“The street is unlike any other.”
THE STARLIGHT ANTHOLOGIES seek to provide readers edgy new voices in science fiction and fantasy. Stories to amaze, delight, and touch the heart.
In 3rd and Starlight you'll find stories by Hugo and Campbell award nominee Kary English, Aurealis award winner Nick T. Chan, and Jim Baen Short Story award winner Sean Monaghan, and more. All our authors are also winners, finalists, or semifinalists in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest - the tourney field where most of our bards and storytellers first met..
New for this year's anthology, each story has an illustration by artist and author M. Elizabeth Ticknor.
IN ALL, FOURTEEN tales by sixteen authors, both original stories and "directors' cut" reprints that are special to this volume: stories to make you chuckle, and others that may give you pause. Herein are bee gods and dirigible AI's, cyborgs and golems, thieves and djinn, distant worlds and unique alien cultures ... and questions:
What is it that makes us human? How do we define sentience? Wherein lies beauty? What truly makes us happy? How much should one pay for a little respect?
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to provide you a book you'll love, from great stories and illustrations to special design elements cover-to-cover. Increased production costs are the flip side of the coin (literally) of increased quality, and our cover artist, interior illustrator, and layout designers have outdone themselves this year and have been paid accordingly. Please help us bring you the best book we can while we introduce you to these new award-winning and nominated authors whom you'll be sure to see more from as they rise from the shadows, with wits as sharp as their smiles - and their literary knives! :)
OUR FIRST ADVENTURERS COMMENT
“Like trying strange and unusual foods, finding new writers to love and follow can be a chaotic, hit and miss experience. This anthology offers delicious and exotic creations by some of the best new writers in the speculative fiction field.” – William Ledbetter, 2016 Nebula award-winning author of “The Long Fall Up.”
“3rd and Starlight is an enchanting mix of tales from up-and-coming authors from Birch’s gentle story of passage to English and Finegold’s saga of love and honor among immortals. There’s something for every reader. Every piece has its own delights!” – J. Kathleen Cheney, Locus award-winning author of “The Golden City.”
“Fresh new discoveries and recent favorites from vibrant new voices in science fiction and fantasy. Remember these names!” – Martin L. Shoemaker, WSFA award-winning author of “Today I Am Paul.”
THE THIRD AND STARLIGHT AUTHORS
- Rebecca Birch
- Nick T. Chan
- Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
- Philip Brian Hall
- K. L. Schwengel
- Rachelle Harp
- M. E. Garber
- Dustin Adams
- Frank Dutkiewicz
- M. Elizabeth Ticknor
- Sean Monaghan
- William R. D. Wood
- Julie Frost
- Scott R. Parkin
- Kary English
- Robert B. Finegold, M.D.
FIRST AND FOREMOST is 3rd and Starlight – the book you're helping launch with your support!
In addition, we have both the 1st and Starlight and 2nd and Starlight anthologies as well as a number of other works provided by our contributing authors and artists: other ebooks, signed paperbacks and hardcover, signed limited edition prints and original art; and one-year subscriptions to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, the online magazine of science fiction, fantasy, myths, legends, fairy tales, and eldritch fiction and art - where ye humble editor is, well, a humble editor and past contributor. Check a sample story here.
