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A story about two people on a broken spaceship. If funded, it will be released into the Creative Commons for anyone to read and remix.
6 backers pledged $95.00 to help bring this project to life.




What is this story about? 

"Already Dead" is a 1,500 word short story about two people on a broken spaceship, each arguing that the other should take the ship's last functional escape pod. It features arguments about and between loved ones, a conversation about responsibility, and one ongoing countdown to catastrophic failure. 

If the project is funded then this story will be released for anyone to read and remix, from now to the end of forever. Owing to its shortness, I can't give you a sample of the story itself, but here are some other stories of mine so that you can get a sense of my writing: 

  • The Wrong Ship: a 1,600 word short story about a programmer on the run from the authorities, who winds up stowing away on, you guessed it, the wrong spaceship. It features an artificial intelligence named Charlie, one 1980s film reference, and a stunning lack of helpfulness from the laws of physics.
  • Heroes Save the World: On January 1st, suddenly and without explanation, one hundred teenagers get superpowers. They could be Earth's salvation, or destroy it, but can they agree on what it would mean to save the world in the first place? An ongoing serial novel.
  • The Cloud: The end of the world is coming. It's been coming for a long time. You can see it through your telescope.

You can find a list of my worldbuilding and writing resources here

Are there any stretch goals? 

There are two: 

  • At $150, I will commission an illustration to go along with the story. 
  • At $350, I will commission an audio version of this story. 

Both commissions will be released into the Creative Commons.

Why release this via Kickstarter?

I write stories and build worlds, and I have an interest in making sure that both of those are as accessible as possible, and for any purpose that you imagine. We are indebted to previous generations of creators, the vast majority of whom created works that are in the public domain, free and accessible to everyone to do with as they please. 

Releasing short stories via Kickstarter is a way to release my stories to the world without compromising my ability to write more in the future. $90 isn't much, but it's an adequate measure of the time and effort that it took to write "Already Dead" and lets me put a little something in my rainy day fund.  

Everything that I produce from this project will be released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, which means that you can share, remix, transform, and build upon it however you'd like, so long as you: 

  • Give appropriate credit. 
  • Provide a link to the license. 
  • Indicate if changes were made. 
  • Distribute the result under the same license.

A supporter of Kicking It Forward: 5% of the profits from this project will go to support other crowdfunding projects.

Risks and challenges

The story has already been written and is ready to be sent out.

There shouldn't be any other issues, unless I'm caught by a trap door alligator.

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    The gratitude of the Undying Flock

    This story will be $1 closer to being unlocked for the world, and up to twelve thousand immortal pigeons, crows, and potoo birds will sing the song of their people on a distant hill.

    You are invited to attend the performance, if you can find it.

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    More books!

    You will get any three other ebooks that I've written. Check the FAQ or main project description for a link to my catalog of worldbuilding and writing resources.

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