Dean Wesley Smith has a Dean Wesley Smith Starter Kit Kickstarter project. It has nine books and one short story from different genres, all the first in a series:

  • — The Cold Poker Gang … Kill Game (novel) (mystery/detective)
  • — The Thunder Mountain Series … Thunder Mountain (novel) (time travel historical)
  • — The Seeders Universe … Against Time (novel) (science fiction)
  • — The Poker Boy Series … The Slots of Saturn (novel) (urban fantasy, superhero)
  • — The Bryant Street Series … “Bryant Street” (short story) (Twilight Zone)
  • — A Ghost of a Chance Series … The Poker Chip (novel) (urban fantasy)
  • — The Pakhet Jones Series … Big Eyes (novel) (urban fantasy)
  • — The Marble Grant Series … The First Year (novel) (urban fantasy)
  • — The Mary Jo Assassin Series … Death Takes a Partner (novel) (fantasy thriller)
  • — The Earth Protection League … Life of a Dream (novel) (space opera)

The pledges have awesome writing courses: Writing Mystery series, Writing Space Opera, Writing Historical Fiction, Writing Idea Fiction, and Monetizing Short stories. For readers, the pledges include several DSW series.

3 days left and it has reached the first stretch goal so we get an additional short story.

The Humble Bundle has Attack on Titan Forever: “This colossal collection features all 34 volumes of Hajime Isayama’s acclaimed series, along with No Regrets, Before the Fall, Junior High, and more.”

17 days left

Storybundle has the 2023 World SF Bundle curated by Lavie Tidhar.

For five dollars, the basic bundle has:

  • Unto the Godless What Little Remains by Mário Coelho
  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Ion Curtain by Anya Ow
  • Hadithi & the State of Black Speculative Fiction by Eugen Bacon and Milton Davis

With 20 dollars, the bundle has six more books:

  • Nova Hellas: Stories from Future Greece edited by Francesca T Barbini and Francesco Verso
  • The Love Machine & Other Contraptions by Nir Yaniv
  • & This is How to Stay Alive by Shingai Njeri Kagunda
  • And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed
  • Of Dragons, Feasts and Murders by Aliette de Bodard
  • HebrewPunk by Lavie Tidhar (StoryBundle Exclusive)

17 days left.

Storybundle has another very interesting SF bundle: The SFWA Space is Big Bundle :

The late, great, Douglas Adams wrote: “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” Perhaps the only thing bigger than space itself are the stories that take place within it, and in the latest bundle curated by SFWA, we have 15 great ones for you at one low price. We hope you’ll join us for this entertaining ride between the stars.

If you pay five dollars you get:

  • The Empyrean by Katherine Franklin
  • Shadows of Mars by I.O. Adler
  • Hometown Space Pirate by C.G. Harris
  • Hammer and Crucible by Cameron Cooper

If you pay twenty dollars or more you get 11 bonus books:

  • The Venus Cycle Omnibus by Ryan T. McFadden
  • The Signal Out of Space by Mike Jack Stoumbos
  • Goodbye to the Sun by Jonathan Nevair
  • Redshift Rendezvous by John E. Stith
  • Sounding Dark by Jo Graham
  • Skylark in the Fog by Helyna L. Clove
  • Redspace Rising by Brian Trent
  • Rattle Man by E.H. Gaskins
  • Brain For Rent (Hardly Used) by D.M. Pruden
  • Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
  • Memory and Metaphor by Andrea Monticue

21 days until the offer expires.

Storybundle has two very interesting bundles:

The Fantasy Steampunk Bundle:

Curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: The best steampunk gives us fantasy with an attitude and weird mechanical somethings or other. When we expect magic, we get machines. When we expect machines, we get magic. Sometimes we get both at the same time. We called this StoryBundle Fantasy Steampunk because most of the stories here are either steampunk, fantasy with steampunk elements, or fantasy that feels like steampunk.

The bundle includes three books exclusive to the bundle, all of them brand-new. The Victorians make a big appearance here, although we also have a story set in the Old West during the Victorian Era. A touch of H.G. Wells (the original steampunk writer) and some Orcs working in the Motor City, which, even though it’s set during Prohibition, feels steampunk to me…

21 days to go.

The Black Fantastic Bundle: curated by Zelda Knight: Every year, during Black History Month, we commemorate the achievements of Black people worldwide. This celebration encompasses all facets of Black life and culture, including the written word. By curating this bundle on storybundle.com, I hope to expose more readers to some of the best writing in the Black Fantastic tradition, including bestselling authors, award-winners, and rising stars.

The Black Fantastic is a catch-all term that transcends strict definition. It weaves together genres as diverse as Afro & African Futurisms, Horror Noire, Steamfunk, Sword & Soul, alternate histories, fables, spirituality, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and so much more.

28 days to go.

Humble Bundle has Winter Horror bundle of Image comics.

