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Flurb - A Webzine of Astonishing TalesI'd like to draw your attention to the Fall/Winter 2011 edition of Flurb, Rudy Rucker's Webzine of Astonishing Tales, which publishes short stories which are hard to place, both in topic as well as in terms of finding a publication.

I haven't read all the stories yet (I'm pacing myself, given that this is something which lends itself for reading on a mobile device when one is out of sensible reading material whilst on the move), but can comment on the following already:

 

Bruce Sterling - The Onset of a Paranormal Romance

A brave approach by Bruce, but this didn't work for me, and not just because of the open ending

 

A. S. Salinas - The Robert Armstrong Syndicated Newspaper Strip

Fun, if not very deep, and rather forgettable. Provided perfectly good travel entertainment.

 

Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo - Fjaerland

A well written and entertaining Lovecraft et al spoof, apparently with a real location.

 

The current issue as well as the earlier one (entertainment for many trips!) can be found at the Flurb website.

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

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