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Science Fiction anthology for middle grade readers. Bring the stars to a new generation with diversity, representation & great stories!
Science Fiction anthology for middle grade readers. Bring the stars to a new generation with diversity, representation & great stories!
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This is the third year of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide anthology - 24 amazing science fiction stories for middle grade readers.  

Here's what parents, kids and reviewers have said about previous collections: 

"There are not very many action, adventure, superhero, or sci-fi stories that feature girls, but there needs to be. I have read this whole book and now I have become even more interested in space and robots and things like that." ~ Lily F. (10 years old)
 

“I backed the book for my 6-year-old daughter. I had to pry it out of her hands to get her to go to bed. She has declared it her favorite book.” ~ Gary D. 

 “My daughter is on the couch presently, reading her copy, which I handed to her approximately 3 minutes ago. She is engrossed. Thank you.” ~ Matthew M. 

 “Entertaining, varied and enrapturing - my young wards for the weekend have positively devoured the book and I'll admit enjoying it myself once they very reluctantly set it down.” ~ Andro B.

"While I was funding you last night, my 8-yr old daughter came by and asked what I was doing. When I explained that I was funding the second volume of this, she said that she liked the first volume so much that she wanted to give you $5 of her own money, so she went and got her bank, and I upped my donation by $5. :-)" ~ Warren B.  

"I highly recommend this collection. I love the variety of young voices it contains. From kids making first contact to piloting starships, the range of adventure is fantastic."  ~ West Coast Book Reviews  

Let's do it again!

 

Want more details on why we do this?  

“When I was a child, the school library had a Girls’ Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys’ Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”~ Nancy Kress, winner of six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award    

We’ve got another great collection of 24 stories from amazing authors, ranging from Nebula and Hugo winners to relative newcomers to the field. Our characters are white, black, asian, latino. Human and robot. Everyone belongs here.

Help us make the third collection of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide a reality.

Stretch Goals: 

At $6000 we will make Deb Walker's novellete Briefly Thyself Remembered available to all backers as a stand alone ebook.  

Costs:

All of our authors are paid professional rates for their work, because we feel it’s the right thing to do. And just like last year, school and public libraries will be able to request sponsored copies, free of charge.

Which means the upfront costs are a little high, especially for a tiny indie press. But we believe the anthology has a small but important part to play in the battle for equality (and good fiction) and that it’s a worthwhile challenge.

Consider backing the project, in either ebook or paperback, or sponsoring a donated copy, and spread the message to your networks. The more books go out, the more kids we reach, the brighter the dream of tomorrow.

Stretch Goals:

At $6000 we will make Deb Walker's novellete Briefly Thyself Remembered available to all backers as a stand alone ebook. 

Risks and challenges

All stories have been selected and edited, and authors have been paid. We're working on layout now. laying out the book as we go. This year is the third of the anthology, and the fifth Kickstarter for books. Despite occasional hiccups, every project has shipped on time. We've built in a lot of padding to make sure we'll ship this on time as well!

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    Stargazer

    A DRM-free copy of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide in your choice of epub, mobi or pdf. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Starsearcher

    A DRM-free copy of both the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide in your choice of epub, mobi or pdf. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Start reading sooner! A DRM-free copy of both the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide in your choice of epub, mobi or pdf. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Early Bird Adventurer

    A paperback copy of this year's anthology as well as a DRM-free copy of the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide in your choice of epub, mobi or pdf. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Trail Guide

    Don’t know any kids in need of a book, but want to share the love of reading? We’ll be giving away a set number of paperback books to school and public libraries upon request. You can sponsor one of those donated copies as well as receive the ebook in the DRM-free format of your choice (epub, mobi, pdf). You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Story Teller

    Want to give one copy as a gift or donate a copy to your local library or school? This level covers two paperback copies, as well as a DRM-free copy of this year's Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide in your choice of epub, mobi or pdf. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Tale Spinner

    Sponsor two paperback books to be distributed to schools and libraries, as well as a DRM-free copy of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Triple Adventure

    A paperback copy of the 2017 as well as the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide as well as your choice of epub, mobi or pdf. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    J.D. Harpley Bundle

    Name a character in J.D. Harpley's story "First Dawn of Earth." You’ll also receive a copy of this year's anthology in paperback and ebook format. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Brandon Crilly Bundle

    Name a character in Brandon Crilly's story "Blaze-of-Glory Shoes." You’ll also receive a copy of this year's anthology in paperback and ebook format. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Maggie Allen Bundle

    Name a character in Maggie Allen's story "Terror on Terra-5." You’ll also receive a copy of this year's anthology in paperback and ebook format. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    Super Story Sharer +4

    Have a copy of ALL THREE: the 2015, 2016 and 2017 anthologies shipped to you, and sponsor four 2016 anthologies for schools and libraries! You'll also receive a DRM-free copy of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide in your choice of epub, mobi or pdf. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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