About this project
Bikes in Space is a feminist bicycle science fiction anthology. It was originally a one-off zine, meant as a bit of a joke. Instead it ended up being ridiculously fun, filled with good stories, and enjoying a huge response. So now it's a series; this is the second volume.
Instead of making a video for this campaign, I've provided an audio introduction, straight from an all-too-likely not-so-distant future:
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About Bikes in Space 2
These dozen plus stories by new and returning writers bring you a dizzying futurescape inhabited by empowered women on two wheels!
A few highlights:
- Fueled by vegan donuts and beer, a bike messenger races delivery drones through a crumbling future Portland in Caitlin Giddings' adrenaline-pumping tale
- Maddy Engelfried's future city is a peaceful, if impoverished one, where everyone travels by bicycle... except one young girl
- In a post-nuclear holocaust America, why would anyone choose to be a woman? E.L. Bangs suggests one heroic answer
- Emily June Street takes us to a parallel world, where women aren't supposed to race velos—and they definitely aren't supposed to win!
- I regale you with the story of the most epic butt dial in galactic history
Also featuring new stories and art by Lisa Sagrati, Gretchin Lair, Matthew Lambert, J. Rex, Elizabeth Buchanan, Jessie Kwak, Jeanne Hilary, and more.
About the series
The first volume of Bikes in Space was the tenth issue of my quarterly feminist bike zine, Taking the Lane. The second volume will be in the form of a paperback book, instead of a stapled zine. It'll have a spine, great cover art by the multi-talented Caroline Paquette, and more, longer stories.
There will be a third volume, a fourth, and more—I'll keep making them until interest in feminist bicycle science fiction wanes or the future arrives, whichever comes first. It's not too soon to start writing your stories for the next one.
Risks and challenges
At least one person has expressed concern that this project will result in some kind of revolutionary galactic upheaval in which all men will be enslaved (or at least deposed from governmental power), and all private automobiles and spacecraft will be confiscated. I'd like to assure everyone reading this that I am committed to inclusive democratic processes, messy as they often are, and am prepared to personally undertake interstellar travel at my own expense in order to mediate any uprisings that occur as a result of this work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Thanks for asking! Here's more than you even thought you wanted to know:
- Approximately $2,000 will go towards printing 3,000 copies on FSC certified, recycled content paper at a book printer in Illinois. This estimate includes freight to my home office in Portland, Oregon. [UPDATE: Paper prices are going up; the total printer and freight bill will be more like $2,800. This will not affect the rest of the budget as outlined here, just sharing for your interest.]
- Postage for shipping rewards to backers -- this really depends on the number of backers, and the number of you who live outside the US. I typically spend between $300 and $1,000.
- Kickstarter and Amazon fees are 10% of the total amount the project earns; in this case $350 if the project is funded at its minimum.
- About $100 to $200 on envelopes and tape. (I buy these from a major office supply distributor, though this time I will not go with the one I've been using since it recently came out that they've been funding homophobic initiatives.)
- Other rewards: This varies wildly. In the case of this project, where other rewards are mostly things I've already published, the cost matters more on paper than in dollar amounts in the project.
- Paying contributors! I have about $700 budgeted in to make sure everyone is paid for their work. Any amount raised over the $3,500 goal will be split among contributors.
As you can see, this all adds up to possibly a bit less but probably quite a bit more than the actual project cost. That's ok. These are estimates. Up front expenses not covered by the project should be taken care of by initial wholesale orders of the book when it's released, and its sales on my website in the first few months. Publishing is a long game, and I'm deeply thankful to all of you for making it possible to do it this way.
Probably not any time soon. I've tried ebooks before, and they cost a lot to make and don't sell very fast. But never say never.
UPDATE: I've made a different edit of my short story in this volume, Butt Dial, available as an ebook as a way to promote the print book. You can get it here for 99 cents: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVBN7PY
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