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Exciting new epic quest novels across dystopic lands and alternate dimensions with dragons and unicorns and rogue biker gangs. $1 level
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Exciting new epic quest novels across dystopic lands and alternate dimensions with dragons and unicorns and rogue biker gangs. $1 level
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Two bestselling authors, Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet, The Lost Stars, and The Pillars of Reality series) and Brenda Cooper (Building Harlequin's Moon (co-authored with Larry Niven) and The Wings of Creation series), have signed their newest novels with eSpec Books. This is a big deal for a fairly new press and we want to do right by these authors.

We have the skill and knowledge to do the work, but the capital is something we need to work on. This campaign is to raise the funds to produce two amazing books, each uniquely different coming-of-age novels. This campaign will allow us to pay for cover art, editing, production, promotions, and most importantly, compensate the authors for their work. 

Both manuscripts are complete and the novels have begun production. Could you help us achieve our goal? The more funds we raise the more each author will receive.

THE SISTER PARADOX

by Jack Campbell

Liam is his parents' only child, and that's just fine with him.  


Until the day the sister-he-never-had shows up at school. 

Just to make it worse, the sword-wielding Kari tells him they have an important quest to complete. 

 And that's how Liam finds himself dragged into another world, facing basilisks and unicorns, cursed objects, elves, and even a dragon, all magical and dangerous, but none more so than the sister he didn't have until that morning. A sister who turns out to be quite good with her sword, and ready to use it when faced with things like a dragon as long as her brother is at her side.   

Liam begins to realize two things: it's going to be a very long day, and having a sister can be weird.  

But most unsettling of all, he's not sure he minds…

POST

by Brenda Cooper

The world, for some, has crumbled.   

Disease and natural disasters have brought on social collapse in the Pacific Northwest.  

For Sage, born and raised in the safe haven of the Oregon Botanical Gardens, that has never been more than academic. What more could she ask for than to be safe and fed?  

But life in the Garden is static.  

Sage longs to experience the world beyond the Garden walls as society climbs from the chaos. Her reckless exploration forces her elders to give her a choice: Stay here, hidden in safety, or go and never return.  

Sage chooses to leave.  

Will she learn soon enough on her journey that the world outside the Garden follows no law? 

That there is no predator more dangerous than man?  

Will she learn soon enough that to rebuild the world one must be ready to fight for it?  

She will need to if she chooses to live.

NOTE: All ebook rewards and pledges are available in .epub, .mobi, and .pdf

UNLOCKED! FIRST 100 BACKER BONUS - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of David Sherman's novel Issue In Doubt.

UNLOCKED! 150 BACKER BONUS - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Brenda Cooper's short story collection Beyond the Waterfall Door.

200 BACKER BONUS - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Jack Campbell's short story collection Swords and Saddles.

500 BACKER BONUSALL backers regardless of pledge level will receive a DRM-Free copy of L. Jagi Lamplighter's short story collection, In The Lamplight and Danielle Ackley-McPhail's short story collection Consigned to the Sea.

500 eSpec Books Facebook Followers - All backers will receive a DRM-Free copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's collection Transcendence.

UNLOCKED! $3000 PRE FUNDING Bonus Reward Once we hit this pledge level,  regardless of if the project funds, all backers will receive a DRM-Free copy of:

  • Ken Scholes's short story "Of Metal Men and Scarlett Thread and Dancing with the Sunrise".
  • John A. Pitts' short story "Towfish Blues".
  • Jeff Young's short story "The Piece at the Fulcrum"
  • John. L. French's short story "Cursed Weenie"
  • Jody Lynn Nye's short story "The Fiber of Being"

UNLOCKED! WE FUNDED PRIZE PACK - All backers at the $20 or higher level will have a chance to win:

  • Children of Men (Blu-ray)
  • City of Ember (DVD)
  • Dungeons and Dragons complete animated series (DVD)
  • The Neverending Story 1 & 2 (DVD)
  • Keep Portland Weird T-Shirt (design dependent on availability.)
  • J2 by Phoebe Wray (print)
  • So It Begins, edited by Mike McPhail, with stories by David Sherman, Charles E. Gannon, John C. Wright, James Daniel Ross, Jonathan Maberry, James Chambers, Patrick Thomas, Andy Remic, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeffrey Lyman, Jack Campbell, MIke McPhail, Bud Sparhawk, Tony Ruggiero, and CJ Henderson (print)
  • River: An Anthology, edited by Alma Alexander, with stories by Mary Victoria, Tiffany Trent, Irene Radford, Jay Lake, Deb Taber, Jacey Bedford, Keffy R.M. Kehrli, Joshua Palmatier, Brenda Cooper, Seanan McGuire, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, and Nisi Shawl. (print)
  • A honest-to-goodness, one-of-a-kind Dragon 
UNLOCKED! $3700 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Brenda Cooper's short story "The Street of All Designs," which first appeared as an original story in Cracking the Sky, a collection of my work available from Fairwood Press.  
UNLOCKED! $3900 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of L Jagi Lamplighter's short story "Feeding the Mouth that Bites You" which first appeared in Dreams of Decadence. 
UNLOCKED! $4100 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of James Chambers' crime story "Henkin's Last Lies" which first appeared in Bad Cop, No Donut. 
UNLOCKED! $4300 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of In a Flash, eSpec Books annual flash fiction anthology. 
$4500 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Brenda Cooper's short story “Trainer of Whales,” which first appeared in The Future We Wish We Had, edited by Rebecca Lickiss, DAW Books.  
$4700 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Jack Campbell's AnLab-winning short story "Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms", which originally published in Analog. 
$4900 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Jean Marie Ward's collection Four for More. 
$5100 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Jeffrey Lyman's short story, "Down on the Playground" 
$5300 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Brenda Cooper's short story “A Heart of Power and Oil,” which first appeared in Coming Soon Enough, edited by Stephen Cass, IEEE Spectrum, August 2014. 
$5500 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Jack Campbell's AnLab-winning short story "The War of the Worlds - Book One - Chapter 18 - The Sergeant Major", which originally appeared in Analog. 
$5700 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Jean Marie Ward's collection Deadly Dames. 
$5900 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Jack Skillingstead's short story "Rescue Mission". 
$6100 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Jack Campbell's short story "Hel's Half Acre", which originally published in the anthology Armored. 
$6300 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Nancy Kress's short story "End Game". 
$6500 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of Darragh Metzger's short story "Knight Erring". 
$7500 - We will add illustrations to both books.

