It has been a while since the last eSpec Books campaign. A lot has happened both personally and professionally, but we are working diligently to get back on track. We have a passion for publishing quality fiction and we could not do that without all of you. (Thank you, by the way.)
This go-around we have three books we want to do: In Harm's Way (Defending the Future Book 8), Footprints in the Stars (Beyond the Cradle Book 2) and Devil Dancers, a single-author collection by Robert E. Waters. If we hit our goal the first one will be funded. From there we work to unlock the other books via the stretch goals.
IN HARM'S WAY - DEFENDING THE FUTURE BOOK 8
edited by Mike McPhail, series editor: Mike McPhail
A military science fiction anthology with the theme of rescue and recovery missions.
With stories by Brenda Cooper, Bud Sparhawk, David Sherman, Robert E. Waters, Jeff Young, James Chambers, Lisanne Norman, Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Christopher M. Hiles, Eric Hardenbrook, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail.
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FOOTPRINTS IN THE STARS - BEYOND THE CRADLE BOOK 2
edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, series editor: Mike McPhail
A traditional science fiction collection with the theme of the discovery of evidence of other life in the universe and how those discoveries impact humanity.
With stories by Jody Lynn Nye, James Chambers, Robert Greenberger, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Aaron Rosenberg, Christopher L. Bennett, Dayton Ward, Judi Fleming, Russ Colchamiro, Bryan J.L. Glass, Gordon Linzner, Ian Randal Strock, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail.
(Editor's note: these are not first-contact stories. They are about the effect of such discoveries on humanity.)
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DEVIL DANCERS a single-author collection by Robert E. Waters
A military science fiction collection featuring linked stories in the author's Devil Dancers' universe. Contains reprints and stories original to this collection.
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UNLOCKED! AND DONE - FIRST 15 BACKER BONUS - The first 15 backers will receive a code for a free audiobook download of the short story collection, The Die Is Cast, with stories by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Mike McPhail.
UNLOCKED! AND DONE - FIRST-DAY EARLY BACKER BONUS - All those backing within the first twenty-four hours of the campaign will receive a DRM-free copy of The Die Is Cast.
UNLOCKED! AND DONE - SECOND-DAY EARLY BACKER BONUS - All those backing within the second twenty-four hours of the campaign will receive a DRM-free copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's short story collection Between Darkness and Light.
UNLOCKED! AND DONE - FIRST 50 BACKER BONUS - The first 50 backers will receive a DRM-free copy of Brenda Cooper's POST.
UNLOCKED! FIRST 100 BACKER BONUS - The first 100 backers will receive a DRM-free copy of David Sherman's Issue in Doubt.
BUDDY ENLISTMENT BONUS - Tell a friend about this campaign. If both of you back it you each get one bonus book added to your pledge reward in the format in keeping with your pledge. This can be reserved for a future release.
UNLOCKED! $1000 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's short story "A Moment Out of Time".
UNLOCKED! $1300 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of James Daniel Ross's short story "Not One Word".
UNLOCKED! $1600 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of Mike McPhail's short story "Beyond Imagine".
UNLOCKED! $1900 - We will produce a second anthology, FOOTPRINTS IN THE STARS and the book will be added to the available Pledge Rewards and Add-On section.
UNLOCKED! $2200 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of L. Jagi Lamplighter's short story "A Few More Bugs to Work Out".
UNLOCKED! $2500 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of James Chambers' short story "Law of the Kuzzi".
UNLOCKED! $2800 - We will produce a bonus collection, DEVIL DANCERS by Robert E. Waters and the book will be added to the available Pledge Rewards and Add-On section.
$3100 - All backers at the $5 and higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of David Sherman's original, never before published short story "BillyC".
$3400 - All backers at the $5 and higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of Keith R.A. DeCandido's science fiction novel, GUILT IN INNOCENCE.
$3700 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of L. Jagi Lamplighter's short story "Faces and Enigmas".
$4000 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of David Sherman's short story "Going after Yeechiphooie".
$4300 - All backers at the $5 and higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of Keith R.A. DeCandido's urban fantasy novel A FURNACE SEALED.
$4600 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of L. Jagi Lamplighter's short story "Overhead on the Public School Virtual Band 447".
$4900 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of David Sherman's short story "The Price of Friendship".
