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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #50: July 2015 – First Half

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So we’re back with some free fiction. And I’ve included my oft-mentioned After The Fires Went Out: Coyote freebie, as Book Five: Amends is coming out on Wednesday.

Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Abyss & Apex #55 – 3rd Quarter 2015
  2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #177 – July 09, 2015
  3. Crossed Genres #31 – July 2015 – “Novelette”
  4. Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #24
  5. Kaleidotrope Summer 2015

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #49: February 2015

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Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Apex Magazine #69 – February 2015
  2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #167 – February 19, 2015
  3. Journal of Unlikely Cryptography #11 – February 2015

 

Written

Written – Flash

Written – Serialized

Audio

Audio – Radio Dramas

Audio – Serialized

  • @Cthulhu: #191 – The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers: [Horror Collection Serialization]
  • @Welcome to Night Vale:
  • @Author’s Site: Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty – Episode 15 [Urban Fantasy Novel Serialization]
  • @Author’s Site: Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty – Episode 16 [Urban Fantasy Novel Serialization]
  • @Author’s Site: Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty – Episode 17 [Urban Fantasy Novel Serialization]

Free eBooks – Various Speculative Subgenres

@Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction: #50
[Speculative Fiction Magazine - EPUB, MOBI, PDF - Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction]

Free eBooks – Science Fiction

Acid Sky by Mark Anson
Venus – second planet from the Sun. In the crushing depths of its atmosphere lies a hellish, dimly-lit world of baked rock and furnace-like temperatures, forever hidden beneath thick clouds of sulphuric acid.
But high above the clouds, the sky is blue and clear, and a fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers circle endlessly on the high-altitude winds, providing a welcome staging post for crews on long space voyages.
For Clare Foster, a lieutenant in the US Astronautics Corps on her first tour of duty on board the USSV Langley, flying on Venus brings new challenges to be mastered. But soon Clare finds herself enmeshed in the darker side of life on board the carrier, and a sequence of events in which the terrifying fury of the planet will be unleashed…

[Science Fiction Adventure Novel - Amazon]

Beacon – Part I by Jonathan C. Gillespie
At the end of time, a miracle endangers a vast refugee fleet.
[Space Opera Serial - First Episode - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Beacon – Part II by Jonathan C. Gillespie
Everything ends at Beacon. Everything falls. Now Tersias and Mally have a chance to change that—if they can survive.
[Space Opera Serial - Second Episode - Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords]

The Black Ships by A.G. Claymore
Our planet was just one small island in the midst of a vast, empty sea. For millennia, its inhabitants thought they were alone – until they took their first tentative steps out of the cradle. As the nations of Earth struggle to establish a fragile colony on the surface of Mars, they suddenly lose all contact with their settlers.
In the days that follow, it becomes abundantly clear that humans are not the only ones intent on exploiting the resources of the solar archipelago. In a desperate bid for freedom, Humanity must undergo social and economic changes on a scale previously unheard of.
In the midst of growing turmoil, the struggle to build an effective defense leads the species to a turning point. The smallest of chances may determine the difference between freedom or eternal subjugation.

[Science Fiction Novel - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

The Contact – Episode One by Albert Sartison
The ascendancy of mankind is being decided on Jupiter
[Science Fiction Serial - First Episode - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

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 Experiment by Cristian Alejandro Solari
Simplicity is the greatest accomplishment of the Universe Confederation. However, simplicity tends to shelter complex dilemmas. All intelligent species in the Universe live by their succinct Constitution: no true intelligent life form can harm in any way or interfere with another unless it is directly harmed or interfered with. The Constitution has never been broken, not even in the most complicated differendums.
[Science Fiction Novella - Amazon]

“First Fleet #1: Bones” by Stephen Case
In a war many light years away, among the ruins of an ancient alien civilization, our fallen soldiers return from the front lines in pieces. Medical pods regenerate the remains of these soldiers so their mind and consciousness can be downloaded into their freshly regrown body.
But something at the front lines… something inside the ruins… has been killing our soldiers faster than we could grow them. When a pod arrives with more than just the pieces of a fallen soldier, what begins to regenerate inside is something unimaginably powerful.
If it awakens, we will have lost a war we didn’t even know we started.

