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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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