Imagine, if you will, a CD packed with cinematic, driving and atmospheric music, where instead of finding a mere booklet of liner notes tucked into a jewel case, there is an entire book. And for each track, there is a short story penned by a talented author of speculative fiction.
Then, imagine a book—an anthology of short fiction—that comes with a CD. And on that CD is a singular soundtrack for each and every story, a piece of original music born to accompany and underscore the tale it has been paired with.
Now imagine they are one and the same.
Now imagine that you are a part of it!
For $20, you'll be given a special coupon code which gives you 20% off your purchase of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero (one-time only). Then you'll be thanked on this website and in the book itself. Then, just when you thought we were through with you, you'll be snail-mailed an envelope of Foreshadowsy swag such as stickers, bookmarks, and other interesting 2D goodies. Oh yeah, and before all that, you'll be sent a personalized video. Sounds...mysterious.
The Cyberpunk Package
At $27 (but worth much more), this package features:
A "Hi-Tech | Lo-Life" postcard which you'll receive in the mail, designed by Sidedown. Hand-written on this postcard will be a personalized message from us and a web link to an exclusive, bonus download of a mysterious nature.
The Blindsider Box
For $33, backers like you—possessing random-yet-distinguishing taste—may select anything from the following list of Blindsided Book publications. We'll send it to you, along with that whole Cyberpunk Package (above). Your options include:
Calm of the Niger: A Peaceful River Winding Through the Storm of Africa by Jared Cohee
The Beautifully Orange Concoction [sold out]
For $37, backers like you—with cultured, discerning taste—will receive an elegant sketch journal with an illustrated, letterpress cover produced by Chicago design studio + gift shop, OrangeBeautiful. And yeah, you'll get the Cyberpunk Package goods (above), too!
The Audiophile Suite
For $41, we'll not only send you the contents of the Cyberpunk Package (above), but you can also choose one of these fine CDs, signed by the musician...or someone else intimately connected to it:
Bit X Bit by Dylan Leeds, from Sidedown Audio
The Bookworm's Companion
For $41, we'll not only send you the contents of the Cyberpunk Package (above), but you can also choose one of these fine books, signed by the respective Foreshadows author:
The Darkwood Mask by Jeff LaSala, from Wizards of the Coast.
The Lexicographer's Hymnal
At a $49 steal, your sensibilities will be shocked by not only get everything in the Cyberpunk Package (above), but also by getting your grubby fingers on one of the few copies ever made of My First Sing-Along Dictionary, a collaborative book-and-CD based on Ross Horsley's twisted blog and soon-to-be-a-HarperCollins-published-book, My First Dictionary. Sure, you can see and hear it for free at veryusartists.com/mfsad, but you can't feel it, hear it in all its glorious CD-quality splendor, or scribble in its margins unless you have the real thing. Comes pre-scribbled-in, upon request. That scribble may somewhat resemble a signature. Or your name, if you like.
The Sound of Ramen
For $53 you will receive a subscription to Ramen Music. Ramen Music is a boutique music label that puts out albums that are a cross between a mix-tape, a magazine, and a prettied-up webpage. You will get the first album, Issue #1, featuring "You Move Me" by Foreshadower Joshua Wentz, right away. And with your subscription, the next 6 issues will also be yours. That's a heck of a lot of awesome new music for such little scratch. In addition, you'll also get the entirety of the Cyberpunk Package (above), worth its weight in ramen.
UPGRADE: Select this reward and back us for a total of $83 or more, and we'll include a copy of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero.
The Collector's Curiosity
For $57, you'll get one of the very limited edition letterpress art prints to be produced by OrangeBeautiful in collaboration with Jack of Fables artist Tony Akins. Yes! DC Comics/Vertigo artist Tony Akins will bring his Vertiginous sensibilities into the realm of Foreshadows. So pick up one of these prints before they're gone, and we'll throw in everything from the Cyberpunk Package (above), to up the ante!
Note: You can also get a version of this Tony Akins print, already framed! Check out The Framed Curiosity below.
UPGRADE: Select this reward and back us for a total of $87 or more, and we'll include a copy of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero.
The Reduction to Lo-Fi
Consider $71. Blindsided Books produces a quarterly 'zine of decidedly random content (stories, art, rants, musings, design, etc.) called HEY Quarterly, and for that $71 you've been contemplating, you'll get the next four issues, starting with "HEY Savant," which features a preview of the work-in-process, Savant, a collaborative project between the Foreshadows editor/author/producer/musician/brother duo that is Jeff & John LaSala. And as if that's not enough, we'll also throw in the Cyberpunk Package (above).
