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We've done it! Geek Theater is not only published, but it has been shipped--and the final batch of Kickstarter rewards were sent last week. Many of you have already received your shipments and have downloaded your eBooks, and we are grateful for the very kind and positive responses to the book. If you have any questions about your shipment, please do not hesitate to contact me as I want to make sure that everything has been delivered and everyone is happy. Again, thank you for making Geek Theater possible!
If you'd also like to leave a review of Geek Theater on Amazon, we'd be grateful since reviews do matter in the grand scope of things. Here's the Amazon URL for Geek Theater for those of you who might like to share your thoughts, comments, and reviews of the book.
Speaking of reviews, Mitch Montgomery who publishes SF theater and film reviews at Surreal Time Press is in the process of publishing a series of reviews about Geek Theater. You can find his introductory review of the book as a whole here: GEEK THEATER REVIEW PART 1: INTRODUCTION, which will be followed by another review featuring the short plays within the anthology.
It has truly been a pleasure working on Geek Theater. Thank you for being a Geek Theater supporter and for sharing our vision. We couldn't have done this without you.
If you'd like to pick up a copy of Geek Theater as a present for a loved one or a friend, they're currently in stock at Amazon.com. If you have someone who enjoys reading science fiction for young adults, you may also consider Futuredaze 2: Reprise, which is an anthology that I edited with NY Times bestselling author Nancy Holder. The anthology is a "best of" collection featuring some of the hottest authors being published today. I promise, you'll love it!
And on that note, thank you again for everything. I wish you a very happy holidays and a wonderful New Year that is fill with the best science fiction that the mind can imagine!
Erin M. Underwood
P.S. In addition to launching Geek Theater, I have also been volunteering as Head of Program for Boskone 52 (Feb 13-15, 2015)--New England's longest running science fiction and fantasy convention. If you're in the Boston area in February and you're looking for some SF/F fun, come check out Boskone and say hello. Many of our contributors from Geek Theater and Futuredaze 2: Reprise will be there. If you're interested in attending Boskone, the pre-registration rates are: $50 Adults; $35 College Students; $25 K-12 Students. For more information, visit the Boskone’s website.
Dear Geek Theater Backers,
We're almost there! Thank you so much for your support. Geek Theater will be released on November 4, 2014 and available both online and in retail stores near you. In the meantime, Geek Theater is available for pre-order via the Underwords Press website. Feel free to share this pre-order URL with your friends and family!
This has been an amazing project. When Jen and I first started working on Geek Theater we knew there was nothing else available like this anthology, and we really weren't sure how well it would be received because there was no comparison available. Geek Theater was a leap of faith for us since we could only loosely anticipate anticipate what the demand might be, for an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stage plays, based on our knowledge of the growing SF/F theater community. We took a chance. Geek Theater will be the first of its kind, and that's exciting...and a little scary!
Originally, we planned to only include 12 plays. By the time we closed to submissions we had 15 plays that we loved and couldn't imagine losing any of them. So, we increased the number of plays and moved forward despite the effect on our production schedule and the change to the costs that we estimated for the project. When it came time to making the decision two things were crystal clear: 1) Since we didn't know how the market would respond to Geek Theater, we had to include all 15 plays because there was no guarantee that another anthology of SF/F stage plays would be printed any time soon; and 2) We made a commitment to ship Geek Theater in October 2014 to our Kickstarter backers and we would meet that commitment.
We are in the process of printing the finished copies of the book, and we wanted to share the final cover (both front and back) with you. The cover was designed by Deena Warner, and we love how she brought all of the theater and speculative fiction elements together. The interior of the book was designed by Alice Lewis, and it's really lovely...which seems like an odd statement to make about how text is laid out in a book. However, we've heard from multiple people now how easy the layout is on the eyes, which was one of our biggest concerns. So, we offer our very special thanks to both Deena and Alice for helping to pull Geek Theater together. They both did a tremendous job.
We have been sending out copies of Geek Theater for review. If you have any suggestions for where to send review copies, we'd love to hear them. We've also received some terrific blurbs for the book, which we hope you will enjoy:
“In case you didn’t know, there is such a thing as SF theater. It has been around for a long time, and there is quite a lot of it. In recent years there has been a strong growth and diversification, a lot of new plays, original, not adaptations of stories–though there are a lot of those too. This is a book full of the new stuff, original plays that, all together point to a renaissance of SF theater. Pay attention, and it will blow you away!” – David Hartwell, Hugo Award-winning editor
“Dim the lights, raise the curtain, and be transported to worlds strange and wondrous, times far and near, with tales thoughtful and thrilling — and then give this book the standing ovation it deserves.” — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of FlashForward
Now that the majority of pre-publication tasks are done for Geek Theater, we're also working on putting together the rewards for our backers. We're hoping to get all of the rewards out by the end of the month. We've just exported the list of mailing addresses, and ask that if you have any changes to let us know before we send our your reward(s) to ensure that your package reaches you. Also, there are a few people who haven't sent us their mailing addresses, which means that we won't be able to ship your rewards to you. So, please be sure to check your status.
Thank you again for backing Geek Theater! This anthology would not have been possible without you.
Erin & Jen
Hello Amazing Kickstarter Backers!
I just wanted to give you a heads up that the surveys have been sent and we're collecting your responses now. We'll likely be fairly quiet over the next month or two as we continue putting together the manuscript, preparing your rewards, and putting Geek Theater to press. However, if you have any questions, let us know.
Also, I wanted to let you know that I'll be at Loncon3 in London (aka WorldCon) August 14-18, 2014. If you're there, be sure to come by and say hello. I'll also be moderating the panel "Staging the Fantastic," which will also include James Patrick Kelly, one of Geek Theater's playwrights.
Since I'm the panel moderator, I'm prepping for the panel over the next few weeks. If you have any questions, comments or thoughts on the state of Science Fiction or Fantasy Theater, please do send me an email. While I will have a bunch of my own questions for the panel, I often find that many of the most interesting questions come from the audience. i.e. amazing people like you! So, feel free to share your thoughts. Thanks!
Staging the Fantastic (Saturday 18:00 – 19:00), Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL) Is this a golden age for genre theatre? On both sides of the Atlantic, fantastical theatre has seen notable successes in recent years – from ‘blockbuster’ productions at the National Theatre of His Dark Materials and the original Tori Amos/Samuel Adamson musical, the Light Princess, to smaller, thought-provoking independent work from groups such as The Alchemist Theatre Company, Unlimited Theatre, Luna Theatre Company, and the BFG Collective. Earlier this year, Stage the Future was the first international academic conference on SF theatre; and the forthcoming anthology Geek Theater collects genre theatre by numerous playwrights and other SF authors. So what are the challenges and opportunities of putting SF and fantasy on stage? How does SF theatre use special effects, which are so central to other forms of visual SF? And how is the audience for SF theatre growing and changing? Erin M. Underwood (M), Susan Gray, James Patrick Kelly, Geoff Ryman, David Wake
Thanks again for everything.
co-editor, Geek Theater