Posts tagged with "free fiction" - Faerye Net 2013-01-30T07:56:54+00:00 Felicity Shoulders "Small Towns" available to read online! 2013-01-30T07:56:54+00:00 2013-01-31T21:03:20+00:00 <p>Because I am not the sort of person who likes to hear half a story myself, I don&#8217;t like putting others in that situation. Therefore, when I chose to read my novelette &#8220;Small Towns&#8221; at the <span class="caps">SFWA</span> Northwest Readings this month, I decided to plop the full text online for everyone to finish reading, whether they made it to the event or not! It&#8217;s a very different sort of story from &#8220;Conditional Love&#8221;, the other story I&#8217;ve <a href="" target="links">made available online</a>, and I like the contrast quite a bit.</p> <p>&#8220;Small Towns&#8221; is a historical fantasy novelette, first published in the January/February 2012 issue of <a href="" target="links"><em>F&amp;SF</em></a>. Thanks to the kind offices of my co-protagonist <a href="" target="links">Ryan Grove</a>, it&#8217;s available <a href="">as a web page</a> or you can download the <a href=""><span class="caps">PDF</span></a> or <a href="">ePub file</a>.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the teaser for those who didn&#8217;t make it to the readings:</p> <blockquote> <center><b>Small Towns</b></center> <p>When Jacques Jaillet was a small boy, he brought home a pocketful of sand from the seaside and dribbled it slowly onto the floorboards of his little room. He made long avenues and cottage roofs, rows of shops, garden walls, a church with a fragment of shell for the tower. Then, for no reason he could later recall, he took a deep breath and blew it all away, the shapes and the order, the grains themselves skittering under the baseboard, gone forever.</p> <p>When Jacques returned to his market town in 1918, past his middle years, it looked as if here, too, a monstrous child had finished playing and had blown the town, the streets, the houses and shops from the face of the Earth.</blockquote></p> <p>Go and <b><a href="">read the rest!</a></b></p> "Conditional Love" available free online! 2011-03-03T22:24:25+00:00 2011-03-04T11:00:02+00:00 <p>Spurred on by <a href="!/jaspkelly/status/43349589805371392" target="links">more experienced nominees</a>, I have posted my Nebula-nominated short story &#8220;Conditional Love&#8221; on my <a href="" target="authorsite">author site</a>. You can <a href="" target="authorsite"><strong>read it online here</strong></a> or download it in <a href=""><span class="caps">PDF</span></a> or <a href="">ePub file</a> format to read on the screen (or printout) of your choice. Many thanks to my co-protagonist <a href="" target="links">Ryan</a> for making this happen quickly and beautifully!</p> <p>My story is by <em>far</em> the latest of the <a href="" target="links">nominated short stories</a> to appear online, so please pass the link on!</p> <p>I hope you enjoy my story. Here&#8217;s how it starts:</p> <blockquote> <center><strong>Conditional Love</strong></center> <p>The new patient was five or six years old, male, Caucasian, John Doe as usual. Grace checked the vitals his bed sensors were feeding her board and concluded he was asleep. She eased the door of 408 open and stepped in.</p> <p>The boy’s head was tilted on his pillow, brown curls cluttering his forehead. Sleep had flushed his cheeks so he looked younger than the estimate. He seemed healthy, with no visible deformities, and if he had been opted for looks, it had worked—Grace would have described him as “cherubic.” He wouldn’t have been dumped if nothing was wrong, so Grace found herself stepping softly, unwilling to disturb him and discover psychological conditions.</p> <p>“Don’t worry about waking him, he sleeps pretty deep.”<br /> <center><a href="" target="authorsite"><strong>&#8230;Read the rest!</strong></a></center></blockquote></p>