Fueled by the success of their anthology Kickstarter CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS. ALIENS, the small press Zombies Need Brains LLC (ZNBLLC) has returned with the start of its second anthology project Kickstarter, TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER.
Founded by fantasy writer Joshua Palmatier, Zombies Need Brains LLC is a small press focusing on producing science fiction and fantasy themed anthologies, thus far funded by Kickstarters. In August 2013, the press ran a successful Kickstarter (backed by this journalist) for an anthology titled CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS. ALIENS and achieved 150% of their initial funding goal, bringing in over $15,000. The CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE anthology has since been released to the general public. See a review here on WOTN. CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE is available in trade paperback at Amazon.com, and ebook formats on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
Synopsis of CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: When aliens reach Earth, they encounter the clockwork mechanisms and Victorian sensibilities of a full-blown steampunk civilization. Inspired by the classic science fiction adventure tales of the nineteenth century, leading fantasy and science fiction authors bring us tales of first contact with a twist, as steam power meets laser cannons . . . and dirigibles face off against flying saucers. CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE contains fourteen stories from some of the genre’s top authors, including: Ian Tregillis, Leah Cutter, Bradley P. Beaulieu, J.R. Hargenrader, Gini Koch, Jason Palmatier, C.B. Pratt, Jean Marie Ward, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, David J. Fortier, Brad Hafford, S.C. Butler, and Seanan McGuire. So pour yourself that cup of tea, settle on those spectacles, sit back, and get ready to have your gaskets blown!
Zombies Need Brains LLC’s second Kickstarter—for an anthology titled TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER—launched on Monday, September 15th and runs through October 15th. In its first 24 hours online, it raised over $3,800 of its goal of $10,000 and has been selected as a Kickstarter Staff Pick. TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER will feature short stories by some of today’s hottest science fiction/fantasy authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Faith Hunter and Seanan McGuire, along with Gini Koch, Laura Resnick, Laura Anne Gilman, Stephen Leigh, and David B. Coe. Each story will explore how common, everyday objects and gadgets such as cell phones, iPads, microwaves, and refrigerators can go “temporally out of order” (as opposed to “temporarily out of order”). Additional authors will be added to the anthology if the Kickstarter reaches $20,000, including Juliet E. McKenna, Jean Marie Ward, and New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell (aka John Hemry).
TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER will be edited by Binghamton authors Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray. Patricia Bray & Joshua Palmatier have edited three other anthologies in the past—AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR, THE MODERN FAE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, and CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS. Both are published authors in the science fiction and fantasy field, with over a dozen books on the shelves between them.
A few words from ZNBLLC founder, Joshua Palmatier:
Q: What inspired the title of TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER?
A: While sitting at the airport waiting for a flight, I saw a phone booth with a note reading “Temporally Out of Order.” Obviously it was a typo, but the mistake takes on a whole new meaning when viewed from a science fiction/fantasy frame of mind.
Q: It has to have been asked before…but why “Zombies Need Brains”? That’s a positively horrific name for a small press!
A. *grin* Ok, the story behind this is that for World Fantasy the year it was held in Saratoga Springs, NY, a little group of authors—me, Patricia Bray, Barbara Campbell, S.C. Butler, and Jennifer Dunne—decided that since the con was relatively local, we’d throw a party. Alcohol (beer mostly), drinks, cookies, snacks, candy, etc. But we needed a name for the party and somehow, during our drunken brainstorming, we came up with Zombies Need Brains. The party was a HUGE success (George R.R. Martin pretty much sat himself down in the center of the suite and stayed there the entire night) and we all had a blast. So when it came time to name something else, something essentially related, I thought . . . what better name for an SF&F press? It has the flavor of the genre in it, plus it’s FUN. And isn’t that what the genre is all about?
Q: Did you have any misconceptions about the publishing industry before you created Zombies Need Brains and printed Clockwork Universe?
