[Free eBook] Crisis on Cheiron by Juanita Coulson [Science Fiction]

Crisis on Cheiron by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, is her standalone science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was Coulson’s debut sfnal novel, originally published in 1967 by Ace Books as #H-27 in their classic Ace Double flipbook line, paired with the late E. C. Tubb’s The Winds of Gath.

The story is a planetary investigative adventure with corporate espionage thriller elements starring government scientists, ostensibly impartial observers but secretly expected to protect the interests of a galactic megacorp from its encroaching competitors, who are assigned to look into the mysterious ecological failures of titular planet and find themselves struggling against sinister parties determined to see them fail.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] For Want of a Horse: 23 Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, & Paranormal Ponies [Fantasy & Science Fiction Anthology

For Want of a Horse: Twenty-Three Tales of Supernatural Stallions, Magical Mares, and Paranormal Ponies edited by Evey Brett, is an sfnal anthology collecting equine-themed short stories, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains mainly fantasy & horror-oriented (but also a few science fiction) shorts, including international folklore retellings, classic public domain literary tales, and newer stories by living authors who are known in the sf/fantasy field, such as DAW-published Deborah J. Ross.

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[Free eBook] In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows by Tim Lebbon [Psychological Horror Fantasy]

In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows by Welsh author Tim Lebbon, a recipient of multiple British Fantasy Awards, is his standalone horror-ish novella with sfnal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2005 by Cemetary Dance, as part of the Fourbodings anthology edited by Peter Crowther, and this edition contains a bonus short story, The Rain God.

The story is a Twilight Zone-esque blend of psychological horror and dystopian sci-fantasy, exploring an isolated woman’s chilling mental vision of the dangers outside which threaten to encroach upon her idyllic rural existence.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Ancient Dreams by Marc Alexander [Epic Fantasy]

Ancient Dreams by New Zealand author Marc Alexander is the 1st novel in his Wells of Ythan quartet of epic fantasy, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1988 by Headline. The series is set in a world with a fairy tale-like flavour of curses and enchantments to it.

This story begins the quest of an apprentice toymaker and his companions to locate the mythical vanished princess who will save the realm from the obligatory tyrannical regent.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Plague in Paradise by Robert E. Vardeman [Science Fiction Adventure]

A Plague in Paradise by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 3rd novel in his Masters of Space trilogy of science fiction space adventure thrillers, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Avon. The series is written in the vein of old school pulp space adventures such as by E. E. Smith (creator of the Lensman series which inspired DC Comics’ Green Lantern Corps), and stars a man on the run after having been framed for thwarting a nefarious plan, and the wealthy socialite who aids and abets him.

This finale wraps up the story with previous plot points coming to a head, as a lingering part of the nefarious plan which involves unleashing a devastating virus that could destroy all alien life, and the complication of a robotics master assassin on their trail, need to be thwarted, too.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Pillar of Night by Robert E. Vardeman [Sci-Fantasy Multiverse Adventure]

Pillar of Night by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 6th novel in his Cenotaph Road series of sci-fantasy hybrid pulp adventure novels, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Ace Books. The series takes place in a hybrid science fiction/fantasy world with demonpunk “technology”, amidst a multiverse accessed by travelling the road between the worlds.

This final installment wraps up the storyarc started in the 3rd novel (#3-5 have previously been offered free, and are regularly affordably priced and sometimes go on 99 cent sale if you missed them), with the plucky quest companions on the final leg of their world-hopping journey confronting the evil disembodied wizard once and for all on a strange planet that may prove their doom.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Fabled Oak by Simon Clark [Paranormal Investigative Mystery Horror]

The Fabled Oak by English author Simon Clark, a recipient of multiple British Fantasy Awards, is the 3rd novella in his Byron Makangelo series of horror-flavoured paranormal investigative adventures, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The series stars a wealthy eccentric with a pet monkey and a team of ghost hunters, who investigate paranormal cases in modern times. This story is set in Wales, taking place at a hippie commune whose children insist that a particular ancient tree where they once played now harbours a monstrous supernatural spirit.

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[Free eBook] The Aethers of Mars by Eric Flint & Charles E. Gannon [Alternate History Steampunk Science Fiction]

The Aethers of Mars by Eric Flint, who encouraged the formation of the Baen Free Library and helped many other writers establish their careers, & Charles E. Gannon is another installment in the multi-author Stellar Guild series of sf/fantasy novellas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

The series consists of standalone mini-collections which pair a work from an established author with a sequel in the same setting by a newer one. This volume contains an essay by Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick as well.

The stories in this one are alternate timeline steampunk adventures set in a 1900 where Cecil Rhodes, the real life colonialist figure who was very influential in South Africa and had Rhodesia (now the present-day nation of Zimbabe) named for him, rules Mars in the name of the British Empire.

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[Free eBook] Icequake by Crawford Kilian [Sci-Fi Disaster Survival Technothriller]

Icequake by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 1st novel in his Icequake series of sfnal disaster survival thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre, and also picked up by the UK’s Futura and Bantam Books in the US. The “series” actually appears to be a loosely-related grouping of similarly-themed standalones with no obvious recurring characters.

This story takes place in Antarctica in the then-near future (circa the 1980s), as a group of scientists and explorers are stranded at their remote station which is cut off from communication by changes in the magnetic field following the titular icequake and gradually drifting from its original position, and must make the difficult decision of waiting for an unlikely rescue amidst the increasing peril, or making the dangerous journey over to another station to save themselves.

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[Free eBook] The Stellar Death Plan by Robert E. Vardeman [Science Fiction Adventure Thriller]

The Stellar Death Plan by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 1st novel in his Masters of Space trilogy of science fiction space adventure thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Avon. The series is written in the vein of old school pulp space adventures by E. E. Smith, and stars a man on the run after having been framed for thwarting a nefarious plan, and the wealthy socialite who aids and abets him.

This first adventure introduces the situation which puts him on the run, after uncovering theft of rare materials in his position as a mining inspector for alien overlords, which leads him to a deeper plot whose secret backers will stop at nothing to see it carried out.

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