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Free Anthology of Stories from 2018 Campbell Award Eligible Writers

Free Anthology of Stories from 2018 Campbell Award Eligible Writers

Event Horizon 2018, edited by Jake Kerr, with a quarter million words of fiction by 58 Campbell-eligible authors, is available as a free download. (Epub, mobi, and PDF formats are available.)

Nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer come from Hugo voters, who will need to read fast – votes must be in by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday March 16, 2018.

The book’s introduction reminds readers that the project was originally conceived by M. David Blake, and called The Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology. The first volume was published by Stupefying Stories in 2013 and contained stories by 43 authors. The next volume included over 111 authors and 1 million words.

Table of Contents

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


[Thanks to Mark Hepworth for the story.]

A Game that wasn’t Balderdash!

At the February 2018 meeting, we played a game! It wasn’t Balderdash.  😉

Pick out the correct synopsis for each story, among the many alternate-timeline versions devised by MonSFFA members.

Here are the titles of 11 SF/F stories, along with several descriptions for each one. Can you figure out which description is accurate (albeit perhaps misleading and/or grotesquely oversimplified), and which are too silly for this timeline because they were invented by members of MonSFFA?

Participants: Keith, Jay, Joe, Marquise, Alexis, Adam, Agata, Yvon, & Yves   [note: not everyone participated in every round]
Leader: Danny Sichel


* life in a photo archive is futile

* robots live and look like humans but cannot reproduce and all of their emotions are preprogrammed

* cyborgs are angry because a scientist wants to fill spaceships with oysters

* the intergalactic rock band, “Scanners”, play a concert in Vain, Colorado, and solve a mystery in the process.

* a gang of mediums organize a community in which they try to manage the ever changing future they see, to save their jobs

* a world where body scans have no effect on humans because the technology is obsolete

* mind reading serves nothing

* police radar speed scanner goes too high and kills all policemen

* in a futuristic world, aliens charged with reading the minds of humans mysteriously start committing suicide

* life is a digital fake


* the story of every boy-meets-girl-meets-bug-eyed-monster film.

* a dying alien finally catches a fleeing human woman after a thousand-year chase across the universe, but dooms himself in so doing.

* a pilot is lost in his derelict spaceship, until the planetoid he is on in extremis is saved by her.

* android opera in china

* the last man on earth dies of the flu

* the zombie apocalypse makes a ballet dancer sad

* how a hint force runs every space ship

* men are enslaved for reproductive purposes but one man falls in love with a client and plots to run away with her



* doctors at a space hospital teach a brontosaurus to be telekinetic

* Emily has a bad habit of starting fires with her brain.

* A small cooing furry ball travels with Emily

* Emily the sentient communication AI has a bug.

* a man’s pet spaniel has cold feet about the upcoming wedding

* AI goes rogue and annihilates all life

* Woman AI goes mad

* A sentient octopus wants to rollerskate

* Emily is a bitch android



* multicultural unicorns

* drunk chess against a unicorn, for the fate of humanity

* farmers were fed up with growing just one type of corn, and demanded variations

* someone tried to make unicorns exist via genetics

* genetically altered horses

* unicorn composes music

* teen girl gangs in the Arctic

* hypothesis about death of universe



* what is a story set on jeopardy?

* MonSFFA’s vice-president was not as human as he appeared to be, despite the beard

* Oxhorns vanquished poverty in his life the day he grew a beard, and taught modern people to do the same.

* the Bearded Lady has new competition at the freak show, which has just introduced android members

* The Thing From Another World moves to New York and gets involved with activists

* Remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

* Someone tries to invent a spell to banish beards

* A walrus floats on radioactive waste in Miami Beach

* The first men on Earth



* a James Bond story that was never made into a film

* aliens threaten humanity with death, until they are made to understand love

* a mantis falls in love with an Earthling

* a contraceptive pill contains poison

* coming of age during the era of AIDS

* sequel to the Fifth Element

* an alien spider tries to survive winter, until his mate eats him

* a Satanic couple take up competitive boxing

* future management of population growth



* Instructions to a young bird flying over a statue

* British go-go dancers take over London

* An alien civilization attempts space travel after having been in contact with humans

* An android story about a Paul Klee painting

* Lady Byrd sends her lover home

* Adventures with a bird-shaped spaceship

* A patient breaks out of a mental institution

* A woman flees cannibals, but her family are cannibals also

* Evolution of space flight



* The story of a bullied genius

* Batman warns his latest nemesis to run, lest he take a batarang to the crotch

* Society invented a way to publish minds, but there are concerns about privacy

* A superintelligent chimpanzee flees the US military

* A worm farmer’s experiments run amok

* Someone goes to all the greatest libraries of the galaxy

* Sequel to ‘Book Thieves’

* A nerdy high school student gets recruited by murderous cyborgs

* Knowledge revolution



* a Dr Who episode set in Venice

* the zombie apocalypse begins to wind down

* people are concerned their mutually-forming star systems are dying because of the state of their dying nebulae

* story of alien incest

* story about a world where all males have disappeared

* sequel to Book Thieves

* a nerdy high school student gets recruited by murderous cyborgs

* larvae of extraterrestrial nature

* a psychic vampire eats the badness of people she meets on dating sites



* Dinosaurs were going to the moon but then the asteroid wiped out their civilization

