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Experience the next generation of cyberpunk science fiction by delving into the Absolute Knowledge universe.
Experience the next generation of cyberpunk science fiction by delving into the Absolute Knowledge universe.
Experience the next generation of cyberpunk science fiction by delving into the Absolute Knowledge universe.
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Absolute Zero: Cyberpunk Science Fiction Novel

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I'm proud to launch my latest book offering, Absolute Zero, the second novel in the Absolute Knowledge series, which is currently 102,000 words (~400 print pages) in length. I completed my Kickstarter campaign in January for the first book, Absolute Knowledge, and successfully fulfilled backer rewards on time despite some minor setbacks. You can check out my previous Kickstarter campaign right here.  

This time around, with the knowledge I learned from the first campaign, I'm expecting a much smoother process and faster turn-around time for the project. 

Absolute Zero is currently with my editor, and I will begin final revisions and paperback formatting once I have received my files back from her in the coming days. This campaign has a shorter time frame and a lower project funding goal because it's going to be published no matter what. The point of the project is to give you, the reader, an opportunity to pick up signed physical copies that won't be available otherwise. 

Absolute Zero will be printed as a ~400-page 6"x9" trade paperback novel with a matte finish.

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3d preview for illustrative purposes.

About Absolute Knowledge (book one of the Absolute Knowledge series)

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Absolute Knowledge is the first of a science fiction series which takes place in a dark, futuristic New York City set in 2146. The Country of New York is divided into three physical tiers and the faceless Government is working to establish Absolute Knowledge. 

Working As Thinkers, the citizens of the Slums are paid for their thoughts and given vouchers needed to sustain their cost of living. Since the Government controls almost everything, most citizens are forced to either work as Thinkers or turn to a life of disconnect from society under the harshest of conditions.  

In Absolute Knowledge, every thought has a price.

About Absolute Zero (book two of the Absolute Knowledge series)

The lies and corruption extended further than I could have imagined. My life in Olympus was only getting started, yet I had almost everything and everyone I loved. The isolation of Olympus from the rest of the country was staggering, and it made it difficult to comprehend what was happening on the outside when the truth was finally revealed. Everything was falling apart, and nothing was safe from the Omniscience Engine and its sinister force of progress, Infinitum.  

My name is Jacob Ashton, and this is my story.  

Absolute Zero is the second novel in the Absolute Knowledge series which takes place in the dying country of New York. The stakes are higher now, and it's impossible to know who can be trusted. Scrambling to find the truth and a weapon against an increasingly malevolent enemy, Baron Jacob Ashton must unite with his allies and face insurmountable danger throughout the different tiers of New York before the whole country collapses from the inside out.  

In Absolute Zero, everything stops.

Book audience  

This series is targetted toward readers that are 18+, however it is mostly clean and can be read by younger readers as well. There are no F-bombs in the series, nor any graphic sexual content. The series does have swearing and graphical violence that may be inappropriate for some readers. If you have any specific questions or concerns about the appropriateness of the series for you or a younger reader, please don't hesitate to reach out and message me.

Sample my writing

My books are all highly rated on Amazon and Goodreads, but I understand you'd like to sample my writing before deciding to back my project. 

I'd love to give you a sample of my writing and I have a couple of freebies for you! You can pick up a free digital copy of my first Absolute Knowledge prequel novella, Paragon.EXE on Instafreebie in a format of your choice by joining my no-spam mailing list. Paragon.EXE is also offered in print format through certain reward tiers in this campaign or as an Addon. 

Get your free copy of Paragon.EXE here.

Get your free copy of my science fantasy short story, The Temple of Gix'Thian, right here.

Digital sales

I've been selling my ebooks exclusively through Amazon and am enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing Select. By offering my books through this program, I'm able to increase my monthly revenues through the Kindle Unlimited program which allows subscribers to read my books for free as a part of their monthly plan. I receive about half a cent per page read in my books, and Kindle Unlimited represents a large portion of my monthly royalties from book sales. Because my inclusion in the program is helping me increase royalties and expand the reach of my books, I've chosen to keep my books enrolled in the program and will not offer digital books in this Kickstarter campaign. 

My eBooks are available in any country where Kindle eBooks are sold. Pick them up and support my writing below!

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Click to pre-order! (Available May 14th, 2017)
Click to pre-order! (Available May 14th, 2017)

 

Click to get Paragon.EXE for free on Kindle or grab the ePub or PDF on Instafreebie.
Click to get Paragon.EXE for free on Kindle or grab the ePub or PDF on Instafreebie.

 

Click to buy!
Click to buy!

