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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 30 2018 10:55 PM UTC +00:00.

£828
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52
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 30 2018 10:55 PM UTC +00:00.

About

UPDATE: CAMPAIGN SUCCESS!

Greetings, visitors and backers alike! 

We're delighted to find that, after just four days of fund-raising, the Welcome to Pacific City Kickstarter passed its primary goal of £500, meaning we can increase the fees we've paid our contributors to a semi-professional rate of one whole U.S. cent per word!

We've planted our sign deep in the sand, all thanks to you - but with your assistance maybe we can raise it a little higher...

PUSH GOALS - One Down..!

We asked for £750, you gave it to us: so Welcome to Pacific City WILL be our first title available not just as an ebook but in print as well! 

Yet still we hunger for more...

If we can hit £1100, everyone backing at the Earlybirdman tier and above will receive a pack of digital art, including wallpapers based on the book cover's Pacific City skyline and the illustrations which graphic novelist Lance Tooks is providing for every story in the collection. 

We're close - $300 will get us there. And there's now a bonus premium reward tier for one heroic backer that will put us at the brink...

Backer Bonus: Countdown to 50!

We're so close to fifty backers... so close... so, if we hit that magic number, all book-receiving backers will be issued with a "genuine" Pacific City Birth Certificate! Of course, documentary evidence of heroes and villains such as yourselves tends to be a bit patchy... 

Original Campaign Page follows:

WELCOME TO THE NEW SFFWORLD ANTHOLGY!

After extraordinary delay, the next big day is dawning: the sixth SFFWorld.com short fiction anthology is about to come out!

Since 2012, SFFW's writing community has released a themed collection of original stories every year. We've done the end of the world, good luck and bad, alternate histories of the First World War, ecological fiction and speculative cartography (that's maps to you and me) - but this time we're taking a giant leap further...

Pacific City is a sprawling megalopolis on the coast of Oregon, USA - the biggest urban area on the entire west coast (it totally dwarfs the quaint sea-side resort of l'il Los Angeles...). It is home to idealistic heroes and scheming villains, as well as twenty million people (and who knows how many non-people) just trying to make an ordinary life for themselves.

Welcome to Pacific City is a melting pot of fantasy, horror and science fiction, a shared-world brought to life in fourteen original stories by authors from all over the world! But not every hero wears tights, and not every villain seeks global domination...

Little acts of heroism can change the world as profoundly as big ones, while everyday cruelty makes life a little less tolerable for everyone who experiences it. Death Rays always rain on your parade, of course, but W2PC runs the gamut, featuring day-savers and evil-doers both ordinary and extraordinary. We have:

  • airborne vigilantes, both technological and supernatural
  • troubled teens lurking at the junction of Good and Bad
  • saintly volunteers offering sanctuary to the needy
  • a hungry man with a fiery temper, burning out of control
  • the hero we need... when traffic is bad, that is!
  • a silver-tongued devil with a deal you can't refuse
  • urban vandals (or street artists, depending on your point of view)
  • clairvoyants involved in organised crime
  • an ocean rescue service with a difference
  • plus symbiotic parasites, mysterious hacktivists, a magic-wielding sneak-thief and master criminals who aren't... or are they?

Whatever your tastes, we think you'll find something here!

W2PC is just the latest in a series of anthologies that combine stories by established scribes and eager newcomers - and we've built a core of regular contributors along the way. 

This time we welcome a clutch of new names in Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Lydia Hall, Jeremy Megargee, James Sullivan and Gil Williamson, who join previous participants Daniel Ausema, Victor G. Espinosa, Wilson Geiger, Igor Ljubuncic, Joseph Lopez and P. J. Richards. 

Andrew Leon Hudson is also back, both as a contributor and the volume's co-editor, alongside the overall project's originator, N. E. White. And leading the line, we are pleased to present two great guest contributors:

Matthew Hughes's talent for writing sneaky anti-heroes and charismatic criminals has made him a regular in the likes of F&SF, as well as more anthologies than we have time to name. His far-future blending of sci-fi and magic bestowed on him the mantle of Jack Vance in the eyes of many, but here he's pulling back the veils of ancient, forgotten history...

In 2014, Tansy Rayner Roberts wrote Cookie Cutter Superhero, literally an instant superhero classic, and since then has followed it up with two great sequels, Kid Dark Against the Machine and Girl Reporter, making a cool and funny super-verse all of her own. Fortunately for us, "cool" and "funny" are exactly what she's bringing to Pacific City as well!

You can read brief interviews with all participants at the W2PC website.

WHY ARE WE KICKSTARTING?

For our fourth anthology we turned to Kickstarter to fund the project (successfully, we're glad to say!), but this time our objective is slightly different: W2PC is already paid for and ready to publish, but we want to increase the fees we've given to our contributors to at least semi-pro or even professional levels - and that's where our future backers come in.

Our demands aren't crazy: if we can raise £500 all our author fees will be boosted to at least 1cpw - that's our primary goal. We have some push goals in mind too, but we'll play those cards close to the chest for now.

Anyway, that's what we hope to get out of the deal - what's in it for you?

WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?

The obvious reward is the book itself - everyone backing us beyond the hat-tip level will get a pre-release digital copy of Welcome to Pacific City in either EPUB, MOBI or PDF format. We're also offering compulsive readers the chance to pick up all five previous anthologies at a bargain!

But there's more...

