Free SF ebooks

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Majuss, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. ArtNJ

    ArtNJ Registered User

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    Very much not true, at least if your including the new/indie author freebies. If you read 10 free kindle books by new/indie authors (I've ready maybe 15 or so) with an average user rating of 4.5 stars or better, good chance you will really like 1 or 2 enough to give it 5 stars. Most of them I find to be just ok, 3 star books to me. Rarely, I cant finish/get into a book, but that isnt common since I only read the highly rated ones. Its like mining for gold. It may or may not be worth it, but there is gold to be found.
     
  2. Steven L Jordan

    Steven L Jordan I like SF. SF is cool.

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    I was recently advised to put one of my best works up, free of charge, as a "marketing ploy." I decided to give it a shot. It is Evoguía, an original SF full novel:

    A scientist in Atlanta creates a revolutionary breakthrough in accessing the untapped potential in humans, and in so doing, sows the seeds of a decades-spanning conflict between Homo Sapiens and a group of people—a 98-pound weakling, a police detective, a boy with learning difficulties and an illness-prone woman—who become the first generation of Homo Evoguía, the Self-Evolved Man.

    It is available at various outlets, but on my site and Smashwords, it is free and available in multiple ebook formats. If you enjoy it and buy other novels, you'll have to let me know how the marketing ploy works. :D
     
  3. Seli

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    Steven, how would you say it compares to the first Kestral Book? I picked that one up free at one point, but it is not for me.
     
  4. Hobbit

    Hobbit Now.. A Seriously Likeable Administrator Staff Member

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    From Phoenix Pick:

    Phoenix Pick’s free ebook for October is Jack L. Chalker’s Lilith: A Snake in the Grass. This is the first of four books in The Four Lords of the Diamond series.

    The coupon code for October is 9991439 and will be good from October 2 through October 31. Download link, as usual at http://www.PPickings.com

    Short Description of the Book:

    Four worlds that cannot be visited.
    Four worlds that must be visited.

    Aliens are spying on Earth from one of the four worlds that make up the Warden Diamond. But it is impossible to send agents to any of the four worlds because of unique microscopic symbionts that make it impossible for visitors to leave the Diamond.

    Seeking a unique solution, each of the four worlds making up the Diamond is sent a person whose mind has been stripped of everything and who is now controlled by an agent of the Confederacy

    Lilith is the first planet to be visited. Here, Cal Tremon, stripped of his own personality, must overcome incredible odds and survive not only the incredible perils of the foreign planet but his own controllers as well.

    Mark
     
  5. ArtNJ

    ArtNJ Registered User

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    Ooh, I have such fond memories of Jack Chalker. Granted I was a teen, 20 years ago, and it seems his work has no advocates on this forum so maybe it doesnt hold up well... Read it long ago, but pretty sure this series is heavily skewed to fantasy despite having spaceships and planets, but recall enjoying it. His "Well of Souls" series is a bit more sci-fi in nature (although all of his books could be called sci-fantasy).

    I always wondered if the man had, shall we say "issues," since in *every single book* he wrote a male character becomes a female through some kind of magical/quasi-technological transformation. Once would mean nothing, but every single book?
     
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    Web Design in San Francisco

    Thanks for your nice information.
     
  7. Hobbit

    Hobbit Now.. A Seriously Likeable Administrator Staff Member

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    Phoenix Pick’s free ebook for November is Paul Cook’s “The Engines of Dawn.”

    The coupon code for November is 9991522 and will be good from November 2
    through November 30. Download link, as usual at http://www.PPickings.com

    Short Description of the Book:

    The great engines of the Enamorati have enabled humanity to travel the
    stars, but at what cost? Little is known of the jealously guarded engines
    while a complacent humanity slowly loses its edge and becomes increasingly
    dependent on mysterious alien technologies.

    However, when an engine failure strands a university ship, Professor Ben
    Bennet and a group of students challenge the status quo and start
    discovering hidden secrets that threaten the future of humanity itself.

    “A lot of contemporary SF satisfies but doesn’t excite. Cook’s latest
    delivers everything you could want”
    Science Fiction Chronicle

    Mark
     
  8. Steven L Jordan

    Steven L Jordan I like SF. SF is cool.

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    Unlike the Kestral series, which is Trek-style sci-fi, Evoguía is SF, "medium-hard" I'd say, realistic and Earth-bound, and strongest in examining the relationships and prejudices that develop when people are considered too different to be human.
     
  9. ESantiago

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    I am a new author and my book is available for free online. It is set in a near future world. Here's the synopsis.

    Set in the near future, the world is advancing as new technologies emerges. But the effects from the attack in an early decade of the 21st century, by an elusive group called Ordo Tribus XI (Order of the Three Eleven), lingers.

