After much consideration, I've made my old novel ALIEN BEACH available for free download in PDF format. You can download the entire book as a single Adobe file and read it from your PC, laptop or handheld device. Enjoy!
(If any technical problems should arise with the file, please tell me.)
Now, why did I hesitate to do this?
The novel has been available on my website, spread out over several pages, for quite some time. It's not as if I stood to make any money from ALIEN BEACH, or get it published in print anytime soon... and frankly, it was getting old. (The first draft dates from 1997. The original web-serial started in 1999. In science fiction, that's old.)
I realized that I could either try to get the book published one more time, or let it die.
By making the whole of ALIEN BEACH freely available in a single file, I feel that I'm more or less giving up all hopes of ever getting it in print.
But that doesn't mean it's now a "Creative Commons" document! I'll keep my formal copyright to the book, just to piss off Cory Doctorow. ;-)