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
There is, of course, a large overlap between the sections.
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
Extra pages on Comics and DADA.
(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.
(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.
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"..
(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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(16.03.95) Haven't yet had the time to read Laura Lemay's short stories.
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
(one of my favourite authors -mfx)
It's sparse for now, but I'm open to all suggestions for new links.
Matt Cooperberg (email@example.com)
(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.
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.)
Authors List is an index of pages on authors and/or specific books.
Stories (in chronological order). Amongst them, little stories (seldom more than two pages), excerpts from dialogues, and the occasional song
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
Florian Cramer's The Seven by Nine
Squares, ``Meanderings in Text''. Has a nice macho-theology quote by
The one imperfect, mortall, feminine;
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?)
Th'other immortall, perfect, masculine,
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 alt.sex.* 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.
Gareth Rees' and Chaz ("Hazel") Baden's Science
fiction resource guide is one humongous file 90k-file that holds
hundreds of links.
Linköping SF&F Book Review Archive, listed by author.
Ahasuerus, the the Henry
Spencer of rec.arts.sf.written. (FAQs/homepages on RAH,
(22.03.95: still all there)
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)
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
(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
on-line books. You're on the Web, after all.) The usual suspects are
Fantasy Bookstore - Home Page
(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,
"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.
Danzig's Story of the Week.
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
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
(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
FAQ (updated version 2), as of 9 Jan 1993.
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
(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
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
Some nifty quotes (I am a sucker for quotes, in case you haven't
``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 http://www.xmission.com/~mgm/quotes
or skip straight to the search at http://www.xmission.com/~mgm/quotes/search.html
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.
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
Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Postmodern Scene.
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).
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)
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.
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
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
(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
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
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
The connectivity of the Kaleidospace server is sometimes lousy; better use
the text home
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Roy Chambers)
Subject: ANNOUNCING Magnetic Rim Issue # 1 (FREE electronic mag)
Date: 18 Mar 1995 18:50:15 MET
Organization: Macquarie University
******** Announcing ********
==> MAGNETIC RIM <==
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 ftp.mq.edu.au
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
Visit the Silly Little Troll
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.
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
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
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 1995 14:35:45 -0500
To: email@example.com (Dahven White)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (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 http://www.cyberzine.com. 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 email@example.com. 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
http://www.meer.net/~johnl/e-zine-list/index.html. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There's room
for several. The Web site address is
http://sunsite.unc.edu/faint/index.html, 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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