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Simon is not alive. He's not, however, "dead" as we understand it. I'm afraid I cannot fully explain what he is,or what he may become
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Alpha Draconis.  Its name alone makes even the most law-abiding citizens of the Empire uneasy.  The most remote prison facility in the Imperial corrections system, tunneled deep into the rock of a barren, vacuum-sealed planetoid, Alpha Draconis is home to hundreds of the known worlds' most violent and disturbed criminals.  From the serial murderer and rapist Buck "Hangman" Combs,  to disgraced military leader General Rex Mason, every last one of these monsters plots escape.  To be confined on Alpha Draconis is both a life sentence and a death sentence, for no prisoner entombed within its walls ever leaves the facility alive.

No less a prisoner is Doctor Lucius Feen, whose dead-end career has earned him an assignment to Alpha Draconis as chief medical officer.  Under the eyes of the sadistic xenomorph guards, taunted by prisoners and staff alike, Feen flees to the darkest recesses of the prison.  It is there, on a sublevel long ago abandoned, that Feen makes a terrifying discovery.

Strapped into a gravity chair and locked away in a hidden laboratory is the body of a fearsome cyborg.  The dead man is not just any corpse, however.  He is Captain Simon Vector, whose crew sacrificed themselves years before while repelling an abrupt and horrific alien invasion.  The mysterious aliens, dubbed the Harvesters, have left their mark on Captain Vector, twisting and remaking parts of his body with cruelly inhuman efficiency.  A scientist, Doctor Thadeus Kong, hid Vector's recovered body while trying to reverse-engineer the Harvesters' prostheses.  No one knows why Kong did it… for the process has driven Dr. Kong to madness and suicide.

As rumors of renewed Harvester incursions begin to seep in from the galactic rim, an investigator from Zodiac Battlesystems, Ana Bolo, is assigned to Alpha Draconis.  Her mission is to find the very thing Lucius Feen hopes to hide: the body of Captain Vector, whose alien implants may hold the key to the corporation's continued dominance of Imperial weapons technology.

What no one on Alpha Draconis understands, however, is that Simon Vector is neither alive nor dead.  He is something else, and the Harvester aliens may be drawn to their prodigal creation should he eventually wake.  As Ana Bolo sifts through the classified research notes of the doomed Thaddeus Kong, she finds herself asking the question that Kong asked again and again.  It is the question Lucius Feen must also ask, the question whose answer will mean life or death for the human race as the Harvester menace looms:

What is Simon Vector?

About The Project...

Simon Vector is a dark, sci-fi thriller written by John Jackson and Ken Chapman, writing as JAK HOLDING (John And Ken). The book is finished, cover art is complete and professional copy-editing is about to begin. Now we want to utilize transmedia storytelling to expand how people can experience the world of Simon Vector. Read the first 10 pages of Simon Vector here!

So what is transmedia storytelling?

Transmedia storytelling is a technique of telling stories from different character perspectives and across multiple devices and formats, allowing each to make a distinctive contribution to a fan's understanding of the story world. Using this technique, a storyteller can create multiple "entry points" by which fans can enter a story through different characters, devices and media formats.

What's the plan?

With the help of our fellow Kickstarters, we can develop a complete transmedia strategy to introduce Simon Vector  to a larger audience by appealing to their preferred media format and by telling the story from different character viewpoints. This includes:

  • Having the story professionally copy-edited. This is an art form that can't really be done by just anyone...and a great copy-editor isn't cheap.
  • Release the ebook first. Formats will include epub, mobi (Kindle) and enhanced ipad and android tablet editions. Advance copies have already been submitted for author and reviewer comments.
  • Print and release the soft cover, 6" X 9", perfect bound edition for retail distribution.
  • Release three different "entrypoint" novellas in ebook and enhanced graphic mobile editions. Each of these stories will be about a different prisoner from the novel and how they came to be incarcerated at Alpha Draconis. From these tales, we'll learn that not everyone imprisoned there is guilty. 
  • In the event that we surpass our funding goal by at least $500, those funds will be dedicated to writing an additional "entrypoint" novella titled, The Journal of Dr. Thadeus Kong.  This novella would be released in printed and ebook form and would chronicle Dr. Kong's descent into madness as he tries to unravel the mystery of Captain Simon Vector. Everyone who funds the Simon Vector project will get a copy of this novella in their choice of pdf, epub, kindle, ipad or android editions if we surpass our goal.
About John and Ken...

John is a co-founder of League Entertainment and is also known as the cover artist, Johnny Atomic. His latest work includes the interior art for two collaborative projects between the League and Adam-Troy Castro titled, Z Is for Zombie and V Is for Vampire.  John is also the cover artist for Simon Vector.

Ken is a co-founder and managing partner of League Entertainment. He is a co-creator of Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse, written by DeAnna Knippling and a co-creator of Simon Vector.

The Rewards...

We have several special rewards for our Kickstarter backers.  Everyone who pledges will receive access to the backers-only blog. There, you will be able to read the first ten pages of the story, see additional art relating to the books, early concept art of the Simon Vector Universe, interviews with people involved in the production of Simon Vector and even some videos of how John and Ken brainstorm and create the look and feel of the story. All of these will be posted in weekly updates for you to follow!

For backers outside the United States who receive a book as part of their rewards, please include an additional $5 for shipping and handling.

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    Be Murdered By A Harvester! If you pledge $350, you will receive all of the rewards above, plus you will be a featured victim of the dreaded alien menace! In addition to having your name (or a modified version of it) given to one of the featured victims, you will also receive a certified “death notification” from Zodiac Battle Systems that can be sent to you or the person of your choice, as well as a personalized eulogy placed on the Simon Website.

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