Quick Explanation: Kickstarter doesn't really have an intuitive way to do add-ons, and the process can be confusing, so here's a quick explanation. To add one of the below onto your current pledge, just click on the "Manage Your Pledge" button at the top right of the page, click in the "Pledge Amount" box, and change the pledge amount to reflect the addition of the amount of the add-on you want.
Example: if your current pledge amount is $10, and you want to add a $5 add-on, you would click into the "Pledge Amount" box and change the pledge amount to $15. At the end of the Kickstarter, we'll send out a questionnaire to find out what add-ons you contributed for.
NOTES: all ebooks listed available in .epub, mobi, or .pdf, unless indicated. Also, we can autograph a book to whomever you want and you can order more than one copy of the same book when doing an add-on.
$5 - Add a DRM-Free digital copy of In Harm's Way , Footprints in the Stars, or Devil Dancers to your pledge.
$10 – Add DRM-Free digital copies of the Jeffrey Lyman eShorts collection: The Fall of Autumn, Lord of Fire, Lord of Wind, and The Troll King to your pledge.
$10 – Add a custom Defending the Future sew-on patch to your order. If you have not backed at a physical level, please add $2 shipping.
$10 – Add DRM-Free digital copies of James Daniel Ross's five Radiation Angels short stories, Not One Word, Revestak, The Oath, The Nature of Mercy, and A Different Kind of Courage.
$20 – Upgrade your digital copy of In Harm's Way, Footprints in the Stars, or Devil Dancers to a print copy.
$25 – Add a print copy of In Harm's Way , Footprints in the Stars, or Devil Dancers to your pledge.
$25/$5 – Add a print or DRM-free ebook copy of the eSpec Books title of your choice to your pledge (Dragon Precinct, Unicorn Precinct, Goblin Precinct, Gryphon Precinct, Mermaid Precinct, Tales from Dragon Precinct, Stories of Fremont's Children, Among the Wild Cybers, Shattered Dreams, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, The Die is Cast, In Harm's Way, The Best of Defending the Future, The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, If We Had Known, POST, Sister Paradox, In the Lamplight, Clockwork Witch, Spirit Seeker, After Punk, Gaslight and Grimm, The Weird Wild West, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, Without a License, Awakened Modern, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Issue in Doubt, and In All Directions). Multiply by the number of titles desired if you want more than one. They make great gifts! (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $30 for shipping.)
$25/$5 – Add a print or DRM-free ebook copy of the Paper Phoenix Press title of your choice to your pledge (Three Chords of Chaos, The Halfling's Court, The Redcaps' Queen, Eternal Wanderings, Yesterday's Dreams, The Ginger KICK! Cookbook, The Literary Handyman, Transcendence, A Legacy of Stars, and Consigned to the Sea). Multiply by the number of titles desired if you want more than one. They make great gifts! (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $30 for shipping.)
Author and editor Mike McPhail is the co-owner of eSpec Books LLC, Electronic Speculative Fiction Publishing (since 2014). Although involved in numerous projects, he is best known as the creator and series editor of the award-winning Defending The Future series of military science fiction anthologies—now in its second decade of publication.
His love of the science fiction genre sparked a life-long interest in science, technology, and developing an understanding of the human condition—all of which play an important role in his writing, art, and game design—these in turn are built upon his training as an aeronautical engineer, and dreams of becoming a NASA mission specialist.
As a former Airman, he is member of the Military Writers Society of America, and is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and those deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, editors, or artist, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help those "who have given their all for us."
Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books.
Her published works include six novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections Eternal Wanderings, A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, Transcendence, Between Darkness and Light, Eternal Wanderings, and the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.
James Chambers is an award-winning author of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He wrote the Bram Stoker Award®-winning graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe. Publisher’s Weekly described The Engines of Sacrifice, his collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas published by Dark Regions Press as “…chillingly evocative…” in a starred review. His story, “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.
He has authored the short story collection Resurrection House and several novellas, including The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, in the Corpse Fauna novella series. He also wrote the illustrated story collection, The Midnight Hour: Saint Lawn Hill and Other Tales, created in collaboration with artist Jason Whitley.
Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories, and sometimes, poetry. Her most recent novel is Spear of Darkness, from Pyr and her most recent story collection is Cracking the Sky from Fairwood Press. Brenda is a technology professional and a futurist, and publishes non-fiction on the environment and the future. Her non-fiction has appeared on Slate and Crosscut and her short fiction has appeared in Nature Magazine, among other venues.
