Ladies and gentlemen: we did it.
“Mario is Missing!” by R J Burgess
“Balloon Fight,” by Lucas Hale
“Ring King,” by Robert Holt
“Kirby’s Adventure,” by Chris Gomez
“Tetris,” by Philip J Reed
It will be out this week, as part of a name-your-own-price bundle from Groupees. I’ll post the information as soon as I have it, but for now I wanted to take a moment to thank everybody involved with this.
When the opportunity to work with Groupees came about, it was a bit of a dream come true. It was also seemingly impossible. I’d have to put together an entire unique fiction anthology in under a week.
Thankfully, I was not alone. In spite of the insanely tight turnaround time, Sindi Johnson provided another gorgeous cover (pictured above). In addition to his job, daily webcomic, and the work he’s doing for the main volume of The Lost Worlds of Power, Ron DelVillano provided illustrations for all of these stories. Co-editor James Lawless stepped in to help me prepare everything here for publication…at 3:30 in the morning. Samuel Clementine proofed my own story so that he could catch the errors that I was too close to it to see. And Thomas Whitehead, hero of the millennium, took everything we had and turned it into an actual, functional, properly formatted eBook.
If any of the above folks hadn’t pitched in, The Lost Worlds of Power: Volume 0 would still have existed, but it wouldn’t have been this good.
What could easily have been a desperate product assembled in a panic is instead something I’m extraordinarily proud of: a beautiful, professional collection of great stories, with great illustrations, assembled for your enjoyment, with a whole lot of love. In a panic.
Ron DelVillano said to me that as tight as this deadline was, he wasn’t going to be the one to fuck this up. And he didn’t. In fact, that was the attitude absolutely everybody had, whether they would have phrased it that politely or not. If we had more time, we would have taken more time. But we didn’t. So what? Nobody was going to let this project down.
We haven’t just provided Groupees with an exclusive volume; we’ve provided them with something I know readers will truly love and enjoy.
I also have to thank the authors who wrote these excellent stories. Each of them was submitted for publication in The Lost Worlds of Power, but was not selected. The reason wasn’t qualitative; it was simply that we had more great stories than we had available room.
Now four of them are here, as well as a fifth I wrote myself. And I hope you enjoy all of them.
Anyway, I’m going to sleep. I’ve earned that much.
The bundle is supposed to launch this week. It will be your only chance to grab these five stories. Believe me, it’s worth it. We wouldn’t have worked so hard on this if it weren’t.