Posts Tagged ‘free fiction’

One Upside to 2020

Sure, 2020 was a miserable dumpster fire of a year, but it wasn’t 110% all bad. (It was bad, yes, but it wasn’t the absolute worst. Thank you, science.)

What’s that? You want me to name one good thing about 2020? More free fiction!

Tor has released their annual “best of” collection, with stories from Charlie Jane Anders, Yoon Ha Lee, Sarah Pinsker, Rachel Swirsky, Fran Wilde and many more. 

The ebook is available now from all the usual suspects: Some of the Best from Tor.com 2020 Is Out Now!

Something to read while we await the vaccine. Enjoy!

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Between politics and the pandemic, we’re at a low point. Will things get better from here? I hope so, of course, and I hope that writers and other artists will be part of helping people image a better future.

With that in mind, today I want to share a book brought to you by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Take Us to a Better Place

Take Us To A Better Place: Stories is a collection of 10 short stories that grapple with the deeply human issues that influence our health, from immigration, climate change, and gentrification, to cultural identity, family connection and access to health care.”

The goal of the book and associated conversation guide is to encourage ideas and debate on the challenges of our current system, and what it will take to build a better, healthier future. Also, good stories.

I love that they decided to communicate these ideas via fiction.

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It’s free and available as an ebook or audiobook (I downloaded mine from Amazon but alternative download sites and languages are available). It also features some great writers (I discovered it while looking for other works by Martha Wells of Murderbot fame, but the table of contents is impressive all around).


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Sci-fi writer Charles Stross has two of his works available as free ebooks, including the Hugo-nominated-novellete-series-turned-book Accelerando:

It’s the definitive Singularity novel, covering three generations of a highly dysfunctional posthuman family as humanity itself is rendered obsolescent by the blistering pace of technological change.

Granted, I’d rather not be rendered obsolete just yet but it’s good to be prepared, right?

If you’re looking for more Stross to sample, a free ebook of Stross’s collaboration 2012 with Cory Doctorow The Rapture of the Nerds is also available. Thank you, Creative Commons!

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