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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 15 2019 1:05 PM UTC +00:00
$2,700
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168
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 15 2019 1:05 PM UTC +00:00

About

RAMMING THE RAMPARTS!

This project will fund an "absurdist, surrealistic" alternate history anthology, entitled RAMMING THE RAMPARTS, containing approximately 9 or more all-original (no reprint) short stories by some of todays hottest SF&F authors.  The inspiration comes from our current President's recent commentary on the Fourth of July, including the idea that our Army "took over the airports" during the Revolutionary War.  What if there had been airports during that war?  Absurd!  George Washington was not a fighter pilot!  There was no "Battle at LaGuardia Baggage Claim"!  And yet...

This anthology asks authors to explore these and other absurd, surrealistic alternate histories.  These DO NOT need to be based off of our current President's comments, either on July 4th or at any other time.  However, I'd like to see at least a few stories based off of airports during the Revolution.  I'd like to keep the stories set around that era, actually, so the 18th Century or so, although this is not a hard and fast rule.

Backers of this project will essentially be generating the base funds needed to produce an ebook of the anthology—including payment for the contributing authors, payment for the cover artist, production costs for producing the anthology, etc.  Confirmed anchor authors include:

  • Gerald Brandt
  • David B. Coe
  • Esther Friesner
  • Elektra Hammond
  • Nancy Holzner
  • Rhondi Salsitz
  • Steven H Silver
  • Alan Smale
  • Harry Turtledove

Confirmed Stretch Goal authors include:

  • Walter H. Hunt
  • Gini Koch
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This is a "quick and dirty" Kickstarter from Zombies Need Brains, so at the moment there is no cover art.  Stretch goals will include expansion of the anthology beyond the initial 9 authors to include stories from an open call and possibly a paperback version of the book.  We offer professional pay rates. As we did in our previous anthologies, we plan to include the very best stories we can find, including an open submission window if the Kickstarter is successful and reaches certain stretch goals, where anyone can submit their stories featuring the current theme for a chance to be part of the anthology. And Zombies Need Brains is officially a "qualifying market" for the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA)! 

ZNB produces quality anthologies from leading authors. Check out our current offerings: 

  • Temporally Out of Order  
  • Alien Artifacts  
  • Were- 
  • Submerged  
  • All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!  
  • The Death of All Things 
  • Guilds & Glaives
  • Second Round: A Return to the Ur-Bar 
  • The Razor's Edge
  • Portals
  • Temporally Deactivated
  • Alternate Peace 

at https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc. You can also find them online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble; they are available in trade paperback format as well as on almost all ebook platforms (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Scribd, etc.). 

If the Kickstarter is funded, the intention is to have all stories handed in by the end of October 2019. We expect the editing and revision process to be finished by the end of December 2019 and the ebook to be designed, produced, and ready for release by the end of August 2020. Funding will cover the costs of producing the ebook in all standard formats (MOBI, Epub, PDF), cover art commission, payment of the editors, advances for the authors (at a minimum of 8 cents per word), and advertising and promotional expenses. Funding above the minimum would be used to increase the number of the stories in the book, allow for higher production values for the ebooks, increased advertising, and potentially the production of a paperback edition of the book.

Stretch goals would include adding additional story slots to the books (most of which will be filled with an open call for submissions), producing a paperback, etc. We will add additional stretch goals as the Kickstarter proceeds.

Stretch Goal:  Once the Kickstarter reaches $6,000, we will add Walter H. Hunt as an anchor author to the anthology!

Stretch Goal:  Once the Kickstarter reaches $7,000, we will add Gini Koch as an anchor author to the anthology!

Stretch Goal:  Once the Kickstarter reaches $8,000, we will add Kristine Kathryn Rusch as an anchor author to the anthology!

Stretch Goal:  Once the Kickstarter reaches $10,000, we will do an open call for submissions to the anthology in order to fill SIX additional story slots, so the anthology will contain a minimum of 18 stories.

Zombies Need Brains LLC is a small press owned and operated by Joshua Palmatier that focuses on producing professional quality science fiction and fantasy themed anthologies initially funded by Kickstarters. Having successfully published ten anthologies in the last five years, ZNB is currently expanding its anthology production, with the intent to eventually publish stand-alone books once the press has gained its footing. Check out the webpage at www.zombiesneedbrains.comand the online store at https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc. Signup for our newsletter at http://eepurl.com/dv3TLv.  You can also find Zombies Need Brains on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/zombiesneedbrainsllc/) and Twitter (@ZNBLLC).  

Risks and challenges

As with any production of a book, the timeline for delivery of the book may change due to unexpected delays in the editing process or the production process (such as a delay in printing at the press, etc). Every effort will be made to have the books ready for release and in backers’ hands by May 2020. Also, there is always a slight chance that life and circumstances will force a confirmed anchor author to drop out of the anthology. In the unlikely event that an author cannot deliver a story for whatever reason, their slot would be filled with an author from the slush pile. Since everyone involved—both anchor authors and editors—are professionals in the field already, there is no real expectation that there will be a delay or that the confirmed authors will not deliver, but it does happen on occasion.

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