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Galvanize a collaborative anthology of cyberfiction & music into something faster, stronger, awesomer. Includes some authors you’ve probably heard of!
Galvanize a collaborative anthology of cyberfiction & music into something faster, stronger, awesomer. Includes some authors you’ve probably heard of!
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foreshadows.net  |  Foreshadows:The Ghosts of Zero  |  a.k.a. GoZ

*****POST-KICKSTARTER UPDATE*****
Although our Forging Foreshadows campaign through Kickstarter may have ended, you can still help support this project and even pick up some sweet rewards. Just have a look at the PLEDGE list to the right and get in contact with us through veryusartists.com/contact and let us know what you're interested in. Some of these rewards will likely no longer be available, but we'll see what we can do. Either way, your support of the Foreshadows project and independent artistry would be very much appreciated!
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Now, ABOUT THIS PROJECT:


Imagine, if you will, a CD packed with cinematic, driving, and atmospheric music, where instead of finding a flimsy little booklet of liner notes tucked into a jewel case, there's an entire book. And for each track, there's a short story penned by a talented author of speculative fiction.

Then, imagine a book—an anthology of short fiction—that comes with a CD. And on that CD is a singular soundtrack for each and every story, a piece of original music born to accompany and underscore the tale it has been paired with.

Now, imagine they are one and the same.

It's called Foreshadows:The Ghosts of Zero (GoZ, for short), and it's the result of a collaboration between both up-and-coming and veteran authors and musicians. We've gathered under the banner of the Very Us Artists and Blindsided Books to bring you this experimental, multimedia depiction—foreshadowing a dark, cyberized, and somewhat dystopian future.


The funds we raise through Kickstarter will ensure that this book+CD will happen in the most awesome way possible, including professional mastering of the soundtrack, excellent print quality for the artwork, broader distribution of the final product, and overall top-shelf production values.


Now, here are a few great reasons to back this project:

Ed Greenwood (yes, that Ed Greenwood: creator of The Forgotten Realms®)



Keith Baker (yes, that Keith Baker: creator of Eberron®)



Bilian



Joshua Wentz



Don Bassingthwaite



Gene 'Noizepunk' Pritsker



Robert J. Randisi



Michelangelo



Ari Marmell



Colin Garvey



Robert Velarde



Dylan Leeds



Rosemary Jones



Ali Kilpatrick



Jaleigh Johnson



John LaSala



Christopher Dinkins



Brian W. Matthews



Ken Hart



Ruth Lampi & Jessica Van Oort



Joe Rixman



Mike Ferguson



Jeremy Simmons



Thee Crumb



Jeff LaSala



another cultural landslide



Nicolas Logue



Jeremy L. C. Jones

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    Receive our undying thanks and your name will be displayed on foreshadows.net, so all the internets know about it. You may even get a special message on Facebook from Synthia Simulacrum, if you friend her. She’s very friendly.

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    Have the aforementioned undying thanks noted on foreshadows.net, as well as receive a personalized (yes, to you!) Foreshadows video, ahead of the GoZ release date.

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    Accept our undying thanks, with your name bound up forever in the pages of GoZ, as well as the personalized video and your name in pixels on foreshadows.net.

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    Find some nifty Foreshadows swag in your mailbox (e.g., stickers, bookmarks, other surprises), see your name on foreshadows.net and in the book itself, and receive a one-of-a-kind video ahead of release.

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    Cha-ching! Get 20% off the GoZ book+CD when it comes out, while we profess our gratitude to you on the website and in the book itself, and we’ll also send you an envelope of Foreshadowsy goodies and a personalized video. For details visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Cyberpunk Package \\ Receive a "Hi-Tech | Lo-Life" postcard, designed by Sidedown, which includes a hand-written, personal message from us and a top secret web link to a bonus download, plus everything you see above. How great is that!?

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    \\ The Blindsider Box \\ Select anything from the Blindsided Books catalog and we’ll send it to you, in addition to the Cyberpunk Package (above). For details, see www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Beautifully Orange Concoction \\ Get yourself an awesome sketch journal with an illustrated, letterpress cover handcrafted by OrangeBeautiful. We’ll throw in the Cyberpunk Package (above) as well! Learn more about this beaut’ at www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Audiophile Suite \\ Score yourself a CD from Sidedown Audio or the Very Us Artists—or someone who knows them—from a list found at www.foreshadows.net/ks. In addition, you’ll get everything in the Cyberpunk Package (above).

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    \\ The Bookworm’s Companion \\ Choose an autographed book from one of our Foreshadows authors, found on a list at www.foreshadows.net/ks. Naturally, you’ll also receive the Cyberpunk Package (above).