Hunting for some horror to keep your blood pumping the rest of winter? Bundle up with this collection of tales that will make you shiver, summoned forth from the twisted creative minds of Image Comics. Follow the curse of The Silver Coin as it’s exchanged through the ages. Beware the shadows in the haunting family saga of Shadecraft. Read Nocterra, Infidel, and dozens more chilling volumes, and help support BINC with your purchase.

14 days to go.

Storybundle has once gain interesting bundles of books:

Gaslamp Fantasy: Take, first, a liberal dose of historical manners and mores: the grit and stench of a Victorian gutter, perhaps; the decorous charm of an eighteenth-century drawing room; the glitter and glamour, the depravity and decay of an era lit by gas light.

Add, then, the dazzle of sorcery or witchcraft, or the weirdness of the supernatural. Or, perhaps, heavy measures of both. Season with a dash of dragon, or something a little bit fey.

Mix. Bake.

Gaslamp fantasy is the result. Regency romps riotous with mages and werewolves. Psychics and dastardly dukes, vampires and Victorians. Ghosts and ghouls and Edwardian ballrooms.

In this bundle, we have it all. Take a step back in time – and deep into the imagination – with some of the best indies writing today. If you always felt like Jane Eyre really needed a vampire component, or Jane Austen would’ve been even more fun with dragons, well, we’ve got you. Dive in!

21 days to go

The Locked and Loaded Military SF Bundle: Whether it’s service in the galactic marines, or defending Earth from an alien invasion, or traveling with the Federation fleet to protect a new colony, Military SF always gives readers a great story.

This new Locked and Loaded Storybundle, curated by bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, contains fifteen action-packed books across the whole range of Mil SF.

14 days to go

The Hollywood Horror Bundle: Ah, Hollywood! The glitz, the glamour – the monsters! For Halloween this year I thought it would be fun to collect books with some connection to Tinseltown – whether by actors, screenwriters, books about the movies or those in development to become films and TV shows. It’s a mixed bag of fabulous! But all of it unsettling in some way. As the nights draw long and the frost settles on the windows and the wind howls mercilessly outside, what better time to settle down with a blanket and read some tales dark and grim?

So join me as we take a tour through worlds of ancient rockets and the devil, black and white monsters and deep hidden fungus, of vampires, fire-breathing giant lizards, horror film survivors and, of course, a dinosaur detective. Here is a mixture of novels and intelligent non-fiction, anthologies and novellas – the full gamut of the field spelled out in stars against a silver screen.

7 days to go.

The Witches, Wands and Wanderers Bundle: I’ve always loved tales about witches. Good witches, evil witches, modern or ancient. Any sort of story you can imagine, you can probably place a witch in it, and improve it. (At least in my opinion!)

However, for this bundle, I’ve limited the genre to primarily contemporary fantasy. I wanted the reader to be able to binge on a whole bunch of different takes on witches in the modern day.

7 days to go

HumbleBundle has Vampire Hunter D: Discover the origins of Vampire Hunter D! You may know it from the classic film, the beloved manga, or an upcoming animated series, but the saga started back in the 80s as a series of light novels by author Hideyuki Kikuchi with illustrations by legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano. Together, they tell the story of D, a human-vampire hybrid intent on righting wrongs in a supernatural, post-apocalyptic world governed by the ruling Vampire Nobility class. Read the first 29 volumes of the epic series translated into English by Dark Horse, and help support World Central Kitchen!

7 days to go

Humble Bundle has a huge bundle of science fiction books! For just one dollar you get two books and two series. The whole bundle has books and series from 35 writers including Alan Dean Foster, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Frank Herbert, Robert J. Sawyer, and Leah Cutter.

Humble Bundle has, again, interesting book bundles.

They have 17 Doctor Who audiodramas in one bundle.

They also have a bundle of Image Comics’ 2000s comics, including Savage Dragon, Rising Stars, Strange Girl, Brit, Mice Templar, and Bastard Samurai.

Storybundle has again two interesting bundles: the Great Galaxies SF bundle 16 days and the Pop Culture Explosion bundle for two more days.

Humble Bundle has Doctor Who 2022 bundle of DW comics for two days more.

They also have two roleplaying bundles: Shadowrun and Star Trek Adventures.

Over at Kickstarter, Valerie Andrews has Inspiration&Creativity project that has five books:

The purpose of this campaign is to generate £150 to fund the creation and formatting of a single book that will contain the entire collection of books in my “Inspiration & Creativity” series. At just over 100,000 words (the equivalent of 500 printed pages) this super digital book will be the ultimate resource for anyone seeking inspiration, encouragement and new ways of thinking about their creative practice.

It’s almost funded, it needs just about ten dollars more. Two days to go.

