new Kickstarter: In Harm’s Way, Footprints in the Stars, and Devil Dancers

The fine folks at eSpec Books have a three-part Kickstarter going, for two anthologies and a short story collection, all of which will debut later this year, assuming they’re all funded.

The primary Kickstarter goal is $800 to fund In Harm’s Way, the long-awaited eighth volume in the Defending the Future anthology series edited by Mike McPhail, which will feature military science fiction stories by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, James Chambers, Brenda Cooper, Robert Greenberger, Eric Hardenbrook, Christopher M. Hiles, Lisanne Norman, Aaron Rosenberg, David Sherman, Bud Sparhawk, Robert E. Waters, and Jeff Young.

The other two books will be stretch goals.

At $1900, they will do the second Beyond the Cradle anthology (following 2017’s If We Had Known), entitled Footprints in the Stars. Edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, this science fiction antho will be about what happens when humans learn about other life in the galaxy — not first contacts, as such, but evidence of possible contacts.

I will have a story in this one — it will be the second story featuring a new character of mine named Connie de la Vega, though the first story with her will actually be coming out around the same time in the Brave New Girls anthology Adventures of Gals and Gizmos. The full lineup includes Christopher L. Bennett, James Chambers, Russ Colchamiro, Vincent Collins, Bryan J. Glass, Robert Greenberger, Gordon Linzner, Aaron Rosenberg, Ian Randal Strock, and Dayton Ward, along with me and editor Danielle.

At $2800, the third book will be unlocked: a new short-story collection called Devil Dancers by Robert E. Waters, which will feature both new stories and reprints in this Devil Dancers milieu.

Among the rewards and stretch goals are additional stories and novels, Tuckerizations, critiques of your manuscript, mentoring your crowdfunding, and more! Among the bonuses being provided are eBooks of two of my novels, including my 2011 Afro-futurist novel Guilt in Innocence and my new urban fantasy novel A Furnace Sealed.

So check it out!

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