What is Star Trek: The Four Years War?
The Four Years War was a protracted conflict between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, which took place roughly ten years prior to the events depicted in Star Trek: The Original Series.
The entire war was outlined in a supplement for the FASA version of Star Trek: The Role Playing Game. While the supplement goes into some detail concerning battles, tactics, and political motives, it is lacking a great deal.
Being an avid fan of military history, I felt that this was a great project to test my abilities at novel writing. Thus, in 2011, this series was born.
As of September 2014, two novels have been completed. To date, they’ve been downloaded over 8,250 times across 68 countries. The 3rd novel, already three-quarters complete, will be finished this year. Depending on the success of this campaign, the 4th could be released by summer, 2015.
Half of the work involved in writing these has been research, trying to blend elements from a great many sources to create a logical flow. I think I've done a pretty good job, and my current followers tend to agree. Here are some of my information sources:
Star Trek: RPG (FASA) (Heavily)
Canon episodes of ENT, TOS, TAS, TNG, VOY, and DS9
Novels from Pocket Books, Comics
Guenther & Sofia - Ships of Starfleet Vol. 1 & 2
Jackill's Starfleet Reference Manual, Vol's 1, 2, & 3
Spaceflight Chronology (Goldstein & Sternbach)
Jaynz Ships of Starfleet
Star Trek Maps (Bantam Books, 1980)
Starfleet Medical Reference Manual (Ballantine Books)
...and a few others.
Having said that, there is no J.J. alternate timeline in here, nor any reference to it.
Despite the good reviews I’ve gotten on them, I really want them to shine. I think they’re worth the effort, and I know that fans would agree. I simply don’t have the disposable income to pay for editing. With your help I can make that happen.
As I said, you can download the first two novels from my website for free right now--the purpose of this campaign is not to give you access to them. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to make those books, which so far have collectively taken 2 ½ years to write, look as perfect as possible.
They’re going to exist on the web…in theory…forever. Let’s all do our part to make them look amazing! Help by becoming a part of the adventure today.
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The patch of the 3rd Fleet is now an add-on for anyone who has donated $20 or more to the project. The outer border in blue signifies the mission, the emblem is the official seal of Starfleet command, and the maroon background denotes the area of responsibility--in this case, the Klingon sector. The 3rd Fleet patch is the first in a series that will commemorate the Four Years War.
Stretch Goal #1: $2,400.00 UNLOCKED!
Now that we've surpasses the stretch goal, here are the upgraded perks:
All levels will receive, in addition to the 3rd Fleet Patch, the patch of the Constitution Design Team. Both are depicted below.
Lieutenant Commander-level and above will have their novels upgraded from pocket-sized to US Trade (6"x9").
Commander-level backers will receive, in addition to their perks, a sealed envelope bearing the seal of Starfleet Command. This will contain a printed copy of your ships dedication plaque and a personalized 'thank you' letter signed by the author.
Captain-level backers and above (including Palm Leaf-level) will receive, in addition to their normal perks, a sealed envelope (blue--water and tear resistant w/silver interior lining) bearing the full-color seal of Starfleet Command. This will contain your personal orders from Starfleet Command on official letterhead, a single-sheet blueprint of your assigned vessel, and a printed color copy of your ships dedication plaque. All prints will be suitable for framing, and will be on 8"x11" photo-paper.
Stretch Goal #2: $3,600: UNLOCKED!
All levels will now receive both the Starfleet Tactical and Memory Alpha embroidered patches shown below:
Stretch Goal #3: $4,800: UNLOCKED!
ALL backers will receive the following:
(1) Full-color Starfleet Academy Diploma with your name on it. The date of graduation will be commensurate with your pledge level (ie. junior officers will have a much later graduation date than Admirals). The diplomas will be printed on 32lb textured ivory parchment paper (like a 'real' diploma). It will come in a blue heavy-paper folder with the logo of Starfleet Command on the front.
(1) 'Remember Archanis IV' embroidered patch.
(1) 'Santee-class Experimental Fleet Carrier' embroidered patch.
Copies of all 4 novels in TXT format*
(1) Electronic copy of The Army of Light, the first novel in my personal series of science fiction adventures.
*Some eReaders (like Kindle Fire, iPad) can be very picky about which books they will 'read back' to you. For this reason, TXT files are perfect for apps that can perform Text-to-Speech, like Read2Me. When used in conjunction with voices from companies like SVOX, it's a great alternative to audio versions of the novels, and the files are extremely small. I use these programs myself every day, and I'm constantly surprised by how often I forget I'm listening to a computer!)
Stretch Goal #4: $6,000: UNLOCKED!
Everyone who has donated more than $25.00 will receive the following two perks:
Stretch Goal #5: $8000 + At this point in the campaign, every dollar has been accounted for. All the perks can be built and shipped to every donor once they are finally assembled in April od 2015. Every level from Captain and above has been filled, and I don't foresee needing any more officers in those billets.
So, what's in the next stretch goal? Right now, I have everyone down for standard shipping (5-7 days in most cases), slightly longer for overseas backers. I'd like to upgrade most (if not all) of those to 2-day or overnight shipping. I'd also like to protect your investment during shipping. This could mean purchasing individual shipping insurance, adding more bubble-wrap/peanuts to the boxes, purchasing document protectors for your paperwork, those sort of things. Of course, I wouldn't mind giving my editor a little bonus for all the hard work she's doing for all of us as well.
Every dollar you give above and beyond your initial contribution will go towards these benefits (and would be highly appreciated by everyone, I'm sure). If you'd like to add to your existing contribution, simply click on the "Manage Pledge" button in Kickstarter and give as little or as much as you want. Your existing perk level will not change.
As a reminder to everyone, even though you may have chosen a perk-level, you can always go back and donate again with any amount you like.
Purchase Add-ons are used so that you can receive additional perks. Shipping will be added during check-out. The available add-ons are listed below:
One set of pocket-sized paperback novels: $35
One set of US Trade paperback (6”x9”) novels: $55
One set of US Trade Hardback novels (with dust jacket): $105
Any embroidered patch that has been unlocked: $3
Follow these steps to receive an Add-on:
Go to this URL: http://www.stephenfender.com/?page_id=10
Choose your add-ons and pay using PayPal.
You will be charged for add-ons at that time. All items will be shipped after April 1, 2015.
Risks and challenges
When it comes to fulfillment, every project has potential obstacles, and my novels are no different. While I own my own publishing company, I do not print my own material. This is where, if ever, there are any delays. I'll be working closely with my distributor to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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