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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.

Andy Weir - The Martian


Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage


Lavie Tidhar - Central Station


Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness


Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me


Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives


Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku


Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace


Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains


Liz Williams - Empire of Bones


Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow


Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters


Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep


Peter Watts - Blindsight


Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments, Powered by Mambo!; free resources by SiteGround