It is Pixel Stained Technopeasant Wretch Day.
The reason for it, if you don't know it, is some fight within the SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America, I think, though the A could easily stand for association). As you can see, the SFWA means a whole lot to me. Anyhow, the day is a reaction against writers who put their work online to be read for free being called scabs, or something similar. Look: I don't care. What some guy in an organisation I don't give a shit about thinks means nothing to me. However, the day is about putting fiction online for free, to advertise work, and sell some things, or at least that's how I view it, and I'm all good for a bit of free fiction, and pimptastic action.
theleeharveyoswaldband - from Polyphony Six, edited by Deborah Layne and Jay Lake
'theleeharveyoswaldband' is a piece about music, the internet, and the bad things people do. Heh. I've always wanted to say that. Anyhow, the whole story is there in a PDF, so you can download it and read it later, should you not wish to read it straight away (I have no idea how long it will stay up, so I recommend this). As always, there's also an excerpt of 26Lies on the page, and you can read that, as well. There are also stories from Polyphony Three, Four, Five, and the collections, The River Knows its Own and The Beast of Love. Lots of stuff, in other words.
While you're there, sampling stuff for free, you might also want to consider that the Wheatland Press Sale is still going on.
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So, what are you waiting for? Do the links and read the free shit. Buy some books if you dig it.
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