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April 17, 2008

A different kind of shareware

John Scalzi is offering one of his least-read short stories as a shareware download:

Around the time I was editing Subterranean Magazine's cliche issue in 2006, I wrote my own short story based on a science fiction cliche ("Aliens! And humans! Having sex!!"). The story, "How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story," was not printed in the magazine itself, but was printed in a chapbook for the 80 or so folks who bought the hardcover limited edition of the magazine. So you could say this story has had an extremely limited circulation — indeed, it's easily the least seen published story of mine. Which I think is too bad, because it's a pretty funny story (which, yes, features alien sex). I'd like to see it have a bigger audience

And so: Starting right this very second, a (zipped) pdf version of "How I Proposed to My Wife: An Alien Sex Story" is available for you to read and enjoy. Iím offering it as shareware — that is, it's free to read, but if you like it, you're encouraged to send a little money my way. How much? Up to you (but, you know. Not too much. It's a short story, not a novel).

Posted by Nicholas at April 17, 2008 08:53 AM

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