Yes, it’s been a while since our last review went live. Sometimes it gets like that, with new revisions coming out right when you think a review is ready, or discovering some problem that knocks a promising candidate right out of the water. And sometimes, life gets in the way. This post is about some of that life.
If you’ve ever taken time to visit our Meet the Staff! page, you’ll know that both Scott and I write fiction in addition to writing tech reviews. We’ve each had our own projects from time to time. Now we’ve got a new project where we’re both going to be participating. It’s not a Nifty Tech project, but I thought I’d share it with you and let you decide if you are interested.
This new endeavor is Scott’s baby, but he’s asked me to be a part of it. He’s launched a Kickstarter project to fund a new fiction anthology, The Way of the Gun. Scott has been playing with the idea of the warrior’s code of honor in the old west for some time now. He’s developed a world populated by Marshals and Rangers, and the religiously scientific followers of the Clockworker. These fabulous tinkerers and healers are in conflict with an increasingly corrupt justice system lead by the Judges, and enforced by the Marshals. And now Scott wants to share this world with you. He’s invited a choice group of authors to play in his new world, and is asking for your help to fund an anthology of stories set in his version of the West.
Scott has lined up a number of talented authors to help flesh out his world, and fill the anthology with exciting stories. They are Jake Bible, the mind behind Dead Mech and The Americans, Justin Macumber, author of the new military sci fi novel Haywire, Zach Ricks, editor of Flagship magazine and author of his own Weird Western series, Jared Axelrod, creator of the rich world behind Fables of the Flying City and yours truely, Doc Coleman, podcaster and author of the steampunk series The Adventures of Crackle and Bang. If Scott’s Kickstarter gets funded, we’ll each be writing our own stories set in his world, and sharing them with you. But in order to do that, Scott needs backers!
Why should you be a backer? What do you get out of it? Well, that depends on how heavily you back the project. At the lowest levels, you get our heartfelt thanks, but for just a little more, you can get an electronic copy of the finished book electronically signed by each of the authors. At the next level of backing above that, you get a print version of the book as well. If you open up your wallet even more, you could get a character named after you in one of the stories, or electronic copies of some of Jake Bible’s books. And for one very generous person, you could even get a Kindle physically signed by all of the authors. Of course, these higher levels of donation are limited, and some of those available slots are already gone, so you need to act quickly if you want to snag those!
Be a backer! Take a look at the rewards that Scott is offering. Don’t worry if you can’t afford to spare much right now. You can always upgrade your pledge to a higher level before the Kickstarter ends on November 3rd. If we don’t get funded, you’ll never be charged a dime. But Scott and I think this is a great project and we’re hoping that it will get funded, and that you’ll help.