In 2000, Cornwuff Press's first edition of Alysha's Fall brought together all my short stories about the youth Alysha Forrest, whose dreams of captaining a starship cost her two years of cruelty working the seedy underside of Terracentrus, capital world of the Alliance. These stories were an exploration of the crucible that made a personality and the people who lived through her trial: who saw that light and helped raise her up. It is equal parts brutal and uplifting, and I like to think it holds up well thirteen years later. Plus, it establishes some important characters in the Paradox universe, and helps launch the military science fiction stories from the same setting as my previous stories, Earthrise and Mindtouch (among others).
However! These stories are among my oldest published works. Alysha's Fall was issued when having more than one color on a cover cost a lot of money, and all books had print runs. Thirteen years later, all the copies of AF are either gone or very hard to find.
So it's time for a tenth anniversary edition (three years late, but it's the thought that counts)! The original edition had art by a variety of artists, but one of the luminaries who contributed was Magic: the Gathering legend Mike Raabe. Mike has graciously agreed to do all-new illustrations to accompany the two he originally furnished for the book. And for that I'd like to pay him! I'd also like to pay my graphic designer Dave Bryant who will be adjusting the print edition to include the new illustrations, and have some left over to adjust the e-book editions with the art and other fancy formatting things.
I'm also pleased to announce that Watts Martin has agreed to write an introduction for the tenth anniversary edition! Not only is Martin a fantastic author in his own right, but he was the editor who bought "Blood Money" for Mythagoras in 1996. I still remember his editorial comments: he made it a much stronger story. I'm delighted to have him in the book.
Here I add a note: this story is violent and contains mature and disturbing situations. Readers who are avoiding such material should pass on this story. I recommend instead either of the two books mentioned above, Mindtouch or Earthrise.
NEW COVER ART. When Cornwuff Press first put together the collection, they asked me to do the cover, and I said "sure!" And then they told me, "You can only use black, white and one other color" and my brain exploded. One other color! I chose yellow, but I felt severely constrained. At the time they'd asked me, I had finished a wonderful illustration I thought would make a fantastic cover, but it was rather more colors than black, white and yellow. I did the best I could at the time, but looking back at it now I can see how hard I worked for it.
A tenth anniversary edition seems a great time to do a new cover! If we substantially go over goal, I'll be able to afford one!
Here are our targets:
- Black and White Linework, Colored (comic book style): $650
- Color Painting: $1250
Risks and challenges
This will be my seventh Kickstarter (the fifth for a book). All of them have been successfully concluded, so I have a good process by now for getting books out in a timely fashion. I'm not expecting too many challenges with this one, other than making the goal!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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