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Life is uncertain, and the chance to get a peek into the future is tempting... but is it a good idea to look? A new fiction anthology.

Dayton, OH Fiction
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An anthology of original speculative fiction stories about the complications of predicting the future.

Will you tell your friends? Because all backers now get bonus art!
Will you tell your friends? Because all backers now get bonus art!

Update: To thank you for your support, now that we have over 200 backers, every backer will get two bonus printable art downloads!

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Alliteration Ink presents

What Fates Impose

Life is uncertain, and the chance to get a peek into the future is so tempting... but is it really a good idea to look?

With this Kickstarter project, we're asking for help to publish a book of short stories called What Fates Impose. We want to pay the authors professional rates for their writing and offer you the chance to get the book before anyone else. Your contributions will help us to make this book a reality.
 
Edited by Nayad A. Monroe, this anthology brings together stories from a diverse group of speculative fiction writers who show the possibilities of what can go right or very wrong when people get predictions of their future. There's a full list of the authors and their story titles to be found if you scroll down this page. The book also includes cover artwork by Steven C. Gilberts, and an introduction by Alasdair Stuart. 

The contributors have won a wide range of awards for their previous work, including the Bram Stoker Award, a Nebula Award, an AU Shadows Award, an Origins "Cleo" Award, a silver ENnie Award, the Authorlink! New Authors Award, a Octavia Butler Scholarship, and multiple other recognitions across the industry.

You can pre-order copies of What Fates Impose. Most of the reward levels listed to the right include the eBook (you get all three formats: PDF, ePub, and Kindle). You can pre-order a paperback copy of the book for as little as $20 at the JUST THE BOOK reward level (and above).

We also offer add-ons for more copies to ANY REWARD LEVEL! For extra copies of the eBook, add $10 per copy to the reward level of your choice, whether it already includes the book or not. For copies of the paperback, add $20 per copy to any level.

You can choose any combination of any number of extra copies; just add the total price of your copies to the amount you pledge. At the end of the project we'll send you a survey so you can let us know exactly what you ordered (see the FAQ at the bottom of this page for more details).

At present, the contributors are:

Introduction by Alasdair Stuart: "Singing from the Book of Holy Jagger"

David Boop: "Dipping into the Pocket of Destiny"

Maurice Broaddus: "Read Me Up"

Jennifer Brozek: "A Card Given"

Amanda C. Davis: "The Scry Mirror"

Damien Walters Grintalis: "When the Lady Speaks"

Sarah Hans: "Charms"

Erika Holt: "Murder of Crows"

Keffy R.M. Kehrli: "Gazing into the Carnauba Wax Eyes of the Future"

Jamie Lackey: "Another Will Open"

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz: "Body of Truth"

Remy Nakamura: "Pick a Card"

Cat Rambo: "To Read the Sea"

Andrew Penn Romine: "Ain't Much Different'n Rabbits"

Ken Scholes: "All Our Tangled Dreams in Disarray"

Lucy A. Snyder: "Abandonment Option"

Ferrett Steinmetz: "Black Swan Oracle"

Eric James Stone: "A Crash Course in Fate" (new) and "A Great Destiny" (reprint)

Tim Waggoner: "The Goggen"

Wendy N. Wagner: "Power Steering"

LaShawn M. Wanak: "There Are No Wrong Answers"

Beth Wodzinski: "One Tiny Misstep (In Bed)"

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What happens if we get full funding?

Exciting stretch goals! Once the authors get paid, we would love to add value to the book by including more stories and interior artwork. That's up to you! Our plan is to release What Fates Impose in late summer, 2013.We will deeply appreciate all pledges and efforts to tell your friends about this anthology.

Who we are

Alliteration Ink is run by Steven Saus (member SFWA/HWA), focusing on anthologies and single-author collections, with ten titles across two imprints.  The most recent publication by Alliteration Ink is Sidekicks!. In 2013, Alliteration Ink additionally has plans to publish the multi-author anthology Steampunk World, edited by Sarah Hans, and single-author works from Alethea Kontis, Leslie Anderson, Neal Litherland, and KW Taylor.

Nayad A. Monroe read over 5,000 submissions for the Hugo Award-winning semiprozine, Clarkesworld Magazine, before she started to work on becoming an anthology editor. Several of her short stories have been published in various anthologies, such as: Space Grunts: Full-Throttle Space Tales #3, Space Tramps: Full-Throttle Space Tales #5, The Crimson Pact: Volume Two, and Sidekicks! She has also contributed an interview with Tim Powers to Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and her story, "Quintuple-A," is scheduled to be made into a short film by Wild Hawk Entertainment. She blogs at http://nayadmonroe.blogspot.com/. You can find her making odd remarks on Twitter as @Nayad.

