Final Stretch Goal: Audio Version!
If we are able to pass that number I will be able to hire a professional voice actor to create an audio version of The Far Bank of the Rubicon.
Every Backer who has pledged $5.00 or more will receive a free copy!
There is a new interview available in the updates. I won't reprint the whole thing here.
Stretch Goal #1
So where do we go from here?
I've been mulling that over for the last twenty-four hours. I'm not yet going to put out a whole list of stretch goals--although, I have a few things in mind. I think that would be a mistake. A lot of Kickstarters go wrong, when they promise things they can't deliver in the heat of the moment.
However, I would like to announce my first stretch goal...
At $1500 every backer will receive an exclusive short story, called "Lonely Guy."
Lonely Guy is a story which explores intraspace. For those of you not yet familiar with my science fiction world, intraspace is a fully immersive, galactic wide, virtual reality internet. People work there and play there.
Intraspace appears in the Pax Imperium books but it has never been the central setting for a tale. It's time to change that. There are so many great possibilities for stories set primarily in intraspace. The physics are different. The experience is different, and dare I say, the morals are different.
This story will not be published on Amazon until at least 2015. So the only way to get a copy until then will be to back my Kickstarter.
Delivery on this one might take until August. We shall see.
What will I do with the Money?
I want to produce audio versions of both The Far Bank of the Rubicon and Aetna Adrift. While this money won't cover the whole cost, it will provide seed money for that effort.
Can you guess what the next stretch goal will be?
Thank you again for all your support!
I'm not sure I could think of a better way to show you my project other than to let you read part of the book. (I'll be back on the other side to tell you a little more.) So without further ado...
The Far Bank of the Rubicon
By Erik Wecks
The biting temperature didn’t bother Elijah Summers, and if it made the movements of his opponents just that much slower, all the better. Minus two made it the coldest night in Washington, D.C., in several years. The brightly lit, snow-covered lane worried him more. There would be no hiding from the CEO’s bodyguards when he eventually had to cross it.
From the gatehouse where he stood, Summers looked across the untouched white street to the historic home beyond. The nondescript, black limousine hovered just off the ground in the drive behind the closed gate. The driver would make the most difficult target. Although the vehicle carried official plates, it was not the standard limousine for the CEO of the corporate state called Unity. Tonight, the CEO intended to be discreet. That didn’t mean the limousine would be a soft target. For an ordinary assault team, it would have been a difficult nut to crack, but Summers had some built-in advantages.
Briefly, he checked the second story window to the right of the porch over the Georgian colonnade. As he looked, the focus of the eyepiece over his left eye zoomed into the window. Inside, a light was left on low. He could barely make out a rhythmic movement of shadows, but that wasn’t really necessary. The quiet sounds of sex told him the target was still on schedule. He wouldn’t leave early tonight. He looked back to the car below. Three guards outside and a fourth inside. The target was making this all too easy.
Cowhill truly is a child, thought Summers. Give him a tit to suck and too much food, and he’s completely content. What a waste.
With ten seconds left on the countdown, Summers picked up the small mag pistol on the shelf next to him. It would have taken much less time to simply kill the night guard who previously inhabited this booth on nights like this, but Summers prided himself on efficiency. Collateral damage could come back to haunt you later. For Summers’ sense of order, it had been the right thing to simply pay the bribe to get the job in the Unity security division guarding Mr. and Mrs. Brown. Besides, the position had allowed him to observe the mating habits of the target for the last month, and that made his job all the easier. It also meant he knew the Browns would almost certainly remain at the Kennedy Center for another couple of hours. Another unnecessary complication avoided.
Time—three minutes until his boss arrived.
The world shifted slightly as Summers opened his mind to intraspace. Instantly, all the objects around him connected to the cloud became evident. Summers now effectively existed in two places at once. One part of him remained anchored in the physical world. Another part of him existed in intraspace, able to interact with objects there, some of which existed only as electronic fictions.
What made Summers so unique was his ability to live in both worlds simultaneously. Until he had been altered by a top secret division of the Department of Defense, people could only exist in either intraspace or in meatspace. With concentrated effort, he could take action in two places.
