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Electric Velocipede, the Hugo-Award winning speculative fiction magazine wants to fund its next year of issues with your help!
Electric Velocipede, the Hugo-Award winning speculative fiction magazine wants to fund its next year of issues with your help!
255 backers pledged $7,550 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal!

We've hit our $5,000 goal in order to be able to publish at least four issues next year. That is just amazing! We can't begin to tell you how thankful we are for your support. The thing is, we'd like to do a little more.

We've had a number of people asking about how they can get back issues electronically. We'd like to be able to offer them and if we meet this stretch goal, then we can!

If we can raise an additional $2,500, we can make electronic versions all of Electric Velocipede's past issues. The money will go towards acquiring digital/electronic rights from the authors (we started as a print magazine; in 2001, almost no one was doing digital) and the conversion of the issues. Once the conversion is done, we'll also make the issues available in places like Amazon, B&N, and Small Beer Press awesome Weightless Books (where you can get PDF versions of Electric Velocipede #15/16 to #23!). http://weightlessbooks.com/

Anyone who has backed us or who chooses to back us at $25 or above will receive electronic editions of all EV back issues should we reach this stretch goal. We thought about making a new reward level, but it seemed confusing given that the main project has received its funding and we didn't want people to pledge money towards the stretch goal and then get nothing should we not quite reach the stretch goal amount.

What is Electric Velocipede?

Electric Velocipede is an eclectic, speculative fiction magazine. The magazine was founded in 2001 and has published at least two issues (and the occasional double issue) every year since. Editor/founder John Klima worked alone to make the first sixteen issues of Electric Velocipede (issue 15/16 was a double issue). The first five issues were copied, collated, folded, and stapled by hand! Since then, Klima has recruited a small staff to help get the magazine out to the world.

In 2009, Electric Velocipede won the Hugo Award. EV has also received four World Fantasy Award nominations. Stories from the magazine have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies and single-author collections.

Also in 2009, Electric Velocipede partnered with publisher Night Shade Books for a few years (specifically issues 17-22) but decided to end the partnership in 2011 so that Night Shade could focus on books and EV could go back to its independent roots.

Over the past few years, several magazines have debuted online to critical and popular success. EV decided to follow suit and went online at the end of 2011 with issue #23. It's been nice to go from printing a couple hundred copies of the magazine to reaching thousands of people online. This campaign will help us keep the magazine online were it can be read for free.

Why support EV (reader edition)?

If you want to read stories that are a little different, or find exciting new voices in the field, Electric Velocipede is your place to do it. The magazine is a Hugo-Award winner and has received multiple World Fantasy Award nominations.

Awards not your thing? Stories from the magazine have consistently found their way into year's best anthology honorable mention lists with many of them actually getting reprinted.

That doesn't do it for you either? Electric Velocipede is a place where new and emerging writers appear with regularity. Among the writers who published early work with EV include Catherynne M. Valente, Hal Duncan, Aliette de Bodard, Rachel Swirsky, Shira Lipkin, and many more.

And it's not just new writers, established writers have also graced Electric Velocipede's pages. Jeffrey Ford, Jeff VanderMeer, Liz Williams, Jay Lake, Alex Irvine, Marly Youmans, Chris Roberson, Genevieve Valentine, and Ken Liu have all been here, what are you waiting for?

Lend some support and we'll keep this thing going!

Why support EV (writer edition)?

You may not realize it, but Electric Velocipede is a great place for both a new writer and the writer who's got a story that just doesn't fit anywhere else. Readers of all types--fans and professionals--will find your work. EV has been a well-respected market for many years and a great publication for writers to place their work.

One thing we hear again and again is that writers want to have their stories in Electric Velocipede, that they want to break into our market. On the flip side of that, many authors report back to us that when they talk publications to people, appearing in EV elicits more positive response than other places. The magazine has a role in the field that isn't held by anyone else; help keep it alive.

And you're a reader, too, right? (see above)

What does this money get you?

Our goal is set to cover the costs of one year, four issues, of Electric Velocipede. The issues will be slightly smaller than what we've been putting out, but will still contain a lot of great material. The main concern is getting the material out to our readers faster.

With this money in place we can work on building up capital over the course of next year to be able to fund it on our own heading into 2014. Another benefit of going quarterly is that we'll be able to take advantage of using electronic subscription services (such as those for the Amazon Kindle), which will go a long way towards making EV self-sufficient.

All backers' names will be added to a special acknowledgments page on the EV website as a sign of our thanks to everyone who was able to help.

What's the downside?

The downside is that without your support we won't be able to keep Electric Velocipede going. As unfortunate as that would be, the magazine has had a great run and we'd be very proud of what we've accomplished.

