As the finely honed points of the magnificent bull elk's antlers perforated his spleen, lungs and lower colon, Lenny the Grifter wished he had stayed working the street in Times Square, instead of going up to the Rockies where this dumb animal had figured out that three-card monte was a con, and gored him.
Richard Patching of Calgary, Alberta top honors submission in the adventure category to the 12th annual Bulwer-Lytton contest for bad fiction
My definition of "literature" is wide open: anything with words in it. This page is therefore somewhat of a catch-all for things that defy further categorizing. Sub-sections: There is, of course, a large overlap between the sections.

Extra pages on Comics and DADA.

Individual Authors

(03.04.95) Silva'a Bukowski page.
(13.04.95) A Dorothy Parker home page.
(30.03.95) This Jorge Luis Borges homepage contains, unfortunately, only spanish material.
(30.03.95) A C.J. Cherryh archive.
And apparently the newest editions of _The Wasp Factory_ reprint sections of *all* the reviews it originally got, so the split is about 60/40 between "best new author of the decade" and "take this scum away and castrate him lest he passes on his genes"..
(19.03.95) The Iain Banks page has been slighly renamed. Besides the usual stuff (complete bibliography and an interview) it also contains a list of culture ship names, and "A Few Notes on the Culture", which are just that: Banks' thoughts of why the Culture works the way it works, bits on AI, capitalizm (it introduces a nice term: "minimally wasteful elegance"), orbital mechanics (that's supposed to be a pun!) Reminded me to buy and read "Wasp Factory". I should also buy an original edition of "the bridge"; i didn't like the german translation, but it might have lost a lot. IMHO, Banks is amongst the best five living authors of any genre (don't press me for the other four), and the fact that he plans to publish a book a year is a wellspring of content to me.
(26.03.95) Jorn Barger's James Joyce page.
(21.03.95) Arthur C. Clarke Unauthorized Homepage
(21.03.95, also on my drugs page)

PiHKAL, a an (unfinished) review of it. Also a page that tells a bit about both.

The "review" is by one "Tyrone Slothrop", and does contain a lot of Pynchon/GR references. The link is to a text version (well, LaTeX, but that doesn't pose as big problems as its sheer size, 36 pages).

(29.04.95) The Pomona Pynchon Page, opened on or around 25.04, offers information about all of Pynchon's published work. Sadly, it is somewhat graphically oriented, and cannot be perused to the fullest advantage with a browser other than NetScape[TM]((c) 1994,95, NetScape corporation (void where prohibited)(California residents add 9.65% sales tax)(unusable on Monochrome displays or other UnAmerican Looser Hardware)).

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare at MIT.
If you are as confused about the order of events in the Amber books, you can coordinate your dim memories using the Timeline of Amber (third version). It stops with "sign of chaos".
(16.03.95) A rather small Walter Jon Williams page; contains a link to his bibliography.
Why don't you celebrate Lewis Carroll's birthday, January 27th, by visiting the brand new Lewis Carroll Home Page. It is still being revised and with your help it will be under constant revision. Still, I think it is worth a visit.

Send comments and suggestions about the page to

(16.03.95) Haven't yet had the time to read Laura Lemay's short stories.
(07.02.95) Announcing a new home page under construction for the contemporary American author, Tom Robbins. (16.02.95) The page has moved, it's called The Infinite Goof. (one of my favourite authors -mfx) It's sparse for now, but I'm open to all suggestions for new links. Matt Cooperberg (
(19.02.95) The Owl Springs Partnership is the fantasy- and science fiction-writing team of Peter Morwood and Diane Duane, now eight years married and living in Ireland.
I would like to announce the creation of the C. S. Lewis homepage, aptly named Into the Wardrobe.

C. S. Lewis is the well-known author of children's literature such as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy as well as many Christian apologist works such as The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters.

This homepage contains both primary and secondary bibliographies, a chronology of his life, and links to other Lewis sites as well as other related links.

Take time to visit and learn about one of the world's reknown authors.

Tolkien's Oxford is mostly pictures.
Oh, I almost forgot. The "Singularity" that is discussed in ACROSS REALTIME by Vernor Vinge has a WWW page. Its' URL is:

(02.04.95: still there.)

Thematic Sites


The SF Authors List is an index of pages on authors and/or specific books.


