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Unpublished Stieg Larsson stories discovered in Sweden

The Associated Press reports that the Swedish National Library has found two previously unpublished science fiction stories by the late crime novelist Stieg Larsson, author of the popular Millennium trilogy. The latest book in the series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, was released in late May in the United States.

Larsson From the AP: "The best-selling author sent the short stories to the Swedish science fiction magazine Jules Verne when he was 17, hoping to have them published, but the magazine rejected them.

The library received the stories, titled The Crystal Balls and The Flies, as part of a private donation of the magazine's archives in 2007, library spokesman Hakan Farje said.

In the letter to the Jules Verne magazine, Larsson described himself as "a 17-year old guy from Umea with dreams of becoming an author and journalist,'' Farje said. He called the science fiction stories his "first tentative efforts'' at writing.

Farje said the author's heirs should decide whether to publish the stories.

Larsson had originally planned to compose 10 books in the Millennium series and had written about half of a fourth book before he died. That work hasn't been published because of a legal battle over Larsson's estate between his brother and father and Larsson's longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson."

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