I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned this here before, but you need to go here, and read Richard Kadrey’s Viper Wire stories. The ultra-short prose form has always fascinated me (mostly because it’s the only sort of prose I stand any chance of making work), and Kadrey’s a genius at it. These stores are hugely immaginative, massively varied, and very rich indeed. They’re exactly what SF should be – hard and fast and clever. If there was any justice, I’d be buying these in some kind of lavishly illustrated hardback on glossy stock, and Richard Kadrey would be sucking the money from the pockets of the wealthy all over the world.
It’s work like this that makes me want to write. Every time I read one of his shorts, I think “I wish I’d thought of that”. Marvellous stuff. Go.