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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, January 04, 2005 - 05:50 pm:   

OK, here's the final line-up for issue #8, due out February 21:

FICTION
Ghost Dance by Daniel Braum
Horny in the Underworld by Charles Coleman Finlay
Spigot by Heather Martin
Endings by Catherine Dybiec Holm
Dinner Shift by Jonathan Brandt
Sunvolt by Frank Byrns
Mad Dog & Dusk by Carole Carmen
Serpentís Tooth by Liz Williams

POETRY
Years Like Yahrzeit Candles by Sonya Taaffe
Courting Hades by Sonya Taaffe
Pest Removal Service by Christina Sng
Just as Papa Said by Christina Sng

NON-FICTION
Attic Space: Things to Come by Bill Braun
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 07:00 am:   

Quick update: Heather Martin's short story "Spigot" has been renamed "A Cheap and Frugal Fashion".

I have sent my edits to the authors and will/should be getting them back shortly (I should note that I have most of them already so that authors don't think I haven't received their mail) so I can do a final layout and proofread.

All I need now are the ads. Until I get back author edits I won't know if I have extra ad space, but I will be sure to mention it here if I do.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Sunday, February 06, 2005 - 09:31 am:   

I have 1 full-page ad available and 2 half-page ads. Please contact me if you are interested. Unfortunately, if you are interested, you'll need to have something to me by Feb 11 at the absolute latest.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 11:46 am:   

Yesterday I put the next issue of Electric Velocipede in the mail to my printer. I had just bought cover stock for the next two issues and then ran to a nearby post office...and stood in line for a half hour while the agent behind the counter chatted it up with a woman and her little girl. Sigh. I guess I don't want to tell people they can't be pleasant. One of my least favorite things about moving out east is just how rude and inconsiderate everyone is in general. But I had a lot of errands to run yesterday, and the line was out the front door...well, in short, I thought we could speed things up some. If it was just me and the woman in line, it's marginally better, but when there are more than 15 people behind me waiting, you think you'd want to move the line quickly rather than face annoyed person after annoyed person.

Anyway, the good thing is that the zine has been mailed to the printer. Now I wait, and go pick it up next weekend. I also have to jump right into the next issue, since I need to get it finished by July (early July) so I have time to ship it to Scotland for Worldcon. That gives me less than five months.

On top of school and work, and life, and etc.

But, I have all the fiction picked out, and it's laid out in a rough fashion, I just need to start editing it and getting ads, and find some cover art, etc.

On that front, anyone know or have any good images of someone riding a bike in a kilt? Or standing near a bike in a kilt? Preferrably an old, velocipede-style bike.

Just asking.

Keep watching here while I update you on what's happening with the zine.

Best,

JK
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Dunmore
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 01:55 pm:   

John,

You could always ask the National Library of Scotland for help as regards finding a suitable photo. You never know, they might have something in their archives, if they keep photos. Or maybe the National Museums of Scotland. You'll find them through google quite readily I'd thnk.

An alternative might be to feature a photo of Kirkpatrick MacMillan, the Scottish blacksmith who's often credited with inventing the bicycle as we know it today. Here's a page I just came across:

http://www3.sympatico.ca/comflex/mcmillan/DevilonWheels.htm

I'm not sure, but if you look at the background painting behind the bicycle, there appears to be a figure in tartan trews. It's not quite a kilt, but it's getting there.

Hope this is of help in some way.


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Dunmore
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2005 - 01:58 pm:   

Actually, just looking at that painting again. I think it could be a kilt.
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 06:12 am:   

Thanks man, I've actually been looking into stuff on Kirkpatrick MacMillan, since I thought it would be a nice tie-in. There's supposedly a nice transport museum in Glasgow, but by the time I'm there it'll be too late. I'll check out and see what's available online.

