[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 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 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] 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.

[Free Audiobooks] Into White by Randi Pink & Like No Other by Una LaMarche [YA Contemporary Fantasy & Cross-Cultural Romance]

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 coming of age while confronting cross-cultural differences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 10th.

  • Into White by Randi Pink, read by Adenrele Ojo, from Listening Library. A gritty YA contemporary fairy tale fantasy novel set in Alabama, starring a black teen attending a mostly white high school where she doesn’t fit in with her fellow students of either race, who in a case of “be careful what you wish for” magically finds herself appearing outwardly white and popular in a new reality which may not be nearly as improved as she had imagined.

  • Like No Other by Una LaMarche, read by Phoebe Strole & Leslie Odom Jr., from Listening Library. A YA contemporary coming of age f/m cross-cultural romance novel set in Brooklyn, starring a fun-loving nerd from a Caribbean family and a Hasidic Jewish “good girl”, who meet by chance in a stuck elevator during a hurricane and come to understand each other, finding forbidden love blossoming in the aftermath as they try to navigate societal and cultural obstacles to be together.

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 10th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] In Our Own Worlds #2 by Katharine Duckett, Seanan McGuire, Lina Rather, & Kai Ashante [Award-Nominated LGBT SF/Fantasy Omnibus]

In Our Own Worlds #2 by Katharine Duckett, Seanan McGuire, Lina Rather, & Kai Ashante is the 2nd omnibus in the In Our Own Worlds compilations of LGBT-themed science fiction & fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their supplementary featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for June to help celebrate Pride Month.

This omnibus contains 4 bestselling Tor.com imprint novellas featuring LGBT characters and relationships, by authors Katharine Duckett (an historical fantasy take on Shakespeare’s classic play The Tempest, set in Milan), Seanan McGuire (in her Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children contemporary portal fantasy series), Lina Rather (a space opera adventure), and Kai Ashante (a Hugo Award-nominated quest fantasy with m/m romantic elements).

Offered through Friday, June 5th until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin & In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira [YA Fantasy with Romance & Family 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 the complicated relationships linking previously separated strangers, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 3rd.

  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, read by Holter Graham & Saskia Maarleveld, from HarperAudio. This is the 1st novel in the eponymous YA fantasy duology with strong f/m romantic elements, set in a France-inspired world where the Church persecutes witchcraft covens, starring a hidden witch who has forsaken her magic in favour of survival, and an elite witch hunter, who are forced into a marriage due to circumstances and must learn to deal with their respective prejudices towards each other

  • In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, read by Adenrele Ojo, from Brilliance Audio. A YA contemporary fiction coming of age intergenerational family drama novel with f/m romantic elements, exploring the bonds between a white mother and her mixed-race daughter, as the latter discovers her hidden family history via exploration of her mother’s own teenaged years in the 1990s and the love affair with her absent and possibly deceased African-American father, embarking on a road trip in search of the truth.

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 3rd, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Red in Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton [Award-Winning Victorian Pastiche Fantasy]

Red in Tooth and Claw by Welsh-born Canadian author Jo Walton, a recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, World Fantasy, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is a standalone fantasy with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for May It won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2004 (and is a fun read and interesting take on both the original human and imitation dragon cultures), and is being made free to help promote Walton’s upcoming book, Or What You Will, expected in July.

The story is a pastiche of a Victorian romantic social drama novel, specifically inspired by 19th century English author Anthony Trollope‘s classic “Chronicles of Barsetshire” series, only set in a Society composed almost entirely of dragons.

Offered through Friday, May 22nd until just before midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Stalking the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco & Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [YA Historical Horror Thriller & 19th C German Classic Play]

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 dubious partnerships with morally suspect entities, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 20th.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, read by Nicola Barber, from Hachette Audio. A Victorian-era YA historical thriller with horror elements and f/m romantic elements, starring an a high society lord’s daughter who secretly studies forensic medicine in her uncle’s laboratory alongside his apprentice, and finds herself on the trail of a serial killer.

  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, performed by a full cast including veteran actor Derek Jacobi, from Naxos Audiobooks. T he 19th century German classic play based on the even older legend of a man who is tempted to sell his soul to a devil for power and pleasure, which he begins to regret upon falling in love.

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, May 20th, available worldwide.