Free SF ebooks

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  1. Majuss

    Majuss Registered User

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    I have finally taken the step and ordered a Kindle. While waiting for it to arrive I thought I would start to build a library for it.

    I have looked at the SFF sections at Gutenberg.org and Manybooks.net and come to the conclusion that I need some advise from people more well read than I.

    So, give us your good reads, the must haves and you-can't-call-yourself-fan-of-sff-if-you-haven't-read lists of free SFF books.
     
  2. Hobbit

    Hobbit Administrator Staff Member

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    Useful discussion on this matter is also HERE, though the comments there are mainly related to Fantasy and Horror.

    Have fun with the Kindle!

    LATER EDIT:
    I've reopened this thread and stuck it, because it's probably about time.

    Please note that this thread is for free SF books.



    Mark
     
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  3. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    Project Gutenberg is a very mixed bag. It definitely brings to mind Sturgeon's Law:

    When I am in the right peculiar mood I can enjoy stuff by E.E. Doc Smith like Triplanetary and Skylark of Space but my tongue is very firmly in my cheek. Mostly I avoid stuff from before 1945 except a few things by exceptional authors. Mostly going through PG is like trying to pick gems out of the muck. And the fact of the matter is there is so much stuff you will spend a significant amount of time searching and downloading.

    All Day September, by Roger Kuykendall
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24161/24161-h/24161-h.htm

    The Brain, by Alexander Blade
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32498/32498-h/32498-h.htm

    The movie GOG was derived from that story.

    http://alldaysci-fi.cerizmo.com/

    TANSTAAFE

    There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free E-book

    Books take time to read. The question is: "Which are worth the time?"

    I don't mind paying $8 for a paperback because even at $5 an hour it will probably cost me $25 worth of time to read it. But when I can't stand it before I reach page 50 I'm pissed off. So many reviews of books today are worthless to me. I don't care what most people think of the WRITING when they don't seem to give the slightest damn about the SCIENCE or the IDEAS in the stories. So I figured I might as well wade through a lot of old stuff that was FREE anyway. It was kind of a LOSE/LOSE situation but one loss didn't involve money.

    I bought this book way back when.

    The Status Civilization, by Robert Sheckley
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20919/20919-h/20919-h.htm

    psik
     
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  4. Hobbit

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    OK: here's one I got in the email, from Phoenix Pick:

    September's Free EBook is Carolyn Ives Gilman's outstanding novella, 'Arkfall.'

    'Arkfall' was nominated for the Nebula this year (but lost out to 'The Women of Nell Gwynne's' by Kage Baker).

    Carolyn Gilman is a not a prolific (or very well known author), but nearly everything she writes get outstanding reviews. Her novel 'Halfway Human'
    is an outstanding study of gender issues and her novellette, 'The Honeycrafters' won the nebula in 1993.

    Stephen Leigh, who's book 'Dark Water's Embrace' was our free ebook of the month for August is a fan of her works as well.

    The Coupon Code for September is 9991426. Instructions and download link (as usual) at:

    www.PPickings.com.

    The new book will be available from September 2 (not September 1) through September 30th.
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    Hope that's useful! (Actually, might be more SF than Fantasy, but I'll put in both.)
     
  5. BEEFY

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    I know there is 4 starwars novellas available on the sony ebook website. It's a series that all runs together called lost tribe of the sith sorry for not having a link it might be available from other places as well I read it very good if your into the starwars novels.
     
  6. Andols

    Andols I like stories

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    DailyRich Damn fool idealist

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    Those are also free from Barnes and Noble for the Nook.
     
  8. Hobbit

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    Perhaps I should've said that this is one of the few threads where we can actively encourage links. Please put them here, so others can see!

    Mark
     
  9. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    I would like to point out something weird about this story.

    All Day September, by Roger Kuykendall
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24161/24161-h/24161-h.htm

    It was published in June of 1959.

    When I heard the news about NASA bombing the Moon and finding water in October of 2009 I thought, "Wait a minute, I just remember reading something about that."

    That SF tale from 1959 has a prospector finding water on the Moon. But then I noticed the title has September and NASA bombed in October but look at the publication date. 10 years and 1 month before the first Moon landing and a story about finding water on the Moon and NASA does it 50 years later in the month after the title. :eek:

    You may now play the theme from The Twilight Zone.

