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Sale: Culinary Cyclist original edition!

July 28, 2015 — by Elly

We're making a beautiful new edition of The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life that officially comes out September 15. It'll have a new cover, some light edits, and—most exciting—recipe conversions for Europe. In the meantime, we still have a few dozen copies of the original edition left in stock and are offering them at $6 (that's 40% off!) until we run out or the new one arrives from the printer. Even better wholesale discounts apply. Get 'em before they're gone!

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Call for submissions: Bikes in Space 4: Utopia / Dystopia

July 27, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Announcing.... a call for submissions for the fourth annual Bikes in Space anthology. Our 2016 theme is: Utopia / Dystopia Bicycle transportation is often seen as a means towards a utopian project. The joy of cycling, the environmental and health benefits, and so on, are spoken of almost evangelically, and many riders and advocates have lain awake imagining a world where the bicycle reigns supreme, or at least roams free. Some of the political backlash against cycling is a reaction to this dream of a bicycling future; a dystopian fantasy of a society where cars are outlawed and the freedoms they represent to many are curtailed. Yet others love bicycling but question dominant visions that often seems exclusionary and class-divided.

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More Feminist Science Fiction Analysis: Genderless Utopias

July 24, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Slowly, but surely, the Pedal Zombies Kickstarter campaign is wending its way to its goal. We got a nice boost yesterday when Cory Doctorow blogged about us on Boing Boing (praising our production values, no less—we swooned). We also found out that some less-enthused Redditors discovered us, but were disappointed that they only assigned the project 4 Oppression Points. Can't win 'em all. As promised, here's another batch of feminist science fiction analyses; both were requested by Bikes in Space 2 backer (and two-time contributor) Emily June Street (keep an eye out for her reproductive apocalypse story "Breeders" in Pedal Zombies):

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Podcast Episode 1: An interview with John "Jughead" Pierson

July 17, 2015 — by Joe Biel

Check out this brand new episode of our first ever podcast:

The premiere episode of Microcosm Publishing’s brand new podcast, featuring Johnny “Jughead” Pierson of Screeching Weasel and the Neofuturists about growing up as a musician, an author, and an actor in a chaotic household and how it directed his adult life when these hobbies turned professional.

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Feminist bicycle science fiction lives! (Or does it?)

July 15, 2015 — by Elly Blue

We are excited to let you know about our newest Kickstarter project: This one is for Pedal Zombies: 13 Feminist Science Fiction Stories, published under our Elly Blue Publishing imprint. The project is being managed for us by the Zombie-Living Alliance, which aims to promote peace, understanding, and an end to violence between the undead and the few remaining living. We hope that Pedal Zombies will prove to be a small part of that reconciliation. (John Kerry has yet to comment on his availability as a mediator.)

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Strategies Against Amateurs: Four questions for Joshua Ploeg

July 12, 2015 — by Elly Blue

Well, I go from town to town, usually on public transportation or rideshare... I don't really bring any gear, not even my knives lately. I cook often in apartments or homes for dinner parties, sometimes in random facilities for multimedia or art events and presentations, sometimes popups in restaurants, and occasionally a wedding thrown in there. It's pretty ramshackle... the good things are I get to hang out and party with the hosts, I don't have a boss and the trips usually cover themselves as I go along. I'll spend a few days to a few weeks in each town then move on to the next. In a way it's sort of a medieval model crossed with a punk rock touring concept.

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Meet the Microcosm workers: An interview with sales director Thea Kuticka

July 07, 2015 — by Elly

It’s not enough to create a good book. Now you’re competing with all of these other forms of entertainment, because for most people, reading is such a commitment (wait! There’s a movie?) that the challenge for publishers is to overcome information overload. Readers think they already know what they want to read until they find the one book on the one subject they haven’t yet discovered. It’s like being the first on your block. It’s what makes you want to share. We’ve become such expert browsers that we may have forgotten that at the heart of all of this is a community, and for a publisher like Microcosm, books are the community that informs and inspires. All of the rest—the social networking, the online gamers, and niche markets is gossip that involves books, so it may as well be Microcosm’s books. There’s so much potential emerging in the industry and that bodes very well for readers and writers alike.

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The Business of Publishing: A Moderne DIY Book Tour

July 01, 2015 — by Joe Biel

This is the seventh post in our ongoing Business of Publishing series. This edition tackles one of our most popular questions: "What is the best way to organize a book tour on my own?" Many authors get stars in their eyes and don't understand that with 4,000 new books being published each day, they will not sell thousands of books as a result of a tour, if ever. But when I ran into this article, I was given new pause. And some alarm.

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Rampant Media Consumption - June 2014

July 01, 2015 — by Staff

Here's what we took in during the last month! Taylor Read: Dave Egger's What is the What and White Girls by Hilton Als Listened 2: Lizzie Mercier Descloux, Team Dresch, Gap Dream and a podcast called Expanding Mind on different states of dreaming Tried to watch Black Fish but internet connection was too poor, still recommend everyone check out.

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Aftermath of Forever: Relationships, described through music

June 23, 2015 — by Cyn Marts

At its base, this is a collection of short pieces about the author's previous romantic interests. Some lovers, some potentials, and some that she just loved in one way or another. The chapters serve as odes to each of the men that have passed through her life after a fierce divorce in her early twenties. Throughout the book, Natalye is very aware of the effect each man has on her life, both in the moment and long after. That awareness keeps her journey interesting, watching her wants, needs, and general lifestyle change and evolve with each passing beau, from her very open, early exploration of her own sexuality to casual exploits, and even falling for men she'd never expected to love.

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