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A short story collection by Alex Shvartsman.
A short story collection by Alex Shvartsman.
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    THANK YOU! Every little bit helps! Pledge any amount to this project, and help select the original story to be included in the book by casting your vote in the comments. Also, ALL BACKERS will receive an e-book of Dark Expanse: Surviving the Collapse anthology in EPUB and MOBI formats.

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    E-BOOK! Receive the e-book of "Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma" in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats. EPUB and MOBI versions will include the 'extended cut' with 20+ additional stories not available in the print version.

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    PHYSICAL BOOK! Receive both trade paperback and e-book versions of "Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma."

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    SIGNED! Same as PHYSICAL BOOK!, but it will be signed by the author!

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    E-BOOK BUNDLE! Receive the e-books of Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma, UFO1, UFO2, UFO3 and Coffee in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats. I'll send the existing e-books right away, then UFO3 and ECTG when they're released.

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    ELOPUS! I will write a story of approximately 100 words featuring you or a person of your choice (similar to the Elopus stories in the updates). I maintain the copyright on the story, but you're welcome to post it wherever you want. I will also post this story for all the other backers to read. If you select this tier. You'll also receive the e-book of the collection + all applicable stretch goal extras.

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    2-BOOK SPECIAL! Same as the SIGNED! reward level, plus a copy of any ONE of the following anthologies: UFO1, UFO2, UFO3, or Coffee, in both print and e-book. They'll be shipped together in February but I'll send out the existing e-books in September. (October for UFO3).

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    THE HARDCOVER! I will print NO MORE than 100 copies of the special hardcover collector's edition of this book. Each hardcover will be hand-numbered and signed. They will not be available for sale in bookstores. Backers who select this tier will also receive the e-book and the audio book.

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    3-BOOK SPECIAL! Same as the SIGNED! book reward level, plus copies of any TWO of the following anthologies: UFO1, UFO2, UFO3, or Coffee, in both print and e-book. They'll be shipped together in February but I'll send out the existing e-books in September. (October for UFO3).

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    CRITIQUE! Alex will critique your short story or a novel excerpt of up to 6,000 words. You will also receive a signed trade paperback and the e-book of Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma.

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    STACK-O-BOOKS! You'll receive 10 copies of the trade paperbacks. Perfect for a retail store, a convention bookseller or anyone in the market for great gifts for their bibliophile friends! You can mix and match among all 5 UFO Publishing titles. Books will be shipped together in February.

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    COLLECTOR'S BUNDLE! You will receive signed trade paperback, and e-book copies of ECTG, UFO1, 2, 3, and Coffee as well as a very rare, numbered copy of the UFO1 hardback edition. Only 100 of them were ever printed and 70+ were distributed as backer rewards for UFO or given to associate editors. It was never offered for sale and there is presently no other way to obtain a copy of this edition. All books will ship together in February.

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    TUCKERIZATION! Alex will name a character after you in one of his short stories. You will get to read the early draft and will be updated on the status of the story. Although there's never a guarantee that any one story will be published, Alex's track record is pretty good with 70+ original story sales since late 2010. You'll receive a signed trade paperback and e-book of ECTG as well.

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    BACKSTAGE PASS! In addition to a signed and personalized copy of the book, you will also receive an Advance Review Copy PDF (around December), an Advance Review Copy PDF of UFO3 at least two weeks prior to its release AND you'll get to read Part 1 of Alex's novel-in-progress, "Eridani's Crown." He refers to this book as "the politics of Game of Thrones meets the character arc of Breaking Bad."

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    WRITING WORKSHOP! On a mutually agreeable date in 2015, I will fly to any reasonably accessible location in the continental United States or Canada and run a one-day writing workshop and/or do a live reading for your writing or reader group. I will cover hotel and travel; you provide a venue for the workshop. Depending on location and timing, I may be able to do a weekend-long event, too.

    As there are lots of logistics involved, I must reserve the right to turn down (and refund in full) any such request, but I promise to be reasonable. Please feel free to message me if you're interested in this and we can work out the details.

    Of course, you get a signed copy of ECTG also.

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