Brenda lives in the Pacific Northwest in a household with three people, three dogs, far more than three computers, and only one TV in it.
Judi Fleming works as a training specialist and instructional designer for the federal government in her day job and thus much of her writing is of the non-exciting technical sort. She is a graduate of Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction Master’s Program. Her stories have appeared in No Man's Land, Best Laid Plans, and Dogs of War.
Robert Greenberger is a writer and editor. He has worked for Starlog Press, where he created Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed magazine to focus on comic books, comic strips, and animation, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Weekly World News, Famous Monsters of Filmland, ComicMix.com, and is a founding member of Crazy 8 Press. His dozens of books, short stories, and essays include Hellboy II: The Golden Army, for which he won the IAMTW’s Scribe Award, and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Murder at Sorrow’s Crown, co-written with Steven Savile. He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Bridgeport and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing & Literature for Educators from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Eric Hardenbrook is a fan, an author and an artist, usually in that order. Eric lives in central Pennsylvania with his gorgeous wife and daughter. He writes to try to get the stories out of his head. His stories can be found in TV Gods, Best Laid Plans, and Dogs of War. When he's being a fan he helps run Watch The Skies and assists in the publication of their monthly fanzine. He can be found (at least some of the time) at The Pretend Blog. When not working on those things, Eric enjoys the occasional video or board game and is an old school role player.
Christopher M. Hiles is a nurse and emergency manager specializing in Mass Casualty and Mass Fatality Incidents. He serves in the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary, where he has held the position of Squadron Commander and Wing Health Services Officer. His work appears in Dogs of War and If We Had Known. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and puppy.
Lisanne Norman was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has lived in the USA since 2004.
"Strong-willed, independent, a whirlwind, a dreamer, she lives in another world." These phrases followed her around from her earliest days. They were partly right: she had grander plans than a world, though, she was already creating the universe of the Sholan Alliance, where Magic, Warriors, and Science all co-exist.
She began writing when she was eight because she couldn't find enough of the books she liked to read. How difficult can it be to write them myself, she thought with all the confidence of a child. After all, the libraries were full of books. It must be easy.
Real life took over as she entered college and began to work for the first time, but thanks to the constant nagging of two very good friends, one of whom is the sister of her editor, she finished a novel she'd started back in 1979. It was called Turning Point, and her friend's sister at DAW bought it. The Sholan Alliance Series is now nine novels long. She also has several short stories out in DAW anthologies, and one in Defending the Future series number IV, "No Man's Land" called "Valkyries".
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories.
Her newest books are Moon Tracks (Baen), a young adult hard science fiction novel, the second in collaboration with Dr. Travis S. Taylor. Rhythm of the Imperium, third in the Lord Thomas Kinago series; Pros and Cons (WordFire Press), a nonfiction book about conventions in collaboration with Bill Fawcett; and the 20th novel in the Myth-Adventures series, Myth-Fits.
Over the last thirty or so years, Jody has taught in numerous writing workshops and participated on hundreds of panels covering the subjects of writing and being published at science-fiction conventions. She has also spoken in schools and libraries around the north and northwest suburbs. In 2007 she taught fantasy writing at Columbia College Chicago. She also runs the two-day writers workshop at DragonCon. She and her husband are the fiction reviewers for Galaxy’s Edge Magazine. In 2016, Jody joined the judging staff of the Writers of the Future contest, the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy writing contest for new authors.
Jody lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Bill Fawcett, a writer, game designer, military historian and book packager, and three feline overlords, Athena, Minx, and Marmalade. Check out her websites at www.jodylynnnye.com and mythadventures.net. She is on Facebook as Jody Lynn Nye and Twitter @JodyLynnNye.
Aaron Rosenberg is the author of the best-selling DuckBob series (consisting of No Small Bills, Too Small for Tall, and Three Small Coinkydinks), the Dread Remora space-opera series and, with David Niall Wilson, the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series. His tie-in work contains novels for Star Trek, Warhammer, WarCraft, and Eureka. He has written children’s books (including the original series Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles, the award-winning Bandslam: The Junior Novel, and the #1 best-selling 42: The Jackie Robinson Story), educational books on a variety of topics, and over seventy roleplaying games (such as the original games Asylum, Spookshow, and Chosen, work for White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight, Pinnacle, and many others, and both the Origins Award-winning Gamemastering Secrets and the Gold ENnie-winning Lure of the Lich Lord). He is the co-creator of the ReDeus series, and one of the founders of Crazy 8 Press. Aaron lives in New York with his family. You can follow him online at gryphonrose.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/gryphonrose, and on Twitter @gryphonrose.