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.  

$1 – Add a DRM-Free digital copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's "In the Dying Light" to your order

$3 - Add a DRM-Free digital copy of the award-winning Gaslight & Grimm to your order.

$5 – Add a DRM-Free digital copy of the eSpec Books title of your choice to your order (The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, If We Had Known, Best of DTF, OR From the Archives). Multiply by the number of titles desired if you want more than one.  

$5 – Add DRM-Free digital copies of the James Daniel Ross's eShorts collection: Radiation Angels: The Mission Files to your order.  

$5 – 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.  

$10 Add a Defending the Future custom patch to your order

$15 – Add a print copy of the award-winning Gaslight & Grimm to your order.

$20 – Upgrade your digital copy of The Sister Paradox or POST to a print copy.  

$25 – Add a print copy of the eSpec Books title of your choice to your order (The Sister Paradox, POST, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, If We Had Known, Best of DTF, OR From the Archives). 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 $25 for shipping.)

LIMITED AVAILABILITY ADD-ONs - If you are adding on for any of the below titles you must email me immediately so I can reserve your copy and adjust the available totals.

$25 4 copies – Add a print copy of So It Begins to your order, edited by Mike McPhail, with stories by David Sherman, Charles E. Gannon, John C. Wright, James Daniel Ross, Jonathan Maberry, James Chambers, Patrick Thomas, Andy Remic, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeffrey Lyman, Jack Campbell, Mike McPhail, Bud Sparhawk, Tony Ruggiero, and CJ Henderson. Multiply by the number of copies 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 $25 for shipping.)

$25 5 copies – River: An Anthology to your order, edited by Alma Alexander, with stories by Mary Victoria, Tiffany Trent, Irene Radford, Jay Lake, Deb Taber, Jacey Bedford, Keffy R.M. Kehrli, Joshua Palmatier, Brenda Cooper, Seanan McGuire, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, and Nisi Shawl. Multiply by the number of copies 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 $25 for shipping.)

 $25 4 copiesIn an Iron Cage to your order, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Elektra Hammond, and Neal Levin, with stories by Bernie Mojzes, James Chambers, Jeff Young, Brenda Cooper, CJ Henderson, Stuart Jaffe, James Daniel Ross, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, AC Wise, Darren W. Pearce, Elektra Hammond, Patrick Thomas, Alma Alexander, and David Sherman. Multiply by the number of copies 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 $25 for shipping.)

 

Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the "steampunk with dragons" Pillars of Reality Series. His most recent books are THE LOST STARS - SHATTERED SPEAR, THE LOST FLEET: BEYOND THE FRONTIER - LEVIATHAN, and the Pillars of Reality novels THE SERVANTS OF THE STORM and THE WRATH OF THE GREAT GUILDS. In May, VANGUARD will be published, the first in a new trilogy set centuries before the events in The Lost Fleet series. John's novels have been published in eleven languages. This year, Titan will begin bringing out a Lost Fleet comic series. His short fiction includes works covering time travel, alternate history, space opera, military SF, fantasy, and humor.  

John has also written articles on declassified Cold War plans for US military bases on the Moon, and Liberating the Future: Women in the Early Legion (of Superheroes) in Sequart's Teenagers From the Future. At somewhat erratic intervals he presents his talk on Everything I Needed To Know About Quantum Physics I Learned From The Three Stooges, showing how Stooge skits illustrate principles of quantum physics.  

John is a retired US Navy officer, who served in a wide variety of jobs including surface warfare (the ship drivers of the Navy), amphibious warfare, anti-terrorism, intelligence, and some other things that he's not supposed to talk about. Being a sailor, he has been known to tell stories about Events Which He Says Really Happened (but which cannot be verified by any independent sources). This experience has served him well in writing fiction.  

