Libro gratis: New Under the Sun.

El Phoenix Book of the Month de octubre es New Under the Sun de Nancy Kress. Ya sabéis que se puede pegar el precio que se desee, incluso 0 euros.

Os pongo la sinopsis:

A brand-new book by master storyteller Nancy Kress. Set in the near future, Nancy Kress’ story gives us a world increasingly hostile to new ideas as religious fundamentalism dictates social agenda and where the primary use of science is to bolster these very same uncompromising attitudes. Annabel Lee is a child of this society, but unique. She has been infected by a long-dormant alien parasite. But this ìinfection may be the only hope for the world, if she can survive long enough.

Mi traducción:

Un nuevo libro de la gran relatista Nancy Kress. Situado en un futuro cercan, la historia de Nancy Kress nos da un mundo cada vez más hostil a nuevas ideas conforme los fundamentalistas religiosos dictan la agenda social y en el que el principal uso de la ciencia es respaldar estas mismas actitudes. Annabel Lee es una hija de esta sociedad, pero es únia. Ha sido infectada por un parásito alienígena. Pero esta infección puede ser la única esperanza de la humanidad, si puede sobrevivir lo suficiente.

La portada:

 

Libro gratis: Mother Grimm

El libro Phoenix Pick de este mes es Mother Grimm de Catherine Wells. La modalidad de pago para este libro es pagar lo que estimes oportuno. Os traigo la portada y la sinopsis:

Twila Grimm has lived her whole life inside the sterile limits of the Biodome, an isolated domed oasis in the middle of a ravaged Earth.

The outside is a world of mystery and disease: where those infected by the deadly CM virus are sent to die. This is a land of disease and death; of warring tribes and half-crazed factions that live on the edge of sanity.

But the outside is also where Twila Grimm’s destiny lies. For she is much more than what she appears and the secrets about her own origins may prove to be the world’s salvation or its ultimate destruction.

Mi traducción:

Twila Grimm ha vivido toda su vida dentro de los límites estériles del Biodomo, un domo asilado en mitad de una Tierra devastada.

El mundo del exterior está envuelto en el misterio y la enfermedad. Los infectados con el virus CM son exiliados para morir. Esta es una tierra de enfermedad y muerte, de tribus guerreras y locas facciones que viven en el borde de la locura.

Pero el destino de Twila Grimm también está en el exterior. Ella es más de lo que aparenta y los secretos sobre sus propios orígenes podría ser la salvación del mundo o su destrucción final.

Libro gratis: Rocket Fuel

Para celebrar su décimo aniversario, la gente de Tor.com ha creado un libro con los artículos más interesantes publicados en su blog y lo ha dejado disponible para su descarga gratuita. El título del libro es Rocket Fuel, con la portada que anexo y los contenidos que podéis ver a continuación:

