I have four USB-C cables, two MINI USB cables, one USB > LIGHTENING cable (I don't own any apple products at the moment?) and Zero (0) micro USB cables in my bag.

I need a mini USB cable.

This is a problem big.

Thankfully, I am at home and just using my bag because I am not at my desk.

There are a dozen micro USB cables at my desk.



My ebook reader is mostly charged.

Charged enough for me to start loading it with books at least.

I'd like suggestions for fiction or nonfiction stories, please.

Ideally, things that are self published, CC licenced, or in the public domain.

I read a lot of science fiction, humor, and adventure stories. I like pulps and stuff. I've been reading a lot of creative non-fiction recently, and historical novellas.

@sng @djsundog @mwlucas Awesome. Do you have a favorite? (anyone in this thread is welcome to respond to that, of course.)

@ajroach42 The Beaks books, the Orcs, one of the montague portal books is free and wonderful. @djsundog @mwlucas

@mdhughes I have a pretty substantial physical scifi magazine library, and I've read a lot of what's on the archive.

If you have any specific suggestions, I'd welcome them.

On the days that I don't ask for suggestions, I tend to read from the pulp library as well.

@ajroach42 Nothing specific, I've been grinding thru '70s Galaxy and F&SF because I have some old stories I barely recall from then that I want to find again. Then I take road-trips at random back to the '40s-60s mostly based on cover art.

I've got too many books on my tsundoku to ever do more than random search.

@mdhughes I've read nearly every scifi pulp archived from the 40s, and a fair number that aren't.

I've been revisiting early technology stories recently, often in audio form from X Minus One.

@ajroach42 Other than Kuttner, Leiber, Brackett, and a few others, the really old stuff often does poorly with me, it's the New Wave SF that gets me.

Just reread a series of Zelazny's stories in F&SF '60s-70s, and they put great cover art on the mag, wraparound cover for Rose for Ecclesiastes, etc.

@mdhughes See, I love the old cheesy shit, but I read it in the context of a civilization discovering who it wants to be.

I really need to write that old scifi essay one of these days.

@ajroach42 Not sure if it's up your alley, but I've got some works available at davidmcrampton.com

@skipfordj I love the cover of Fight or flight #0

Is there a particular story you'd like to recommend specifically?

@ajroach42 No, I'm pretty awful at recommending my own works. I think it'd be between the Fight or Flight issues and What No Eye Has seen for my most solid work.

@skipfordj Cool. Any option for a DRM free ebook? Everything I'm seeing here appears to be tied to a store that won't allow me to transfer to my ereader.

@ajroach42 The Count of Monte Cristo, the full unabridged one. It's one of the best books I've ever read.

1) "Gladiator" by Philip Wylie:

Believed to be inspiration for "Superman". Darker and written in the style of 100 years ago. Interesting regardless.

2) "Skylark DuQuesne" by E.E. "Doc" Smith:

Hugo Award nominee. 1966 conclusion to the first true space-opera series, "The Skylark of Space" (started in 1919, over a century ago). Notable for evolution of series villain DuQuesne into one of the first modern anti-heroes.

@oldcoder I've read a bunch of the lensmen books, but I've never read any of the skylark books, and frankly didn't realize Doc was still publishing in the 60s.


3) "Anything You Can Do" by Randall Garrett:

This one is a personal Silver Age favorite. The Nipe crash-lands on Earth and proceeds to eat people because it's the polite thing to do. He reads the newspapers and awaits the arrival of the famous detective Stanley Martin who he knows will come to hunt him down.

But who is Stanley Martin? Is he Bart Stanton or Bart's brother Mart? What happened to the Stanton Twins and what else is the government hiding?
* The Nipe was a fully realized character. There had been fully realized aliens in S.F. for decades; e.g., read "Dear Devil" by Eric Frank Russell. But this was a "chow down on humans" type that the reader was able to understand. Not just a predator.

* "Lensmen" is arguably superior to "Skylark" but the latter series is of historical interest. Additionally, DuQuesne evolved into one of the better villains in S.F. Ruthless but honest. He's the model for the Evil Overlord list.
I don't think that I'd read it before. I was more familiar with Astounding-Analog than with Planet Stories and I don't recall this story in the anthologies that I collected.

I see that it's PKD's first #SF story but that it weaves in the question of identity that was central to his work later on.

Now I'd like to read "Not By Its Cover", which Wikipedia indicates is about how a book bound in Wub fur is mysteriously modified to reflect Wub philosophy.
4) "Drowsy" by John Ames Mitchell:

"Drowsy" is a rebuttal to "Gladiator" though it was written over a decade earlier. "Gladiator" is a dark story about a Superman in a world that has no place for him. "Drowsy" shows us a superhero who transforms the world.

Illustration: The hero discovers the ruins of a city on the Moon that predates humanity.
5) "The Time Stream" by Eric Temple Bell:

This is another personal favorite. The style is post-Victorian but the plot is close to psychedelic. Time travelers learn of their connection to the fall of a pre-Earth human civilization named Eos at the dawn of Time. They visit, at one point, the distant future of 2020 where they observe one of their own group reincarnated and working as a scientist in a lab of our own time.
6) "He Walked Around the Horses" by H. Beam Piper:

This is a fun parallel-universe novelette from Astounding S.F. (1948) that was inspired by the real-life 1809 disappearance of diplomat Benjamin Bathurst in our own world. I used to consume stories similar to this one -- John W. Campbell's era -- as others would eat potato chips.

The real-life Bathurst incident has inspired or been mentioned in at least a dozen S.F. stories, novelettes, and novels.
@ajroach42 - Zones of Thought series
- Laundry Files series
- Hyperion series
- Matthew Reilly's stuff?
- Otherside Picnic?

@ajroach42 I think most of Cory Doctorow's stuff is CC licensed and available in many formats.
For a while I was into early scifi that was set in (now) modern times. "The Sleeper Awakes" by H. G. Wells and "Golf in the Year 2000" by J. McCullough are two "Rip van Winkle" style time travel stories I found fun that are well into the public domain.

@observer golf in the year 2000 is one I don't know.

I think I've read everything doctorow has published.

@ajroach42 it's a very interesting take on the future, I have to say

@ajroach42 If you haven't seen it yet, definitely check out standardebooks.org/ , I cannot recommend their public domain ebooks enough.

A specific novella I enjoyed was The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber: standardebooks.org/ebooks/frit
The whole story takes place in one room (outside of time), and would translate well to a stage production IMHO.

@skyfaller I'll check that one out.

I love standard ebooks. One day, I'll contribute a few.

@ajroach42 @skyfaller +1 standard ebooks recommendation from me! As a casual contributor and regular reader I thoroughly recommend the project for both. They have put together a handful of critics' lists to help with discovery of some of the better public domain works in their collection:





(There are others, that's just a sample from my memory)

@ajroach42 @skyfaller additional note regarding accessibility: all standardebooks productions are _extensively_ and carefully marked up for the best possible accessibility. They're responsive to feedback and corrections on the mailing list and really interesting in supporting the best technologies available.

@ajroach42 the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells are cool space sci fi with a sarcastic sentient security robot and lots of reflection on personhood.

@leonardr has some really nice science fiction!

I especially loves Constellation Games:

A "first contact" story that is both much more imaginative and more realistic then any other I know of.

@ajroach42 is the content at whateleyacademy.net/ interesting, because I have a tool that processes them into epubs

The Wandering Inn by pirateaba, either in self-published form with a bit more editing or free to read (and web2epub) from the author's website.

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