Monday, April 23, 2007

Free Beer -- OK, Not Really, But...

Free Wyrdsmiths Short Fiction.

Kelly McCullough:
The Uncola Originally appeared in Cosmic SF Vol #4
When Jabberwocks Attack Originally appeared in TOTU #22

Sean Murphy: Stories

Naomi Kritzer: See seperate post below.

As has been mentioned elsewhere, there is some gentle debate among the professional community of fantasy and science fiction writers about the utility and advisibility of allowing some of one's work to appear online for free.

The most recent round of the debate started when the outgoing vice-president of SFWA* posted this screed in which he called those who give away content on the web both "webscabs" and "Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch." For some unknown reason this did not sit well with the more technologically liberal-minded among us.

In particular, it set off Jo Walton to declare "Monday 23rd April is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day" and propose that a bunch of us who write professionally should post some item of our work for free viewing.

I am gleefully adding my name to the list of writers giving it a whirl by posting the two stories listed above:

The Uncola is a near future snarky science fiction piece about the ungoing cola wars between the big brands.

When Jabberwocks Attack is a humorous contemporary fantasy piece that gives a college his chance to break into the newly booming field of magical reality TV.

I hope that you enjoy them.

For a complete list of all the stories and other bits added to the list, please look at Jo Walton's master post here. Or go to the livejournal community set up for the effort here. I will also endeavor to post a copy of the inevitable master list here at the Wyrdsmiths blog in a day or two.

*Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.


Jen said...

Well, stamp my hand for the pixel-polluted po'folks geek show or whatever, because I sure don't mind paying for quality but free goodies are always rockin'. I already read and enjoyed one of those, and I'll definitely take the other free goodie (and the list) for later, thank you good sir. :)

Kelly McCullough said...

Hey Jen,

Glad to oblige. There's some fabulous stuff going up, including Martha Wells' The Element Of Fire which is on my list of perfect books.