|James Worrad, author of Eye-High
Is it possible to base a world currency on chastity instead of gold? "Why not?" answer Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia in their story The Invention of Beloved Money.
Some science fiction is mere space opera and other SF--more properly called "speculative fiction"-- expands the boundaries of the human imagination into regions that are risky, risque' and unsettling. The stories collected in Rudy Rucker's latest Flurb webzine (Flurb #13 Spring 2012) fall in this category -- highly imaginative speculative fiction. All killer; no filler.
Approach Flurb #13 with caution. Don't be lulled by Rudy's nice photographs. Some of these authors have really twisted minds. Before you dig into Flurb be sure you know the keystroke that shuts down your browser (Command-W on my machine). You have been warned. Enjoy the trip.