[Free eBook] The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy [YA Fantasy]

The Drowned Tomb by British author James Fahy is the 2nd novel in the Changeling series of young adult coming of age fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

The series is loosely based on assorted folklore and mythology, and takes place in both our modern world and a hidden faerie realm, starring a boy who has recently discovered his dual heritage and begun training his magical powers.

This installment sees him and his friends undergoing a journey in the Netherworlde both to elude a deadly enemy as well as prepare for the upcoming war between the worlds.

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[Free eBook] Steeldriver by Don DeBrandt [Folklore-Based Science Fiction]

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

This was originally published in 1998 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.

This story is a recasting of the African American folk hero legend John Henry as a cyborg on a distant planet, who battles a computerized mining machine to gain his freedom.

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[Free eBook] The Dreamland Chronicles by William Mark Simmons [Virtual Reality Sci-Fantasy]

The Dreamland Chronicles by William Mark Simmons is an omnibus edition of the Dreamlands series of science fiction & fantasy hybrid virtual reality adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

These were originally published in 1990, 1992, and 2002 by Warner’s Questar imprint and now-defunct sfnal specialty publisher Meisha Merlin, credited as by Wm. Mark Simmons. The series combines science fiction & fantasy elements in a high-tech future where people inhabit an immersive magic-wielding traditional fantasy-based virtual reality gaming world.

This omnibus edition contains all 3 novels, of which the 1st, In the Net of Dreams, was nominated for both the Locus and Compton Crook Awards. The stories were written to be self-contained adventures which explore various facets of the virtual world, which eventually comes under threat from various forces, as players begin to encounter alternate versions of their avatars under sinister circumstances and must unravel mysterious happenings.

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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] The Fall of the Republic by Crawford Kilian [Science Fiction]

The Fall of the Republic by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 2nd novel in his The Chronoplane Wars trilogy of science fiction time-travel adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint. The series features a temporal agency tasked with preventing disasters by altering history across varying timelines of alternate parallel Earths.

This story is a self-contained prequel adventure giving the backstory of a character in the 1st novel (also previously offered free), taking place on an alternate Earth where the world is staving off collapse by exploiting teenagers able to be trained into human computers, starring one such “Trainable” who has apparently decided to use his skills to change the future regardless of who or what stands in his way.

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[Free eBook] Trollnight by Peter Tremayne [Creature Horror Thriller]

Trollnight by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his standalone creature feature horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Sphere and was later reprinted by Severn House.

The story takes place in Norway, where an American scientist journeys to investigate the sudden mysterious death of his visiting sister, who had been helping an archaeological team dig into ancient things best left undisturbed.

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[Free eBook] Crisis on Cheiron by Juanita Coulson [Science Fiction]

Crisis on Cheiron by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, is her standalone science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was Coulson’s debut sfnal novel, originally published in 1967 by Ace Books as #H-27 in their classic Ace Double flipbook line, paired with the late E. C. Tubb’s The Winds of Gath.

The story is a planetary investigative adventure with corporate espionage thriller elements starring government scientists, ostensibly impartial observers but secretly expected to protect the interests of a galactic megacorp from its encroaching competitors, who are assigned to look into the mysterious ecological failures of titular planet and find themselves struggling against sinister parties determined to see them fail.

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[Free eBook] In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows by Tim Lebbon [Psychological Horror Fantasy]

In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows by Welsh author Tim Lebbon, a recipient of multiple British Fantasy Awards, is his standalone horror-ish novella with sfnal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2005 by Cemetary Dance, as part of the Fourbodings anthology edited by Peter Crowther, and this edition contains a bonus short story, The Rain God.

The story is a Twilight Zone-esque blend of psychological horror and dystopian sci-fantasy, exploring an isolated woman’s chilling mental vision of the dangers outside which threaten to encroach upon her idyllic rural existence.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Ancient Dreams by Marc Alexander [Epic Fantasy]

Ancient Dreams by New Zealand author Marc Alexander is the 1st novel in his Wells of Ythan quartet of epic fantasy, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1988 by Headline. The series is set in a world with a fairy tale-like flavour of curses and enchantments to it.

This story begins the quest of an apprentice toymaker and his companions to locate the mythical vanished princess who will save the realm from the obligatory tyrannical regent.

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[Free eBook] Icequake by Crawford Kilian [Sci-Fi Disaster Survival Technothriller]

Icequake by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 1st novel in his Icequake series of sfnal disaster survival thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre, and also picked up by the UK’s Futura and Bantam Books in the US. The “series” actually appears to be a loosely-related grouping of similarly-themed standalones with no obvious recurring characters.

This story takes place in Antarctica in the then-near future (circa the 1980s), as a group of scientists and explorers are stranded at their remote station which is cut off from communication by changes in the magnetic field following the titular icequake and gradually drifting from its original position, and must make the difficult decision of waiting for an unlikely rescue amidst the increasing peril, or making the dangerous journey over to another station to save themselves.

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