About this project
We did it! Thanks to our backers, we're going to print!
If you didn't make it into the campaign for pre-orders, you'll be able to find the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide at our website: Dreaming Robot Press. If you'd like more information about the project, come on over and drop us a line!
Sally Ride, first American woman in space and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, famously said:
“Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.”
Girls need to read stories where any number of possible roles are modeled for them. Just as importantly, boys need to read stories where girls are active participants in adventures. And children of all colors and backgrounds need to know the future includes them.
According to a 2011 study of 6,000 children’s books, only 31 percent had central female characters, and even fewer featured main characters of color.
A genre that’s supposed to inspire us towards a bright future isn’t making space for half the population’s dreams. Boys go and have adventures, girls are to be defended, or prizes to be won, and the landscape is very, very white.
It’s time for a bigger universe.
We've got a great collection of 20 stories from amazing authors, ranging from Nebula and Hugo winners to relative newcomers to the field. 90% of the stories in the anthology are brand new, and 80% have central female characters. We don't have girls who are prizes to be won or waiting to be rescued. All of our heroines and heroes are on their own adventure, not a side note in someone else's. Our characters are white, black, asian, latino. Human and robot. Everyone belongs here.
Marilag Angway started her foray into science fiction and fantasy sometime in the early ’90s by reading books written by females for females. She had no idea that these books were far and few at the time, and feels lucky to have had the opportunity to be inspired by female authors to think big and never stop imagining. When she isn’t scribbling her mind away, she’s lending what brainpower she has left to a good cause: the molding of preschool minds. Gotta start them young, right? You can find Marilag’s bookish and writing and randomy ramblings at http://storyandsomnomancy.wordpress.com Click here to read a sample of Marilag's story, Robot Sister Number Phi!
Deanna Baran lives in Texas and is a librarian and former museum curator. She writes in between cups of tea, playing Go, and trading postcards with people around the world. Click here to read a sample of Deanna's story, The Mystery of the Missing Clockwork Birds!
Mike Barretta is a retired U.S. Naval Aviator who currently works for a defense contractor as a pilot. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Planning and International Negotiation from the Naval Post-Graduate School and a Master’s in English from the University of West Florida. His wife, Mary, to whom he has been married to for 23 years, is living proof that he is not such a bad guy once you get to know him. His stories have appeared in Baen’s Universe, Redstone, New Scientist, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and various anthologies. Click here to read a sample of Mike's story, The Rocket Maker!
Eric Del Carlo‘s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Shimmer, Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds and many other venues. He has written novels with Robert Asprin, published by Ace Books and DarkStar Books. His latest novel, an emotionally charged urban fantasy entitled The Golden Gate Is Empty, which he wrote with his father Vic, is forthcoming from White Cat Publications. Eric lives in his native California. Find him on Facebook for comments or questions. Click here to read a sample of Eric's story, Pax!
Salena Casha‘s work has appeared in over 30 publications. She was a finalist for the 2013-2014 Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer-in-Residence and a 2011 Bread Loaf Scholarship Recipient in Fiction. Her first three picture books were published by MeeGenius Books. One of them, titled Nuwa and the Great Wall, was featured in the 2014 PBS Summer Learning Project for kids. When not writing, she can be found editing math books, carving pumpkins and travelling the world. Check out her website at www.salenacasha.com. Click here to read a sample of Salena's story, Of USBs and Fingerprints!
Ron Collins’ work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Analog, Asimov’s, and Nature. This summer saw the publication of Four Days in May, a short collection of stories set in and around the Indianapolis 500 written in collaboration with John C. Bodin. Of “Goliath vs. Robodog,” he writes: “It’s interesting to imagine everything robots will be able to do in the not-so-distant future, but sometimes it’s too easy to overlook things that really matter.” You can find more about Ron at http://www.typosphere.com Click here to read a sample of Ron's story, Goliath vs. Robodog!
Cory Cone lives, works and writes in Baltimore, MD. He studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he met and married his wife. He now works full time at the college and writes strange fiction in the evenings. His website is www.corycone.com, and you can follow him on Twitter, @corycone. Click here to read a sample of his story, The Best Cheesecake in the Universe!
C.J. Daring, alter-ego of the evil William R.D. Wood, lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in an old farmhouse turned backwards to the road. C.J Daring pens works of mystery and adventure for readers of all ages. Some are set in the far reaches of space. Some in the murkiest depths of time. And sometimes, when you’re not looking, maybe even your own back yard! Check in and see what coming next at www.williamRDwood.com. Click here to read a sample of his story, The Journey of a Thousand Miles!
Anne E. Johnson lives in Brooklyn. Dozens of her short stories for young readers can be found in publications such as Spaceports & Spidersilk, Jack & Jill, Red Squirrel, and Rainbow Rumpus. Her middle-grade paranormal novel, Ebenezer’s Locker, was published by MuseItUp. Candlemark & Gleam is publishing her series of humorous science fiction novels, The Webrid Chronicles, and they will also release her YA adventure novel, Space Surfers, in 2015. Learn more about Anne at her website, AnneEJohnson.com. Click here to read a sample of Anne's story, Standing Up!
