SF Signal has posted about another Hugo Nominated book that is available online for free as a PDF. You might have seen the post about Blindsight by Peter Watts. Now you can get Eifelheim by Michael Flynn. I’m not sure why two of the Hugo Nominees are available for free but I like it. Here’s a synopsis to help you decide if you’re interested:
A present-day scientific odd couple who are longtime domestic partners, physicist Sharon Nagy and historian Tom Schwoerin, look into the fate of the Black Forest village of the title, which apparently vanished in the plague year 1348, in Flynn’s heartbreaking morality play of stranded aliens in medieval Germany. Most of the narrative focuses on the consequences of the discovery in the 14th century by Eifelheim’s pastor, Father Dietrich, of a crashed space ship carrying the “Krenken,” horrific grasshopperlike aliens. Despite Inquisitorial threats, Dietrich befriends, baptizes and attempts to help the aliens return home.