[Free eBook] 6 titles from Candy Jar Books [Science Fiction, Doctor Who Tie-In & YA]

As a special treat for their fans, publisher Candy Jar Books are doing a giveaway of 2 novels + 2 short stories in their Lethbridge-Stewart line, an officially-licensed spinoff tie-in to the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who, 1 novel in their Lucy Wilson YA line which is a spinoff of the spinoff, plus 1 space opera adventure in an apparently unrelated series, good through June 11th according to their newsletter.

The Lethbridge-Stewart novels (set on Earth circa the 1960s/70s, with the Lucy Wilson YA series starring a granddaughter in modern times), starring side characters from the original show are:

  • Lethbridge-Stewart: Top Secret Files by Andy Frankham-Allen, an introductory guide to the series, with a bonus short story and an interview with Doctor Who director Graeme Harper
  • Times Squared by Rick Cross, with a foreword by actor Terry Molloy, a novel-length vacation adventure featuring an invasion of Yeti in New York City subways
  • Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen, a short story follow-up to the Yeti adventure, this time in the London Underground
  • Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen with a foreword by actor Mark Jones, a novel-length conspiracy thriller adventure starring three men looking to clear up issues in their pasts and finding that old friendships and relationships are not what they seemed
  • Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton, a young adult adventure in the Lucy Wilson Mysteries series, following up on an old enemy from the above Lethbridge-Stewart adventure, who has returned to haunt a new generation

The unrelated space opera series novel is:

  • House of Ushers: Dead Man Dancing by Peter Grehan, set in a galactic future starring a galaxy-saving group headed by an undercover agent and a grumpy droid sidekick.

If you’re interested, the publisher also has a dedicated blogsite for the series where they offer free bonuses like character guides and deleted scenes from the stories, and also offer downloadable wallpapers with the cover art on their main website as well.

Offered through June 11th (midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Amazon.

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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 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] Timberjak by Don DeBrandt [Folklore-Based Science Fiction]

Timberjak by Canadian author Don DeBrandt is a self-contained novel in the Cyberfolk grouping of folkloric cyberpunk science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1999 by Ace Books. The novels in the series, which is apparently a thematically linked sequence rather than interconnected tales, mingle folk mythology with cyberpunk ideas.

The story explores themes of corporate exploitation and ecoterrorism in a galactic setting, recasting the frontier woodcutter Paul Bunyan as the head of an interstellar logging team consisting of cyborgs, artificial intelligences, and an ox-like blue alien, harvesting a distant forest whose wood has extraordinary properties even as a mad scientist determined to stop them may wind up annihilating the planet in his efforts to save the trees.

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[Free eBook] Soothsayer by Mike Resnick [Science Fiction]

Soothsayer by Mike Resnick, prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is the 1st novel in the Oracle trilogy in the greater Birthright Universe setting of science fiction space opera, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for March and was originally published in 1991 by Ace Books. The series takes place in a far future where humanity has spread to the stars, and explores the frontiers of space settlement across the galaxy and various colourful characters shaping their surroundings.

This installment of the trilogy begins the adventures of a young girl who may be the most dangerous human or alien ever to grow up on the Frontier, as various factions attempt to kill or use her for their own purposes even while she fulfills a surprising destiny.

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

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[Free eBook] Night of the Robots by Brian Ball [Science Fiction]

Night of the Robots by British author Brian Ball is a vintage standalone science fiction adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1972 by Sidgwick & Jackson, credited as by Brian N. Ball, and was later reprinted by DAW Books under the title The Regiments of Night as #19 in their DAW Collectors line.

The story is set in the far future, where a tourist spaceship journeying to view the archaelogical wonders of Earth’s vanished civilization, destroyed by an ancient War Machine, is about to encounter two mutually hostile groups also making their way there, once more pitting humanity in a struggle for survival against the sapient robots which have come to dominate the galaxy.

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[Free eBook] Killing Gravity by Corey J. White [Science Fiction]

Killing Gravity by Corey J. White is the 1st novella in the The Voidwitch Saga series of science fiction space adventures with paranormal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books’ Tor.com.

This is part of a special flash giveaway to promote their Tor.com exclusive novella line, showcasing two series with new installments coming out in the next couple of months. The series stars a woman with psychic powers on the run from the nefarious organization which transformed her into a deadly living weapon.

This story finds her seeking the secrets of her past after an encounter with a bounty hunter leaves her stranded on a dying spaceship where must rely upon the mercy of strangers to survive.

Offered through February 2nd at 12 PM (noon) Eastern Time, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] A Plague in Paradise by Robert E. Vardeman [Science Fiction Adventure]

A Plague in Paradise by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer, in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 3rd novel in his Masters of Space trilogy of science fiction space adventure thrillers, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Avon. The series is written in the vein of old school pulp space adventures such as by E. E. Smith (creator of the Lensman series which inspired DC Comics’ Green Lantern Corps), and stars a man on the run after having been framed for thwarting a nefarious plan, and the wealthy socialite who aids and abets him.

This finale wraps up the story with previous plot points coming to a head, as a lingering part of the nefarious plan which involves unleashing a devastating virus that could destroy all alien life, and the complication of a robotics master assassin on their trail, need to be thwarted, too.

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[Free eBook] The Stellar Death Plan by Robert E. Vardeman [Science Fiction Adventure Thriller]

The Stellar Death Plan by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 1st novel in his Masters of Space trilogy of science fiction space adventure thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Avon. The series is written in the vein of old school pulp space adventures by E. E. Smith, and stars a man on the run after having been framed for thwarting a nefarious plan, and the wealthy socialite who aids and abets him.

This first adventure introduces the situation which puts him on the run, after uncovering theft of rare materials in his position as a mining inspector for alien overlords, which leads him to a deeper plot whose secret backers will stop at nothing to see it carried out.

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[Free eBook] Outward Bound by Juanita Coulson [Science Fiction]

Outward Bound by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, is the 2nd novel in her Children of the Stars quartet of epic star-spanning generational saga science fiction novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1982 by Ballantine Books’s Del Rey imprint. The series is an epic star-spanning generational saga about how the competing members of a prominent Earth family dynasty deal with assorted situations involving both aliens and humans at various points throughout the galactic future.

This story stars a Mars-raised heiress to the Earth dynasty, who is determined to use an experimental faster-than-light stardrive to navigate through space, rather than waiting through the long cryogenic sleep which is the proven technology, despite opposition from her family and lover, who both stand in the way of her dreams.

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