[Free eBook] Rider Run by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Technothriller]

Rider Run by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff who specializes in the psychology of social robotics, is a standalone science fiction technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is set in a multi-species galactic future which blurs the boundaries between machines and humanity, as competing megacorps have established space stations run by intelligent machines known as “cybers”, or use a strange species known as “arks” which can jump through space-time, and are rumoured to be developing a game-changing new technology associated with the mysterious “psidroids”, and one man goes on a search to discover the truth behind them all.

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[Free eBook] Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros [YA Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller]

Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros is a prequel novella in the Assassin Fall series of YA dystopian science fiction mystery/suspense thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.

This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Project Prometheus, due in August. The series is centred around the premise that vulnerable teens in foster care are being kidnapped and brainwashed to be used as assassins by a mysterious organization which they must gradually uncover the truth about even as they try to shut it down.

This prequel tells the backstory of one such teen assassin who initially embraces his training, as he comes into conflict with the goals of the program when another assassin he’s fallen for tries to escape.

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[Free eBook] 2 issues of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine [Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Essays]

Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issues #1 & #2 edited by prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick, are two installments of the science fiction & fantasy magazine, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

These are their featured Free Book of the Month selection for June, and were originally published in 2013. Also, every month, the current issue of Galaxy’s Edge is generously offered as a free online read for a limited time.

These particular issues contain a mix of original and reprint short stories by new and established authors including Robert J. Sawyer, Mercedes Lackey, Ken Liu, C. L. Moore and many more, alongside book reviews by Paul Cook, sfnal retrospective essays by Barry N. Malzberg, a science fact column by novelist and physicist Gregory Benford, plus two parts of a novel serialization (the late Daniel F. Galouye’s Dark Universe, a 1962 Hugo Award finalist).

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

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Rush by Eve Silver [Award-Winning YA Science Fiction]

Rush by Canadian author Eve Silver is the 1st novel in her The Game series of YA dystopian science fiction thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Katherine Tegen Books imprint.

This is B&N’s Featured Free Fridays book for the weekend, and was the 2015 winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading White Pine Award and was also shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The series is set in a dystopia where human teens are selected from our world to repeatedly play deadly games against mysterious aliens for an unknown purpose, only able to return to our world if they survive, but still being pulled back into the game again and again. This story focuses on a teen who’s new to the game and trying to figure it all out as she fights to survive not only the mission, but also the potential betrayal of her team.

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[Free eBook] 5 titles from Candy Jar Books [Mystery & Sci-Fi Doctor Who Tie-In]

As a special treat for their fans over the Father’s Day long weekend, publisher Candy Jar Books are doing a giveaway of 2 novels + 1 short story + 1 collection in their Lethbridge-Stewart line, an officially-licensed spinoff tie-in to the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who, plus 1 unrelated modern mystery/crime thriller novel, good through June 17th according to their newsletter.

The contemporary mystery/crime novel is:

  • The Release by Alistair Moore, starring a down-and-out man who one day agrees to help a bereaved father, in exchange for money that could change his life as much what he finds while exploring the underworld in search of another man’s revenge.

The Lethbridge-Stewart series offerings (set on Earth mostly circa the 1960s/70s), starring side characters from the original show, are:

  • ’48 Crash’ by Mark Carton, a short story which celebrated the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 by having aliens visit the show.
  • Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin with a foreword by actor Victor Pemberton, a novel-length tale of two missions with an unexpected connection, one performed undercover in a prison, while the other takes place in Egypt
  • The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones with a foreword by actor Shaun Russell, a novel featuring an investigation connecting mysteries past and present with strange disappearances through the ages and a Bermuda Triangle-like village full of zombies
  • The HAVOC Files by various authors, a collection of short stories set throughout time and space at various points in Lethbridge-Stewart’s career

If you’re interested, the publisher also has a dedicated blogsite for the series where they offer free bonuses like character guides and deleted scenes from the stories, and also offer downloadable wallpapers with the cover art on their main website as well.

Offered through June 17th (midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Amazon.

[Free eBook] 6 titles from Candy Jar Books [Science Fiction, Doctor Who Tie-In & YA]

As a special treat for their fans, publisher Candy Jar Books are doing a giveaway of 2 novels + 2 short stories in their Lethbridge-Stewart line, an officially-licensed spinoff tie-in to the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who, 1 novel in their Lucy Wilson YA line which is a spinoff of the spinoff, plus 1 space opera adventure in an apparently unrelated series, good through June 11th according to their newsletter.

