October 21st, 2010, 12:05 PM
Apologies, catii, but that link has been removed, as many of the books there are in copyright and we would be in trouble if we let people use them.
October 21st, 2010, 09:35 PM
Live Long & Suffer
Busted by the Fuzz.
October 22nd, 2010, 07:24 PM
It's what we do: the alternative would be to have SFFWorld shut down and an attempt by the owner to ask all the members to help pay for the hefty law suit.
I'd rather spend the money on books, frankly - ebooks or otherwise.
October 26th, 2010, 12:53 AM
Inherit the Stars
While the link to the free baen.com library has already been posted i'd like to point to a specific book which is available there for free: Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan, my all-time favourite book. Not because it's necessarily the best book i ever read but it is the reason why i started reading books at all:
No action, no lovestory, no mean aliens, no fights, no ftl travel, it's the story of a scientific mystery and how it gets solved.
November 1st, 2010, 09:18 PM
Just received this email, hope it is okay to post:
November's Free Ebook is Tom Paine Maru, Author's Special Edition by L. Neil Smith. The author is a four time Prometheus Award winner with critically acclaimed titles like The Probability Broach and Pallas.
Tom Paine Maru currently has five out of five stars on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1604502606?tag=arcman-20
Whitey O’Thraight, the Ship’s Armorer on the first interstellar vessel launched by his home planet Vespucci, finds himself stranded on a strange planet with just one other survivor. Captured by the local Baron, they are freed by a group of monks who are much more than they initially appear to be. Their new benefactors and friends have something special in mind for the two survivors, but going along with these plans might mean the destruction of Vespucci as they knew it
The Ebook Code for this month is 9992224 and will be valid from November 2 through November 30. Link and instructions, as usual, at http://www.PPickings.com (direct link to our catalogue).
November 2nd, 2010, 03:35 PM
I just felt this was important enough to be quoted. Well put, Good Hobbit.
Originally Posted by Hobbit
November 2nd, 2010, 06:01 PM
Thanks, Rozinante: and thanks, Durzo - you beat me to that one.
November 2nd, 2010, 08:20 PM
Prometheus winner, huh? Anyone know if this is a libertarian book? Just wondering.
Originally Posted by DurzoBlint
November 2nd, 2010, 08:50 PM
Well, good point: four times winner of the Prometheus Award would suggest that, wouldn't it?
Looking through the copy I've downloaded, admittedly very quickly, yeah I would say it had libertarian leanings.
November 2nd, 2010, 11:22 PM
I took a pass on this one, didn't seem interesting to me and I have more than enough books to get through as it is.
November 18th, 2010, 08:15 PM
Live Long & Suffer
This may be the first decent Mil-SF after WWII involving nuclear weapons.
Uller Uprising, by Henry Beam Piper
Interesting planetology and orbital mechanics plus silicon bio-chemistry. I suppose this qualifies as hard sci-fi. Might be most similar to Weber's On Basalisk Station wit weird aliens attacking humans, but better.
November 21st, 2010, 01:01 AM
Hey all, first post
Just recently discovered the Baen library and started on the Warrior's Apprentice, my first Vorkosigan book. (I guess I'm the last to find them, but there were 10 or 15 years where I wasnt reading much, so I'm catching up.)
Wanted to note, since no one else has, that Amazon/kindle/sci-fi section does have a few free books from indie authors. I dont know that I have seen any sci-fi classics for free on Amazon (.99, sure, but not for free.) As far as the freebies that are there, so far I have read:
(1) The Bright of the Sky, which features an incredibly vividly imagined universe and a plot that moves, albeit with (to me) somewhat weak and/or unlikable characters and characterizations. The sequels are not free, and in fact I think are 8.99, so I am not recommending the book per se.
(2) I also read Relentless, which has quite an interesting premise, and a strong first half of the book, but ends up, in my view, a bit of a mess, for example relying on a lengthy villain monologue to explain essentially the entire book. That said, the reviews are not too bad. I think there are sequels which are not free.
I'm not sure there is any sci-fi worth reading for free on Amazon, but The Bright of the Sky comes pretty close.
Last edited by ArtNJ; November 21st, 2010 at 01:05 AM.
November 26th, 2010, 04:35 AM
This is one good link. I don't see it here, and I think that all stories and novels here are legal. At least they claim to be so.
November 26th, 2010, 05:59 AM
It appears that all of the top entries in the "recommended" section are short stories. However, I am *very* intrigued by the mix of award contenders and old classics. For example, Nightfall and The Cold Equations are both on there, two of the best sci-fi short stories ever. Anyone that has not read these two should run over there and do that.
Originally Posted by galaxie500
December 2nd, 2010, 03:03 AM
The December email from Phoenix Pick:
December's Free Ebook of the Month is Michael Flynn's Hugo nominated
novella The Forest of Time.
The story takes place in an alternate universe where the original thirteen
colonies in America were unable to unite the country into the United
States and the states developed into mutually hostile nation states.
The Forest of Time is included in the Anthology 'The Forest of Time and
Other Stories' published by Phoenix Pick.
The Coupon Code for December is 9992374. Instructions and download link
(as usual) at:
The new book will be available from December 2nd through December 31st.