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Quantum wetware, telepathy, and cosmic slack for a wild young crowd. Fun! But beware of the hungry wormholes...

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Stretch Goals

We've made it to the original $7,000 target, thanks to the support from my wonderful backers.  And now I'm going for some stretch goals

Draft Cover Using My "Gubs and Wormholes" Painting
Draft Cover Using My "Gubs and Wormholes" Painting

* We've made it to my first stretch goal of $9,000, which means I'll be adding  illustrations to The Big Aha, with one of my paintings for the cover and with a painting for each of the chapters. A possible cover is shown above.

I'll be assembling fifteen paintings on the themes of The Big Aha---and I have some fairly definite ideas for the images.  With your support, I'll have the time and the motivation to create as many new paintings as needed, and to repurpose those of my old ones that are a good fit.

My plan is to offer a full-color hardback edition of The Big Aha at the $100 pledge level. The $50 pledge level paperback will include these same chapter illos but in black and white form.  And of course the paperback cover will be color. As for the ebook editions---they'll be in color form as well.  (See the FAQ below for more info on ebook editions.)

* If we reach my next stretch goal of $10,000, I'll create a new and improved edition of my art book, Better Worlds with all the new Big Aha paintings included!  It'll come to 100 paintings in all.

* My next stretch goal is $11,000.  If we make it this far, I'll have an art show of the Big Aha paintings, along with a launch party for book in San Francisco.  I'll either find a gallery to hang  this event for me, or I'll rent a space for a pop-up show and organize the event myself.

The Plan

Over the years, I've published about twenty novels with big, commercial publishers.  But in the last few years publishing has changed.  My quirky novels don't fit into the new business ecology as easily as before.  I'm taking a new path---and becoming a small publisher myself.

I enjoy new technical challenges and creative opportunities, and I'm having fun with my line of Transreal Books.  Last year Transreal Books published my Turing & Burroughs: A Beatnik SF Novel, in ebook and in paperback form.  And now we'll publish my upcoming novel, The Big Aha.

Your support will allow me a more generous amount of time to be working on my book.  And it'll help fund the additional expenses involved in publishing the book myself.  These include proofreading, design work, and various set-up fees for arranging print distribution.  And, thanks to your support, I'll be taking some further steps to get my Transreal Books titles into still wider distribution.

I plan to finish my novel by this fall, and I'll to be publishing it in ebook, paperback and a limited edition hardback by February, 2014.

I'll be offering ebook and print books as rewards, along with signed and marked-up pages from my manuscript.

Creating drawings and paintings is an important part of my work process.  I'll be giving out some art prints of the paintings, and for top end rewards, I'll give out some of the original paintings, and even the complete set of my working drawings for The Big Aha.

I'm a wordy guy---and when I'm working on a novel, I also create a book-length set of notes about my writing process, including numerous drawings and photos, plus images of any paintings I produce along the way.  I'll be making an ebook and a limited edition illustrated hardback of my Notes for The Big Aha, and I'll also be giving these out as rewards.

Summary of the Big Aha Novel

"The Lovers," One of my Paintings for THE BIG AHA
"The Lovers," One of my Paintings for THE BIG AHA

So...what's The Big Aha about?  Here's a brief summary.

The Big Aha  is a science fiction novel with a literary touch.  It's set in Louisville, Kentucky. The book stars a thirtyish man, Zad, and his wife, Jane. They’re having marital problems. Zad is an artist.  Jane runs a PR company called Jane Says.  Jane thinks Zad has gotten boring.

It's the late twenty-first century, and machines have been replaced by  gene-tweaked plants and animals. Knives grow on trees, you use squidskin for a video display, you ride on the backs of giant spiders, and you have a living horn of plenty that dumps food onto your table.

The book's action has to do with a new invention called quantum wetware. Given that my characters are artists, seekers, and party people, they use qwet to wedge their minds into a cosmic mode where they're able to have telepathy.

This is fun for awhile, but then leathery, floating mouths start appearing in the air---and swallowing people.  The alien behind the attacks lives in a parallel world filled with creatures like those from our fairy tales.

