Hi, I'm Mike Friedman. Last year I worked with 13 of my favorite writers to bring you Pangaea, an anthology of great science fiction stories. You loved the campaign so much that we blew past our funding goal here on Kickstarter. This year we’re at it again, bringing in more great writers...for Pangaea II: The Rise of Dominjaron.
Here's what some of our Kickstarter backers said after our first Pangaea campaign...
I've been a fan of many of these authors for many years; getting the chance to read their exploration of a new Earth was a no-brainer. This was a fun read from beginning to end. --Chuck May, Pittsburgh, PA.
Got the books today. They look fantastic. Love all the signatures. Make sure I know about any other Kickstarters you get going. --Tasha Turner Lennhoff, Highland Park, NJ.
I'm happy to say everything was delivered as promised and on time, and the book itself exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait for Pangaea II. --Jim Arrowood, Kearney, NE.
The Pangaea team was fantastic and collaborative, responding to requests and questions promptly and with the can-do approach that made it a fun to be part of. The result was a collection of stories that was a delight to read and hard to put down! Thank you all! --Roscoe Fay, New South Wales, Australia
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 anthologies turn.
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. Kirsten Beyer. Ilsa J. Bick. Michael A. Burstein. Peter David. Kevin Dilmore. Michael Jan Friedman. Robert Greenberger. Glenn Hauman. Paul Kupperberg. Ron Marz. Kelly Meding. Aaron Rosenberg. Lawrence M. Schoen. Geoffrey Thorne. Marie Vibbert.
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, you'll hear the excitement in their voices as they talk about their contributions to Pangaea.
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 $10 more, you can add an author-signed print of Brazilian artist Caio Cacau's Pangaea or Pangaea II cover to your reward at the $25 level or higher. (Yes, you can get both covers for a total of $20. additional.)
For $15 more, you can become a patron of the anthology and see your name on the Acknowledgments page.
For $18 more, you can add on one of our two author sampler packages of five e-books each, culled from the best work of the writers contributing to Pangaea II. Check out Update #6 for details.
For $20 more (plus international shipping of $20 if you're outside the U.S.), you can add a second Pangaea II: The Rise of Dominjaron trade paperback to your reward at the $25 level or higher. Both books will be signed by at least three of our writers.
For $20 more (plus international shipping of $20 if you're outside the U.S.), you can add a trade paperback copy of the original Pangaea anthology to your reward at the $25 level or higher. This book will be signed by at least three of our writers.
For $20 more, you can upgrade your trade paperback to a hardcover edition.
For an additional $20, you can receive one of my other Crazy 8 Press books: Fight The Gods, Aztlan, I Am The Salamander, or Lost Days. Any two would be $40, three would be $60, and all four would be $80. If you're outside the U.S., please add $20 to each book for postage. Of course, I'll be happy to sign each book for free.
For an additional $25, you can receive one of my bestselling hardcover Star Trek novels: The Valiant, Crossover, Kahless, or Death In Winter. Any two would be $50, any three would be $75, and all four would be $100. If you're outside the U.S., please add $20 to each book for postage. Of course, I'll be happy to sign each book for free.
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 Acknowledgments page.
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, custom treat created with your input 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 necessary within the U.S. Outside the U.S., add $50.)
At $9,000, we add a story to the anthology by rising sci fi star Tiffany Trent!
At $11,000, we add yet another story to the anthology by an as-yet-unrevealed science fiction writer!
At $12,000, we add three more author signatures to each book we send out--a total of at least six signatures.
At $13,000, we unlock another added value: Caio Cacau, our cover 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 5" by 8" 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 second 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.
Kirsten Beyer is the New York Times Bestselling author of several Star Trek Voyager novels, including String Theory: Fusion, Full Circle, Unworthy, Children of the Storm, The Eternal Tide, Protectors, Acts of Contrition, Atonement, and A Pocket Full of Lies. She wrote the last Buffy book ever, One Thing or Your Mother, and the Alias APO novel Once Lost. She contributed the short story "Isabo's Shirt" to the Star Trek: Distant Shores anthology as well as the short story "Widow's Weeds" to Space Grunts. She has also written several articles for Star Trek Magazine. She does not have a website, a blog, a Facebook page, nor does she Tweet. Those wishing to find her online should check out the literature section on the TrekBBS. She looks forward to establishing a more robust presence on the internet—just as soon as she figures out how to write faster or discovers more than twenty-four hours in each day. When she’s not writing, she tries to extract every last drop of happiness she can from her life as a wife, a mother, a daughter and a friend. For now, she has no complaints.
