20 June 2017

summer reading

It feels like summer here in the U.S. Rocky Mountains and in summer my thoughts turn to ...reading. It's probably a legacy from having summer vacations off of school, but I've always done extra reading in the summertime. How about you?

I made a list of books I'd like to read and consulted my local library. Lo and behold, they had most of them. I picked many of them up and have been happily reading ever since. (And, yes, libraries are awesome--but that's a post for another time.)

If you are frugal like me, there's another excellent source of free fiction. Yes, you guessed it: Electric Spec. We have twelve years of super stories posted! They are all still there. For example, one of our first stories, ever, was "Stanley Kubric Channels Cheech and Chong" by Bruce Golden.
Check out the archives! (And let me know of any bad links.)

Send us your story, and who knows? Maybe someone will read it online in summer 2029!

13 June 2017

toot toot!

We aren't ones to toot our own horn, but Electric Spec is pretty popular. (Okay, so now, apparently, we are ones to toot.)
We've had a few different hosters so I don't have stats for our entire run of the ezine. But, so far this year, we've had approximately 29,183 visits and 95,989 hits. W00t! This is neat because it means authors and artists get eyes--and we're all about getting recognition for our authors and artists. And sharing awesome creative content, of course! We love our readers.

As an indicator of the ezine's popularity, I do have the stats for the blog's entire run. And they're pretty nice:
Pageviews all time history: 586,531.
I also love that we're international. Check out the graphic below:

Send us your stories!

06 June 2017

issue zeitgeist

I'm still enjoying the marvelous May 2017 issue of Electric Spec and I hope you are, too. :)
Even after twelve years, it's a little remarkable to me that each issue seems to achieve its own unique zeitgeist. I'd say the zeitgeist of this new issue is competition. We have two stories "Northwest Regional" and "Corporate Robo Renegade Piston" which are explicitly about competition. The other three stories also have competitive elements of the 'good versus evil' variety. Even Nikki's review has a 'love versus hate' dichotomy.

Of course, art isn't created in a vacuum... Is competition in the air in our human zeitgeist? I think it is. I'm happy that authors can capture that zeitgeist and use it in constructive ways.
And I'm grateful that we at Electric Spec can share the results of that creativity with the world at large.

We're accepting submissions for our awesome August 2017 issue. Send us your stories!

31 May 2017

Live, we are!

Wowsa! It's here! We're live with the brand new issue of Electric Spec!
Thanks to the authors, our artist, all the editors and behind-the-scenes folks! Huzzah for you! You rock!

Thanks also to the readers! You rock! We wouldn't exist without you.

What's your favorite story?
I'm still pondering...

30 May 2017

Cover Art!

The marvelous May 31, 2017 issue of Electric Spec is almost here! As a sneak peek, here's our cover art by
Brian Malachy Quinn: may 2017 cover
Evocative, right?
Check it all out tomorrow!

23 May 2017

more attractions

You've already heard about Mark Salzwedel's speculative fiction tale "The Axe" and Maureen Bowden's fantasy "The Dratt is Coming" but we have some other marvelous stories in our May 2017 issue of Electric Spec.

Nicholas Sugarman will be sharing "Corporate Robo Renegade Piston" which puts a totally new spin on corporate competition! We'll also feature "Justice Enough" by Eric Lewis, a fascinating look at justice in a fantastic world. Finally, there's "Northwest Regional" by John Sunseri, another fantastic competition, like none you've seen before...
Hmm, I may be sensing a trend here. :)

As usual, we'll showcase some fabulous original art. There will also be a fun entry in Editor's Corner from Nikki Baird.

Be sure to check it all out May 31, 2017!

16 May 2017

from Author Bowden

We will be publishing a fantasy "The Dratt is Coming" by Maureen Bowden in our next issue. Maureen was kind enough to say a few words about her inspirations and motivations...

Hello, Electric Spec readers,
My story, "The Dratt is Coming", is a product of my love of history and mythology. The protagonist, Gwenllian, the orphaned child of Prince Llywelyn ap Griffith and Eleanor de Montfort, was dumped in a monastery by Edward I. I decided to rescue her, transport her seven hundred and thirty years to the present day, and give her a life. The Dratt can be interpreted, if you wish, as a metaphor for any one of the many scourges that threaten us in the precarious twenty-first century. I've also drawn a comparison between the murkier aspects of the Internet and the Trojan Horse. I hope you enjoy my story and I hope it makes you laugh. That’s my main purpose in writing.
Love, Maureen.

Thanks a lot, Maureen! We appreciate your contribution.
You can read "The Dratt is Coming" starting May 31, 2017 at Electric Spec.