Back in 2013 a little movie called Pacific Rim rekindled our love of giant monsters. It gave editor Nick Sharps an idea that grew to become Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. Thanks to Kickstarter and Ragnarok Publications, Nick’s dream became reality, and a massive anthology was born. From early on, we've envisioned a companion anthology to Kaiju Rising, focused on the other half of the equation that made Pacific Rim so much fun—giant robots! And so, Ragnarok is proud to introduce this anthology by 24 of today's most talented storytellers. We give you...MECH: Age of Steel.
MECH: Age of Steel includes:
- An Introduction by William C. Dietz
- An as-of-yet untitled tale by Scott Sigler
- “Travailiant” by Kevin J. Anderson & David Boop
- “Easy as Pie” by Jody Lynn Nye
- Untitled by Peter Clines (Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters tie-in)
- “Ordo Talos” by Graham McNeill
- “Rogue 57” by Jeremy Robinson
- “Toy Soldier” by James Swallow
- “Birthright” by Martha Wells
- “A Single Feather” by Jeffrey J. Mariotte & Marsheila Rockwell
- “Jäegermeister” by Gini Koch (as J.C. Koch)
- “All for One” by Mark Teppo
- “I Am the Pilot” by Ramez Naam & Jason M. Hough
- “All Together Now” by Ramez Naam & Jason M. Hough
- “The Bonus Situation” by Jeff Somers
- “Fadem” by Anton Strout
- “The Tempered Steel of Antiquity Grey” by Shawn Speakman
- “Mecha Mishipeshu vs Theseus IV” by C.L. Werner (Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters tie-in)
- "After the Victory" by M.L. Brennan
- “The Cold and the Dark” by James R. Tuck
- “Vulture Patrol” by Jennifer Brozek
- “Here We Go! Fight!” by Kane Gilmour
- “The Stars Shine Home” by Mallory Reaves
- "Battlefield Recovery" by Andrew Liptak
- “Integration” by Steve Diamond
*** BONUS NOVELLAS (Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters tie-in) ***
Along with the ebook versions of MECH: Age of Steel, at a certain stretch goal (see below), we are including two bonus novellas, one by Paul Genesse and another by Patrick M. Tracy, that tie into their co-written story in Kaiju Rising! Digital editions only.
- “Of the Fire” by Paul Genesse
- “Machine Heart” by Patrick M. Tracy
Here is where we will post quick updates as the campaign progresses. We like to keep these at the top of the page so you don't have to scroll down to find them. Typically this section will be about goals met and stretch goals unlocked.
05.13.2016: PAY INCREASE FOR AUTHORS: ACHIEVED!
05.11.2016: INTERIOR ART STRETCH GOAL: ACHIEVED!
05.03.2016: TARGET GOAL: ACHIEVED!
05.02.2016: Author SCOTT SIGLER joins the lineup with a new story and WILLIAM C. DIETZ is announced for the introduction or foreword.
04.14.2016: 100 Backers Stretch Goal achieved.
04.13.2016: Covers revealed! The "blue" cover is the regular edition. That's the one that will wrap the trade paperbacks, be the ebook cover, as well as be the eventual retail edition cover. The "red/pink" cover is our exclusive Kickstarter edition cover, available just in hardback and only here on Kickstarter.
FIRST DAY BACKERS will receive an advance ebook copy — or e-ARC* edition — of the first novel of a new series debuting in Fall 2016. The series is called Humanity 2.0 and book #1 is entitled Emergence. See our website page for more details.
Those of you who back MECH in the first 24 hours will receive Emergence (Humanity 2.0, #1) months in advance. It's a shared world concept set in a 'supers' or meta-human Earth, with tales from Edward M. Erdelac, C.T. Phipps, Eloise J. Knapp, Rob Hayes, Steve Diamond, and more.
* The Advance Reader Copy (ARC) is considered an unedited press copy; stories and contents are subject to change prior to retail release.
We're proud to tell you more about MECH's roster of robot authors.
WILLIAM C. DIETZ is writing the Introduction.
And featuring stories by...
SCOTT SIGLER: New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books.
KEVIN J. ANDERSON: Anderson has published over 120 books, over 50 of which have been on US and international bestseller lists, and he has more than 23 million books in print worldwide. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E. and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequel series. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity.
JODY LYNN NYE: Author (or co-author) of approximately forty novels and more than 100 short stories. Her humorous series range from contemporary fantasy (The Magic Touch and Mythology 101) to military science fiction (Strong Arm Tactics and a new series beginning with View from the Imperium).
PETER CLINES: Author of numerous short stories, Ex-Heroes series, The Fold, 14, and The Eerie Adventures of Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe. Contributor to Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.
GRAHAM McNEILL: Author of Empire, winner of the 2010 David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Novel. Best known for his Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 novels, and his previous role as games designer for Games Workshop.
JEREMY ROBINSON: Also known as Jeremy Bishop, Jeremiah Knight, and other pen names. Author of the popular Nemesis series, Jack Sigler/Chess Team Adventure series, the Antarktos Saga series, and more.
JAMES SWALLOW: BAFTA nominee and New York Times bestseller, his writing includes The Sundowners series of Western fiction steampunk novels, and fiction from the worlds of Star Trek, Warhammer 40,000, Doctor Who, 24, Stargate and 2000 AD. Contributor to Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.
MARTHA WELLS: Author of over a dozen fantasy novels, including Wheel of the Infinite, City of Bones, The Element of Fire, the Ile-Rien series, the Books of the Raksura series, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Martha has also written media-tie-in novels: Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary, Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement, and Star Wars: Razor's Edge.
JEFFREY J. MARIOTTE & MARSHEILA ROCKWELL: Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte have written more than 60 novels between them, some of the most recent of which are The Shard Axe series and a trilogy based on Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice comic books (Rockwell) and Empty Rooms and Season of the Wolf (Mariotte). 7 SYKOS, their first collaborative novel, was released in early 2016. They’ve also written dozens of short stories, separately and together.
GINI KOCH (as J.C. Koch): Best known for the Alien Series (informally known as the "Katherine 'Kitty' Katt" series), as well as author of the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Contributor to Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.
MARK TEPPO: Author of Rudolph!, The Potemkin Mosaic, Earth Thirst, Lightbreaker, and Heartland (the latter two being the initial pair of the urban fantasy series, The Codex of Souls), Mark was also a contributor to the Foreworld Saga, notably the three volumes of The Mongoliad, Katabasis, and several of the SideQuests.
RAMEZ NAAM & JASON M. HOUGH : Ramez is the author of the bestselling Nexus Arc series and winner of the 2005 H.G. Wells Award for his non-fiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. Jason is a former 3D artist and game designer, and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dire Earth Cycle series and Zero World.
JEFF SOMERS: Author of Lifers, The Freaks Are Winning, Chum, The Ruiner, the Avery Cates series, and the Ustari Cycle series.
ANTON STROUT: Author of the Simon Canderous series and the Spellmason Chronicles series as well as curator of "The Once & Future Podcast."
SHAWN SPEAKMAN: Author of the Annwn Cycle series, owns the online bookstore The Signed Page, manages the websites for authors Terry Brooks and Naomi Novik, and freelance writes for Random House at Suvudu.com.
DAVID BOOP: Author of She Murdered Me with Science and over thirty short stories published and two-short films produced.
C.L. WERNER: Author of numerous titles for Black Library's Warhammer line of novels, as well as Rogue Blades Entertainment and various role-playing game supplements. Contributor to Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.
M.L. BRENNAN: Author of the Generation V series, holds an MFA in writing, and is employed as an adjunct professor at several New England colleges.
JAMES R. TUCK: Author of the Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter series, professional tattoo artist, and co-hosts "The Fanboy and Geek Girl Power Hour," a comic book-based pop culture podcast with his wife D. H. Tuck on Project iRadio.
JENNIFER BROZEK: Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, editor of fifteen anthologies including Chicks Dig Gaming and Shattered Shields. Author of the award-winning YA Battletech novel The Nellus Academy Incident, Apocalypse Girl Dreaming, Industry Talk, the Karen Wilson Chronicles, and the Melissa Allen series, she has more than sixty-five published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions.
KANE GILMOUR: International bestselling author of The Crypt of Dracula, Resurrect, and co-author of Ragnarok and Omega (the 4th and 5th novels in the Jack Sigler/Chess Team series). Contributor to Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.
MALLORY REAVES: Co-author of The Silver Dream and Eternity’s Wheel (the 2nd and 3rd novels in the InterWorld series) with Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves.
ANDREW LIPTAK: Co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, freelance writer and historian from Vermont. Andrew is the Weekend Editor of Gizmodo/io9, and has has written for such places as Armchair General Magazine, Barnes & Noble, Clarkesworld Magazine, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, Tor.com and others. His fiction has appeared in Galaxy's Edge Magazine.
STEVE DIAMOND: Author of the Jack Bishop series, owner and operator of Elitist Book Reviews, editor of Shared Nightmares, Steve writes for Baen and numerous other small publications.
PAUL GENESSE: Author of the Iron Dragon series and editor of The Crimson Pact anthology series. Contributor to Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.
PATRICK M. TRACY: One of the co-creators of The Crimson Pact anthology series with Paul Genesse, Patrick has appeared in all five volumes writing both the origin story and the series finale. Contributor to Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters.
