Enlarge / Galen Dara’s illustration for Stephen Blackmoore’s short story, “La Bestia,” published in 2015 by Fireside. (credit: Illustration by Galen Dara)
You may not have heard of Fireside Fiction Company, but it’s time you did. Packed with excellent free science fiction stories, the Patreon-supported publication has been going strong for five years.

There are many reasons you need to start reading Fireside, not the least of which is its recent upgrade to GitHub Pages.
You could spend days immersed in Fireside’s back content.

Editors Brian White and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry curate quality work from well-known writers and rising stars, including Chuck Wendig, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Daniel Abraham (one half of the Expanse writing team known as James S.E.

Corey), Cassandra Khaw (whom you may know from Ars), Ken Liu, Daniel José Older, and more.

But it’s not just White and Sjunneson-Henry’s good taste that has earned Fireside a sterling reputation among writers. Unlike many small publications, Fireside pays good rates for fiction.
It spends almost all the money it gets from Patreon on its authors and artists.
Fireside Fiction Company also publishes a limited number of books and hosts special projects. One these projects was #BlackSpecFic, a special report on black voices in science fiction. #BlackSpecFic fits into Fireside’s overall commitment to inclusivity, publishing stories by people from a diversity of backgrounds and places.
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