A Webzine of Astonishing Tales
Issue #1, Fall, 2006
Bisson, Blumlein, Doctorow, Kadrey, Laidlaw, Rucker, Saknussem, Shirley!
Issue #1 Contents:
Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo
Elves of the Subdimensions
The Arcades of Allah
(Liner Notes for Luchenko's Third Symphony)
Evaluation of the Hannemouth Bequest
(Hannemouth Self-Configurable Combinatorial Array)
Billy and the Circus Girl
Strategy for Conflict Avoidance:
Memo to the Commander-in-Chief
From the Editor
August 29, 2006
If you have comments or questions about Flurb #1, please post them in the comments section of the "Rudy's Blog" entry where I announce the issue.
August 28, 2006.
Whew! I'm done with Issue #1 now. I just put in late-arriving contributions. A funny, strange short story by Michael Blumlein, an astounding postsingularity novelette by Cory Doctorow, and a fine piece of Disneyesque surrealism by Kris Saknussem.
August 20, 2006.
Hi, I'm Rudy Rucker, editor of Flurb.
Recently Paul Di Filippo and I wrote a story called “Elves of the Subdimensions.” We were in a rush to publish, so we tried a couple of SF webzines, and horrors, the fuddy-duds turned us down! Our tale was maybe too...astonishing.
And then I had a revelation that, if all I want is a freakin' Web publication of a piece, there's no reason to go through the same painful “submission” (how apt a word) process that is standard for ink on paper zines. Why not do it myself?
So I decided to start Flurb and present the kinds of stories I like to read. Hip, witty, deep, unafraid.
Fittingly enough, the word "flurb" comes from a beautiful line Paul wrote for our story, where some frenetic subdimensional elves are discussing life in the high-plane human world, and one of them exclaims, “Of flurbbing they know not!”
Flurbbing is a bit like sex, and a bit like blending things together, an apt word for the off-kilter strange tales I hope to be printing here.
As well as the fantasy-SF hybrid by Di Filippo and me, we have a Lovecraftian horror tale by Marc Laidlaw, a haunting fractal fantasy by Richard Kadrey, a shockingly un-PC meditation on terrorism by John Shirley, and a Zen-pure dirty story Terry Bisson.
You might think of this as the Cyberpunk issue, or maybe the California issue. I have further theme ideas for future issues. We'll see what emerges.
I still have a backlog of writer friends to hit on, so, at least for now, rather than sending me stories that you'd like me to post for you --- DIY!
Let a thousand flurbs bloom.