This is a collection of short stories related to my popular series of novels, the Xenowealth series. The stories offer a great entry-point to the novels, and the Kickstarter offers rewards that will include not just eBooks of this related collection, but other short story collections of mine and a novel that's a great entry-point to the Xenowealth series. There are also novellas being offered as stretch-goals.
In early 2006 my novel Crystal Rain launched the first book in the Xenowealth series. It was followed up by Ragamuffin in 2007, which was a Nebula award nominee, and Sly Mongoose. I get a lot of mail about these books, and to satisfy reader requests, turned to crowdfunding to create The Apocalypse Ocean, the fourth book in the Xenowealth series.
The books will be relaunching this 2015. In January, Crystal Rain will come out in a trade paperback format from Tor Books, with other books to follow. To celebrate the relaunch, I set out to answer another popular fan request: combine all the short stories I've written in the Xenowealth worlds into a single collection.
If you've wanted all the stories related to these novels (including many stories featuring the popular character Pepper) bound into one volume: here's your chance.
And there will even be some stories you may not have encountered...
Table of Contents
The Fish Merchant
A Cold Heart
Placa del Fuego
The Rydr Express
addition: How the Xenowealth Came to Be (essay)
We have stretch goals. Because they're fun!
We Did It! $1,000 - we achieved book launch! The collection will happen!
We Did It! $2,000 - everyone gets a free ebook copy of my short story collection 'Tides from the New Worlds!'
We Did It! $3,000 - I will now write a brand new Xenowealth short story just for this anthology. Backers will also all get a ebook copy of the novel 'The Apocalypse Ocean.'
We Did It! $4,000 - everyone gets a free ebook copy of my short story collection 'Mitigated Futures.' New addition! Everyone also gets a free eBook of the novella Stochasticity, from the award-winning METAtropolis series.
We Did It! $5,000 - I commission custom art for some of the stories. New addition! Everyone gets a free eBook of the novella Byways, from the award-winning METAtropolis series.
$7,500 - I will create a super collection of all my short stories that I'm legally allowed to give out. This will be the ultimate short story collection! New addition! Everyone gets a free eBook of the novella Tensegrity, from the award-winning METAtropolis series.
$10,000 - If we break this... I'll write a novella that comes after The Apocalypse Ocean and sets up hints of what is to come in the as of yet unwritten fifth book: Desolation Gap.
So at $7,500, that's 3 story collections, 3 novellas, and one novel delivered as eBook stretch goal extras.
Risks and challenges
The eBook is all ready to go. Cover art has been created. The possible setbacks are delays in having the stories proofread and creating the paperback and hardcover, as printing books can sometimes be more complicated than anticipated. Writing the new story could be hard to fit in around my existing schedule, but I have been writing stories to deadline for almost 14 years now, I'm sure I can make it.
I've also delivered two previous Kickstarter campaigns to fulfillment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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