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In film, Alfred Hitchcock is known for his signature cameo appearances. In fiction, Patricia Bray is known for including goats. Goats creep into her stories like secret punctuation marks, leaving tiny cloven hoofprints among the pages. Some call her obsessed, but Patricia has stumbled on a truth that few others know--the universe is made up of five elements, not four-- Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Goats. Now you can show your support for all things Caprid, by pledging $85 you'll receive a ZNB goat mascot autographed by Patricia, guaranteed to contain the secret knowledge known only to goats and their devotees.

Follow this link to learn more about ZNB's latest Kickstarter: Robots, Water, Death, and to make your pledge in order to receive your very own goat mascot.
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ZNB LLC is currently accepting submissions for these two anthologies, guidelines can be found here.

Here are the authors who have agreed to be part of these anthologies: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Phyllis Ames, Jacey Bedford, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, David Farland/Dave Wolverton, C.S. Friedman, Walter H. Hunt, Faith Hunter, Katharine Kerr, Gini Koch, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Juliet E. McKenna, and Jean Marie Ward. Stories selected from the open call will be used to fill the remaining slots.

Submissions must be received by October 31st 2015.
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Zombies Need Brains publishing has just launched their new Kickstarter looking to create not one but two original anthologies featuring an outstanding lineup of authors.

This project will fund TWO science fiction and fantasy anthologies, titled ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-, each containing approximately 14 all-original (no reprint) short stories from established SF&F authors in the field—including Phyllis Ames, Jacey Bedford, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, Walter H. Hunt, Faith Hunter, Gini Koch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Juliet E. McKenna, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, and Jean Marie Ward. The books will be edited by Joshua Palmatier & Patricia Bray, both editors of the DAW Books anthologies “After Hours: Tales from the Ur-bar” and “The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity," and the Zombies Need Brains LLC anthologies "Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens" and “Temporally Out of Order.”

Follow the link here to learn more and see all the great rewards that have been lined up, including a Tuckerization in my WereGoat story.
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Team humans or Team Aliens? Team Patricia or Team Joshua? You have until Friday morning at 11:56 EDT to join our army of supporters by backing Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier. The anthology will include stories by Bradley Beaulieu, Caitlin Kittredge, Gini Koch, Scott Lynch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Ian Tregillis, and others.

We've already reached the minimum funding level so the project is a go. Now we're on the bonus jeopardy rounds, with cool extra awards being unlocked. Make your pledge and reserve your copy now, and we'll add your name to the list of those who will be under our protection when the zombie hordes begin their rampage.
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Yesterday afternoon the kickstarter crossed the 10K mark, which means Zombies Need Brains LLC's first anthology project CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS is a go!

We have two weeks left in the kickstarter, which means you still have a chance to preorder your copy. Any funds raised over the 10K threshold will be used to increase the payouts to the authors*, and improve the quality of the printed books (such as adding embossing, etc.). If we reach 20K we'll be offering a limited run hardcover edition.

We're totally psyched about this project. Steampunk and aliens, together at last! A collection of outstanding authors have already committed to the project: Bradley Beaulieu, Caitlin Kittredge, Gini Koch, Scott Lynch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Ian Tregillis, and we've invited a select group of extremely talented authors to submit stories to fill the remaining slots.

Visit our Kickstarter page here to learn more, and to preorder your copy. And be sure to check out the gorgeous cover art by Alex Broeckel.

* We're paying the authors 5 cents a word, which is a standard professional rate. For every 2.5K raised over the 10K, we'll be bumping it up.
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The CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS kickstarter was 94% funded when I checked at lunch time. Hoping it tips over the 10K mark later today, so we can announce it as a done deal. Any funds raised beyond the 10K goal will be used to fund extras and increase the payouts to the authors.

Want to know more? Check out this interview: 5 Questions with Joshua Palmatier.
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Today's question to ponder-- if the Daleks invaded an Earth defended by Captain Nemo, would humanity survive? Nemo has the advantages of an undersea base, while the hive mind tells me that Daleks haven't been seen swimming since the Classic Who episode The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964). But the Daleks have shown the ability to assemble overwhelming armies....

[Poll #1925504]

Nemo is the original Steampunk antihero, so I'd like to think that humanity had a fighting chance. And Daleks even look Steampunk in appearance, so they'd fit right in the set of the old films. I'd like to see James Mason* facing off against them.

Alas, I can't bring you Nemo versus the Daleks. But I can offer up a collection of Steampunk vs Aliens stories for your reading enjoyment. Want to know if your favorite authors are on Team Humans or Team Aliens? Visit the Clockwork Universe kickstarter page to find out how you can help make this project a reality.