Thomas Colthurst's Somerville Stories (in chronological order). Amongst them, little stories (seldom more than two pages), excerpts from dialogues, and the occasional song text. Personal favourites: Ninth Grade, The Oven of Ultimate Cleanliness, Sex, Drugs, and Mathematics, the first rain, The Telephone Rings, and the quite bizarre dinner for three.

He also maintains a RICHH archive.


Florian Cramer's The Seven by Nine Squares, ``Meanderings in Text''. Has a nice macho-theology quote by Spenser,

The one imperfect, mortall, feminine;
Th'other immortall, perfect, masculine,
and no discernable topic at all (but I have only dipped into it so far), beyond a general post-modern deconstructivist (may I use the term now?) symbolistic-semiotic theme.

And then there are things like the Enochia Type 1 font.

Looking at his Links of Related Interest, one can get at least a hint of what it's all about.

(30.03.95) The search for some hypertext fiction contains both links to hypertext fiction and links to texts about hypertext fiction.
(30.03.95) The Speculative Fiction Clearing House is a major entry point for any search that concerns SF/Fantasy/Horror authors/awards/bookstores/fandom/movies.
The control- and security-related aspects aspects of the internet are fascinating (even if you are not into control yourself). Read the censorship at CMU page (which is located at the CMU, of course), which keeps track of the the (on-going) controversy over the banning of the* groups from CMU's news servers.
Can you imagine why "Little Red Riding Hood" (Grimm's original, not the Tex Avery version ;-) might be banned from Californian schools? Read the Banned Books On-line page, and you'll know. This page is restricted to texts available on-line, and provides links to them. (26.03.95)

Gareth Rees' and Chaz ("Hazel") Baden's Science fiction resource guide is one humongous file 90k-file that holds hundreds of links.


The The Linköping SF&F Book Review Archive, listed by author.

Ahasuerus, the the Henry Spencer of rec.arts.sf.written. (FAQs/homepages on RAH, PKD, alt.pulp)

(22.03.95: still all there)

(03.04.95) Guide to Literature on the Internet
(19.02.95) The Labyrinth is a web server for medieval studies.
fairrosa maintains a small site on children's books (there is also a page on Lewis Carrol)

(02.04.95: still there)

The Children's Literature Web Guide is a World-Wide Web directory to Internet resources for Children's and Young Adult Literature. It provides access to Children's Literature announcements and awards lists, lists of recommended books, topical bibliographies, lesson plans, the full text of out-of-copyright children's "classics," information about a wide variety of children's authors, and more.
Gareth Rees' quite extensive Science fiction resource guide.


(26.08.95) Bibliophilics rejoice: the Overview of Current ABAA Electronic Catalogs makes you feel sorry you can't spend a few thousand $s a month on books. The AABA, in case you don't know, is the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America.
(01.03.95) snarfed from cosma's Madison Bookstore Guide:

on-line books. You're on the Web, after all.) The usual suspects are

Future Fantasy Bookstore - Home Page

Single Texts

(23.05.95) There is a rumour that _The Vild_ (successor of "The Broken God") is due out in November.
(23.05.95) Del-Rey offers an excerpt from the new Niven story collection, Flatlander, containing the "Afterword: Science/Mystery Fiction" and a story, "The Woman in Del Rey Crater".

Here is my own local copy.

(02.05.95) Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.
(10.05.95) David Danzig's Story of the Week. ( Past stories - The Hunters is, well, memorable).
(05.04.95) Wanna read a true interactive text? Raymond Queneau's A Story as You Like It consists of paragraph-sized chunks, each followed by a yes/no continuation.
Have you ever read an un-bowdlerized version of the arabian nights? (Marked-up by yours truly.)
(27.03.95) The next time I find the energy to read Gravity's Rainbow (sorry, no etext for this one yet), it will be with Tim Ware's Deeply Subjective & Continually Expanding Gravity's Rainbow Concordance on my knees (I also recently snarfed a synopsis of GR off the net). It lists, explains, and cross-references all persons, symbols, and proper names that occur in this monster of a book. Updates to the concordance are posted in rec.arts.books; I try to keep up with them. The current version is 2.0.9.

(30.05.95) The concordance now has an Web site. Haven't seen an update posted in weeks.

