They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

Another Market Passing

Over on Facebook, Jeffrey Ford reports he's been told that Electric Velocipede is closing. EV was one of those unique magazines, that like Lady Churchill' s Rosebud Wristlet (Small Beer Press), is hard to categorize. I'm pretty sure I submitted stories there, in the hope that they might be considered special enough to appear there. Alas, twas not to be.

I never had a subscription, but the couple of print copies I have were outstanding. And they managed a long run. Starting in 2001, EV published issues 1-22 in print until 2011, and survived online from issues 23-27 in 2013. A dozen years is amazing, given the number of small markets that I have noted coming and going since 2002. And getting good reviews and a Hugo? Exceptional.

The Electric Velocipede website hasn't confirmed this, so maybe I'm guilty of spreading rumors -- I would hate to give a signal boost to an error and if EV intends to survive or some new owner steps in, I will rejoice -- but I wanted to celebrate their work. And mourn their loss.

Sometimes it seems that all the SF/F/H markets are going away. That's not true, though I tend to comment on this blog more about passing than tenuous creations. But to read stories -- or even more mercenary, to have markets to sell stories to -- requires support by readers. Something we tend to forget in an age of so much free Internet content.

Dr. Phil

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