of her friends to find the full extent of her mother’s control and any way to break free of it. Yet some secrets are best left hidden—and truth about her family, if she can find it, might threaten everything Rosa has ever known.
[YA Paranormal Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Traphis: A Wizard’s Tale by James D. Maxon
A year after the death of his father, fifteen-year-old Traphis stumbles across his father’s hidden collection of books. Forbidden from learning magic at a young age, he resolves to read the books in secret. Doors to a dark and formidable world begin to open, and a treacherous adventure awaits both him and his newfound friends. In their journey to fight the power of lies, betrayal, and greed, they discover that no matter how well they master their magic skills, they are powerless without the most important skills in life, such as the abilities to trust, care, and forgive.
[YA Sword & Sorcery Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Paranormal and Romance
Chosen (Chosen #1) by Denise Grover Swank
Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will.
Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake’s proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn’t know she has.
Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it’s too late.
[Paranormal Thriller / Romance Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Superhero
Small Town Superhero (Small Town Superhero #1) by Cheree Alsop
When a horrible accident tears Kelson’s family apart, he’s forced to live with his relatives in a small farming community. As the new kid, he becomes the target of the town’s gang, but they don’t realize quite what they’re up against as Kelson is forced to risk everything to save both the town and the girl who captured his heart.
[YA Superhero Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Horror
Rushed by Brian Harmon
Eric can’t remember the recurring dream that keeps waking him in the middle of the night with an overwhelming urge to leave, yet he spends each day feeling as if he desperately needs to be somewhere. With no idea how to cure himself of this odd compulsion, he decides to let it take its course and go for a drive, hoping that once he proves to himself that there is nowhere to go, he can return to his normal life. Instead, he finds himself hurled headlong into a nightmare adventure across a fractured Wisconsin as the dream reveals itself one heart-pounding detail at a time.
[Horror / Suspense Novel – First of Series – Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]