Independent projects like these...
...as I note in my video (what, you haven't watched the video?), take the kind of chances required to keep science fiction alive and well for decades to come. There was a time when traditional publishers would happily go out on a limb, trying shared-world anthologies and other innovative approaches to the literature. These days, they have to play the game much closer to the vest.
However, you and I--and writers and readers all over the world--aren't bound by the same limitations. We can create, support, and enjoy science fiction that goes directly from creator to audience, taking all the chances that audience can handle.
And in Pangaea, there's plenty to enjoy.
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 shared 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. Ilsa J. Bick. Michael A. Burstein. Russ Colchamiro. Peter David. Keith R.A. DeCandido. Kevin Dilmore. Mary Fan. Michael Jan Friedman. Robert Greenberger. Glenn Hauman. Paul Kupperberg. Ron Marz. Aaron Rosenberg. Lawrence M. Schoen. Geoffrey Thorne. Tiffany Trent. Marie Vibbert. Dayton Ward.
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 the Pangaea series.
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 $11 more, you can add an 8" by 10" suitable-for-framing print of the cover of Pangaea III, which I'll autograph at no additional charge.
For $15 more, you can become a patron of the anthology and see your name on the book's Acknowledgements page.
For $18 more, you can add one of our two author sampler packages of five e-books each, culled from the best work of the writers contributing to Pangaea III. ($36 more for both packages. Packages to be announced.)
- Dragon Precinct By Keith R.A. DeCandido
- Cabal and Other Unlikely Invocations of the Muse by Michael Jan Friedman
- Too Tall for Small by Aaron Rosenberg
- Love, Murder & Mayhem: Cosmic Tales of the Heart edited by Russ Colchamiro
- The Camelot Papers by Peter David
- Unicorn Precinct by Keith R.A. DeCandido
- Lost Days by Michael Jan Friedman
- In My Shorts: Hitler's Bellhop and Other Stories by Paul Kupperberg
- Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil by Mary Fan
- Darkness of the Light by Peter David (Book 1 of 3 in Peter’s Hidden Earth Chronicles)
For $20 more (plus international shipping of $23 if you're outside the U.S.), you can add a second Pangaea III 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 $23 if you're outside the U.S.), you can add a trade paperback copy of the original Pangaea anthology OR Pangaea II: The Rise of Dominjaron 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 Pangaea III trade paperback to a hardcover edition.
For an additional $20, you can add on a physical copy of one of my other Crazy 8 Press books: The Hammer and The Horn, The Seekers and The Sword, The Fortress and the Fire, Fight The Gods, Aztlan, I Am The Salamander, Lost Days, Cabal and Other Unlikely Invocations of The Muse, and Headless and Other Improbable Excitations of The Muse. Any two would be $40, three would be $60, four would be $80, etc. If you're outside the U.S., please add $23 to each book for postage. Of course, I'll be happy to sign these books at no additional charge.
For an additional $25, you can add on one of my bestselling hardcover Star Trek novels: The Valiant or Death In Winter. Together, they would be $50. If you're outside the U.S., please add $23 to each book for postage. Of course, I'll be happy to sign them for free. (These are limited to five of each title, so if you're interested don't wait too long.)
For $30 more (plus international shipping of $23 if you're outside the U.S.), you can add a trade paperback copy of Altered States of the Union, Glenn Hauman's wild and wooly alternate history anthology. Positing a slew of Americas that might have been if history had taken a different turn here or there, it features the work of David Gerrold, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, yours truly, and many others.
For $22 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 $8,500, we add a fourth author signature to every copy of Pangaea III that we send out to our backers.
At $9,000, we send every backer from $8 on up a DRM-free e-copy of Tales of the Crimson Keep (the Newly Renovated Edition), a shared world anthology produced by the unlimited miscreants at Crazy 8 Press (a cadre to which I am proud to belong).
At $10,000, we send every backer from $8 on up a DRM-free e-copy of Fight The Gods, "a contemporary fantasy with its roots sunk deep into the soil of Greek mythology."
At $11,000, we unlock an additional 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 $12,000, every physical-reward backer from $25 up receives a 5" by 8" copy of one of Caio's black-and-white illustrations.
Additional stretch goals will be announced as we go along (It's more fun when we keep you in suspense)!
Risks and challenges
I've done a bunch of these Kickstarter campaigns now and I've always sent out all the rewards I said I would. Barring worldwide catastrophe, that will happen again. Of course, it's possible that one or more of our authors will at some point find themselves unable to participate in Pangaea III for reasons beyond their control, but neither the projected page count nor the quality of the work will suffer as a result.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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