Prefacio – Bridget McGovernUnder the Covers with a Flashlight: Our Lives as Readers – Emily Asher-Perrin
Sometimes, Horror is the Only Fiction That Understands You – Leah Schnelbach
The Bodies of the Girls Who Made Me: Fanfic and the Modern World – Seanan McGuire
Writing Women Characters as Human Beings – Kate Elliott
Meet My Alien Family: Writing Across Cultures in Science Fiction – Becky Chambers
So How Does a Centaur Eat, Anyway? – Judith Tarr
Fantasy, Reading, and Escapism – Jo Walton
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (and Why You Should Read It) – Leigh Butler
Robert Jordan: The American Tolkien – Michael Livingston
The Trial of Galadriel – Jeff LaSala
Good Idols: Terry Pratchett & the Appropriate Hug – Lish McBride
Orwell and the Librarian, a Love Story – Alex Brown
Beloved: The Best Horror Novel the Horror Genre Has Never Claimed – Grady Hendrix
The Peril of Being Disbelieved: Horror and the Intuition of Women – Emily Asher-Perrin
What Rape Apologists Need to Learn From Jessica Jones – Natalie Zutter
In Defense of Villainesses – Sarah Gailey
Queering SFF: Writing Queer—Languages of Power – Brit Mandelo
Sleeps With Monsters: There’s A Counter In My Head – Liz Bourke
Apologize to No One: V for Vendetta is More Important Today Than it Ever Was – Emily Asher-Perrin
Five Books about Loving Everybody – Nisi Shawl
Safe as Life: A Four-Part Essay on Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle – Brit Mandelo
The Complete American Gods Mix Tape – Bridget McGovern
Rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: “Far Beyond the Stars” – Keith R.A. DeCandido
The POC Guide to Writing Dialect In Fiction – Kai Ashante Wilson
Homecoming: How Afrofuturism Bridges the Past and the Present – Tochi Onyebuchi
Nobody Gets Mad About Hamlet Remakes: Why Superheroes Are the New Cultural Mythology – Ryan Britt
Sowing History: A Gardener’s Tale – Ursula Vernon
Not Saving the World? How Does That Even Work? – Jo Walton
Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” Defies Genre – Gabrielle Bellot
Soon I Won’t Know What the Future Looks Like – Chris Lough
Bouncy Prose and Distant Threats: An Appreciation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s) Stone – Mari Ness
Joy, Sorrow, Regret, and Reassurance: The Singular Beauty of The Last Unicorn – Bridget McGovern
One Day You Wake Up and You Are Grown: Fairyland and the Secrets of Growing Up – Molly Templeton
Preparing Myself for Death with Joe Versus the Volcano – Leah Schnelbach

Libro gratis : Tomorrow and Tomorrow

La oferta de este mes de Phoenix Book es Tomorrow and Tomorrow de Charles Sheffield que se puede descargar en la modalidad paga-lo-que-quieras.

Aquí la sinopsis:

A LOVE STORY TO THE EDGE OF TIME

“Ambitious, elegiac, and ultimately satisfying.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Truly a love story of the ages.”The Orlando Sentinel

“Will keep you on the edge of your seat.”David Brin

Ana is the love of Drake Merlin’s life. The woman he wants to grow old with, share every experience. But there is a hitch that is preventing them from obtaining their happily ever after….

Ana might be perfect for him, but she is dying.

Diagnosed with a rare disease, there is no cure for what ails her. At least, not in the 21st century. The only thing Drake can do—the one gamble that might, eventually, bring her back—is have Ana frozen and join her in cryogenic sleep until, one day, technology will have advanced enough be able to cure her.

Eons pass, and Drake is revived again and again, to see if humanity has evolved enough to be able to provide a solution. They try everything to help him bring her back or to encourage him to move on from his frozen soulmate—even creating a clone of his beloved. But it is not his Ana, his love. Nothing but her full revival will satisfy his obsession.

Millions of years pass before Drake learns that there is finally some hope for her restoration. At the Omega Point, the universe is collapsing, merging past and present; connecting the knowhow of now to the Ana of so long ago….

But first he must help the rest of humanity. Drake is revived one more time to fight an alien race who is hell bent on destroying the Solar System. For only a throwback from a past, where dissidence, material greed and violence were a part of human existence, will have enough fighting spirit to save a race that’s now too enlightened to understand war.

Y la portada:

Libro gratis : Números 1 y 2 de Galaxy’s Edge

La oferta de este mes de Phoenix Book son las dos primeras entregas de la revista Galaxy’s Edge, que se pueden descargar en la modalidad paga-lo-que-quieras.