The plethora of rewards are designed to provide you, our backers, the greatest choice. The list of available ebooks, print editions, and artwork are:
- 3RD AND STARLIGHT – ed. by Robert B. Finegold
- 2ND AND STARLIGHT – ed. by Dustin Adams
- 1ST AND STARLIGHT – ed. by Sky McKinnon
- THE PROPHETS OF BAAL - novel by Philip Brian Hall
- LIFE OUT OF HARMONY AND OTHER TALES OF WONDER - by Rebecca Birch
- ARLCHIP BURNOUT - novel by Sean Monaghan
- ATHENA SETTING - novel by Sean Monaghan
- ASTEROID JUMPERS – novel by Sean Monaghan
- (NEW 11-27) ROBOTICA: THE TRUE RELATIONSHIPS OF ARTIFICIAL LIFE FORMS - ed. by Elizabeth Hirst (.pdf file)
- (NEW 12-8) MYSTERION - ed. by Donald S. Crankshaw and Kristin Janz
The Starlight Anthologies
- 3RD AND STARLIGHT – ed. by Robert B. Finegold (editor-signed and unsigned)
- 2ND AND STARLIGHT – ed. by Dustin Adams
- 1ST AND STARLIGHT – ed. by Sky McKinnon
Signed Print Books (limited copies):
- LIFE OUT OF HARMONY AND OTHER TALES OF WONDER - by Rebecca Birch
- (NEW 11-22) SIDEKICKS! - [our thanks to Aliteration Ink publisher Steven Saus] with story "Worthy" by M. E. Garber
- PACK DYNAMICS – novel by Julie Frost
- GOTHIC FANTASY: CHILLING GHOST STORIES (hardcover) -- [our thanks to Flame Tree Publishing] with "The Dew of Heaven, Like Ashes" by William R. D. Wood
- ROBOTICA: THE REAL RELATIONSHIPS OF ARTIFICIAL LIFE FORMS – [our thanks to editor/publisher Elizabeth Hirst] with lead story "Lirazel's Heart" by Robert B. Finegold, MD
- FINAL DAY REWARD PACKAGE "OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN!" adds (1) MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN: Stories of Androids, Robots, and Manufactured Humanity ed. by Neil Clarke, (2) MYSTERION: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith ed. by Donald S. Crankshaw and Kristin Janz, and (3) GALAXY'S EDGE #19 ed. by Mike Resnick to the anthology (4) ROBOTICA: The True Relationships of Artificial Life Forms ed. Elizabeth Hirst, and (5) all three STARLIGHT ANTHOLOGIES. [7 Paperbacks]
PREMIUM SIGNED BOOK REWARDS (only 1 set of each)
Each PREMIUM reward includes all the items in THE FULL SPECTRAL reward.
- PREMIUM #1: THE EVENMERE SERIES - three trade PB set, each book signed by Compton-award winning author James Stoddard. See Kickstarter Update #12 for complete information.
- PREMIUM #2: - THE CAINE RIORDAN OF THE TERRAN REPUBLIC SERIES four trade PB set, each signed by Compton award-winning, three-time Nebula-nominated, and best-selling author Charles Gannon. See Kickstarter Update #13 for complete information.
- PREMIUM #3 - THE COMPLETE UNIDENTIFIED FUNNY OBJECTS science fiction and fantasy humor collection, six trade PB set, each signed by WSFA award-winning editor and author ALEX SHVARTSMAN. See Kickstarter Update #14 for complete information.
1ST AND STARLIGHT – In these pages, you will find stories old and new, eyes to the future and to the past. Dreams of science fiction and fantasy alike. Sweeping journeys and quiet contemplation. Love and sacrifice. I leave you at the intersection between our little slice of reality and the never-ending roads of stardust, and hope you enjoy your stay.
2ND AND STARLIGHT – Eleven stories from today's emerging science fiction and fantasy authors. Journey into the future where androids fight our wars, and venture into magical lands where fiancés are turned into... cows. From deep space to war-torn countrysides, these tales will whisk you to the darkness of deep space, distant lands of enchantment, and the shadowed corners of the supernatural.
THE PROPHETS OF BAAL – In a quiet English town lurks an ancient evil. Young private investigator Toby Le Tocq is soon all at sea in when he takes a casual interest in a two hundred-year-old case.
LIFE OUT OF HARMONY AND OTHER TALES OF WONDER – debut anthology of two-time Writers of the Future Finalist Rebecca Birch with tales of misadventures on a prototype flying machine, crystals that can transfer the human soul, predatory sky-snakes, time travel gone wrong, the healing power of miracles, and more.
ARLCHIP BURNOUT – To escape the horrors of interstellar war, soldier Flis Kupe is willing she's willing to burn out her arlchip, the device that augments her military talents to their absolute limit. A cryptic message from her brother Bryce and a boarding by pirates sends her plans into disarray.