* Hikers are put upon by a sasquatch

* Xenoarchaeologists cannot find the object of their search because they are camping directly over the dangerous location

* Camp comedies come with a severe penalty

* Someone stalks L. Sprague de Camp

* Four astronauts on the international space station try to set up a tent, but end up murdering each other

* Planet destruction



* Sulphur mining on the moons of jupiter goes horribly wrong

* a volcano erupts sulphur after which a flying saucer crashes into a mountain, resulting in sulphuric acid snow precipitation

* Time-travelling drug dealer genetically engineered to pee heroin

* A lethal form of cocaine is distributed in a Martian colony

* Father Christmas laughs himself silly

* sequel to Snow Crash

* a UFO from Uranus experiences a fuel leak, is stranded on Earth

* pollution ending humanity


IF : sci-fi magazine archive free on Internet

You can now read the entirety of sci-fi magazine If for free

Easy to read on line–just click the cover, then turn the pages by clicking on the right upper corner. You can also download the magazines in various formats. I’ve seen questions raised about copyrights, so keep that in mind.  The site is here.

The middle of the 20th century was an exciting time for science fiction, filled with experimentation and new ideas, an endeavour helmed by genre icons like Harlan Ellison and Frank Herbert. If magazine, which ran between 1952 and 1974, played home to many of these names along with a myriad of now-historic work. And now, it’s all available for free in a variety of file formats.

According to BoingBoing, all 176 issues of If have been made available via the Internet Archive, including the ones edited by Hugo Award-winning Frederik Pohl. His greatest contribution to the magazine was, perhaps, the introduction of the “If-first” series, which showcased new authors. A number of these writers went on to become extremely well-known, most notably Larry Niven, who published his first story in the magazine.  READ MORE about the magazine

Why don’t they make what I want to see?

This is the title to a panel discussion scheduled for the October MonSFFA meeting. 

I know it’s still a long way to October, but I saw this list of novels and short stories being made into movies & TV shows and thought it a perfect kick-off to this discussion. I seriously wonder if some of these are even possible–The Wheel of Time? Even with all the advances in medical science, I doubt I would live long enough to see the whole series.

I notice the same names cropping up over and over–Gaiman, Martin, Williams, King, for instance. They have proven track records.

I’ve read –and loved–quite a few of these novels and short stories.  Most will require an awful lot of CGI.   It was interesting to see “Spin” by Canadian Robert Charles Wilson listed as in development at SyFy.

Phrases like based on, adapted from, really worry me. I don’t usually bother to watch TV shows or movies based on books as I’m always disappointed in the results.

Anyway, take a look at this listing, and do comment on what you think you would like to see, or not see.

Seventh Volume of Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos

Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 7 is now available, a collection of 33 public domain short stories published in 1940 assembled by File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three, Volume Four, Volume Five.and Volume Six.)

These books are created to help MidAmeriCon II members who will vote next year on the Retro Hugos (along with the regular Hugos).

The links lead to a Google storage drive.

Read more, including the table of contents.

Fourth Volume of Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos

Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 4, a collection of 13 12 public domain novellas published in 1940, is the latest collection from File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume One, Volume Two, and Volume Three.)

Volume Four is the all novella volume, with nine eight new novellas and four others repeated from previous volumes.

To read more, including the table of contents of Volume Four click here.

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Free stories, 1941 Retro Hugos

Third Volume of Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos

Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 3, a collection of 30 public domain stories by Ray Cummings and Henry Kuttner, has been issued by File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume 1, and Volume Two.)

dragon reads ebook final mergedClick on the appropriate link to download a version from a Google storage drive.

These books are created to help MidAmeriCon II members who will vote next year on the Retro Hugos (along with the regular Hugos).

The stories in Volume Three are:

  • Ray Cummings “Arton’s Metal” in Super Science Stories, May 1940.
  • Ray Cummings & Gabrielle Cummings (as Gabriel Wilson) “Corpses from Canvas” in Horror Stories, May 1940.
  • Ray Cummings “The Girl from Infinite Smallness” in Planet Stories, Spring 1940. Continue reading Free stories, 1941 Retro Hugos

Danny’s Reviews

We have a new contributor to our website!

Welcome MonSFFan Danny Sichel, our resident literary critic. Danny is an avid reader of SF/F, contemporary as well as “classic”.

In his introductory message, he writes:

At a book sale a while back, I acquired the 1986 anthology “101 Science Fiction Stories”, edited by Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh, and Waugh’s then-teenage daughter Jenny-Lynn Waugh.

The anthology sat on one of my less accessible bookcases for a few years, until I rediscovered it while packing up for my recent move to a new apartment.

The stories are mostly quite short – some of them are barely two pages – and are of vastly differing levels of quality. Some of them — Algis Budrys’s “The Man Who Always Knew”! Poul Anderson’s “My Object All Sublime”! — are magnificent. Others are… considerably less so.

Over the next [indefinite period of time], I will be reviewing every story in the anthology. Be aware: many of these reviews will completely spoil the twist endings!