Issue 5 of Flurb, Rudy Rucker's wonderful, bizarre science fiction ezine, is out. Here's Rudy's description: "This issue features a Beat SF story of Rudy Rucker's in the form of letters from William Burroughs in Tangiers, excerpts of John Shirley's lost cyberpunk novel Black Glass, Terry Bisson's hilarious anti-mundane story 'Captain Ordinary,' a Lovecraftian novella by Lavie Tidhar, and some amazing pieces by new SF writers."
One of the other big payoffs in publishing a zine is that every now and then I get a submission that really flips my lid. "Cathedrals," is Alex Hardison's first publication, but I think he's to the purple born. Postcyberpunk!
I was vaguely annoyed by the Mundane SF movement last year --- to the point where I wrote a blog entry attacking it. But my fellow-Kentuckian Terry Bisson, always one for the main chance, went ahead and wrote a story "Captain Ordinary" that he thought might appear in Interzone's Mundane SF issue. But Terry's sense of humor is such that, from a sober-sided editor's point of view, it's as if he were to walk into the office, guffaw, pull down his zipper and piss on the desk. A wonderfully refreshing piece.
FLURB: Rudy Rucker's new literary zine
Cory's "I, Row-Boat" live on Flurb
Rudy Rucker's science fiction webzine Flurb #2 is out
Rudy Rucker's science fiction webzine Flurb #3 is out
The Nightmare Machine is an MIT project to use machine learning image-processing to make imagery for Hallowe’en.
The Stormtrooper Decanter is on back-order, but you can pre-order one from the next batch for £22 — it’s based on Andrew Ainsworth’s original movie helmet moulds from 1976, and will provide endless opportunities to point to lowball glasses and say things like “aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper drink?” (via Bonnie Burton)
Yahoo has released a machine-learning model called open_nsfw that is designed to distinguish not-safe-for-work images from worksafe ones. By tweaking the model and combining it with places-CNN, MIT’s scene-recognition model, Gabriel Goh created a bunch of machine-generated scenes that score high for both models — things that aren’t porn, but look porny.
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