ATHENA SETTING – Jess Candell loves the orbital runs between Jupiter's moons, even if Athena isn't quite the right ship for the job. But in the Jovian system, when things go wrong, they go wrong fast. One hundred hours until rescue; ninety hours until a fiery plunge into Jupiter's atmosphere.
ASTEROID JUMPERS – When the Authority sends Captain Arlon Stoddard and his crew to investigate incidents on Asteroid Perry, the crew expects another routine mission. Instead, what they find might change everything we know.
PACK DYNAMICS – After seven horrific months as a POW, Army Ranger-turned-PI Ben Lockwood just wants a safe, boring life. Now he's caught in a three-way collision course between a ruthless werewolf on the hunt for a cure for his dying vampire wife, a mad scientist of a multinational company -- and himself. Ben's nanotech-injected blood holds the key to the vampire's recovery.
GOTHIC FANTASY: CHILLING HORROR STORIES – A deluxe edition of original and classic short stories. Tales of shadows and voices in the dark from the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Hope Hodgson are cast with previously unpublished stories by some of the best writers of horror today.
SIDEKICKS! – The most important characters don't always get top billing. Heroes and heroines perform world shaking deeds, but sidekicks? They are the unseen glue holding those powerhouses together. Here, the fan girls and the loyal assistants have their moment in the spotlight. Join them as they shake up the world in unexpected and understated ways. Let the heroes sit this one out!
ROBOTICA: THE REAL RELATIONSHIPS OF ARTIFICIAL LIFE FORMS – Artificial life forms are often created to serve human ends... but do they have the capacity to understand human emotions and sexuality?
MYSTERION: REDISCOVERING THE MYSTERIES OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH – Twenty edgy, occasionally controversial but always thought-provoking, tales of Christian science fiction and fantasy. Here you will find stories that wrestle with tough questions and refuse to provide easy answers or censor depictions of a broken world, characters whose deeds result in bad ends—sometimes deserved, sometimes not. But there is also hope, and moments of grace and redemption, though they can burn like fire.
- COSMIC ROOTS AND ELDRITCH SHORES – [our thanks to Fran Eisemann, Chief Editor] An online magazine of science fiction, fantasy, myths, legends, fairy tales, and eldritch fiction and art.
ART BY M. ELIZABETH TICKNOR:
- Amma's Wishes
- Last Time For Everything
- A Matter of Interpretation
- The Root Bridges of Haemae
- The Temptation of Father Francis
- Red is the Color of my True Love's Hair
- Audiobook of 3rd and Starlight - While we are not offering an audiobook of 3rd and Starlight as a Reward as yet, our hope is to provide one to backers at the $25 reward level and up if funding above our Kickstarter Goal permits.
- Yes. Bonus items are in the works for ALL backers who choose Rewards which include the 3rd and Starlight paperback. Support us today and check back for updates.
- 2017-NOV-21 BONUS ITEM! Day 7 and at 38% Funded! In thanks, all backers at the $20 and up will also receive Lou Harper's beautiful hi-resolution 3RD AND STARLIGHT cover art to download as a computer screen wallpaper. Here are the low-res samples with and without the book title:
- 2017-NOV-22 DAY 8 and at 40% Funded! NEW REWARD OFFERING: EVERY HERO NEEDS ONE - SIGNED anthology SIDEKICKS! paperback containing M. E. Garber's story "Worthy" loyally accompanies the signed paperback edition of 3RD AND STARLIGHT, both the 1st and 2nd and Starlight PBs, and all three Starlight Anthology e-books. Two copies available. Get one before they’ve gone up and away!
- 2017-NOV-24 NEW FREE INCENTIVE: For all Rewards with the 2ND AND STARLIGHT paperback, the book will be SIGNED by its editor DUSTIN ADAMS (Thank you, Dustin)!
- 2017-NOV-27: NEW REWARD OFFERING: ROBOTICA: THE TRUE RELATIONSHIPS OF ARTIFICIAL LIFE FORMS ebook (.pdf file) - ed. by Elizabeth Hirst, containing story "Lirazel's Heart" by Robert B. Finegold, MD. This is now available for ebook choice rewards and is a free additional reward added to the loot for our JOURNEYMAN'S SATCHEL, TINKER'S CART, and THE FULL SPECTRAL backers.
- 2017-DEC-04: (DAY - 7): NEW FREEBIE! Special limited edition one-of-a-kind THE STARLIGHT ANTHOLOGIES – 3RD AND STARLIGHT BOOKMARK. This shiny versatile 104 by 28 mm (7 by 2 inch) love-crafted (no relation to H. P.) item of quality card stock, brilliant colors, and eye-pleasing design can amazingly remind you of exactly where you last, by no-longer-to-be-forestalled necessity, had to halt your reading due to the need to eat, excrete, or sleep (if you can while bespelled by joy and ensorcelled by wonder within the pages of 3RD AND STARLIGHT). Every supporter whose reward choice contains a PAPERBACK copy of 3RD AND STARLIGHT will find this rare little treasure included between its covers FREE from us to you as an added thanks.
- 2017-DEC-05: PREMIUM REWARD OFFERING #1: THE EVENMERE SERIES by James Stoddard: THE HIGH HOUSE, THE FALSE HOUSE, EVENMERE, each book signed by the author. In addition to all the items in THE FULL SPECTRAL REWARD. See Kickstarter Update #12 for full details.
- 2017-DEC-06: PREMIUM REWARD OFFERING #2: THE CAINE RIORDAN OF THE TERRAN REPUBLIC SERIES four trade PB set, each signed by Compton award-winning, three-time Nebula-nominated, and best-selling author Charles Gannon. In addition to all the items in THE FULL SPECTRAL REWARD. See Kickstarter Update #13 for complete information.
- 2017-DEC-07: PREMIUM REWARD OFFERING #3: THE COMPLETE UNIDENTIFIED FUNNY OBJECTS science fiction and fantasy humor collection, six trade PB set, each signed by WSFA award-winning editor and author ALEX SHVARTSMAN. See Kickstarter Update #14 for complete information.
- 2017-DEC-07: NEW ADD-ON GIFT FOR OUR BACKERS: This beautiful color limited edition print signed by M. ELIZABETH TICKNOR will be ADDED FREE to all Rewards that include the 3RD AND STARLIGHT PAPERBACK at the $50 Reward level and higher.
2017-DEC-08: NEW EBOOK OFFERING: MYSTERION: REDISCOVERING THE MYSTERIES OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH – Twenty edgy, occasionally controversial but always thought-provoking, tales of Christian science fiction and fantasy. This is now available for ebook choice rewards and is a free additional reward added to the loot for our JOURNEYMAN'S SATCHEL, TINKER'S CART, and THE FULL SPECTRAL backers.
This is it! Final backer "kitchen sink "Reward: 2017-DEC-11: NEW REWARD PACKAGE: OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN! -- Retail value: over $90, Orbital Booster Pledge Reward offering: $50.The paradox of ye humble Captain's own pride shelf: SEVEN paperbacks containing dozens of stories and more with original (and, full disclosure, reprint) tales by Dr. Bob that (to his delight) appear beside the works of such eminent authors as ROBERT SILVERBERG, KEN LIU, ELIZABETH BEAR, ALISTAIR REYNOLDS, LEIGH BRACKETT, DAVID DRAKE, BARRY N. MALZBERG, JODIE LYNN NYE, and more. SIGNED by your captain (and/or personalized) upon request. Just two sets available.
Risks and challenges
There is always a chance of delays in delivery of rewards due to shipping, particularly of our limited items (i.e. signed books and art), but we will strive to meet our deadline to provide you with rewards to enjoy at the start of the new year.
Our hope to provide an audiobook of 3rd and Starlight to backers at the $25 reward level and up is predicated on whether the funds raised above our Kickstarter Goal will support the cost of its production.
Thank you for checking out this campaign. Our authors and artists sincerely appreciate the generous support of backers like you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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