    Soon, a sinister force arises, quietly permeating into everyone’s lives and into all nooks and crannies of the connected world. As heinous and ambitious as the perpetrators of World War I and II, the insidious force uses corruption and technology to wage their covert war for world domination. There is no hesitation in using any measures against those who stand in their way. It is up to the friends of the victims and a group of hackers to uncover this hidden threat, and defeat it before it is too late.


    Rather than create a world full of science fiction, I've used the near future world as a backdrop, with subtle introduction of new technology, to relate the rise of a new totalitarian Hitler wannabe of the information age. Prologue and Chapter 1 are historical fiction that lays the historical context for the rest of the chapters. Prologue occurred in World War I while Chapter 1 occurred in November 11, 2011 with a dirty bomb attack and assassination. Although it might not be non-stop fast paced action, it is suspenseful and have element of mystery and non-supernatural horror.

    Some of the key words for the novel are: dirty bomb, Nazism, anti-christ, world domination, intercontinental space travel, gaming, VR, information or cyber war, hacker, cracker, cancer cure, new discoveries, patent, corruption, revolution, murder, torture, genocide, genetic research, new military technology, nanotechnology, surveillance, espionage, fugitives, social commentary, zero day.

    My first time writing so if you end up reading, please let me know what you think. If you stop reading, please let me know why also. :) Constructive criticism is appreciated.

    Here is the link at Scribd with downloadable pdf file and various mobile/e-reader formats.
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/72219109/The-Awakening-Ordo-Tribus-XI
     
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  10. Astra_

    Astra_ Sony Reader PRS-650

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  11. ESantiago

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    Sorry about that. There is a mobile button after the small download and print button. If that does not work, I've added an EPUB format at:
    http://creatorsnode.com/awakening_11-11-11
    last one in the Download Options table.

    Thanks
     
  12. ESantiago

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    Please see my post above. Let me know if EPUB does not work for you.

    Thanks
     
  13. Astra_

    Astra_ Sony Reader PRS-650

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    Yes, it worked. Sort of.
    Direct link was fine. Binaries is a bit tricky. You click on format, it opens a code in firefox, you save it as *.nzb, then use whatever usenet client you have to download it.


    I will be honest with you. The formatting of the epub is bad.
    TOC is unusable.

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    The TOC looks like two small squares at the bottom left corner, and when double click on them you get the following:

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    There are also some unfinished/incomplete items:

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    I am not criticising. Only showing some glaring problems.
     
  14. Chuffalump

    Chuffalump A chuffing heffalump

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    Hey Hobbit, are you aware of any limitations etc on these free eBooks? For some reason it won't work in my Sony eReader. I can read it on the Reader Library software on this PC but when I copy it onto the eReader it just shows one page and won't even access that. Pretty odd as I've had no problems with other epub files. Cheers.
     
  15. ESantiago

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    Fixed it up a bit. Looks better now, at least on my E-reader. The TOC is now working (just missing Epilogue on the list). I have updated the direct link and Usenet NZB link on the website.

    http://creatorsnode.com/awakening_11-11-11

    Yeah, the Usenet NZB have to be right clicked and save because the browser would just display the xml text.

    Note to self, don't use PDF file to convert to EPUB.
     
  16. Hobbit

    Hobbit Now.. A Seriously Likeable Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi Chuffalump. No, I'm not aware of any limitations, which is why I pass the link on. They should be DRM free.

    I'm running them myself on a Sony Reader and they seem OK. I know that EPUB does not always run directly on a Sony as it prefers LRF. Could that be the problem?

    I haven't had to myself, but it might be worth running the EPUB file through something like Calibre (which I do use a lot!) and converting it to LRF?

    Mark
     
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    Chuffalump A chuffing heffalump

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    Thanks, I'll give it a go. Never had problems with epub before so..... well I don't know what I thought. :rolleyes::D
     
  18. Hobbit

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    Hopefully it solves it...

    Be interested to see how it turns out.

    Mark
     
  19. kawyle

    kawyle Karen A. Wyle

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    Free SF short story (ebook)

    My science fiction story, The Baby, is a free ebook on Smashwords. (I was hoping the Amazon bots will find the "free" price on Smashwords and match it. I've recently heard that the book might need to be in the Nook Store for free as well for Amazon to make that switch. I may investigate further.)

    URL: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/101665.
    Subject: human cloning. (You can learn more at the Smashwords page or on the story's page on my website, at http://www.karenawyle.net/baby.html.)

    I'd love to get some feedback on it!
     
  20. Chuffalump

    Chuffalump A chuffing heffalump

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    Worked!

    Seems quite useful software. A little random as to whether it showed the contents of my reader (might be my fault) or not, but the conversion worked perfectly so I'm in the middle of The Engines of Dawn this morning.