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.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Galactic Suburbia

Here's another site which is full of information about the world of speculative fiction. Alex, Alisa, and Tansy present a fortnightly podcast about speculative fiction books, publishing news and chat at Galactic Suburbia Podcasts. In reality, there's sometimes only a week between episodes, and on occasions there may be almost a month between them. But since they are up to episode 111 after more than 4 years online, you can see that they're pretty consistent.

Now, the podcasts themselves are not 100% science fiction. The trio point out that they're focused on speculative fiction which includes fantasy, steampunk, alternate history, and other sub-genres. In addition to the podcasts, the blog contains links to book and movie reviews and I've found these useful as pointers to science fiction “content” which will be good fodder for my 42 reviews.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Escape Pod

If you're looking for another source of short SF, check out Escape Pod. Escape Pod is the premier science fiction podcast magazine. Every week they post short stories from some of today’s best science fiction authors, in convenient audio format for computer or MP3 player. And often times the short story is printed in the blog entry, so you may get your choice of audio or text.

You can start with the most recent story featured on the home page. Or explore the archives. The very first story was posted on May 12, 2005. You can still listen to (or download) “Imperial” by Jonathon Sullivan. Or check out “Christmas Wedding” by Vylar Kaftan from December 2010. And there are Hugo nominees such as “The Homecoming” by Mike Resnick. Explore the site—you'll find plenty of SF stories to make up your 42 for 2015!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Galaxy's Edge Magazine

Logo from Galaxy's Edge Magazine If you're looking for a source of short stories or articles to meet your 42 SF Challenge goal, check out Galaxy's Edge Magazine. Published six times a year, the magazine is available in paper/printed and electronic editions. Also, the current issue can be read online for free.

The November 2014 issue contains short fiction by Leena Likitalo, Robert Silverberg, Jack McDevitt, Lou J. Berger, and others. You can read an interview with Eric Flint and columns by Barry Malzbert and Greg Benford. And if that weren't enough, there are book reviews by Paul Cook.

Past issues are also available for purchase.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Reviving 42 Challenge for 2015

It's time to revive the 42 Challenge.

Officially starts January 1, 2015
Officially ends December 31, 2015

Your mission—if you choose to accept it—is to read, watch, listen, and review 42 sci-fi related items.


As a reminder, this is what it's all about:

Science-fiction challenge. Review 42 sci-fi related items: short stories, novellas, novels, radio show episodes, television show episodes, movies, graphic novels, comic books, audio books, essays about science fiction, biographies about sci-fi authors, etc. Adapted or abridged works are okay as well.

You can sign up using the InLinkz button below. Each month, there will be a new link-up post where you can list your reviews. At the end of the year, everyone who has posted at least 42 reviews will be placed into a drawing for a prize. Prize details to be announced later.

Since this is all about reviews, you have to post online somewhere. If you don't have a blog, you can post your reviews here, just leave a comment asking to be added to this blog as an author. Grab the button and include it in your review posts.