[Free eBook] 5 books on technology, society, activism, etc. [Non-Fiction]

In tribute to the late Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer and social activist who was involved with developing projects like the Creative Commons, the Markdown markup language (which, incidentally, most of this blog’s posts were written in) and others, 5 (6 outside of North America) non-fiction books related to technology, intellectual property, social activism, and other subjects important to him are free for a limited time, courtesy of his publisher VersoBooks.

This is being offered to celebrate the publication of Shwartz’ own writings, and the books are (mostly) available worldwide through March 31st.

available worldwide DRM-free through March 31st

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[Free eBook] Up and Coming [Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology]

Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors, compiled by S. L. Huang & Kurt Hunt, is a collection of science fiction and fantasy works by award-eligible authors, free for a limited time courtesy of the authors themselves.

The collection contains short stories, novellas, and novel excerpts across many subgenres by the authors who are in their first or second year of publication, and thus eligible for the John W. Campbell for Best New Writer, which is presented at the same time as the annual Hugo Awards.

This is intended as a sampler of their work for you to consider when nominating for the awards, or just to introduce yourself to some new writers whose other stuff you might like to try in the future. Offered DRM-free worldwide through March 31st, when the award nominations close.

available worldwide through March 31st.

[Free eBook] Little Sisters by Vonda N. McIntyre [Science Fiction]

Little Sisters by Vonda N. McIntyre is her science fiction short story, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via the BookViewCafé established author re-publishing consortium..

This is a companion piece to her Nebula Award-nominated novelette Little Faces, and the story is set in deep space and involves interstellar societal issues. Offered through March 31st, available worldwide DRM-free.

available worldwide DRM-free through March 31st

[Free eBook] The Gift by Alison Croggon [YA Epic Dark Fantasy]

The Gift by Alison Croggon, is the 1st novel in her Pellinor of quartet of Young Adult epic high fantasy adventures with horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker.

This was a 2002 Aurealis Award finalist in both the Best Fantasy and Best Horror categories. The series is set in a classically epic fantasy world, and this installment involves hitherto-downtrodden heroine discovering her unsuspected heritage and accompanying powers from the usual sort of grand destiny and questing forth with her new mentor on the obligatory perilous journey against the mysterious dark forces. This is the current featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is also offered at other retailers in selected regions worldwide outside of Canada & the US.

available in selected regions at multiple retailers worldwide outside North America

[Free eBook] The Friendship by Alison Croggon [YA Epic Fantasy Prequel Short]

The Friendship by Alison Croggon, is a tie-in short story to her Books of Pellinor of quartet of Young Adult epic high fantasy adventure novels, free on a long-term promotional basis courtesy of publisher Walker.

This is a prequel story which fleshes out the background of one of the important supporting characters. Offered at multiple retailers in many countries worldwide outside Canada & the US.

available in many countries outside North America

[Free eBook] 98.4 by Christopher Hodder-Williams [Vintage Sci-Fi Proto-Technothriller]

98.4 by the late Christopher Hodder-Williams, is his standalone 1960s-era contemporary science fiction proto-technothriller which was an early precursor to the modern mainstream bestselling blockbuster variety of such, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1969 by Hodder & Stoughton, and the story involves the obligatory security expert who stumbles across a vast and terrifying international conspiracy, this one having to do with some sort of frightening experiments involving turning the human brain into a lethal weapon, which of course he’s the only one who can thwart.

available worldwide @ Amazon

[Free eBook] Break Out by Nina Croft [Sci-Fi Space Vampire Paranormal Romance]

Break Out by Nina Croft, is the 1st novel in her Dark Desires of series of science fiction paranormal vampire space adventure f/m romances, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’ Entangled: Select Otherworld imprint.

The series is set in the far future of 3048, where humanity lives among the stars and has discovered the secret of immortality for those who can afford it. This story has a heist adventure meet cute setup, and is about a naturally-immortal millenia-old vampire space pilot who falls for a beautiful woman who offers him a challenging mission to provide the titular break out to a prisoner in a maximum security prison.

available worldwide @ multiple retailers

[Free eBook] Love, Latte and Mutants by Sandra Cox [YA Sci-Fi Paranormal with Romance]

Love, Latte and Mutants by Sandra Cox, is the 1st novel in her Mutants series of young adult science fiction paranormal adventure dramas with genetically engineered protagonists and strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This series stars a high schooler who discovers that she has dolphin DNA and the accompanying powers from a secretive genetic experiment, and in this story discovers that she is not the only one of her kind as they go up against the institution that created them. Although there is something of a romantic focus in this one, further installments continue the heroine’s fight against the test centre, rather than setting up new romantic couples as the main characters.

available worldwide @ multiple retailers

[Free eBook] A Stranger in Paradise by Edward M. Lerner [Science Fiction]

A Stranger in Paradise by Edward M. Lerner is a mini-collection of his science fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This contains 5 stories originally published in venues including Jim Baen’s Universe and Analog magazine. Offered DRM-free worldwide through March 22nd (possibly through mid-23rd).

available worldwide DRM-free

[Free eBook] The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Nordic Noir Mystery/Crime Thriller]

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by the late Stieg Larsson is the 1st novel in his Millenium trilogy of Nordic Noir crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher MacLehose Press.

This story sets up the iconic characters in the best-selling series by teaming them up to figure out the long-ago disappearance of a woman whose uncle suspects that another family member had killed her. This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes store for the UK and Australia, and is also offered free in other countries at multiple retailers in many worldwide regions outside Canada & the US.

available at multiple retailers in most countries worldwide outside Canada & the US