Yes, today’s release day for my latest entry in the After The Fires Went Out series, Amends. But let’s get on with the FREE FICTION:
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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?
- Escape Pod #499 – “Sounding the Fall” for reading or listening
- Lightspeed has “The Consciousness Problem” by Mary Robinette Kowal!
- Mad Scientist Journal has “The Trouble With Rabbits”
- Escape Pod #499 – “Sounding the Fall” by Jei D. Marcade [Science Fiction – also available in audio]
- @Lightspeed Magazine:
- @Mad Scientist Journal: “The Trouble With Rabbits” by Sylvia Heike [Science Fiction]
- @The Colored Lens: “Ashika” by Brian Ennis [Dark Speculative Fiction]
- @The WiFiles: “The Time House” by David K Scholes [Science Fiction]
Written – Flash
- @365 tomorrows:
- @Daily Science Fiction:
- @Every Day Fiction: “Tough Climb” by Dianne Williams [Surreal Flash]
- Cast of Wonders #170 – “Princesses Do Not Breathe Fire” by Sarina Dorie [YA Fantasy]
- Escape Pod #499 – “Sounding the Fall” by Jei D. Marcade [Science Fiction]
- Far Fetched Fables #66 – “The One That Got Away” by Mark Teppo and “The Sorcerer’s Unattainable Garden” by A. Merc Rustad [Fantasy]
- Journey Into… #127 – “Evermore, I Told The Raven” by Ken Scholes [Horror]
- @Lightspeed Magazine: Saltwater Railroad by Andrea Hairston – Part 2 [Fantasy Serialization]
- PodCastle #373 – “Sweet Potato Woman” by Chris Barnes [Fantasy]
- Pseudopod #447 – “Coo Coo” by Elan Hold [Horror]
Audio – Radio Dramas
- @Relic Radio:
Audio – Serialized
- @Author’s Site: Alive by Scott Sigler – Episode #5 [YA Science Fiction Adventure Novel Serialization]
Free eBooks – Science Fiction
“Eat Fish And Die” by S. Ron Mars
Stuck on a small planetoid, we find Major Joachim Merlot. He’s the military equivalent of a street sweeper, defending Earth against an alien race of stinking fish-like creatures. Merlot isn’t interested in being any kind of hero — he just wants to return home and see who won the office betting pool. His odds of making it back alive are only one in sixteen, but that doesn’t matter. He’s been issued a handy dandy Battle Ready Android with the fire power of an entire platoon. The only problem? He can’t let the android think too much. Too much thinking, you see, can upset it. And there’s the rub. Since everyone thinks most of the time, how can you figure out when it’s too much?
[Military Science Fiction Comedy Short Story – Amazon]
Eville by Holand Peterson
First day on the job: The room is on fire, flooded with smoke. The boss is blowing holes in the wall with her elephant gun, miserably failing in an attempt to shoot down the tentacle-covered beast hungrily latched onto her new employee’s leg. Alex peers through the window, four stories above ground, contemplating if he could miraculously survive a jump down, seeing as how this demon is likely to devour him before his mad boss actually hits her mark. You know, this sort of crap never happened when he was working at the video store.
[Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Freedom Club by Saul Garnell
The year is 2085, and the world dives blindly into capitalistic hysteria while dreaming of a technologic singularity. India and China now dominate as economic leaders, and people have become over-reliant on the cold logic of artificial intelligence. Who can save the world from such self inflicted decay?
Here we find Sumeet, the cream of Indian education, and a top notch investment banker. But he’s unhappy with the good life laid before him, and soon meets Shinzou Friemann, a mysterious consultant who offers solace from the fetters of unbridled Capitalism. But Shinzou is not all that he seems, and Sumeet is unwittingly drawn into the hunt for an unusual terrorist group. One where the lines between terrorist, freedom fighter, hero, and madman all break down… welcome to the Freedom Club.
Both men explore a future world overrun by consumerism, technology, and discontent. Where being human isn’t good enough, as God-like Sentient Beings threaten the very meaning of life. Written in a way that echoes John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar, Freedom Club is frighteningly prescient, and intensely powerful.
[Science Fiction / Cyberpunk / Dystopian Novel – Amazon]
Peacemaker 2564 AD – The Corona Rebellion by Gordon Savage
Sometimes even a Peacemaker has to slap the bad guys upside the head to get them to listen to reason.