 

About Paragon.EXE

Death is inevitable, code is forever.  

Paragon.EXE follows the development of a secret Government project named the Omniscience project which was designed to assist key decision makers in the wake of catastrophe on a nation-wide scale.  

The Omniscience project was morphed by corruption and the endless pursuit of the unknown during the Cold War era. These hidden changes were buried through time only to resurface in 2025 when the stakes were much higher.  

Paragon.EXE is the first standalone prequel novella in the Absolute Knowledge series and follows a split timeline in the 1960s and 2020s. Discover the chilling development of the Absolute Knowledge project from its cryptic root and delve into the Absolute Knowlege universe over one hundred years before the start of the first full-length novel.

About Exiles of Ascension

It's 2122 and the residents of the International Space Station have been on their own since 2039, living on a deteriorating station with no contact from Earth or any of the lunar or Martian bases. 

When the crew of the ISS manage to crack a strange signal that's been broadcasted from Earth for over eighty years, catastrophe strikes and the station starts plummeting toward Earth.  

With limited plans for survival, the remaining survivors of the ISS must forge new lives away from Earth in the face of uncertainty and an unknown enemy.  

Exiles of Ascension is the second standalone prequel novella set in the Absolute Knowledge Universe.

*** To reiterate, Absolute Zero is the second book of the series. If you're new to the series, then you need to pick a reward tier that includes Absolute Knowledge, add it as an addon to your pledge, or purchase a digital copy. ***

Bookmark design subject to change
Bookmark design subject to change

 

 

 

 

Become a Champion of Liberty with any pledge

 Champions of Liberty will get:

  • Early access to all of my future books. Help shape the story with your feedback and play an active role in the development of new worlds and stories. 
  • A free advance reader copy (digital) of all my future books in a format of your choice for life. These files will be professionally edited, and you'll have the full books before my official launches. Get them before anyone else!

Become a Champion of Liberty by adding $50 to any pledge (This is a seperate addon and this overage, once specified by you, can't be used toward the other addons below.) For example, if you want to become a Champion of Liberty and are pledging for the Absolute Zero Print Deluxe reward tier, you'd pledge $70 + your shipping charge depending on what country you live in and I'll reach out to confirm what you want to do with your extra funds once the campaign has concluded.

International shipping

While I do offer international shipping, it is quite expensive and the cost may be restrictive for backers. While this campaign is the only way to get signed copies of my books, retail copies, once available on Amazon, can be printed outside of the US and delivered to you with little to no shipping cost. Because of this, I encourage international buyers that want cheaper copies to purchase my retail version of the book or read digitally through Kindle to avoid hefty shipping charges. 

If you're an international backer and still want signed copies, great, I'll be happy to ship to you!

Addons can be added to any pledge that includes physical rewards. If you'd like something extra or would like to customize what you get in your package, addons are the way to do it. Just add the specified amount to your current pledge and I'll survey you after the campaign concludes so you can tell me exactly what you want to use your extra funds on. All addon prices in the images below include shipping cost and won't increase the shipping charge on your main pledge. 

Please note: funds used toward physical addons don't go toward becoming a Champion of Liberty as mentioned above.

 

 

 

 

 Thank you for taking the time to check out my project, and I can't wait for you to read my books! The print version of Absolute Zero will look very similar to the first book which you can preview below.

Books from my first campaign.
Books from my first campaign.

If you have any questions about anything, please don't hesitate to reach out.

- Drew Cordell, Author.

(Book cover art and campaign graphic background art used with express permission of Mike Winkelmann/Beeple.)

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Risks and challenges

This is my second project, the first novel, Absolute Knowledge, was delivered on time to backers, and I'm confident in my ability to get this one to you on time as well. The book is in its final stages of revision, and I expect to be able to move faster this time through with the information I learned from the first campaign.

Unless there are problems with the printer or other suppliers, you'll get your rewards in time.

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    Absolute Knowledge + Absolute Zero Print

    Get a signed copy of the first novel, Absolute Knowledge, and the new, second novel in the trilogy, Absolute Zero. Includes a signed, custom printed bookmark. Your name will be added to the acknowledgments section as a supporter of the book as well should you so choose.

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    Absolute Knowledge Complete series

    At this pledge level, you'll get a signed copy of every book printed in the series so far. This includes both full-length novels: Absolute Knowledge and Absolute Zero, and both standalone prequel novellas: Paragon.EXE and Exiles of Ascension. This pledge level is for people that are new to the series and want to get caught up on everything. Includes a signed, custom Absolute Zero bookmark and your name in the acknowledgments section of the book should you so choose.

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