Monday, January 12, 2015

January Reviews

2015 is here and this is the post where you will link up all reviews you posted in January. Please make sure that the link you provide is to the review itself and not to the top/home of your blog. By December, your January review will be lost in the archives.

Remember that your reviews should be of science fiction and not fantasy—though we all know there's a bit of an overlap when it comes to things like dragons (are the Pern novels SF or fantasy?) and psi. Use your own judgement and if you think others might question your categorization, perhaps explain your logic in your review.

And don't forget that there's a drawing for a prize at the end of the year for all those who post at least 42 reviews.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach.

In addition to the current issue, past issues are available from the web site, and annual “best of” anthologies are sold through various online book stores.

Issue #163 just went online on December 25. It features a podcast of short story Alloy Point by Sam J. Miller, which is also available in traditional text format for those who don't want to listen. The second short story is Until the Moss Has Reached Our Lips by Matt Jones, and from the Audio Vault, The Last Gorgon by Rajan Khanna.

Baen Ebooks

Baen Ebooks sells eBooks free of digital rights managment (DRM) encryption. Most books are available in seven downloadable formats, ensuring that the purchaser can read the book on any device that they might own—PC, tablet, phone, and all known eReaders. Specializing in science fiction and fantasy, Baen Ebooks features books from over a dozen publishers and close to 250 authors.

Baen Books offers a number of its titles for free. Called the Baen Free Library, anyone can read these titles online with no strings attached. The books in the Baen Free Library are also available for download.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Unlikely Story: A Fine Selection of Unlikely Journals

Unlikely Story is the home of Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, and assorted “Unlikely” journals. Publishing three issues a year, with archives online, Unlikely Story is a magazine consisting entirely of fiction—about bugs, about information technology, and more.

If you're looking for some short fiction, check out How to Recover a Relative Lost During Transmatter Shipping, In Five Easy Steps by Carrie Cuinn in The Journal of Unlikely Cartography. Or Coping With Common Garden Pests by Will Kaufmann in the November 2014 issue of Journal of Unlikely Entomology.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lightspeed Science Fiction & Fantasy

I found another online SF/F magazine which would be a good source for short stories and articles. Lightspeed is a science fiction and fantasy magazine published on the internet which can be read for free online. To keep things interesting, the monthly magazine is released incrementally on the web site, with new articles made available every Tuesday morning. So, the first week in December, roughly 1/4 of the magazine was online, with additional content to be available in the 2nd and subsequent weeks of the month.

In addition to online access, the magazine is available in eBook editions which can be purchased directly from the Lightspeed bookstore or from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The eBook editions include bonus articles not available online.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Daily Science Fiction

The last few posts have pointed out sources of science fiction audio, so I thought it would be cool to bring you a link to an online site publishing the written word. As the name says, Daily Science Fiction publishes a new science fiction/fantasy story every weekday.

You can subscribe to the site and receive a new story via e-mail each day. Or, visit the website and read from the archives. And, if that isn't flexible enough, you can purchase the annual anthologies from the first two years.

The site describes their content this way:

“Science Fiction” means—to us—everything found in the science fiction section of a bookstore, or at a science fiction convention, or amongst the winners of the Hugo awards given by the World Science Fiction Society. This includes the genres of science fiction (or sci-fi), fantasy, slipstream, alternative history, and even stories with lighter speculative elements. We hope you enjoy the broad range that SF has to offer.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dunesteef Audio Magazine

Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine is another possible source for science fiction stories. Hosts and editors Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich produce a quarterly magazine focusing is on their favorite genres, namely: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Now, the magazine is not published all at once. Instead, Rish and Big dole out the content story by story in the form of audio podcasts. You can listen online or download the audio files for offline use. And, as with all podcasts, you can subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, iTunes, or even e-mail.

To complement the content at the online magazine, you can read more from these guys—not just about the magazine—on the Dunesteef Blog and participate in a community of listener-readers on the Dunesteef Forums.