UPGRADE: Select this reward and back us for a total of $101 or more, and we'll include a copy of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero. Make it $171+ and we'll send you the signed, Limited Edition instead...assuming we haven't run out yet!
The Stomp Brawler
For $87 you can be among the first to read a piece of GoZ on good old-fashioned paper and hear it in full CD-quality audio. In advance of the release of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero, we will be creating a limited run of the complete "Too Much Is Never Enough," the story by Don Bassingthwaite with music by Bilian. This little booklet+CD, paired together just like full version of The Ghosts of Zero will be...but in miniature, can only be obtained through backing our Kickstarter campaign. And for your generosity, it will be sent to you, along with everything that's a part of the Cyberpunk Package (above). And I wouldn't be surprised if there was a bundle of extra goodies on that CD either!
Meanwhile, learn just what a Stomp Brawler is by reading the first 12 pages and hearing the first 2 minutes of "Too Much Is Never Enough" right here: Exclusive Excerpt
UPGRADE: Select this reward and back us for a total of $117 or more, and we'll include a copy of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero. Make it $187+ and we'll send you the signed, Limited Edition instead...assuming we haven't run out yet!
The Bassingthwaite Bundle [taken]
For $107, you'll receive all six books from Don Bassingthwaite's two Eberron trilogies, all signed by and sent to you by the author himself! This includes:
The Dragon Below trilogy: <-(Now out of print!!)
And it also includes the full power of the Cyberpunk Package (above) Now that's a lot of awesome.
UPGRADE: Select this reward and back us for a total of $137 or more, and we'll include a copy of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero. Make it $207+ and we'll send you the signed, Limited Edition instead...assuming we haven't run out yet!
The Defenderbot's Armor + GoZ
For $113, you'll get yourself a very limited, stylized, hand-made, protective enclosure produced by OrangeBeautiful, similar to the one you see above. Except it'll be all Foreshadowsy and not so triangulary. But mind you, this will only be available during the Kickstarter campaign. What...haven't got a copy of The Ghosts of Zero yet? No sweat! We're not just going to send you an empty box! This is the only way to pre-order a copy of the (open edition) book+CD itself—and the only way to protect it from the cruel, cruel world. The Cyberpunk Package (above) comes with it, too. Naturally.
The Framed Curiosity
For $121 (which is steal if you know how expensive custom framing is!), you'll get one of the very limited edition letterpress art prints by Tony Akins described in The Collector's Curiosity (above), except it comes expertly custom matted and framed in all archival quality materials by Frames For You of Summit, New Jersey. Bring some class to your "high tech, low life" home décor! In addition, you'll also get the whole Cyberpunk Package (above)!
The Immortal You
For $200, we'll work the name of your choice—how about yours?!—into one of the anthology stories as a character (or in some other imaginative way). Precisely how will be the editor's decision, but he'll be all too happy to hear your suggestions and discuss ideas with you. Wanna be that guy that just got zeroed? Or would you rather be the volcanologist who had a close encounter with the mythic Geist? Maybe there's a street named after you or a piece of software that shares your Internet handle. We'll find something fun. We want you to love the way you got worked in. And we'll send you the Cyberpunk Package (above), too, just to sweeten the deal.
The Writer's Ghost
For $450, get cozy with the Cyberpunk Package (above) we'll send you, and choose one of these fine Foreshadows authors (while supplies last!) who will pen a short prequel to his or her GoZ story:
Brian W. Matthews
Then, your author will contact you via e-mail, and you can just pitch in a few ideas or outright brainstorm on the story together. Maybe your name will even come up in the story itself! It's up to you and your author. (But for the record, the author will have final say. Trust in your author!) However it works out, the story will forever carry your name as a contributor (if you like), and it will be made freely available on foreshadows.net so you can brag to all your friends. But we'll also send you a special, one-of-a-kind copy of the story on real live paper. Because you're worth it.
