Michael Jan Friedman has setup a kickstarter to fund a project called ‘Pangaea’.

One Land

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?

That’s the ever-so-tantalizing axis on which our Pangaea anthology turns.

It’s an exciting and original idea, one that deserves the best world-building talent available. So to explore this world on your behalf, we’ve harnessed the word-smithing abilities of some of science fiction’s most inventive writers.

Pangaea-Cover14 science fiction and fantasy authors have already signed up to write this book which include:- Michael Burstein, Adam-Troy Castro, Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Paul Kupperberg, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M, Schoen, Geoffrey Thorne, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore.

More have agreed to come aboard if they hit some of their stretch goals.

Michael Jan Friedman is trying to raise $8,000.

There are some great rewards for people who back ‘Pangaea’. Here are a few of them:

  • $8 – You will receive an e-pub version of Pangaea, suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook, as well as an e-mail from one of our authors thanking you for your generosity.
  • $11 – You will receive two e-books suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook: the Pangaea anthology and Michael Jan Friedman’s Aztlan: The Last Sun, a murder mystery set in a 21st-century Aztec Empire. Also, you will get an e-mail from one of our authors thanking you for your generosity.
  • $25 – You will receive a trade paperback version of Pangaea, signed by at least three of its featured writers, as well as an e-pub version of the book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. You will also receive an e-mail from one of our authors thanking you for your generosity.
  • $35 – At this level, you will receive an 8.5″ by 11′, author-autographed print of the anthology’s cover — a creation of Caio Cacau, one of Brazil’s finest young artists. You will also receive a trade paperback version of Pangaea, signed by at least three of its featured writers, as well as an e-pub version of the book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from one of our writers thanking you for your generosity.
  • $100 – TUCKERIZATION by Lawrence M. Schoen. At this level Lawrence will include you (presented phonetically, of course, since this is not our world) as a character in his story. You will be thanked by name on the anthology’s acknowledgements page. Additionally, you will receive a trade paperback copy of Pangaea, signed by at least three of its featured writers, as well as an e-pub version of the book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from one of our authors thanking you for your generosity.

Additions to the rewards:

  • For $15 more, you can add a second Pangaea trade paperback to your reward at the $25 level or greater. Both books will be signed by three or more of our writers.
  • For $20 more, you can upgrade your trade paperback to a hardcover edition (after the option is unlocked, of course).
  • For $35 more, you can name a business, a street, or a one-time bystander (phonetically, of course, since this is not our world)–and also become a patron of the anthology and see your name on the Acknowledgements page.
  • For $50 more, you can enjoy a half-hour Skype session with Michael Jan Friedman, Paul Kupperberg, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, or Lawrence M. Schoen. These are very limited and available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Stretch Goals!

Here are a few of them:

  • At $9,000, they send all their backers from $8 on up an e-pub version of The Grim Arcana, Geoffrey Thorne’s haunting urban fantasy trilogy, which includes The Price of Salt, The Cost of Opening, and Fixing Mr. Styx.
  • At $10,000, they unlock “the hardcover option,” allowing any backer from $25 on to upgrade to a handsome hardback version of Pangaea.
  • At $11,000, they send all their backers from $8 on up an e-pub version of ReDeus: Beyond Borders, the thought-provoking fantasy anthology that asks the intriguing question: What if the ancient gods came back all at once?
  • At $12,000, they send all of their backers from $8 on up an e-pub version of Russ Colchamiro’s hilarious intergalactic science fiction novel, Finder’s Keepers.
  • At $13,000, they send all of their backers from $8 on up an e-pub version of Buffalito Destiny, Lawrence M. Schoen’s highly acclaimed sci fi novel, which blends “corporate elitism, radical environmentalism, and good old-fashioned slam-bang adventure fiction.”
  • At $14,000, they send all of their backers from $8 on up an e-pub version of The Same Old Story, a murder mystery set in the early days of the comic book industry by Paul Kupperberg, AKA “the man who killed Archie.”
  • At $15,000, they send all of their backers from $8 on up an e-pub version of Aaron Rosenberg’s novel No Small Bills, the first installment in his quack-a-minute DuckBob Spinowitz series.

 

Visit Michael’s kickstarter page for more information and to help with the funding of the book.

Follow Michael on Twitter @FriedmanMJ

Visit Michael’s website michaeljanfriedman.net