A: Hmm . . . well, I don’t think I had that many misconceptions going into the ZNB projects. Since I’ve had novels published starting in 2006, I know how much of a rocky road publishing can be and that you can’t set up high expectations. So I went into the CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE project with hopes and dreams, but also a sense of reality about what we could achieve. I knew what had to be done ahead of time (cover art would be essential, some preparation and promotional items established, some great contributing authors, etc.). I knew that the Kickstarter itself would be intense and stressful. But I also thought that the end goal was practical and achievable. Otherwise, I never would have tried it. And it played out about as I expected in terms of reaction from the reading public and fans.
Q: What did you learn from organizing, editing, and publishing CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE that you’ll apply to TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER?
A: Ah, well, I learned many things, mostly dealing with how to put the anthology together much FASTER this time around. *grin* There were a few bumps in the road while producing CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE, all of them having to do with the actual nuts and bolts of putting the anthology together. Patricia Bray and I had already done the author- and story-wrangling with our two previous anthologies with DAW, but we’d never dealt with the creation of the ebook files or the creation of the cover art file and text file for the paperback, or even the process of sending it off to be printed. All of these production experiences had a steep learning curve and I screwed up a few of the steps in that process rather royally. Most of the screw-ups were just things I didn’t realize I needed to do, and by the time I did know about them, it caused a delay in the production process. All of those wrinkles will be ironed out for TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER (I hope), so the production process should be much smoother this time around.
Q: Can you give us a hint at TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER’s table of contents?
A: Well, if we’re funded (and we’re already close), we will definitely have stories from David B. Coe, Laura Anne Gilman, Faith Hunter, Gini Koch, Stephen Leigh, Seanan McGuire, and Laura Resnick. In fact, we already have Seanan McGuire’s story. If all goes well, we’ll reach our current stretch goals and have additional stories from Juliet E. McKenna, Jean Marie Ward, and Jack Campbell (aka John Hemry) of “Lost Fleet” series fame. In addition, we will have a minimum of seven open slots in the anthology that we’ll fill with stories we get during our open call for submissions. This call is open to anyone who has an idea that fits the theme of the anthology—which is objects or gadgets that have somehow gone “temporally out of order.” Patricia and I will be scouring through those submissions and picking out the best stories that will also make for a balanced anthology with some variety. I also have a few additional well-known authors in mind as stretch goal authors if we happen to trash the current stretch goal schedule . . . which I certainly hope that we do!
Q: What projects do you see in the future for Zombies Need Brains?
A: Of course I’m hoping to produce additional anthologies. Patricia and I already have a list of titles and themes, although I don’t want all of ZNB’s anthologies to be edited by both of us; we’ll be looking for different editors eventually, most likely with the next anthology. The goal is to produce two anthologies a year, slowly weaning ourselves off of the use of kickstarters as we progress. Once we’ve established ourselves as a small press, then I hope to expand to other types of projects. For example, maybe publish the third or fourth books in that series that another publisher abandoned (but that I still find intriguing). Every fan wants to know the ending, after all, including me! *grin* And then I’d like to open the press up to original works—not just original short stories, like we’re doing now for our anthologies, but novels and perhaps even series. I’m certainly hoping that the SF&F community out there is active enough and willing enough to support a small press that wants to bring quality science fiction and fantasy to the market. And I think Zombies Need Brains is just the small press that can do that.
Check out the Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/543968884/temporally-out-of-order-anthology-sfandf
Check out the Zombies Need Brains webpage at: www.zombiesneedbrains.com
About the Founder:
Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy writer with a PhD in mathematics, currently residing in Binghamton, NY, while teaching mathematics at SUNY College at Oneonta. He has six books currently on the shelves: The Skewed Throne (nominated for the Compton Crook Award for 2006), The Cracked Throne, The Vacant Throne (the conclusion of the Throne of Amenkor series), Well of Sorrows and Leaves of Flame (the first two books in a new series written under the pseudonym Benjamin Tate), and, most recently, Shattering the Ley, the start of a new series. He has also co-edited the anthologies After Hours: Tales from the Ur-bar, The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, and Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens.