Redeployment by Phil Klay, a recipient of the National Book Award, is his collection of contemporary literary fiction short stories with a military experience theme, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This collection won the 2014 National Book Award and is written partially-based upon the author’s own recent experience as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. The unabridged reading is over 7 hours long and narrated by actor Craig Klein.
The stories take place in and around the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, dealing with the soldiers who engage in various war-related acts for better or worse, exploring the effects on themselves and the people around them, as well as the difficulties faced in readjusting to a domestic life back in the States.
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Demons by Daylight by British author Ramsey Campbell, a frequent recipient of the British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, is his vintage collection of psychological & supernatural horror short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1973 by Arkham House. This was the 2nd collection released of his shorter works (and is apparently worth quite a lot of money in its original printing) which, according to the author, saw him moving away from his earlier Lovecraftian roots and experimenting with a style more influenced by literary novelist Vladimir Nabokov. These disturbing psychological horror and supernatural thriller tales are mostly set in a reality almost, but not quite, like our own.
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Zeitstopp (Time Stop) by Austrian author Peter Schattschneider, who has twice been a recipient of the prestigious Kurd-Lasswitz Prize, is a vintage collection of his German-language science fiction stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1982 by Suhrkamp as #76 in their Phantastische Bibliothek series. This German-language collection contains 10 tales which originally appeared between the late 1970s to the early 1980s, on themes on interstellar travel, artificial intelligence, time manipulation, and more.
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Space On My Hands by the late Fredric Brown is is his vintage collection of science fiction short stories, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1951 by Shasta. This collection contains 9 science fiction short stories, mostly published during the 1940s, and an introduction by the author himself, who was highly influential back in the day and many of whose stories are considered classics of the genre.
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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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Frontier Legion by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds, edited by Philip Harbottle, is a collection of his shorter science fiction works, free 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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Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016 Edition is the latest volume in the eponymous anthology series of sf/fantasy short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This series compiles selected stories (which are all free to read online) which originally appeared in 2016 on the Tor.com website into a handy portable ebook. Contributors include award-nominated authors like Aliette de Bodard, Cixin Liu, N. K. Jemisin, Alyssa Wong, and many more.
Offered DRM-free through January 17th Eastern Standard Time, available worldwide directly from the publisher as a giveaway promotional special.
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Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean with a foreword by Canada-resident Jamaican author Olive Senior is a themed anthology of literary fiction stories by Caribbean authors, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
This is the first title in a Caribbean-centric joint venture between Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, and contains selections from both new and established authors from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, and elsewhere in the Caribbean. These stories were selected from the best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and the 2013 prize-winning story is also included.
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Wildside Press Presents: Discover A New Author: Josh Pachter by Josh Pachter is another volume in their series introducing readers to new authors , free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.
This volume contains four short mystery stories originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and other venues. Offered DRM-free, available worldwide.
Wildside Press are additionally offering one free Megapack (containing short stories by living authors in many genres, or collected works of deceased classic ones) of your choice and 20% off everything else in their store, through June 20th as a Father’s Day promotion.
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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 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. Offered DRM-free, available worldwide at Amazon.
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