*James Mason played Captain Nemo in the 1954 film 20000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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Today's question to ponder-- if the Daleks invaded an Earth defended by Captain Nemo, would humanity survive? Nemo has the advantages of an undersea base, while the hive mind tells me that Daleks haven't been seen swimming since the Classic Who episode The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964). But the Daleks have shown the ability to assemble overwhelming armies....

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Nemo is the original Steampunk antihero, so I'd like to think that humanity had a fighting chance. And Daleks even look Steampunk in appearance, so they'd fit right in the set of the old films. I'd like to see James Mason* facing off against them.

Alas, I can't bring you Nemo versus the Daleks. But I can offer up a collection of Steampunk vs Aliens stories for your reading enjoyment. Want to know if your favorite authors are on Team Humans or Team Aliens? Visit the Clockwork Universe kickstarter page to find out how you can help make this project a reality.

*James Mason played Captain Nemo in the 1954 film 20000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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I took Friday off and headed over to the lakes, where sightseeing included mandatory stops at independent bookstores. Then yesterday I hit a couple of local bookstores for the sake of variety. In two days I've purchased more books than I've managed to read so far in 2013. Optimism, it's the new black.

Though in my defense, several of the books were debut novels by first time authors, and I'll generally buy any first book that looks at all interesting, as a gesture of support.

I love books. I love discovering new authors. I love reading science fiction and fantasy and mysteries and cold war spy thrillers and nautical fiction and books that are pretentiously shelved under Litfic. I'll wander over into horror and romance and westerns and read YA as much for my own enjoyment as I do to pickup recs for my nieces. The only thing better than discovering a great story is getting to share that story with others. ("You must read X! It's fabulous!")

Putting together an anthology combines so many of my favorite things. It's getting the chance to read great stories and to share them with others. It's the opportunity to work with a fantastic partner-in-crime jpsorrow and an outstanding group of authors. It's the battle of Team!Patricia versus Team!Joshua as we each strive to bring the very best stories to the table.

Now, with your help, we're getting to do it again. The CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: Steampunk vs Aliens anthology will have fourteen original stories by Bradley Beaulieu, Caitlin Kittredge, Gini Koch, Scott Lynch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Ian Tregillis and others, brought to you by the newly launched small press Zombies Need Brains LLC. Team human versus team alien, dirigibles against spaceships, steam power versus lasers. Can't wait to read it? Then follow the kickstarter link above and help make this project a reality.
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CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS is the first anthology being launched by Zombies Need Brains LLC, a small press founded by friend and frequent partner in crime Joshua Palmatier.

We've been talking about this project for months, so I'm thrilled to finally be able to share this with you. This is going to be an awesome anthology featuring an incredibly talented lineup of authors.

Visit the kickstarter webpage to find out more about the project, and how you can become a backer. As a special bonus for supporters we have a limited number of Tuckerizations available, and we expect these to sell out fast.

CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs. ALIENS. When aliens reach Earth, they encounter the clockwork mechanisms and Victorian sensibilities of a full-blown steampunk civilization. Inspired by the classic science fiction adventure tales of the nineteenth century, leading fantasy and science fiction authors will bring us tales of first contact with a twist, as steam power meets laser cannons . . . and dirigibles face off against flying saucers. Edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier, it will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. The anthology will include short stories by: Bradley Beaulieu, Caitlin Kittredge, Gini Koch, Scott Lynch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Ian Tregillis, and others.
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CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS is the first anthology being launched by Zombies Need Brains LLC, a small press founded by friend and frequent partner in crime Joshua Palmatier.

We've been talking about this project for months, so I'm thrilled to finally be able to share this with you. This is going to be an awesome anthology featuring an incredibly talented lineup of authors.

Visit the kickstarter webpage to find out more about the project, and how you can become a backer. As a special bonus for supporters we have a limited number of Tuckerizations available, and we expect these to sell out fast.

CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs. ALIENS. When aliens reach Earth, they encounter the clockwork mechanisms and Victorian sensibilities of a full-blown steampunk civilization. Inspired by the classic science fiction adventure tales of the nineteenth century, leading fantasy and science fiction authors will bring us tales of first contact with a twist, as steam power meets laser cannons . . . and dirigibles face off against flying saucers. Edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier, it will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. The anthology will include short stories by: Bradley Beaulieu, Caitlin Kittredge, Gini Koch, Scott Lynch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Ian Tregillis, and others.
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The publishing game is an endless series of waiting, followed by frantic moments of "Holy cow, this is really about to happen right now!"

We're in T-minus 28 hours until the launch of a cool new project, brought to you by jpsorrow who bravely battled bureaucracy and the intricate maze of local, state and federal regulations to launch ZNB LLC. Some folks already know about the project, but for the rest, watch this space tomorrow for the announce, when we're finally able to share the cool news with the rest of the world.

In the meantime, I'm practicing my Twitter skills-- @pbrayauthor.

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