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The Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede ran for twelve years, publishing twenty-seven issues over the course of its run. The magazine was nominated four years in a row for a World Fantasy Award. Its stories appeared in Gardner Dozois’ and Jonathan Strahan’s year’s best anthologies and were also shortlisted for the Sturgeon and Tiptree Awards.

The Best of Electric Velocipede showcases a breathtaking thirty-four pieces of high quality work published during its run. If you’ve never read the magazine, you’re in for a treat. If you’re already a fan, you’ll find all your favorites and a lot of great writing that deserves a second look. With a foreword by editor John Klima and introduction by Shane Jones.

Stories and poetry by:

Mark Rich • William Shunn • Alan DeNiro • Liz Williams • Chris Roberson • Heather Martin • Jay Caselberg • Hal Duncan • Jeffrey Ford • Catherynne M. Valente • Brendan Connell • Richard Howard • Rachel Swirsky • Sandra McDonald • Shira Lipkin • Patrick O’Leary • Jonathan Wood • Toiya Kirsten Finley • Richard Bowes • Mark Teppo • KJ Bishop • Cyril Simsa • Darin C. Bradley • E. Lily Yu • Dennis Danvers • Aliette de Bodard • Ken Liu • Megan Kurashige • Michael Constantine McConnell • Damien Angelica Walters • Val Nolan • Cislyn Smith • Sam J. Miller • Caroline M. Yoachim

"One of the all-time great small-press magazines.”


“Like a brilliant blended whisky selected from 12 years of prize-winning distillations, many flavours and tastes of story combine here to form an anthology that must be savoured from the first to the last word.”

     —Garth Nix, author of Clariel

Electric Velocipede’s best-of has plenty of juice, plenty of meat, ample servings of intoxicating liquor - and it finishes off with a sinister sweetness. Read it if you want to sample some of the best work from new and established writers in the last twelve years.”    

     —Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels

Electric Velocipede’s exceptional legacy of sharp storytelling collected here reminds how short stories hone many of our field’s top talents, and how many great voices were nurtured between this plucky magazine’s covers.”  

     —Tobias Buckell, author of Hurricane Fever

“What a fabulous collection, in every sense of the word! Electric Velocipede was one of the most important zines of the early twenty-first century, and this collection shows why. I don't know how it managed to publish so many of the best and most innovative writers in fantasy, but if you want to read stories that will tie your brain in knots and wring out your heart, here they are—eccentric, daring, real, and deeply true.”  

     —Theodora Goss, author of The Thorn and the Blossom

“John Klima’s indispensable Electric Velocipede was a personal inspiration for me and an inexhaustible source of literary delights: the best of this 'zine is very good stuff indeed.”              

      —Tim Pratt, author of Dead Reign 

"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."   

     —Library Journal



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