About this project
What is going on here?
Pedal Zombies is the third volume in the Bikes in Space series of feminist bicycle science fiction anthologies.
In this book, we've compiled 13 short stories that give a feminist take on the zombie apocalypse, including:
- Internal memos from a bicycle retailer as they struggle to keep their catalog up to date with an escalating zombie war
- Tales of living humans using bicycles as they fight, escaping from, and race against zombies...and each other
- A short, funny comic about a would-be zombie hunter
- Possibly the first-ever zombie story about menstruation
- A convincing plea for zombie rights
- Reviews of science fiction books, stories, and graphic novels that involve bicycling (but sadly, no zombies...this is an emerging genre, ok?)
Backers of this project will get a sweet, well-designed book that contains all that and more, plus some zombie rights stickers so you can help end the unjust zombie wars. Aaaaaand there's a growing list of options for custom rewards.
The history of Bikes in Space
You might argue that the genre called feminist bicycle science fiction began, though it certainly won't end, with a whim and a laugh that culminated in a zine called "Bikes in Space." It was so much fun that we did a second volume with all-new stories as a proper book. Both were successfully funded on Kickstarter and reportedly have made a lot of people spit their coffee, then laugh, then smile happily.
Pedal Zombies is the third in the series, and the first to have a theme. And we're already collecting submissions for a fourth, with the theme of Utopias and Dystopias.
Where does the money go?
The bulk of the money, about two-thirds of it, goes to the book printer in Mattoon, Illinois (yay for made in the USA!). About 10% of the total raised goes to Kickstarter fees. A bit more goes to rewards and shipping. And I've guaranteed an embarrassingly small payment to contributors.
Any amount that we raise over expenses will add to the contributors' payment. The more successful this project, the more they'll get paid for their hard-won words!
Thanks so much for backing this project—it means a ton to us that we can continue to give voice to diverse, intersectional, feminist, and pedal-powered imaginary futures. Onward!
The story behind the book
I haven't been undead for long and am still getting used to it, so please forgive my clumsy typing.
But let me introduce myself. I'm an "office zombie" rather than the marauding variety that you're familiar with from the movies. I can't blame my Undead Liberation Front comrades who let their rage consume them after being bitten—I'm also angry at the living, my former self included.
But I was lucky—before my demise I'd already started to get involved with the Zombie-Living Alliance (ZLA)—the more peaceful arm of the undead rights movement. So, after my initial fever passed and I came to feeling like death warmed over, it was only natural that I would drag myself down to the office and start typing out, slowly with numb, fragile fingers, another press release.
We at the ZLA have compiled this book of the best, most representative stories of current attitudes about zombies, and are presenting it to the world so that we all, living and undead, of all gender identities and racial and class backgrounds, can discuss our relations and future and hopefully bring a peaceful end to the present conflict. Together, we believe that we can produce a better world than the living alone were ever able to.
13 authors have submitted original short pieces, each of which illuminates a different aspect of The Situation as they understand it. Some essays are historical in nature, others are futuristic, yet others are apocryphal; there is also a section of book reviews that you may find invaluable. Styles and perspectives vary widely; our goal is not to define the present troubles singularly, but to open up a conversation.
Please support this project to help us raise funds as well as goodwill for the ULC's continuing efforts towards restorative justice and peace in our time.
Fine print: This is the third volume of the annual Bikes in Space series of feminist science fiction anthologies. This series invites authors, artists, and readers to imagine a future that diverges from the norms and biases of today, especially when it comes to gender and transportation. The zombie theme came about when a friend pointed out the absurdity of the scenes depicted in most zombie movies and shows where despite fuel shortages and disastrous traffic jams it doesn't seem to occur to anyone to escape the apocalypse by bicycle.
Brave contributors to this volume include Jessie Kwak, Maddy Spencer, Ellie Poley, Jim Warrenfeltz, Gretchin Lair, David J. Fielding, T. M. Tomilson, Emily June Street, Bob Simms, Aaron M. Wilson, Alexandrea Flynn, Elly Blue, and Cat Caperello. The cover artist is Amelia Greenhall.
Any amount raised by this Kickstarter beyond expenses for the book and project will be split amongst contributors; thank you for helping to pay authors for their work!
Risks and challenges
The risks are many! The Undead Liberation Front is growing stronger by the day as more and more are bitten, and the living are becoming increasingly militant in response. Any person caught in possession of this book or other ZLA materials may be in grave danger. We recommend that you discard this book immediately after reading, or pass it to another sympathizer or potential ally with the utmost discretion. Thank you for your support. Together, we seek a third way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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