Like so many projects, the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide series started out with one question:
Growing up, I devoured science fiction short stories. Every year's "Best of..." anthology the library carried. Golden age compilations. OMNI and Asimov's.
Some of it might have been over my head, but I didn't care. I wanted to surround myself with new worlds, new adventures.
As an adult, I kept reading, but I wanted more.
More stories that were actually meant for kids.
More stories where all kids had the opportunity to train as spaceship captains, or engineers, or xenobiologists.
More stories that were told from more points of view.
It didn't exist. So we made it.
Not just Sean and I. But all of you.
The authors who believed in the project enough to entrust their amazing stories to a small press.
The backers of every year of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide. The backers who believed that every kid should dream of space.
The backers who bought books, and put them on the shelf for when their kids where a little older.
The ones who might not have kids, but had the dream of sharing these worlds with kids everywhere.
Let's do it again.
This stellar collection will appeal to both teens and grown-ups who dream of future worlds.
~ Kirkus Review of Books, Starred Review for the 2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide
Help fund the SIXTH year of the Young Explorer's Adventure Guide anthology - 24 more amazing science fiction stories for girls, boys and robots of all ages.
Because the answer to "what if" is never finished.
Here's what parents, kids and reviewers have said about previous collections:
"There are not very many action, adventure, superhero, or sci-fi stories that feature girls, but there needs to be. I have read this whole book and now I have become even more interested in space and robots and things like that." ~ Lily F. (10 years old)
“I backed the book for my 6-year-old daughter. I had to pry it out of her hands to get her to go to bed. 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 M.
“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.” ~ Andro B.
"While I was funding you last night, my 8-yr old daughter came by and asked what I was doing. When I explained that I was funding the second volume of this, she said that she liked the first volume so much that she wanted to give you $5 of her own money, so she went and got her bank, and I upped my donation by $5. :-)" ~ Warren B.
"I highly recommend this collection. I love the variety of young voices it contains. From kids making first contact to piloting starships, the range of adventure is fantastic." ~ West Coast Book Reviews
Want more details on why we do this?
“When I was a child, the school library had a Girls’ Section, which included fairy tales, and a Boys’ Section, which included all the science fiction. Things have changed, of course, but not enough. There is a strong need for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, aimed at girls, especially in the middle grades. This anthology is an important contribution to the effort to fill that need, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”~ Nancy Kress, winner of six Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award
We’ve got another great collection of 24 stories from amazing authors. Our characters are white, black, asian, latino. Human and robot. Everyone belongs here.
For every $50 raised above our goal, we'll add another book to the stack of books we make available to schools and libraries at no cost!
All of our authors are paid professional rates 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.
Risks and challenges
The anthology is laid out, artwork is completed, and files are ready to go to the printer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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