This Kickstarter has so much cool, I can’t even begin to tell you all of it. The short of it is that this is a Kickstarter to publish the book Athena’s Daughters, which is a collection of sci-fi/fantasy short stories written by women with female protagonists.
“While we love our male science fiction and fantasy authors, we wanted, in this project, to provide a platform by which our female authors, artists, graphic designers, and editors could showcase their incredible talents. To that end, Athena’s Daughters is a project conceived, developed, and driven by women. All of the authors in this anthology are women, as are the artists, the graphic designer, and the editor.
In this antholog,y you will find authors you know and love, like Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Cleolinda Jones, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jean Rabe, Sherwood Smith, Janine K. Spendlove, Vicki Johnson-Steger, Cynthia Ward, Jean Marie Ward, and new and exciting talents like Maggie Allen, Conley Lyons, Doris Stever, and C.A. (Christine) Verstraete.”
A-FREAKING-MAZING, RIGHT? The book itself seems really awesome, but add to it that it’s all women? Oh yes, sign me up. FEMINISM, good writing, and new sci/fi fantasy stories!
They’re already super-funded and they’re blowing past their stretch goals. They’ve passed $24,000, which means they’ll be publishing a companion novel titled Apollo’s Daughters. That collection of stories will be all male writers, but still all have female protagonists. Authors like Michael A. Stackpole, Aaron Allston, Aaron Rosenberg, David Mack, and Bryan Young have already signed on for the project. Awesome.
Their stretch goals also add on free digital copies of a ton of books for every backer $5 and over. They include: Danielle Ackley McPhail’s novel Yesterday’s Dreams, Cynthia Ward’s short story Gabriella, Sherwood Smith’s novel Crown Duel (I own this book, it’s awesome!), and so many more! Freaking awesome!
Here’s a peek at some of the pledge levels:
$5 – You get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters and all of the other eBooks that get added on when they reach stretch goals
$10 – You get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters, all of the other eBooks from stretch goals, a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations, and an e-mail from one of the authors personally thanking you
$20 – You get the eBook of Athena’s Daughters, all of the other eBooks from stretch goals, an 8×10 photo quality print of an illustration of your choice, and an e-mail from one of the authors personally thanking you
$25 – You get the trade paperback of Athena’s Daughters, the eBook, all of the other eBooks from stretch goals, a beautiful postcard featuring one of the story illustrations signed by the artist, featured in the back of the book as a “Patron of the Arts,” and an e-mail from one of the authors personally thanking you
Seriously, if you love sci/fi fantasy books, go back this Kickstarter. For just $5, you’re going to get a ton of awesome books, in addition to this really cool collection of stories! There’s so much more awesome in this Kickstarter than I can even fit in this article, so go check out their page and see the other goodies available to backers. The Kickstarter ends Wednesday Jan 8 at 11:59pm EST, so jump on it!