Free Short Story Announcement

Right now and for the next five days, the Short story Sacrifice will be free on Amazon.

(There will also be goodies on Sunday, because it’s my birthday and I give away if I want to.)

Also Baen has my short story Angel In Flight (with Jarl aged about 19) free on its home page (page down.)  It is a Christmas story and profoundly transgressive, though it has an historical basis, in the sense that Christians have done this in the past and still do in certain areas of the world.

60 responses to “Free Short Story Announcement

  1. TY – I just got a copy.

  2. Unbelievable. My birthday is Monday.

    [commercial announcement] The 19th is also National Ammo Day. Remember, buy at least 100 rounds of your favorite caliber ammo, or the zombies/Democrats/United Nations win.

    • I have a bunch of friends with bdays this week.

      Um….

      • Does the math. Well, it is approximately nine months, give or take a bit, after Valentine’s Day…

        • yes. Except no one cares much in Portugal and I still had a lot of friends born that time…

          Of course in my case, I was just in an almighty rush to come out.

          • Wintertime, it gets dark early, the weather is nasty, so no one wants to be outside, so they find something to do inside. And with it getting dark early and staying dark longer, people tend to spend more time in bed.

    • Does enough loading components to load at least 100 rounds count?

      • Yup. As long as at the end of it all, you have at least 100 rounds in yer ammo locker that you didn’t have on the 18th.

    • Wayne Blackburn

      … or the zombies/Democrats/United Nations win.

      So does that mean you’re going for ZombieMax ammo this year? :-)

      • There’s another kind? Must be some new thing.

        I see that CheaperThanDirt has 7.62x39mm (AK-47 ammo) on sale for $6/box.

        • SDN: Kim, I’ve been promoting Kim’s Ammo Rule everyplace I can:

          Less than 4 digits means visit the ammo store

          Not to mention your idea that every household should have a .22 rifle. That’s especially true in light of this.

          Having suffered from these low tech .22 caliber Chechen snipers for ten years, the Russians have come out with their own professional .22 LR sniper rifle, the SV-99.

        • Wayne Blackburn

          Yes, Hornady decided to play into the whole “Zombie Apocalypse” meme and came out with a line of ammo called “Zombie Max”. It’s a tad pricey, though, the 7.62x39mm is about $21.

          • Older boy wants a .22 rifle for xmas. we’ll see if we have any money left after replacing the water heater. (Yes, this SURELY HAS been a year.)

            • Does he have a particular one picked out, or just wants one in general? If he doesn’t have a particular model picked out, but knows what kind of action, etc. he wants I might be able to help steer him towards a good choice.

              • He has a particular one — he got to use it at the Liberty con shoot. (Right now if some of our friends from there read this, I guarantee they’re rolling their eyes.) I just need to figure out where/from whom to buy it.

                And younger boy has informed me no matter how bad my vision is, no matter how much I hate the noise, it’s time to start taking real lessons. Sigh. I hate it when kids start “mothering” me.

                • Wayne Blackburn

                  Eh, you probably hate it more when you can’t argue because they’re right. :-)

                • *Snicker* A friend of my mother’s, I’ll call her Carol, is legally blind. Carol’s son keeps urging her to get a firearm and learn how to use it, possibly even obtain her concealed carry permit. I suggested taking Carol to the county firing range, white cane and all, and Carol almost fell out of the car, she was laughing so hard. :)

                  • I am no expert on firearms, nor do I play one on TV, but Carol’s problem does not strike me as significant. What she probably would want is a short-barrel wide-dispersal weapon, something like a sawed-off shotgun but more compact.

                    A moment of [SEARCHENGINE]ing turned up the Taurus Judge revolver which fires .45 colt ammunition and also 410 gauge shotgun shells: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vva_wnh1rqo

  3. Just picked up a copy. And since Darkship Renegades is now available at Baen’s site, I also just sent some money your way.

    In an interesting twist, I think I just gave you more money because my budget is tight than I would have given you if my budget had more room in it — because instead of spending $18 on the monthly bundle, I just spent $6 on Darkship Renegades alone. Which probably means that you’ll get a little more royalties from my purchase than if I’d bought the bundle. That wasn’t my main reason — my main reason was sticking to my budget — but I’m glad it worked out that way.

  4. > There will also be goodies on Sunday, because it’s my birthday and I give away if I want to.

    I’m in the process of re-reading Lord of the Rings for the first time in 20 years, and I was reminded a few pages back that Hobbits give away presents on their birthdays.

    How tall are you again? ;-)

  5. Just read Angel in Flight.

    I’m sniffing here at work–which I’m blaming on dust, of course.

    • Well… it gives you a window onto the whole Jarl thing, which is handy in Darkship Renegades.

      I’m going to have to put a stake through his heart, or he’ll become my Lazarus Long.

      • Aww . . . don’t kill that nice kid.

        (Though I suppose by DSR he’s no longer a kid, and may not be nice.)

        *Jasini

        Facts are stubborn things, but not nearly as stubborn as fallacies.*

        On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM, According To Hoyt wrote:

        > ** > accordingtohoyt commented: “Well… it gives you a window onto the > whole Jarl thing, which is handy in Darkship Renegades. I’m going to have > to put a stake through his heart, or he’ll become my Lazarus Long.” >

    • Not going to read it – because the anthology just arrived and I’m saving that book and a few others for the flights I have to take in December. :)

    • Halfway through it at the moment. One thing I want to talk about, which isn’t spoilerish because it’s mentioned in the first four paragraphs, is the name Hoffnungshaus. Brilliant. The echoes of “Arbeit macht frei” made me want to barf… but that detail pulled me strongly into the world right from the get-go.