He lives in Maryland with his indomitable wife “S” and three great kids (all three on the autism spectrum).

Brenda Cooper writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories, and sometimes, poetry. Her most recent novel is EDGE OF DARK, from Pyr and her most recent story collection is CRACKING THE SKY from Fairwood Press. SPEAR OF LIGHT was released from Pyr in June of 2016 and POST will be out from eSpec Books in late fall 2016.  EDGE OF DARK was a finalist for the PK Dick Award and is a finalist for the ENDEAVOUR Award.

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. See her website at www.brenda-cooper.com

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.

 

 

Richard P. Clark - Zippy Studio (The  Sister Paradox)  Born in a crossfire hurricane (actually Cleveland, OH), Richard P. Clark's illustration career began in 1993 while still an undergraduate at The Columbus College of Art and Design. Working in a variety of styles, his clients include HBO, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal, Duke University, Marvel, DC and Dark Horse comics among many others. 

Mr. Clark currently resides in Upstate NY with his wife, daughter and more pets than he’d like to have. 

You can find out more about Richard at zippystudio.com and follow him on Twitter @zipyrich.

Cynthia Radthorne - (POST) Cynthia’s illustrations have appeared on book covers, web sites, trading card games, and at art shows at science fiction and fantasy conventions. She enjoys bringing light and smiles, and the occasional tug on a heart string, through her artwork. At her website, www.CynthiaRadthorne.com, one can peruse her art gallery and latest works.

Risks and challenges

UPDATE: Brenda Cooper's book is typeset and going through final review before being sent to press. Jack Campbell's manuscript is currently being edited before also being typeset for press.
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Both manuscripts are in hand, one cover is complete and the other is in the works. Other than production delays, we do not foresee any problems.

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    Bundle any unclaimed pledge rewards totaling no more than the value of this pledge level (Subject to Availability. Must send a message indicating which rewards so they can be deactivated or diminished), a print and digital DRM-free copy of THE SISTER PARADOX or POST, and our thanks expressed in the back of the book and on the website.

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    CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST

    We will design and assemble your upcoming Kickstarter Campaign. This includes advisement on the text, rewards, and stretch goals, creation of custom graphics, and creation of promotional tweets for your use during the campaign. This does not include administration of your campaign or creation of the video, though we can advise you on those. Comes with a print and digital DRM-free copy of THE SISTER PARADOX or POST, and our thanks expressed in the back of the book and on the website.

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    WE’LL DO LUNCH - CAMPBELL

    Have lunch with Jack Campbell and the publishers at Balticon 51 (www.balticon.org). Pledge includes membership to the con, a photograph with the author, a personal autograph, and one lunch only (may include another backer). Backer is responsible for any applicable hotel, parking, and travel expenses. In addition you will receive a print and digital DRM-free copy of THE SISTER PARADOX, and our thanks expressed in the back of the book and on the website.

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    WE’LL DO LUNCH - COOPER

    Have lunch with Brenda Cooper and the publishers at Balticon 51 (www.balticon.org). Pledge includes membership to the con, a photograph with the author, a personal autograph, and one lunch only (may include another backer). Backer is responsible for any applicable hotel, parking, and travel expenses. In addition you will receive a print and digital DRM-free copy of THE SISTER PARADOX, and our thanks expressed in the back of the book and on the website.

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    A TEXTBOOK CASE

    We will design and layout one book of up to 100,000 words, including simple graphics and two cover design options. Process includes print layout and simple ebooks conversion, with an approval pass, a galley proof pass, and one round of corrections. Prior experience includes a combined 20 years’ experience in the design and printing industry. Comes with a print and digital DRM-free copy of THE SISTER PARADOX or POST, and our thanks expressed in the back of the book and on the website.

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    BALTICON 51 EXTRAVAGANZA

    Attend the eSpec Books Launch Party as the guest of Jack Campbell and Brenda Cooper at Balticon 51 (www.balticon.org) Memorial Day Weekend. Includes one lunch with Jack Campbell or Brenda Cooper and the publishers at Balticon 51 (www.balticon.org) (may include another backer). Pledge also includes for one person: air fare or comparable travel from anywhere in the continental US, hotel for three nights, membership to the con, a photograph with the author, and a personal autograph. In addition you will receive a print and digital DRM-free copy of THE SISTER PARADOX, and our thanks expressed in the back of the book and on the website. Backer is responsible for their own meals and any expenses not specified here. DISCLAIMER: eSpec Books cannot be held liable for missed or cancelled flights or any associated fees resulting from such. eSpec Books is not responsible for any personal injury or accident that may occur in transit or during the convention. eSpec Books is not liable if forces outside of their control prevent fulfillment of any portion of this reward. If you are from outside the continental US you are responsible for any travel expenses required to reach the continental US, from which point eSpec Books will arrange travel to Baltimore.

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    A FULL RIDE

    Bundle any unclaimed pledge rewards totaling no more than the value of this pledge level (Subject to Availability. Must send a message indicating which rewards so they can be deactivated or diminished), a print and digital DRM-free copy of THE SISTER PARADOX and POST, and our thanks expressed in the back of the book and on the website.

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