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A science fiction journey beyond the boundaries of charted space, filled with discovery and danger in a time of galactic upheaval.
A science fiction journey beyond the boundaries of charted space, filled with discovery and danger in a time of galactic upheaval.
A science fiction journey beyond the boundaries of charted space, filled with discovery and danger in a time of galactic upheaval.
108 backers pledged $6,035 to help bring this project to life.

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Beta Sector: Master of the Void

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   Beta Sector is an area of space far distant from our current solar system. Hundreds of years from now, this area has been both explored and colonized by human and alien races. Pirates, smugglers, militaries (some friendly, some fiercely protective of their domains) and civilizations both primitive and advanced abound in Beta Sector. Full of wondrous sights, discoveries, and riches beyond the imagination, Beta Sector is also called "home" by those who would quickly dispatch trespassers and would-be adventurers who make a single miscalculation. 

   Master of the Void takes place during a period known as the Great Galactic War, a nearly ten-year struggle between the peaceful worlds of the Unified Collaboration of Systems and the destructive Kafaran Empire. Based on Jules Verne's epic classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Master of the Void  will be a modern retelling, with 20kL's thematic essentials unraveled and rewoven together with elements specific to the Beta Sector universe to create a unique, grand adventure taking new and engaging characters across the stars and beyond.

   Like my other science fiction novels, select backers of this campaign will have the opportunity to have a character (either a major or minor one) named after them. They're not going to just read an adventure; they're going to be a part of it!

   As an exclusive to the backers, hardcover editions of Master of the Void will only be available through the Kickstarter, so get them here while you can!

  With this campaign, we're also looking for a few writers who want to get their names out there and are willing to add their own creations to my novels. Short stories submitted to us will be reviewed, edited (with your guidance and approval), and placed at the end of Master of the Void or other upcoming titles as a separate work. See the Story Submission perk for more details.

   Between 2010 and 2014, I wrote a series of novels taking place in Beta Sector. The Kestrel Saga, available on Amazon, was both well received and reviewed. As I began to close that adventure, I discovered that there were many more stories to tell, and from a plethora of different perspectives. Master of the Void is one such adventure. 

   I've also fully outlined a number of other stories I would like to turn into novels to help flesh out Beta Sector. Each one is an adventure unto itself, some using preexisting characters, and other outlines dealing with entirely new casts and new locations in my universe. Stretch goals to this campaign will get these future novels published and into your hands. 

   I pride myself on the level of communication I give to my backers. Anyone who has backed a previous campaign knows how accessible I am, either in responding to Kickstarter messages, personal emails, or Facebook messages within 24 hours of the request (oftentimes within 10-15 minutes). Creators like me are here for you, as you're the reason our projects exist in the first place.

All backers will receive the revised digital edition of The Army of Light before it is released on Amazon this fall. Backers donating to the Digital 4-pack, or whose level includes those perks, will get digital copies of the first three novels in the Kestrel Saga.

The first three novels in the Kestrel Saga, the series that launched Beta Sector
The first three novels in the Kestrel Saga, the series that launched Beta Sector

Backers donating $11 or more will receive a 3", fully embroidered campaign patch designed by me.  

Sector Command Warship Seraphim shoulder patch concept.
Sector Command Warship Seraphim shoulder patch concept.

A high-resolution digital map of Beta Sector in PDF.
An interactive digital map of Beta Sector, mouse and touchscreen compatible. Check out the single-sector prototype here: https://www.facebook.com/BetaSectorStories/videos/1732217667056599/ 

One of six initial sectors you'll be able to explore in the interactive map. The map area depicted will be full screen. It’s so large you’ll have to slide it around to see all of it. All sectors will be seamlessly combined to form the PDF map.
One of six initial sectors you'll be able to explore in the interactive map. The map area depicted will be full screen. It’s so large you’ll have to slide it around to see all of it. All sectors will be seamlessly combined to form the PDF map.

A digital "travel poster" poster, suitable for printing, which depicts one planet in Beta Sector.  

First digital poster proof concept
First digital poster proof concept

- Your name will appear in the acknowledgement section of Master of the Void. If other Beta Sector novels are produced as a result of this campaign, your name will be listed there as well.
- You will have access to download a digital version of Master of the Void. It will be formatted in ePub, .mobi (Amazon devices), and PDF. 

$3,001 - ACHIEVED!

The First 100 backers will receive a free digital copy of my first stand-alone Beta Sector novel, Traitor Winds, as soon as the campaign is finished.

$4,500 - ACHIEVED!

All backers will receive a digital compilation of Beta Sector short stories (ePub, mobi, and PDF formats).

All backers who have donated $11 or more will receive two 2"x2" color stickers depicting the logos below. Each sticker is made of thick, durable vinyl with a UV laminate to protect it from scratching or fading.

Logos from the Beta Sector series.
Logos from the Beta Sector series.

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- Editing of the final installment in the Kestrel Saga will be funded, as well as the cost for setting up the print version. All backers will receive a free digital copy 30 days before it's released to the public (2017). For those wishing to own a physical copy of the book, please add an additional $25 to your existing pledge via Kickstarter and a hardcover version will be set aside for you, or you can add an additional $11 for a paperback version.   
- Backers who have donated $11 or more will receive an additional 3", fully embroidered campaign patch designed by me.
- Backers who have donated $11 or more will receive a 1.5" (3.81cm) metal challenge coin depicting the 538th Interceptor Squadron from the Kestrel Saga.
- Two additional posters, suitable for printing and depicting elements specific to Beta Sector, will be added to your digital perks.
- You’ll receive a digital pack of logos depicting elements, both military and civilian, specific to Beta Sector. They are high resolution and suitable for printing.
- Three more regions will be added to the interactive Beta Sector map.

