[Free eBook] Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald [Award-Nominated Science Fiction]

Luna: New Moon by Belfast-resident British author Ian McDonald, a recipient of the Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon, and Philip K. Dick Awards, is the 1st novel in the Luna trilogy of futuristic science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for December and was nominated for the British Science Fiction Association’s annual BFSA Award for Best Novel, and won the LGBT-focused Gaylactic Spectrum Award. The series takes place in the near-future on a colonized Moon with a sexually-liberated and technologically-advanced society, which is dominated by an industrial cabal known as the Five Dragons which engages in cut-throat competition and political intrigue.

This story is centred around the clash between the old guard of the Moon’s corporate families and an up-and-coming would-be dynasty which has secured a precarious place of dominance in the helium industry, and must fight its enemies within and without, as the family must defend itself not only against the intrigues of rival corporations, but also the ambitions of its own members.

Offered through December 14th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] 1 free choose your own Wildside Press book offer [Multiple Fiction Genres]

As a special gift for the US Thanksgiving holiday week until the end of November, publisher Wildside Press are doing a choose-your-own giveaway of 1 title from their catalogue.

  • Freebie: coupon code SuperTurkey entered in the cart during checkout (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info) will give you 1 free book valued at 99 cents (or 99 cents off anything in the store).

This may not seem like much, but Wildside Press has a great many 99 cent discount Megapacks (expand the sidebar categories to see the selection) collecting reprint short stories from in-copyright vintage pulp fiction and modern genre authors, as well as novels and complete works of public domain authors.

The selection includes works from popular fantasy author Lawrence Watt-Evans (creator of the humorous Ethshar universe, one of my personal favourites), the late A. R. Morlan, whose sf/fantasy/horror stories enjoyed a cult following, a collection of Josh Pachter’s Mahboob Chaudri stories originally published in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine starring a 1980s-era Pakistani detective in Bahrain, and many more. And there are also themed megapacks such as Lady Sleuths and Golden Age Science Fiction if you’d prefer a multi-author sampling experience.

Offer valid just through November 30th Eastern Time, available as DRM-free ePub/Mobi/PDF bundle for all books.

Also, if you’re interested in vintage science fiction reprints, until December 1st, they have a Kickstarter for Frozen Hell, a newly-rediscovered extended novel-length version of the late John W. Campbell Jr.’s classic novella which was the basis for the cult horror film franchise The Thing, alongside an anthology of new stories inspired by it (ebook included at every pledge level).

[Free eBook] One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery by Karyn L. Freedman [Award-Winning Philosophical Memoir]

One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery by Canadian author Karyn L. Freedman, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph, is an exploratory trauma recovery and treatment memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for November and was a recipient of the 2015 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, shortlisted for the 2015 Alberta Book of the Year, and was also featured in the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of 2014 as well as the CBC Reads 2017 Longlist.

The memoir is a globe-trotting philosophical meditation about the immediate and long-term effects of the author’s own experience with the trauma and recovery from being raped in 1990 and her travels in search of justice and treatment over the decades since then, as well as the broader effects of sexual violence and gender inequality in society throughout history, drawing upon insights from recent neuroscientific and psychological research to examine how recovery becomes possible for survivors.

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

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[Free eBook] The River of the Dancing Gods by Jack L. Chalker [Fantasy]

The River of the Dancing Gods by the late Jack L. Chalker, a recipient of the Phoenix and Skylark Awards for his imaginative fiction, is the 1st novel in the Dancing Gods quintet of contemporary portal fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for November, and was originally published in 1984 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint, remaining popular enough to be continually reprinted for over a decade. The series is a portal fantasy starring characters from our world who are whisked away to a magical realm where an ancient battle is being fought between good and evil, finding themselves much transformed along the way.

This self-contained installment introduces two strangers about to have a fatal accident in Texas, who are offered a choice by a visiting wizard to instead gain new lives in a new world, which proves to a challenging one as they adjust to its strange wonders and must help prevent the upcoming Armageddon.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through November, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens [Classic Literature]

Oliver Twist by the 19th century Victorian British author Charles Dickens is his classic standalone literary fiction social drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for November, and is narrated by Simon Vance. This was Dickens’ second novel, originally published as a monthly serial between 1837 and 1839 in Bentley’s Magazine as Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy’s Progress, and has since become one of his best-known and most enduring works, with many adaptations to this very day.

The story follows a poor orphan born and raised in harsh circumstances, who escapes into criminal underground of a pickpocket gang, getting the chance to better himself when he is taken in by a kindly benefactor who does not believe he is a hardened thief, only to have his past return to hinder the attempt to better himself and his lot in life.