(10.07.95) The on-line concordance is still there, and called version 3.0 (hey, its now a hyper-concordance ;-)

(26.03.95) Now here is a classic that any Niven fan should avoid: Down in Flames (aka, how to destruct Known Space), (c) 1977 by Larry Niven:
``Before it's over, we'll need billions of human protectors. It's a Flash Gordon/E.E. Smith war, with superior Tnuctip technology battling tools and weapons worked up on the spot by a billion Dr. Zarkovs.''

(26.03.95) Journal Entries & Aimee'

Gharlane's LENSMAN FAQ (updated version 2), as of 9 Jan 1993.


A Short History of the Internet, by Bruce Sterling (originally published in The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction, February 1993).


Amongst the most-often-linked-to hypertexts to-date is Pride and Prejudice (by Jane Austen), marked-up by Henry Churchyard (of htmlchek fame).

(26.03.95) I HATE TRUE HYPERTEXT! Stuart Moulthrop's It's Not What You Think is a good example of why. It will take forever to traverse that text (chopped up into half-page-sized chunks as it is), and without drawing a diagram of where i have been (am I playing a text adventure here or what?), the nagging feel of Not Having Followed Up A Link Somewhere And Thus Missing Something Important will probably never leave me. Authors should really design their stuff top-down as trees, and mark cross-links as such.

Thus, I fully subscribe to Stuart's Dearest Beliefs.

Luckily, you can get a list of all files that comprise the text. Is this a bug or a feature?

It's quite some work to read all of The Four Post-Modernizations.

Some nifty quotes (I am a sucker for quotes, in case you haven't already noted):

``The sanity of the human race as a whole has been steadily declining since, at the latest, 1914, and there is nothing in the current trends to suggest a recovery - indeed, three of the four post-modernizations are forms of lunacy.''

``Anti-rationalism replaces the question ``Is it true?'' with the question ``Does it feel good?''''

``the medium doesn't care about the message''

``The transition from literature, to academic literature (meant to be taught, not read), to literary criticism, to literary theory, has been swift and painful.''

``Rain dances persist because people want to control the weather so ardently that they are willing to explain away failure, rather than admit their lack of power.''

``Even so humble a substance as nitrous oxide can produce mystical exaltation and insight.''

It's not literature, but a nice read if you have 10 minutes to spend: Mary Shafer, flight engineer at NASA Dryden flight research center, has written down a small report on flying a F-4. Must be a really exhilarating experience.
travels with samantha

Trinity College, Dublin houses the famous 3-million-books library that is home to the Book of Kells.


The Bible of Usenet. Some kind of meta-FAQ on newsgroups, mailing lists, etc.pp.


(in alt.quotations, mgm worte:) See my quotations page at or skip straight to the search at


The loQutus page (latticed on-line quotations user service, now that is a strained acronym!) harbours a list of dozens of quote archives (one of them is 762k huge!), fortune files, and 'net resources (such as a quotations listserver, and the related newsgroups). Turn of image loading before following the link, the big name plate doesn't contain anything useful.

Most people keep one, and here is mine: my quotes file. Things i have picked up on the net or, more rarely, in a book. Cut-and-paste technology makes quotes files much easier to maintain. It also lowers the threshold of when to include something. Maybe I'll sort through it one day. Currently (29.03.95) it is a huge (87k/360 quotes) unsorted file, with new entries added at the bottom. I have just converted it into HTML, but most of it is still in <pre> form and doesn't look too good.


(17.06.95) The Manifesto of the Psychedelic Tabby Cabal (Patron Saints: Buckminster Fuller, Robert Anton Wilson, Terance McKenna, Lucia Pamela, Hakim Bey), which holds links to many interesting (or plain wacky) places.
(06.06.95) Postmodern Thesis Generator. The generated texts actuallo do make sense -- as much as the genuine thing.

Like political correctness, post-modern theory texts are very easy to satirize -- and the imitations are so similar to the originals that some people think they are genuine. Could this be used as a base for a bogosity-meter?

(29.03.95) Panic Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Postmodern Scene.

(27.03.95) Spunk Press ``'collects and distributes literature in electronic format, with an emphasis on anarchism and related issues.''


Scales of Measurement


(For local material, see the technical reviews culled from the 'net, and my book stack (list of things I am currently reading).


