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The Golem of Deneb Seven will collect approximately 30 of my science fiction and fantasy short stories written in the last several years. These stories have originally appeared in magazines like Nature, Fireside, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy's Edge, and various anthologies. This is the chance to collect them all in one place.  

The Brag Shelves: Books I edited, wrote, or appeared in.
The Brag Shelves: Books I edited, wrote, or appeared in.

If you're already familiar with my writing then you know exactly what to expect. If you're not, here's a brief primer. Over 100 of my short stories have been published since 2010. I won the WSFA Small Press Award in 2014 and was nominated for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing twice, in 2015 and 2017. (Those nominated stories are both included in this collection.) While the collection will include stories of all lengths, here are some bite-sized samples:

Charles E. Gannon called my writing "a wonderful fusion of hard SF and melancholy wisdom." The story he was referring to is "Icarus Falls." Another experimental, thoughtful story is "The Rumination of What Isn't."

Bill Freedman once introduced me at an event as "the clown prince of sci-fi." Partly because I edit Unidentified Funny Objects, the annual anthology of humorous SF/F, but also because I write a lot of humorous stories filled with pop-culture references. Check out "Dreidel of Dread: The Very Cthulhu Chanukah," or "How Earth Narrowly Escaped an Invasion from Space."  

A Barry Munden illustration for "How Earth Narrowly Escaped an Invasion from Space"
A Barry Munden illustration for "How Earth Narrowly Escaped an Invasion from Space"

These are the sorts of stories you can find in my first collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories, as well as this new book I'm hoping to fund. Within its pages you'll discover:

• Refugees with a salvaged mech suit find that family ties are stronger than armor.
• Two artificial intelligences in love turn the world into their playground.
• Modern-day Dante is guided through hell by the ghost of Bob Marley.
• Ancient gods and monsters stalk the halls of a 1920s night club.
• A young woman must save her planet by committing an act of terror.
• In the rekindled space race between the United States, Russia, and India, the winner might be the nation willing to sacrifice the most.

The Kickstarter funds will help me pay for cover art by Wayne Miller (above), cover design by Holly Heisey, copy editing by Elektra Hammond, and interior illustrations by Barry Munden. There's also print and ebook design, printing and shipping costs, and reward fulfillment. Publishing is expensive if you do it right!

A Barry Munden illustration for "The Dragon Ships of Tycho"
A Barry Munden illustration for "The Dragon Ships of Tycho"

In addition to the copies of the new collection, I'm offering the following 12 books below as rewards for this campaign.

Written by me:

Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories  

H. G. Wells, Secret Agent

Edited by me:

Unidentified Funny Objects 1 - 6
Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic
Funny Science Fiction
Funny Fantasy
Funny Horror

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I have delivered many book projects via Kickstarter, all of them on time. I have also consulted on many projects in the Publishing and Gaming categories and have many years' experience in business logistics and project management. Short of any major unforeseen health issues, I expect to deliver this book on time.

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