[Science Fiction Short Story - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

The Frontiers Saga: Episodes 1-3 by Ryk Brown
What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora, is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning.
[Space Opera Serial - First Three Episodes - Amazon]

Neptune Crossing (The Chaos Chronicles) by Jeffrey A. Carver
When John Bandicut encounters an alien intelligence on Neptune’s moon Triton, his life changes irrevocably. Urged by the alien quarx now sharing his mind, he accepts an audacious mission—to steal a ship and hurtle across the solar system in a desperate bid for Earth’s survival.
[Hard Science Fiction Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

The Solar Wind by Laura E. Collins
The Earth is dying. The Great Impact of 2079 has rendered the Earth uninhabitable. It is now hundreds of years later.
After the sudden death of her husband, all Ava Amherst wants is to begin a peaceful new life away from Earth on the space station Orionis. Or so she thought. After arrival she discovers life is much more difficult than she was led to believe by the Intergalactic Transport Organization. People are unfriendly, they keep to themselves, and food is much more expensive than she anticipated.
Practically starving, Ava nearly faints walking home from work. She is startled by a powerful electric shock radiating through her when handsome starship captain Wesley Robinson, and his crewmember Naomi, surprisingly come to her aid. The sensation is all but forgotten because of her yearning to make new friends. Her happiness initially blinds her to some subtle clues that they are more than simple humans…

[Science Fiction / Post-Apocalyptic Novel - Amazon]

Sullivan’s War (The Sullivan Saga #1) by Michael K. Rose
On Earth, a powerful politician has been murdered. When he’s assigned to the case, Agent Frank Allen soon discovers that the man responsible, Rick Sullivan, is not yet finished killing. But Allen will also discover that Rick Sullivan is not the man he appears to be, and the war he’s fighting, a war to rid his home planet of its oppressive government, is not his only battle.
As Allen pursues Sullivan across the known galaxy, he begins to question his own beliefs and loyalties. Will Allen be able to stop Rick Sullivan before he kills again? Does he really want to? As their lives become increasingly intertwined, both men realize they must face truths about themselves that neither of them are prepared for. And some of those truths will have consequences that neither of them could have ever imagined.

[Science Fiction Adventure Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

Tarizon: The Liberator (Tarizon Trilogy #1) by William Manchee
When a teenager discovers his father is working on a secret government project with aliens from the planet Tarizon, the project is compromised and Peter Turner must accept exile or be killed.
Tarizon is recovering from a series of super volcanic eruptions that nearly destroyed all life on the planet. It is slowly recovering ecologically but the political situation is volatile. The fight is between the Purists who want to rid Tarizon of a growing mutant population and eliminate all non-human intelligent life-forms, and the Loyalists who want to restore the Supreme Mandate that guarantees freedom and basic rights for all humans and other sentient beings.
Videl Lai has become Chancellor in a tainted election. Once in power, he renounces Tarizon’s constitution, The Supreme Mandate, and orders the extermination of all non-human life forms.

[Military Science Fiction Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

The Trilisk Ruins (Parker Interstellar Travels) by Michael McCloskey
Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans have found alien artifacts but haven’t ever encountered live aliens. Of all the aliens whose extinct civilizations are investigated, the Trilisks are the most advanced and the most mysterious.
[Science Fiction Adventure Novel - Amazon | B&N | Smashwords]

@Asimov’s Science Fiction: Tuesdays by Suzanne Palmer
[Science Fiction - PDF - Asimov's Science Fiction]

Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian

Devoured (The Hunger Book #1) by Jason Brant
Life isn’t kind to Lance York. A full-time job has eluded him for years, his wife loathes the sight of him, his bank accounts are empty, and his wealthy father-in-law revels in his failures.
After he lunges in front of a car to save a sick and disoriented woman, Lance awakens in a quarantined hospital. A devastating plague is spreading worldwide, driving those infected with it insane. Their bodies begin to mutate into horrors that have haunted mankind’s nightmares for centuries.
The world descends into chaos as the infected flee to the shadows, emerging at night to devour the remnants of civilization.
With the help of an unlikely ally, Lance must navigate through the collapsing city of Pittsburgh, striving to escape the madness of the apocalypse that unfolds around them.

