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An officially licenced collection of fifteen fully illustrated short stories set in the Elite: Dangerous universe, in E-Book, Paperback, Hardcover and Audio formats, published by Fantastic Books.
An officially licenced collection of fifteen fully illustrated short stories set in the Elite: Dangerous universe, in E-Book, Paperback, Hardcover and Audio formats, published by Fantastic Books.
359 backers pledged £5,686 to help bring this project to life.

[NOT SECRET] Mission Briefing

Posted by Chris Booker (Creator)

Good Morning Commanders,

I hope this update finds you in good health and spirits!  We interrupt your Saturday lunchtime with an urgent message, for over the last few days it has become clear that we are needed once more to fulfill a mission of the utmost importance.

Commander Hibbs was the first to decode the transmission that was discovered just days ago, and deserves our gratitude.  Not least for the fact that he didn't appear to even require the decoding software that we later liberated from a defecting agent and logged on our 'Face Book', whatever that is.  I'm told there was also a decryption key hidden in plain sight amongst the spacefaring community.

That is why we're pleased to be able to say that over and above the fully illustrated PDFs, E-Books, and paperback copies offered by our original Kickstarter, we're now in a position to be able to be able to offer potential significant upgrades!

Thanks to Commander Dan Grubb and Fantastic Books - Tales From The Frontier will now be able travel far and wide, enthralling both veterans and new commanders alike.

Our E-Books and paperbacks will now be even better than they were already going to be.  If you already pledged for those, they just got automatically better thanks to the involvement of professional editors and publishers - but please read on because we want you to know how we can make the project even better still.

So, how would you like an Audiobook? And we're not just talking about somebody reading our book into a microphone - we're talking professional actors, we're talking different voices for the different parts, we're talking officially sanctioned soundscapes and music provided by Frontier Developments themselves exclusively for use in the creation of audiobook content.

With our audiobook format, you'll be able to experience TFFT in the car, in the gym, at work, or whilst making dinner.  You simply get more options to enjoy our book.  But, please remember those who can't read a book like you, the blind or partially sighted, the elderly, or those with conditions such as dyslexia, or joint pains that might prevent them from reading or gripping a book or e-reader comfortably.  With your help - these previously forgotten folk will be able enjoy our stories too.

We can also offer you a hard back book. That's right, something a little more permanent for the bookshelf.  Something with a little more heft.  A book with a hard cover is not only better for reading, but also immeasurably better for beating off waves of attacking Thargoids when your beam lasers have long since overheated.

That's not everything! How about a special edition boxed set? Yes, as part of the Fantastic family along with Drew Wagar, Allen Stroud and John Harper, our fiction will be assembled into one-of-a-kind boxed sets, some of which will be very limited editions.

All of these upgrades will become possible pending the success of the Fantastic Books Elite Mission, described here:

You're reading this message because you probably already backed our project earlier in the year, for which we thank you from the bottom of our cargo holds (even the smuggly bits).  The help you've given us already is appreciated, and that's why if you can help us again, you generosity will be rewarded further still:

All Elite Kickstarter veterans (those that backed any of the fiction or the game itself, at any level) will be eligible to receive ALL 4 FANTASTIC EBOOKS if they pledge for a single hardback or audiobook (£25).

I'm in - what must I now do?

  • Without further delay, Commander.  Register your pledge on the Fantastic Kickstarter.  If you didn't already back Tales From The Frontier, even a mere £1 will get you an electronic copy of a single short story from our book (chosen at random).
  • TELL EVERYONE.  Spread the word!  Game lovers, fiction lovers, Thargoid lovers.  Email, Twitter, Facebook, or any other method of communication to help get the word out is awesome and appreciated.  You can even just talk to people!

Now.  Go here:

Thank you again!

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    1. ozoli on

      Commander Booker, your encrypted message had a typical ratio of common to non-common letters as well as too many occurances of repeated letters to provide any significant level of difficulty. It would take longer to work out the decryption key than to perform an educated letter substitution technique to solve it. :-)

    2. Chris Booker Creator on

      Commander Hibbs, you may wish to look at although you will need a decryption key for each message...

      Commander Ozoli, your dedication is impressive.

    3. Phil Hibbs on

      Hm, that last line is encrypted differently and doesn't have enough clues in it. The MESSAGE ENDS was a huge clue. And I can't find this "instrument in which to use the message", I'm using my Perl script.

    4. Darren Grey on

      As a further incentive, all Anthology backs get a free Anthology audio book if they back the new campaign at the £25 level. So veterans can for a mere £25 get the following:

      - All of the new rewards they pledge for
      - All 4 Fantastic Elite ebooks
      - Audio books of all books they've previously backed (including ours)

      Watch out for new extras being added to the campaign too. We can only offer all this if we reach our goal though. If you can please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. We are releasing a historic amount of game tie-in fiction at once here, and we want to make as big a deal out of it as possible!

    5. ozoli on

      Indeed we will, but apparently he is not the only Commander with too much time on his hands...