April 21st, 2009


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.