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The Kickstarter Campaign for The Hereafter Bytes Is Funded!

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the wonderfully successful Kickstarter campaign for The Hereafter Bytes by Vincent Scott! We appreciate our backers and also those of you who retweeted and spread the word.

The Hereafter Bytes book cover

If you want to see the Kickstarter campaign, where we’ll be posting updates about backer rewards, click here kickstarter.com/projects/thinkinginkpress/the-hereafter-bytes.

What’s next?

It will take a couple of weeks for Kickstarter to transfer the funds. Once that happens, we’ll start editing the manuscript and developing the art for backer rewards. When we set the release date for this book, we’ll post an announcement. We’re looking forward to publishing this book!

 

We’re Launching a Kickstarter for a new sci fi novel The Hereafter Bytes

We’re happy to announce that Thinking Ink Press will be running a Kickstarter campaign March 11-April 1, 2020 for a new sci fi comedy book, The Hereafter Bytes by Vincent Scott.
The Hereafter Bytes book cover

Come for the cyberspace, stay for the laughs. Come for the laughs, stay for the cyberspace.

Romeo is a digital copy of his dead bio self—a ghost—in a spindly robot body. When Romeo’s friend Abigail—a dominatrix with a gift for uncovering secrets—tells Romeo she’s at risk because of dangerous info from a client, Romeo agrees to help her investigate.

Pursued by digital Golden Retrievers and a real-world assassin, Romeo slips in and out of cyberspace in a madcap race for survival. Can he unmask the criminal who threatens the integrity of cyberspace and the real-world economy before it’s too late?

Here’s the link to the project at Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thinkinginkpress/the-hereafter-bytes

If you click this link before March 11, you’ll see the pre-launch page. Once the project goes live, the link will take you to the project page where you’ll see more detail and will be able to back the project.

We hope you’ll check out this campaign. This is a fun book that we believe will appeal to many readers.

Coming Soon: Lunar Cycle Book 3, Luna’s Lament

We’re happy to announce that we will be publishing the science fiction novel Luna’s Lament by David Colby. Luna’s Lament is the third book in the Lunar Cycle trilogy. Here’s a look at the cover, with gorgeous original art created by Sandi Billingsly.

The year: 2068

The place: Luna, the colony that’s waging war against the Earth.

The objective: Revenge.

Drusilla Zhao has entered into the shadowy, dangerous world of the S3TA—the Space Special Service, Transhuman Arm. Equipped with hyperadvanced technology and cybernetic augmentations, the S3TA are the Chinese-American Alliance’s trump card. But will Dru’s desire for revenge on the enemies who took everything she ever cared about blind her to the true enemy that lurks closer than she could possibly imagine?

Author David Colby combines hard science details with page-turning action and a diverse cast of characters for a unique science fiction experience that you won’t soon forget.

Books in the Lunar Cycle Trilogy
Debris Dreams
Shattered Sky

New Sci Fi Novel, Shattered Sky by David Colby

Thinking Ink Press is happy to announce that the science fiction novel Shattered Sky by David Colby is now available. The second book in the Lunar Cycle trilogy, Shattered Sky is the sequel to Debris Dreams.

In Debris Dreams, lunar separatists attack the space elevator above the Earth, forcing offworlder Drusilla Zhao into wartime military service.

In Shattered Sky, Dru is honored as a hero and joins her girlfriend Sara on Earth. As Dru begins her new life, she struggles to adapt to a different culture while suffering from PTSD. When Sara’s home is threatened, and the military demand that Dru return to service, she must fight to defend the Alliance while battling enemies inside her own head.

Author David Colby combines hard science details with page-turning action and a diverse cast of characters for a unique science fiction experience that you won’t soon forget.

Haven’t read Debris Dreams yet? Buy it at your retailer of choice.

Shattered Sky, Lunar Cycle Book 2, Advance Review Copies Available

The year: 2068

The place: The war-torn, ecologically devastated Earth.

The objective: Survive.

Sixteen-year-old Drusilla Zhao has done the impossible and escaped the meat grinder of space warfare alive. But Earth is far more dangerous than she imagined, and now she and her only remaining comrade, Jillian, are about to be rotated right back into the firing line and away from Dru’s love, Sarah.

