What’s better than free fiction? Free fiction that’s considered some of the best published in the past year. Here’s a rundown of the Hugo-nominated short stories, novellas, novelettes, and even a novel that’re legally available for free reading.
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold — Download via Baen Books
Best Short Story
“Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn — Read on Lightspeed
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal — Read on Robinette’s website
“Ponies” by Kij Johnson — Read on Tor.com
“The Things” by Peter Watts — Read on Clarkesworld
“Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen — Read on McMullen’s website
“The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard — Read on de Bodard’s website
“Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly — Read on Kelly’s website
“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone — Read on Stone’s website
“The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky — Read on Subterranean Press
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang — Read on Subterranean Press
“The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis — Download a PDF from Asimov’s
That should keep you busy for a while, huh? Enjoy!