For $500, choose (or be chosen by, if you like!) one of several artists:
The Ghost of Zero's co-producer Bilian
Your remixer will then contact you once the album/anthology has been released, to discuss remixing a track from the album. There will be a list of remix candidates for you, and the choice among them will be all yours. Although the particulars of the remix will ultimately be left to your remixer, he will be happy to entertain any requests you may have, such as "make it swing!" or "more cowbell!" And the name? Something will be listed in the parentheses after the main title, such as "(The Generous Backer Remix)." That backer's name could be yours, or it could read whatever you'd like. Afterwards, the remix may end up on a future edition bonus disc or be released as an online freebie. But we'll be sure to send you a personalized CD featuring your remix...and maybe another surprise or two. Meanwhile, you'll also get the Cyberpunk Package (above) to keep you warm at night.
The Artificer's Dream [taken]
For $550, Eberron® creator, novelist, and game designer Keith Baker will run—just for you and a handful of your friends—a special, one-time game session using the Over the Edge system, set in the Foreshadows universe. Want to play a hopeless script-kid, a "pyra" memory-thief, or a mercenary simulacrum braving the shattered streets of New Detroit or doomed Portland? How about playing a hunter of the legendary Geist? This is your chance. Of course, you'll need to attend Gen Con Indy 2011, "the best four days in gaming." And if you're not going, why not? You'd get to meet Keith Baker and Bossy the Cow. (He's got a thing about that cow...) It should also go without saying that you'll receive the Cyberpunk Package (above) as well.
The Cybernetic Serenade
For $800, the team that is bringing you the Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero soundtrack will write and record a song, just for you, to join the official canon of Foreshadows music. The song will be written with your wishes in mind, in terms of style, lyrical content, and general attitude. Yet we'll make sure it has a decidedly Foreshadowsian flavor! How'd you like to be portrayed as a cyberpunk hero? Or maybe a notorious vigilante hacker or a person rebuilt with so many body modifications that you blur the lines between animal, man, and machine? Or maybe you're just you, reeling in the wonders of the fantastic dystopia around you. It's all up to you. Or if you prefer, it'll be left to us. Either way, it'll be awesome. Afterwards, the song may end up on a future edition bonus disc or be released as a free MP3. But we'll be sure to send you a personalized CD featuring your song...and maybe another surprise or two. Meanwhile, you'll also get the Cyberpunk Package (above) to tide you over till your serenade arrives.
Note: If this tempts your appetite but you still want more, check out Your Own Personal Foreshadow below!
UPGRADE: Select this reward and back us for a total of $830 or more, and we'll include a copy of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero. Make it $900+ and we'll send you the signed, Limited Edition instead...assuming we haven't run out yet!
Your Own Personal Foreshadow
For $1000, the Foreshadows music department will write you a song and the Foreshadows authorial department will write you an accompanying tale. It's the complete Cybernetic Serenade (above) but fleshed to to its full and proper Foreshadows state: a combination story and song. And just like the song, the story will also be tailored to your wishes, though the details will ultimately be left to the capable author (or co-authors!) who take to this task. I the end, both the song and story may end up as an online freebie or part of a future bonus release. But either way, we'll send you a special miniature book+CD so you can hold Your Own Personal Foreshadow in your own personal hands. Naturally, you'll also be getting everything the Cyberpunk Package (above) includes.
UPGRADE: Select this reward and back us for a total of $1030 or more, and we'll include a copy of Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero. Make it $1100+ and we'll send you the signed, Limited Edition instead...assuming we haven't run out yet!
An Imperfect Future
For $5000, you could have one of these four outfits made for you:
Designer Michael John Keegan will take a break from designing for his eponymous label, Keegan Collection, to arrange a consult and custom fitting for an original cyberpunk costume based on his designs. You choose it. He makes it. You wear it. We covet.
For Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero, we're using Kickstarter to take an awesome project and make it even awesome-er.
Kickstarter projects are independent efforts by real people endeavoring to do something they love, something fun, and something of note. It's about incorporating as many people as possible into the creative process, and offering all sorts of unique and interesting rewards for their generosity!
Up above, you'll find our widget. Clicking there will take you to our Kickstarter page where you can find out more about backing this project. The widget keeps track of our progress, and anyone can help out by including it on their own blogs and websites.
Down below, you'll find our backer rewards. Here's a taste of all the great stuff we're offering in return for your help in making this project even more amazing. These rewards range from a personal 'thank you' from the Foreshadows crew, to limited edition signed copies of the book, to a custom Foreshadows garment designed specifically for you! And these completely kick-ass things are only available through our Kickstarter page.
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