About this project
Alien encounters are some of the most exciting aspects of science fiction. In many cases, though, the beings depicted are only slight variations of our own species, often with barely a thought given to the other creatures that populate the native ecosystem.
With =GALACTIC BAROQUE= INSTANT ALIENS your horizons will be vastly expanded! Not merely a rulebook for random alien generation, this guide helps you create exotic, plausible extraterrestrial biospheres from kingdom level down to clades and species. All details of races, animals, plants, and microbes are influenced by the initial conditions of the world from which they arose and the organisms from which they descend.
Did intelligent life emerge on this exoplanet? Learn its strengths and weaknesses, determine its technology level, and discover how far from its home (and even out into space) the species has explored.
Is your universe filled with humanoid aliens and anthropomorphic beasts? No problem! Our own future will see genetic engineering and directed evolution, where animal species may be uplifted to humanlike sapience. An entire chapter of INSTANT ALIENS will help you through this process.
Large trade paperback of 50-80 pages.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 LIFE: Genesis, Evolution, Attributes, and Diversity.
2 TAXA: Clades, Groups, Genera & Species, and Peculiarities.
3 INTELLIGENCE: Sapients, Civilization, and Colonization.
4 EARTHLINGS: Earth Life and Provolution.
5 APPENDIX: Tables, Walkthrough, Records, and Instant Alien Generator.
ACHIEVED $1000 STRETCH GOAL: EXTRA eBOOK FORMATS!
Would you rather have your digital copy optimized for your Kindle, Nook, or other eReader? When this goal is met, Kindle and ePub formats will be made available to those who request them along with the PDF version.
ACHIEVED $2000 STRETCH GOAL: THE COMPLETE INSTANT UNIVERSE (PDF)!
INSTANT ALIENS and INSTANT UNIVERSE are better together, so why not have that wealth of information in one handy digital (PDF) file? In addition, I will add all new TERRAIN GENERATION tables so the worlds you create can be mapped, then filled with fascinating creatures! This will be made available to all supporters of Basic Level and higher.
(NOTE: INSTANT ALIENS will still be written and delivered to you by June 2016, but THE COMPLETE INSTANT UNIVERSE edition will be finished later in the year. I will keep you posted on its progress.)
NEXT $5000 STRETCH GOAL: THE COMPLETE INSTANT UNIVERSE (Paperback)!
Your pledge is Stellar Level or higher, right? (Of course it is!) When we meet this stretch goal, your standard paperback copy of INSTANT UNIVERSE will be automatically upgraded to THE COMPLETE INSTANT UNIVERSE! As mentioned above, it will combine these two comprehensive systems into one handy edition, plus include very useful TERRAIN GENERATION tables to help chart and populate your planets.
(NOTE: As mentioned above, INSTANT ALIENS will still be delivered to you by June 2016, but THE COMPLETE INSTANT UNIVERSE edition will be finished later in the year and I will ship that instead of INSTANT UNIVERSE. I will keep you posted on its progress.)
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YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP ME KEEP CREATING MORE FASCINATING WORKS. IF YOU WOULD KINDLY SHARE THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN WITH EVERYONE EVERYWHERE, YOU WILL EARN MY SINCEREST GRATITUDE.
Risks and challenges
My first Kickstarter-funded project was INSTANT UNIVERSE, a guide for creating galaxies, star systems, and worlds based on current astronomy. Deeply studying, then distilling these complex subjects into a coherent and cohesive system took me far longer than I expected. The finished product, though, is something about which I am thoroughly satisfied.
Taking this experience to heart, I chose to wait until I had a functioning system and the rough draft written before I launched the INSTANT ALIENS campaign. Work on a few extra features remains, along with tweaks from ongoing playtesting, but this project is largely finished and close to layout. To expedite publication, I will use the same template as my previous book.
It is my personal goal to not only beat the June 2016 deadline I set, but to finish the PDF edition of INSTANT ALIENS soon after this project successfully funds. My progress will continue while the campaign runs so I can surprise you with early delivery.
Even though I have taken these extra steps, life still happens. If any complications or delays crop up that threaten to make delivery of your rewards late, I will keep you informed and strive to overcome those challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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