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New eBook Bundle: Science Fiction Five-Pack

Now that the “Remainders” has ended its free weekly run, I thought I’d announce a new little endeavor I’ve been working on to share my stories in this digital age.

I’m gathering stories from this Free Fiction Friday series and creating “bundles” of related stories to sell as one ebook. This way, you get a short-story collection at a fraction of the price of buying individual issue–you’ll save two dollars off the “cover price” of buying each story individually!

And I get to design crazy covers like the one of the right.

Science Fiction Five-Pack: This ebook bundle includes the following stories, all of which ran here as part of my Free Fiction Friday, free-for-a-week deal):

  • “Working the Game”
  • “The Death Sentence”
  • “Unplugged”
  • “Remainders”
  • “The Deck”

eBook available from: Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

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Free Fiction Friday: “This Divided Land”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “This Divided Land.”

UPDATE: Now that the free week is over, you can read the rest of this story by downloading an ebook from Amazon and Smashwords. Then you can read it on your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

This story was first published in Jigsaw Nation, May 2006.

“Of all the stories in Jigsaw Nation, this was the one that felt the realest, and maybe that’s why it had such a strong impact on this reader. Well recommended.” — SFReader

“Michael Jasper turns a story of unrequited gay love in “This Divided Land” into a fairy tale (no pun intended) through a carefully measured Fairy Godmother narrative voice.” — Strange Horizons

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Free Fiction Friday: “Remainders”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “Remainders.”

UPDATE: Now that the free week is over, you can read the rest of this story by downloading an ebook at Amazon and Smashwords. Then you can read it on your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

This story was a second prize-winner in the SF Reader annual contest, and it was published there in February 2004.

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Free Fiction Friday: “The Death Sentence”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “The Death Sentence.”

UPDATE: Now that the free week is over, you can read the rest of this story by downloading an ebook at Amazon and Smashwords. Then you can read it on your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

This is one of my oldest stories, and it was my attempt to literalize a metaphor. Yeah, that’s totally what I was trying to do. Literalize that sucker. Oh, and talk about free speech, too.

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Free Fiction Friday: “The Deck”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “The Deck.”

UPDATE: Now that the free week is over, you can read the rest of this story by downloading an ebook at Amazon and Smashwords. Then you can read it on your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

“The Deck” was first published at Windhover, May 2003. And yes, I did write this after getting a parking ticket while I was attending classes, thanks for asking!

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Free Fiction Friday: “The Last Sorcerer”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “The Last Sorcerer.”

As always, this week’s story is available in ebook format from Amazon and Smashwords for your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

And since I like this one, I’m keeping it up here, for FREE. For forever. More or less. 🙂

This is officially the oldest story of all my Fiction Friday stories — I wrote the opening scene way back in the early ’90s, back when I was teaching junior high school, and I wanted to show my students an example of descriptive writing. Not sure if I succeeded, but I kept the characters and the situation in my head for almost 20 years. I hope I made my eighth graders proud!

And almost all of those characters show up later in my Contagious Magic novels, which start with A Sudden Outbreak of Magic and continue with A Wild Epidemic of Magic. (I’m still trying to figure out a way to get operative Jersey into my novels…).

Also, you can read more about the history of this this story in an essay I wrote for the Flames Rising site: “A Brief History of Magic.”

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Free Fiction Friday: “A Game of Contact”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “A Game of Contact.”

UPDATE: Now that the free week is over, you can read the rest of this story by downloading an ebook from Amazon and Smashwords. Then you can read it on your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

This story was first published in the mixed-media, mixed-genre anthology “Exquisite Corpuscle” in November 2008.

NOTE: F-bomb warning in the story below. You’ve been warned!

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Free Fiction Friday: “Painting Haiti”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “Painting Haiti.”

UPDATE: Now that the free week is over, you can read the rest of this story by downloading an ebook from Amazon and Smashwords. Then you can read it on your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

This story was first published in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology “Paper Cities.”

Some reviewers’ thoughts:

  • “Surreal in a lucid way, this story captures the nightmare that Claudia suffers through. A well-told tale with a visual arts sensibility.”
    —Marshall Payne, The Fix
  • “Other excellent stories are Steve Berman’s offbeat but fascinating “Tearjerker,” a veritable feast of imagination and creativity and the colourful ‘Painting Haiti’ by Michael Jasper, portraying the nightmares and the difficulties to survive experienced by an artist from Haiti emigrated to the USA.”
    SF Site
  • “The story is about being a foreigner and recovering your roots, culture-wise. Very interesting magic system and quite nice portrayal of Haitian myth. The end is a delight.”
    Post-Weird Thoughts

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Free Fiction Friday: “An Outrider’s Tale”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “An Outrider’s Tale.”

UPDATE: Now that the free week is over, you can read the rest of this story by downloading an ebook from Amazon and Smashwords. Then you can read it on your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

This story is also part of a four-story bundle of fantasy stories, if you’d like to save a buck.

I’ve always wanted to do a fairy-tale retelling, so this is my attempt at one. I really like the protagonist in this one, and the band of outriders he’s part of in this story.

CONTEST: A free ebook for the first person in the Comments to name to fairy tale I’m retelling here…!

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Free Fiction Friday: “Meet the Madfeet”

UnWrecked Press presents: Free Fiction Friday

This week’s Free Fiction Friday story from UnWrecked Press is “Meet the Madfeet.”

UPDATE: Now that the free week is over, you can read the rest of this story by downloading an ebook from Amazon and Smashwords. Then you can read it on your laptop, desktop, Kindle, iPad, Nook, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read ebooks.

This story is also part of a four-story bundle of fantasy stories, if you’d like to save a buck.

I wrote this story as my tribute to the beloved world and creatures created by J.R.R. Tolkien (though my version was definitely a tongue in cheek version!). “Meet the Madfeet” was first published in the DAW anthology Fantasy Gone Wrong. Tip: This story is supposed to be funny. 😉

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