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2007's best sci-fi short stories--for free

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 2008 Hugo Award is available free online, and we've got the links.

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

Best Novelette nominees

Best Short Story nominees

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.

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10 comments
lmaomonster
lmaomonster

There's a free short sci fi film released this year on http://moviepals.org/ Check it out, leave comments-- whatever you like and since it is open source, you're strongly encouraged to modify it, expand it, and use it in your own derivative works! Hopefully it would make it on the list for 2009!

mykmlr
mykmlr

You're saying the business model has collapsed, and there is no point writing Sci-fi for a living anymore. Thanks for the heads up.

pwolanski
pwolanski

Chabon's Yiddish Policeman's Union is only the first 70 or so pages, not the entire novel.

eric
eric

May not be the "best of '07", but PodioBooks.com has a huge selection of MP3 format sci-fi books for free including Tracy Hickman's "The Immortals", "Crescent" by Phil Rossi and "Eastern Standard Tribe" by Cory Doctorow. Also, If you haven't already, definitely should check out "7th Son" by JC Hutchins (jchutchins.net) or any of Scott Sigler's books (scottsigler.com).

eric
eric

> You're saying the business model has collapsed, and there is no point writing Sci-fi for a living anymore.

alan williams
alan williams

They have a library of free books, usually the first few in a series, as a taster to buy the rest. It is continually updated, though not as fast as I would like. http://www.baen.com/library/

seanferd
seanferd

It could also be one of those TR higcoughs. Try again later?

LouCed
LouCed

Go to Baen's web site, follow the link to the free library. It's full of Ringo, Weber, and Flint. Multiple formats, no PDF, and all for free. No sign up or nuthin'

madmarv
madmarv

Escapepod.org is also podcasting those short stories nominated for this year's Hugos (or most of them anyway). Escapepod.org also podcasts sci-fi short stories for free every week. Pseudopod.org and podcastle.org do the same for horror and fantasy short stories as well.