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« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2010, 08:54:55 AM »

Ooh, I'm happy I saw this thread, as September's going to be an offbeat and busy month for me and I don't know how much time I'll have online.  Stories?  I like stories.
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« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2010, 11:55:41 AM »

Updated the list to reflect the current list of contributors (pasted below for your convenience):

ETA: Here's the current list of contributors: Tim Pratt, Greg van Eekhout, Mur Lafferty, MK Hobson, Tina Connolly, Samantha Henderson, Alasdair Stuart, Amal El-Mohtar, Anna Schwind, D.K. Thompson, and more.
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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2010, 12:35:50 PM »

Yay, thread!
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« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2010, 01:29:26 PM »

Yay, thread!

Obviously, you aren't from Pern. Wink
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« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2010, 01:40:54 PM »

Updated the list to reflect the current list of contributors (pasted below for your convenience):

ETA: Here's the current list of contributors: Tim Pratt, Greg van Eekhout, Mur Lafferty, MK Hobson, Tina Connolly, Samantha Henderson, Alasdair Stuart, Amal El-Mohtar, Anna Schwind, D.K. Thompson, and more.

Holy cow! (no offense to Gamercow)  The list has grown.  I know I've talked to you outside this thread, but just in case that doesn't count, I want in!
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« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2010, 05:19:37 PM »

Updated the list to reflect the current list of contributors (pasted below for your convenience):

ETA: Here's the current list of contributors: Tim Pratt, Greg van Eekhout, Mur Lafferty, MK Hobson, Tina Connolly, Samantha Henderson, Alasdair Stuart, Amal El-Mohtar, Anna Schwind, D.K. Thompson, and more.

*happy noises*
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« Reply #26 on: September 09, 2010, 05:49:07 PM »

I would definitely love some extra escape pod lovin' this October!
May I please be allowed to get in on this action?
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« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2010, 06:05:19 PM »

Welcome to The List, Heyes!
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« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2010, 04:18:29 AM »

Whoa, this has gotten even cooler, which is quite a feat!
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« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2010, 09:44:19 PM »

Ooh, Tim Pratt, even, my most favorite short story author.  Yay!
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« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2010, 10:52:17 AM »

**raises hand**  Please include me. 
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« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2010, 03:56:52 PM »

ETA: Here's the current list of contributors: Tim Pratt, Greg van Eekhout, Mur Lafferty, MK Hobson, Tina Connolly, Samantha Henderson, Alasdair Stuart, Amal El-Mohtar, Anna Schwind, D.K. Thompson, and more.

Hello everyone, I have an idea.  Not sure if it's a good idea, or even feasible, but I wanted to get it out there.

Many of my favorite authors from Escape Artists have, or continue to, self-publish.  The two I'm most familiar with personally are Robin Sloan ("Mr. Pnumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore") and Tim Pratt (too many to possibly name).  Mr. Sloan released his novel about Annabelle Scheme through Kickstarter, and Tim Pratt continued his Marla Mason series online for donations and has started his new Nex story the same way.

What about taking all these fantastic just-for-forumites stories and doing some kind of fundraiser with them, perhaps by having a chapbook published and sold by Escape Artists?

I can think of problems, of course - if the authors want to use the stories for other purposes, or the time and care needed to put this all together.  Maybe if the authors donated their rights to the stories, and others with experience in self-publishing volunteered their time to help with the details, it could bring in some money for Escape Pod?  Maybe it could even become an annual thing.

I'm certainly not the most qualified person to head up such a project, but I'm willing to do some heavy lifting if there are others who think it's a project worth pursing.  Is anyone out there with some relevant experience and time to spare interested?




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« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2010, 05:09:48 PM »

It's a good idea, and unfortunately I only thought about doing something similar after the whole thing really took off. It'd be very cool to do something like that in the future, but it's not in the works right now. (Although if something similar ever does happen, you'll be at the top of the list of people to email  Wink )

Technically, though, this isn't an official EA thing. This is something I conceived of to give back to the forumites, and which a few of my friends (all involved in EA one way or another) volunteered to help out with. So all of this is strictly volunteer and For The Love. Ben didn't even know about it until several people had already volunteered to help out, and I decided to email him and get his blessing. Still, as is, it's an unoffical EA thing. There's no contracts, and the authors aren't getting paid, so as-is, I'd feel funny about trying to sell it as something more than what everyone agreed to in the first place.

Here's what I wanted to accomplish:

1) Get more people talking about the stories here on the forums.

2) Get people gushing over my fellow Escape Artists (not just the ones contributing to this, mind you - but also to people who edit, host, slush, write, narrate, or do other stuff for us. Go tell Ben, Ann Leckie, or whoever else how much you appreciate them).

3) Give people who on the forums some extra stories.

Still, if people want to donate/pay subscriptions to EA because of this, that'd be most excellent  Grin
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« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2010, 05:23:16 PM »

It's a good idea, and unfortunately I only thought about doing something similar after the whole thing really took off. It'd be very cool to do something like that in the future, but it's not in the works right now. (Although if something similar ever does happen, you'll be at the top of the list of people to email  Wink )

Happily, thanks for reading this.  I hope something in the future along these lines does come up again.  I don't have much fund-raising experience, but I have a touch and I'm happy to polish it up in favor of good stories.
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« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2010, 10:03:21 PM »

Me too, please.

(To be clearer: I, too, wish to receive the package of awesome)
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« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2010, 10:49:57 PM »

It's been bloody forever since I've commented on a story, not as much time as I'd like, really. But I have commented. And I shall do so again right... (wait for it)... now.
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« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2010, 10:56:54 AM »

I love stories, and would greatly enjoy even more stories. Thank you all for your generosity!
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« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2010, 01:11:08 PM »

Just me again, saying I've updated the original post with the final group of contributors, which I'll mention here, too:

ETA: And now - here's the final list of contributors: Tim Pratt, Greg van Eekhout, Mur Lafferty, MK Hobson, Tina Connolly, Samantha Henderson, Alasdair Stuart, Amal El-Mohtar, Anna Schwind, Ann Leckie, Erin Cashier, Rachel Swirsky, David Steffen, and D.K. Thompson.

Yes, that's actually 14 stories. So it's going to be like a vampire's baker's dozen for October or something.

I'm really excited for you all to hear this whole thing. It's going to be like a grab-bag of candy for the month of October. Some of the stories are horror, some SF, some fantasy. Some fit Halloween and some are just plain fun, so in honor of Lucy and Linus I've decided to call the whole thing Tricks or Treats, because this bag of goodness has a lot of different flavors, and I think you're all going to really enjoy it.

More to come later!
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« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2010, 03:32:44 PM »

Thanks Mr. Unblinking for pointing the way, I too would like to grovel to have my ears blessed by this wonderful bounty.
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« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2010, 03:52:50 PM »

Thanks Mr. Unblinking for pointing the way, I too would like to grovel to have my ears blessed by this wonderful bounty.

Good to see you here.   Smiley
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