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Free Fiction: The Rainmaker by Mary Rosenblum

"The Rainmaker" by Mary Rosenblum originally appeared in our Oct/Nov 1998 issue. StarShipSofa recently adapted it to audio, which you can listen to on their podcast [mp3].

Free Fiction Friday: Gwyneth Jones

Gwyneth Jones, born in Manchester, 14th February 1952, writer. She’s the author of more than twenty novels for teenagers, mostly using the name Ann Halam, and several highly regarded SF novels for adults. She’s won two World Fantasy awards, the Arthur C. Clarke award, the British Science Fiction Association short story award, the Dracula Society’s Children of the Night award, the P.K.Dick award, and shared the first Tiptree award, in 1992, with Eleanor Arnason. She lives in Brighton, UK, with her husband and son; a Tonkinese cat called Ginger and her young friend Milo. She’s done some extreme tourism in her time, still likes traveling but has given up on air transport. Likes going to the movies & playing with her websites. She’s a member of the Soil Association, the Sussex Wildlife Trust; and an Amnesty International volunteer. [via]

Jones has several pieces of free fiction on her website, including "The Tomb Wife," which appeared in our August 2007 issue.

Free Fiction Friday: Lucius Shepard

Lucius Shepard is the award-winning author of innumerable classics, many of which have appeared in the pages of F&SF such as “The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule” and “The Jaguar Hunter” (which you can read online at Infinity Plus). And, of course, he’s currently up for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and Locus Award for best novella, for his F&SF story, “Stars Seen Through Stone.”

Free Fiction Friday: Peter S. Beagle

Peter S. Beagle is the author of many novels and stories, including the beloved classic The Last Unicorn. In 2005, F&SF published Beagle’s Nebula Award-winning sequel to The Last Unicorn, the novelet "Two Hearts." You can read that story here. But Beagle’s history with F&SF begins way  back in 1966 when we published his story "Come Lady Death" (which originally appeared in The Atlantic Monthly). That story was recently adapted into a podcast on the new fantasy-focused Escape Pod spin-off PodCastle. You can listen to the whole story here.

Free Fiction Friday: Daryl Gregory

Yes, I know it’s Sunday, but I forgot to post this on Friday, and Free Fiction Sunday ruins the alliteration.

Daryl Gregory is the author of about a dozen stories, which have appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, and elsewhere. His first novel, Pandemonium, will be published by Del Rey Books this Fall.

Daryl’s website,, features a number of pieces of free fiction, including several F&SF stories, such as his first pro sale, "In the Wheels," "The Continuing Adventures of Rocket Boy," and "Free, and Clear."

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