[Free eBooks] 10 nonfiction books from Verso [Art, Architecture, History, Philosophy, Environment, Social Issues, Political Theory, Etc.]

As a special tie in to their “50 % off Student Reading Sale”, publisher Verso Books are giving away free ebook copies of selected non-fiction titles in their quasi-academic line of philosophical, political, artistic, and social history, commentary, and analysis.

The selection includes the following 10 titles across various subjects, which you can claim via the blog announcement page by switching to “Ebook” tab for each book and clicking “Add to Cart” (DRM-free watermarked ePub/Mobi, requires account signup with valid email address but no payment info):

  • Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries (20th C intellectual movement history)
  • Beyond Black and White: From Civil Rights to Barack Obama by Manning Marable (race relations)
  • The Formation of the Economic Thought of Karl Marx: 1843 to Capital by Ernest Mandel (economic theory)
  • Metaphilosophy by Henri Lefebvre (French philosopher manifesto)
  • The Exform by Nicholas Bourriad (art theory and criticism)
  • Women’s Oppression Today: The Marxist/Feminist Encounter by Michèle Barrett (contemporary feminism)
  • Marx and Human Nature: Reflections of a Legend by Norman Geras (philosophy)
  • Screened Out by Jean Baudrillard (journalist essays)
  • All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities by Michael Sorkin (urban architecture)
  • Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future by Jeff Mann and Joel Wainwright (environmental political issues)

Offered DRM-free worldwide until just before midnight Pacific Time on September 30th, available directly from the publisher.

[Free eBook] Wasted World: How Our Consumption Challenges the Planet by Rob Hengeveld [Ecology Science Issues & Sociopolitical History]

Wasted World: How Our Consumption Challenges the Planet by Rob Hengeveld, a biologist and former honorary professor in the Department of Animal Ecology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, is environmental and social science current affairs and history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September.

This accessibly-written book explains the natural and industrial processes of resource usage and recycling, also tracing the human connection and effects of overconsumption, overpopulation, and pollution and their consequences throughout worldwide history as well as in current and potential future times.

Offered worldwide through September, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Mapping Winter by Marta Randall [Epic Fantasy with Steampunk]

Mapping Winter by Marta Randall, a Nebula Award finalist, is the 1st novel in the Riders Guild series of epic fantasy with steampunk elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Pocket Books’ Timescape imprint under the title The Sword of Winter, was originally a standalone novel, and has now been extensively rewritten by the author in this new edition to better fit her original vision and its new follow-up sequel, The River South. The series is a hybrid of classic epic fantasy world with steampunk elements, set in a land dominated by a dying overlord as a developing power struggle threatens to change everything in his wake.

This story stars a messenger in a spy network whose services are being contended over by competing dynastic heirs, the choice of whom will become the ruling successor may usher in a bright future with new advances in technology or stifle them back into a darker age.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Contraband by George Foy [Science Fiction Cyberpunk Technothriller]

Contraband by George Foy, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in literature known for his pseudonymous genre-bending literary-flavoured works, is a standalone science fiction cyberpunk technothriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1998 by Bantam Books.

The story is a satirical heist quest adventure set in a near-future world dominated by megacorporations and government bureaucracy where human freedom is a commodity, starring a smuggler who finds his fellows disappearing as he receives a cryptic message advising him to track down someone who may be able to break a mysterious code linked to it all, embarking on a journey with oddball companions, even as the Feds begin closing in.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Vienna Blood by Adrian Mathews [Award-Winning Science Fiction Mystery/Thriller]

Vienna Blood by Paris-resident British expat author Adrian Mathews is a standalone science fiction murder mystery/thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1999 by Jonathan Cape, was then picked up by Random House’s Vintage and HarperCollins’ HarperTorch imprints, and won the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger Award in 1999 for Best Novel.

The story is set in 2026, where a Viennese reporter is put on the trail of a drunken acquaintance’s sudden mysterious death, and begins seeking an explanation via a dangerous search in the real world and cyberspace in a dark future where information technology and genetic engineering have become sinister allies.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] House of Bones by Robert Silverberg [Science Fiction Short]

House of Bones by Robert Silverberg, an SFWA Grand Master and inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, is a standalone science fiction short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller and science fiction reprints.

This was originally published in 1988 by Tor in the anthology Terry’s Universe edited by Beth Meacham and was later reprinted in the Year’s Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection series volume edited by Gardner Dozois

The story stars a time traveler in a difficult situation.

Offered worldwide through September 30th (possibly a few days longer), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] 100 Hours by Rachel Vincent [YA Suspense/Survival Thriller]

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent is the 1st novel in the 100 Hours duology of young adult contemporary suspense/survival thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Katherine Tegen Books imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The duology stars six Florida teens from Miami on a spring break vacation in Colombia, who are kidnapped for ransom and held for ransom deep in the jungle in a seemingly random move, but of which one teen knows a secret reason why they were targeted.

This installment sets up the tensions in the group as well as their kidnapping, and their initial attempts to thwart and escape their captors, only to find the jungle possibly deadlier as they try to survive.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #27 [Fiction Shorts & Non-Fiction Essays]

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #27 is a classic detective mystery semi-professional fan magazine, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller and science fiction reprints.

The quarterly magazine series features a selection of new and reprint fiction and non-fiction pieces all about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic Victorian era detective’s cases and his world, and the various worldwide adaptations over the decades (and is automatically included in all subscriptions to the Black Cat Community).

This issue contains 4 non-fiction pieces and 7 new short stories as well as a classic ACD reprint, with contributions from award-winning horror novelist Kim Newman looking at foreign-language Holmesian comedy films, a pastiche from pop culture historian Ron Goulart, alongside humorous cartoons and a fake advice column from Baker Street landlady “Mrs. Hudson”, and more.

Offered worldwide through September 23rd (maybe a few days more), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] American Assassin by Vince Flynn [Film-Adapted Espionage Action Thriller]

American Assassin by the late Vince Flynn is the 11th novel in the Mitch Rapp series of political espionage action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series stars an undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent working to thwart attacks upon the US, and is being adapted into a series of films, the first of which came out in 2017, based on this novel and starring Dylan O’Brien.

The story is apparently a prequel flashback to the main character’s 1980s-era recruitment into the agency from his student days at University, and his first assignment in Istanbul, amidst the period tensions with the Middle East.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] New Spring by Robert Jordan [Epic Fantasy]

New Spring by the late Robert Jordan is the 0th prequel novel in the long-running Wheel of Time series of epic high fantasy adventure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for September, and is being made free to help promote the upcoming new TV series adaptation, as well as a posthumous release of Jordan’s never-before-published first novel, the standalone fantasy Warrior of the Altaii, slated for release on October 8th.

The series is a classically epic high fantasy bestseller, set in a world undergoing recurring ages of legend, as a new cycle begins with a budding hero’s quest to discover and fulfill his destiny and also save the world, as you do. This self-contained prequel novel provides the backstories of the sorceress Moiraine and the soldier Lan.

Offered through September 21st until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US-only directly from the publisher.

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