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Free SFF e-books from Renaissance

25/03/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Editor Jean Marie Stine drops us a line with some updates from genre e-book publisher Renaissance E Books.

Renaissance are now giving away free ebooks each month - on their home page click on the middle cover on the left that leads to the PageTurner Catalog New Releases Page. You will find the "Free EBook" link at the bottom of the menu on the left. The freebie downloads will be available to readers in all eight of the formats They publish in: Adobe, Heibook, Mobipocket, Palm, MSReader, Rocket, HTML, and RTF.

April 2005 will feature 25% off their titles by Hugo Award finalist Raymond F. Jones, including This Island Earth, the novel that became the celebrated 1950s sfx extravaganza and boxoffice smash.

Renaissance have just acquired ebook rights to Janrae Frank's fantasy epic, Dark Brothers of the Light trilogy, Blood Rites, Blood Heresy and Bloody Sunrise. This is thinking person's sword and sorcery set in a world of vampire lords, scheming necromancers, and Theyrewolf legions. Janrae Frank's first novel, In the Darkness Hunting was released by Wildside Press late last year. Lyn McConchie, co-author with Andre Norton of Ciara's Song and Key of the Keplian, says Frank's work has "Breadth and depth, color, complexity, and a blazing life."

They've contracted for two dozen books from anthologist G. W. Thomas. Already out are Elder Signs: Stories that Inspired Lovecraft's Cthulu Mythos, Imperial Gothic: The Horror Fiction of Rudyard Kipling, and The Best SF and Horror of H. G. Theylls.

Forthcoming titles from Thomas include The Shadow and the Flash: The SF of Jack London and Legends of an Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Exploits of Allan Quatermain, a five volume omnibus edition of the available works in the Quatermain saga with three complete novels in each volume.

They are also releasing Raymond Z. Gallun's Old Faithful stories, Old Faithful's Saga. "Old Faithful," is a short novel of human-alien friendship, which first appeared in 1935. It was so popular in its time that readers demanded sequels and Gallun was forced to write two further short novels about the characters and setting, "Son of Old Faithful" and "Child of the Stars," before fans finally felt themselves satisfied.

They also have a number of erotic sf/f/books schedules, including the paranormal lesbian thriller, Hallow Road by Harriet Scott, a spicy modern day Arabian Nights romp, The Magic Carpet by Fletchina Archer, a saga of magic and romance in the days of the Vikings, Rolling the Bones by Michael Swanson, and the fantasy of a man who finds a gateway to erotic fulfillment in the past via The Stereopticon, also by Swanson.

Renaissance's first audiobook is out, a dramatized reading of Raymond F. Jones' Hugo nominee novelette, "Rat Race," licensed via the Ackerman Agency and engineered and directed by William Mills. The running time is slightly over 40 minutes. Currently Rat Race is number 9 on the Fictionwise audobook bestseller list.

They intend to focus their initial audiobook offerings on novelettes rather than novels, as there appears to be a strong market for this most neglected of story form.

Scheduled for production are a several award nominee novelettes, including H. L. Gold's Nebula nominee, "Inside Man," Ross Rocklynne's Nebula nominee, "Ching Witch," Stanley Mullen's Hugo nominee "Space to Swing a Cat," and Ardath Mayhar's Balrog nominated tales of Hermione, the Cat Fantastic. Stories by Mark Clifton, A. Merritt, and others are also in the works.

More details over at http://www.renebooks.com/

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