Estos son los contenidos:

Tabla de contenidos número 1

THE EDITOR’S WORD de Mike Resnick
THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS de Robert J. Sawyer
SCHRÖDINGER’S CATHOUSE de Kij Johnson
CREATOR OF THE COSMOS JOB INTERVIEW TODAY de Nick DiChario
FROM THE HEART’S BASEMENT de Barry Malzberg
JUST A SECOND de Lou J. Berger
ACT OF GOD de Jack McDevitt
REQUIEM FOR A DRUID de Alex Shvartsman
THE BRIGHT SEAS OF VENUS de Stephen Leigh
THE SPINACH CAN’S SON de Robert T. Jeschonek
THINK LIKE A DINOSAUR de James Patrick Kelly
BOOK REVIEWS de Paul Cook
DARK UNIVERSE (Serialización) de Daniel F. Galouye
SOMETHING DIFFERENT de Horace E. Cocroft

Tabla de contenidos número 2

THE EDITOR’S WORD de Mike Resnick
ALIENS ATE MY PICKUP de Mercedes Lackey
EFFECT AND CAUSE de Ken Liu
WHEN WE WENT TO SEE THE END OF THE WORLD de Robert Silverberg
FROM THE HEART’S BASEMENT de Barry Malzberg
TODAY I AM NOBODY de Tina Gower
HAPPILY EVER AFTER de C. L. Moore
THE FLAMINGO GIRL de Brad R. Torgersen
REX de David Gerrold
GHOST IN THE MACHINE de Ralph Roberts
ECHEA de Kristine Kathryn Rusch
SPARKLER de Gio Clairval
CHILD OF THE GODS de Bruce McAllister
THE FEYNMAN SALTATION de Charles Sheffield
BOOK REVIEWS de Paul Cook
THE REAL FUTURE OF SPACE de Gregory Benford
PHOENIX PICK PRESENTS
SERIALIZATION: DARK UNIVERSE de Daniel F. Galouye

Libro gratis : Mocklore Omnibus

Durante el día de hoy estará disponible para su descarga gratuita el libro Mocklore Omnibus de Tansy Rayner Roberts, multipremiada autora australiana.

Aquí os traigo la sinopsis de las dos novelas incluídas (Splashdance Silver y Liquid Gold):

SPLASHDANCE SILVER

Kassa Daggersharp has been avoiding her legacy as the daughter of infamous parents for far too long. But the death of her father, Vicious Bigbeard, leaves her the heir of a precious treasure trove, the Splashdance silver.

All she has to do is form a pirate crew from scratch, dodge the minions of the new Lady Emperor, learn how to control her long-neglected magic, and win the loyalty of the worst traitor in the history of the Mocklore Empire.

No problem, right?

LIQUID GOLD

The most seductively dangerous substance in the world is invented by Mocklore alchemists… and promptly stolen by a beautiful troll. This golden goo with the power of time travel causes havok throughout the Mocklore Empire, causing damage to reality and even the Underworld.

It’s a problem for everyone, but especially for Kassa, whose unexpected death by trinket leaves her in a prime position to investigate what’s going wrong in the land of the dead… while her crew, left behind, have to decide what their futures hold.

Comedy pirates, saucy witches, magical explosions, gratuitous historical trivia and flying sheep… it’s just another day in Mocklore.

 

 

Libro gratis : Energized

El libro escogido este mes por Phoenix Book para ofertarlo en la modalidad paga-lo-que-quieras es Energized de Edward M. Lerner.

Aquí os traigo la portada y la sinopsis.

A geopolitical miscalculation tainted the world’s major oil fields with radioactivity and plunged the Middle East into chaos. Any oil that remains usable is more prized than ever. No one can build solar farms, wind farms, and electric cars quickly enough to cope. The few countries still able to export oil and natural gas—Russia chief among them—have a stranglehold on the world economy.

And then, from the darkness of space, came Phoebe. Rather than divert the onrushing asteroid, America captured it into Earth orbit.

Solar power satellites—cheaply mass-produced in orbit with resources mined from the new moon, to beam vast amounts of power to the ground—offer America its last, best hope of avoiding servitude and economic ruin.

As though building miles-across structures in space isn’t challenging enough, special interests, from technophobes to eco-extremists to radio astronomers, want to stop the project. And the remaining petro powers will do anything to protect their newfound dominance of world affairs.

NASA engineer Marcus Judson is determined to make the powersat demonstration project a success. And he will—even though nothing in his job description mentions combating an international cabal, or going into space to do it.

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.