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    \\ The Lexicographer’s Hymnal \\ Impress your friend(s) with your off sense of humor with a copy of VUA’s otherwise unobtainable My First Sing-Along Dictionary book-and-CD. We’ll even sign it. In crayon! Meanwhile, you can revel in the contents of the Cyberpunk Package (above). For details, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Sound of Ramen \\ Get a subscription to Ramen Music (that is, the next 6 albums released on www.ramenmusic.com) plus the entire Cyberpunk Package (above). For more info, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks

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    \\ The Collector’s Curiosity \\ Behold the synergy of Blindsided Books and OrangeBeautiful as they produce for you a limited edition letterpress art print, based on a Foreshadows illustration. It’ll go nicely with the Cyberpunk Package (above) that comes with it.

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    \\ The Reduction to Lo-Fi \\ Lock yourself in for the next four issues of Blindsided Books’ lo-fi ’zine (with hi-fi content!), HEY Quarterly. And the Cyberpunk Package (above) will be yours, too. For more info, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Stomp Brawler \\ For the impatient, we have this Kickstarter-exclusive item: an advance CD+booklet copy of the GoZ story and song, “Too Much Is Never Enough” by Don Bassingthwaite and Bilian, as well as the Cyberpunk Package (above). For details, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Bassingthwaite Bundle \\ Receive signed copies of all six books in Don Bassingthwaite’s Eberron trilogies, The Dragon Below and The Legacy of Dhakaan, plus you’ll get everything that’s a part of the Cyberpunk Package (above). For details, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks

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    \\ The Defenderbot's Armor + GoZ \\ Preorder a copy of GoZ and safeguard it with the love and protection that only OrangeBeautiful can provide: a handmade, Kickstarter-only collector's box! Naturally, everything in the Cyberpunk Package (above) is included.

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    \\ The Framed Curiosity \\ Get the Tony Akins art print from The Collector’s Curiosity (above), but encased in a conservation quality custom frame, ready for hanging! This too comes with with the Cyberpunk Package (also above). For more info, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks

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    \\ The Limited Edition \\ Stake your claim on one of the very limited 100 copies of the special edition GoZ book+CD to be signed by a whole gang of Foreshadows musicians and authors. While you may—if the stars are right—be able to get one of these Limited Editions after our Kickstarter campaign is over, you won’t be able to get it with a handwritten, personalized thank-you-for-backing-Foreshadows note on the inside to match your bookmark. Only here. Only now. All that and the Cyberpunk Package (above), too? Yes!

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    \\ The Immortal You \\ Get your name in the book—in a story! A name of your choice will be worked into the anthology somewhere, plus you’ll get the Cyberpunk Package (above). For details, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    \\ Too Much Is Never Enough \\ Want a copy of the Limited Edition of GoZ (above) plus getting your name written into a story (also above)? This is the one for you. You can have it all. We’ll add to that the Cyberpunk Package (above), and you’ll be pretty much set for life.

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    \\ The Writer’s Ghost \\ Have one of the Foreshadows authors (such as Ed Greenwood or Keith Baker) write a short prequel to his or her GoZ story, based on your input. You may even get worked into the story itself! You’ll also enjoy the spoils of the Cyberpunk Package (above). For a list of participating authors and other details, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Trackhacker \\ Have the GoZ track of your choice remixed by and named in your honor, while also enjoying the wonders and delights of the Cyberpunk Project (above). For details, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Artificer’s Dream \\ Have novelist and game designer Keith Baker (creator of Eberron®, duh) run a Foreshadows-based game session for you and 1d6 friends at Gen Con 2011. Stats at www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ The Cybernetic Serenade \\ Commission the Foreshadows musicians to write and record a Foreshadows song for you—maybe even about you, carving out your place the future history of the world of Foreshadows, cybernetic enhancements and all! To boot, you get the whole Cyberpunk Package (above). For details, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ Your Own Personal Foreshadow \\ Get the whole song and dance: receive not only The Cybernetic Serendade (above) but a short story penned by a Foreshadows author to go with it! It’s a special Foreshadows cyberfiction song+story, all about you. For details, visit www.foreshadows.net/ks.

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    \\ An Imperfect Future \\ New York-based designer Michael John Keegan will create a futuristic, Foreshadows-inspired outfit based on one of four unisex designs, tailored just for you! Of course, the Cyberpunk Package is included. But definitely visit www.foreshadows.net/ks for details on this one, pictures and all!

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Funding period

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