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A reader of science fiction since she was a child, Elly Blue elected to make this issue of Taking the Lane into a powerful tribute to feminist sci-fi about bicycles. It gravitates away from the unfortunately-traditional macho heroes, hurtling through space with giant guns, ready to protect and/or tame their scantily clad space babe. Elly's visions of the future are populatA reader of science fiction since she was a child, Elly Blue elected to make this issue of Taking the Lane into a powerful tribute to feminist sci-fi about bicycles. It gravitates away from the unfortunately-traditional macho heroes, hurtling through space with giant guns, ready to protect and/or tame their scantily clad space babe. Elly's visions of the future are populated by strong, intelligent, empowered women with complex personalities. And it was a vision apparently shared by many! Help us fend off this space shark attack in style! Ieeeee!...

Title : Bikes in Space: More Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction
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ISBN : 9781621060796
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Number of Pages : 593 Pages
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Bikes in Space: More Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Reviews

  • James
    2019-06-27 09:58

    I don't quite remember how I found out about this Kickstarter, but Elly Blue, a Portland based publisher of cycling books and a regular 'zine, was requesting funding for her second anthology of feminist, cycling, science-fiction: Bikes in Space Volume II. Or "that dykes on bikes book" as a colleague hilariously referred to it when it arrived in the post. While it's certainly not my usual fare, it sounded like an intriguing enough combination – and I do like cycling, science-fiction, and women – so I signed up to get a copy of the anthology and a copy of Blue's previously published non-fiction book on cycling economics.Unsure what to expect, I was picturing a 'zine as a low quality, hastily photocopied-and-stapled pile of A4 pages folded in half to make a 'book'. Instead what I got was a small, but elegantly printed and bound book. I'm unconvinced that the quality is anywhere near what I think of when I hear 'zine but I suppose that's the publisher's choice. The collection is a selection of, mostly, female authors (there appears to be one token male in there) presenting short stories featuring cycling in a science-fiction genre.As with any anthology you're going to like some of them more than others, and this is no different. There are stories featuring cycle couriers of the future, races against Amazon drones, tales of daredevil races, depressing futures where cyclists have to wear full body armour, dystopias of older generations cycling off into the sunset and more. Strangely the one story I was expecting was the ideal of a golden age of the future where cycling is clearly the transport of choice simply because society has evolved to the point where they've all caught up with us... That said, there wasn't a single story that I didn't enjoy at all.Does a male reader get to comment on how well the stories met the feminist brief? He probably shouldn't, although he's going to seeing as he paid his money and read, and enjoyed, it. None of the stories actually came off as particularly feministy at all – sure they all had female protagonists, and those protagonists weren't damsels in distress or Amazonian fantasies (well, except maybe in the first story) – but it didn't feel preachy, or like it was trying too hard to be political. Instead it was just a collection of enjoyable cycling-based science-fiction stories that just happened to feature female characters, and it's probably the better for it.

  • Taru Luojola
    2019-07-12 10:12

    Tässä toisessa Bikes in Space -antologiassa on pitkälti sama meininki kuin ensimmäisessäkin: synkkiä postapokalypseja tai dystopioita. Juonenkehittely tuntuu monissa novelleissa jääneen vähän vajaaksi.

  • Sandra Crane
    2019-06-20 05:08

    What a great little book! The book is a series of short stories. The stories are all set in the future and all have bikes in someway. I enjoyed this book a lot. Now I want to find an old bicycle, start riding again while singing "Born to be Wild" as I pedal away! Thank you Goodreads Giveaway.

  • C.A. Craven
    2019-07-16 05:49

    (I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway)I wasn't sure what this book was all about when it arrived, but bicycles + feminism turns out to be really great for story telling. It's a small book with little stories, but they all pack a serious punch in such a small space. I hope there are more volumes of this series!

  • Jessica
    2019-07-19 08:08

    Super fun and creative and thoughtful!

  • Mandy Weeks
    2019-06-27 08:02

    Bikes in Space is back with another dozen smart, intersectional takes on the future, from near to distant, hopeful to disastrous, tragic to hilarious—all inhabited by badass women on bicycles! A bike messenger races toward glory, fueled by vegan donuts. A woman pedals across a nuclear wasteland for the chance to choose her own future—and identity. A young girl is the only person in her village who doesn't ride a bike. The world must face the consequences of most epic butt dial in the history of the galaxy. And many more!

  • Dave
    2019-07-11 10:50

    I really enjoyed and recommend this engaging collection of 12 short stories. Although labeled “feminist Sci FI” because the stories are by women and about female characters, this collection is for all Sci FI and short story fans. Subjects span where old is new again, young coming of age, or a race against the drones. Of course the stories include multiple ages, times, status and locations. Enjoy!

  • Lindy
    2019-07-17 05:50

    I received a copy of Bikes in Space: More Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction through Goodreads giveaways. Flash fiction at the intersection of feminism and bicycling. Intriguing starting point, very Portland. I struggle to have strong opinions about flash fiction as it's too short for me to get emotionally invested and few writers have the skill to pull it off in the first place. I wish some of the stories were much longer.

  • Beverly
    2019-06-26 09:46

    I won this little "zine" in a Goodreads giveaway and I loved it. The volume is the perfect size for pocket or bag. The stories are the perfect length for taking a fun break or waiting for an appointment. Each story was well written with likeable main characters and enough plot twists to keep me entertained. I will keep an eye out for other works by these authors.

  • Gary tuttle
    2019-07-18 05:03

    Good short stories. Book is rather small, can finish in an hour. Support the small puplisher.

  • Roxanne
    2019-06-29 04:54

    This is a goodreads win review. This is another collection of stories that are science fiction, bikes and women. A different type of book from what I usually read.

  • Jenn
    2019-07-16 05:54

    I won a copy of this book.12 short science fiction stories about women and bicycles. "Grandma Takes Off" was my personal favorite.

  • Harry Coen
    2019-07-20 10:15

    Meh.

  • Sandee
    2019-07-06 07:47

    Solid set of feminist sci fi short stories, with a running theme of bikes. A couple of them definitely left me wanting more!

  • Angelica
    2019-06-24 04:03

    More of a 3.75-4. Beautifully compiled and a great range of voices. I didn't think I was much of a sci-fy person but this zine has me second-guessing that assumption. Locally published in Portland is a cool perk!