Two hundred years after the first settlers land on the planet Corona, the colonists face a nightmare situation. Natives have been reported, and colonizing an inhabited planet is prohibited.
Threatened with relocation, Coronans rebel to defend?at all cost — the only home they’ve ever known. When an explosion leaves a cloud of ions in place of his star ship, stranding Peacemaker, Commander Gus Colt, on the planet, he survives a crash landing and escapes the rebels but is critically injured getting away. Natives deliver him to a loyalist widow’s farm for medical treatment, where he falls in love with her and unintentionally draws her into danger.
If Colt is to stop the fighting and bring the bad guys to justice, he must identify the real perpetrator, discover the secret to the natives, and protect the woman he loves. It’s a life or death struggle that will take all his wits, audacity, and raw determination.
[Space Opera Novel – Amazon]
The Singularity: Heretic by David Beers
One thousand years in the future, humans no longer rule…
In the early twenty-first century, humanity marveled at its greatest creation: Artificial Intelligence. They didn’t foresee the consequences of such a creation, however.
Deemed The Genesis, the Intelligence quickly decided humanity couldn’t continue in its current form, that if it did, destruction awaited the world. Resorting to drastic measures, entire generations of humans grew from laboratories, and within a thousand years, the threat of destruction evaporated.
Now, in a world where humans must meet specifications to continue living, a man named Caesar emerges. Not meeting specifications, indeed, thinking things no human should, eyes fall on Caesar, eyes that could kill him or lift him up, lead him to tragedy or revolution.
[Technothriller Novel – First of Series – Amazon | B&N | Kobo]
Free eBooks – Science Fiction – Young Adult
Glassford Girl (Emily Heart, Time Jumper #1) by Jay J. Falconer
Teleportation. Telepathy. Superior strength and speed. Abilities she never wanted. Abilities she must learn to control.
Emily Heart used to have a normal life. A life filled with family, friends, and a warm bed to sleep in. But that was before the night of The Taking. The night when she was abducted and genetically transformed against her will.
Now she’s lost everything and living on the streets of Glassford Park, struggling to stay alive one more day. But it won’t be easy. Not when a gang wants to kill her, cops want to arrest her, and a reporter wants to expose her.
[YA Time Travel Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Origins by S. E. Meyer
John Mitchell’s life in the small Midwestern town of Mill City is changing forever. The animals in his lab are dying, he learns gut wrenching news about his wife, and the most important meeting of his career gets canceled when Dr. Frank Johnson mysteriously disappears.
After receiving a cryptic package from the missing doctor and accidentally injecting himself with its contents, a serum made from the instructions scribed onto a seven-thousand-year-old artifact, John discovers he has new powerful abilities, and new blood-chilling enemies. He and his wife Jenny are soon running for their lives, hunted by the terrifying figures that will stop at nothing to protect the serum’s seven-thousand-year-old secret, and retrieve the artifact needed to finish their plans.
On the run and searching for answers, they are thrown into a world of ancient secrets, esoteric mysteries and a clandestine underground race, when they become trapped in a cavern that holds the shocking secret history of the Human Race, deep underneath the ancient ruins of Babylon.
As millions of people around the world suddenly begin disappearing, John and Jenny learn the horrific news of the inevitable extinction of the human race. But when John discovers the hideously evil, secret motivation of the ancient race that is supposed to be saving them, he must rely on his new-found abilities to rescue the woman he loves, Earth, and the billions of tortured souls locked deep within it.
[YA Science Fiction Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Cyberpunk
Silicon Man (Silicon Series #1) by William Massa
To complete his mission, he will have to become that which he hates the most… A machine!
A global pandemic has cut the human population in half. An android workforce fills the void left by the devastation. But some of the AIs have grown tired of being slaves. Some want freedom. An underground movement of runaways has sprung up and wages a shadow war with a simple objective — equal rights for artificial people.
As head of the elite AI-TAC squad, Commander Cole Marsalis’ job is to hunt down rogue robots. Now he has been tasked with the ultimate undercover mission — infiltrate the android underground.
[Cyberpunk Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Steampunk
Free eBooks – Fantasy
Party of Five by Vasileios Kalampakas
A magical bunny, daft pirates, a village of rastafari elves, two princesses, a semi-retired thief and an aspiring bard, plus flying ships, dimensional portals and a largely silly sorcerer with a dangerous, mysterious amulet.
How do they all fit together, you may ask? Fate, it seems. Or maybe not.
