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Science Fiction anthology for middle grade readers. Bring the stars to a new generation with diversity, representation & great stories! Shipping in Nov. 2016.
Science Fiction anthology for middle grade readers. Bring the stars to a new generation with diversity, representation & great stories! Shipping in Nov. 2016.
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UPDATED UPDATE: Fully funded, and first FIVE stretch goals unlocked! AND the Nancy Kress interview unlocked! 

NEW STRETCH GOALS:

At $5500, Nancy Kress will answer randomly selected questions from backers on a recorded video interview! 

At $6000, we'll create "Future Mad Scientist. Just add stories." temporary tattoos and include two with every reward level of $20 or higher!

At $6500, 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!)

Last year we had a crazy idea - an anthology of science fiction stories for kids, with a focus on diversity and representation - but above all, great story telling.

Some fabulous authors got on board, and fabulous backers, and last autumn the 2015 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide became a reality.

Books were shipped this January, and we've been getting great feedback every since:

“I just wanted to let you know that I received my print copy last night. I backed the book for my 6 year old daughter. My expectation was that we would need to hold on to it for a few years. I had to pry it out of her hands to get her to go to bed. The going is a bit slow, in part because the stories are the most advanced she has read, but in part because she is so excited she has to stop regularly to explain to me what is going on in the story. 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 McFarland

“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. I really hope Young Explorer's Adventure Guide becomes a series. :)” ~Andro Berkovic

Who are we to argue?

For the last several months we've been getting ready for the 2016 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, and we know you're going to like the collection.  Again, the majority of stories are brand new, and our authors range from Hugo and Nebula winners to relative newcomers to the field.

Costs

All of our authors are paid pro-rate 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.

Rewards:

$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.

$8 Starsearcher: A DRM-free copy of both the 2015 and the 2016 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 2016 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 Double Adventure: A paperback copy of both the 2015 and the 2016 editions of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide as well as 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 2016 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.

$40 Story Sharer: Have a copy shipped to you, and sponsor one! You'll also receive 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 Story Sharer: Have a copy shipped to you, and sponsor one! You'll also receive 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.

$60 Story Sharer 2: Have a copy shipped to you, and sponsor two! You'll also receive 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.

$80 Story Sharer 3: Have a copy shipped to you, and sponsor three! You'll also receive 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.

$100 Story Sharer 4: Have a copy shipped to you, and sponsor four! You'll also receive 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.

$100 Curtis Chen Bundle (limit 1): Send author Curtis Chen a favorite photo of your pet and he'll turn it into a one of a kind LOLCat. And then we'll turn it into a magnet and mail it to you! You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format and have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

$100 Ralan Conley Bundle (limit 1): Decide the first and last name of the teacher in Ralan Conley's story "Child of Luna." You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format and have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

$100 Jessi Cole Jackson Bundle (limit 1): Choose a name to be inserted into Jessi Cole Jackson’s story "The Rum Cake Runner." You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format and have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

$100 Anne E. Johnson Bundle (limit 1): Anne Johnson will critique a finished short story under 3,000 words. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format and have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

$100 Nancy Kress Bundle (limit 1): Choose the nickname of the alien boy in Nancy Kress’ story "The Aliens and Me." You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

$100 Pam L. Wallace Bundle (limit 1): Choose a name to be inserted into Pam Wallace’s story "When Hope Dies." You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format and have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

$100 Angeline Woon Bundle (limit 1): Have a name of your choice inserted into a Southeast Asian steampunk adventure! Angeline will work with you to insert the name chosen into the story in an appropriate way. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format and have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

$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

All stories have been selected, the majority have been edited, and we're laying out the book as we go. We had a couple hiccups last year with the printer, but still shipped on time. This year, we know how to avoid those hiccups. All should be well!

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    *~* Super Story Sharer +4 *~* Have a copy of BOTH the 2015 and 2016 anthologies shipped to you, and sponsor four 2016 anthologies for schools and libraries! You'll also receive 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.

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    *~* Anne E. Johnson Bundle *~* Anne Johnson will offer a critique on a short story of up to 3000 words. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    *~* Angeline Woon Bundle *~* Have a name of your choice inserted into a Southeast Asian steampunk adventure! Angeline will work with you to insert the name chosen into the story in an appropriate way. You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    *~* Jessi Cole Jackson Bundle*~* Choose a name to be inserted into Jessi Cole Jackson’s story "The Rum Cake Runner." You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format. You’ll also have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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    *~* Pam L. Wallace Bundle *~* Choose a name to be inserted into Pam Wallace’s story "When Hope Dies." You’ll also receive a copy of the book in paperback and ebook format and have your name listed on the Dreaming Robot Press website as a supporter of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.

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