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Cover of Flurb #7
Web address Flurb
Commercial No
Type of site
Online Magazine
Owner Rudy Rucker
Created by Various
Launched August 20, 2006
Alexa rank
Negative increase 7,194,916 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Archive

Flurb was a science fiction webzine, edited by noted science fiction author Rudy Rucker. In addition to short stories, Flurb featured paintings and photography by Rucker. It was released biannually. Its model was notable in that the author of an accepted story retains full copyright, including the right to have the story published elsewhere, and to request that it be taken down at any time.

Flurb releases tended to garner significant online attention, with issues having been mentioned in several prominent blogs including Boing Boing and io9.[2][3]

Noted contributors to Flurb included Terry Bisson, John Kessel, Kim Stanley Robinson, Paul Di Filippo, John Shirley, Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow, as well as Rucker himself.

Flurb closed in 2012.

List of Flurb stories[edit]

Issue #1[edit]

Title Author URL
The Arcades of Allah (Liner Notes for Luchenko's Third Symphony) Richard Kadrey [1]
Billy and the Circus Girl Terry Bisson [2]
Elves of the Subdimensions Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo [3]
Evaluation of the Hannemouth Bequest (Hannemouth Self-Configurable Combinatorial Array) Marc Laidlaw [4]
I, Row-Boat Cory Doctorow [5]
Mystery Customer Kris Saknussem [6]
Provocatourist John Shirley [7]
Strategy for Conflict Avoidance: Memo to the Commander-in-Chief Michael Blumlein [8]

Issue #2[edit]

Cul-de-Sac John Shirley [9]
Message in a Time Capsule Charles Stross [10]
One Door Closes Charlie Jane Anders [11]
Open Open Letter Marc Laidlaw [12]
Revolution Time Lavie Tidhar [13]
Singing the Dead to Sleep Richard Kadrey [14]
The Third Bomb Rudy Rucker [15]

Issue #3[edit]

Beloved Vampires of the Blood Comet Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia [16]
An Evening's Honest Peril Marc Laidlaw [17]
Four Milestones of Quantum Tantra Nick Herbert [18]
How RU Sirius Slipped Into Another Dimension RU Sirius (interviewed by Frank Shook) [19]
The Last Young Person Alive Writes a Memoir Charlie Jane Anders [20]
No Place to Raise Kids Eileen Gunn [21]
One Hundred Years Mac Tonnies [22]
Postsingular Outtakes Rudy Rucker [23]
Seized by Meat Th. Metzger [24]
Special Guest Stars Kris Saknussemm [25]
That Certain Day With Magdalen John Shirley [26]
Up Around the Bend Paul Di Filippo [27]

Issue #4[edit]

Anxiety Branson, Social Security Hustler Charlie Jane Anders [28]
Downtown John Kessel [29]
The Egan Thief Gord Sellar [30]
A Fifth Noble Truth David Agranoff [31]
Hieronymus Bosch's Apprentice Rudy Rucker [32]
Irene Leaves the Werehouse Gustav Flurbert [33]
Kistenpass Kim Stanley Robinson [34]
Mountain Memory Penelope Thomas [35]
The Vicar of R'lyeh Marc Laidlaw [36]
What Science Fiction is All About, or, The Amazing Dancing Chairs Kathleen Ann Goonan [37]

Issue #5[edit]

Black Glass Samples John Shirley [38]
Captain Ordinary Terry Bisson [39]
Cathedrals Alex Hardison [40]
DMV Richard Kadrey [41]
Donald Asshole and Los Elementos de Rock Brendan Byrne [42]
The Masonic Dream Engine Th. Metzger [43]
Tangier Routines Rudy Rucker [44]
Uganda Lavie Tidhar [45]
We're awake, let's talk. Nathaniel Hellerstein [46]

Issue #6[edit]

3 SF Poems Brian Garrison [47]
The Big One Michael Blumlein [48]
Computer Entertainment Thirty-Five Years From Today Bruce Sterling [49]
Fitting a New Suit Madeline Ashby [50]
The Gnirut Test Charles Platt [51]
The Loa and the Gaping Jaw Brendan Byrne [52]
Qlone Rudy Rucker [53]
Random Acts of Cosmic Whimsy Jetse de Vries [54]

Issue #7[edit]

5 SF Poems Brian Garrison [55]
All Hangy Rudy Rucker and John Shirley [56]
And They Will Not Be Stopped Simon Logan [57]
Billy and the Flying Saucer Terry Bisson [58]
Clouds in the Night Alex Hardison [59]
Cobalt Imperium Kek-w [60]
Growth Industry Adam Rothstein [61]
The History of the Internet Charlie Jane Anders [62]
Initiation Robert Guffey [63]
Off Track Betting Madeline Ashby [64]
The Squonk Hunt Cody Goodfellow [65]
Trembling Blue Stars Richard Kadrey [66]

