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About this project

The Magazine turned two on October 9, 104 weeks and 53 issues from its first day of publication. We are shutting down after our December 18 issue, and we want to make this, our second book, as our last act.

Last year, to put a stick in the sand and celebrate, and make persistent some of our most intriguing and fun work, we published The Magazine: The Book (Year One) in hardcover and digital editions. The response from readers was so enthusiastic — via our crowdfunding campaign, email, online messages, and in-person meet-ups after publication — that we're eager to go to print again with a volume identical in size and nature shipping no later than February 2015. The Magazine: The Book (Year Two) will feature about 30 essays and reported feature stories of the 100 or so we published in our second year.

This anthology covers researchers "crying wolf," learning to emulate animal sounds; DIY medical gear, making prosthetics and other tools available more cheaply and to the developing world; a fever in Japan that leads to a new friendship; saving seeds to save the past; a hidden library at MIT that contains one of the most extensive troves of science fiction and fantasy novels and magazines in the world; and far, far more. (The full table of contents is below.)

The Magazine is an independent publication run by yours truly, Glenn Fleishman, with the contracted help of managing editor Brittany Shoot. About 80 percent of our income goes to authors, photographers, illustrators, editors (excluding me), proofreaders, and others who help us make our electronic issues. It's been a part-time job for me, and one to which I bring all my love of words and of interesting people and things.

The Magazine: The Book (Year Two) working cover
The Magazine: The Book (Year Two) working cover

Backing this book supports independent journalism and writing: we paid out half a million dollars to contributors in our first two years, and our print and electronic books are a way for us to pay more and reach more people. All the contributors whose work is featured in this edition will be paid a reprint fee and participate in revising any outdated information or adding an afterword about what's happened since the story first appeared.

The Magazine will cease regular publication with the December 18, 2014, issue. We have had a great run, and this Kickstarter is another part of it: making something real and great that benefits readers, writers, and the subjects of the story all at once. This is our last hurrah, and we'd like it to be great.

To celebrate this new campaign's launch, we are releasing the digital editions of our Year One collection free, forever! If this campaign funds, we will release the digital editions of the Year Two collection free as well!

Because of the costs of producing a print edition, we have turned to crowdfunding this year, as last, to ensure that interest and demand is sufficient to justify the investment of time and money.

This is a limited print edition, targeted at fulfilling this campaign.

Your editor during the Year One book release party with book in hand.
Your editor during the Year One book release party with book in hand.

Pledge as a Backer or Patron

As a backer, patron, or angel, you receive a handsome 7-by-9–inch full-color hardcover edition of 216 pages with a dust jacket and embossed cloth cover. It's a perfect mate to last year's book.

  • Backers pledge $30 and receive a hardcover book.

  • Patrons pledge $100 (one book) or $200 (five books) and get our thanks in every book on the dedication page for your extra help in letting us bring this work to everyone and continue our storytelling mission. The hardcover edition will be signed by the editor and the contributors, and packed and sent lovingly from Seattle.

  • Angels pledge $1,000 and receive elaborate banner thanks on the dedication page, a framed copy of your favorite cover (see all of our covers), and 10 copies of the hardcover edition signed by the editor and contributors, and shipped from our Seattle HQ. You can have all the books sent to one location or we can deliver them as gifts.

You can also pledge at a special $55 level and receive the Year Two book when it's published and the Year One hardcover immediately on completion of this campaign in early November 2014 — it will arrive in less than two weeks after the end of the campaign. It's a great gift! (Limited number remaining.)

If you'd like to get more than one copy of the Year One or Year Two book, add $25 for each additional copy of either to your pledge total, and we'll confirm quantities of each when the campaign is complete. (WA State residents, please add $27.38 total, which includes sales tax.)

The Magazine: The Book (Year One)
The Magazine: The Book (Year One)

Year Two books will ship in February 2015, and the electronic edition will be released to everyone for free by January 2015. All prices include the cost of shipping within the United States. See the note below and each reward level about shipping outside of the US. (Washington State residents should add sales tax as noted in the rewards to their pledge totals.)

Table of Contents

The anthology features 29 stories, a mix of reported features and personal essays drawn from our second year of publication. (Contents subject to minor changes before publication.)

