1. The Island
by Peter Watts
We are the cave men. We are the Ancients, the Progenitors, the blue-collar steel monkeys. We spin your webs and build your magic gateways, thread each needle’s eye at sixty thousand kilometers a second. We never stop. We never even dare to slow down, lest the light of your coming turn us to plasma. All for you. All so you can step from star to star without dirtying your feet in these endless, empty wastes between.
The Island – 104 pages (LRF, EPUB) or (eSerial / Webnovel – HTML)
2. Star Dragon
by Mike Brotherton
‘Seldom does a storytelling talent come along as potent and fully mature as Mike Brotherton. His complex characters take you on a voyage that is both fiercely credible and astonishingly imaginative. This is Science Fiction.’ – David Brin
‘Star Dragon is terrific fare, offering readers a fusion of hard science and grand adventure.’ – Locus Magazine
‘Star Dragon is steeped in cosmology, the physics of interstellar travel, exobiology, artificial intelligence, bioscience. Brotherton, author of many scientific articles in refereed journals, has written a dramatic, provocative, utterly convincing hard science sf novel that includes an ironic twist that fans will love.’ – Booklist starred review
‘Readers hungry for the thought-provoking extrapolation and rigorous technical detail of old-fashioned hard SF are sure to enjoy astronomer Brotherton’s first novel.’ – Publishers Weekly
Star Dragon – 395 pages, 1.54 MB (RTF, TEXT, PDF, HTML, Palm Doc)
3. Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town
Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town
by Cory Doctorow
It’s only natural that Alan, the broadminded hero of Doctorow’s fresh, unconventional SF novel, is willing to help everybody he meets. After all, he’s the product of a mixed marriage (his father is a mountain and his mother is a washing machine), so he knows how much being an outcast can hurt. Alan tries desperately to behave like a human being–or at least like his idealized version of one. He joins a cyber-anarchist’s plot to spread a free wireless Internet through Toronto at the same time he agrees to protect his youngest brothers (members of a set of Russian nesting dolls) from their dead brother who’s now resurrected and bent on revenge.
Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town – 122 pages, 2.58 MB (Text, HTML, PDF, JPEG, PalmOS, iPod, Rocketbook, ebook, windows, Mac, Unix, eMate, newton 2000, Sony Ebook Reader, Java, Libris, Fictionbook Reader, Stanza, Kindle, EPUB)
4. Simon of Space
Simon of Space
by Cheeseburger Brown
Do you remember the first moment of your life?
I do, but then most people suffer from the inherent deficits of infancy when they are born, whereas I had the special indignity and privilege of being thirty-six years old at the time.
I admit that I did soil myself. In this respect I am on par with a lot of other people, though my insides were not stuffed with healthy black meconium but rather the still spicy remains of a sumptuous meal enjoyed shortly before the beginning of my life.
And to be entirely truthful the first first moment is hazy. I was lost in a world of synaesthetic fire, pawing out at the incoherent jangle of sudden perceptive barf that stabbed in at the amorphous horror that was quickly coalescing into my sense of self.
I was released into a blazing light, and then I fell down.
Simon of Space – 295 pages, 1.85 MB (EPUB, HTML, PDF, Kindle, Printed Book) or 45 Chapters (eSerial / Webnovel – HTML)