Saturday, October 15, 2016

Baen Free Library

Cover to CD 13. The best of Jim Baen’s Universe

Baen Free Library

I’m not sure about the licensing on this great science fiction. I do know it is free to download and it is DRM free. It is also available in many formats and for free reading on the net.

There are also some Baen CDs here and here.

On the CD art it says:

NOTICE: This disk and its contents may be copied and shared, but NOT sold. All commercial rights reserved.


So kind of like a CC NC license. Not free culture but similar to CC BY-NC.

Thanks and Enjoy!

Liane The Wayfarer

Public Domain Wizard image by Olivia Jester

Liane The Wayfarer by Jack Vance

From his first collection “The Dying Earth” here’s a link to a great short story.

Read “Liane The Wayfarer” online.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Escape Pod

Image from the Escape Pod website.

Escape Pod - Science fiction podcast magazine.

Weekly mp3 Science Fiction short story audiobooks. The mp3s are CC BY-NC-ND. This is not a free culture license but it does allow you to post and share the readings.

Free Speculative Fiction Online

Image from the Recommended Page at Free Speculative Fiction Online.

Free Speculative Fiction Online Home Page.

I found this site searching for online fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Read Ursula K. Le Guin on Free Speculative Fiction Online.

This link shows the power of this site better than the home page.

All stories are available for free. This site does not link to pirated SF!
Sites violating the non-elapsed copyright of the respective stories by making them accessible
without the author’s and/or publisher’s explicit agreement are not included.

These stories are not necessarily free culture but they are free to read and you can use pocket or instapaper to save them and read offline. I like the way icons are used to describe the selections. Creative Commons stories have the license on display.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Game Icons

Dwarf Helmet by Kier Heyl
Open Treasure Chest by Skoll
Castle Ruins by Delapouite
Pointy Sword by Lorc
Wooden Door by Lorc

Game Icons

These icons are all available under the CC BY 3.0 license.

Link on over for thousands of game icons. Not all fantasy related. Thats just what I picked for this site.

Thanks to my son, Kier Heyl, who turned me on to this site. He drew the Dwarf Helmet.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Last Question

Multivax Logo

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov

This is one of those interesting golden age stories that’s part joke the way it’s built around a weird religious belief. Kind of like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld except Discworld is predicated on a gonzo reality where all of humanity’s weird beliefs are true.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Physics Fiction: Quantum Shorts

Image by insspirito - Public Domain

Scientific American partnered on a writing contest for science fiction short stories inspired by the realm of quantum physics

Here is a link to the winner, “Ana” by Liam Hogan. You can read it online.

2015 Winner - “Ana”

Here is a link to all entries.

Quantum Shorts 2015

The bizarre quantum rules that govern the microscopic universe sometimes seem more like fiction than fact, even to physicists.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Luthien’s Gamble


The thing that got me loving some R. A. Salvatore is that like Fritz Lieber his work reminds me of Dungeons and Dragons quests. Fritz Lieber was inspirational for Gary Gygax while he was creating D&D. R. A. Salvatore wrote Forgotten Realms novels and his work is inspired by game play.

Read a pdf of The Ministry, Chapter One of Luthien’s Gamble hosted on R. A. Salvatore’s website. Although this is Chapter One it is also a self contained short story.

There are more excerpts from Salvatore’s novels also available on his home page, including some featuring his most famous character Drizzt Do’Urden.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Cinema Usher by Dave Meier

Picography is another good source for public domain photos. I found Dave Meier’s “Heron In A Boat” photo there and I couldn’t pass up this photo by Dave, “Cinema Usher”. Thanks to Dave Meier for making his photos public domain and thanks to Picography for hosting them.

On Whetsday

Artwork by Amy Jones

“On Whetsday” is a novel by Mark Sumner. Mark has written other science fiction including “Devil’s Tower”. He also writes non fiction and is a regular blogger at Daily Kos. “On Whetsday” is posted a chapter at a time at Daily Kos.

Fiction / On Whetsday / Part 1

The novel is also available as a podcast on SoundCloud.

On Whetsday - Episode 1

This novel is not Creative Commons. If you are interested in it get in touch with Mark. Still, kudos to Mark and his publisher, Word Posse for making the book available for anyone to enjoy.

Friday, August 19, 2016



Checkmate - public domain photo by stevepb found at Pixabay

Free images and videos you can use anywhere

All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.

A fine resource for public domain images donated by the artists.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Voat Free Culture Subverse

I am a moderator at the free culture subverse at Besides being a Fantasy and Science Fiction site and a literature site SFF Short Stories is also a free culture site.

What’s free culture? More links to come.