[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 eBook] Black Cat Thrillogy #8: 3 Modern Mysteries by Alan Orloff [Mystery Short Stories]

Black Cat Thrillogy #8: 3 Modern Mysteries by Alan Orloff, a finalist for the Agatha and Derringer Awards, is the 8th mini-collection in the Black Cat Thrillogy series of mystery author spotlights, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as promotion for their Black Cat Mystery Community ebook subscription club.

This contains three of the author’s best short stories, personally selected by the author himself, which were originally published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and other venues.

Offered worldwide through May 29th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Best of Sydney J. Bounds: Volumes 1 & 2 [Vintage Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, & Mystery]

The Best of Sydney J. Bounds: Volume 1: The Strange Portrait and Other Stories & Volume 2: The Wayward Ship and Other Stories by the late English author Sydney J. Bounds, edited by British editor Philip Harbottle, are reprint collections of his short stories across various genres (mostly SFnal), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

These volumes were originally published in 2003 by Wildside Press’s Cosmos Books imprint and have been expanded with even more material in Venture’s new editions. The late Bounds was a prolific multi-genre author, who wrote pulp westerns and crime thrillers pseudonymously from the 1940s onwards, as well as fantasy, science fiction, and horror under his own name. The British Fantasy Awards’ “Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award” for promising debut novels is named in his honour.

These collections are primarily focused on showcasing his classic science fiction and fantasy work, but also include selected mystery and horror tales from throughout his decades-long career, which editor Harbottle gives an overview of in his introductory essays.

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[Free Audiobooks] A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro & The Great War by Various Authors [Young Adult, Mystery, Historical]

AudioFile have started their SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 program for young adults, meant to promote greater literacy. This 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 historical legacies, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 3rd, are as follows:

  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, is the 1st novel in her Charlotte Holmes trilogy of young adult mystery/adventure novel starring the 21st crime-solving duo of Charlotte and Jamie, modern-day teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Watson; read by Graham Walstead & Julia Whelan, from HarperAudio, available in most places worldwide & Canada, but not the UK and rest of the British Commonwealth
  • The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War by various authors, is a collection of historical literary fiction short stories, accompanied by non-fiction pieces, set during WWI, inspired by ordinary objects which had a connection to the war (the print edition came illustrated with photographs of the objects and explanations for their historical context); read by multiple narrators, from Brilliance Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 3rd, 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] Captive Dreams by Michael Flynn [Literary Science Fiction Stories]

Captive Dreams by Michael Flynn is a short story collection of science fiction with a literary fiction flavour, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Ebook of the Month for February. Flynn’s work generally seems to be considered hard science fiction, but these stories have a bit of a literary fiction flavour, set in the same neighbourhood with amidst characters whose lives and situations tangentially intertwine as the explore their conceptions of humanity itself.

The collection contains six stories and a new introduction, with 4 reprints including Melodies of the Heart, the 1994 Analog Award-winner for Best Novella, originally credited as by Michael F. Flynn, plus 2 new tales.

Offered through February (generally stays up another day or two), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Scatter of Stardust by E. C. Tubb [Science Fiction]

A Scatter of Stardust by the late British author E. C. Tubb, perhaps best known for his long-running Dumarest Saga, is a collection of his vintage science fiction short stories from the 1950s onward, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is an expanded edition of the collection published in 1976 by Dennis Dobson, and now contains several additional stories, as well as all the vintage original content.

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[Free eBook] Humanity 2.0 [Science Fiction Anthology]

Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman is an anthology of themed science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was their featured Free Book of the Month for January, but seems to still be available today. The collection contains a mix of new and reprint stories exploring ways in which humanity might change as the result of interstellar travel and/or alien contact and what it means to be human as well.

Contributors include Hugo Award-winning authors Robert J. Sawyer and Ken Liu, World Fantasy Award-winning author John Varley, popular milSF and humorous fantasy author Jody Lynn Nye, Cat Rambo, and many more.

Offered through January (officially, but not yet replaced by the February offer), available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Soulmates by Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn [Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection]

Soulmates by Mike Resnick, prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, & Australian author Lezli Robyn is their collection of science fiction & fantasy shorts, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is being offered again as one of their featured Free Book of the Month selections for December (for a double holiday treat, the other is Robert A. Heinlein’s vintage classic novel Double Star), and the title story was voted to 2nd place for Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Novelette.

These stories were written together in collaboration and published in assorted anthologies and magazines, alongside a bonus solo story from each author.

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

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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] 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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