At least four times in Earth’s history, the continents have come sliding together. Over millions of years, separate and distinct landmasses have crawled across the planet's surface on immense tectonic plates to form a single mass--a super-continent. Geologists have dubbed the most recent such formation Pangaea.
Of course, Pangaea broke up a long time ago, and because it did, mankind developed in drastically different climes and circumstances. But what if we twenty-first century types were living in one of the super-continental periods--those characterized by “lid tectonics” rather than “plate tectonics?” What would it be like if all of humanity was confined to a single landmass...and had been so confined for all of our recorded history?
That's the ever-so-tantalizing axis on which our Pangaea anthology turns.
It's an exciting and original idea, one that deserves the best world-building talent available. So to explore this world on your behalf, we've harnessed the word-smithing abilities of some of science fiction's most inventive writers.
The Pangaea Publishing Model
In a traditional publishing arrangement, less than 10% of the proceeds from a book go to the author. Hard to believe, isn't it, considering the author is the one providing 100% of the insight and wit? The lion's share of the cover price goes to the book store and the publisher, to cover both their costs and their profits.
In the case of this anthology, all proceeds after production and distribution costs go to the writers whose work drew you to the book in the first place--which, after all, is how it should be. When you support Pangaea, you're supporting a new and infinitely more equitable publishing model. You're saying that writers should finally enjoy the fruits of their labor.
It's a subversive idea, no question about it. But we believe it's an idea whose time has come.
Some of the most respected writers in science fiction and fantasy today. Michael Burstein. Adam-Troy Castro. Russ Colchamiro. Peter David. Michael Jan Friedman. Robert Greenberger. Glenn Hauman. Paul Kupperberg. Kelly Meding. Aaron Rosenberg. Lawrence M. Schoen. Geoffrey Thorne. Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore.
Not just great writers, by the way. They're also people who love and respect their craft and their chosen genre. If you get a chance to speak with them (and you can at some of the higher reward levels), you'll hear the excitement in their voices as they talk about their contributions to Pangaea.
They have signed up for the book no matter what. And others have agreed to come aboard if we hit some of our stretch goals--which, of course, is all the more reason to hit them!
A La Carte Menu
Rather than ask you to read every possible combination of reward components, here's a handy menu for add-ons. Remember, these are additions to the rewards you'll see on the right side of the web page. All you have to do, when you pledge, is send me a message as to which add-ons you'd like and I'll take care of the rest.
For $15 more, you can become a patron of the anthology and see your name on the Acknowledgements page.
For $15 more, you can add a second Pangaea trade paperback to your reward at the $25 level or greater. Both books will be signed by three or more of our writers.
For $18 more, you can add on one of our author sampler packages of five e-books each. Check out Update #18 for details!
For $20 more (plus international shipping of $20 if you're outside the U.S.), you can add a trade paperback copy of Pangaea to the $13 reward level.
For $20 more, you can upgrade your trade paperback to a hardcover edition (after the option is unlocked, of course).
For $25 more, you can add a copy of the Modala Imperative comic book trade paperback to the $25 reward level. It will be signed (inside or outside, your choice) by writers Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman, and by editor Bob Greenberger. The Modala Imperative is a landmark artifact in the annals of Star Trek lore, featuring the first-ever crossover between the Original Trek characters and those of the Next Generation. U.S. postage is included. Outside the U.S. add an additional $10 for postage ($35 total).
For $35 more, you can name a business, a street, or a one-time bystander (phonetically, of course, since this is not our world)--and also become a patron of the anthology and see your name on the Acknowledgements page.
For $50 more, you can enjoy a half-hour Skype session with Michael Jan Friedman, Paul Kupperberg, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, or Lawrence M. Schoen. These are very limited and available only on a first-come, first-served basis.
For $700 more, you or someone you love will receive a large print of an alternate cover to the anthology suitable for framing -- a one-of-a-kind treat specially created for you and signed by talented Brazilian painter Caio Cacau -- as well as smaller prints of the sketches that went into the development of the alternate cover. (No additional postage within the U.S. Outside the U.S., $50.)
At $8,500, we unlock "the hardcover option," allowing any backer from $25 on to upgrade to a handsome hardback version of Pangaea (see A La Carte menu above).
At $9,000, we send all our backers from $8 on up an e-pub version of Tales Of The Crimson Keep, a fantasy anthology featuring the talents of all seven Crazy 8 Press authors--Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Paul Kupperberg, and Aaron Rosenberg.
At $12,000, we send all our backers from $8 on up an e-pub version of Geoffrey Thorne's marvelously offbeat urban fantasy novel, Winter of The Wild Hunt.
At $14,000, we add a story to the anthology by an as-yet-unrevealed science fiction writer!
At $15,000, we unlock another added value: a guest artist will provide a black-and-white illustration for each of our stories, to be included in every edition of the book.