    Maybe this does belong in fantasy. :D

    psik
     
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    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    I have a few memorable stories that are now freebies.

    The first is "Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet" and is available on Project Gueenberg

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20147/20147-h/20147-h.html

    The second is the novel "Silent Galaxy" a.k.a. "Battlefields of Silence" by William Tedford.

    Info on the author is here as well as a link to where to download a free PDF of this work and others by him.

    http://multiversenovels.com/
     
  13. expatrie

    expatrie 4/25/11 published!!!!

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    Modern Ebooks

    Um, aren't all of Cory Doctorow's books and stories online free?

    And then there's Warbreaker, or something similar, by the guy who picked up the Wheel of Time series. Now, that's the first draft, but still.

    No links. Sorry.
     
  14. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33660/33660-h/33660-h.htm

    Not bad, not atypical 50s. It does present a perspective on the importance of science. May even be somewhat preachy.

    This is all in Project Gutenberg

    Doctorow, Cory, 1971-

    * Craphound (English) (as Author)
    http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/17026/pg17026.html
    * Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (English) (as Author)
    http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/domkg10h.htm
    * Eastern Standard Tribe (English) (as Author)
    http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/17028/pg17028.html
    * Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books (English) (as Author)
    * Home Again, Home Again (English) (as Author)
    * Little Brother (English) (as Author)
    * A Place so Foreign (English) (as Author)
    * Printcrime (English) (as Author)
    * Return to Pleasure Island (English) (as Author)
    * Shadow of the Mothaship (English) (as Author)
    * Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (English) (as Author)
    * Super Man and the Bug Out (English) (as Author)

    psik
     
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    Actually, I came to try to spread word about the free ebook that I'm serializing on my site -

    http://heroschains.tumblr.com/post/891822749/chains-of-loss-chapter-1

    The site's pretty spartan because I really don't know much about web design. I will also admit upfront that I'm not published, but I have some reason to believe that I'm not horrible.
     
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    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    ROFL

    Not really, just an interesting historical detail.

    The names of the robots killing a few people and the secret government installation and automatic controls are the same. But the entire basis for what is happening is different. The movie has foreign agents using some kind of stealth plane to remotely control the computer. The book is completely different and the solution to the problem in the book isn't even mentioned in the movie.

    That movie was made long before I could even have understood it. So I try to judge it from a 1954 perspective. Maybe it really isn't as bad as I thought it was the first time I saw it considering when it was made. But the acting is pretty poor but that has nothing to do with the book.

    I think The Brain is better than Considr Phlebas.

    psik
     
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    In my email box today, from Phoenix Pick:


    October's Free EBook is Canadian author, Terence M. Green's 'Barking Dogs.'

    Mitch Helwig is a cop who has gone over the edge. He's got a Barking Dog--an infallible, illegal lie-detector, worn under street clothes--and he's tired of being lied to. He's become a criminal's worst nightmare.

    "The near-future cop-thriller is a growing sub-genre, in which old-time heroes walk the dark and subtly altered mean streets of a cityscape we can all identify from Blade Runner. Barking Dogs is the first novel to turn Toronto into one of those darkly menacing cities."--The Toronto Star

    "A real page-turner... Not to be missed."--Locus

    "A thrill-a-minute story of vigilante justice and a nuanced, well-observed character study."--Robert J. Sawyer

    The Coupon Code for September is 9991566. Instructions and download link (as usual) at:

    www.PPickings.com.

    The new book will be available from October 2 through October 31st.

    --------------------------------------------------

    Mark
     
  19. JunkMonkey

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    For those tempted to watch Gog here's what I thought of it when I first saw it. The book has GOT to be better.
     
  20. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    The movie is pretty bad by even 60s standard. But surprisingly reading The Brain made me remember it. The similarities were just too obvious. Then I checked the dates, 1948 book and 1954 movie.

    One really funny thing I remembered was an incident in a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where Data was trapped in a room with a laser trying to "kill" him was almost exactly like a scene in Gog where a solar mirror was after a woman.

    Sci-fi is just SO unoriginal! :D

    psik

    Now I remember, Home Soil. :cool:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Soil

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASwYE9h6Scw
     
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