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Fantastic Books is publishing an anthology of forty short science fiction stories, perfect for reading in one sitting (each).
Fantastic Books is publishing an anthology of forty short science fiction stories, perfect for reading in one sitting (each).
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I’m Ian Randal Strock. I’m the publisher of Fantastic Books. But I also write short fiction, and when I’m reading, I love short stories.

So when Tom Easton approached me with his idea for an anthology of short science fiction stories, I was immediately interested. And as we discussed the idea, I became more convinced that many people like you and me would be just as interested in reading this book.

And thus was born Science Fiction for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads, edited by Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial.

While the overall idea is both fun and slightly quirky, don’t let it distract you from the fact that the book is actually going to be chock-a-block full of good, short science fiction stories.

And while I’m publishing the book, it also means I’ll get to read and enjoy it, just like you. In fact, my only regret in publishing Science Fiction for the Throne is that I can’t be a writer in the book myself.

Tell me more

Editors Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial provided this description of the book:

Want something to read while you sit down for a few minutes on the bus or in a waiting room? Here's just the thing -- forty authors, forty stories, mostly under 2,000 words, mostly reprints. Grouped according to their themes -- artificial intelligence, technology, space, time travel, space aliens, the arts and media, religion, strange relationships, and reviving the past. There are even a few shaggy dogs.

Just remember -- one sitting, one read! Others are waiting!

Includes first-time-in-print stories by film critic Daniel M. Kimmel, film-maker Douglas van Belle, mystery writer Brendan DuBois, SETI pioneer H. Paul Shuch, and software engineer Steven Popkes! Also, a bonus micro-story by David Brin!

The authors in this book have earned a combined 10 Nebula (from 60 nominations) and 10 Hugo Awards (from 118 nominations).

Who are those authors?

Gregory Benford, Lloyd Biggle, David Brin, Michael A. Burstein, James L. Cambias, Brenda Cooper, Dave Creek, Robert Dawson, Paul Di Filippo, S.B. Divya, Brendan DuBois, Marianne Dyson, Michael F. Flynn, Jeff Hecht, Liam Hogan, Daniel M. Kimmel, Nancy Kress, Edward M. Lerner, Paul Levinson, J.D. MacDonald & Debra Doyle, Leslie Starr O'Hara, Steven Popkes, Cat Rambo, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Don Sakers, James Sallis, Stanley Schmidt, Holly Schofield, Darrell Schweitzer & Lee Weinstein, H. Paul Shuch, Alex Shvartsman, Steven H Silver, Bud Sparhawk, Douglas Van Belle, James Van Pelt, Jo Walton, Gerald Warfield, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jay Werkheiser, and Fran Wilde.

Will it happen?

You bet. Don't let this campaign fool you: Fantastic Books has already committed to publishing the book. It's happening. We've already paid the authors, sent out review copies, and we plan to have physical copies and launch the book at Readercon in July. The ebook will follow a few weeks later.

Then why run this campaign?

To give you a chance to get involved, to get one of the earliest copies, at a discounted price, because you might not see us at Readercon.

Seriously? That's a video?

Yeah, sorry about that. As you can see, I'm much more of a text editor/writer/publisher than a videographer (also, yes, I was reading from a script on my screen). But that's why this project is for a book, not a film. Thanks for understanding.

Stretch Goals:

$1500 - All backers at the $14 or higher level will receive a limited edition chapbook with stories by Editor Tom Easton and Publisher Ian Randal Strock, and an essay by Editor Judith K. Dial.

$3000 - We will offer a Limited Edition hardcover option for the book to be added to the add-on section and as an available pledge reward.

$6000 - We will produce volume 2 in the series: Fantasy for the Throne: One-Sitting Reads, with 50 stories.

Add-Ons:

Quick Explanation: Kickstarter doesn't really have an intuitive way to do add-ons, and the process can be confusing, so here's a quick explanation. To add one of the below onto your current pledge, just click on the "Manage Your Pledge" button at the top right of the page, click in the "Pledge Amount" box, and change the pledge amount to reflect the addition of the amount of the add-on you want.

Example: if your current pledge amount is $10, and you want to add a $5 add-on, you would click into the "Pledge Amount" box and change the pledge amount to $15. At the end of the Kickstarter, we'll send out a questionnaire to find out what add-ons you contributed for.

NOTES: ebooks are available in .epub, mobi, or .pdf.

$7 — Add a DRM-Free digital copy of our previous anthology, Trafficking in Magic, Magicking in Traffic, edited by David Sklar and Sarah Avery (with content by Pauline J. Alama, Megan Arkenberg, Elizabeth Bear, Daniel Braum, D.W. Carlson, Joyce Chng, M.C. DeMarco, E. Grace Diehl, Jame sEnge, Manny Frishberg, Geroge R. Galuschak, Deborah Grabien, Sara M. Harvey, Scott Hungerford, Deirdre M. Murphy, Rhonda Parrish, Richard Rider, Darrell Schweitzer, and Heather Stearns).

$15 — Add a print copy of our previous anthology, Trafficking in Magic, Magicking in Traffic, edited by David Sklar and Sarah Avery (with content by Pauline J. Alama, Megan Arkenberg, Elizabeth Bear, Daniel Braum, D.W. Carlson, Joyce Chng, M.C. DeMarco, E. Grace Diehl, Jame sEnge, Manny Frishberg, Geroge R. Galuschak, Deborah Grabien, Sara M. Harvey, Scott Hungerford, Deirdre M. Murphy, Rhonda Parrish, Richard Rider, Darrell Schweitzer, and Heather Stearns).

Risks and challenges

The stories have been purchased and paid for, galleys have been sent out to reviewers, and the book has a scheduled publication date which will follow its debut at Readercon this July. The only thing lacking is a finished cover, which will be completed in the coming weeks. So the biggest risks are the speed with which finished copies of the book will be delivered by the printer, and then shipping.

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