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Two vast space empires, once close allies, find themselves on the brink of a galaxy-spanning war of annihilation. As the situation unravels and chaos spreads, political machinations are exposed, agents reveal their cunning sabotage, and devastating battles erupt where thousands of starships clash - this is the Fountain War.

The Fountain War book project brings bestselling author Jeff Edwards together with The Mittani Media and CCP in creating the first ever book about EVE Online based on real player experiences.

The resulting novel will be the first book of a completely new genre: sci-fi non-fiction. 

Did you fight in the Fountain War? Share your personal tale of heroism or villainy by emailing fountainwar@themittani.com or info@navythriller.com (to reach Jeff directly) and be immortalized in print!

On the afternoon of July 28, 2013, the armadas of interstellar empires clashed. Millions died. Billions destroyed. It might have happened in a fictional universe, but that doesn’t make it any less true. 

This is the Fountain War. The war that changed gaming history.

A galactic firestorm that culminated in the largest single battle in gaming history, the Fall of 6VDT. It consumed the players of EVE Online, it astounded the worldwide gaming community and it commanded the attention of the mainstream press.

When Jeff EdwardsThe Mittani Media and CCP Games decided to collaborate together to write a science fiction books based on the stories created in EVE Online, we knew that this would be only the first of many epic stories we would tell.

Hundreds of thousands of players remember this war like it was yesterday. Rather than allow those memories and fascinating narratives to fade, we’re going to immortalize those experiences by creating a world-class retelling of the Fountain War. A gut-wrenching thriller based on battle archives, in-game communications transcripts, and the testimonies of combatants from all sides of the conflict.  

Combining the remarkable writing talent of Jeff Edwards with the strength and support of CCP Games and The Mittani Media, this book is destined to captivate science fiction, action, suspense, and military fiction fans everywhere.

EVE is unique. A living work of science fiction in which the boundaries between game and reality can be blurred almost inseparably, and real world interactions can become inextricably tied to the machinations of EVE Online.

As in real life, the politics of EVE are complex. Petty squabbles, long-standing animosities, and personal conflicts can become sparks that ignite greater conflicts. Entire regions of space can be consumed. It’s this unique aspect of the game that makes the stories created by its players so captivating.

The Fountain War is one of those stories.

You don’t want to wait a year for the final book. We understand that. That’s why we’ll be releasing quarterly serial installments of The Fountain War novel in groups of three to five chapters, giving you access to the story almost as fast as it’s written.

The EVE Online community deserves the best.

Each day our community creates true stories which the rest of the world stands in awe of – the Battle of BR-5, the Fall of 6VDT, Burn Jita and the Disbanding of BoB - yet our community has yet to enjoy a novel about our actual experiences in New Eden. The true stories of New Eden deserve to be told, and they deserve to be written by a world-class author, that kind of rare talent who understands both gritty science fiction and actual naval warfare – critical to any fiction where extensive ship-to-ship combat will take place.

For many months we have sought the perfect author to create the best possible EVE Online novel, an author who has the talent to translate our in-game experiences into a thrilling tale where fleets of starships clash against a backdrop of intrigue, treachery, and the ruthless contest for galactic domination. Along with CCP we are delighted to introduce Jeff Edwards to our community, Jeff is not only an incredibly gifted writer, but he brings a tremendous amount of energy to this project, and is dedicated to immortalizing the stories of the EVE Online playerbase in the kind of novel you'd be proud to show to your friends and family.

We were there – hundreds of thousands of us, fighting, dying, winning, striving. At last our stories will be told with the artistry they deserve, written by a world-class author in a book that will crystallize exactly why EVE Online so captivates the imagination of the gaming world.

This is not a bloodless battle report or a dusty history book full of jargon, but our actual EVE Online experiences transformed into an epic sci-fi novel. These stories deserve to be told by a best-selling, world-class author with two bestsellers optioned by Paul L. Sandberg, the producer of 'The Bourne Supremacy' and 'The Bourne Ultimatum' for production as major motion pictures.