Brigid Collins Kendall is an author living in Michigan with her husband, Nick, and their cat, Brooke. She writes mainly works of fantasy and science fiction. She has written and published two novels, with her third due to be published this fall. Two of her short stories will be appearing in Fiction River late in 2014, and she has achieved Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest. She also enjoys music, video games, and copious quantities of stuffed animals. Brigid Collins has a blog at www.backwrites.wordpress.com and can be contacted through that site, as well as through her twitter account, @purellian Click here to read a sample of Brigid's story, The Sugimori Sisters and the Interplanetary Concept Clash!
Amy Griswold has written two gaslamp fantasy/mystery novels with Melissa Scott, Death by Silver and A Death at the Dionysus Club (Lethe Press) and has short stories forthcoming in several anthologies. She also writes Stargate Atlantis tie-in novels for Fandemonium Books. She lives in North Carolina with her partner and daughter, and works as an educational testing content specialist. Find her online at amygriswold.livejournal.com, or follow her on Twitter at @amygris. Click here to read a sample of Amy's story, The Wreck of the Airship Octavia!
Jeanne Kramer-Smyth has been writing since she first got her hands on a typewriter at age 9. Since then she has worked as a software developer, traveled the world, and written poetry. She is currently an archivist by day and a writer, glass artist and fan of board games by night. She has studied fiction writing with both Judith Tarr and Mary Robinette Kowal. She especially enjoys fantasy, science-fiction, YA, and historical fiction. She lives in Maryland with her husband, son, sister-in-law, and cat. You can find her online at http://www.jeannekramersmyth.com Click here to read a sample of Jeanne's story, Unsealed!
Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recent works are After The Fall, Before The Fall, During The Fall (Tachyon, 2012), a novel of apocalypse, and Yesterday’s Kin, about genetic inheritance (Tachyon, 2014). In addition to writing, Kress often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig. Kress lives in Seattle with her husband, writer Jack Skillingstead, and Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle. Visit her website at www.sff.net/people/nankress/ Click here to read a sample of Nancy's story, Why I Hate earth.
A champion of NaNoWriMo, Vanessa MacLellan is an avid reader of anything with pizazz. Words have been her companions since she was ten, forcing atrocious adverbs upon her mother. Her fantasy novel, Three Great Lies, has recently been accepted by Hadley Rille Books and is scheduled for release in the winter of 2015. She’s had three short stories published by online magazines. When not in the office or writing, she bird watches and hikes. Vanessa can be found at http://vanmaclellan.com. Click here to read a sample of Vanessa's story, The Cliff!
Phoebe North lives in upstate New York with her husband, her daughter, and her cat. She is the author of Starglass and Starbreak, a science fiction duology from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Find her online at www.phoebenorth.com Click here to read a sample of Phoebe's story, The Care and Feeding of Your Pet Robot!
Angela Penrose lives in Seattle with her husband, five computers, and some unknown number of books, which occupy most of the house. She writes in several genres, but F&SF is her first love. She likes writing for anthologies for the variety, and the challenge of writing to a theme; this is her fourth anthology sale. You can find her at http://angelapenrosewriter.blogspot.com/ Click here to read a sample of Angela's story, A Smelly Problem!
A Nebula Award winner and Hugo nominee, Eric James Stone has been published in Year’s Best SF, Analog, and elsewhere. Eric is a Writers of the Future winner, graduate of Orson Scott Card’s writing workshop, and assistant editor at Intergalactic Medicine Show. Eric lives in Utah. His website is www.ericjamesstone.com. Click here to read a sample of Eric's story, Lobstersaurus!
Sonja Thomas, a recovering CPA, writes for children of all ages, from humorous middle grade to young adult fantasy to adult horror. Raised in Central Florida (the wonderful world of Disney, humidity and hurricanes) and transplanted to DC for 11 years (go Nats!), she’s now ‘keeping it weird’ in Portland, OR. To stay sane she dances, doodles and plays with furry, four-legged friends. You may even hear her belt out an awesome Xena yodel. Visit her at www.bysonjathomas.com or follow her on twitter @bysonjathomas. Click here to read a sample of Sonja's story, The Doom of Wonder Bread!
Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog: http://deborahwalkersbibliography.blogspot.com/ Her stories have appeared in Nature’s Futures, Cosmos and Daily Science Fiction and The Year’s Best SF 18. Click here to read a sample of Deborah's story, Chit Win!
Jeannie Warner spent her formative years in Southern California and Colorado, and is not afraid to abandon the most luxurious environs for a chance to travel anywhere. She has a useless degree in musicology, a checkered career in computer security, and aspirations of world domination. Her writing credits include blogs of random musings, thriller novel manuscripts, stories in Tightbeam online magazine, KnightBridge’s Rom Zom Com anthology, the Mad Scientist’s Journal, several police statements, and a collection of snarky notes to a former upstairs neighbor. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area near several of her best friends whom she refers to as “minions.” Click here to read a sample of Jeannie's story, Where You Belong!
