Electric Velocipede - #11 - Fall 2006
by John Klima (Ed.)
Edited by John Klima
Spilt Milk Press Zine ISBN/ITEM#: EV1206
Date: December 2006 /
Electric Velocipede - #11 – Fall 2006
Table of Contents: Fiction: Tiger, Tiger by Liz Williams * Milk and Apples by Catherynne M. Valente * Moon Does Run by Edd Vick * The Duel by Tobias Buckell * How to Get Rid of Your Monster: A Series of Usenet Postings by Scott William Carter * Quitting Dreams by Matthew Cheney & Jeffrey Ford * A Punctuated Romance by Mary Turzillo * Last Bus by Jennifer Pelland * Sometimes I Get Lost by Steve Rasnic Tem * Nine Billion and Counting by John B. Rosenman * Bar Golem by Sonya Taaffe * The Geode by Marly Youmans * Sweetness and Light by Nicole Kimberling Poetry: The World's Edge by Christina Sng * Miss Cossie’s Pies by Christina Sng * The Inkmaker's Wife by Catherynne M. Valente * Anatomy of a Yes by Catherynne M. Valente Nonfiction Contributors
The latest issue of Electric Velocipede is up to their usual standards. All but one story got a Very Good from me and only one story was a little disappointing.
The lead story is "Tiger, Tiger" by Liz Williams and it's the best one in the issue. Vivienne is a vain aging actress in the 19th century who decides she must have a tiger tail grafted to her posterior. She is, of course, told this is impossible by medical authorities but that doesn't stop her. How she achieves her goal makes for a fun time. Next, comes "Milk and Apples" in which Catherynne M. Valente tells us of a young woman who must be a wet nurse to an orphaned princess. The story takes a surprising turn that will delight you. "Moon Does Run" by Edd Vick is the only story that I did not work for me. This tale of a robot's changing ownership just doesn't come together. Things turn around for the next tale. Tobias Buckell's "The Duel" concerns a "living history" of Aaron Burr, specializing in the famous duel with Alexander Hamilton. By getting involved with the character recreations, a man learns to live his own life. In "How to Get Rid of Your Monster: A Series of Usenet Postings" by Scott William Carter, a man makes use of a monster doppelganger to take care of a problem he has.
Matthew Cheney & Jeffrey Ford collaborate in "Quitting Dreams" in which a man's dreams are manipulated by another while he tries to understand what has really happened to him. Mary A Turzillo's "A Punctuated Romance" is a hilarious short-short that fits its title in a most peculiar way. "Last Bus" by Jennifer Pelland starts with a woman waiting for a bus in a small walkway between a house and a garage. This makes for a wonderfully surreal love story. "Sometimes I Get Lost" is another little gem from Steve Rasnic Tem about a man who begins to get lost with heartbreaking frequency.
In "Nine Billion and Counting" by John B. Rosenman, a woman discovers that her husband has been counting from 1 to 100 his whole life, over and over again. She is offended that his attention is not on her and takes drastic action. "Bar Golem" by Sonya Taaffe puts the two words of its title in a most interesting way. Marly Youman's "The Geode" is another odd little tale about a woman whose daughter becomes interested in a small silver dog that came out of a geode. Last, "Sweetness and Light" by Nicole Kimberling is told from the point of view of a little girl who wonders what happens when God leaves a place.
The stories in this issue are something quite different. If you like truly unique stories, than you should subscribe.
(Source: Spilt Milk Press)