Digital posters, 3" Duchess of York patch, and 1.5" solid metal challenge coin (front/back)
Digital posters, 3" Duchess of York patch, and 1.5" solid metal challenge coin (front/back)

 

 

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There are sometimes delays in printing materials or getting them to me in a timely manner. There are also sometimes delays in shipping the material to you, but I strive very hard to meet my projected delivery date.

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    All Digital Pack

    Digital copy of Master of the Void (ePub, mobi, PDF), and access to all digital perks in the campaign. Your name will also be listed in the acknowledgements section.

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    Digital 4-Pack

    Digital copy of Master of the Void (ePub, mobi, PDF), digital copies of the first three novels in the Kestrel Saga, and access to all digital perks in the campaign. Your name will also be listed in the acknowledgements section.

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    Paperback: Gravity Well - Save $4!

    Paperback copy of Master of the Void, and everything included in All Digital level. Your novel will come signed by the author.

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    Hardcover: New Gravity Well - Save $10

    You'll get one hardcover copy of Master of the Void, all the rewards from the Digital 4-Pack, and your digital perks will come to you loaded on an 8GB USB drive. Your digital perks will also include special behind-the-scenes images and artwork not available to general backers. Your novel will come signed by the author.

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    Hardcover: Wormhole - Save $7

    You'll get one hardcover copy of Master of the Void, all the rewards from the Digital 4-Pack, and your digital perks will come to you loaded on an 4GB USB drive. Your digital perks will also include special behind-the-scenes images and artwork not available to general backers.

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    Double Paperback

    Two paperback copies of Master of the Void: one for you and one for a friend! Or two for you! You'll also have access to a digital version of the book and all perks unlocked in the campaign.

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    Double Hardcover

    You'll receive two hardcover copies of Master of the Void, a digital version of the novel, and access to all digital perks and stretch goals unlocked. Your name will appear in the acknowledgements section of all books generated from this campaign.

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    World Creator

    You get to name 2 planets that will appear on the Beta Sector map! You'll also get one hardcover copy of Master of the Void, all the rewards from the Digital 4-Pack, and your digital perks will come to you loaded on an 8GB USB drive. Your digital perks will also include special behind-the-scenes images and artwork not available to general backers. Your novel will come signed by the author.

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    Named Character in Master of the Void

    You will have one character in Master of the Void named after you, a hardcover and digital copy of the book, and all digital perks unlocked in the campaign will be provided to you on a special edition 8GB USB drive. Your digital perks will also include special behind-the-scenes images and artwork not available to general backers. Your novels will come signed by the author.

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    Named Captain in Master of the Void

    I need you to take command of a mighty warship! Your name will appear as the captain of a space warship, and you'll receive all the perks from the Named Character level. Your digital perks will also include special behind-the-scenes images and artwork not available to general backers. Your novel will come signed by the author.

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    Named Captain in Successive Novel

    I need you to take command of a mighty warship! Your name will appear as the captain of a space warship, and you'll receive all the perks from the Named Character level. Your digital perks will also include special behind-the-scenes images and artwork not available to general backers. Your novel will come signed by the author.

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    Named Character in Successive Novel

    You will have a character in one of my next Beta Sector novels named after you, a hardcover and digital copy of that book and Master of the Void sent to you, and all digital perks unlocked in this campaign will be provided to you. Your novels will come signed by the author, and your name will appear in the acknowledgements section of both books.

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    Named Flag Officer in Master of the Void

    Sector Command needs good leaders. Your name will appear as a flag officer of a space fleet (Commodore or Admiral. I'll choose which), and you'll receive all the perks from the Named Character level. Your digital perks will also include special behind-the-scenes images and artwork not available to general backers. Your novel will come signed by the author. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgements section, and you'll receive 2 of each physical perk unlocked.

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    Named Admiral in Successive Novel

    Sector Command needs good leaders. Your name will appear as an admiral of a space fleet, and you'll receive all the perks from the Named Character level. Your digital perks will also include special behind-the-scenes images and artwork not available to general backers. Your novel will come signed by the author. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgements section, and you'll receive 2 of each physical perk unlocked. You will also receive 2 hardback novels, Master of the Void, and the one in which your name appears.

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    Story Submission: Early Bird

    Submit your own short story, up to 7K words, and my editor and I will look it over and give you some advice. The story can be in any genre, and does not have to be science fiction (but it's helpful if it is). We'll work closely with you to polish it so we can include it with the Master of the Void digital perks that go to all the backers and, with your approval, will publish it with Master of the Void so it will be available around the globe.

    You'll also receive all digital perks unlocked in the campaign, and a digital copy of Master of the Void. If your story is selected to be included in Master of the Void, you'll receive two hardcover copies of it. If your story is placed in a different novel, you will receive a hardcover of Master of the Void and a hardcover of the novel in which your story appears (mailed separately at no additional cost to you). Your novel will come signed by the author.

    Selection of stories being attached to Master of the Void will be based on the number of corrections or edits required, in conjunction with the time frame required for publishing Master of the Void.

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