Shattered Sky by David Colby continues the Lunar Cycle sci-fi trilogy that began with Debris Dreams. Publishers Weekly says Debris Dreams is “appealingly reminiscent of an updated Heinlein juvenile, it’s a story of wartime bravery, principles and self-sacrifice.”

Advance review copies of Shattered Sky are now available. If you’re interested in reviewing Debris Dreams, Shattered Sky, or both, please use the form below to let us know.

You Have a Story to Tell Tote Bag Sale

Tote Bag Fundraiser

Show your support for writers, and help bring a book into the world.

For a limited time, we’re running a special tote bag sale hosted at Custom Ink featuring a hand-lettered design by Keiko O’Leary. From Nov 2 through Nov 17, you can order canvas tote bags featuring the message You have a story to tell.

large image of black tote back with inset of other product/color choices
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Who is Keiko O’Leary?

Keiko O’Leary is one of the founders of Thinking Ink Press, where she writes, edits, and designs our limited edition hand-folded books and flash fiction postcards. Keiko leads the Write to the End writing group and teaches writing workshops, including a free poetry series at the Sunnyvale Library. If you’re in the South Bay, you may run into her at literary events like Flash Fiction Forum, literary pub crawls, or demonstrating how to create hand-folded art books.

Where does the money go?

Proceeds from this sale will be used to publish and promote a short book of essays by Keiko. The book focuses on encouragement and insights for writers, and it will be published in 2019. Any additional proceeds will fund Keiko’s Thinking Ink Press publishing wish list.

To contact Keiko directly, email her at keiko@KeikoOLeary.com, or visit KeikoOLeary.com.

How can I get involved?

Order your tote bag now and show your support!

Order now!

Listen to “Wild Card” by Dover Whitecliff from Thirty Days Later

Want to hear a story about the Superspy with the Clockwork Eye? Twinstar Studios just released the audio story “Wild Card” by Dover Whitecliff, first published in our steampunk charity anthology Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward, 30 Adventures in Time.

Congratulations to Dover Whitecliff! We’d also like to give a shout out to Emily Riley Piatt from the cast of Sage & Savant, who did a wonderful job reading this story.

Dover’s stories appear in all three of our charity steampunk anthologies: Twelve Hours Later, Thirty Days Later, and Some Time Later. A portion of the proceeds from these anthologies benefits public libraries.

 

If you’d like to get to know Dover a bit better, click the image below to check out her interview at Sage & Savant, or visit her website at DoverWhitecliff.wordpress.com.

Down and Dirty with Dover Whitecliff, author and editor at Thinking Ink Press

 

 

About “The Bottle Imp” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Some time ago, during a Thinking Ink Press discussion about our small books, Anthony Francis floated the idea of publishing one or more classic short stories.

Bottle Imp art by Harvey Chin

Many of these stories entered the public domain because they were published before 1923 and their copyrights expired. Not everything that was published before 1923 is in the public domain. Some works have had their copyrights renewed, so it’s important to check, rather than making assumptions. Anthony looked into some classic sci-fi and fantasy stories he likes, but their copyrights were tied up.

In the meantime, Betsy Miller remembered a story that she had read and liked when she was growing up—“The Bottle Imp” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Set in Hawaii and San Francisco, this is a story with a cursed bottle that grants wishes but can send you to Hell. Not to mention, the story includes true love and leprosy—what more could you want?

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Artist unknown, via Wikimedia Commons

In case you sort of remember Stevenson and are not sure exactly why, he wrote The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and many, many more books and stories. “The Bottle Imp” was published in the book Island Nights’ Entertainments in 1893. We decided to look into publishing a small print edition.

The project took off when Betsy and Maria Judnick were chatting at Peet’s coffee shop in Cupertino. Maria is an English Professor at Santa Clara University, and when she heard about Betsy’s interest in publishing “The Bottle Imp,” she stepped forward with an offer to work with a group of college students to annotate the story and to provide historical context.

Maria Judnick <3 RLS

It turns out that Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the authors that her students study, so this was a perfect combination of publishing and academics. And that is why  you should hang out with your friends at coffee shops from time to time.

So, the annotated edition is in the works now and we’re looking at publishing it in 2018. We might even have a party to celebrate. Because you should also party with your friends from time to time. We’ll keep you posted.