About this project
"This collection of short science fiction is an ideal entrée to the genre for neophytes, as it’s not laden with heavy doses of technological jargon or larded with dystopian violence. Offering just the right amount of imagination, humor, and contemporary nuances to engage young readers, this is a must-have in science-fiction collections serving middle graders and teens." ~ Kirkus Review of Books, for the 2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide
Help fund the fourth year of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide anthology - 24 amazing science fiction stories for girls, boys and robots of all ages.
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 fourth collection of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide a reality.
At $6500 all backers will receive a special Kickstarter-only ebook edition of the 2018 anthology, including the story "The Girl Who Went to the Moon," by Kurt Bachard.
At $7000, we'll create "Future Mad Scientist. Just add stories." temporary tattoos and include two with every reward level of $20 or higher!
At $7500 all backers will receive a sneak preview of the sequel to A Witch's Kitchen, A Pixie's Promise.
At $8000, Sean will design two temporary tattoos to be printed, and backers over $20 will be able to pick which design they receive. (and yes, if you chose a sponsor level, and aren't receiving a book, I'll ship your tattoos - Norway, Australia, everywhere!)
At $8500 We'll also send everyone a stand-alone novelette from Sherry D. Ramsey, Waiting to Fly.
At $9000, we'll make mini-prints of the cover, and include one with every reward level of $20 or higher!
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.
Risks and challenges
All stories have been selected and edited, and authors have been paid, as has the cover artist. We're working on layout now, getting it ready for review copies. This is the fourth year of the anthology. 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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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