The Mars Girl/As Big as the Ritz by multiple Hugo & Nebula Award-winner Joe Haldeman & fellow Nebula winner and astrophysicist Gregory Benford is an entry in the new Arc Doubles series of tandem novella reprints echoing the old Ace Doubles flipbook paperbacks which would pair two short novels together, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
These novellas were originally published in a Science Fiction Book Club anthology in 2006, and in Interzone magazine in 1987. Haldeman’s story is set in a space colony, while Benford’s story involves asteroid settlement and is a revised edition from its original version.
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Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend by Joshua Blu Buhs, who has a PhD in the history and sociology of science, is his quasi-academic cryptozoology pop culture examination book, free for a limited time courtesy of the the University of Chicago Press.
This is an accessibly-written pop-cultural historiography and sociology book from an open-minded skeptic, examining vintage and modern accounts of Bigfoot and related legendary creatures from around the world such as sasquatch and yeti, as well as assessing their impact and changing popularity in media depictions over time.
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Rush by Canadian author Eve Silver is the 1st novel in her The Game series of YA dystopian science fiction thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Katherine Tegen Books imprint.
This was the 2015 winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading White Pine Award and was also shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The series is set in a dystopia where human teens are selected from our world to repeatedly play deadly games against mysterious aliens for an unknown purpose, only able to return to our world if they survive, but still being pulled back into the game again and again. This story focuses on a teen who’s new to the game and trying to figure it all out as she fights to survive not only the mission, but also the potential betrayal of her team.
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The Wizard in Waiting by Robert Don Hughes is the 2nd novel in his Pelmen the Powershaper of epic high fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1982 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint. This series is set in the world of Lamath, where a two-headed dragon has been unleashed, and the rightful heir to the throne displaced during the ensuing disruption. This installment occurs after the dragon has been dealt with, and the story follows the titular wizard as he seeks to restore the usurped princess and remove the evil queen who replaced her.
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Borderline by Oklahoma-resident Cherokee author Robert J. Conley, a recipient of the Western Writers of America’s Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions, is western historical action adventure novel , free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.
This was originally published in 1993 by Pocket Books using the two-word title Border Line, and is a sequel to Strange Company, which introduced the protagonists to each ohter during the Civil War. This story takes place in the historical Indian Territory after the Civil War, as a part-Cherokee man and his friend are desperate to save a family farm with the gold they have found, only to have it stolen by outlaws whom they must hunt down with the aid of the local Cherokee tribes. Offered worldwide, available @ Amazon.
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The Three-Body Problem by Chinese author Liu Cixin, translated into English from the original Chinese by Ken Liu is the 1st novel in his Remembrance of Earth’s Past of trilogy of hard science fiction novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The story is a hard science fiction tale which takes place in the modern era between the mid-20th century and the near future, and involves an unusual alien contact attempt with profound implications for humanity.
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Dreamland: Tome 1: Feu! by French BD and manga creator Reno Lemaire is the 1st volume in his French-language Dreamland of series of manga-styled bandes déssinées, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hachette’ Pika imprint.
This is an original French-language fantasy series of manga-styled comics, and the story stars a high school boy who discovers that his dreams are part of a separate world in which he is a fire controller and goes on nightly adventures. Offered free in selected regions worldwide including Canada and Europe, available at multiple retailers.
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Fairy Tail: Tome 1 by Japanese manga creator Hiro Mashima is the 1st volume in his long-running Fairy Tail series of fantasy adventure manga, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hachette’ Pika imprint.
This is a French-language translation of the Japanese series, which is set in a magical world where the heroine has joined the Fairy Tail wizard’s guild and goes on comedic adventure quests. Offered in select regions worldwide, including Canada and Europe, available at multiple retailers.
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Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy is the 1st novel in her Never duology of New Adult f/m contemporary romantic suspense, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.
The story is a two-part romantic psychological drama dealing with the relationship fallout as a woman who was kidnapped as a girl reunites with the man who was a teenaged boy when he risked everything to rescue her, only to harbour a dark secret which may affect the future of their happily ever after. This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. Offered in the UK & Europe, available at multiple retailers.
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Dark Priestess by Juanita Coulson is her standalone historical fantasy novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1977 by Ballantine Books. This story is set in ancient Babylon, and follows the rise of an impoverished young woman touched by the divinity of the goddess Ishtar as she becomes embroiled in treason and intrigue at the royal court, not only from suitors of differing desirability, but also a potential supernatural threat. Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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