[Free eBook] Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith [Award-Winning Classic Science Fiction]

Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith, a pseudonym for the late Paul Linebarger, is his vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September, and was originally published in parts as two novels, the Hugo Award-finalist The Planet Buyer in 1964, followed by The Underpeople in 1968, before being reunited in the author’s original one-volume form in 1975 from Ballantine Books, which won Japan’s 1988 Seiun Award for Best Translated Long Story and has placed twice on Locus Magazine’s All-Time Best SF Novel lists.

The story takes place in the author’s “Instrumentality of Mankind” future history setting where a vigorous central government arising from a post-apocalyptic Earth has expanded into space and then stagnated, setting up the conditions for the revival of humanity from its increasingly sterile dysfunction. This adventure is heavily influenced by the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West, starring the misfit scion of an ancient family on the only planet where a precious immortality drug is cultivated, who runs afoul of enemies whose machinations force him to flee to Earth for safety, where his wealth quickly makes him a target for the potentially more dangerous schemes of assorted crooks and revolutionaries.

Offered through October 5th (the monthly freebie rotates on the first Tuesday), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Sapphire Nights by Patricia Rice [Paranormal Romance]

Sapphire Nights by Patricia Rice, a recipient of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice & Career Achievement Awards, is the 1st novel in her Crystal Magic series of f/m contemporary paranormal romance, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself.

The series is set in the fictional small town of Hillvale in California, starring persons with empathic and psychic abilities who uncover and resolve secrets, mysteries, and the occasional murder rooted in the local history.

This installment stars a newcomer scientist with amnesia attempting to uncover the truth about herself, helped by a Chinese-American investigator from L.A. haunted by his father’s long-ago disappearance in the town, who struggles to cope with the expanded reality of spirits and other weirdness surrounding them both.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, probably until early October, available @ the Book View Café author consortium website.

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[Free Audiobooks] Kindred by Octavia E. Butler & Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina [1970s Time Travel Science Fiction & YA Historical Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of reliving past historical events, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th.

  • Kindred by the late Octavia E. Butler, the recipient of multiple genre awards and inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, read by Kim Staunton from Recorded Books. A classic science fiction novel from the 1970s, starring a contemporary African-American woman who finds herself time traveling between her life in present-day California, and her slave ancestors’ lives on a plantation in pre-Civil War Maryland.

  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, read by Marisol Ramirez from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio. An historical YA coming of age drama novel set at the height of the infamous “Son of Sam” serial killer murders in 1970s New York, as a bilingual Cuban-American teen tries to juggle family dysfunction and emotional struggles and romantic attraction, amidst the backdrop of fear and violence and suspicion sweeping the city.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 29th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson & Fake by Eric Simonson [Award-Nominated Science Fiction Novel & Science History Hoax Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of questioning past and future scientific assumptions and the associated status quo, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 22nd.

  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, read by a full cast, from Hachette Audio. A standalone science fiction novel set in a future New York City partially submerged due to climate change, focusing on the various persons and factions living there as they try to survive and interact with each other despite the class divide between the wealthy in their secure skyscrapers above sea level, and the less privileged who live in the vulnerable low-lying tidal areas. This was a Best Novel finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award, and also placed 3rd on the annual Locus Award list for Best SF Novel.

  • Fake by Eric Simonson, performed by a full cast in front of a live audience, from L.A. Theatre Works. A science history drama alternating between the 1910s and the 1950s, exploring the discovery and impact and eventual debunking of the famous Piltdown Man fossil, a “missing link” debated over by many luminaries of the time, including Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who participates as a character in the play. This audiobook version also includes an interview with University of Chicago professor Russell H. Tuttle, a distinguished palaeoanthropologist, discussing the hoax in retrospect.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 22nd, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare & A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens adapted by Alison Larkin [Classic Comedy & Genderbent Remix Classic Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of celebrating a classic Christmas in July while playing around with ideas of gender, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 15th.

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted and read by Alison Larkin. A remixed version of the classic novel, genderbending the character of Ebenezer Scrooge and exploring the story’s happenings in a slightly alternate 19th century London as though it were perfectly normal for an independent Victorian businesswoman to behave and relate to others as the iconic miser does.

  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, performed by a full cast, published by Naxos Audiobooks. The classic comedy play with romantic elements starring separated brother and sister twins and the situations they get into and out of, as Viola disguises herself as a boy and falls in love with her unsuspecting employer who himself has fallen in love with another woman, whom he sends Viola to woo on his behalf only to have the lady fall for her male disguise, and the further complications that ensue.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 15th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Fresh Ink & Hope Nation [YA Multi-Genre Fiction & Personal Essay Anthologies]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of a diversity of authors speaking to readers through short stories and personal experiences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 8th.

  • Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles, read by Guy Lockard, Kim Mai Guest, & Bahni Turpin from publisher Listening Library. An YA anthology of thirteen pieces (10 short stories, a graphic novel, and a 1-act play) about various topics including coming out, coming of age, coping with gentrification and poverty and untimely death, etc. in a variety of genres ranging through from realistic contemporary fiction to adventure to romance.

  • Hope Nation edited by Rose Brock, read by a full cast, published by Listening Library. A collection of inspirational personal experience essays and life stories from leading YA authors known for their works across various genres, including sf/fantasy adventure authors Renée Ahdieh, Ally Condie, and Marie Lu, contemporary romance authors Nicola Yoon and David Levithan, and many more.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 8th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais & Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña [YA Deafness & Biracial Coming of Age Novels]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of adjusting to cultural gaps between rather different groups, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 1st.

  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais, read by Chloe Dolandis from publisher Blink. A YA contemporary coming of age cozy with f/m romantic elements, starring a girl who has been profoundly deaf from a very young age, mainstreamed into a regular high school for her final year, making friends and finding unexpected romance among her classmates who attempt various ways of communicating with her (or not) by trying to learn American Sign Language and accommodate her lip reading as in turn, she tries to adjust to their unfamiliar hearing culture.

  • Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña, read by Henry Leyva from publisher Brilliance Audio. A YA multicultural coming of age drama set in San Diego County, starring a biracial teenager of mixed Anglo and Latino heritage who grew up being perceived as primarily Mexican at his private prep school, and is now seeing the flipside as a non Spanish-speaking outsider as he spends the summer with his father’s side of the family, in search of his own identity.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 1st, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal [Award-Winning Alternate History Science Fiction]

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, a puppeteer and recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (now the Astounding Award), is the 1st novel in the Lady Astronaut series of alternate history 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 June, won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Sidewise Awards, and is being offered free to help promote the upcoming 3rd novel, The Relentless Moon, due in July.

The series takes place in an alternate 1950s where a global disaster prompts international efforts to accelerate and expand space exploration with the aim of colonizing the Moon and beyond to preserve humanity, and provides the prequel backstory to the Hugo Award for Best Novelette winning short “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” (readable free online at the Tor.com website).

This installment sets up the realization of the long-term effects of the initial meteorite strike and the ensuing efforts of talented women to take an equal role in the future as astronauts themselves, as seen from the viewpoint of a US mathematician and former pilot turned “calculator” for the new space program as she struggles against public and professional prejudices as well as her own disabling personal anxieties.

Offered through Friday, June 26th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg & The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay [YA LGBT & Literature-Inspired Travel Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or modern, 1 non-fiction or speculative—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of confronting secrets and romantic journeys of self-discovery, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 25th.

  • The Music of What Happens by Lambda Literary Award-winning author Bill Konigsberg, read by Joel Froomkin & Anthony Rey Perez from Scholastic Audio. A YA contemporary m/m romance set in Arizona over the course of a summer, as two gay high schoolers take on the dual challenges of reviving a vintage family food truck business and incidentally also falling in love, as they learn to navigate various personal and professional obstacles blocking their way.

  • The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay, read by Laura Kirman from Thomas Nelson (a HarperCollins imprint). A contemporary road trip journey of self-discovery with f/m romantic elements, starring a Chicago vintage bookseller with a dodgy background and her estranged boyfriend’s wealthy grandmother, who unexpectedly hires her as a consultant for an antiques-hunting excursion amidst the literary haunts of north-west England’s Lake District area which eventually takes them to Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, to confront and come to terms with the secrets of their separate pasts and move forward into the future, with inspiration from the heroines of Victorian literature.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 25th, available worldwide.

[Free Audiobooks] Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse & Easy Prey by Catherine Lo [YA Fantasy & Contemporary Whodunnit Mystery Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of decisions with life-changing consequences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 17th.

  • Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse read by Jaimee Draper from Oasis Audio. 1st novel in The Ravenwood Saga trilogy of YA fantasy with f/m romantic elements, set in a world where one House has a particular family gift which can enter and manipulate people’s dreams and desires. This installment stars the young heiress to the House becoming acquainted with her newly-activated hereditary gift of dreamwalking and its potentially fatal dark side, even as she encounters a young man tormented by his own dubiously harmful ability and its past results.

  • Easy Prey by Catherine Lo, read by Nick Mondelli, Elizabeth Cottle, and Jack Meloche from Dreamscape Media. A YA contemporary teen drama whodunnit mystery/thriller addressing social issues, told in time-jumping tripartite POVs providing accounts of what happened (and clues) from the three student suspects accused of leaking a teacher’s risqué sexting photos which went viral.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 17th, available worldwide.