A Webzine of Astonishing Tales


Issue #2, Winter, 2006-2007

Anders, Laidlaw, Kadrey, Rucker, Shirley, Stross, and Tidhar!


Painting by Charles F. Goldie,
All ‘e Same t’e Pakeha, 1905

Issue #2 Contents:

Rudy Rucker
The Third Bomb

Charlie Anders
One Door Closes

Charles Stross
Message in a Time Capsule

Marc Laidlaw
Open Open Letter

John Shirley

Richard Kadrey
Singing the Dead To Sleep

Lavie Tidhar
Revolution Time


From the Editor

January 5, 2007

One final story for Issue #2: "Revolution Time," a communistic time travel story by kibbutznik and young SF phenom, Lavie Tidhar.

Happy New Year!

December 20, 2006

Two more stories just came in: John Shirley's hip and horrific "Cul-de-Sac" and Richard Kadrey's gem-like "Singing the Dead to Sleep."

I'm getting the feeling that I may end up featuring the same authors over and over in Flurb --- think Zap comix or, for that matter, Mad magazine which always featured, "The usual gang of idiots."

Flurb as coterie could be fine. No sweat.

The one thing I'm expecting from Flurb is that it can free up the contributors about the kinds of stories they write. I wouldn't have written "The Third Bomb," for instance, if I hadn't known that Flurb was there for me. And I think this horzon-opening effect has already spilled over to some of my cronies in this issue.

These stories are mostly grim, which clashes a bit with the the holiday season. Oh, well! Think of this Flurb as Grand Guignol entertainment.

December 19, 2006

So here we go with a new issue of FLURB. I was waiting till I had gotten around to writing a story that would be just about impossible to commercially market, and now I think I've done it. It's liberating to know that FLURB is there for such a demented and counter-cultural tale as "The Third Bomb."

And now I'm also able print Charlie Anders's bisexual romp, "One Door Closes," Charles Stross's curious artifact from the future, "Message in a Time Capsule," Marc Laidlaw's caustic "Open Open Letter."

I may siphon in a couple more stories later this month or early in January, after taking some time off for the holidays.

For now: beware of sea cucumbers, garage door openers, sneezing, hipster publishers, and ... the space demons!


Back Issues:

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

Richard Kadrey
The Arcades of Allah
(Liner Notes for Luchenko's Third Symphony)

Marc Laidlaw
Evaluation of the Hannemouth Bequest
(Hannemouth Self-Configurable Combinatorial Array)

John Shirley

Terry Bisson
Billy and the Circus Girl

Michael Blumlein
Strategy for Conflict Avoidance:
Memo to the Commander-in-Chief

Cory Doctorow
I, Row-Boat

Kris Saknussem
Mystery Customer