At $16,000, each backer from $25 on up will receive a set of prints of the black-and-white illustrations described above.
Additional stretch goals will be announced as we go along (It's more fun when we keep you in suspense)!
The Ground Floor
Our collective intention is to make this anthology the first of many in the world of Pangaea. We want to make it the kind of place to which you'll return time and again, glimpsing some new and intriguing aspect each time.
So sit back. Close your eyes. Feel the sun of Pangaea on your face. Feel the wind of Pangaea in your hair. Hear the voices of Pangaea calling.
Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy Finders Keepers, and the outrageous sequel, Genius de Milo, all with Crazy 8 Press.
Russ lives in West Orange, NJ, with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ is now at work on the final book in the Finders Keepers trilogy.
As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus, for sure, but much quicker.
For more on Genius de Milo and Russ’ other wacky tales, you can visit www.russcolchamiro.com, follow him on Twitter @AuthorDudeRuss, and ‘like’ his Facebook author page www.facebook.com/RussColchamiroAuthor. Russ encourages you to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly three decades. He has worked in every conceivable medium: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them. In the literary field, Peter has had over a hundred novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List. His novels include Tigerheart, Darkness of the Light, Sir Apropos of Nothing, Howling Mad, and the Psi-Man adventure series. He is the co-creator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books. Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and he has also worked on such varied and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, X-Factor, Star Trek, Wolverine, The Phantom, The Dark Tower, and others.
KEVIN DILMORE has been getting his geek on for a good while now. A journalist for more than 25 years, he has contributed to publications including the Village Voice, Amazing Stories, Hallmark, and Star Trek Communicator magazines as well as web sites including Hallmark.com and Star Trek.com. With Dayton Ward, he has co-written novels and shorter fiction based on television shows including “Star Trek,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “The 4400.” Their most recent novel, All That’s Left, is the fourth in the Star Trek: Seekers series. Kevin’s solo writing has appeared recently in Native Lands, the latest ReDeus anthology published by Crazy 8 Press, Hey Kids, Comics! by Crazy 8 Press, and New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics by Sequart. By day, Kevin works as a senior writer for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo., doing about everything from writing greeting cards to assisting in product development. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Kevin lives in Overland Park, Kansas. Keep up with his shameful behavior and latest projects on Facebook.
Michael Jan Friedman
Mike Friedman is the author of more than 70 books of fiction and non-fiction, about half of them set in the Star Trek universe. Eleven of his titles, including the autobiography Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Ghost Hunting (written with SciFi’s Ghost Hunters), have appeared on the New York Times primary bestseller list. Mike has also worked in community newspapers, network and cable television, radio, magazine publishing, and comic books. He co-wrote the story for the acclaimed second-season Star Trek: Voyager episode “Resistance,” which guest-starred Joel Grey. Mike is a founder of Crazy8press.com, an indie publishing venture that specializes in science fiction and fantasy. Currently, he's working on Lost Days, an historical fantasy. As always, Mike advises readers that no matter how many Friedmans they know, he is probably not related to any of them.
Bob Greenberger began his professional career began at Starlog Press, where he created Comics Scene, before working for DC Comics, Gist Communications, Marvel Comics, and Weekly World News as Managing Editor until its demise in 2007. Since then, he's helped relaunch Famous Monsters of Filmland and served as News Editor at ComicMix.com. He is a founder of Crazy8Press, a digital publishing hub, where he co-created and edited three volumes in the new ReDeus shared universe. Bob has written numerous Star Trek novels and short fiction in addition to short works of science fiction and fantasy. His adult nonfiction includes the award-winning novelization of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Essential Batman Encyclopedia, Iron Man: Femme Fatales, and Star Trek: The Unauthorized Complete History.
Glenn Hauman is an American editor, publisher, writer of novels and short stories, and colorist. As an editorial consultant to Simon & Schuster Interactive, he contributed to a number of Star Trek CD-ROMs such as the Star Trek Encyclopedia, Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, as well as those for other properties, such as Farscape. Among Glenn's books are the eBooks Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers: No Surrender and Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers: Creative Couplings, which he co-authored with Aaron Rosenberg and which is noteworthy for dramatizing the first Klingon/Jewish wedding ceremony. Glenn wrote the short stories "On The Air," which appeared in the anthology Ultimate X-Men, and "Chasing Hairy," which appeared in the anthology X-Men Legends. Both were featured on the Sci-Fi Channel's Seeing Ear Theater. Glenn is a founder of ComicMix. He also provided the color art for Mike Grell's Jon Sable, Freelance. He is quite tall, and so notoriously overworked that he has been known to crib his author’s biography from his own Wikipedia page.
