[Free eBook REPEAT] A Scatter of Stardust by E. C. Tubb [Science Fiction]

A Scatter of Stardust by the late British author E. C. Tubb, perhaps best known for his long-running Dumarest Saga, is a collection of his vintage science fiction short stories from the 1950s onward, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is an expanded edition of the collection published in 1976 by Dennis Dobson, and now contains several additional stories, as well as all the vintage original content.

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[Free eBook] Steeldriver by Don DeBrandt [Folklore-Based Science Fiction]

Steeldriver by Canadian author Don DeBrandt is a self-contained novel in the Cyberfolk series of folkloric cyberpunk science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1998 by Ace Books. The novels in the series, which is apparently a thematically linked sequence rather than interconnected tales, mingle folk mythology with cyberpunk ideas.

This story is a recasting of the African American folk hero legend John Henry as a cyborg on a distant planet, who battles a computerized mining machine to gain his freedom.

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[Free eBook] The Dreamland Chronicles by William Mark Simmons [Virtual Reality Sci-Fantasy]

The Dreamland Chronicles by William Mark Simmons is an omnibus edition of the Dreamlands series of science fiction & fantasy hybrid virtual reality adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

These were originally published in 1990, 1992, and 2002 by Warner’s Questar imprint and now-defunct sfnal specialty publisher Meisha Merlin, credited as by Wm. Mark Simmons. The series combines science fiction & fantasy elements in a high-tech future where people inhabit an immersive magic-wielding traditional fantasy-based virtual reality gaming world.

This omnibus edition contains all 3 novels, of which the 1st, In the Net of Dreams, was nominated for both the Locus and Compton Crook Awards. The stories were written to be self-contained adventures which explore various facets of the virtual world, which eventually comes under threat from various forces, as players begin to encounter alternate versions of their avatars under sinister circumstances and must unravel mysterious happenings.

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[Free eBook] Night of the Robots by Brian Ball [Science Fiction]

Night of the Robots by British author Brian Ball is a vintage standalone science fiction adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1972 by Sidgwick & Jackson, credited as by Brian N. Ball, and was later reprinted by DAW Books under the title The Regiments of Night as #19 in their DAW Collectors line.

The story is set in the far future, where a tourist spaceship journeying to view the archaelogical wonders of Earth’s vanished civilization, destroyed by an ancient War Machine, is about to encounter two mutually hostile groups also making their way there, once more pitting humanity in a struggle for survival against the sapient robots which have come to dominate the galaxy.

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[Free eBook] Killing Gravity by Corey J. White [Science Fiction]

Killing Gravity by Corey J. White is the 1st novella in the The Voidwitch Saga series of science fiction space adventures with paranormal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books’ Tor.com.

This is part of a special flash giveaway to promote their Tor.com exclusive novella line, showcasing two series with new installments coming out in the next couple of months. The series stars a woman with psychic powers on the run from the nefarious organization which transformed her into a deadly living weapon.

This story finds her seeking the secrets of her past after an encounter with a bounty hunter leaves her stranded on a dying spaceship where must rely upon the mercy of strangers to survive.

Offered through February 2nd at 12 PM (noon) Eastern Time, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Humanity 2.0 [Science Fiction Anthology]

Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman is an anthology of themed science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was their featured Free Book of the Month for January, but seems to still be available today. The collection contains a mix of new and reprint stories exploring ways in which humanity might change as the result of interstellar travel and/or alien contact and what it means to be human as well.

Contributors include Hugo Award-winning authors Robert J. Sawyer and Ken Liu, World Fantasy Award-winning author John Varley, popular milSF and humorous fantasy author Jody Lynn Nye, Cat Rambo, and many more.

Offered through January (officially, but not yet replaced by the February offer), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein [Classic Science Fiction]

Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein is his vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is one of their featured Free Book of the Month selections for December (for a double holiday treat, the other is a repeat of Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn’s short story collection Soulmates). The novel was originally published in 1956 by Doubleday, and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

The story is set in the future of our solar system where the Moon and assorted planets have been colonized by differing government entities, and stars anunemployed actor hired to play a role with unexpectedly high stakes, with the fate of Mars potentially hanging in the balance.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through December as their featured Free eBook of the Month selection, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Soulmates by Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn [Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection]

Soulmates by Mike Resnick, prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, & Australian author Lezli Robyn is their collection of science fiction & fantasy shorts, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is being offered again as one of their featured Free Book of the Month selections for December (for a double holiday treat, the other is Robert A. Heinlein’s vintage classic novel Double Star), and the title story was voted to 2nd place for Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Novelette.

These stories were written together in collaboration and published in assorted anthologies and magazines, alongside a bonus solo story from each author.

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

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[Free eBook] The Fall of the Republic by Crawford Kilian [Science Fiction]

The Fall of the Republic by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 2nd novel in his The Chronoplane Wars trilogy of science fiction time-travel adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint. The series features a temporal agency tasked with preventing disasters by altering history across varying timelines of alternate parallel Earths.

This story is a self-contained prequel adventure giving the backstory of a character in the 1st novel (also previously offered free), taking place on an alternate Earth where the world is staving off collapse by exploiting teenagers able to be trained into human computers, starring one such “Trainable” who has apparently decided to use his skills to change the future regardless of who or what stands in his way.

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[Free eBook] Black Star Rising: A Cybernoir Space Adventure by Peter Kalu [Science Fiction Psychological Thriller]

Black Star Rising: A Cybernoir Space Adventure by British author Peter Kalu, an award-winning playwright, is a standalone science fiction thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s Venture imprint.

This was originally published by 1998 by Nia / The X Press which seems to have been a small non-genre publisher specializing in works by black writers, and was reviewed in Interzone magazine.

The story has psychological thriller and noir elements, and is set in a dystopian space-exploring future where black astronauts have been sent to crew a space mission with no explanation, as pawns in a conflict where their lives are considered of little worth and they confront adversity as best they can in an untrustworthy environment controlled by a potentially unreliable on-board Computer.

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