The Geomancer


A Wealth of Online Reading

We've just uploaded a massive amount of sample pages to the Pyr website, some of them quite substantial excerpts (around 50 pages of text or so each). Generally about 3 or 4 chapters per book, but I try to pick good stopping points so it varies. Now, after all this work, it occurs to me that a lot of people may not realize what all is online, and since we've labored long and hard on our Funky New Format, please do follow the links below. Plus, each of the new format pages has a really cool custom banner ad. Collect them all!

First, there are two entire short stories online:
Paul Di Filippo's Fast Forward 1 contribution, "Wikiworld"
Sean Williams' The Resurrected Man inspiration, "A View Before Dying" (old format)

Then these twelve excerpts all recently uploaded, all in our Funky New Format:
Jack Dann's The Man Who Melted. Also, a new interview.
Kay Kenyon's Bright of the Sky
Ian McDonald's Brasyl
Mike Resnick's Starship: Mutiny and Starship: Pirate
Adam Robert's Gradisil
Justina Robson's Keeping It Real (along with music and other extras)
Joel Shepherd's Crossover and Breakaway
Sean Williams' The Crooked Letter, The Blood Debt, and The Hanging Mountains

We'll be adding more as we go, and converting some of the old ones across to the new look, but meanwhile, these excerpts are still available in the Old Format:
Michael Blumlein's The Healer
Gardner Dozoi's Galileo's Children introduction
Charles Coleman Finlay's The Prodigal Troll
Scott MacKay's Tides
Ian McDonald's River of Gods
John Meaney's Paradox, Context, Resolution
Michael Moorcock & Storm Constantine's Silverheart
Chris Roberson's Here, There & Everywhere
Justina Robson's Silver Screen
Robert Silverberg's Star of Gypsies
Martin Sketchley's The Destiny Mask

Elsewhere on the web, you can find:
Chris Roberson's Paragaea, and an entire prequel novel, Set the Seas on Fire
David Louis Edelman's Infoquake (Chapters 1 - 7), also four Audio chapters.
Kay Kenyon's Bright of the Sky at InfinityPlus
My own introduction to Fast Forward 1, "Welcome to the Future"

And that should be enough to keep anyone busy!


  1. Very cool.

    I see this 'Fast Forward' anthology.
    Looks interesting. I don't see a story list, or what types or stories, or what they are about anywhere here?

    I would imagine you know the titles? :)

  2. Introduction:Welcome to the Future...Lou Anders
    YFL-500...Robert Charles Wilson
    The Girl Hero's Mirror Says He's Not the One...Justina Robson
    Small Offerings...Paolo Bacigalupi
    They Came From the Future...Robyn Hitchcock
    Plotters and Shooters...Kage Baker
    Aristotle OS...Tony Ballantyne
    The Something-Dreaming Game...Elizabeth Bear
    No More Stories...Stephen Baxter
    Time of the Snake...A.M. Dellamonica
    The Terror Bard...Larry Niven & Brenda Cooper
    p dolce...Louise Marley
    Jesus Christ, Reanimator...Ken MacLeod
    Solomon's Choice...Mike Resnick & Nancy Kress
    Sanjeev and Robotwallah...Ian McDonald
    A Smaller Government...Pamela Sargent
    Pride...Mary A. Turzillo
    I Caught Intelligence...Robyn Hitchcock
    Settlements...George Zebrowski
    The Hour of the Sheep...Gene Wolfe
    Sideways from Now...John Meaney
    Wikiworld...Paul Di Filippo

  3. Thanks very much for that, definitely looks interesting.

    Thanks again for the Sean Williams story, too. I have the book, but hadn't read that one.

    Richard Cisse at
    collates that sort of thing, so if you do these, probably a good idea to drop him an email to have them included, given I think he is the top link under 'free sf' on google.