[Post-Apocalyptic Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian – Young Adult

City of the Falling Sky (The Seckry Sequence Book 1) by Joseph Evans
When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.
[YA Dystopian Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

The Game (The Game is Life #1) by Terry Schott
What if life as we know it was just a game? What if, instead of traditional schools, children learned by participating in a virtual reality simulation, one that allowed them to experience “life” from birth to death — multiple times?
What if one player, on his final play, could change the world forever…?

[YA Dystopian Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Free eBooks – Steampunk

Free-Wrench by Joseph Lallo
The islands of Caldera are a shining jewel in a rather bleak world. A terrible calamity in the past had blanketed much of the world with a toxic “fug.” Those who survived were forced to take to the mountains and the skies in wondrous airships. Life has since been a struggle, with only the most ruthless and crafty able to survive. To spare themselves the same fate, the Calderans erected a battery of guns to fend off the airships of the mainland. They isolated themselves from the madness of the world, choosing instead to focus on the pursuits of art and creativity. Few believe the technologically advanced but socially barbarous outsiders have anything to offer. Amanita Graus, though, is hoping that they do.
[Steampunk Novella - Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords]

Free eBooks – Fantasy

The Call of Agon: Book One of The Children of Telm by Dean F. Wilson
Ifferon is one of the last in the bloodline of the dead god Telm, who mated with mortal women, and who imprisoned the Beast Agon in the Underworld. Armed with a connection to the estranged gods in the Overworld and a scroll bearing Telm’s powerful dying words, he is tasked with ensuring the god’s vital legacy: that Agon remain vanquished.
[Epic Fantasy Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

The Castrofax (The Father of the Fifth Age #1) by Jenna Van Vleet
Gabriel never expected Princess Robyn to show up at his manor after word of her sudden disappearance. Because of his remarkable talent in wielding the elements, however, he is appointed her protector until she can take the throne, but word of his magical power slowly spreads to untrusting ears.
Imprisoned because his abilities constitute a threat, Gabriel fights for his freedom as Princess Robyn is forced to fight for her throne.
Only through learning the true meaning of strength can either of them be saved, but all power comes with a cost.

[Arthurian Fantasy Novel - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Smashwords]

The Chronicles of Dragon: The Hero, The Sword and The Dragons (Book 1 of 10) by Craig Halloran
Nath is a special warrior. He is a man destined to be a dragon. In order to become a dragon, he must save the dragons.
[YA Sword & Sorcery Novella - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Chronicles of M (Chronicles of M #1) by Nicholas Forristal
When your first day of retirement starts with being a hostage during a robbery, it’s probably a bad sign. Then, you reluctantly agree to work for a company that houses and tends to a sociopathic super human named M. Your first task: head out to a small town and investigate a series of mysterious murders. Add to that a car chase, people shooting at you, supernatural craziness and you have the life of Samuel Horn.
[Urban Fantasy Novel - First of Series - Amazon]

The Journey by J. Adams
Life is about choices, and the paths we choose bear consequences. Ciran is about to learn this the hard way. Two roads are ahead of her, but only one leads home. Which will she choose?
[Fantasy Novella - Amazon]

Nine Lives of Adam Blake by Ryan Gladney
Adam Blake knows what fate awaits him after death. He has died before, and will die again, and always it’s the same. For Adam, there is no heaven, no hell, no reincarnation, or cold, final sleep. When he dies, his life flashes before his eyes; it rushes backward—nothing skipped or overlooked—until it stops, suddenly, at age twelve, one week after he had mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind his childhood home. Then, he wakes up.
[Fantasy Novel - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

@GigaNotoSaurus: Serving Girl by Phoebe Harris
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[Fantasy Novelette - EPUB, MOBI - GigaNotoSaurus | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

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[Fantasy Magazine - EPUB, MOBI, PDF - Beneath Ceaseless Skies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult

Fae Queen by Lynn Landes
Caderyn is on a mission. To design a fairy tale garden for a little girl and put her company, Secret Gardens on the map! She does not have time for romance, and she does not believe in fairy tales.
But, fate has a mind of its own…

[YA Fairy Tale Novella - Amazon]

Small Things by Joe DeRouen
It’s a hot June morning in a small Midwestern town when fifteen-year-old Shawn Spencer arrives at the church for his best friend Tanner’s funeral. Though his drowning was officially ruled an accident, Tanner’s sister Jenny swears she saw something rise up from the Carthage Lake to pull the struggling teenager beneath the surface.
Shawn doesn’t believe in monsters… but he will…

[YA Dark Fantasy Novel - Amazon]

Free eBooks – Horror

The Angel Hunter by JA Leary
Victoria Hunter journeys through worlds of both good and evil as she fights to bring her twin sons back from the unexplainable.
[Horror Novel - Amazon]

Free eBooks – Zombies

Apocalypse Weird: The Red King (WYRD #1) by Nick Cole
The end of the world is only the beginning as an odd band of survivors pull together to construct a modern-day castle amid the burning ruins of suburbia lost. As undead hordes and strange otherworldly monsters ravage what’s left of civilization, things begin to go from worse to weird as each survivor’s dark past unfolds, revealing that reality might be more than anyone ever thought, and that an ancient force from the outer dark has finally arrived to conquer. Stephen King’s The Stand meets Lost in an epic confrontation between good and evil that spans history, time, and space.
[Cyberpunk Zombie Novella - First of Series - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Old World (The Green and Pleasant Land) by Oliver Kennedy
Great Britain, 2014. Civilisation as we know it has been torn apart by war. This once peaceful nation has been transformed into a melting pot of chaos and desolation. Death stalks the land. The towns and cities are home to the dead who have learned to walk again, driven by a single desire to consume the flesh of the living. The countryside is the abode of marauders, lawless men driven by starvation, fear and evil.
[Zombie / Post-Apocalyptic Novella - First of Series - Amazon]

Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting on the edge of insanity. Ensconced in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family, together with the remnants of a tattered community, must fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. The last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. God help them all.
[Zombie Novel - Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #48: Jan 25 – Jan 31, 2015

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #47: Jan 11 – Jan 24, 2015

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Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #165 – January 22, 2015
  2. Expanded Horizons #45 – January 2015
  3. @Terraform: “CES 2067″ by Sam Biddle

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #46: Dec 17, 2014 – Jan 10, 2015

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Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Apex Magazine #68 – January 2015
  2. Clarkesworld Magazine #100 – January 2015
  3. Kaleidotrope Winter 2015

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #45: Nov 17 – Dec 16

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Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Apex Magazine #67 – December 2014
  2. Journal of Unlikely Entomology #10 – November 2014
  3. Mirror Dance Winter 2014

My Latest Release – Near Future Science Fiction

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First Lights (offplanet, book one)

Humanity’s first big push to outer space.

It’s been over twenty years since the SolRescue sunshield saved the world from runaway climate change. Or at least bought the world a little time.

But in this new world, where the people have started to win back power from the old elites, and where the first uncertain steps are being taken to expand offplanet, there are alliances at work to reverse all of the progress that has been made.

more info…

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #44: Nov 10 – Nov 16

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Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #160 – November 13, 2014
  2. Far Fetched Fables #30 – “Keeper of Memory” by Todd Lockwood and “Awakening” by Valjeanne Jeffers
  3. Aftermath

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #43: Nov 3 – Nov 9

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Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Abyss & Apex #52 – 4th Quarter 2014
  2. AntipodeanSF #197 – November 2014
  3. Apex Magazine #66 – November 2014
  4. Heroic Fantasy Quarterly #22
  5. Kaleidotrope Autumn 2014

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #42: Oct 30 – Nov 2

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A small update, as I attempt to catch up to a regular schedule and put this nasty upcoming novel behind me. :)

Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #159 – October 30, 2014
  2. SQ Mag #17

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Newsletter #41: Oct 25-29

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Don’t Miss These Links:

  1. Apex Magazine #65 – October 2014
  2. Clarkesworld Magazine #97 – October 2014
  3. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #158 – October 16, 2014

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