For sake of ease, we have combined the cost per unit with the shipping price, so no need to add additional shipping to your add-ons. Simply add the cost below to your pledge and you'll be able to choose and/or modify your add-ons in the post-Kickstarter survey (we'll most likely use Backerkit again).
US = domestic shipping; Int'l = all non-domestic US locales
- MECH Challenge Coin (add $12 US or $15 for Int'l): The official Kickstarter-exclusive MECH: Age of Steel challenge coin is a companion to the Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters coin, making it a must-have collector’s item. Featuring artwork by Ian Jobe, who also did the art for the Kaiju Rising coin. The coin will be laid out (typography) by Shawn King.
- MECH Plushie (add $40 US or $45 for Int'l): Like the challenge coin, this quality hand-made stuffed robot will make the perfect companion to its plushie equivalent from Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. Made by the talented N3rdy Girl.
- Aluminyzed 8" x 10" metallic print (add $52 US or Int'l): A print of the MECH cover art sans typography on aluminum. It is water, scratch, and UV resistant, easy to hang, and simply gorgeous. Lightweight and enormously durable, its reflective quality makes the image luminous with color and high res detail. You will be able to choose either cover and if you prefer a glossy or matte finish in the post-Kickstarter survey.
- MECH Mini by MechaZone (add $23 US or $26 Int'l): ***STRETCH GOAL REQUIRED*** If we unlock David White’s Build-a-Bot stretch goal (see below), all backers will get access to a FREE download file so they can 3D print their own mech mini. No 3D printer access? Order your own MECH mini by adding the price above to your pledge. (Limited to 40 backers. We will add a tier to keep track of this should we reach this goal.)
- Bonus Trade Paperback (add $25 US or $29 Int'l): Order an extra trade paperback of MECH: Age of Steel.
- Bonus Hardcover (add $40 US or $49 Int'l): Order an extra hardback edition of MECH: Age of Steel.
- ACHIEVED! $16,500: Artwork: At this level we will include interior art to lead into each story. Illustrations will be provided by Frankie B. Washington, Robert Elrod (Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters contributor), Oksana Dmitrienko, and James R. Tuck. That’s 24 pieces of original art. On top of that, two of Frankie B. Washington’s pieces are full-page spreads!
- ACHIEVED! At 100 Backers: MECH: Of the Fire and MECH: Machine Heart novellas: At this level we unlock not one, but TWO special novellas by authors Paul Genesse and Patrick M. Tracy that tie-in with their Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters story “Of the Earth, of the Sky, of the Sea”.
- ACHIEVED! $20,000: Increased Author Pay: Each author will now be paid 9 cents/word for their story.
- $22,500: MECH Mini**: If we reach this level Mecha Zone Toys & Art by David A. White will design our very own MECH Age of Steel mini. As a thank you to all our backers we will make this file downloadable so that if you have access to a 3D printer you can make your own army of bite-size mechanized warriors OR if you don’t have access to a 3D printer you can buy minis in a bonus tier. (Limited to 40 backers. We will add a tier to keep track of this should we reach this goal.)
- $25,000: Open Submissions: We are opening for submissions! Editors N.X. Sharps and Tim Marquitz will choose the best 1-2 stories for inclusion in MECH: Age of Steel and Ragnarok will pay the author the approved professional rate!
- $30,000: Audio: At this level we will provide audiobook copies to everyone in the MECH Pilot tier up.
** MECH MIni by Mecha Zone: If we reach this stretch goal backers will get to pick (in the survey) which MECH from the book gets made. Here are some example pictures of the Minis.
Once we hit that $16.5k stretch, MECH will be graced with artwork by the following illustrators.These are actual pieces we've already commissioned for the book.
Risks and challenges
We've alleviated a major risk by having gathered the stories for this anthology from the authors. Everyone listed has already contributed their tale. We've also paid the cover artist, so he's taken care of and we have World Rights secured for everything.
Additionally, we went through the bulk of our growing pains during the production phase of our previous crowdfunded campaigns, so we have contacts, accounts, and resources in place now to make a smooth transition from funding to fulfillment—that means a much smaller delay in getting the book in your hands.
We are a small publisher comprised of two full-timers and three part-timers. Sometimes when we enter pre-production, updates may become less frequent. Do not be alarmed by this. Often we put our noses to the grindstone to work on multiple projects in order to keep Ragnarok running. Because of this, delays can happen and updates may be less than frequent, but we are always working and we ALWAYS deliver. Rest assured, if and when this project funds, you will receive a high quality, professional product as close to the estimated release date as we can possibly manage.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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