The Lethbridge-Stewart novels (set on Earth circa the 1960s/70s, with the Lucy Wilson YA series starring a granddaughter in modern times), starring side characters from the original show are:

  • Lethbridge-Stewart: Top Secret Files by Andy Frankham-Allen, an introductory guide to the series, with a bonus short story and an interview with Doctor Who director Graeme Harper
  • Times Squared by Rick Cross, with a foreword by actor Terry Molloy, a novel-length vacation adventure featuring an invasion of Yeti in New York City subways
  • Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen, a short story follow-up to the Yeti adventure, this time in the London Underground
  • Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen with a foreword by actor Mark Jones, a novel-length conspiracy thriller adventure starring three men looking to clear up issues in their pasts and finding that old friendships and relationships are not what they seemed
  • Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton, a young adult adventure in the Lucy Wilson Mysteries series, following up on an old enemy from the above Lethbridge-Stewart adventure, who has returned to haunt a new generation

The unrelated space opera series novel is:

  • House of Ushers: Dead Man Dancing by Peter Grehan, set in a galactic future starring a galaxy-saving group headed by an undercover agent and a grumpy droid sidekick.

If you’re interested, the publisher also has a dedicated blogsite for the series where they offer free bonuses like character guides and deleted scenes from the stories, and also offer downloadable wallpapers with the cover art on their main website as well.

Offered through June 11th (midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Amazon.

[Free Audiobooks] The Just Men of Cordova by Edgar Wallace & Everland by Wendy Spinale [Classic Mystery & YA Steampunk]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of quests for unofficial justice in the absence of law, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 14th, are as follows:

  • The Just Men of Cordova by the late Edgar Wallace, the 3rd novel in the The Four Just Men series of vintage mystery/detective thrillers starring a group of gentlemen vigilantes dedicated to pursuing wrongdoers the law cannot touch, with this story originally published in 1917 and dealing with aristocratic gambling, horse-racing, and blackmail; read by Bill Homewood, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale, the 1st novel in the Everland series of young adult steampunk science fiction novels which remix Peter Pan in a dystopian postwar London riddled by disease, where the surviving children are hunted by Captain Hook of the German Army experimenting upon a cure, with this installment starring a girl in search of her kidnapped sister, who meets the mysterious Peter and his Lost Boys on the quest to save her; read by Fiona Hardingham & Steve West, from Scholastic Audio, available US & Canada only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 14th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook REPEAT] Frontier Legion by Sydney J. Bounds [Vintage Science Fiction]

Frontier Legion by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds, edited by Philip Harbottle, is a collection of his shorter science fiction works, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The titular novella was originally published in 1952 as a serial in Authentic Science Fiction Magazine, and eight other stories from points throughout his decades-long career (which eventually culminated in the British Fantasy Awards creating the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer) are included as a bonus.

The main story is a old school pulpy sci-fi adventure thriller starring an amnesiac man who wakes up on a spaceship with an important mission to fulfill and enemies in his way, and many of the other stories also explore themes of human relations with space and aliens and technology.

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[Free Audiobooks] Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist & Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider [YA SFnal Dystopia & Contemporary with Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of living with and overcoming the challenges of illness and disability, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 7th, are as follows:

  • Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist, a young adult contemporary drama novel with f/m romantic elements starring a blind teen attending a mainstream high school for the first time, then later undergoing experimental surgery to acquire sight and adapting to that as well as discovering that his sighted friends have been less than honest about what the world (and his new girlfriend) looks like; read by Pat Young, from Hachette Audio, available worldwide
  • Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, an sfnal dystopian fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements set in near future where an epidemic of virulent tuberculosis has led to people diagnosed with it being confined to sanatoriums, starring a new inmate gradually adapting to the facility, as he gets to know the odd rules of the place with the help of another teen; read by Khristine Hvam & James Fouhey, from HarperAudio, available most countries worldwide (including Canada, but excluding UK and the rest of the British Commonwealth)

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 7th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook REPEAT] Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction [LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology]

Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman, is the 2008 annual installment in the Wilde Stories series of reprint anthologies collecting the yearly best sfnal short stories featuring gay characters and/or thematic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This contains stories originally published in the Clarkesworld and now-defunct Subterranean sfnal genre magazines, as well as a Gaylactic Spectrum Award-winning short, and the collection itself was nominated for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category.

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