Nobody can accuse Brian Lindenmuth of letting his cognitive surplus go to waste. He’s too busy finding and commenting on peculiar corners of the universe from his blogging balcony. He has rounded up a number of those unusual features of the world as we know it – and parts of it we never imagined – for the latest Carnival. And what a show it is! From interesting and bizarre images to celebrate the Carnival’s freakshow heritage, to real life stories that you wish you could make up, to stories you wish were fiction but aren’t, to art that imitates crime and watermelons that give nightmares. With a detour for a spot of techno-futures from Cory Doctorow and Clay Shirkey. (Who else but Brian in his balcony can seem at one and the same time to possess the glee of an eight-year-old boy and the intellectualism of a PhD in cultural criticism who’s had a drink or two?)
BUT WAIT . . . THERE’S MORE!!!!
Write a piece of flash fiction starting with the inspiration of one of eight unusual images he has unearthed from the dark side. Brian will post them and a winner will be declared. He wants to ensure your cognitive surplus is fully employed. (I think Martin Cruz Smith may have already seen that floating woman – I swear she’s Arkady Renko’s mother.)
Be sure to visit his balcony for daily roundups of all that is odd and interesting (collected under clever referential titles worth the price of admission) interspersed with thougthful short essays that could launch the odd dissertaion or two.