Suppose Earth is hollow, like a tennis ball. And you're weightless in there! The wondrous Hollow Earth holds jungles, seas, native tribes, flying pigs, killer nautiluses, giant ants, and live flying saucers. Godlike sea cucumbers at the Hollow Earth's core illuminate the great spherical space with branching rays of pink light.
Over twenty years ago I wrote a steampunk novel called The Hollow Earth. And now I'm publishing Return to the Hollow Earth. It will appear in ebook, paperback, and hardback formats. And I'll issue a new, third edition of the earlier novel as well. The backer rewards at all levels will include ebook or print editions of The Hollow Earth and Return to the Hollow Earth. The higher-level rewards will also include an ebook or hardback of my book-length Notes for Return to the Hollow Earth.
In The Hollow Earth, we meet our narrator Mason Reynolds, a seventeen-year-old youth from 1850. He leaves his father's Virginia farm with the black Otha, befriends the dissolute Edgar Allan Poe, and falls through a thousand-mile-deep hole in Antarctica. Within the Hollow Earth Mason woos and wins Seela, who lives upon a giant flower.
At the core of the Hollow Earth they find the sky-surfing tribe known as the black gods. Nearby are a cluster of great sea cucumbers, who are known as the woomo. Otha stays at the core. Mason, Seela, and Poe make their way out through the crust and back to Earth. Due to their time in the strong light of the woomo, their skins are now black. At the end it seems as if Poe dies. This edition of The Hollow Earth is lightly revised so as to fit with the sequel.
Return to the Hollow Earth is once again in the steampunk mode, with young Mason as our narrator. In 1850, Mason and Seela embark upon a perilous trip around Cape Horn to San Francisco. Their ship sinks, but they're saved by a tentacled, flying nautilus—and now they learn that Poe’s not dead after all. Poe leads them on a return voyage to the Hollow Earth, passing through the throat of a thousand-mile-deep maelstrom at the North Pole. In the Hollow Earth, they learn that the woomo sea cucumbers mean to send them them on a epic mission across space and time. And the initial stage of this mission brings them to Santa Cruz, California---in the year 2018!
And, as I mentioned, I'll be publishing a book of my Notes for Return to the Hollow Earth, which is the length of a novel, and which includes about 40 illos, many in color, plus my writing notes over the last year. I'll produce the Notes as an ebook edition, but I'll also print a limited number of hardbacks of it for the Collector's Edition reward level.
Shown below are some of my Hollow-Earth-related paintings that are discussed and reproduced in the Notes. And for more info on these works, see my Paintings page online.
Risks and challenges
"Return to the Hollow Earth" is my twenty-third novel and I've now finished writing the first draft. I'm currently revising it, and I expect to publish the ebook and print editions of both "The Hollow Earth, 3rd Edition" and "Return to the Hollow Earth" by August, 2018.
Rather than taking the book to a commercial publisher or to a small press, I'll be publishing it myself via my Transreal Books. By now I've published over twenty titles via Transreal Books, and I've become comfortable with designing books. And graphics pro Georgia Rucker will be designing the covers.
I'm running this Kickstarter so that I can garner the equivalent of a book advance for my year of writing labor. I've set my funding goal at $8,000, but I'm hoping we'll pass $12,000.
I've run four successful book-publishing Kickstarters, and I'm confident that, with your help, we can make this one work too. Thanks for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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