Dani Zweig's Belated Reviews are a good way to get an overview of the ``classics''. (In case you wonder how to define a ``classic'': in one review, Dani writes ``books [that] were written before many of the people reading this were born''. IMHO, a generation should be enough to get some distance to a text.) He reviews some things I never heard about (Did you you know the original title of the book/serial that was to become better known as "Buck Rogers" , let alone the year or the author? ), as well as some ``eternal top 100'' stuff everyone has read.

As to style: Some of Dani's comments are just plain hilarious (``Only one woman ever becomes a Lensman. Sort of like smurfs.''). His tastes seem to be more on the literary side than the average SF reader's (to witness: to me, the Ghormengast books are about as unreadable as they come, but Dani seems to enjoy them), but he knows that.

There are 32 "belated reviews" (overviews of novels, sorted by author), another 32 "postscripts" (things that didn't fit the original format: short stories, one-shot and second-tier authors), and 8 "unnumbered reviews" (which didn't fit for other reasons).

Mileena's Book Reviews, mostly on cyberpunk stuff.

(23.03.95 not there anymore, the whole tree seems to have vanished. lets look whether it will be there again in a few days)


(05.03.95)Atomic Books Mayhem -- For people who have seen to much James Bond movies and want to home-build the hardware: How To's on "mines deployed from your moving car, oil slicks laid out to send a pursuer careening off the road, and firearms fired remotely from an internal control panel" to be? Urgh.

Don't know whether this belongs under 'bookshops' or 'thematic sites'

tiff -- "This Ain't Wired, baby" ((05.03.95) i still haven't come over the entrance page, since it still parades that horrible ``cyber-savvy'' language (the geek variant, not the postmodern one) that make me puke (figuratively; cleaning up messy keyboards is an unpleasant chore). At least the logo looks friendly.)

(apropos language: when will the media accept the idea that today's geeks read post-modern literature, essays on semiotics and other such stuff, for fun (and often speak accordingly) and drop that silly old-fashioned "hacker" image that was outdated even before "war games"?)

The Book Publishing Industry's
Online Information Resource

Announces the new BookWire Web Pages, a free service to bibliophiles:

Hundreds of links to book publishers, booksellers, libraries, electronic publishing resources, and other book-related services. If we have missed

(24.03.95) The Archive of Endangered, Special, or Fun Words is not useless at all. Has pages on palindromes, (My favourites: ``A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, hero's rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a cat, a mane, paper, a Toyota, rep, a pen, a mat, a can, a tag, a banana bag again, or: a camel, a crepe, pins, spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal, Panama!'' and ``Gustav Klimt milk vats - ug!''), haikus (``Highly unnatural, // The tortured shape of this "food". // A small pink coffin.''), and muchmuchmore.
(26.03.95) CMU`s English Server.
(26.03.95) Amongst many others, the Speculative Fiction Awards page features Lambda, a yearly award ``for the best gay and lesbian science fiction/fantasy novel (as well as other categories)'' (From the ten titles, I have read none, and only heard of one), and the Mythopoeic Award (from the Mythopoeic Society, which consists of people interested in the Inklings).
(26.03.95) Doug Ingram's Library. Mostly SF book reviews. (Should I really link to someone who gives a 10 to Donaldson? And to describe Friday as ``a female sentient robot agent'' is just plain contra-factual.)
(26.03.95) Mail order info for 1993 Hugo & Nebula Award Anthology on CD-ROM.
(28.03.95) One way to select a ``next book to buy, steal, or borrow'' is the One Book List - where's your entry?
Poesiemeister is a mail game in which I currently participate. My archive contains the results from round 1/game 8 upto the last one (round 2/game 7). The Game seems to have died the silent death of gamemaster-has-no-time-anymore. Internationalization stops here: it's all in German.
Kaleidospace is mostly interesting for the ``collaborative artist program'' which, amongst others, involves David Brin. (He writes essays in weekly installments; the first one, The Good and the Bad: Outlines of Tomorrow, is about the interaction of technology, accountability, and privacy; the second one, the new meme), compares the current future-oriented mindset with some of its predecessors.
The connectivity of the Kaleidospace server is sometimes lousy; better use the text home page.


From: (Roy Chambers)
Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.written
Subject: ANNOUNCING Magnetic Rim Issue # 1 (FREE electronic mag)
Date: 18 Mar 1995 18:50:15 MET
Organization: Macquarie University
******** Announcing ********


The other Australian Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Featuring short fiction from Stephen James, Paul Collins and other writer's of quality Australian Science Fiction.

