Recount: Original free fiction bot is a piece of server software that automatically & continuously tracks (currently) 71
72 publishers of original free fiction on web, & delivers their stories, episodes & new issue notifications to inbox via feed.
During the 7 day period 12-18 October 2008, this feed picked up 42 unique short stories, 1 audio short story, 4 magazine new issue announcements, 3 episodes of serialized novels, & 16 comic strips. How many magazines will that average to - in the inbox every day?
New sources added to watch list this week.
- Expanded Horizons: New webzine - "to increase diversity in the field of speculative fiction, both in the authors who contribute and in the perspectives presented.". Mix of reprints & original stories. [via SF Scope].
I'm currently watching for new issue announcements via SF Scope. Magazine editor assures me next issue announcement on will be in a form my feed can pick up.
- The Bearded Lady: Flash fiction & poetry of Georgina Bruce. I pick up only flash fiction.
It's more of a fantasy thing; may be will mark as such in feed after reading a few stories. Only story I've read so far was clearly fantasy.
- FreakAngels: Weekly "ongoing comic" from Avatar Press. New "episode" every Friday. "written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield". Their posts are marked "[comic] [serial] " in my feed. [via BlueTyson].
- Ben Rawluk's "Wildcat": No schedule, but frequent fiction posts on this site by Ben under one of the creative commons licenses. [via Futurismic].
- "Ctrl+Alt+Del": Online comic. [via ComixMix].
New magazines that debuted this week but not being picked up because of lack of feed.
- Future Earth Magazine: New magazine debuting this week. Each issue a downloadable PDF. No feed. Includes fiction, among other things. [via Futurismic].
- Demolition Magazine: "where literary fiction & pulp fiction fight to the death." No feed. This may be the debut issue; there are no archives at the site - only "Summer 2008" issue. [via Observations from the Balcony]. Update: Brian clarifies in comments below that this is an old magazine, now closed.
- h+: New quarterly online magazine. May not have fiction; I'm not sure. No feed. "h+" stands for "Humanity+" - about post-human science. [via Boing Boing].
- Both added, & then deleted, "3:AM Magazine" from watch list. Flash fiction & short stories. Unspecified schedule, but quite frequent - sometimes 2 or 3 stories a week, though sometimes a fortnight could pass without one.
I'd found it listed among genre sites somewhere. But first story my feed picked up was near porn! That's what prompted its deletion. I won't be adding it till I can clearly figure out a way of separating genre content (assuming there is some) from rest of stories, & I don't see an obvious way.
- Stories from SpaceWesterns are now marked "[maybe reprint]". Since I cannot distinguish its original & reprint content, & there are just too many reprints here. Probably the right place will be my miscellaneous feed - that's part 3 of Tracking Free Fiction series. But that feed is yet to debut; so, for now, it stays here with a qualifier.
- Now individual stories also picked up from "Behind the Wainscot" magazine feed, when available. Till now, only new issue announcements were being picked up.
- ChiZine new issue announcements are now marked "[maybe horror]". I think it's a horror magazine, but I've not read anything from here - so not sure.
- New episodes of Paul McAuley's serialized novel "The Quiet War" are moved to reprints feed from original feed, its right location.
- Tom Dell Aringa's Marooned comics posts are now labeled "[serial]". It's a single continuing story, & understanding a specific strip sometimes needs context.
Other sources looked at but ignored because no/bad feed.
- Well Told Tales: "an original audio short story in the horror, sci-fi or crime/hardboiled genre every other Thursday." They have a feed, but their feed generator is buggy - cannot even send feed to browser or feedburner.