Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Shimmer, Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, Icarus, The Minnesota Review, and The Rumpus, among others. He is a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, and the co-editor of Horror After 9/11, an anthology published by the University of Texas Press. Visit him at www.samjmiller.com and follow him on Twitter as @sentencebender.
For twelve years, Electric Velocipede published some of the most exciting genre fiction anywhere. Over 250 authors and artists were featured in its 27 issues, from SFF rock stars to brand new geniuses.When my own story “The Beasts We Want To Be” was accepted into Electric Velocipede, that’s when I felt like I had arrived as a science fiction writer.
“Electric Velocipede was not the place where you sent the kind of story you twisted into shape for the Zombies on Medicare themed anthology,” says writer Richard Bowes. “And you didn’t send the stories you created to satisfy the well known kinks and wordcount of a specific market. EV was for the story you wrote because it was so fucking much fun to write. And because you knew that your story would find itself in very good company!”
That’s why it was so devastating when the announcement went out that the 27th issue would be its last.
And that’s why, on February 28th, New York City will be sending the old gal off in style, with an old-fashioned memorial service. Ten writers whose work was published in Electric Velocipede will come together to eulogize, rhapsodize, and read from their EV pieces.
If you’re in or anywhere near NYC, you should definitely consider coming.
In episode 202 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester welcomes Lynne M. Thomas (2013 Hugo Award winner – Best Fancast), Michael Damian Thomas (2013 Hugo Award Nominee – Semi-Prozine – APEX Magazine, and John Kilma (Hugo Award Winner – Electric Velocipede 2009) to discuss the genesis and journey of the Glitter & Mayhem (APEX Books) anthology from conception to publication launch party at Worldcon in San Antonio, Texas.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A strong anthology that transcends the seeming limitations of the theme to bring a set of high quality genre stories.
PROS: An excellent set of original stories, some clearly in award-nomination class; beautiful cover art.
CONS: Readers not interested in the theme or subject matter will find little purchase here.
BOTTOM LINE: The stories in Glitter and Mayhem? Absolutely fabulous.
Here’s the book description:
Welcome to Glitter & Mayhem, the most glamorous party in the multiverse.
Step behind the velvet rope of these fabulous Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror tales of roller rinks, nightclubs, glam aliens, party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery.
Dance through nightclubs, roller derby with cryptids and aliens, be seduced by otherworldly creatures, and ingest cocktails that will alter your existence forever. Your hosts are the Hugo Award-winning editors John Klima (Electric Velocipede) and Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine), and the Hugo-nominated editor Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine).
Join glittery authors Christopher Barzak (One for Sorrow) and Daryl Gregory (Pandemonium) on the dance floor, drink cocktails with Maria Dahvana Headley (Queen of Kings: A Novel of Cleopatra, the Vampire) and Tim Pratt (Marla Mason series), and skate with Seanan McGuire (InCryptid series), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian series), and Maurice Broaddus (The Knights of Breton Court series). The fantastic Amber Benson gets the party started with her floor-rattling introduction (Calliope Reaper-Jones series).
And here’s the star-studded table of contents…
Here’s a stylish trailer for Glitter & Mayhem: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology, a book that was successfully crowd funded:
Michael Damian Thomas is the Managing Editor of the Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine and an Associate Editor at Mad Norwegian Press, where he’s worked on numerous books including the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea). He is currently co-editing the forthcoming Queers Dig Time Lords with Sigrid Ellis.
Like many things in my life, this anthology idea came from goofing around on Twitter. (Who says we’re all there to avoid work?)
John Klima and I can get pretty punchy at night on Twitter. We were basking in the post-Worldcon feelings and missing all of our SF/F friends, when John suggested a “glitter party” at LoneStarCon. I didn’t know what a glitter party was (nor did he), but for some reason it made me think of glow roller skating.
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.
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.
Electric Velocipede has posted the table of contents for issue #24, set to be published online starting the end of June 2012:
- “Heaven Under Earth” by Aliette de Bodard (Novelette)
- “To Dive Into a Godling, Where Life Begins” by Jacques Barcia
- “For They Heard the First Sound and Trembled” by Jessica Breheny
- “The Mezzo” by Eli Effinger-Weintraub
- “Under the Tree” by Tania Hershman
- “The Leaf” by Erik T. Johnson
- “Night’s Slow Poison” by Ann Leckie
- “Cutting” by Ken Liu
- “The Lotus Eaters” by Michelle Muenzler
- “Content TKTK” by John Ottinger
- “Blindfold Taste Test” with William Shunn
Cover art by Thom Davidsohn
In addition to the print issue, an electronic version will also be avilable. Electronic copies of past issues of Electric Velocipede can be purchased through Weightless Books.
This week’s Mind Meld topic was suggested by John Klima. We asked this week’s panelists (including John):
Here’s what they said…
Gene Wolfe’s Wizard-Knight. As far as I am concerned this was like reading C.S.Lewis writing Conan the Barbarian. I was mostly repulsed by the ethics, and while I quite understand that this was meant to be a juvenile wet dream of muscular morality, that doesn’t mean I need to read it. The frightening thing was that when I presented this analysis to several well known critics, they agreed with me, and then went on to explain why it was a work of genius.
[This week’s topic comes from Lawrence Person]
Once a year, the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) names a recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award which is then presented at the annual Nebula Awards banquet. The next recipient (for 2009) is Joe Haldeman who joins an already-impressive list of authors.
We asked this week’s panelists:
Read on to see their replies…
I’m staggered that Joanna Russ has never received this particular recognition — she’s a giant of the genre, the author of some of the most important SF of the 20th-century. She hasn’t published much recently (illness has prevented her, I understand), but nevertheless. Russ for 2010, I say: and for 2011 Christopher Priest.