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Free Fiction Friday: John Kessel

John Kessel, author of “Pride and Prometheus” from the Jan. 2008 issue of F&SF, has a number of podcasts available on his website for your listening pleasure. This includes the F&SF stories Pride and Prometheus, Part 1 & Part 2 and Every Angel is Terrifying, as well as others. His website also features some free fiction in HTML (prose) format, including the F&SF story “Herman Melville: Space Opera Virtuoso”.

Free Fiction Friday: Benjamin Rosenbaum

Benjamin Rosenbaum’s first published work of fiction was “The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale,” which appeared in the pages of F&SF back in our July 2001 issue. Since then, he’s published a number of fine tales, several of which have been nominated for the field’s major awards, including the Hugo Award (twice), the Nebula Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Most of said stories will be gathered together into his first short fiction collection, The Ant King and Other Stories, which is forthcoming in August from Small Beer Press.

In addition to the award nominations previously mentioned, Ben has also twice been a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Once for his 2006 story “The House Beyond Your Sky” and once for this story, “Start the Clock,” from our August 2004 issue, which you can read in its entirety on Ben’s website.

[Edit: Ben's F&SF debut, "The Ant King: A California Fairy Tale" is now available as a podcast from PodCastle.]

Free Fiction Friday: M. Rickert

M. Rickert’s stories have been appearing regularly in F&SF for several years now, starting in 1999 with her first publication, “The Girl Who Ate Butterflies.” Her work has also appeared in SCI FICTION and the anthology Feeling Very Strange, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award. Her collection, Map of Dreams, won the William L. Crawford Award for best first book-length work of fantasy and the World Fantasy Award for best collection.

"Bread and Bombs" first appeared in our April 2003 issue; it was subsequently reprinted in my post-apocalyptic anthology Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse and can be found online on the anthology’s website.

Free Fiction Friday: Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang’s story from our September 2007 issue, “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” was one of the most talked-about stories of the year. It landed on several awards ballots, and is currently a finalist for the Nebula Award and British Science Fiction Association Award. Because of the former nomination, we placed the complete text of the story on our website. Because of the latter nomination, Starship Sofa has made it available as a podcast [MP3 link]. So, pick your poison–text or audio–and enjoy!

Free Fiction Friday: Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi is a frequent contributor to F&SF. His story “The Calorie Man” (Oct/Nov 2005) won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and was nominated for the Hugo Award. “The People of Sand and Slag,” which first appeared in our February 2004 issue, was a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. A collection of Bacigalupi’s short fiction, Pump Six and Other Stories, was just published by Night Shade Books.

Paolo recently posted several of his stories online: “The Tamarisk Hunter,” “The People of Sand and Slag,” and “The Fluted Girl.” You can also listen to a podcast of Paolo reading “The People of Sand and Slag,” which was recorded recently at the SF in SF reading series in San Francisco.

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