This is the real deal, a rare opportunity - and with the support of our community and Kickstarter, we can guarantee that our true stories will never be forgotten.

We want to read about your adventures, your tales of heroism and villainy from the Fountain War era. Send Jeff your true stories to fountainwar@themittani.com and you may soon discover your character brought to life in the most collaborative creative project in the history of the game.

We have the opportunity to create a truly original and powerful work of sci-fi non-fiction that is unlike anything that has been published before.

We’ve deliberately chosen to go outside of the usual publishing channels, because we’re tired of getting the usual results. Through the combined efforts of TheMittani.com and Jeff Edwards we have formed The Mittani Media.

We will be handling every phase of this project from writing and publishing to marketing. We want to see these stories written and published as soon as possible and to accomplish this goal Jeff Edwards wants to devote a large portion of the next year to The Fountain War project. Along the way, we’ll be releasing periodic serial installments of the book in groups of three to five chapters, giving you access to the story almost as fast as its written.

Kickstarter provides us with the opportunity to reach out directly to those who would enjoy these stories the most so they can be a part of making this project a reality.

 Jeff Edwards is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, and an Anti-Submarine Warfare Specialist. His naval career spanned more than two decades and half the globe – from chasing Soviet nuclear attack submarines during the Cold War, to launching cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf.

Collectively, his novels have won the Admiral Nimitz Award for Outstanding Naval Fiction, the Reader’s Choice Award, the Clive Cussler Grandmaster Award for Adventure Writing, the Military Writers Society of America’s Gold Medal for Navy Fiction, and the American Author Medal.

Trained extensively in mainframe computers, weapons systems, and naval combat tactics, he brings an experience-based edge of authenticity to his writing. His novel, The Seventh Angel, is currently on the Chief of Naval Operations Recommended Reading List for the entire Navy, and was selected as mandatory reading for the Undersea Robotics course at the Naval War College.

Preview #1: 'Requiem for a Titan' in .pdf 
Preview #2: 'Piercing the Veil' in .pdf

It was coming apart now. All of it… The plan… The months of careful preparation… The whole %&*#ing thing…

Captain Darius Yaaah lowered his body into the pod, feeling the warmth of the semi-liquid amniotic gel enfold his limbs and torso. He gave a final encouraging nod to his bridge crew as the door of the armored capsule swung down to enclose him.

The interior of the pod was dark, but there was no need for lighting here. He wouldn’t be using his eyes to see.

With a series of muffled whines, the manipulator arms of the pod brought the slender interface cables into position, aligning platinum connector ends with matching jacks at the supraclavicular nerve bundle and five other key points in his cervical and thoracic spine.

Nano-fine connections mated, and the familiar ice water sensation rushed through Yaaah’s arms and legs as the mainframe’s neural interfaces synchronized with his central nervous system. The HUD projection unfolded itself in his brain, an ever-changing latticework of tactical symbols, tattletales, and sensor feeds, flickering and shifting in the blood-lit darkness behind his eyelids. Targeting data, engineering data, weapons statuses, crew reports, available power levels, heat loading, and a thousand other details.

This was usually the part he liked best—feeling two and a half million metric tons of Caldari Leviathan come alive—the enormous warship merging with his mind and his nerve endings—ready to jump the void between stars, or blaze into battle at the merest twitch of his whim.

That long-held pleasure was absent today. Soured by the knowledge that the whole situation was about to go to hell.

When it came (when the shit started to fly), even the massive armor and weaponry of his ship would not be enough to save him.

 On the HUD, he could see last-second maneuvers as the fleet prepared for transition to hyperspace. Over fifty capital ships and supercaps, jockeying for position within the formation before jumping out of this star system to the midpoint cyno.

This was supposed to be a combat Op. The Imperium’s fleet sallying forth to rain havoc and destruction in some stellar system owned by the TEST Alliance.

But Yaaah knew that the mission brief was a sham. This entire fleet operation was a giant %&*#ing trap, designed to lure a single ship to an ambush in the deep and trackless gulf of interstellar space.

