[Free eBook] 3 issues of Dreamworks [Academic Literary, Poetry, & Science Journal]

Three back issues of Dreamworks: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, a Pushcart Prize-winning academic literary journal edited by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, & Marsha Kinder, a film scholar and Professor of Critical Studies at the University of California, are free for a limited time, courtesy of reprint publisher Story Merchant Books.

These were originally published in the 1980s, and the journal was devoted to bringing together both scientific and artistic viewpoints as it drew upon anthropology, psychology, neurophysiology, and culture and literature to explores dreams and the process of dreaming, which gained contributions from famous filmmakers, authors, and poets including Frederico Fellini, William S. Burroughs, and many more, with a special theme for each issue.

The issues being offered are as follows (available worldwide at Amazon):

If you’re interested, you can also read a retrospective write-up about the journal over at co-editor Kinder’s website.

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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 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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[Free eBook] The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi [Science Fiction Heist Thriller]

The Quantum Thief by Finnish author Hannu Rajaniemi is the 1st novel in the Jean le Flambeur trilogy of futuristic science fiction heist thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is their featured eBook of the Month Club offer for May, placed 3rd for both the Locus and John W. Campbell Memorial awards, and is being made free to promote an upcoming standalone novel, Summerland, due in June. The series is set on a future Earth with space opera and cyberpunk elements, and stars an enhanced master criminal who works on both sides of the law (modeled upon the classic character of Maurice LeBlanc’s Arsène Lupin).

This story sees him sprung from a deadly virtual reality prison which pits himself against himself—but for a price, as his liberators intend to have him steal something for their employer, while he himself must retrieve his memories, hidden away for safekeeping.

Offered through May 18th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to in Canada & the US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta [Award-Winning World Cultural History]

Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta, a former history professor at NC State University, is his globe-trotting cultural/professional history of the cowboy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Yale University Press and won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Award for Non-Fiction.

This combined cultural & professinoal history covers both continents of the Americas, from North to South, using first-hand historical accounts of various aspects of cowboy and ranch life on the Canadian Prairies, the US Wild West, and throughout Latin America, from the cowboys’ early beginnings as wild cattle hunters through to their roles in various frontier wars and indigenous conflicts, to their eventual decline as farmers and other settlers took over the plains, contrasting their everyday lives with their mythologized image in pop culture.

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[Free eBook] Strange Toys by Patricia Geary [Award-Winning Dark Fantasy/Horror]

Strange Toys by Patricia Geary is is a standalone dark fantasy/horror magical realism novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Bantam’s Spectra imprint and won the Philip K. Dick Award.

The story is a supernatural coming of age/sibling drama done in a magical realism style, as throughout the decades, a young girl becomes a woman in the shadow of her older sister’s secret horrors, seeking both protection and vengeance.

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[Free eBook] Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham by Robert Calder [Award-Winning LGBT Literary Author Biography]

Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham by Canadian author Robert Calder, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan who has written the forewords for several of the Penguin Classics editions of Maugham’s novels, is a literary author biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1989 by William Heinemann, was later reprinted by St. Martin’s Press, and won the 1989 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction (Canada’s top literary prize).

This biography of the highly influential early 20th century British playwright and novelist W. Somerset Maugham—author of classics such as Of Human Bondage, which was adapted to film several times—was written with the co-operation of his late secretary and companion Alan Searle. It sought to present a comprehensive and nuanced look at the author’s complex and sometimes contradictory personality, with a more sympathetic view of the effects of Maugham’s sexual orientation, and the fear of its exposure had on both his writing and his personal life, than previous biographers had used at the time (circa the 1980s), and includes some useful commentary about said previous biographies in the introductory foreword.

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[Free eBook] All Systems Red by Martha Wells [Award-Winning Science Fiction]

All Systems Red by Martha Wells is the 1st novella in the The Murderbot Diaries series of science fiction robot adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is their featured Free eBook of the Month Club offer for April, and is being made free to promote the upcoming release of the 2nd-in-series, Artificial Condition in May as well as celebrate the author’s nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards (Best Novella for this, and Best Series for her Raksura fantasies) as well as the Nebula Awards, and its recent win for the Alex Awards.

The series is set in a spacefaring future where planetary exploration missions must be accompanied by security androids supplied by the Company, and stars one beginning to develop its own self-awareness as it hacks the modules which control its behaviour, unknown to and scornful of the humans around it. This story has investigative mystery elements as one of the exploring groups on a distant planet suddenly loses contact with the other missions, leaving the scientists and the secretly self-named “Murderbot” to figure out what’s going on.

Offered through April 9th at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & the US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Rogue Emperor by Crawford Kilian [Time Travel Science Fiction]

Rogue Emperor by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 3rd novel in the The Chronoplane Wars trilogy of science fiction time-travel adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1998 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint, and was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Aurora Award for Best Novel in English. The series features a temporal agency tasked with preventing disasters by altering history across varying timelines of alternate parallel Earths.

This self-contained story stars the agency’s top operative sent to an alternate version of Rome at the height of the Empire, tasked with figuring out and foiling the culprit behind an assassination attempt which used a decidedly out-of-period modern rocket launcher during an ancient gladiator match, altering that parallel Earth’s course of history undesirably.

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[Free eBook] Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer [Award-Winning Science Fiction]

Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is the 1st novel in the Terra Ignota series of futuristic social science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is Tor.com’s featured eBook of the Month Club offering for March. It won the 2017 Compton Crook Award for Best Novel, and was also a finalist for the Hugo Awards. I read it for the voting last year, and IMHO it’s a dense read with some interesting ideas, even if the execution of them didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

The series is set in the 25th century on Earth, in a supposed utopia created by technological and social advances which are strictly enforced. This installment begins looking at the darker underbelly of the “perfect” society and exploring its costs and the agendas of those promoting and exploiting it, through the eyes of persons considered criminals, who must make themselves useful.

Offered through March 23rd at midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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