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Summary: Electric Velocipede, 2007

 Summary: Electric Velocipede, 2007

John Klima's Electric Velocipede continues to appear twice a year. This year saw issues 12 and 13. There were a total of 17 stories, two novelettes, the others short stories, four of them "short-shorts". Total word count 67,000. All these numbers are quite consistent with past years. As ever, the magazine is more willing than many such 'zines in the field to published the occasional novelette, and more prone to publish fairly standard SF. It remains one of the stronger small press 'zines.

From Spring, three stories stood out: Lavie Tidhar’s very brief tale "The Prisoner in the Forest", about children on a kibbutz capturing a prisoner, with identity issues resulting; Jay Caselberg’s "The Garden of Earthly Delights", with an alien ambassador, dubbed Bosch by humans,  obsessed with sexual contact with people; and especially Brendan Connell’s witty "Dr. Black and the Village of Stones", featuring a village distinguished by the curious practice of some elderly women of selling the rights to parts of their daughters to the men of the village: thus, a man asking for a girl’s hand is doing so rather more literally than usual. From Fall, my favorites were Claude Lalumière’s "Hochelaga and Sons", about a Canadian Jewish superhero, ironically created by Nazi experiments, and his twin sons, who inherit his powers and attitudes in different portions; Corey Brown's "Obituary for a Living Man", with an odd central idea: a future where people's entire lives are recorded and saved underground; with a twist in that some of those recordings seem to contain memories of the past or predictions of the future; and Rachel Swirsky's "How the World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth", a neatly imagined and rather dark view of the human and post human future, and how the living Earth regards us and our descendants. Other stories from Marie Brennan, Richard Howard, Luke Jackson, and John Mantooth were also worthy of note.

As for the statistics corner ... 3 of 17 stories were by women, or about 18%. Last year the totals were 7 of 19, or 37%; and next year the proportion should be higher still, as #14 will be an all-women issue. And the SF proportion was some 6 of 17 stories, 35%.

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