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Rachel SaundersBy Rachel Saunders
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Rachel SaundersBy Rachel Saunders
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About

For more information on the Arz universe check out the website. 

For a sample of the short stories check out the stories page.For a sample of the novel check out the blog.

Book cover for Arz: Seventh Circle featuring Sjelby
Book cover for Arz: Seventh Circle featuring Sjelby

 In the beginning...

The Arz universe started when I was at school, and over the last twenty odd years has grown unto a universe which I have dreamt of sharing with a larger audience. Arz: Seventh Circle and Arz: Shadow wars represent the first stepping stones into the universe for the reader.

Humanity at its Zenith...

The setting is the fifth age of man. Humanity has come back from the bring of extinction and recreated a glorious golden age where science and technology provide for all who follow the ways of the Unifier. Many races of stajne kinde co-exist with humanity, though the humans are very much the alpha species of this corner of the galaxy.

Into the mix come an elder race of beings who see humanity as a scourge on the galaxy for using and abusing both natural resources and the races they left behind to flourish in their wake. Arz: Seventh Circle opens with their return, and the crux of the saga is how does humanity face up to these new aggressors.

The setting:

The Arz setting is a mixture of hard and mythic science fiction, as I have taken the principle of any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic as a core philosophy. I want to reflect the idea that whole people will be provided for, there will always be a degree of inequality, and I have drawn from across human history for ideas and concepts which fit in with the setting. For a fuller explanation of the universe and the saga check out this section of the website.

Castellan
Castellan

 Bang for your book:

As you can see from the rewards I have looked to give something to everyone who gives to the project. I want to make this Kickstarter feel like a celebration of the universe I have created, so I will include Easter eggs along the way for those who give to the project.

 What we have done so far:

  • The first draft of Arz: Seventh Circle is complete, as are half the short stories. 
  • Arranged an editor for both books
  • Arranged for an audio book publisher
  • Seventy percent of the artwork for the art book.
  • Agreed a supplier for the pen drives and publishing the books.

What the project is funding:

  • The project is funding the writing, editing, artwork, and publishing of two core books and additional sundries:
  • Arz: Seventh Circle - the first book in the Arz saga.
  • Arz: Shadow Wars - a compilation of short stories that expand on the universe and give different perspectives on the events unfolding.
  • An art book with artwork created for the project, with additional art - check out the gallery for a showcase of the work created so far.
  • An audio book for Arz: Seventh Circle
  • An ISBN for all three books

What needs to finalised:

  • We need a publisher for the limited editions, though we are in negotiations at the moment.
  • The rest of the artwork. I have a team of fifteen artists who I have worked with on this project so far, and once the funding is secure they will produce the finished pieces needed to fill out the art book.
The February 2015 deadline for delivery has been set to ensure that all the editing, audiobook production, and type setting for the e-books is completed in a timely fashion, and I believe it is a realistic one for delivering the best books we can.

Your support is critical in making this project a success. Without you it will not be possible to utilise the services of a professional editor or create the audiobook. Plus, you will get to read the books before anyone else.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read through this project.
Aquila
Aquila
Jackodee
Jackodee

Risks and challenges

The key challenges are the delivery of the books in a timely fashion. Both books are getting two rounds of editing, and ideally this should be done by December 2014, with a final read through in January 2015, then being sent to the printers for delivery mid to end of February 2015. If there are any delays with this process I will keep all pledgers informed.

The audiobook should take four to five months to produce, which gives plenty of time from the conclusion of the Kickstarter to the February 2015 deadline to deliver.

If there are any delays I will notify everyone immediately, and give a realistic date for completion.

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    Cadet first class:

    A big thank you and an exclusive computer desktop.

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    Ensign, first rotation:

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    PDF/Kindle copy of Arz: Seventh Circle, with an exclusive project forward by Rachel.

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    Copy of the Arz: Seventh Circle Audiobook in a downloadable format.

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    PDF/Kindle copy of both Arz: Seventh Circle and Arz: Shadow Wars, and exclusive PDF/Kindle project art book.

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    Commander:

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    Paperback copy of Arz: Seventh Circle, with exclusive poster of the Arz:Seventh Circle book cover.

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    Commander:

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    Signed paperback copy of Arz: Seventh Circle, with exclusive signed postcard set of Sjelby, Castellan, Chief, Aquilla, and Lamentation.

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    Captain:

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    Hardback copy of Arz: Seventh Circle, with exclusive signed postcard set of Sjelby, Castellan, Chief, Aquilla, and Lamentation.

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    Squadron Captain:

    Inclusive of all rewards at the Lieutenant Commander level on a limited edition Seventh Circle USB stick.

    Signed hardback copy of Arz: Seventh Circle, with exclusive signed postcard set of Sjelby, Castellan, Chief, Aquilla, and Lamentation.

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    Admiral:

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    Exclusive box cover set for the paperback books, and exclusive Admiral level artwork on the dust jacket of the hardback novel.

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    Penumbra Team:

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    Limited edition leather bound copy of Arz: Seventh Circle, with personalised forward by Rachel. Your digital and paperback copy of Shadow Wars will include an exclusive Penumbra Team short story.

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    Solar Chamber:

    Inclusive of all rewards at Penumbra Team level. You are invited to work with Rachel to create a character for a short story with them as the central focus, who will then appear as a background character in the main novel. The story will be published in the Shadows Wars. You will need to be free in September 2014 to develop the character with Rachel via email and Skype. Your copy of all three books will have a unique foil blocked cover.

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    You are invited to work with Rachel to create a stajne kinde species that will then appear in the art book and website. You will need to be free in September 2014 to develop the species with Rachel via email and Skype. Your copy of all three books will have a unique foil blocked cover

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    Immortal:

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    You will be immortalised in the art book as a personification of a specific race/solnir kinde of your choice drawn by the artist of your choice from the project art team. You will receive a signed A4 copy of the artwork created of you delivered to your home address.

    You will also receive your paperback version of Shadow Wars with your artwork as the cover. Your copy of all three books will have a unique foil blocked cover.

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    Unifier:

    Inclusive of all rewards at Penumbra Team level.

    Exclusive leather jacket based on the design by Dushky for Sjelby and made exclusively for you, and you will be presented with the jacket at a meal with Rachel in London or major US city of your choice in February 2015, when you will get the chance to discuss the project in depth with her.

    Your copy of the book will be signed by the whole team. Your copy of all three books, including a printed art book, will have a unique foil blocked cover.

    You will have to cover the cost of your own transport and accommodation in the city of your choice.

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    Word:

    Inclusive of all rewards at Penumbra Team level.

    A one off gold leaf embossed leather bound copy of each book with art work designed solely for this cover. You will work alongside Rachel and your chosen artist to design the cover, and have one Skype session with Rachel to talk through the project as a whole. You will receive a framed single edition print of each cover signed by both Rachel and the artist.

    You will then receive the books in a specially made presentation case which will be presented to you over a meal in London or major US city of your choice in February 2015.

    If you are in the mainland UK your travel will be covered, otherwise you will have to arrange your own transport and accommodation.

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