[Fantasy Novella – First of Series – Amazon]
Phantasia, Book One: Into the Rain) by M. U. Riyadad
After finding the body of a dragon in a metallic desert, Red finds out that he is the reincarnation of a messiah worshipped by an insectoid alien race bent on invading his star system. Swept into a dangerous adventure across glacial swamps, cloud cities, and dead stars — Red must evade his true purpose in the world, to summon a forsaken deity trapped in another realm.
Travel into a world unlike any other, a world teeming with creatures the size of planets, parasites that can lay waste to entire civilizations, and mysterious energy sources that can decay the lifeforce of stars. What starts as only a whisper in the darkness, grows into a tale of epic proportions.
Phantasia is a future fantasy epic that stands at 180,000 words.
[“Future” Epic Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult
Storm of Arranon by R E Sheahan
A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.
Cadet Erynn Yager guards a secret that if revealed would change her
life, and not for the good. Erynn senses the emotions of others, can
manipulate the electro-magnetic field around her, bend time for brief
moments, and see the future. It’s not Erynn’s abilities that jeopardize
her. It’s why she has these talents. Erynn’s very birth as a child of
two worlds is forbidden…
[YA Fantasy Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Vampires
Mere Mortal by Katie Roman
Samantha Dunmore would be thrilled to live quietly with her dog. However, working as a social worker for vampires makes life anything but. When an ancient vampire brings trouble right to Samantha’s doorstep she must step out of her quiet life and into a world of villainous vampires, werewolves with hero complexes, and witches out to make mischief. Armed with attitude and a blessed baseball bat Samantha decides to get her life back to normal, or as normal as she can.
[Vampire Novel – Amazon]
Parched by Z.L. Arkadie
What would you do if everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie?
Advertising Exec Clarity Parker thought she’d never see Baron Ford again. Five years ago, they shared the date of her life and then he literally vanished into thin air. Now he’s back and he’s about to reveal something that will turn her world upside down.
[Vampire Romance Novel – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Superhero
The Strike Trilogy by Charlie Wood
All three books of the STRIKE Trilogy, in one collected edition.
Tobin Lloyd’s life is perfect: he’s a senior at Bridgton High, he’s one of the funniest kids in school, and his only worry is whether or not his latest prank is going to result in yet another detention.
But when he wakes up in the world of Capricious, a place where superheroes are real and attacks by super-villains are just another hassle of living in the city, all of that changes. Suddenly, Tobin’s last year of high school is not going as he expected.
Far from home and pretty sure he’s gone insane, Tobin must join a strange group of companions (including a beer-drinking dog and a genius, three-foot-tall robot) as he begins his harrowing quest to get back to the world of Earth.
[Superhero Omnibus – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Horror
The Wormwood Event (Shadows of the Liber Noctiis #1) by JM Guillen
The American Midwest
At the end of the Rational world, she holds the only key to the future, written in madness and blood.
Grace believed she was going to be a computer programmer someday and perhaps create programs that educate children or save lives. She never thought she would be fleeing for her life from her roommate. She also never thought that her roommate would be a ragged, undead monstrosity that had clawed out her own eyes.
Sometimes, life takes odd turns.
The turn in Grace’s life came the night of the Wormwood Star, when the dead awoke and twisted aberrations began to walk the land. As technology and sanity began to corrode, all of civilization collapsed.
Meanwhile Grace and her new comrades struggle to survive and understand what has happened. But Grace has an advantage, one she doesn’t truly comprehend.
[Lovecraftian Post-Apocalyptic Horror Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Zombies
Left Alive #1 by Jeremy Laszlo
The world is dead. Plants gone. Animals gone. The air is thick with dust and ash. Water has turned to murky cesspools of death and decay. Life and Earth as we know it are gone—at least all the good parts.
It’s been almost a year since the first signs that we killed our planet began to arise. Order and humanity are gone now, replaced by vigilante justice and survival at all costs. Nine months have passed since the quarantines were put in place. Six months since we realized it was too late, and just after that the governments of the world fell.
That was nearly seven billion people ago, and now Charles has decided it is time to pack up and leave in search of the one thing still worth living for—his daughters.
With rumors of roving bands of cannibals, and even zombies, he knows making the journey is a long shot, but he has to try. He promised their dying mother that he would keep them safe and has every intention of doing just that, come hell or hungry zombies.
In a soulless world filled with nothing but pain and death, will his determination be enough to see him through to the end?
[Zombie Novella – First of Series – Amazon]