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Lightbulb Free (Kindle DRM-free) AI Unbound by Nancy Kress [SF Short Story Collection]

This week's KDP Selected Phoenix Pick Press offering is by one of my personal favourite authors, who also happens to be a much-acclaimed Hugo & Nebula Award winner (and in fact edits the collections of Nebula stories).

AI Unbound: Two Stories of Artificial Intelligence by Nancy Kress (ISFDB, Wikipedia) collects two of her short stories on the theme of exactly what it says in the title, both of which originally appeared in Asimov's Magazine and both of which were nominated for a number of Best Novelette awards in their respective years.

The tie-in deal, appropriately enough, is for two more of collections of Kress' excellent short-to-novella-length fiction in the social consequences of genetic engineering subgenre of which she and Brian Stableford are the two best writers, IMHO, and her stories often have a mystery element as well.

Future Perfect: Six Stories of Genetics is offered for $3.99 (regularly $7.99), while The Body Human: Three Stories of Future Medicine is offered for $1.99 (regularly $2.99), available in a DRM-free ePub/Mobi bundle bought directly from the publisher via the special KDP promo page on their website. No cloud, so you'll have to make your own backups, but you get a limited number of re-downloads if you need them.

You can see the contents via the Look Inside samples on Amazon. I've read almost all of these and own most in paper collections of Kress' fiction and those Year's Best anthologies, but I will be re-buying them nevertheless as this is a very good deal for truly quality science fiction which I highly recommend.

Free without DRM for the next two days @ Amazon main UK DE ES FR IT

Description (PPick really need a better blurb writer who at least gives some idea of what the included stories are specifically about, or at least, what the titles actually are without looking inside)
Nancy Kress is the author of twenty-two novels and numerous short stories. She is perhaps best known for the “Sleepless” trilogy that began with BEGGARS IN SPAIN. Her fiction has won four Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the 2003 John W. Campbell Award (for PROBABILITY SPACE).

These two outstanding stories give us a fascinating look into the evolution of artificial intelligence and the impact it has on human society.


The other stuff in the slushpile today. We have a lot of romance authors coming out of the woodwork and some kind-of Canadiana as well.

Hat tip to melmac for this Lawrence Block freebie mystery/crime short which she mentioned in the dedicated Block sale thread: The Ehrengraf Defense (Ehrengraf for the Defense)

Tor and HarperCollins-published Patricia Simpson offers a sci-fi/maybe-steampunk romance novella: The Marriage Machine (The Londo Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Carina-published Robert Appleton offers a swashbuckling sci-fi time-travel adventure romance novella: The Temporal Man

Harlequin-published Leigh Michaels offers a non-fiction cookbook: For the Love of Tea

Berkley-published Barbara Bretton offers a contemporary romance: Second Harmony She also has several repeats under her author name.

The Wild Rose Press-published Nana Malone offers a contemporary romance which may be humourous: Sexy in Stilettos

Bell Bridge Books-published Kathleen McKenna offers a suspense/horror thriller loosely based upon the Charles Manson murders: Family Matters

Harlequin Intrigue writer Ann Voss Peterson returns with police procedural serial killer thriller with an introduction by horror writer Blake Crouch: Pushed Too Far

Gerralyn Dawson returns with a 1993 Fanfare-published western romance which is not KDP Select, but playing pricing catch-up with Smashwords: The Texan's Bride

Mike Dennis who has had a few short stories in anthologies returns with a noir thriller: MAN-SLAUGHTER (Key West Nocturnes Series)

New Zealand writer Linda McNabb returns with a 1994 HarperCollins-published childrens/YA fantasy adventure which quotes local newspaper praise in the blurb: The Stonekeeper's Daughter

Scholastic-published Irish writer Catherine Daly offers a 2004-Poolbeg small-pressed women's fiction/domestic drama novel for which she quotes local newspaper praise in the blurb: All Shook Up

Stoker award-winning Tor-published horror writer Kelley Wilde (ISFDB entry) writing as Reb MacRath offers a Christmas thriller with a lot of cameos of Canadian cultural figures: The Vanishing Magic of Snow (Reb's Rebel Yell Yuletide Chillers)

Berkley/Harlequin-published Jade Lee offers a 2010 Dorchester/Leisure-published 1st in series historical interracial mystical erotic romance which is not KDP Select, but playing pricing catch-up with iTunes: White Tigress (The Way of The Tigress, Book 1)

Colleen Gleason, who's had a short story included in the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance offers a medieval historical romance which is not KDP, but playing pricing catch-up with Smashwords: Lavender Vows (The Medieval Herb Garden Series 1)

Lauren Royal offers an historical romance novella which was originally a Signet-published short which ties into her series out from them, now in a revised Author's Cut edition: Forevermore (A Jewel Trilogy Novella) [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Bauer Mueller lists a number of small/indie award nominations for her self-pub historical novel about Native American influence on the early founding of the US colony of Georgia, which looks kind of interesting, so I include: An Angry Drum Echoed: Mary Musgrove, Queen of the Creeks

Established author & small press repeats from Carol Grace, Sharon Potts, Ryne Douglas Peterson, fellow MR member author Patty Jansen, Crossroad Press.

Happy reading, if indeed you manage to spot something you think you might like, or this is your first time reading Nancy Kress and you get to discover just how good* her writing can be.

* At shorter lengths, generally. Her novels aren't nearly as good in comparison, and I say this as someone who's read most of them and owns quite a few.
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