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Free Online Novels and Short Stories

What do you do when you’re itching to read something new, but you’re low on funds? Find something for free online! The following are just a few of the free Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction resources offered online. If you find something great, tell us about it in the forum.

General Sources
The internet has proved to be a great resource for finding fiction no longer under copyright restrictions. Here a few sites that maintain such public domain works:

Free SF Reader: A large, well organized collection of free science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Free Speculative Fiction Online: A list of links to free stories online.


Page by Page Books: A listing of many free classic books, including Verne, HG Welles, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Project Gutenberg: A vast collection of public domain texts, searchable by author or title.


Novels and Excerpts
Baen Free Library: Many free science fiction and fantasy novels from Baen publishing. One of my favorite reading sources!

Del Rey Science Fiction & Fantasy: Novel excerpts from long time genre publisher Del Rey.

Infinty Plus: This site is full of free novel excerpts, short stories and non-fiction in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

Online Short Stories

Sci Fiction: The archive of SciFi Channel's now defunct fiction magazine.

Tad Williams' Shadowmarch: Some short fiction relating to the author's Shawdowmarch novels

Tor.com Stories: Reprint and excerpts from one of the genre's leading publishers.

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