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An epic short-fiction anthology telling the story of a sci-fi universe tale by tale, from editor James Wylder.
An epic short-fiction anthology telling the story of a sci-fi universe tale by tale, from editor James Wylder.
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Two friends from different worlds, brought together by one cause, and broken by another. But this isn’t just their story, this is the tale of the whole universe. Of scoundrels, monsters, villains, soldiers, and interlopers. This is the story of humanity’s future. Of the war on the moon of Titania, and a choice that will lead to the greatest conflict in our history. This is our future.

I always loved reading the backstories of fictional universes, the big dramatic events that built a world into being what it was. Sometimes I thought those stories, so casually pushed into the background, sounded more interesting than the real stories. Dramas about people living through times of great turmoil that built the worlds we love to read. But there’s often a narrative reason those stories aren’t explored as novels: they’re often lots of small stories in a row. The perfect sort of thing for a short story anthology.

Over the last few years I've been putting together an amazing anthology, telling the history of the 10,000 Dawns sci-fi universe through short stories, featuring some amazing tales and fantastic voices. But I need a little more help to get the book to print, to pay for the cover art and book launch.

I'm James Wylder, author of nine books, including the Doctor Who poetry book "An Eloquence of Time and Space", and creator of the Sci-Fi series 10,000 Dawns, whose first novel was the #1 Time Travel novel on Amazon last year. I hope you’ll join me on bringing these amazing tales to life!

Aside from me, you’ll also be enjoying stories from:
Tim Sutton (Marble Hornets, Slender: the Arrival)
Nathan P. Butler (Star Wars, WARS)
Simon Bucher-Jones (Doctor Who, Faction Paradox)
Eric Asher (Vesik, Steamborne)
Kylie Leane (The Chronicles of the Children)
Michael Robertson (Once Upon a Future, John Boss)
Evan Forman (Once Upon a Future, John Boss)
Jo Smiley (Kennings Magazine)
Nicholas Scott Kory (Astral Tides, Cybersaurus)
Sarah E. Southern (Texts from Enjolras, Les Amis Rise)
Colby McClung
Jordan Stout
Elizabeth Tock
Trevor Allen
Kevin Burnard

You’ll also be getting amazing cover art from Bri Pi, including a print of her amazing cover art!

About Bri: Bri 'Pi' Crozier is a young artist and writer who has been working in comics and selling her art since she was 16. She is best known for her watercolor art and unique style of painting. She published her first webcomic, ’The Flower Girl’ in 2015, and is the artist and writer for the Oddity: No Good Deed series, as well as Until Then,a two comic anthology about grief and loss. She has also published a number of other short and one shot comics on her tumblr.  She is currently a student at the Kansas City Art institute where she is studying Illustration and Creative Writing. She hopes to one day finish her Oddity series and write another comic, as well as maybe make a video game. She can normally be found playing Hanzo very poorly in Overwatch while her cat steps on Q for her. If you want to check out bri’s work, you can find her Instagram and twitter @ear_a_corn, her Tumblr @ear-a-corn, or her youtube channel, Bri Pi. 

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Hey, its Stretch Goals!

$ 750 Michael Robertson At this level, Michael Robertson (Once Upon a Future, John Boss, 10,000 Dawns: Shipyards of Death) will write a brand new 10,000 Dawns story that will be posted up for Kickstarter backers to read before anyone else!

$ 1000 Annie Zhu At this level, the original 10,000 Dawns artist Annie Zhu will create a brand new print, which will be added to EVERY pledge that would receive a print.

$ 1750 Gwen Ragno At this level, we’ll bring on journalist Gwen Ragno to write a piece exploring the history and creation of 10,000 Dawns.

Gwen Ragno is a writer, editor and digital media professional based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has written for The Indianapolis Star, Chicago Magazine, Where Traveler, GatewayMile.com, Flavor 574 and ALIVE Magazine, among others. 

$ 2100 We'll put together a "Making of 10,000 Dawns" book, featuring art, sketches, interviews, Gwen's article, and more! The option to add this book on will be added for backers.

$ 2600 We'll bring on playwright and Louisville Championship Arm Wrestling Creator Jon Becraft! He'll write a story, posted for backers, and included in the sequel to this book, Poor man's Iliad Vol. 2!

$ 3000 At this final goal, we'll add on something truly awesome: We'll create another 10,000 Dawns short story collection called "Sidewinders" featuring James Wylder's original 10kd Bonus Stories (including favorites like "The Adventures of Mr. Sprinkles the Cat" and "Don Your Armor, Throw Down Your Sword"), the "Dusk Cycle" serial story from the Tales by the Blue Light live show, and the popular crossover Novelette "Rachel Survived" featuring Faction Paradox character Rachel Edwards.

EVERY backer will get the ebook version of this. Complete set orders will also get it physically, and every backer will have the option to add it on as an extra.

The cover art will be done by "Leon: Protector of the Playground" colorist, and 10kd concept artist and bonus story illustrator Raen Ngu!

Hey, its Extras!

If you want more stuff, you can add it onto your Kickstarter pledge. Just select the pledge level you want, and add on the amount of extra money you would need for the extras to your pledge. (Example: You want three copies of "Poor Man's Iliad", so you back at the $30 level, but add on $25 for each of the two extra copies you want, for a total of $80.)

Extra "Poor Man's Iliad Vol. 1" +$25 dollars (must have backed at $30 level or higher)
Extra Cover Print +$5 (Must have backed at $40 level or higher)
Extra Copy of the novel "10,000 Dawns" +$20 (Must have backed at $30 or higher)
Extra Copy of the novel "Death and Doubling Cubes" +$10 (Must have backed at $30 or higher)

Risks and challenges

The biggest problem would be an unforeseen delay--due to a health problem, or a pressing deadline on another work, for example. The anthology is largely finished, with the drafts still undergoing proofing and some final editing.

I have several other books coming out this year, including another previously Kickstarter'd book, and I might need to put out a fire on one of them. However, this is unlikely.

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    Plus a beautiful 11 by 17 print of the book's cover by Bri Pi!

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