Biology in Science Fiction: Free Stories

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If you are specifically looking for free science fiction with biological themes – cloning, longevity treatments, unusual forms of reproduction, or featuring cats or squids – your first stop should be right here at the free science fiction with biology directory.

 

But if you are looking for a wider variety of science fiction stories, then I’d recommend you check out the following sites:

 


Amazon.com Bestsellers: Science Fiction for the Kindle :
Amazon.com has two science fiction best-seller lists for the Kindle: paid and free. The free science fiction offerings range in quality from not-that-great self-published novels to old classics to new offerings from major publishers. Many are available for free for only a limited time, so it’s worth checking the list every so often. Download of Kindle books requires an Amazon.com account and either a Kindle reader or installation of the free Kindle app on your Mac, PC, iPod, iPad, Android or other device.

 

And if the Kindle isn’t your thing, then there are a wide variety of podcasts and online magazines that regularly offer excellent science fiction stories to read or listen to.  My favorite sources:

 

 Escape Pod: science fiction podcast that includes fiction. Stories are often reprinted on the site itself.

 

StarShipSofa: science fiction podcast that includes fiction

 

Clarkesworld Magazine: magazine with original stories

 

Lightspeed Magazine: magazine with original and reprinted stories

 

Daily Science Fiction: magazine with original stories, new every day!

 

Strange Horizons: magazine with original fiction and poetry.

 

Tor.com fiction: new fiction isn’t published as often as it is in the other ‘zines, but it’s usually excellent stuff.

 

Nature Futures: super short stories originally published in the scientific journal Nature.

 

Abyss & Apex: magazine of speculative fiction, including flash fiction and poetry.

 

Apex Publications Free Content: short fiction and whole novel sample chapters. Apex has “darker” science fiction and horror.

 

Apex Magazine: The magazine branch of Apex Publications, with some free science fiction, fantasy and horror.

 

Infinity Plus: their free fiction archive is no longer being updated, but it has a good collection SF reprints and originals.

 

Project Gutenberg Science Fiction Bookshelf: stories in the public domain, so mostly older works

 

Free Speculative Fiction Online: a great searchable database of free science fiction, indexed by author

 

And if you are looking for stories by a specific author, it’s usually worthwhile to check the author’s personal website too.

 
 
 

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