The video above features Alasdair Stuart reading a portion of "Singing from the Book of Holy Jagger", with background sounds from "Anaerobica" by PerlssDj, licensed under a Creative Commons license.

More About The Other eBook Rewards

See No Evil, Hear No Evil by Matt Betts
See No Evil, Hear No Evil by Matt Betts

"...fine examples of speculative poetry that manage to cut a razor's edge between funny and poignant without alienating a reader." - Aaron Polson, SkullSaladReviews

Kicking the Habit by Steven Saus
Kicking the Habit by Steven Saus

This collection contains the following:

Zombies looking for love. Robots looking for redemption. Time traveling honeymooners. Slaveowners summoning demons. The last scion of an alien empire hiding in the Old West. Vampires that don't sparkle. Fairies that don't sing. Other unnatural colors and flavors.

Side effects may include: emotion.

The Karen Wilson Chronicles by Jennifer Brozek
The Karen Wilson Chronicles by Jennifer Brozek

Kendrick is a city alive in more ways than one. Its borders contain a hidden world composed of secret societies, the supernatural, the lost, and the unexplained. It is the world that Karen, a 911 operator, is thrust into.  With enemies on all sides, unknown allies, and a baby gargoyle, what she finds will change her life forever.

Her Majesty's Wizard by Christopher Stasheff (Book I of A Wizard in Rhyme)
Her Majesty's Wizard by Christopher Stasheff (Book I of A Wizard in Rhyme)

WANTED: A SUPERWIZARD! Matt didn’t know the scrap of parchment was a trap. So he read the lines--and found himself on a world where reciting verses worked magic.

Oathbound Wizard by Christopher Stasheff (Book II of A Wizard in Rhyme)
Oathbound Wizard by Christopher Stasheff (Book II of A Wizard in Rhyme)

Matt Mandrell, unsuspecting graduate student, never imagined his research would lead him to a strange scrap of parchment that would change his life forever...

The Templar's Bowl by Peter D’Alessio
The Templar's Bowl by Peter D’Alessio

In 1942, German submarines prowled the Canadian coastline, searching for the lost Templar treasure... and its most powerful spiritual object, the Holy Grail. All that stands between Hitler and world domination are three ghosts of long-dead Templar Knights... and their newest recruit: the sickly, wheelchair-bound child Richard.

Uncle Merl’s Bar and Grill by Peter D’Alessio
Uncle Merl’s Bar and Grill by Peter D’Alessio
Welcome to a comedic urban fantasy about dragons and demons, mortals and magic, vampires and… baseball? Yes, baseball! You’d be surprised how much baseball has to do with human history - and you can hear it all from the dragons hanging out at Uncle Merl’s Bar and Grill in Newark! But as Merlin the bartender will tell you, don’t try to talk to them when they’re watching a Mets game.
The Glass Marines by Peter D’Alessio
The Glass Marines by Peter D’Alessio

Light-years into deep space aboard an alien cargo freighter, Marine Sergeant Christopher receives a bizarre order: Make 185 Malacan aliens into United States Marines.

Risks and challenges

In all projects that involve contributions from multiple people and companies, there's the possibility of an unexpected delay here or there. We already have the cover art and all of the listed stories in our hands, but there are details, revisions, and production schedules to consider. We will do our best to get this book to you on schedule.

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FAQ

  • Yes. (One of the "problems" of having so many cool backer rewards!) Here's what you do:

    Add the extra amount to your pledge (either when you first pledge or by clicking "manage your pledge"). We will ask you about "add ons" at the end of the Kickstarter and we'll get it sorted then.

    Example 1: To get a photo tweet from Ms. Davis AND the eBook, pledge $15 ($5+$10).

    Example 2: To get a photo tweet from Ms. Davis and the PRINT and eBook, pledge $25 ($5+$20)

    Example 3: To get Numerology and a second print book, pledge $72 ($52+$20)

    NOTE: This WILL NOT work with two limited reward levels! Your add-on MUST be a reward level without a limit.

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  • We are not planning an open call at this time, sorry.

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  • We are glad that Kickstarter has apologized, is donating money to RAINN, and determined that such works are no longer valid for crowdfunding on this platform. We recognize this may not be enough for some people; if so, please drop me a message and we'll talk.

    Further, I (Steven Saus) will match Kickstarter's cut for this project and donate out of my own pocket to the Artemis Center in the Dayton, Ohio area. I think it's only right that some further good should come out of this. (Legal note: I am not donating money raised from the Kickstarter, I'm donating my own cash.)

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