WE NOW HAVE STRETCH GOALS!
So, if you've already read the basic information on the project...
Scan down to the bottom to find great new rewards and our goals!
Those of you who are already readers of the Caine Riordan universe pretty much know what to expect from these stories: gritty yet doggedly optimistic hard sf in a world that is a believable and embattled successor to our own. But for those who are not familiar with the series' hallmark blend of exploration, alien encounters, intrigue, and action, then . . .
Welcome to the 22nd century where humanity has just reached out to the stars and now finds itself challenged by contact by five (or is that four?) very different (yet very realistic) alien species whose motivations are as unusual and arresting as their physical forms. Of course, planet Earth still has plenty of problems, injustice, and inequities of its own to deal with.
The novels of the Terran Republic series are a deep dive into the high-stakes exploration, statecraft, and warfare--both with other species and among ourselves--that churn and change our post-contact world. The title character--Caine Riordan--is part of a diverse cohort that has been tasked with juggling these rapidly shifting challenges, often at odds with their superiors as they bring fresh solutions to these novel situations.
However, no world is defined by a mere handful of experts and heroes. Rather, just as our own world is full of different people and perspectives, Lost Signals expands the universe of the Terran Republic by bringing together new voices and new stories in a unique format that intentionally blurs the line between fact and fiction.
The first part of Lost Signals is faux reportage: wire copy, features, and brief articles from the world of 2122 AD. But just as there is always the truth behind the news, the stories in the anthology then reveal what was really going on behind those sanitized accounts of Earth's most desperate hours.
The untold stories revealed in Lost Signals include:
- Delta Parvonis Three is home to primitive aliens, 20,000-year-old mosaics, and quasi-Greek ruins. Will a cultural archaeologist's work strengthen the link between Earth and this distant planet, or spark a destructive panic among her fellow humans?
- The crew of a lone frigate, having drawn the tedious job of picketing a nowhere system--just a way-point between here and there--laments the lack of action. Until an enemy shift carrier brings the war to them.
- When Indonesia’s corporate clone-soldiers are ordered to slaughter civilians, many of them resist--and rediscover an ancient truth: every slave rebellion gives rise to a Spartacus.
- When N’Erkversh, First Voice of the First Family, realizes that his invasion of Earth is crumbling, he does the only thing a noble Hkh’Rkh can do: fight to the death. But there are others, eager for him to live, who fight to ensure his safety.
- "Follow the money" takes on a whole new meaning for reporter Della Monroe when she decides to track down thirty-six missing Space Fleet sailors and Marines.
- On a contested world of scant resources, the Arat Kur stumble upon a gift to offer humanity, even though it may permanently upset the balance of power in the Accord. But only if humanity can cooperate in turn.
So, a final logical question might be, "Yeah, but will it be any good?"
Well, if you trust best-seller lists and awards, this might help you make a decision:
- every novel in the Caine Riordan series has been a National Bestseller
- the first three novels were Nebula finalists (fourth novel is TBD)
- the last two novels were Dragon Award finalists
- and the first novel won the Compton Crook Award
--but if you make most of your reading decisions based more on word of mouth, then here's what some authors and reviewers have said about the Caine Riordan series:
"Fire with Fire and Trial by Fire blend ruthless political pragmatism, advanced aliens with subtle and dangerous agendas, and human courage, determination, and sacrifice into an action-filled story that keeps readers up late.Very late, in my case. You should already have Chuck Gannon on your shelves. If you don’t have him there, rectify your oversight immediately!"--David Weber
"Chuck Gannon writes the kind of science fiction we all grew up on: rousing, mind-expanding, pulse-pounding sagas of spaceships and aliens. He's a terrific writer, and we're lucky to have him." -- Robert J. Sawyer
"If we meet strong aliens out there, will we suffer the fate of the Aztecs and Incas, or find the agility to survive? Gannon fizzes with ideas about the dangerous politics of first contact.”—--David Brin
“I seriously enjoyed Trial by Fire. This one’s a tidal wave—can’t put it down. An excellent book.” —Jack McDevitt
"The plot (of Fire With Fire) is intriguing and then some. Well-developed and self-consistent; intelligent readers are going to like it."—Jerry Pournelle
"Gannon's whiz-bang second Tales of the Terran Republic interstellar adventure delivers on the promise of the first (Fire with Fire) . . . The charm of Caine's harrowing adventure lies in Gannon's attention to detail. ...The dozens of key characters, multiple theaters of operations, and various alien cultures all receive the appropriate amount of attention. The satisfying resolution is enhanced by the promise of more excitement to come in this fascinating far-future universe."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
" . . . definitely one to appeal to the adventure fans. Riordan is a smart hero, up against enormous obstacles and surrounded by enemies. Author Gannon does a good job of managing action and tension to keep the story moving, and the details of the worlds Riordan visits are interesting in their own right."—Analog
