$7,262
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
127
backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, August 31 2018 11:31 PM UTC +00:00.

Joe StechBy Joe Stech
First created
Joe StechBy Joe Stech
First created
$7,262
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
127
backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, August 31 2018 11:31 PM UTC +00:00.

About

NEW: all reward tiers will now receive a DRM-free special companion issue of Compelling Science Fiction as soon as the Kickstarter is funded! The issue will contain brand new never-before-published stories by some of the authors in the collection!

For over two years Compelling Science Fiction has been publishing entertaining, thought-provoking stories. Now, with your help, we'd like to print the best of those stories in beautiful hardcover form.

The collection contains 27 fantastic short stories by 24 talented authors. Some themes you'll find in the book:

  • Lots of AI
  • A Dyson swarm that can capture the energy output of an entire star
  • A sentient hospital
  • Startup stories
  • Generation ships
  • Extraterrestrial colonies
  • Intelligently written time travel
  • Head transplantation
  • Toxic mold that has religious significance
  • AI re-writing the constitution
  • A possible explanation for the Fermi paradox
  • and at least one alien mating ritual

In addition to receiving such a superb publication, you'll also be helping to bring more great science fiction into the world. The proceeds from this Kickstarter will help support the next year of Compelling Science Fiction and the 24 authors who composed the stories.

Stories contained in the book (ordered by most recently published):

Top of Show by James Rowland
Targeted Behavior by J.D. Moyer
Inside-of-Body Experience by Pip Coen
The Virgin of Santos de la Tierra by E E King
Hostile Intent by Mike Adamson
Museum Piece by J. D. Popham
Redo by Larry Hodges
Fermi's Last Survivor by John Taloni
Catallactics on an Asteroid by Steve Wire
Emerging from the Shadows by Clinton Lawrence
National Mission System by Matt Fuchs
The Setting of the Sun by Benjamin C. Kinney
Paint by Numbers by Pip Coen
What's a Few Years When You Get Money and Friends in High Places? by R R Angell
Cogito Ergo Sum by Mike Adamson
Floaters Can't Float by Pip Coen
Demeter's Regard by Deborah L. Davitt
Quantum Coursework by Marcus Holm
Tav by Dustin Kennedy
Skychildren by C.L. Kagmi
They Breed Like Flies by Jeff Walden  
The Law of Diminishing Returns by Dominic Teague
Personal Trainer by Meg Elison
Gaia's Children by Lawrence Buentello
Reflection by Aaron Wright
Opportunities for Lost Children by James Beamon
The Art of Failure by Robert Dawson

If you enjoy entertaining, plausible science fiction, please help bring this collection into print! Get a copy for yourself and copies for all your family and friends! Thank you so much for your support.

Risks and challenges

Everything is being done in-house except for the printing itself. Cover art and stories have been selected, and typesetting is underway. We are in contact with and have received quotes and print dates from several printers, so we believe that printing delays will be very unlikely. Shipping is another source of risk, but we've budgeted time and money for shipping and handling costs. T-shirts shouldn't be a problem, as I've already ordered and received several batches.

We have been publishing issues on-time for over two years, and I have great confidence that we'll continue that streak. Thank you for joining us on this journey!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Digital anthology

    We will send you DRM-free epub and mobi versions of the anthology, to read on the e-reader of your choice.

    Includes:
    • DRM-free mobi and epub anthology
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    Digital anthology and magazine

    DRM-free epub and mobi versions of the anthology, plus a year-long subscription to Compelling Science Fiction!

    Includes:
    • DRM-free mobi and epub anthology
    • Year-long digital subscription to Compelling Science Fiction
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Hardcover anthology

    A beautifully bound hardcover version of our anthology, shipped directly to your door. After the Kickstarter, the book will retail for $35.

    Includes:
    • hardcover anthology
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    37 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Hardcover plus subscription

    The hardcover anthology, plus a subscription to Compelling Science Fiction for 2019 and DRM-free epub and mobi copies of the anthology.

    Includes:
    • hardcover anthology
    • DRM-free mobi and epub anthology
    • Year-long digital subscription to Compelling Science Fiction
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    30 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Zealous benefactor's collection

    Are you a huge fan of Compelling Science Fiction and want to non-verbally communicate the fact? This package contains two hardcover copies of the anthology plus a high quality Compelling Science Fiction t-shirt. The shirt will display our logo, and comes in your choice of size and fit (men's or women's). Also includes the digital anthology and a subscription to Compelling Science Fiction for 2019.

    Includes:
    • high-quality poly/cotton blend Compelling Science Fiction t-shirt
    • 2 hardcover anthologies
    • DRM-free mobi and epub anthology
    • Year-long digital subscription to Compelling Science Fiction
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    21 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,200 or more About US$ 1,200

    The first Compelling SF mini-convention

    An absolutely fantastic weekend. You get yourself to Denver, CO, and staff from Compelling Science Fiction takes you to a mountain resort for the weekend, where we enjoy great meals and discuss science fiction. We will also have a writer's workshop and fascinating science presentations. In addition, you will be showered with Compelling Science Fiction swag. You will have a choice of two dates, one in springtime (May 17-19, 2019), one in fall (September 13-15, 2019). Airfare to Denver not included.

    Includes:
    • 2 nights in a private room at a mountain resort
    • 2 hardcover anthologies
    • high-quality poly/cotton blend Compelling Science Fiction t-shirt
    • Great meals all weekend with Compelling Science Fiction staff
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (19 left of 20) 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.