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How about some tales from the Edgar Allen Poe Collection.

Perhaps something from the H.P. Lovecraft Collection would be more up your alley.

Or Maybe Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker would tickle your fancy.

Who can resist Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollestonecraft (Godwin) Shelley.

Great Free Software Online:


Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Make the switch to Firefox – the faster, safer, smarter way to browse the Web.

An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

The Opera 10 Web browser showcases a sleek design coupled with our new Opera Turbo technology, which keeps Web pages loading quickly even if your connection slows down. Download Opera, it is completely free. Also Opera Mini is available for your mobile phone.

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from their large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, ogg, aac ...) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

Free Online Astronomy Goodies:


Heavens Above
After inputting your location at this amazing FREE web site, you can find out exactly where and when to look to see all visible satellites orbiting overhead. Includes International Space Station pass info, and to-the-second forecasts for the breathtaking, UFO-like, "Iridium Flares."

Space Weather
This great site has tons of information on our Sun and the daily effect it has on our planet. Includes links to live images from the SOHO Solar Orbiter.

Real-time 3D visualization of space
The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.

Celestia Motherlode
Hundreds of FREE downloads for Celestia, including both real world & Sci-fi Spacecraft (Star Trek, Star Ways Babylon 5, 2001, etc.)

Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)
The Jet Propulsion Lab's home page is the gateway to a huge amount of free information and imagery from just about every US Space probe.

Explore Mercury - as discoveries are made - with Messenger, the satellite currently manoeuvring into orbit around our Solar System's first planet. Messenger will reach a stable orbit in March, 2011 but has already made 3 fly-bys (including one last month!)

Explore Saturn - as discoveries are made - with Cassini. This satellite, currently in its 5th year of operation, continues to explore the spectacular ringed planet and its enigmatic Moons

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