Ilsa J. Bick
Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, film scholar, former Air Force major, and an award-winning, best-selling author of dozens of short stories and novels, including the critically acclaimed ASHES Trilogy, Drowning Instinct, and, most recently, her DARK PASSAGES series: White Space (long-listed for the Stoker) and The Dickens Mirror. Currently, she lives on a mountain in Alabama with several furry creatures and her husband. On occasion, she even feeds them. Follow her—as well as the cats, the backyard, assorted wildlife, Friday’s Cocktails, and Sunday’s Cakes—on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ilsa.j.bick); Twitter and Instagram (@ilsajbick); or www.ilsajbick.com.
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.
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
Michael Jan 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 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 a sequel to the young adult fantasy I Am The Salamander, which he Kickstarted in 2014. His website is MichaelJanFriedman.net. 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.
Ron Marz has been writing comics for more than two decades, starting his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel. Since then, he has worked for virtually every major publisher and compiled a long list of credits, including stints on Green Lantern for DC, Star Wars and Conan for Dark Horse, and as a staff writer for CrossGen Comics. Among Ron’s recent work is his historic run on Witchblade for Top Cow/Image, the Skylanders series for IDW, John Carter: Warlord of Mars for Dynamite, and The Protectors from Athlitacomics, working with NFL player Israel Idonije. Ron’s creator-owned series include the all-ages tale Dragon Prince at Top Cow; the historical adventure Samurai: Heaven and Earth and the science-fiction story Pantheon City, at Dark Horse; and the vampire tale Shinku at Image. Ron and acclaimed artist Stjepan Sejic also have teamed for Ravine, a series of creator-owned fantasy graphic novels from Top Cow.
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 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.
Lawrence M. Schoen
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, has been nominated for a Campbell, a Hugo, and three Nebula awards, is a world authority on the Klingon language, operates the small press Paper Golem, and is a practicing hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His previous science fiction includes many light and humorous adventures of the Amazing Conroy and Reggie — a space-faring stage hypnotist and his alien animal companion. His most recent book, Barsk, takes a very different tone, exploring issues of intolerance, friendship, conspiracy, and loyalty, and redefines the continua between life and death. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife and their dog.
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. Most recently, he has worked as producer on the TV fantasy series The Librarians. He is also a co-founder and writing partner of GENRE 19, a studio he formed with artist Todd Harris in 2008.
Marie Lillian Vibbert
Marie Vibbert is an IT professional from Cleveland, Ohio whose writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Analog. She is a member of the Cleveland science fiction writing workshop and The Cajun Sushi Hamsters, attended Clarion in 2013, and joined SFWA in 2014. She has ridden 16% of the roller coasters in the United States and plays for the Cleveland Fusion women’s tackle football team. She is also a poet. Her greatest poetry accomplishment so far, besides placing second in the Hessler Street Fair contest, is selling a rhyming poem to a magazine that had “no rhyming poetry” in their guidelines. Marie was married to Brian Crick in 2001 at his mother’s house in Vinh Long, Vietnam. They live in Cleveland Heights with his brother John and two cats. Marie has a live journal for more personal blogging: reasie.livejournal.com. You can also follow her on twitter @mareasie.
Other worthy Kickstarter campaigns
eSpec Books is launching Gaslight and Grimm, a really cool looking collection of steampunk fairy tales -- gaslight-era treatments of such childhood favorites as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack The Giant Killer, Cinderella, and The three Little Pigs. Co-Editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has an exemplary track record delivering great books. If I were you, I'd give this one a look... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/e-specbooks/gaslight-and-grimm-steampunk-faerie-tales
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--the remaining authors will see to that, just as they did in our first volume. As for our cover...that's done, obviously. In general, we expect to meet our October deadline and deliver just what we're promising--a work that our backers will want to read and re-read for years to come.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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