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23 contemporary stories capturing the classic golden age feel of space opera past.

About The Anthology

Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age combines the best stories from the 6 year run of Ray Gun Revival ezine with new stories from some of the top writers in science fiction today. 23 stories from writers including Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, A.C. Crispin, Mike Resnick, Seanan McGuire, Allen Steele, Brenda Cooper, Robin Wayne Bailey and Sarah A. Hoyt--all contemporary yet capturing the classic golden age feel of space opera in the past.

Edited by anthologist Bryan Thomas Schmidt with artwork by Illustrators Of The Future Winner Paul Pedersen, this unforgettable collection will be available in limited hardback, trade paperback and ebook editions. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to fund pro-rate payments to the editor and writers as well as partial production costs for the anthology. 

Every Day Publishing is a small Canadian Press but we are paying professional rates for this anthology.

Approx. 95000 words
Publication Date: November 2013
Publisher: Every Day Publishing

Author List:
Mike Resnick, A.C. Crispin, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Sarah A. Hoyt, Robin Wayne Bailey, Brenda Cooper, Allen Steele, Seanan McGuire, Peter J. Wacks, Keanan Brand, Milo James Fowler, Michael S. Roberts, Michael Merriam, T.M. Hunter, Robert Mancebo, Alice M. Roelke, Lou Antonelli, Paula R. Stiles, Jenny Schwartz, A.M. Stickel, Shaun Farrell, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks

Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Editor

Editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s anthologies include Beyond The Sun (forthcoming, Fairwood Press, July 2013), Shattered Shields coedited with Jennifer Brozek (forthcoming, Summer 2014) and Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales 6 (Flying Pen Press, April 2012). He's coediting Shattered Shields, a military fantasy anthology for Baen Books (forthcoming 2014). The editor of Blue Shift Magazine (debuting May 2013), Bryan is also the author of the Davi Rhii Space Opera Series, The Dawning Age epic fantasy series and the Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter books for kids. His debut novel, The Worker Prince, Book 1 in the Saga of Davi Rhii, received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases of 2011. He’s a frequent contributor to SFSignal, Grasping For The Wind and other blog sitesas well as his own blog and website at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net.

Paul Pedersen, Artist

Paul Pederson was born August 11, 1980, in Bessemer, Alabama. He was raised all his life in St. Augustine, Florida (the oldest city in the nation). Art and history were prominent features in the small tourist town and this had a tremendous influence on him. At an early age he loved to draw and paint. Paul and his older brothers were always fascinated with works of fantasy and science fiction. Subsequently he leaned more towards fantasy illustrations. Paul's parents established a private school known as Taldeve (Talent Development) School of the Arts that Paul attended through middle school and high school. This gave him the rare opportunity to study one-on-one under professional artists in the North Florida area. After high school Paul moved to Australia for two years spending much of his time learning the Aboriginal culture and doing freelance art. He later studied Art and Design at Dixie State College and has worked for over ten years as a Graphic Designer, painting murals, and illustrations. He currently resides in St. George, Utah where he is illustrating and hoping to take full advantage of his talents.

Publishers:

Every Day Publishing, Ltd.

Right from the beginning, Every Day Publishing has focused on bite-sized reading for a busy world. In 2007, Jordan Ellinger, Camille Gooderham Campbell and Steven Smethurst launched Every Day Fiction, one of the first daily online flash fiction magazines, at a time when others were still publishing monthly or quarterly issues. Other magazines followed: Every Day Poets in 2008, then Flash Fiction Chronicles in 2009. Ray Gun Revival was adopted by Every Day Publishing in 2011 after their original publisher moved away from magazines altogether. Every Day Publishing has most recently launched Every Day Novels, a new line of serialized novels, and a commercial imprint, Tied Star Books, to produce tie-in fiction and other special projects.

Jordan Ellinger

Jordan Ellinger is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future Contest and is a Clarion West graduate. His novel Fireborn: Ritual of Fire is due out at the end of the year from Fantasy Flight Games, and he is a frequent contributor to the Warhammer Fantasy universe. In his spare time, he helms Every Day Publishing, publisher of Every Day Fiction, Every Day Poets, Flash Fiction Chronicles, and Ray Gun Revival.

Camille Gooderham Campbell

Camille Gooderham Campbell has designed and produced six books for Every Day Publishing. From a family of artists, she has always been passionate about beautiful print books (especially clothbound hardcovers), and has recently discovered the joys of crafting e-books. She is also Managing Editor of Every Day Publishing’s flagship magazine, Every Day Fiction, and handles most of the day-to-day operations for the enterprise. She has an Honours B.A. specializing in English Literature from the University of Toronto, where she was privileged to study creative writing with Professor J. Edward Chamberlin.

About Ray Gun Revival

Raygun Revival is an ezine of classic-style space opera founded by Overlords Johne Cook, L.S. King and Paul Christian Glenn which ran in two incarnations from 2006 through 2012, the second of which was published by Every Day Publishing. Past issues and a website can be found at http://raygunrevival.com/. NOTE: The Overlords are not involved with this Kickstarter, but have lent their support.

"Any time Bryan Thomas Schmidt comes up with a notion for an anthology, you can bet the farm that it's an outstanding notion. I'm very eager to participate in RAYGUN CHRONICLES, as I'm sure all the other contributors are." -- Mike Resnick

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Risks? Your head may explode from too much space opera awesomeness!

How can we be certain you'll deliver as promised?
Bryan Thomas Schmidt has seen 12 books/stories published since 2011, all through traditional publishing. That includes 3 as editor, 4 as contributor and 5 as sole author. In addition to Raygun Chronicles, he has an anthology under contract with Fairwood Press and more in the works.

Every Day Publishing has operated online magazines continuously since 2007 and has successfully published five print anthologies in hardback and paperback releases.

When will we get the rewards?
Rewards will be delivered in November as the books release. E-badges will be sent out upon successful completion of the Kickstarter. Reward for critiques or services will be delivered as time is available starting upon completion of the Kickstarter.

What happens if the Kickstarter doesn't fund?
You keep your money and we will seek another option for publishing this great anthology.

FAQ

  • Space opera is one of the most widely known and longstanding subgenres of Science Fiction. E.E. "Doc" Smith (Lensman) is cited as one of the earliest examples, but Star Wars and Star Trek are far more known. Space opera involves stories of good v. evil, intergalactic war and politics, and good fighting evil. It's similar to westerns in many ways and the term space opera refers to its dramatic elements which can be like many soap operas with crisscrossing arcs and storylines and larger than life characters and emotions. It happens to be a favorite form of many SFF professionals.

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