      • (For anyone who doesn’t know German, I’ll save you a trip to Google Translate: “Hoffnungshaus” means “house of hope”.)

        • Thank you. That is a profoundly dystopic future time period. I do need to compile the shorts of the future history by centuries or something…

          • Someone with a lot more patience than I have developed a full chronology for Pournells’ CoDo/ Earth Empire books and stories. I stand in awe, because I assume it was not done as the books came out, and it is incredibly detailed.

  6. Downloading now. Looks intriguing. I finally got up off my lazy butt and bought Darkship Thieves yesterday, though, so I’ll have to finish that first… :)

    Speaking of Carthaginians, I must say I’ve always wondered what the world would look like if Carthage *had* won the Punic Wars. Anyone know if that’s an alternate history that’s been written?

    • Actually the story from Baen is pre-dst…

      Sigh. I wrote a short story, and I’m now blanking on the name… It’s up on Amazon. (I have over 200 stories written. Names can be difficult.)

      When I was pregnant with Marshall I spent the entire year studying Carthage. NO idea why.

      • Ah. Should i read it before i get any farther, then? I haven’t met anyone named Jarl, yet.

      • There are interesting parallels between the Carthaginian/Roman conflict and the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. In each instance you have an essentially mercantilist society dedicated to trade as a way of advancing its interests facing off against a miltant expansionist culture, bent on subduing other nations and exploiting their resources.

        Add in the fact that the only reason Hannibal Hamilcar failed to conquer Rome was the lack of support provided by Carthage and you’ve a very interesting analog to the late 20th Cent.

        • Trade Winds! That’s the short story!

          Well, my reason to be glad Rome won, despite their repulsive issues is that the Carthaginians had all of those PLUS a penchant for child sacrifice. The village I come from was originally a Carthaginian settlement and I live in fear some archeologist will dig up the heights and find tophets.

          • There are a lot of qualities the Romans possessed that make the parallel imperfect, but the United States has practiced child sacrifice since January 22, 1973.

            • Yup. It may not have been religious sacrifice, but i believe it was perfectly acceptable to abandon unwanted children to die of exposure. Greeks too – it’s how Oedipus wound up so far from his birth parents.

            • The Imperial Romans did not practice child sacrifice as a religious ritual, but did practice female infanticide. That was one of several reasons why Christianity became popular: it encouraged couples not to kill baby girls, in part because women had spiritual value. The sex ratio among early Christians was much more balanced than among pagan Romans, especially in the urban areas. (See Rodney Stark, “The Rise of Christianity” for more information.)

              • As the responses suggest I have been imperfect in my communication (uncredible!) let me make one thing perfectly clear: I was not accusing the Romans of child sacrifice; that was the Carthaginians.

                The parallel I was making was United States = Carthage / USSR = Rome. The first pair representing mercantile states expanding via free trade, the latter pair being militaristic states expanding via conquest.

                The US & Carthage both practice(d) infant sacrifice, Carthage postnatal, in the US prenatal.

                • No worries – I just felt like splicing a different bit of color into the thread. Sorry if I ruined your analogy.

                  • I read that as “sorry if I ruined your anthology” and was SERIOUSLY worried. RES has an anthology? What, as editor? And never told me? I’m wounded.

                    Back to the kitty litter. Could be worse. It could be politics.

                    • Well, there is that collection of fiction from “Actuaries’ Monthly”. . . I believe the title is “There’s No Accounting for Taste.”(Or was it “Accountants Have No Taste: Tales from the Dark Side of Double Entry”?) ;)

                    • The title was “No Man Can Account For Himself: A Meditation On Debits and Credits” although the re-release was titled “Two Schedules, In a Ledger Made For One”.

                      I am working on an accounting noir tale, “The Auditor Always Foots Twice.”

                      I think I will save the “Accountants Have No Taste …” title for the collection of bookkeeping erotica.

                    • Not the cook book? To serve accountants.

                      *Jasini

                      Facts are stubborn things, but not nearly as stubborn as fallacies.*

                      On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM, According To Hoyt wrote:

                      > ** > RES commented: “The title was “No Man Can Account For Himself: A > Meditation On Debits and Credits” although the re-release was titled “Two > Schedules, In a Ledger Made For One”. I am working on an accounting noir > tale, “The Auditor Always Foots Twice.” I think I wil” >

                    • Wayne Blackburn

                      “Bookkeeping Erotica”?

                      You ARE Evil. ;-)

                    • I guarantee that afterward you will never feel the same about spreadsheets.

                      Fixed assets will have a whole new meaning. I think you will especially enjoy the section on inventory reconciliation.

                    • Back to the kitty litter. Could be worse. It could be politics.

                      Well, both involve a self-absorbed critter, which believes it is the most important being in the universe and everyone else exists to serve its needs, creating s**t that other people have to clean up later…

                • (uncredible!)

                  You keep using that word. I think it means exactly what you think it means… :-P

  7. I’m playing catch up again with your posts and all the lovely comments. Thank you for the free story, I just downloaded it. Have a Happy Birthday!