Issue #8[edit]

Bad Ideas Rudy Rucker [67]
Bad Pennies Carter Schloz [68]
The Cog in God's Wheels Peter Hagelslag [69]
Cosmic Samba Brian Landis [70]
Futurized Paul Di Filippo [71]
Henry's Penis Charlie Jane Anders [72]
In The Beginning There Was The Machine Martin Hayes [73]
Interrogations in a Holographic Observatory Howard V. Hendrix [74]
My Only Sunshine Emily C. Skaftun [75]
Paradise Afternoon Gregory Benford [76]
The Retrodictions of Sumadastron the Time-Lost Nathaniel Hellerstein [77]
Songwriter to the Stars Tamara Vining [78]
There Is No Comte de St. Germain For I Am He Brendan Byrne [79]
Three Poems John Roche [80]

Issue #9[edit]

Alphabet Island Jessy Randall [81]
Cairo, Good-bye Richard A. Lupoff [82]
Clod, Pebble Kathe Koja and Carter Scholz [83]
DarliJ's House of Tea Mari Mitchell [84]
The Goddess of Discord Lives on Mulberry Street Adam Callaway [85]
Insect Girl Climbs to Paradise Philip Harris [86]
IntheBeginning™ Christopher B. Shay [87]
The Palmetto Man Danny Rubin [88]
Search Kek-w [89]
The Soft Armada Paul Di Filippo [90]
Technical Difficulties Alex Roston [91]
Ticks Robert Guffey [92]
Val and Me Rudy Rucker [93]

Issue #10[edit]

Bitters John Shirley [94]
Buried in Time Kathleen Ann Goonan [95]
Deepscreen Marc Laidlaw [96]
Doctora Xilbalba's Datura Enema Ernest Hogan [97]
The End of Mirth Howard V. Hendrix [98]
The Gravity Fetishist Annalee Newitz [99]
The Hidden Neosurrealism of the Early to Mid 21st Century Adam Callaway [100]
Intelligent Design 2.0 Ian Watson [101]
The Paranoid Critical Method Bruce Sterling [102]
A Peculiar Fashion Business Jon Armstrong [103]
Rim Carter Scholz [104]
The Seduction of a Very Special Music Box Kris Saknussemm [105]
Six Days on the Road and I'm Gonna Make it Home Tonight Kek-w [106]
The Skug Rudy Rucker [107]
Sphincter and Sphinx Th. Metzger [108]
Wasps/Spiders Brendan Byrne [109]
Zombies, Condoms and Shenzhen Madeline Ashby [110]

Issue #11 (Guest Editor: Eileen Gunn)[edit]

Big Store Baoding Kek-w [111]
Bring Me the Head of André Breton! Robert Guffey [112]
Cold Reading Michael Swanwick [113]
Dispatches from Interzone Rudy Rucker [114]
Fairy Werewolf vs. Vampire Zombie Charlie Jane Anders [115]
The Ghosts of Carnivores Minister Faust [116]
Hotels Alberto Chimal [117]
The Last Apollo Mission Douglas Lain [118]
The Last Hours of the Last Days Bernardo Fernández [119]
Medusa Chris N. Brown [120]
My Big Night Out With Thing Leslie What [121]
Stuff Pepe Rojo [122]

Issue #12[edit]

After the Thaw Eileen Gunn [123]
Big Ripples Without a Splash Don Webb [124]
Concerning Tavia Martin Hayes [125]
The Curse of the Were-Penis Emily C. Skaftun [126]
Everything Is Broken John Shirley [127]
Fjaerland Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo [128]
Gertrude and Ludwig Spin A Web Justin Patrick Moore [129]
I Can’t Escape From You Brendan Byrne [130]
The Onset of a Paranormal Romance Bruce Sterling [131]
The Oyster and Alice O. Anna Tambour [132]
Pulped And Bound Monsters Adam Callaway [133]
The Robert Armstrong Syndicated Newspaper Strip A. S. Salinas [134]
Walls Between Worlds Will Ellwood [135]
Xuanito Ernest Hogan [136]


  1. ^ "Flurb.net Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Doctorow, Cory (31 March 2008). "Rudy Rucker's science fiction webzine Flurb #5 is out". Boing Boing. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Newitz, Annalee (31 March 2008). "New Issue of Rudy Rucker's FLURB Hits the Interwebs". io9. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 

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