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Nov 20

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Reviews of the Best of Electric Velocipede anthology!

The anthology is getting some good recognition, so we want to put it together here in one place. First, our review in Publishers Weekly:

Opening with Mark Rich’s “Fling but a Stone,” a pop of excellent, well-realized SF packaged as futuristic economic humor, this anthology of stories published in the offbeat zine Electric Velocipede is more eclectic than electric, running the scales from Alan DeNiro’s grungy dystopia, “A Keeper,” to Liz Williams’s verbose historical, “Indicating the Awakening of Persons Buried Alive,” which barely grazes the fantasy genre. Although many of the stories are fascinating or entertaining, the unstructured collection feels disarrayed, touching on poetry, fairy tales, the disgusting, and the just plain weird in a matter of pages. Some of the stories, like Ken Liu’s “Cutting,” are stunning in their simple elegance, but the powerful and beautiful ones lose their impact when the tone drastically shifts in the following piece, as when moving from Michael Constantine McConnell’s mystical poem, “A Faun’s Lament,” to Damien Angelica Walters’s lovely and haunting “Glass Boxes and Clockwork Gods.” Those who persevere—or prefer to skip around rather than reading straight through—will find plenty of gems worthy of individual consideration. (Nov.)

We got this lovely review in Library Journal:

The fanzine Electric Velocipede was a reliable outlet for over ten years of compelling short speculative fiction until it ceased publication at the end of 2013. Luckily, those who never read the zine can still get a sampler of its typically wide array with this collection of its best short stories and poems. Strong pieces include the creepy, steampunky “Indicating the Awakening of Persons Buried Alive” from Liz Williams. Catherynne M. Valente flips the Snow White fairy tale in “Milk and Apples,” and a folklorist finds love in Cyril Simsa’s “Daughter of Fortune.” VERDICT Arranged chronologically, the anthology gets stronger as the reader moves along, but the diverse range of genres and styles means there is something for almost every reader to enjoy.

And we made io9’s list of “The Most Exciting New Science Fiction And Fantasy Books In November”!

If you haven’t picked up a copy, go get one!

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