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Free ebook download (epub & mobi). Free online fiction.A short story set in the "Freyaverse", between "Saturn's Children" and "Neptune's Brood". Originally published as part of the "Engineering Infinity" anthology in 2011....

Title : bit rot
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ISBN : 18078713
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 22 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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bit rot Reviews

  • Tim
    2019-03-21 02:46

    Read this last night, as I was in need of a quick read. I've read Neptune's Brood more than a week ago, and it was my first Stross story. You can find my review here.Bit Rot is a short story (which you can read and download for free at, in html-, epub- or mobi-format, which you can convert, if needed, to pdf via one of the various on-line services, for example), set between Saturn's Children and Neptune's Brood. I do think it's best to have read either one of these before tackling this short story. Bit Rot also features meta-humans, the soul chips, two sisters, ... on a space ship. Both have wonderful jobs there... in maintenance and cleaning (also the exterior of the ship). But then evil strikes ferociously: gamma rays and what not. While their suits skins were made to resist such impact, the severity of that one event caused a lot more damage, in a lot of cases irreparable. These meta-humans have special food needs to regenerate and maintain their powers. When stock runs dry, the disease cannot be stopped. As a result, the meta-humans, including the doctors, turn into zombies, preying on every potential source of food. Which means the normal humans, who make sure everything in the ship works as it should, are a priority to serve as such a source.One sister is still among the normally thinking ones, one of the few, perhaps the last one. She locked her badly injured/damaged sister up to protect her from the bit rot that infected the others - and so be given the chance to have her chip repair what was damaged -, with the clear message to not let anyone enter, except her sister and only when she's sure it's her (the normal one). Meanwhile, the normal sister would try to seek food supplies to help improve the regeneration process.All in all, an entertaining, quick read (12 pages). It contains some typos and the formatting is a bit off, although this last aspect doesn't really disturb. It is said that Stross didn't have much time to completely review and correct the text. And as one reader wrote: it's free, so no need to complain. ;-)

  • DadGeekHuman
    2019-03-12 07:46

    This was more of the same (which is good!) and makes me very curious about "Neptune's Brood". If I'm understanding correctly this takes place four centuries after "Saturn's Children" and from children of Freya. Feels as if she may have gone a bit power crazed with her children though that may have just been the point of view of the protagonist, Lillith, in this short story.

  • Mike Franklin
    2019-03-19 04:53

    Run little short from Stross that sits between Saturn's Children and Neptune's Brood. (Free to download from I read it primarily to decide whether I wanted to get Neptune's Brood which I probably will sometime.

  • Joel Neff
    2019-02-24 03:54

    Nice little horror story for fans of the Freyaverse. It's got all the standard high-tech, yet still human pathos of the novels and is written with Stross' usual flair for detail and nuance. Fun stuff.

  • James Ellis
    2019-02-27 05:44

    Short story set in the Freyaverse. Cannibalistic Robot Zombies in Spaaaace!

  • Manoj K
    2019-03-01 04:50

    Fun story. Note that there are typos and wordos (which Stross said he doesn't have time to fix). Hey, it's free, so just don't go in expecting professional proofreading and e-book formatting.

  • Tim NBD
    2019-03-22 06:10

    I love the technology setting for this story (ant the associated Freya-verse novels).

  • Gregg Kellogg
    2019-03-19 09:52

    Entertaining, with what might be an ominous ending.

  • Chris
    2019-03-21 06:07

    A short story, released online, set in the "Saturn's Children" universe, that's basically a zombie story for the post-computer singularity age. A good quick read.

  • Charl
    2019-03-23 07:47

    A horror story for the robotic "humans" of Stross's Saturn's Children.Excellent.

  • Juddtaylor
    2019-03-22 07:07

    This is a little short to read stand-alone. Maybe it is enough after reading Neptune's Brood, but before it maybe not.

  • Chris Ingram
    2019-03-14 09:08

    Between Saturn's Children and Neptune's Brood. Answers the question: what kind of zombie legend would post-humans be afraid of?

  • Susanna
    2019-03-05 04:10

    Neatly filled in some of the missing pieces.