Offered worldwide through November, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free eBook] King Geordi the Great by Gent Gant [YA LGBT Friendship Drama]

King Geordi the Great by Gent Gant is a standalone young adult contemporary teen drama novel with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint.

This is apparently being made free to help promote the author’s latest novel, Borrowed Boy, a standalone YA drama.

The story is a coming of age friendship/personal drama starring a gay teen learning to set boundaries for himself against others’ expectations, as he feels pressured to go along with a romance with his beleaguered best friend whose crush he doesn’t reciprocate—finding himself living a lie as the new relationship begins to escalate, when a disaster forces him to re-evaluate what kind of friend he can and wants to be.

Offered worldwide through November 27th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher, and also major ebook retailers.

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[Free eBooks] 4 novels from Dreamspinner Press [LGBT Sci-Fi, Paranormal, & Contemporary Romance]

As a special post-holiday weekend treat, 4 m/m romance novels are offered free for a limited time, courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press.

The books are a mix of subgenres, including sfnal and romantic suspense, and are accompanied by a 40% discount sale on other titles by the featured authors, and a 35% off store-wide sale (no coupon necessary, discount automatically applied at checkout).

The announcement page with all the info can be found here: November 24th 2018 Daily Special, and the freebies are as follows:

  • Sin & Seduction by Allison Cassatta, 1st in the Sin & Seduction series of contemporary romantic suspense set in the criminal underworld of New Orleans
  • Guarding January by Sean Michael, a standalone contemporary erotic romance, starring the bodyguard of a rock star
  • Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kal, a standalone science fiction romance set in a dystopian future where reproductive difficulties have created a subclass of “breeder” men who carry pregnancies
  • Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes, 1st in the L’Ange series of contemporary paranormal shapeshifter romance, this one starring a prodigal jackal shifter torn between his old pack which is under threat, and the bodyguarding charge he’s fallen for

Offered worldwide until midnight Eastern Time on November 24th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher (requires account signup with billing address, but no payment info).

[Free eBook] The Five-Way Secret Agent by Mack Reynolds [Vintage Science Fiction Mystery]

The Five-Way Secret Agent by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, is a standalone novel in the Lagrange setting of futuristic science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1969, serialized in the April & May issues of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine and was later reprinted as part of the Ace Doubles flipbook line. If you happen to be interested in vintage science fiction and supporting Wildside Press’ reprint program, they currently have a Kickstarter for Frozen Hell, the newly-rediscovered expanded original novel version of the late John W. Campbell Jr.’s classic 1938 story “Who Goes There?” (basis for The Thing movie franchise). There’s a pretty good deal at the $7 pledge level for 13 ebooks (2 of of the original and new Campbell, 10 Megapack reprint compilations, and 1 brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Campbell including prominent award-winning sfnal genre authors such as Kevin J. Anderson, Pamela Sargent, Alan Dean Foster, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, etc. which is not mentioned in the sidebar listing, but included for all pledge levels according to the project description details).

The setting is a near-future (circa the 1960s) world where a new socioeconomic system known as Meritocracy run by corporate managers has, among other things, virtually eliminated cash and and crimes related to it in the US, in exchange for awarding vote shares proportionate to one’s wealth in “pseudo-dollars”. This story is a humorous hybrid spy thriller, starring a young man trained as a private investigator, who finds recruited to an espionage assignment by competing international interests and of course gets in over his head.

Offered worldwide through November 19th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Twilight of the Tenth World by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Science Fiction Collection]

Twilight of the Tenth World by the late British author John Russell Fearn, edited by British editor Philip Harbottle, is a standalone collection of his vintage science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This gathers and reprints for the first time 3 novelettes and 4 short stories mostly from the 1930s and 1940s, originally published in Amazing Stories, Future Fiction, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and other magazines, with an introductory essay about the author and his works by editor Harbottle (a science fiction author in his own right).

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Golden Antilles: The Search for a Promised Land by Tim Severin [Travel Adventure History]

The Golden Antilles: The Search for a Promised Land by British author Tim Severin, an historian and explorer who has been honoured with the Royal Geographic Society’s Gold Medal, is the 6th history in his Search series of books retracing important exploration journeys of the past, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1970 by Alfred A. Knopf.

This volume covers historical explorations in and around the Caribbean Sea and the colonial areas claimed by the former Spanish Empire, as English and Scotsmen tried to claim their own foothold or simply go on adventures, including Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, renegade priest Thomas Gage whose accounts of his travels in Mexico and Central America may have inspired Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell’s “Western Design” during the English Civil War era, Welsh surgeon Lionel Wafer whose reports of his idyllic life among the Panaman natives led his countrymen to establish a doomed colony, among others.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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