So, here we are, with less than 96 hours to go as I write this, for my friend Michael Jan Friedman’s crowd-funding effort to support his new project, Pangaea.
What are we talking about? Well, to hear Mike describe it:
At least four times in Earth’s history, the continents have come sliding together. Over millions of years, separate and distinct landmasses have crawled across the planet’s surface on immense tectonic plates to form a single mass–a super-continent. Geologists have dubbed the most recent such formation Pangaea.
Of course, Pangaea broke up a long time ago, and because it did, mankind developed in drastically different climes and circumstances. But what if we twenty-first century types were living in one of the super-continental periods–those characterized by “lid tectonics” rather than “plate tectonics?” What would it be like if all of humanity was confined to a single landmass…and had been so confined for all of our recorded history?
These and other questions will be explored in the anthology Mike hopes to bring together, which will feature all-new stories by this gang of word pushers:
Oh, and Kevin and me as the Beaver.
Now, as I said, we’re just over three days away from the finish line, and so far the project has managed to attract just over $6,300 toward a goal of $8,000. If you’re unfamiliar with how Kickstarter works, it’s an “all or nothing” deal, so if the campaign fails to hit the $8k mark then that’s Game Over.
As the campaign has progressed, Mike has thrown in a few extra enticements along the way which he hopes will appeal to new backers as well as those who’ve already pledged their support. The latest addition to this pile of sweetness is a new bundle of e-Book titles, which are being offered as “add-on” packages to an existing reward/backer level. For an extra $18, a backer will receive their choice from two different bundles. Learn all about both new incentive packages here, in Mike’s latest update!
The reason I’m bringing this up is because I’ve thrown something into Package #1: “Texas Pride,” a companion piece to my two Last World War novels. I originally wrote the story back in 2007 as a way to test the then-new “Amazon Shorts” Program, which involved selling original short fiction for direct digital download. At the time, I was also looking to see if there was any interest in more fiction set during The Last World War. This turned out to be true, as I ended up writing Counterstrike a couple of years later. Anyway, the Amazon Shorts is now defunct, so “Texas Pride” is unavailable for sale anywhere else. I was planning to make it available in various formats later this year, but interested Pangaea backers can now look forward to receiving it as an exclusive–at least until sometime in late summer or early fall.
So, you’ve got that going for you, which is nice.
Okay, then! Three days and a wakeup to go! Please give Pangaea a look-see and if you find it interesting and worthy of your support, I hope you’ll consider making a pledge.
We now return you to your lives, already in progress.