[GUEST POST] John Klima on Electric Velocipede’s Kickstarter Project

John Klima is the Assistant Director at the Waukesha Public Library. He also edits the Hugo Award–winning magazine Electric Velocipede. The magazine has also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award four times. In 2007 Klima edited an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories based on spelling-bee winning words called Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories. Klima edited a reprint anthology of fairy tale retellings called Happily Ever After that came out from Night Shade Books in the Summer of 2011. In 2013, ALA Editions will publish his Readers Advisory book on Steampunk.

Electric Velocipede’s Kickstarter Project

In the week leading up to Worldcon, I launched a Kickstarter campaign for Electric Velocipede. If you’ve never heard of Electric Velocipede it’s 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. In 2009 it won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine. It’s also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award four times and had several of its stories reprinted in year’s best anthologies.

In addition to its critical acclaim, Electric Velocipede has been a place for people to encounter excellent writing that’s just a little different. We particularly pride ourselves on finding new short fiction voices in the field. Among the writers who published early work with Electric Velocipede include Catherynne M. Valente, Hal Duncan, Aliette de Bodard, Rachel Swirsky, Shira Lipkin, and many more.

And it’s not just new voices; 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, Ken Liu, and others have all been here, what are you waiting for?

We’re looking to raise $5,000 to cover the costs of publishing four issues of the magazine in 2013. We’re putting out two issues in the second half of 2012, so we’ll already be on a quarterly schedule and ready to continue that pace for 2013. At the time of writing this, we’ve raised almost 85% of our funding with more than two weeks to go. Reaching our goal looks very much in our grasp.

If that happens, then we can talk about stretch goals. Very simply, every additional $5,000 we raise is another year of Electric Velocipede. But we have a few other ideas, including:

  • $500 to create an Electric Velocipede podcast;
  • $2,500 to create an electronic collected print run of Electric Velocipede (issues #1-22);
  • $7,500 to publish a print Best of Electric Velocipede anthology;
  • $2,000 per issue to do a 500 copy print run (cost covers printing and shipping)

We realize that stretch goals are just that, something beyond what you initially ask for. We hope we get the chance to worry ourselves about stretch goals, but it might not happen. The real goal is getting the funding to continue to bring amazing fiction to readers. For those of you who haven’t experienced Electric Velocipede before, here’s a sampling of new and old material that’s online: