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A Bit of Free Fiction.

The populist award of Australian speculative fiction Ditmars is either open to voting now (or will be soon), and in the tradition of drumming up support for work, publishers are offering free copies of short fiction so you can read and vote. Of course, that's just to get on the nomination list, as the actual winners are decided by people who attend the convention that the award is given out at (and thus, the winners are often decided by how popular you are, or how many friends you have--due to the size of the local scene here, it's more than doable to rig the awards, should you be so inclined).

But, really, that's not what this post is about. Instead, it's about getting a bit of a free read, and voting if you'd like. It's mostly about the fiction, however.

One of the anthologies that I appeared in last year, 2012, is being offered to anyone free as an electronic version if you are eligible to vote:

Twelfth Planet Press is offering an electronic copy of our near future anthology 2012 free to anyone who is eligible to nominate in the Ditmars this year.

Both the anthology, edited by Ben Payne and myself, and each of the individual stories are eligible for nomination in this year's Ditmars.

* “Watertight Lies” by Deborah Biancotti
* “Fleshy” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
* “Oh, Russia” by Simon Brown
* “Soft Viscosity” by David Conyers
* “Apocalypse Now” by Lucy Sussex
* “The Last Word” by Dirk Flinthart
* “Ghost Jail” by Kaaron Warren
* “Love You Like Water” by Angela Slatter
* “Skinsongs” by Martin Livings
* “David Bowie” by Ben Peek
* “Oblivion” by Sean McMullen

Leave a comment here with your email address and details of your eligibility and we will send you the pdf. We ask that you not share the file with anyone else.


I believe you're eligible if you can read, but does it really matter? Free fiction is free fiction. If you want to follow links, there are also stories at Jonathan Strahan's blog , Margo Lanagan's, and Ellen Datlow's. In the great scheme of things for free fiction, you can also read my piece, 'The Funeral, Ruined' here for free.

Remember, reading is how you save Xmas from Jesus.

(crossposted)

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girliejones
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Nah apparently you have to be "active in fandom" to be eligible. Whatever that means and whoever that is who decides.
benpeek
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
i'm sure that means, 'i read local fiction', but it doesn't really matter. that people read the stuff is.
girliejones
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
agreed
deborahlive
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
First he gets photo-ed wearing something not black and now he's writing a nice post about awards.

Are you the nice twin Ben Peek from the Star Trek Nice Twin Episode?

;)
benpeek
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
i'd hardly call this a nice post about awards. after all, i don't even link the award site ;)
deborahlive
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh. I didn't actually read the post. I just scanned and didn't see any bad words so I assumed it was nice.

:)

But you have to admit you were wearing red the other night.
benpeek
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
actually, it was orange ;)
artbroken
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
For the record, I read 'The Funeral, Ruined' earlier this year in Paper Cities and thought it was one of the best pieces in the anthology.
benpeek
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
thanks :)
bradav
Apr. 21st, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
if I hate ben peek enough does that count for eligibility? ;)

benpeek
Apr. 21st, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
i'm sure it gets you enough for two votes ;)
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