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The short story collection fans have been demanding: tales from the Xenowealth. All related to the loved universe in the novels.
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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

Manumission

Resistance

A Cold Heart

Necahual

The Loa

Placa del Fuego

The Rydr Express

addition: How the Xenowealth Came to Be (essay)

Stretch Goals!

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.

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    You will get an ePub of the short story that started it all: The Fish Merchant.

    Your name will also be listed as a supporter that I thank in the acknowledgements of the collection.

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    You will get a signed trade paperback of the collection.

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    You will get a signed limited edition hardcover of the collection.

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    You will get two signed trade paperbacks of the collection.

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    You will get two signed limited edition hardcovers of the collection.

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    You will get a signed trade paperback of the collection, and 2 trade paperbacks will be donated to libraries or reading charities.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    In addition to the other rewards, you will be able to join an online video chat where I will answer any questions about the Xenowealth Books.

    You will get a signed limited edition hardcover of the collection.

    You will get an eBook (ePub, Kindle, or PDF) of the final collection.

    Your name will also be listed as a sponsor of the book that I thank in the very opening pages of the collection.

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    You will get to name a character (or a ship, or a world) in a new Xenowealth short story.

    You will get a signed limited edition hardcover of the collection.

    You will get an eBook (ePub, Kindle, or PDF) of the final collection.

    In addition to the other rewards, you will be able to join an online video chat where I will answer any questions about the Xenowealth Books.

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    Fan of the Xenowealth and writing something yourself? This level's reward is a 45 minute Skype consultation about a short story of your very own!

    You will get a signed limited edition hardcover of the collection.

    You will get an eBook (ePub, Kindle, or PDF) of the final collection.

    In addition to the other rewards, you will be able to join an online video chat where I will answer any questions about the Xenowealth Books.

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    For the true Xenowealth fan: commission an additional Xenowealth story of your own. Send me a corner of the Xenowealth you want explored, a character you want featured, a time you wanted to see more of, and I'll write it. You'll get to see it first, and react to it before anyone else. You can help shape the Xenowealth.

    You will get a signed limited edition hardcover of the collection.

    You will get an eBook (ePub, Kindle, or PDF) of the final collection.

    In addition to the other rewards, you will be able to join an online video chat where I will answer any questions about the Xenowealth Books.

    Your name will also be listed as a special sponsor of the book that I thank in the very opening pages of the collection and have the story dedicated to you.

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