Magnetic Rim is an ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE in Windows help file format, but for those without Windows it is also available in a text file and in hardcopy form, just send EMAIL to

The easiest way to get a copy is from the home FTP site at
the subdirectory is home/rchamber
the file is MR-01.ZIP.
Most importantly Magnetic Rim is FREE so download it, and if you like it give copies to all your friends.

Here's something a little different: A general interest Web-based electronic magazine that *isn't* about the Internet or computing. __Sam Johnson's Electronic Revenge__ is a freelance-written essay/opinion magazine for those with a skeptical, inquiring turn of mind. We value the outlandish and the iconoclastic but will embrace a defense of the status quo or the eternal verities, if presented with zest and enthusiasm. Sam and I are encouraging a bumptious, high-energy Letters to the Editor section, which will function something like a moderated newsgroup. We hope it will become the core of the magazine. __Sam's Revenge__ is one arm of Silly Little Troll Publications, which also includes New Badger Books--all-new electronic titles by mostly unpublished authors--and Retread Reprints--very old books by mostly dead authors. Visit the Silly Little Troll
(21.03.95) Ordway Press Limited publishes something called "The Underground Review":
The Underground Review (TUR) is an electronic smorgasbord of publications from the "underground." Each month TUR will unearth provocative and obscure magazines not readily available to the average person. The first issue features the "AntiShyster" which makes a "critical examination of the American legal system."
What they do not mention in this announcement is that you need a DOS machine to read their stuff! Eeek.

(02.04.95) While the default format is still a DOS executable, TUR is now also available as an ordinary ZIP archive containing plaint text files. No HTML, though.

(26.03.95) Ansible is `` Dave Langford's notorious British sf/fan newsletter.'', archived from No. 51 (Oct. '91) up to No. 91 (Feb '95).

(Langford should also be a household-name for being the author of "The Space Eater", which features the most unpleasant form of FTL transportation I have ever encountered, as well as the nice idea of "Anomalous Physics".)

(15.03.95) I ordered it, now i got it: Cultural Debris is a refreshingly old-fashioned 'zine for hand-made prose of the smaller variety. The issue at hand does not contain one instance of the WordsThatJumpStartMyFlightInstict ("information", "cyber-", "hyper-", "cool"). Balsam for the info-highway-weary eyes, even if it is a bit boring. One of the stories also reminded me of the trash i had vowed to bring down to the container. Must be something extra-cultural about the Y chromosome.


cultural debris vol. 2:4 * VENUS AND MARS * june 1995 is out. Marked it up without actually reading it, then read it and was shocked - for the first time in my life, I had received porn in my e-mail! (as usual, cd contains some delightful words like "frumpy" and "unctuous", and sentences like "I don't want you to feel like you have to ovulate in silence." ;-)


Date: Wed, 23 Aug 1995 14:35:45 -0500
To: (Dahven White)
From: (Dahven White)
Subject: Important news from *cultural debris*

Important news from *cultural debris*!!!!

1.  *debris* has a Web site!

It is still under construction but back issues of *debris* are now
available.  Check out  Tell your friends and
family.  Many thanks to Lars Mapstead who has taken *debris* into the next
phase of it's existence.

2.  AOL has cancelled my account!

I warned them that I could not be responsible for the actions of my irate
and dangerously unpredictable readers if they did not reactivate it but
they were unmoved.  Consequently, I have finally shaken myself loose of the
evil clutches of AOL and I have a new address.  It is  Any
mail sent to me over the past month has disappeared into the great void.
Sorry, please resend.

3.  *cultural debris* needs to be reviewed!

Many of you are probably familiar with John Labovitz's zine listings at  Well, Blaise Faint has
created a listing of zine reviews in conjunction with the John's list.
*cultural debris* has not been reviewed by ANYONE yet.  Please send your
provocative reviews to Blaise at  There's room
for several.  The Web site address is, if you want to see what other
people have done.

Sorry about the delays in my publishing schedule over the past 6 months.
My life has been, well, turbulent to say the least.  I'm moving again in a
week but hope to send something out soon.


"How to Be a Writer: Try something else, anything.  Fail miserably."
- Lori Moore

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