David Sherman is the author or co-author of some three dozen books, most of which are about Marines in combat.
He has written about US Marines in Vietnam (the Night Fighters series and three other novels), and the DemonTech series about Marines in a fantasy world. The 18th Race trilogy is military science fiction.
Other than military, he wrote a non-conventional vampire novel, The Hunt, and a mystery, Dead Man's Chest. He has also released a collection of short fiction and non-fiction from early in his writing career, Sherman's Shorts; the Beginnings.
With Dan Cragg he wrote the popular Starfist series and its spin off series, Starfist: Force Recon—all about Marines in the Twenty-fifth Century.; and a Star Wars novel, Jedi Trial.
His books have been translated into Czech, Polish, German, and Japanese.
He lives in sunny South Florida, where he doesn't have to worry about hypothermia or snow-shoveling-induced heart attacks. He invites readers to visit his website, novelier.com.
Bud Sparhawk is the author of the novels Distant Seas, Vixen, and Shattered Dreams, as well as two print collections: Sam Boone: Front To Back, and Dancing with Dragons. He has three e-Novels available through Amazon and other channels.
Bud has been a three-time novella finalist for the Nebula award: Primrose and Thorn (Analog, May 1996), Magic’s Price (Analog, March 2001), and Clay’s Pride (Analog, July/August 2004). His work has appeared in two Year’s Best anthologies: Year’s Best SF #11 (EOS), David Harwell-Editor) and The Years Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection, (St Martins Press, Garner Dozois – Editor.)
His short stories have appeared frequently in Analog Fact/Fiction, less so in Asimov’s, as well as in five Defending the Future and other anthologies, publications and audio books. He has put out several collections of some of his published works in ebook format. A complete bibliography can be found at: http://budsparhawk.com.
He also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at http://budsparhawk.blogspot.com.
Robert E Waters had been writing and publishing stories since 2003, with his first publication in Weird Tales. Since then, he has published over 30 stories in various print and on-line magazines and anthologies, including e-Spec's WIERD WILD WEST and the "Defending the Future" Mil SF anthology series. Robert is also a frequent contributor to Eric Flint's alternate history series, 1632/Ring of Fire, with several stories published in the on-line Grantville Gazette, and most recently in Baen Book's Ring of Fire IV anthology. Robert's first novel, The Wayward Eight: A Contract to Die For, was released in 2014 under the Zmok imprint, and is a "weird wild west" adventure set in the Wild West Exodus gaming universe. Robert lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Beth, their son Jason, and their cat Buzz.
Jeff Young is a bookseller first and a writer second – although he wouldn’t mind a reversal of fortune.
He is an award winning author who has contributed to the anthologies: Writers of the Future V.26, Afterpunk, In an Iron Cage: The Magic of Steampunk, Clockwork Chaos, Gaslight and Grimm, By Any Means, Best Laid Plans, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, If We Had Known, Fantastic Futures 13, The Society for the Preservation of C.J. Henderson, TV Gods & TV Gods: Summer Programming. Jeff’s own fiction is collected in Spirit Seeker and TOI Special Edition 2 – Diversiforms. He has also edited the Drunken Comic Book Monkey line, TV Gods and TV Gods –Summer Programming. He has led the Watch the Skies SF&F Discussion Group of Camp Hill and Harrisburg for seventeen years. Jeff is also the proprietor of Helm Haven, the online Etsy and Ebay shops, costuming resources for Renaissance and Steampunk.
Graphics designer Mike McPhail is the owner of McP Digital Graphics (founded in 2006), a company established to provide cover art, design, layout, and prepress services. This built upon not only his experience as a game designer and mechanical and computer draftsman, but primarily from his time as the proofing supervisor for Phoenix Color Corp in the Manhattan office, doing cover work for the great publishing houses.
Risks and challenges
All three books are either in our possession or currently in the works. We do not anticipate any problems producing them, though in publishing there is the possibility of production delays. eSpec does, however, have a proven track record of delivering the promised product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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