The 2022 Visions of the Future bundle curated by Dean Wesley Smith:

For me, the future is a bright, hopeful place. That’s my nature. No matter how bad the news is at the moment, I tend to look at the future as a promise. Doesn’t mean the future won’t be full of problems. I am not that naïve, although sometimes my wife Kris thinks I am.

The basic bundle has Between Mountain and Sea by Louisa Locke, The Becalmed by Kari Kilgore, Next Generation by Barbara T. Garn, and Jumpback by Terry Hayman. The full bundle has six more books including Smith’s Rescue Two and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Paloma (from her Retrieval Artist series).

The 2022 Pride Bundle Curated by Catherine Lundoff and Melissa Scott:

It’s time for another queer-themed bundle to celebrate Pride! This year, we have five books in the main bundle, and another ten in the bonus, for a total of fifteen if you spring for the bonus. Once again, winnowing it down to a manageable number was ready hard — there are so many writers out there who are creating intelligent, nuanced and queer SF/F.

The basic bundle has Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale, We’re Here edited by C.L. Clark & series editor Charles Payseur, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess by Cynthia Ward, Sanctuary by Andi C. Buchanan, and The Language of Roses by Heather Rose Jones.

HumbleBundle has four comics bundles:

Top Cow 30th anniversary. This bundle has Cyberforce, Sunstone, Rising Stars, Infinite Dark, Madame Mirage, and a lot of other Top Cow comics.

19 days to go

The Boys versus the Girls is a massive comics bundle. It has lots and lots of the Boys, an ironic take on superheroes (or rather villains pretending to be heroes). The other comics have women as main characters: Dejah Thoris, Swords of Sorrow, Vampirella, Red Sonja, Alice in Wonderland, Jennifer Blood, Miss Fury, and lots of others.

47 days to go

Super massive Heavy Metal: “Explore 45 years of groundbreaking graphic fiction ripped from the pages of Heavy Metal, the “World’s Greatest Illustrated Magazine”! Witness comic history in the making with the 1977 premiere issue, featuring stories from legends like Jean “Moebius” Giraud. Discover the cosmic saga of Taarna, the iconic heroine from the animated film. Read recent issues & modern collections of Heavy Metal sci-fi, fantasy, and horror tales from genre masters, and support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with your purchase!”

7 days to go

Transformers: the Final Phase: “Journey from heart of Cybertron to the edge of the universe in IDW’s legendary Transformers comic saga! Discover climactic battles and galaxy-shattering revelations in the pages of More Than Meets the Eye, Optimus Prime, Lost Light, and more digital volumes from the saga’s final years. Explore the end of an incredible era for Transformers storytelling, and help support Hasbro Children’s Fund with your purchase!”

5 days to go.

Storybundle has two very interesting bundles:

Twisted Fairytales: “Fairytales are near and dear to my heart – but TWISTED tales are even better! As a reader, I love it when authors take the old and familiar and fold it into strange new shapes, flipping the roles of hero and villain, adding unexpected romance, and blending together strands of different classic stories to make something altogether new and enthralling. So when I had the opportunity to curate this collection, I leaped on it like a starving grandma on a poor innocent wolf…

In this StoryBundle you’ll find eleven thrilling twists on Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, Alice in Wonderland, Mulan, and more, from award-winning and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, which includes an anthology packed with eerie retellings of your favorite tales.”

22 days to go.

And 200 Sci-Fi Worlds: “We’ve included fifteen sci-fi anthologies and collections showcasing 139 authors and more than 200 individual stories, but it’s available for a limited time only! This StoryBundle features a wide variety of themes – fighting climate change, exploring the far reaches of the galaxy, future crime, hopepunk, sci-fi zombies, space marines, exosapiens, LGBTQ+ heroes, and so much more. With 139 authors, chances are that you’ll find some new writers to love.”

8 days to go.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a starter kit of ten of her series at Kickstarter.

The stories include:

  • “The Santa Series (fantasy holiday romance)… Up on the Rooftop (novella)
  • The Whale Rock Series (Seavy County) (dark fantasy)…The Women of Whale Rock (short story)
  • The Sweet Young Things Series (hard-boiled mystery, crime)…Sweet Young Things (short story)
  • The Fates Universe (fantasy romance)…Simply Irresistible (novel)
  • The Faerie Justice Series (dark historical fantasy)…Dark Corners (short story)
  • Spade/Paladin Series (mystery, private detective at sf conventions)…Stomping Mad (short story)
  • The Smokey Dalton Series (historical mystery, private detective)…A Dangerous Road (novel)
  • The Fey Series (epic fantasy)…The Sacrifice (novel)
  • The Retrieval Artist Series (sf thriller, space opera)…The Disappeared (novel)
  • The Diving Series (space opera, military sf)… Diving into the Wreck (novel)”

It’s already funded and reached two stretch goals, so everyone will get also Killer advice (an SF novella) and the Scottish Play (a fantasy novella). For writers, the pledges include two very interesting writing workshops.

9 days to go.

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