The target was Yaaah himself. His ship too, but mostly Yaaah.

 When the fleet came out of jump at the midpoint, every vessel in the formation would turn on him. More than fifty Dreadnoughts, Titans, Carriers, and Super-Carriers—all coming after his single Titan. Incalculable destructive power, focused on removing Yaaah and his ship from existence.

They knew. He had no idea how they’d found out, but after all of his caution and subterfuge, they had finally penetrated his cover. The bastards knew... The Imperium’s intelligence branch had identified him for what he was: an infiltrator and a spy for Pandemic Legion.

Now it was time for the Imperium to plug their security leak. Eliminate the traitor in their midsts.

Yaaah had played the game well, but it was nearly over. He had, at best, a few moves left to make.

On the HUD he called up a window showing the bridge of his ship. His crew was practically vibrating with pre-combat jitters. Their faces wearing that strangely tense half-smile that signals the human body’s internal preparation for anticipated danger. Limbic systems ramping up for the coming fight with heady cocktails of dopamine, cortisol, and adrenalin.

His crew was expecting a battle, and they were going to get one. Just not the kind of battle they had in mind...

Risks and challenges

We have done everything possible to reduce the risks and challenges with this project: Partnering with the incredibly talented Jeff Edwards who is the ideal author to tell these amazing stories. Working directly with CCP Games, who are every bit as excited about these novels as we are and wanting to see this project come to fruition. Reaching out to the players that took part in The Fountain War and letting their stories be heard and recorded.

We are ready to assure the success of this campaign and deliver a story unlike anything the science fiction community has seen before.

We've received a number of questions about the $150,000 cost to make this project happen. We are learning as we go - thanks for the feedback, and we are happy to provide a detailed explanation for everyone.

A year ago we started looking for the right author to write the best fiction possible about EVE Online. We want an author who can tell the stories of the EVE Online community in a way that will spread interest in our favorite game and draw new players to New Eden. As you’ll see, the vast majority of our Kickstarter goal involves paying Jeff Edwards to take time off from his consulting job in the defense industry to devote his attention over the next year to penning the Fountain War and any additional stories we receive. Any additional funding for these goes toward achieving stretch goals, such as an illustrated edition and an audio book.

Here is where the money for the Fountain War book project goes:

60% Author Expenses (normally covered by a publishing house)
20% Publishing and Distribution (including editing and proofreading)
10% KS and processing fees
5% to Merchandise
5% to Marketing

We want an author who is established in his craft who is capable of turning these stories into a product that will benefit the entire Eve community, as well as produce a good read for all sci-fi fans. If we want both speed and quality, that means cost. Hopefully this makes more sense to the community, and we apologize for not getting this information explained in more detail on day one.

Jeff has complete autonomy in telling this story because of his investment of time, creativity and credibility as an author - it is in his best interest to tell a story which fairly reflects all sides of the conflict and appeals to all EVE Online players, regardless of affiliation.

If you'd like to send your story to Jeff directly you can do so via info@navythriller.com or fountainwar@themittani.com.

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    The perfect Holiday gift!

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    Live on Twitch. The Mittani, Jeff Edwards and surprise guests will drink a toast to your honor personally on stream to thank you for supporting this grand adventure.

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    All backers of this reward will receive an exclusive invitation to a private Party with Jeff Edwards and The Mittani at EVE Vegas 2016. EVE Vegas tickets, transportation and lodging not included.

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    The private party will occur during EVE Vegas in October 2016.

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    The private party will occur during Fanfest between April 21-23, 2016.

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    The private party will occur during EVE Vegas in October 2016.

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    STAND-ALONE CHAPTER DEDICATED TO YOUR EVE CHARACTER

    You will have a consultation with Jeff Edwards, and he will write an entire stand-alone chapter devoted to your EVE character as a supplement to The Fountain War book.

    This is your opportunity for your story to be communicated to the EVE community and beyond!

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