Our BIG rewards are the Tuckerizations: a chance for backers to cast themselves in the world of Pacific City! Because all the stories in the collection are set in the same place, some familiar faces and house-hold names are bound to crop up time and again. There are a mix of cops and robbers, journalists, celebrities and other civil figures to choose from.

Of course, we'll also thank ALL backers by name (or their heroic/villainous pseudonym) via Twitter, on the project website, and in the book itself. And if we exceed our target goal there are a few extra treats waiting to be shared - so if you want to know what they are, help get us across the line!

Risks and challenges

No risks, no challenges, just opportunities!

WELCOME TO PACIFIC CITY is basically finished: the funds we raise will increase the fees we've already paid to our contributors, but the actual contracts are all signed and the stories completed. The only things missing from the manuscript are the tuckerization names that we're offering you here.

The ebook will be on the digital shelves no later than December 2018, and (if the campaign is successful) our backers will receive their copies even sooner, most likely in November.

We think WELCOME TO PACIFIC CITY is the start of something fun - we've already begun work on a second collection of stories - so if you want to become a Pacific Citizen or just help make the project happen, pick a reward tier and back us!

You'll be our *absolute* hero...

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    Want to visit a city thronged with heroes and infested with villains? Who wouldn't? Well now you can!

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    Ever hear someone shout "Get them!" in a desperate voice, and felt the urge to do battle with some troublemakers in masks, tights and capes? There are many criminals in Pacific City, and openings for THREE skilled henchmen to take a beating while their boss escapes - choose a name or use your own!

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    THE P.C.P.D. NEEDS YOU!

    Just like every other thriving metropolis, Pacific City needs a thin blue line to hold back the tide of crime and corruption - even if some of them may be guilty of it themselves. Answer the call of our biggest Tuckerization tier: FIVE rookie officers are about to hit the mean streets, choose a name or use your own!

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    Grizzled Editor

    "So ya think you can write, do ya, kid? Show me what ya got, and ya better make it good..."

    Every hero needs a cover identity, and too many of them end up in the bull-pen, hammering out stories about their own escapades. But they always find themselves up against a real-world adversary: a cigar-chomping editor with a chip on his shoulder...

    ...step up Andrew Leon Hudson, W2PC editor!

    ALH will read and feed(back) on up to 5,000 words of original writing, fiction or non-fiction - and we'll throw in our thanks and a copy of the anthology to give you some inspiration too!

    [Service will include line edits and proofing, plus general commentary on your project. All rights to the work will remain with the author.]

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    You can't be a hero without a proper nemesis, and you can't be a nemesis without a team of goons at your disposal. Of course, it's not always easy to find good help - but even a pack of mangy dogs needs its mangy alpha! Login the Hench-Geek, a villainess’s go-to nerd… it could be you!

    Want to feature in Tansy Rayner Roberts' W2PC action-comedy? One generous backer will get to take on the role of Lead Goon in "Purrfect Criminal" - choose a name or use your own!

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    Round-Robin, the Story Wonder

    Heroism is it's own reward - Villainy too - but what does the ultimate backer receive?

    Here's what:

    You name your own hero, or villain. And the W2PC contributors collectively write the story of your rise to glory - or infamy - to be the centrepiece of the collection!

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    Look, up in the air! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's an early-bird backer!

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    Roving Reporter

    Whenever a city cowers in the shadow of villainy or rises to its feet to celebrate a hero, someone has to be there to stand in front of a video camera and tell the viewers what they think about it - that person could be you!

    The TV News Reporter appears in two W2PC stories - and one backer can choose a name or use their own!

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    Crusading Journo

    Uncovering fund misappropriation at City Hall or digging through a celebrity's garbage for scandalous secrets is a thankless job, but somebody's got to do it. A good story won't write itself, but a good newspaper journalist can help with that - no "Fake News" here!

    The Newspaper Journalist appears in two W2PC stories - and one backer can choose a name or use their own!

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    Legal Eagle

    After the police have done their job (or a despicable vigilante with atypical dress sense has done it for them), the bad guys get their day in court and it's time for a REAL hero to step up. The DA makes sure only the guilty go away and the streets stay clean - just hope they don't feather their nest at the same time...

    The District's Attorney appears in two W2PC stories - and one backer can choose a name or use their own!

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    The Godfarder

    As a wise (or at least "dangerous") person once said, you have to show the proper respec' - and nobody demands more respec' than the most notorious kingpin of Pacific City's grim and gritty underworld.

    The Underworld Boss appears in three W2PC stories - and one backer can choose a name or use their own!

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    TV's Top Desk Jockey

    Perfect hair, dazzling smile, razor wit - it can only be the news anchor of Channel Two, voted Pacific City's most beloved television personality countless* times!

    The anchorperson appears in three W2PC stories - and one backer can choose a name or use their own!

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    Mayor of This Great City

    "Over here, Yer Honor!" The head of Pacific City's body politic has it all: a silver tongue, a nose for business, the ear of the great and good, and of course an eye on higher office. Also, if those annoyingly persistent rumours are true, a finger in all the pies...

    The Mayor of Pacific City appears in no less than six W2PC stories - and one backer can choose a name or use their own!

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    Back in the mists of time, before Pacific City came to be, one man set a whole new history in motion, but he didn't do it alone and he didn’t do it clean… Enter the Carpet-Bagger: a roving opportunist, sweeping into town to solve everyone’s problems - unless the only one you’re here to help is yourself!

    Want to feature in Matthew Hughes' W2PC origin story? One generous backer can write themselves into the forgotten history of "The Gift of Gabby" - choose a name or use your own!

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