THANK YOU! THIS GOAL IS MET! $3750: Extra story from Alvaro Zinos-Amaro added to the Guide! Alvaro Zinos-Amaro is co-author, with Robert Silverberg, of When the Blue Shift Comes. Alvaro's short fiction and Rhysling-nominated poetry have appeared in Analog, Nature, Galaxy's Edge, Apex, BuzzyMag, and other venues. Alvaro has also published reviews, essays and interviews in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons and elsewhere, and currently edits the blog for Locus magazine.
THANK YOU! THIS GOAL IS MET! $4000: Extra story from Douglas Smith added to the Guide! Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author whose work has appeared in thirty countries and twenty-five languages. His fiction includes the urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and La Danse des Esprits. His non-fiction guide for writers, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, has just been released. Douglas is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. His website is www.smithwriter.com.
THANK YOU! THIS GOAL IS MET! $4250: Extra story from Wendy Lambert added to the Guide! Wendy Lambert writes fantasy and science fiction and is a graduate of the 2013 Odyssey Writing Workshop.Her stories appear in Necrology Shorts and in the prose and poetry collection, In the Shimmering.She works as a school librarian and lives in Utah with her husband, children, and a menagerie of pets.Too often, she reminisces of past trips and daydreams of future adventures to far away places hoping to get lost in museums or ancient ruins.
THANK YOU! THIS GOAL IS MET! $4500: Extra story from Evan Dicken added to the Guide! By day, Evan Dicken battles economic entropy for the Department of Commerce and studies old Japanese maps at Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His work has most recently appeared in: Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, and Andromeda Spaceways, and he has work forthcoming from: Analog, Shock Totem, and Chaosium. He very fondly remembers trips to the used bookstore in his pre-teen years, where, to the occasional chagrin of his parents, he would spend his entire allowance in the fantasy and science fiction section. The books he found there made him the reader and author he is today, so it's a real honor to have a chance to contribute to an anthology that will certainly part many future genre fans with their allowances, and be well worth the price many times over.
THANK YOU! THIS GOAL IS MET! $4750: Bonus Book! Every donor over the $5 level will also receive a download of the Dark Heart Volume 2 anthology by Little Bird Publishing House, including Sonja Thomas' short story "Mirror Image."
THANK YOU! THIS GOAL IS MET! $5000: Bonus Book! Every donor over the $5 level will also have access to a download of editor Corie Weaver's young adult space opera, Mirror of Stone.
Here is the rough estimate of project costs at 20 stories, estimating shipping out 300 rewards (it's a guess, had to start somewhere!):
*We're paying all of the authors SWFA pro rates, because that's the fair thing to do.
You’ll notice we’re not asking for the total cost. We are committed to the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide moving forward no matter what. The Kickstarter is a great way for other people to be involved, to support the project, to pre-order books and to share in our excitement.
Any additional funds raised for the book will be used to cover production costs we have paid personally, for marketing the book, and then shared with our authors.
$5 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.
$20 Adventurer: A paperback copy as well as 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 2014 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.
$20 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.
$40 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 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.
$40 Tale Spinner: Sponsor two paperback books to be distributed to schools and libraries. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.
$100 Eric Del Carlo Bundle (limit 1): Eric Del Carlo will critique a short story under 5,000 words OR critique your story concept. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format.
$100 Salena Casha Bundle (limit 1): Salena Casha will change the name of one character in her story "Of USBs and Fingerprints" which will be included in the 2015 Young Explorer's Guide, as well as sending you digital copies of her three MeeGenius ePicture Books "Nuwa and the Great Wall", "The Naming of Lan Caihe" and "Stacia's Sticky Situation." You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format.
$100 Ron Collins Bundle (limit 1): Ron Collins will offer a critique OR a 15 minute Skype discussion on the writing craft OR a custom flash story (which he would sign and mail). You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format.
$100 Nancy Kress Bundle (limit 1): Nancy Kress will change the name of a character in her story “Why I Hate earth” to a name of the backer’s choice. The story will be printed in the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. PLEASE NOTE: The name selected must be a girl’s name, to fit the story. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format.
$100 Vanessa MacLellan Bundle (limit 1): Vanessa MacLellan will critique a finished short story under 5,000 words. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format.
$100 Phoebe North Bundle (limit 1): Phoebe North will send you signed copies of STARGLASS (paperback) and STARBREAK (hardback). You’ll also receive a copy of The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide in paperback and ebook format.
$100 Deborah Walker Bundle (limit 1): Deborah Walker will critique a short story under 5,000 words OR use your name for a character in a future story. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format.
$100 Jeannie Warner Bundle (limit 1): Jeannie Warner will change the name of a character in her story “Where You Belong” to a name of the backer’s choice. The story will be printed in the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format.
$200 Astrogator: Show the world your support of kids, reading, and science fiction. We'll list your name at the back of the printed and electronic versions, and we'll also send you both an electronic and five printed copies.
$1000 Stellar Patron: We'll dedicate the book to you or a person of your choice. We'll also send you both an electronic and ten printed copies.
Risks and challenges
Our first batch of 20 stories are selected, authors are paid, and editing is done. We feel confident about our timeline. It is always possible there could be delays at the printer. If it looks like there might be any delays, we will be in contact with all supporters to give you a heads up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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