And, since I'm in library school, I should use those skills too and do some research on campus.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 01:04 pm:   

OK, I've picked up copies of #8. I'm taking some time in getting them sent out to contributors, subscribers, etc. so that I make sure I have all the correct addresses and I don't overlook anyone. You should have them shortly. In the mean time, here's the cover image:

cover issue #8
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 06:03 am:   

Gee John! That is such a:

1) cool cover! Where do you find your images?

2) weird cover! Where's the electric velocipede?

3) bad cover! I can hardly read the author's names!

4) purple cover! It's very purply!

5) cover in need of a liger if I ever saw one. It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.
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Charlie Finlay
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 07:05 am:   

C'mon, John, it's obvious that's a centerspread from a 1910 issue of Easyriders. I mean look at the suggestive, pornographic way that hot babe is leaning on the bike. Look at how much neck she's showing! And that big vertical fountain right behind her, we all know what *that* means. Guys probably had their hands too full to type.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 07:51 am:   

Too true Charlie (the author of a story called "Horny in the Underworld" in this issue, wonder what THAT means?)!

Hmmm, I noticed that of the 10 fiction/poetry contributors to this issue, 6 of them are female. Which is weird, as I picked this image long before I picked the contents....

There's an even more suggestive photo out there (Minz pointed it out to me) but I fear it is altogether too risque for my innocent eyes. (I looked at it for over an hour to make sure that my eyes were too innocent for it)

JK
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Minz
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 11:16 am:   

lol. You could reach a much broader audience with that cover, John, though you'll probably need more pictures of that ilk for the inside . . . and be prepared for the backlash of the religious right.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2005 - 05:40 pm:   

You can buy this issue directly from me:

http://www.electricvelocipede.com/shopping.html

And you can now pick up copies from Project Pulp:

http://projectpulp.com/item_detail.asp?bookID=-1759541431

Huzzah!

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, March 07, 2005 - 07:56 am:   

Going in the mail probably tomorrow. People should start seeing issues by the end of the week, beginning of next week.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 06:15 pm:   

Copies hit the mail yesterday. If you don't have stuff by the end of the month, please let me know.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 05:54 am:   

Bluejack at The Internet Review of Science Fiction has reviewed issue #8 .

[http://www.irosf.com/q/zine/article/10153?login=true#ev]

Not sure if that link will work as IROSF is nominally a login required site. I won't quote the whole review here, but here are a few choice quotes:

"Electric Velocipede is one of those shoestring efforts that manages to exceed expectations."

"Editor John Klima particularly solicits 'the weird' in his submission guidelines, and if this issue is anything to go by, he gets it."

Anyone see any other reviews of this issue out there?

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 05:54 am:   

OH, and I would proudly like to note that Bluejack calls "A Cheap and Frugal Fashion" the gross-out story of the year.

JK
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 09:57 am:   

And another review from SF Revu:

http://www.sfrevu.com/Zine-Column.php?Search=200505

They're coming hard and fast!

JK
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 10:42 am:   

Congrats on the good reviews, John! Always nice to have. How often are you putting out EV now?
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 10:52 am:   

Right now it's twice a year. I've hit a point where I'm trying to decide whether to go quarterly or not. As it is, I have the next issue basically ready, so that would be two issues in three months. Which would work out to doing a quarterly schedule pretty easily. However, until I finish grad school it'll have to stay at bi-annual.

After grad school...?

JK
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Patrick Swenson
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 03:02 pm:   

And we went the other way at TALEBONES. We were quarterly from the start and never missed an issue for the first six years, then went to 3 issues after starting Fairwood Press, then to 2 issues after starting a family! Now we're in your boat, trying to figure out whether it is feasable/possible to get back to 4 times a year. (There's a whole thread on our board about that.)
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - 01:27 pm:   

The current issue of Locus (May 2005, for those who come to this later) kind of reviews issue #8 in Richard Horton's short fiction review. Richard makes note of the fact that Liz Williams has three or four stories out at the same time, and reviews those stories. "Serpent's Tooth" by liz was featured in issue #8. While the review of issue #8 is mostly a description of Liz's story (and not even a review of that story), Richard does like Liz's writing, and that's a good thing.

JK

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