Paul Kupperberg is the author of the mystery novel, The Same Old Story, as well as the Archie Comics young adult novel, Kevin, which features the first openly gay character in Archie Comics’ history. Paul wrote the 2012 Eisner Award- and 2013 Harvey Award-nominated Life With Archie: The Married Life magazine for Archie Comics, which featured the bestselling “Death of Archie” story line. He is the author of more than two dozen books and has contributed short stories to many anthologies, including the ReDeus trilogy, Tales of the Crimson Keep, Latchkeys, and the Hellfire Lounge series. Paul has also written hundreds of comic book stories, from Batman to Bart Simpson and Superman to Scooby Doo, as well as the Superman and Tom & Jerry syndicated newspaper strips, and numerous articles, reviews, and short stories. You can follow him at Paulkupperberg.com.
Born and raised in Southern Delaware, Kelly Meding's discovery of Freddy Krueger at a very young age forged her lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and all things paranormal. She writes the widely admired Dreg City urban fantasy series as well as the Metawars original superhero series. As Kelly Meade, she writes the Cornerstone Run trilogy, which includes Black Rook and Gray Bishop and concludes in January 2015 with White Knight. You can find Kelly on Twitter (@KellyMeding), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/kellymeding/), her website (http://www.kellymeding.com/), blog Organized Chaos (http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/), and on Facebook.
Aaron Rosenberg is the author of the best-selling DuckBob series (consisting of No Small Bills, Too Small for Tall, and Three Small Coinkydinks), the Dread Remora space-opera series and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series. His tie-in work contains novels for Star Trek, Warhammer, WarCraft, and Eureka. He has written children’s books (including the original series Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles, the award-winning Bandslam: The Junior Novel, and the #1 best-selling 42: The Jackie Robinson Story), educational books on a variety of topics, and over seventy roleplaying games. Aaron is the co-creator of the ReDeus series, and one of the founders of Crazy 8 Press. He lives in New York with his family.
Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of numerous novels and short stories, including a whole bunch of stuff set in the Star Trek universe, often working with friend and co-writer Kevin Dilmore. He’s also written (or co-written) for Star Trek Communicator, Star Trek Magazine, Syfy.com, StarTrek.com, and Tor.com, and is a monthly contributor to the Novel Spaces writers blog (http://novelspaces.blogspot.com). Dayton is known to wax nostalgic about all manner of geek and sundry topics over on his own blog, The Fog of Ward (http://www.daytonward.com).
Adam-Troy Castro's short works have been nominated for two Hugos, three Stokers, and eight Nebulas. He won the Philip K. Dick award for his novel EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD. His twenty-five other books include horror, media analysis, and 16 novels. He is currently best known for his Gustav Gloom series of middle grade novels. GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE INN OF SHADOWs will be out in August. Adam lives in Florida with his wife Judi and an assortment of cats that include Meow Farrow and Uma Furman.
Lawrence M. Schoen
Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, specializing in psycholinguistics. In 2007, he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer and in 2010 received a Hugo Award nomination for best short story. He's also received back-to-back Nebula Award nominations (in 2013 and again in 2014) for novellas involving the Amazing Conroy, a stage hypnotist traveling the galaxy in the company of Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. Lawrence, one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, is also the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem. He lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.
Michael A. Burstein
Michael A. Burstein, winner of the 1997 Campbell Award for Best New Writer, has earned ten Hugo nominations and four Nebula nominations for his short fiction, collected in I Remember the Future. Burstein lives with his wife Nomi and their twin daughters in the town of Brookline, Massachusetts, where he is an elected Town Meeting Member and Library Trustee. When not writing, he edits middle and high school Science textbooks. He has two degrees in Physics and attended the Clarion Workshop. More information on Burstein and his work can be found on his webpage, http://www.mabfan.com.
Geoffrey Thorne writes fiction that falls under the headings of scifi, fantasy, crime, adventure, or some combination thereof. After a successful career as a television actor, he began his writing career by winning Second Prize in Simon & Schuster's sixth annual Strange New Worlds anthology with his story "The Soft Room." Geoffrey went on to publish the Star Trek: Titan novel Sword of Damocles. As a screenwriter, he has worked with Kickstart Entertainment to develop two of their properties, Of Bitter Souls and Sword of Dracula, for television. He has also been a writer for season 9 of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, season 2 of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and seasons 3,4, and 5 of TNT's Leverage. In 2014 Lion Forge Entertainment and NBC-Universal tapped Geoffrey to reboot the KNIGHT RIDER series in comic book form. He is also a co-founder and writing partner of GENRE 19, a studio he formed with artist Todd Harris in 2008.
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Risks and challenges
Certainly, there are challenges associated with any anthology. While our authors are professionals, life throws us all curves from time to time. Still, the show must (and will) go on. In the event one of our featured writers cannot contribute to the anthology for any reason, we promise to replace him or her with a writer of what we feel is equal stature. As for our cover...that's done, obviously. In general, we expect to meet our September deadline and deliver just what we're promising--a work that our backers will want to read and re-read for some time to come.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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