Read my short story Fusion

Fusion was originally published in Interstellar Fiction in August of 2012. The magazine’s editors just informed me the exclusivity agreement expired so it’s time to give it a second home on the web (with some very minor, but much needed edits). You can print it out or convert it to the ebook format of your choice. It’s all free and legal, pal.

The story is about a rock star who kills himself, but lives on in cyberpunkish fashion. Naughty words such as “cock” and “nards” lurk ahead.

Read it here and let me know what you think!

Every issue of Omni Magazine is now available on The Internet Archive

Click here to go there.

As a huge fan of Omni Magazine, I can’t put into words how happy this makes me. I rarely see back issues at used bookstores anymore so this is a fantastic treat even if the scans aren’t that great. (Okay, “aren’t that great” should read “nearly dismal.”) Nonetheless, there are different formats including epubs and Kindle files.

A “Best Of” edition edited by Ben Bova and Don Myrus. Sorry, my scanner’s on the blink.

More info from the site, via Wikipedia:

In its early run, OMNI published a number of stories that have become genre classics, such as Orson Scott Card’s “Unaccompanied Sonata”, William Gibson’s “Burning Chrome” and “Johnny Mnemonic”, Harlan Ellison’s novella “Mefisto in Onyx”, and George R. R. Martin’s “Sandkings”. The magazine also published original sf/f by William S. Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and other mainstream writers. The magazine excerpted Stephen King’s novel Firestarter, and featured a short story, “The End of the Whole Mess”. OMNI also brought the works of numerous painters to the attention of a large audience, such as H. R. Giger, De Es Schwertberger and Rallé. In the early 1980s, popular fiction stories from OMNI were reprinted in “The Best of OMNI Science Fiction” series and featured art by space artists like Robert McCall.

A ton of Rudy Rucker stories, free and legal

Rudy Rucker has posted his Complete Stories online. He calls it a free sample and you can buy the book if you’re so inclined. It’s been a while since I’ve done Free Story Friday here at Goug’ Blog, so hopefully these will help make up for that misstep.

When I read Colliding Branes (co-written with Bruce Sterling), I knew I wouldn’t read a better SF story for a very, very long time.

Free Story: If I’m Here, Imagine Where They Sent My Luggage by Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer’s upcoming novel Triggers is currently being serialized in Analog. It’s fantastic so far. It’s like a Tom Clancy novel combined with a science-gone-wrong plot that isn’t anti-science. If you hit the bookstore right now, you should be able to catch it from the first. Or download the digital issue of Analog. It’s like two or three bucks depending on whether or not you subscribe.

Last month’s Apex saw the arrival of a new editor, who in his first editorial mentions something Elizabeth Bear said: science fiction is currently in its rainbow era. She’s right. There isn’t one thing that science fiction is doing right now.

So for this week’s free story, I thought I’d find something by Sawyer. I’m not the hugest fan of flash fiction, but I’m not so close-minded I’d ignore it. This story is two hundred and fifty words long and it feels right. If I’m Here, Imagine Where They Sent My Luggage.

You can find other free stories of his here.

Free Story Friday: The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model

Man. This is one easy, entertaining read: The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model by Charlie Jane Anders. When I was in bed the other night, I decided to give my ebook reader another try. When I powered it up, a collection of short stories published by Tor mysteriously showed up on my home screen. It was only a preview, but I started reading it anyway. I just hoped the preview would end sometime after the conclusion of the first story, not before.

Nope. Chuck Testa.

So I paid $2.99 (because, after all, nothing is more thrilling than buying things without even getting out of bed) to read the last few pages of the story. It was worth it. Then I discovered it was available for free on the Internet. It was still worth it.

As for me, I’m going to go play some more Skyrim. The game came out three hours ago. My girlfriend wanted me to come over tonight. See: my response, an image stolen from Reddit.