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Thrilling new stories of adventure, dystopia, badassery, and pedal power in classic pulp paperback format.
Thrilling new stories of adventure, dystopia, badassery, and pedal power in classic pulp paperback format. Now available from Microcosm!
Thrilling new stories of adventure, dystopia, badassery, and pedal power in classic pulp paperback format. Now available from Microcosm!
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Bikes in Space 2: More feminist bicycle science fiction

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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.

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    One copy of Bikes in Space Volume Two, mailed to your door.

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    Two copies of Bikes in Space Volume Two.

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    Two copies of Bikes in Space 2, a copy of the original Bikes in Space zine, and a space shark sticker.

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    A copy of Bikes in Space 2, a copy of my new nonfiction book Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, and a "Freedom Machine" sticker for your bike.

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    Limited reward! A copy of Bikes in Space Volume Two, plus I will read the science fiction or fantasy novel of your choice (could also be a movie or short story) and write a feminist analysis of it on my blog.

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    Limited reward! A copy of Bikes in Space Volume Two, plus I will choose a science fiction book that I really liked that I think you'll enjoy based on your interests, and send you a copy so you can enjoy it too.

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    A copy of Bikes in Space 2, a set of in-print back issues of Taking the Lane zine (including the first Bikes in Space zine), and a space shark sticker.

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    Ten copies of Bikes in Space 2 - This is a wholesale deal for stores, convention tablers, super fans, and people with big, nerdy families and friend groups.

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    Limited reward: Dial-a-story! You'll get a copy of Bikes in Space Volume 2, plus I'll do a voice recording of my story and make it available somehow as a sort of Dial-a-Story, like They Might Be Giants used to do but more high-tech than an answering machine, and give all the backers of this project the number to call and listen to it ahead of anyone else.

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    Comprehensive Supersubscriber: A copy of Bikes in Space 2, a set of Taking the Lane back issues, and a "supersubscription" to everything we produce in 2014 as it comes out, including books, zines, stickers, and audio content.

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    Benefactor: Everything at the $100 reward level, plus I'll buy you coffee next time you're in Portland or I'm in your city. We can talk about publishing, bikes, feminism, and/or space, and I can thank you for your generosity in person. Thank you!

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