Flurb #7 is out -- Rudy Rucker's awesomely weird and fantastic free sf zine

Issue #7 of FLURB, Rudy Rucker's astoundingly awesome free sf zine, has just hit the net, with a collection of stories from some of my favorite authors, including a collaboration between Rudy and John Shirley, and work by Madeline Ashby and Terry Bisson. Also, a great story from Richard Kadrey, "Trembling Blue Stars."

I was sitting at the counter, drinking espresso and smoking Gauloises at the Hellas Basin Cafe on Rozhdestvenka Street in Moscow.

The day before, we’d been riding the veer, ferrying supplies to an ASEAN research facility deep in the Oort Cloud. It was pleasant to be back on Earth. During each veer run, when time-space turned psychotic and the heavy rad poured in, we would go null and let our guests do the driving. These petit morts moments were necessary for deep space travel. Dying wasn’t such a bad thing if you knew that cigarettes and strong coffee would be waiting for you when it was over.

A woman walked up behind me and said, “Those black lines across your knuckles and the backs of your hands. I know what those tattoos mean.”

FLURB

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  1. I was sitting at the counter, scalding myself with coffee and chain-smoking Marlboros, in a run-down Denny’s on the outskirts of Fresno.
    The day before we had been abusing the Web, botnetting Windows victims for pennies apiece. It was nice to be back in meatspace. On a DDOS run, when the IRC goes berserk and the ports start flickering like candles in the wind, we could stop and read Slashdot for a moment and let the algorithms do their evil work for us – these moments of brain death were necessary, if only for the XKCD link…
    A woman walked up behind me and said, “You deadbead son of a bitch. You owe me three months child support…”

  2. I’m just finishing my 3rd reread of the Software/Wetware/Freeware/Realware series of Ruckers and it’s just as good as the first time!

    If you haven’t read them, they’re xoxxin’.

    wave,
    datura

  3. Is Rudy aware that “petit mort” is a French expression meaning orgasm??

    I though that fear was the little death that means total obliteration. Another BG litany contaminated by sex.

  4. I’m just finishing my 3rd reread of the Software/Wetware/Freeware/Realware series of Ruckers and it’s just as good as the first time!

    If you haven’t read them, they’re xoxxin’.

    wave,
    datura

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