Zad and Jane go to the other world to do battle with the threat, the monster follows them home---and we reach a showdown at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville.  In the end, our characters attain a Big Aha experience---an ultimate vision of how the world works.  Or maybe not.

Images for the BIG AHA Project

Other Titles From Transreal Books
Other Titles From Transreal Books
Four More of My Paintings for THE BIG AHA
Four More of My Paintings for THE BIG AHA
Onscreen Image of Pages from NOTES FOR THE BIG AHA
Onscreen Image of Pages from NOTES FOR THE BIG AHA

Risks and challenges

The Big Aha will be my 21st science fiction novel, and I'm about 80% done writing it, so I'm fully confident that I'll finish it. I've already published some books in ebook and paper via my Transreal Books, so this won't be a problem either. And I already have nine paintings for the book, to be offered as rewards, and for possible use as illustrations.

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FAQ

  • I'll send out non-DRM unlocked ebooks in both the EPUB format (which you can view in color with the iBooks or other apps, with the Chrome or Firefox browsers, or with the Nook) and the MOBI format (which you can read on Kindle either in black and white or in color, depending on the model).

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  • My intention is that all editions of THE BIG AHA novel will include illustrations, ideally one per chapter. The illos will be black and white in the paperback and color in the hardback. The ebook illos will be color, although they may appear to be black and white on some ereading devices.

    The book-length NOTES FOR THE BIG AHA will have some color illos and numerous line drawings and diagrams. The hardback and ebook will be in color. If I release a paperback edition of NOTES FOR THE BIG AHA it will be with all black and white illos.

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Rewards

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    98 backers

    My heartfelt thanks, a mention on the acknowledgements page of THE BIG AHA, and an ebook of THE BIG AHA.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    65 backers

    All of the above, plus an ebook of the illustrated book-length NOTES FOR THE BIG AHA.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    75 backers

    All of the above, plus a new ebook edition of my COMPLETE STORIES including several stories not in the 2012 commercial edition.

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    55 backers

    Everything through the $25 level, plus a paperback of THE BIG AHA with a signed, author-designed bookplate. Plus an ebook of my novel TURING & BURROUGHS.

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    27 backers

    Everything through the $50 level, but with a hardback of THE BIG AHA instead of a paperback, and with a numbered, signed collector's edition bookplate. Plus an ebook of my COLLECTED ESSAYS.

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    1 backer

    Everything through the $100 level, plus a signed manuscript page from a draft of the book or the notes, as marked up by the author. Plus an ebook of the author's art book BETTER WORLDS.

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    1 backer

    Everything through the $200 level, plus an illustrated limited-edition hardback of NOTES FOR THE BIG AHA with a signed, numbered bookplate designed by the author.

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    Pledge $400 or more

    1 backer

    Everything through the $300 level, plus a large, hiqh-quality signed art print of one of the author's paintings, your choice from any of the works on his paintings webpage. Plus two signed paperbacks or hardbacks from the author's accumulated backlist copies, some rare, some in translation, your choice among his available editions (list to be posted).

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    0 backers

    Everything through the $400 level, but with three backlist paperback or hardback books instead of two, plus two old magazines containing the author's stories or articles, your choice from those available (list to be posted).

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    Pledge $700 or more

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    Everything through the $500 level, plus the complete set of the author's thirty or more original (messy and drawn on the backs of old manuscript pages) pen drawings for THE BIG AHA.

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    1 backer All gone!

    Everything through the $500 level, plus a signed complete draft manuscript of THE BIG AHA, corrected in the author's hand.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Everything through the $500 level, plus one of the author's original oil paintings priced at $800 or less, your choice from those available on his site www.rudyrucker.com/paintings.

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    Everything through the $500 level, plus one of the author's original oil paintings priced at $900 or less, your choice from those available on his site www.rudyrucker.com/paintings.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Everything through the $500 level. Plus an edition-of-one chapbook of a new story set in the world of THE BIG AHA and illustrated with a new painting by the author, with the painting included. The story will include an art patron as a character, and you can give me input about this character's name and appearance.

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