For those who haven't noticed, there's a new trend in online fiction marketing—giving the fiction away online. Case in point: Every single short-fiction nominee for sci-fi's Hugo Award is available free online, and we've got the links—thanks to our good friends at SFSignal.
Best Novella nominees
- "All Seated on the Ground" by Connie Willis
- "The Fountain of Age" by Nancy Kress
- "Memorare" by Gene Wolfe
- "Recovering Apollo 8" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- "Stars Seen Through Stone" by Lucius Shepard
Best Novelette nominees
- "The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairytale of Economics" by Daniel Abraham
- "Dark Integers" by Greg Egan
- "Finisterra" by David Moles
- "Glory" by Greg Egan
- "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang
Best Short Story nominees
- "Distant Replay" by Mike Resnick
- "Last Contact" by Stephen Baxter
- "A Small Room in Koboldtown" by Michael Swanwick
- "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear
- "Who's Afraid of Wolf 359?" by Ken MacLeod
For those so inclined, you can also snag a free online copy of a Best Novel nominee—Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union—if you're willing to endure a clunky Flash player. More importantly, SFSignal also lists every other novel nominee, and every nominee in each of the 11 other categories that haven't been released for free over the intarweebs as yet. Check back to the page for updates...once you're done feasting on these opening salvos of sci-fi goodness.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.