[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 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] 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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[Free eBook] Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Peter Schattschneider [Award-Winning German Science Fiction Collection]

Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Austrian author Peter Schattschneider, a physicist as well as author who has twice been a recipient of the prestigious Kurd-Lasswitz Prize, is a collection of his German-language science fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Waldgut Verlag and contains the short story Pflegeleicht!©, which won him one of his two Kurd-Laßwitz Preis recognitions in 1992.

The short stories in this collection apparently explore themes of connection between environment, individual development, and the meaning of humanity.

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[Free eBook] Follow Me: A Quest in Two Worlds by Ken Howard [Science Fiction]

Follow Me: A Quest in Two Worlds by English author Ken Howard, a filmmaker and composer who once co-wrote a hit song for Elvis Presley, is his standalone virtual reality science fiction adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is set in the present day, exploring themes of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, as a boy tries to uncover what has happened to his older brother, who mysteriously disappeared while secretly working upon pioneering computer research seeking the Singularity, and discovers a virtual reality headset that takes him on a dual quest to uncover answers in an immersive world which may also allow him to find his brother’s whereabouts in the real world.

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[Free eBook] Outward Bound by Juanita Coulson [Science Fiction]

Outward Bound by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, is the 2nd novel in her Children of the Stars quartet of epic star-spanning generational saga science fiction novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Ballantine Books’s Del Rey imprint. The series is an epic star-spanning generational saga about how the competing members of a prominent Earth family dynasty deal with assorted situations involving both aliens and humans at various points throughout the galactic future.

This story stars a Mars-raised heiress to the Earth dynasty, who is determined to use an experimental faster-than-light stardrive to navigate through space, rather than waiting through the long cryogenic sleep which is the proven technology, despite opposition from her family and lover, who both stand in the way of her dreams.

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