That said, we want to do more. We want to keep publishing the magazine. This isn't meant as a scare tactic, but we feel it's best if people know as much about the situation as possible.

The upside is, of course, meeting and exceeding our goal. So on to:

Stretching

$5,000 funds a year of Electric Velocipede. Put simply, every $5K we earn gives us another year into the future without needing to hunt for funding sources. More money coming in can also mean becoming a professional-paying market. It can mean other projects. If we're lucky enough to have our goal met and exceeded, we have a number of ideas in mind that we'll bring to you in time.

(EV Staff Note: We hear that John has some crazy ideas like doing short print runs of future issues, publishing a Best Of Electric Velocipede anthology, and starting an annual award/grant for editors that can be used to fund convention travel or cover publishing costs; the sky's the limit really)

Art / Calendar

When we think of Electric Velocipede, we think of Thom Davidsohn's stunning cover art. As far as we're concerned, it's part of what defines EV. We looked into making art prints, framed art, etc. but none of it was quite how we wanted to present the work. Then we struck upon making a calendar. This way you'll get a full year of Thom's art with a few surprises thrown in!

June 2013 with Electric Velocipede #19 cover
June 2013 with Electric Velocipede #19 cover
October 2013 with Electric Velocipede #24 cover
October 2013 with Electric Velocipede #24 cover

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    Part of our overall goal is to keep the magazine online so people can read it for free. Pledging at this level will help do that. Your name will be included on our page of backers (you can be anonymous if you wish) and you will also receive out heartfelt thanks.

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    While you can read the magazine online, sometimes you want to have it with you no matter where you are. At this level you'll receive an ebook copy of the next issue of Electric Velocipede (issue #25) in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook).

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    We started as a print magazine; back us at this level and you'll receive a print copy of a back issue of Electric Velocipede (one from issues #17/18, 19, or 20), and a four-issue ebook subscription to Electric Velocipede starting with issue #25 in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook). Please note: international shippers will need to add money to cover additional shipping costs. Please contact for details.

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    If you're reading our project, chances are you're on a computer. If you're on a computer, chances are you're using a mouse. If you're using a mouse...ok, you see where I'm going here. At this level, you receive a custom Electric Velocipede mouse pad and a four-issue ebook subscription to Electric Velocipede starting with issue #25 in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook). Please note: international shippers will need to add money to cover additional shipping costs. Please contact for details.

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    Wear your support proudly! You receive a men's or women's t-shirt (sizes S - XXL) and a four-issue ebook subscription to Electric Velocipede starting with issue #25 in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook) Please note: international shippers will need to add money to cover additional shipping costs. Please contact for details.

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    We feel that Thom Davidsohn's covers are as much a part of our identity as the great fiction we publish. If you think so, too, jump in at this level and get a custom 2013 calendar featuring Thom's cover art, a print issue of the magazine (from issues 15/16, 17/18, 19, and 20), and a four-issue ebook subscription to Electric Velocipede starting with issue #25 in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook) Please note: international shippers will need to add money to cover additional shipping costs. Please contact for details.

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    This one gets you a little of everything. You receive a custom Electric Velocipede mouse pad, a men's or women's t-shirt (sizes S - XXL), a print back issue (one from issues #17/18, 19, or 20) and a four-issue ebook subscription to Electric Velocipede starting with issue #25 in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook) Please note: international shippers will need to add money to cover additional shipping costs. Please contact for details.

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    Nothing beats home-made sweets. Nothing beats great speculative fiction. Combine the two and get at least two pounds/two dozen of a home-made treat (scones, candy, chocolates) of your choice, four back issues (from EV 15/16, 17/18, 19, 20, and 21/22), and a four-issue ebook subscription to Electric Velocipede starting with issue #25 in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook) Please note: international shippers will need to add money to cover additional shipping costs. Please contact for details.

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    We count among our fans many aspiring and established writers. Support at this level and receive a line-level critique from editor John Klima of a piece of fiction up to 40,000 words, at least two pounds/two dozen of a home-made treat (scones, candy, chocolates) of your choice, and a four-issue ebook subscription to Electric Velocipede starting with issue #25 in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook) Please note: international shippers will need to add money to cover additional shipping costs. Please contact for details.

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    You receive an early copy of Electric Velocipede (available issues are #1, 3, 9, and 10; only one copy each) with a custom, short story hand-written by editor John Klima incorporating up to three details you provide, at least two pounds/two dozen of a home-made treat (scones, candy, chocolates) of your choice, and a four-issue ebook subscription to Electric Velocipede starting with issue #25 in ePub or Mobi format, compatible with all major eBook readers (Kindle, iBooks, Sony, Nook) Please note: international shippers will need to add money to cover additional shipping costs. Please contact for details.

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