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Good news and bad news

The good news is, the Kickstarter for Among the Wild Cybers (and Bud Sparhawk’s Shattered Dreams) has already surpassed its minimum funding goal in less than a week. Now comes the pursuit of the stretch goals, which will unlock a number of exciting benefits for the patrons who donate — and will also help me and Bud get monetary advances for our books, so that would be great.

Meanwhile, I have good reason to believe that my work situation is finally going to start improving significantly within the next few months, though I can’t say anything more about that yet.

 

The bad news is that, though I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, I don’t have quite enough fuel to make it there. I’m flat broke, folks, more so than I realized I was until I checked my bank balances this morning. All the good things on the horizon are still too far away to help me with my immediate financial crisis. At the moment, I don’t have enough to pay the next month’s rent and other critical bills. I’m doing what I can to remedy that. I’m looking for jobs, I’m submitting stories, I’m even trying to sell my bicycle that I hardly ever ride anymore. But I can’t be sure I’ll make enough money in time, so I need to ask for any donations my readers are willing to give. I know this has become a familiar refrain from me lately, but it’s never been more urgent. It’s incredibly frustrating that my career slowdown has gone on this long, that so many things I’d expected to pay off by now have been delayed this long. Now they’re finally on the verge of paying off, but just a month or so too late. It’s ironic and scary to see myself so close to the finish line but not know how I’m going to make it the last few steps. I really hope you, my readers, can dig deep and help me out one more time. It doesn’t have to be much. My activity stats show I tend to get around 200 hits on this site per day. If every one of you donated just $4-5 each, it could be enough.

If nothing else, I still have a number of autographed books available for purchase. Here’s the current list of books I have available, their quantities (updated 10/4/18), and the price per copy (in US dollars):

Mass-market paperbacks: $8

  • Star Trek: TOS — The Face of the Unknown (5 2 copies)
  • ST: Enterprise — Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel (4 copies)
  • ST: ENT — Rise of the Federation: Uncertain Logic (5 copies)
  • ST: ENT — Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code (5 4 copies)
  • ST: ENT — Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference (9 7 copies)
  • ST: Department of Temporal Investigations — Forgotten History (1 copy)
  • ST: Ex Machina (1 copy)
  • ST: TNG: The Buried Age (1 copy)
  • ST:TNG: Greater Than the Sum (1 copy)
  • ST: Titan: Over a Torrent Sea (1 copy)

Hardcovers: $20 (20% off!)

  • Only Superhuman (21 copies)

Trade paperbacks: $16

  • Star Trek: Mirror Universe — Shards and Shadows (6 copies)
  • ST: Myriad Universes — Infinity’s Prism (2 copies)
  • ST: Mere Anarchy (2 copies)
  • ST: The Next Generation — The Sky’s the Limit (2 copies)

Trade paperbacks: $14

  • ST: Deep Space Nine — Prophecy and Change (1 copy)
  • ST: Voyager — Distant Shores (2 1 copy)

I’ll try to keep this list updated with regard to availability, but if you have doubts (particularly with the single copies), query first. For buyers in the US, add $2.50 postage per book for MMPBs, or $4.00 postage for trades/hardcovers.  For buyers outside the US, pay the book price and I’ll bill you for postage separately once I determine the amount.

If you have a PayPal account of your own, please pay through that instead of a credit card.  PayPal charges a fee for credit card use, so if you do use a credit card, I have to ask for an additional $0.25 per mass-market paperback or an additional $0.50 per trade paperback or hardcover.

Please share this post and spread the word, both for the Kickstarter and for my book sale and call for donations.

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  1. Scott Crick
    May 1, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I would be more than happy to purchase the one copy of TNG: The Buried Age. How do I contact you and purchase? Through the PayPal Tip Jar?

  2. May 1, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Hiya Chris,

    Just placed a donation to help you out.

  3. May 2, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Hello, I would be more than happy to support you. Please, let me know the PayPal details for the Forgotten History novel incl. international shipping (to Germany).

    All the best,
    Christian

    • May 2, 2018 at 6:35 am

      Once you pay for the book through PayPal, I’ll be able to email you with the shipping information. Thanks for your help!

  4. May 2, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Perhaps you should try and offer some of your signed books on Ebay. Especially the ones with more than three copies left.

  5. Byron Bailey
    May 2, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Mr Bennett, Glad to be able to help with a small donation. Sincerely hoping your work situation includes new ST work.

  6. Paolo Andrea Zaccheddu
    May 7, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I made a donation with the hope that one day you can review “Lost in Space”, but I imagine that Netflix is very low on your priority scale … ^^ ;;

    • May 7, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Your donation was appreciated. I do intend to renew my Netflix subscription once my finances improve, but I’m not there yet.

  7. Dean
    June 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Do you still have at least one of the ST: Department of Temporal Investigations — Forgotten History? Do you happen to have copies of Watching the Clock as well?

    • June 9, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      I try to keep the above list up to date. I have 4 copies of FORGOTTEN HISTORY at the moment, none of WTC.

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