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.
I just started using StoryBundle:
@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.
@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.
@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.
@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.
A specific novella I enjoyed was The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber: https://standardebooks.org/ebooks/fritz-leiber/the-big-time
The whole story takes place in one room (outside of time), and would translate well to a stage production IMHO.
@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.
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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