His Life Aquatic by Elisabeth Eaves: A practical tiny sub can dive as deeply as 3,300 feet.

Tanks for Everything by Lee van der Voo: The future of sustenance farming and beyond may lie in aquaponics.

Cry Wolf by Mary Catherine O'Connor: Humanity perfects the art of mimicking nature for science and hunting.

We Found a Rainbow Highway by Brittany Shoot: Just to register emotion, jealousy, devotion.

Blinded by the Light by Chris Krupiarz: A probe hurtling towards Mercury stops talking.

Paging Dr MacGyver by Julian Smith: The rise of DIY medical devices.

To Have and Not Hold by Colleen Hubbard: A hippie, an anarchist, and a start-up define freeness and sharing in a time of excess.

Strong Foundation by Chris Higgins: How the game Gone Home was built.

My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Michigan by Jason Snell: Manti Te’o wasn’t necessarily naive, misguided, or a hoaxer.

Weekend Warriors by Nathan Meunier: Medieval warriors battle below the radar of everyday society. (Photos by Guy deBros.)

Meal Ticket by Cara Parks: People invite strangers into their homes for company and extra money.

Last Words by Glenn Fleishman: “I love you,” his mother said, when he thought she was beyond speech.

The Slow Selfie by April Kilcrease: An antique method of making photographic prints reveals more than meets the eye.

Radium Hound by Theresa Everline: A responsible dealer of a radioactive element once pushed as a quack cure tried to keep the genie in the bottle.

Ramen Fever by Matthew Amster-Burton: A case of norovirus gave him a second family.

Going to Seed by Renee Brincks: Heirloom seeds link past and present while preserving genetic diversity.

Long Tail by Julia Shipley: A quarter century later, tracking down old shark acquaintances.

Curly with a Fringe on Top by Gabe Bullard: A man’s stark, elaborately titled photos of cheese curls gain a following.

Mad Scientist Club by Tate Williams: In an otherwise unremarkable room at MIT, the published history of science fiction overflows.

Thumbnails of book-page spreads from our first book
Thumbnails of book-page spreads from our first book

Unipiper by Chris Higgins: Portland’s bagpiping, Darth Vader mask wearing, unicycling hero.

Bipolar Exporer by Jeff Porten: Sanity has its downside.

Attention Mining by John Moltz: Minecraft videos build an enormous audience.

How to Move a Wood Bison by Jenna Schnuer: The chutes, ladders, and waiting games behind a plan to restore a giant mammal to Alaska.

Unicorn Chaser by Christa Mrgan: Her father was a maker before that name existed, but he couldn’t fix himself.

Buss Driver by Nate Berg: A revolution in stadium displays gave birth to the kiss cam.

The Neverending Story by Chris Stokel-Walker: Four hundred people gather in London to talk of boring things.

Still Life with James T. Kirk by David J. Loehr: A Christmas present nearly became an exhibit in the author’s childhood.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Jen A. Miller: A drive-through animal park in New Jersey finds new life.

Graffiti Hunters by April Kilcrease: Tracking the wily urban explorer via Instagram shots.

Bonus Theme Music

We had this theme music composed by Jeff Tolbert for a podcast series we still hope to launch some day. It captures a lot of our attitude that finds its way into our stories.

For Those Outside the US

We learned something critical the first time around: shipping books outside of America has become absurdly expensive since the elimination of advantageous media rates. Even with an extra shipping fee for international delivery, we barely broke even on the copies we sent worldwide.

This time around, especially without clarity on 2015 shipping prices, we need to add $30 for international shipping to most countries per book, or about $20 per book to Canada. This factors in replacement costs, as about 5% of our internationally shipped books last time around were lost or damaged.

So many people outside of America asked us to add the option that we have. You can pick any reward in any country, and we've listed the shipping costs for U.S. (included), Canada, and the rest of the world.

More information

Find out more about us on our Web site, via our Twitter account, or through our announcement mailing list.

Risks and challenges

We have a printer selected, a printing quote in hand, all the stories written, and all materials ready to go into production.

Your faithful editor will be managing the production and distribution of this year's book just like the last time around, and I learned a lot about the pain points that caused our backers to receive their books a few weeks after our target.

We are avoiding delays this time by building in a more generous schedule. We revamped our production process so that ebooks can be made easily when all the text and images have been locked down.

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