23 Apr

My short story Aerophilia released under creative commons for International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

Today is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, in response to SFWA VP’s screed about the hordes of Pixel-Stained Technopeasants authors all over the internet are posting free work online.

While some people might be scared that this is another black eye for SFWA, notice, it’s a ton of fellow SFWA members who got this rolling and are putting up work as well. It goes to show you it’s quite a diverse group of writers, with a sense of humor as well.

So here is my contribution, a short story called Aerophilia (as an RTF) that originally appeared in the anthology All Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories.

Aerophilia is released under this creative commons license. You are free to share it (copy it, distribute it, and transmit it), but under the following conditions: it must be attributed to me, it can’t be used for commercial purposes, and you cannot alter/transform/build upon the work.

Interested in other free work by me? Here’s the list from the ‘shop’ area of the site reposted here:


Short Stories


Audio non-fiction

23 Apr

Charles Stross, John Scalzi, and me on giving stuff away for free

At the recent Penguicon Stross, Scalzi and me talked about giving stuff away to fuel sales with was captured and posted at the Time Traveler.

For those who think neither of us understands possible objections, all three of us talk about some reasons we think it may not be a good idea to give stuff away. Scalzi’s point about needing to have an existing web presence is one.

You can see Paolo Bacigalupi wondering aloud about the negatives as well here.

I haven’t listened to the podcast yet (I was there yesterday, right), so I can’t tell if you can hear Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press pointing out how on the ground experience of giving away books as a publisher have upturned one of the negative scenarios that Stross spun.

The most interesting thing in that panel was finding out that another major publisher might be pricing an ebook at a proper price point soon. Other than Baen’s rational approaches, no ebook program has made sense to me, and as an author, looking over the money made by ebooks by Baen authors, my opinion is that the inability of publishers to price ebooks properly and utilize them is probably costing me money that could be being made.

And at my stage and income level, every little bit helps.