Libro gratis : The Best of Cordwainer Smith

La oferta especial de este mes de Phoenix Book es una magnífica recopilación de un autor con poca producción pero con una larga estela. Se trata de The Best of Cordwainer Smith editado por J. J. Pierce. El precio es paga-lo-que-quieras, incluso si es cero.

Os pongo también la sinopsis:

Cordwainer Smith was one of the original visionaries to think of humanity in terms of thousands of years in the future, spread out across the universe. This brilliant collection, often cited as the first of its kind, explores fundamental questions about ourselves and our treatment of the universe (and other beings) around us and ultimately what it means to be human.

In “Scanners Live in Vain” we meet Martel, a human altered to be part machine—a scanner—to be able withstand the trauma space travel has on the body. Despite the stigma placed on him and his kind, he is able to regrasp his humanity to save another.

In “The Dead Lady of Clown Town” we get to know the underpeople—animals genetically altered to exist in human form, to better serve their human owners—and meet D’Joan, a dog-woman who will make readers question who is more human: the animals who simply want to be recognized as having the same right to life, or the people who created them to be inferior.

In “The Ballad of Lost C’mell” the notion of love being the most important equalizer there is—as first raised in “The Dead Lady of Clown Town”—is put into action when an underperson, C’mell, falls in love with Lord Jestocost. Who is to say her love for him is not as valid as any true-born human? She might be of cat descent, but she is all woman!

And in “A Planet Named Shayol” it is an underperson of bull descent, and beings so mutilated and deformed from their original human condition to be now considered demons of a hellish land, who retain and display the most humanity when Mankind commits the most inhumane action of all.

Libro gratis : Event Horizon 2018

Aquí os traigo la ya tradicional antología con relatos  de los autores nominables al John W. Campbell (que no es un Hugo). Editado por Jake Kerr, aquí os pongo la tabla de contenidos.

“Devil’s Due” de Percival Constantine
“Forestborn” de Sylvia Heike
“A Question Of Faith” de Tonya Liburd
“Shaman’s Quest” de Kevin L. O’Brien
“Memories to Come” de Paul Alex Gray
“Aspiration Value” de Mike Reeves-McMillan
“Of Puddings and Prophecies” de Helen French
“Dearly Departed” de Kelly Stewart
“Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O’ahu Frenzy)” de Benjamin C. Kinney
“The Legendary Legend of the Darkly’s Slayer” de J.R. Dawson
“The Invisible Box” de J.J. Litke
“Termination Pending” de Rachelle Harp
“Eyes That See Everything” de Karen Bovenmyer
“Twisted Knots” de D.A Xiaolin Spires
“The Heart is a Lonesome Hunter” de Eugenia Triantafyllou
“The Fox, the Wolf, and the Dove” de Ville Meriläinen
“Dragon’s Trail” de Joseph Malik
“Spooky Action” de David A. Kilman
“Granite Requires” de TJ Berry
“Forgive Us Our Trespasses” de Bennett North
“The Best Busker in the World” de R. K. Duncan
“Like You, I am a System” de Nathan Hillstrom
“Darner” de Jonathan Laidlow
“First date with the Hive” de Gretchen Tessmer
“The Librarian” de Andrew Kozma
“The Stars and the Rain” de Emily McCosh
“London Calling” de Philip A. Suggars
“Analog Signals” de Shawn Proctor
“Fandom for Robots” de Vina Jie-Min Prasad
“The Spark That Starts The Flame” de Daniel Rosen
“These Constellations Will Be Yours” de Elaine Cuyegkeng
“The Nine” de Tracy Townsend
“I Remember Your Face” de E. K. Wagner
“Old Teacups and Kitchen Witches” Kate Baker
“The In Between Place” de Kat Day
“”A Matter of Interpretation” de M. Elizabeth Ticknor
“Bade Teeth” de Lina Rather
“The Awakening of Insects” de Bobde Sun
“”The Man in the Crimson Coat” de Andrea Tang
“Outburst” de B. Morris Allen
“Rushford Recapitulation” de Christopher Mark Rose
“A Heart in the Hand” de Jeremy M. Gottwig
“Moths To The Flame” de Daniel Rosen
“A Glowing Heart” de Anton Rose
“Demeter’s Regard” de Deborah L. Davitt
“The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison You Make for Yourself” de Matt Dovey
“The Lives Beneath” de Katherine Inskip
“Adessal” de Lorraine Schein
“Starr Striker Should Remain Capitol City’s Resident Superhero, by Keisha
Cole, 10th Grade Student”” de Amanda Helms
“Baro Porrajmos, or Love in the Vardo” de Eileen Gunnell Lee
“Ora et Labora” de Theodore McCombs
“An Equal Share of the Bone” de Karen Osborne
“Phalium arium ssp anams” de Victoria Sandbrook
“The Broken Karwaneer” de Jeremy A TeGrotenhuis
“Seb Dreams of Reincarnation” de Aimee Ogden
“Snail Mail” de Steven Fischer
“The Arrow of Time” de Kate Dollarhyde
“Think of Winter” de Eleanna Castroianni

Libro gratis : Captive Dreams

El libro de este mes de Phoenix Book, que se puede descargar en la modalidad paga-lo-que-quieras, es Captive Dreams de Michael Flynn.

