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[GUEST POST] Sam J. Miller on Sitting Shiva for Electric Velocipede

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 and follow him on Twitter as @sentencebender.

Sitting Shiva for Electric Velocipede

by Sam J. Miller

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.

WHEN: Friday, February 28th, at 7PM

WHERE: Bluestockings Books (172 Allen Street, Lower East Side, New York, NY – F/V to 2nd Avenue).

FEATURING: Richard Bowes, K. Tempest Bradford, Nancy Hightower, Bob Howe, Nancy Krasnoff, Matthew Kressel, Sam J. Miller, Mercurio D. Rivera, William Shunn, and Jonathan Wood

There will be candy. There will be tears. There will be surprises. There will be some pretty awesome swag.

There will also be an incredible afterparty, at a dazzling location to be revealed only at the event.

“RIP, Electric Velocipede!” said contributor Mercurio D. Rivera, who will be reading at the memorial service. “When it arrived in the mail I could always count on John Klima’s handsome little mag to contain stories that ran the gamut from traditional sci-fi and fantasy to quirky, oftentimes-difficult-to-categorize pieces. His sensibilities reminded me somewhat of Sybil’s Garage where I read slush and served as an assistant editor for many years before it too disappeared into the ether. I try not to worry. History has taught us that ‘zines, like quantum particles, have a tendency to pop into and out of existence. But there’s no replacing EV. I’m just proud I had a chance to contribute to its legacy.”

Everything ends, and that’s as true for publications as it is for people. But one of the ways we process grief is to come together and share our love for what we’ve lost, and on February 28th we hope you’ll join us for that.

“Getting published in Electric Velocipede’s last issue meant the world to me since the magazine has hosted so many works by fabulous writers I admire,” said contributor Nancy Hightower. “I admired John so much for putting out quality issues year after year, while holding down a full time job and being so committed to his family.”

For further info on the event, contact me.

2 Comments on [GUEST POST] Sam J. Miller on Sitting Shiva for Electric Velocipede

  1. I will always be grateful to EV for giving a home to “Butterfly Effect,” a story I love dearly but which I always assumed to be completely unmarketable.

  2. I haven’t read EV in a few years, so this falls into the category of too little too late, but I did always enjoy what Klima did with the zine. It was a worthy little zine filled with quality fiction. What more can you ask for?

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