Free Fiction Friday

It’s occurred to me over the last few weeks that there is some REALLY quality fiction out there for FREE that so many people just don’t know about!

And so I introduce you to Free Fiction Fridays, where I’ll post a link to one or..I daresay many…of the great stories and poems that can be found online.

It seems that Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show had the same idea — they’re giving away free stories in the month of February by some of my absolute favorite people in the world: Edmund Schubert, Oliver Dale, Eric James Stone, and Orson Scott Card himself.

Here’s the official announcement from Edmund, released earlier today:


To Readers of Science Fiction and Fantasy everywhere,

When you have something great, you want everyone to know. So you tell people about it. You share it. You pass it along to friends everywhere. Well, that’s what we’re doing with InterGalactic Medicine Show. We want to make sure everyone has had a chance to check out what we’re doing, so we’re offering up a sampling of our stories–for free.

During the month of February we are going to make one story from each of our first four issues available at no charge. Two stories will be set free on February 1st, and two more on February 15th. Just visit and explore the table of contents; the free stories will be clearly marked.

Issue one’s free story will be “Trill and The Beanstalk” by Edmund R. Schubert,
issue two’s will be “Yazoo Queen” by Orson Scott Card (from his Alvin Maker series),
issue three’s “Xoco’s Fire” by Oliver Dale,
and issue four’s “Tabloid Reporter To The Stars” by Eric James Stone.

Each story is fully illustrated by artists who were commissioned to create artwork to accompany that tale — as is every story published in IGMS.

“Tabloid Reporter To The Stars” will also be featured in the upcoming InterGalactic Medicine Show anthology from Tor, which will be out this August (we wanted you to get a sneak peek of the anthology, too). However, the other three stories aren’t available anywhere except the online version of IGMS.

It’s really quite simple. Great stories. Custom illustrations. Free. We’re pleased with and proud of the magazine we’re publishing; now we’re passing it along to our friends and telling them about it. We hope you’ll enjoy it and do the same.

Edmund R. Schubert
Editor, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show