More Free SF/F on the Web: Airships and Spaceships, Aliens and FBI Agents

Since we love sharing our book adventures with you, I’d like to continue posting a series of lists where you can find free snippets, serials, and short stories online. If you haven’t already read my first itinerary, you might find it worthwhile. But before I get too deep into a series of posts you may not enjoy, do you like reading about places to find new adventures? Do these links appeal to you? What kinds of links would you like to see? In the interest of providing content our readers enjoy, we’d love your feedback!

We’ll start with some fantasy romance about interspecies relationships by Grace Draven. In this one, two scions of royal houses, each from a different species, are joined in marriage to cement a relationship between their two species in order to join forces against a third race encroaching on both their territories. I really like the protagonists’ open-minded and humorous approach to their situation – each species finds the other repellent to look at.

Next, Cathrynne M. Valente has collected a list of free works on her website. There’s stuff here from Clarkesworld and Lightspeed magazine (mentioned in my first itinerary), as well as works from a bunch of other places.

From there, we move on to C.L. Polk and Elizabeth Bear’s Shadow Unit reader-funded online serial. I haven’t read it, but the summary says it’s about “a group of unrealistically sexy FBI agents struggling to protect humanity from the worst monsters imaginable.” Which sounds pretty exciting, especially when the next sentence warns readers the FBI agents may be turning into monsters themselves… Use the wiki to find the recommended reading order.

We move on to outerspace with Susan Dennard and Sarah J. Maas’ serialized space opera “set in a diverse and cutthroat galaxy,” called The Starkillers Cycle. Fans of epic sci-fi and steamy romance will find this serial “perfect.” Again, I haven’t read it, but you can bet it’s on my list!

I’ve mentioned the Lightspeed Magazine before, but I want to specifically call out an exciting adventure series, the Aetherian Revolution, by Carrie Vaughn. In these short stories, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter (Princess Maud, a.k.a. Harry) travels around the world in disguise having adventures with a young Lieutenant Marlowe. Most of the series, from the bibliography on Carrie Vaughn’s site, is available in the Lightspeed archives, while others are published in other anthologies.

Happy virtual travels!

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