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Authors often ask me about submission guidelines. Here we go:
The month of February, 2009, is when I’ll be thinking about the next issue, Flurb #7.
If you want to send me a piece, send it as an RTF file attached to an email with FLURB SUBMISSION as email subject line, and send it in February or early March, 2009. If you’ve already sent me a story, please resend it at that time, if it’s still available. You can find my email address from the “Email Rudy” link on my blog page near the top right.
I prefer short pieces (3,000 to 5,000) words, with an artistic, modern, literary, engaged quality, and with a reasonably strong SFictional element. I tend to avoid parody or hypertext. I only rarely publish poetry. I do not publish previously published work.
Terms: FLURB does not pay contributors. You keep copyright, and FLURB leaves your story online indefinitely, unless you want it removed.
I saw Bruce deliver his keynote at the Austin Game Developers Conference this morning. When he mentions running virtual reality apps on his futuristic computer, he draped the enormous napkin over his head. It was hilarious. When he lit a cigarette in the smoke-free zone, the audience stifled gasps of disbelief. It was almost a Lenny Bruce moment.
Watt & Krikksen rock! Zounds…if you take Bruce’s cautionary aspects as a layer over the other tales…maybe that’s too meta. Just couldn’t help mashing the two together a bit. Future napkin content providers…
Might a universe of qlones be asked to repeat things endlessly for historical reckoning purposes?
Flurb might also have adjective qualities to it…that uncomfortable feeling that the future is just a little weirder than you were expecting it to be, as if the air you normally walked through took on the consistency of a wall of Jell-o…
Sterling is rather vague here in this observation of “griefing”…. in considering Allen Funt’s and Woody Allen’s infamous 60’s prank television series “Candid Camera,” I can see the obvious “cultural” aspect of griefing…. however “griefing” in the broad sense is kind of like “writing,” as there are many different intentions behind writing, not just “cultural writing.”
here is an extreme example: what if griefing becomes so severe that it becomes regular “prank fatwa-threats” on a roleplay gaming site in a sucessful attempt to get a gamer to resign?? ….this is not exactly a “cultural” intention…. therefore, polar opposites obviously exist in the vast spectrum of internet griefing!!
assessment: Sterling’s presentation here is considerably TOO flippant and ill-considered for it’s own good….
“Gadfly” is a term for people who upset the status quo by posing upsetting or novel questions, or attempt to stimulate innovation by proving an irritant.” —- wikipedia
hey there Kelson…. valid point…. also the “gadfly” is rather appropo for any Texas game developers conference…. and certainly necessary for the often too formal industries of digital technologies…. perhaps the presentation needed a little extra zing of profanity as a more focused catalyst…. assuming that this is allowed??
Ian, note that Sterling’s piece uses Higgs bosons as well. Why? SF always uses as a magic wand the current sparkly tech words for things not yet understood. In the 30s they’d use “radio,” in the 50s “radioactivity,” in the 60s “black holes,” in the 70s “quarks,” and so on. “Quantum computation” had a good run recently. And right now it’s all Higgs all the time!
In person, Sterling’s presentation came off as a sfnal comic routine. I guess you had to have been there for the laughs. Everyone in the audience seemed to get it. On paper, it’s perhaps not quite so obvious that he was setting up elaborate gags. There were plenty of other drier, less flip, and perhaps better considered presentations going on in parallel…with powerpoint slides.
On TV and movies in those fabulous Sixties, it was computers. “My super computer will turn all my enemies into radishes. Ah, ha ha ha ha!” (pets white cat) “All I have to do is enter their names here and press this little button.” Then some lights flash and tapes roll back and forth while ominous music plays.
Congratulations for this wonderful issue. All stories were interesting and original and this is very impressive. Unfortunately, many currently published SF short stories lack originality, so your magazine is a pleasant surprise for any SF fan.
Qlone, for instance, is extremely inventive at a scientific point of view and the plot is excellent. Bruce Sterling’ s presentation was as clever and awesome as everything else he writes, but I am afraid that I am not very objective there as I am a fanatic admirer of Mr Sterling.
The story by Charles Platt is very funny and the one by Jetse De Vries is AMAZING!!! I am just sorry that I did not have the opportunity to read this story when I was a medical student, tortured for more than one year by Watson and Krick’s nightmarish helicoidal hallucination.
Thanks for the good time I had with your stories, congratulations for FLURB and keep up with the excellent job. I cannot wait to read the next issue! (I apologise for my English, it is not my mother language).
Hehe……Nice work man. I’ve known you for this long and this is the first I’ve heard your stuff. Very nice work you chivelrous Oxford scholor you. I like the picture too. It reminds me of the bad guys from Last Starfighter…….
Great images. Powerfully conceived to converse with the words of those poems. I like the way the platform rises to meet my eyes or retreats as I scroll up and down! That, too, is part of the poem, and part of the way I read the electronic text/image.
Wow, it’s lovely to see people still commenting on this issue! I just wanted to add that the link to my comment above will no longer work, as the account is now defunct. I’m already figuring out what to submit for the next issue, too. Thanks again!