Summers checked in with his AI handlers at the Defense Department to make sure that his avatar had been properly encrypted. This whole operation wouldn’t work if one of the AIs on the car or the gate got wind of his existence. Assured that his encryption was in place, Summers concentrated and sent his avatar dashing across the street at speeds well beyond human physical capacities. He passed through the gate as if it didn’t exist, and along the way, dropped a universal key in through its electronic connection to the alarm company. Summers moved ahead. He paused near the car, then sent three quiet but sophisticated code breakers to attack one of the computers on the vehicle. Their particular target handled the environmental functions, including the doors and windows. There were two other computers on board, a senior AI for command and defensive measures, and another for the engine and mechanics.
In meatspace, Summers stepped out of the guardhouse, pistol in hand. He was in the process of raising it when he hesitated. The windows were supposed to be the weakest link on the vehicle. However, his AIs were having more difficulty than expected. He waited, wondering if his cover had been blown....
The Rest of the Story
The Far Bank of the Rubicon is volume one of a trilogy of Pax Imperium novels which I started working on perhaps six years ago.The trilogy has gone through several iterations and is now called The Pax Wars.
Along the way I got stuck a couple of times and ended up writing other things as a result. For instance, when I recognized I needed to know my "villains" better I ended up writing and publishing my first novel, Aetna Adrift.
With this Kickstarter campaign, I am really thrilled to bring you the novel that was the original genesis for the Pax Imperium.
So where are we in the process?
- The manuscript for The Far Bank of the Rubicon is completed.
- The cover art has been purchased.
- I have an editor who is working on the manuscript.
- It should be ready shortly after the end of the Kickstarter campaign--July at the latest.
Then why do a Kickstarter? Because I have put my money where my mouth is and invested up front in cover art. I need to pay my family back for that investment and because, while my editor is a friend and would do it for free, he deserves to get paid.
How I will spend your money:
- $200 for Cover Art
- $200 for Editing
- $50 in Marketing
- $50 in fees (Kickstarter and Amazon)
That said, The Pax has grown well beyond the boundaries of this story with over 500 years of history.
In the Pax, All the stories tie together in some way. A main character in one story is a minor character in the next. The Far Bank of the Rubicon really is the nexus for all of these stories. So it provides the perfect entry point for new readers.
There are pledge levels in all price ranges with a copy of the book starting at $5.00. So pick a gate, and I will see you on the other side.
For those of you who can't wait, there are four Pax Imperium stories already published, including the stand alone prequel to the Pax Wars series, Aetna Adrift. You can find those books on Amazon.
Praise for the Pax Imperium Novel, Aetna Adrift
In Aetna Adrift, Erik Wecks provides a satisfying blend of sci-fi action, romance, believable world building, and timely social commentary.
--SciFi Guy, indieebookreviews.com
And this world and this universe is colourful and richly illustrated. I love its decadence....You know it will collapse spectacularly in on itself eventually because it is in such a fragile state.
--Matt Mason, sweattearsanddigitalink.com
Erik's writing and plotting is right up there with the traditionally published writers, and I suspect that Erik could easily make the jump to a publishing house with the Aetna novel.
--James Floyd Kelly, GeekDad.com
If this is the type of book you like, I recommend this one. I'm confident that you'll enjoy it.
It's a rich world with believable characters and strong character development.
Thanks for Considering
THE FAR BANK OF THE RUBICON
I'll be back with updates throughout the campaign, including stretch goals if necessary. Until then, happy reading!
Risks and challenges
There are few risks and challenges for the consumer with this project.
As stated above the manuscript is completed and just running through a last edit.
Also, I am using Createspace for my paperbacks. They are a print on demand company owned by Amazon. There is little to no reasonable risk that I won't be able to print the books.
The greater risk is that I get stuck writing the last short story, Rena's Song. Without that I can't finish the collection. But that has been rattling around in my head for months. I know where it's going and I just need to take the time to fingers to the keyboard as it were.
But what if an asteroid hits the Earth before you finish, you ask?
...Well there is that. I guess in that case I might not deliver.
- (21 days)