Esta es la sinopsis:

Fine literary writing meets Science Fiction. A thematic tour-de-force exploring the concept of being human through the eyes of imperfect protagonists struggling with their demons. More than just great SF, these are great stories told with style, wit and sensitivity.

This collection consists of six stories set in the same neighborhood with the lives of the inhabitants of six residences tangentially interacting with each other across space and time.

Libro gratis : Humanity 2.0

El libro que nos ofrece Phoenix Books este mes en la modalidad de paga-lo-que-quieras o incluso 0 euros es Humanity 2.0,  una recopilación de Alex Shvartsman que ya leí en su momento y que recomiendo.

Aquí los blurbs y la portada:

“Robert Silverberg’s story stands out as unforgettable and of great importance in showing the potential danger of meeting extraterrestrial intelligent beings.”—Forest Shultz, New Science Fiction an Fantasy Reviews

“All in all, anyone interested in this anthology’s theme will likely enjoy it.”—Tangent

What will it mean to be human in the future? How will we evolve in order to reach the stars?

Fifteen short stories collected in this book examine how interstellar flight might change humanity itself. Will we choose to upload our minds into a singularity? Enhance ourselves with alien DNA? Will our bodies remain the same, but our culture and societal norms adapt to accommodate for effects of time dilation, or become subsumed by advanced alien cultures?

Hugo and Nebula award winning authors, bestsellers, and some of the hottest new writers in the field of hard science fiction imagine an array of possible futures—from bright to dystopian—and different permutations of what’s in store for us as a species.


Libro gratis : Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures

Gracias al chivatazo de Marcheto, he podido saber de la existencia de esta recopilación. Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures consta de una serie de ensayos y relatos que imaginan la expansión de la humanidad por el espacio y está disponible para su descarga gratuita.

La colección ha sido editada por Ed Finn y Joey Eschrich, que han contado como editora invitada con Juliet Ulman.

El plantel de autores es más que recomendable:

Madeline Ashby, Steven Barnes, Eileen Gunn, Ramez Naam, Carter Scholz, Karl Schroeder, Vandana Singh

Los ensayos vienen de las plumas de:

 Jim Bell, Lawrence Dritsas, Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Emma Frow, Roland Lehoucq, Andrew D. Maynard, Clark A. Miller, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Steve Ruff, William K. Storey, Sara Imari Walker, G. Pascal Zachary

También incluye una entrevista a Kim Stanley Robinson.

Libros gratis : Double Star y Soulmates

Ya está aquí la Navidad como quien dice y con ella se duplica la oferta Phoenix Book. En esta ocasión son dos libros los que ofertan en la modalidad paga-lo-que-quieras:

Double Star

Many of Heinlein’s fans consider the novels he wrote in the fifties amongst the author’s strongest work; when he was at the peak of his talents. Double Star is considered by many to be the finest of his titles. Brian Aldiss called it his “most enjoyable novel.”

Whether it is the simplicity of a lively tale, the complexity of the situation, or the depth of characterization, the book has developed a loyal following. It also won Heinlein his first Hugo.

The story revolves around Lawrence Smith—also known as “Lorenzo the Great”—a down-and-out actor wasting the remainder of his life in bars.

When he encounters a space-pilot who offers him a drink, before he knows what is going on, he is on Mars involved in a deep conspiracy with global consequences. He is given a mission where failure would not only mean his own death, it would almost certainly mean an all-out planetary war.

“Heinlein’s novels of the 1940s and 50s shaped every single science fiction writer of my generation and everyone currently writing science fiction. Or making science fiction movies … and Double Star is an excellent example of all the reasons why.”—Connie Willis


“This book will be remembered as one of the major collections of the decade.”Robert J. Sawyer

“…a satisfying sampler of solid stories from a team that rarely disappoints.”Publishers Weekly

Multiple award-winning authors, Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn, get to the heart of the matter in Soulmates, which showcases all the words they have penned together over their years as collaborators (with a bonus solo piece by each). Whether a robot, alien, some kind of supernatural being or human, rising above our prejudices and ignorance allows us to make emotional connections that can have a profound effect on our lives.

Each of these stories examine a facet of the simple, yet incredibly complex, concept of companionship. They will make you laugh; will make you cry…but most importantly they will make you look at the very basic notion of soul-mates in a different light.

“Standouts include…Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn’s beautifully sad “Benchwarmer,” which takes us into the world of imaginary friends, and introduces us to one friend who simply can’t let go of the boy who created him.”io9

“That’s [Soulmates] the second story that will be considered by me for next year’s Hugos; this one in the Novelette category.”SFRevu

“In a classic example of cognitive estrangement, we learn the absurdity of our own cultural norms as seen by those on the outside…effectively played to humorous effect.” (on :”Report from the Field”)SFSignal

Libro gratis : Siege of Tilpur

Gracias al chivatazo de @mertonio, me entero de que está disponible para su descarga gratuita “Siege of Tilpur”, una historia corta de Brian McClellan publicada anteriormente en la antología Unbound.

Aprovecha esta oportunidad para iniciarte con el mundo Powder Mage de McClellan si no lo conocías ya. En el número ocho de la revista Supersonic podrás leer un extenso artículo sobre su obra, por si necesitas más razones para decidirte.