"Raising Caine unveils a lot of thought-provoking ideas but ultimately this is a space opera adventure. There are space battles, daring emergency landings, desperate quests, hand-to-hand combat, and double-and-triple crosses. It’s an engrossing read, . . . an intergalactic thrill-ride."—Fantasy and Science Ficton Book and Audiobook Reviews
"Raising Caine is an incredibly active book . . . a whole mess of fun, globes-trotting around a universe. Some of the action is of the more cerebral kind, as our protagonists are confronted by the beautiful, terrible, and sometimes lethal variety of the universe and its inhabitants. . . . Gannon’s attention to detail as he constructs his exosapients is superb." --Barnes and Noble
"This is science-fiction adventure on a grand scale."—Kirkus
"Military sf fans should love this series that combines intense action and ell-plotted tactical engagements. . . . Suggest to fans of . . . military sf writers like David Weber and John Ringo, or those who enjoy Jack Campbell’s “Lost Fleet” series."--Library Journal
"One of the best ways I can sum up my thoughts on this . . . supremely readable and ultimately fun novel is this: if someone were to ask me to recommend a novel that exemplifies what I enjoy most in SF . . . I’d eagerly put Fire with Fire into that person’s hands."--SFF World
Another very cool feature of this campaign
Your participation in the creation of this project can go far beyond giving your support to this project: you can give you own NAME to either persons or locations in the Caine Riordan universe. Two of our award categories--Playing a Role and Playing God--allow you to name characters or planets, respectively, and will carry forward as the series progresses. We're excited to be in the rare position of being able to offer these two classes of awards and hope you will therefore literally leave your own personal mark upon the Caine Riordan universe. (One request: if you choose a major character, and there's already one in the series with that first name, please have an alternate/nickname in mind.)
STRETCH GOALS AND GREAT NEW REWARDS!
Thanks to our first 180 supporters, we met our funding goal of $7500 in only 55 hours. But that was only the beginning. We don't want to give you an average anthology: we want to give you a thick volume with more great authors and more great stories. Or maybe two volumes!
To that end, we were always ready with these stretch goals:
- If funding increases to $10,000, we will be able to add another 20,000 words, bringing the paid author contributions to about 100K. (My stories are free.)
- If funding increases to $12,000, we will be able to add yet another 20,000 paid words to the book, and everyone who has pledged will get a free e-novel by the outstanding Jean-Marie Ward, With Nine You Get Vanyr.
- At $16,000 total funding, we will instead produce two volumes of 80K+ words each (not counting my stories). EVERYONE who pledged $10 or more will get the ebook of Lost Signals Volume Two for free. And everyone whose total pledge amount comes to $60 or more, gets the paperback of Volume Two for free. (Volume Two will be released from six months to about a year after Volume One.)
I won't go into the details of the great new rewards that will help us to reach that goal, but a quick list includes:
- The opportunity to dedicate the book to the person of your choice, with a personal reflection/message/memoriam of up to 30 words
- New naming opportunities for a Leading Role (protagonist/antagonist) in one of the stories in Lost Signals Volume One
- A fiction critique by one of our participating authors (you choose which).
- Naming opportunities (including major characters) in the forthcoming Four Horseman series novel by KC Ezell, one of our new contributors--if we hit our first stretch goal.
There's more, of course, but you'll find the full list--and all the details--in the Rewards column to the right. All but KC Ezell's naming opportunities begin with the word NEW!. We'd have done that for KC's rewards, too--but we couldn't fit them in!
Risks and challenges
Instead of waiting for funding to start, the contributors and stories have already been proposed and outlined. In fact, you'll meet some of those authors, and get a sneak peek at the opening of their stories, over the course of the Kickstarter. So as soon as the goal is met, we move immediately into execution, with the final product being published by Eric Flint's Ring of Fire Press.
Furthermore, we are fortunate to have so many pros interested in coming to play in this sandbox, that if any of our current contributors have to bow out, we have alternates waiting in the wings. So it's pretty hard to foresee a situation where we'd be scrambling to ensure we get enough copy. If we have a problem, its going to be too high a wordcount, rather than too low. But you know the old saying: better a feast than a famine.
Lastly, we have already identified and secured solid pricing commitments from our various production experts: cover and interior layout, proofreading, copy editing. So if we are fully funded, then we are fully budgeted and can go straight to work.
I guess I could always get hit by a bus...but even then, I am empowering the folks in the project to carry on in an editorial capacity (either singly or collectively) to bring you Lost Signals. So when I say that I've thought of every contingency, I don't think I'm exaggerating much...if at all.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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