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European Astrobiology Institute presents "Life Beyond Us"

A project in Calgary, Canada by Lucas K. Law

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Original SF Stories and Science Essays from 44 leading science fiction authors and scientists on alien life here and beyond
Backers: 691
Average Pledge Per Backer: $51 CAD

Funded: $35,159 CAD of $24,500 CAD
Dates: Apr 12th -> May 12th (30 days)
Project By: Lucas K. Law
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Latest News

Final 32 hours to go! Congratulations to Aurora Award finalists + author spotlight & excerpt: Tomáš Petrásek

May 10th - via: kickstarter.com
32 hours remain of the hectic but very rewarding 30 days of the Life Beyond Us kickstarter! The book is nearly 120% funded, still over 2,500 CAD from the third and final stretch goal of open submissions, but one can hope, right? We've come a long way... (Read More)

We've made the Brazilian SF stretch goal! + Author spotlight: D.A. Xiaolin Spires

May 9th - via: kickstarter.com
We've reached the second stretch goal, featuring Brazilian SF by Jana Bianchi and Renan Bernardo, just moments ago! Almost 60 hours to go for the open submissions stretch goal! We're adding these two stories, plus essays to accompany them: “Deep... (Read More)

71 hours to go, less than $1000 to the Brazilian SF stretch goal! Author spotlight + excerpt by G. David Nordley

May 9th - via: kickstarter.com
71 hours remain until the end of the kickstarter - seems incredible now! The month has flown past with such a speed! Less than 1,000 CAD remain to include great stories by Jana Bianchi and Renan Bernardo and essays to accompany them. Let's make a... (Read More)

500 backers & SF in translation stretch goal achieved!

May 8th - via: kickstarter.com
We're at exactly 500 backers at the moment and have reached the first stretch goal! Thank you! You can look forward to translated stories by Lisa Jenny Krieg and Liu Yang and essays to accompany them. And we've still got almost three days to get to... (Read More)

Just $500 left until the translated SF stretch goal! + Double author feature: Malka Older and Deji Bryce Olukotun

May 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Fully funded - and on the way to the stretch goals! Less than 500 CAD remain to the first one, featuring SF in translation by Lisa Jenny Krieg and Liu Yang. Let's include their stories and the essays to accompany them as well! To celebrate funding,... (Read More)

Fully funded! Thank you!

May 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Life Beyond Us is fully funded now! Huge thanks to all of you from myself and other editors, the European Astrobiology Institute, Laksa Media - the whole team. You're all incredible - you have just made the project happen! We've still got four days... (Read More)

Great news: 99% funded! Author spotlight: Tessa Fisher

May 7th - via: kickstarter.com
We are 99% funded now! Only 356 CAD remain until fully funding - and then it's off to the stretch goals! Spread the word, please! Today's featured author is Tessa Fisher, who is also an astrobiologist at the Arizona State University, working to... (Read More)

Over 90% funded! Story gift for backers

May 6th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Just $2,500 to go! Author spotlight + story excerpt by Eugen Bacon

May 6th - via: kickstarter.com
We're very nearly 90% funded, with just over $2,500 to go! Six full days remain, so let's aim high and go for the stretch goals! Once we tip over 90% today, there's a special gift for all backers - and can we hope to announce "fully funded" the day... (Read More)

Over 86% funded! EAI spotlight: Ruth-Sophie Taubner

May 5th - via: kickstarter.com
We're over 86% funded with a week to go - the campaign ends in seven days minus a few minutes, shortly after midnight on April 12 if you're in the Calgary time zone, just after 8 a.m. that day if you're in the Prague time zone (add yours). Seven days... (Read More)

Over 400 backers! Author spotlight: Bogi Takács

May 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Over 400 backers and well over 20,000 CAD in funding - huge thanks for such support for Life Beyond Us! With one week and about 4,000 CAD to go, let's push toward the goal together and aim for the stretch goals as well. Let us bring you an interview... (Read More)

Over 80% funded! Author spotlight: Peter Watts

May 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
We're entering Week 3 over 80% funded, thanks to all of you! Let's make the project happen this week and push for the stretch goals as well! I'd love to see stories coming from you - open subs are a great way to discover new talent. Today's featured... (Read More)

Author spotlight: Lucie Lukačovičová

May 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Almost 78% funded! Let's make a push and reach 80% today, so that we can achieve the main goal and stretch goals next week! At 90%, we've got a few extras for you (and there are still lots of awesome rewards available!). After Simone Heller and... (Read More)

75% funded! Author spotlight: Valentin Ivanov, astronomer & writer

May 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you: Life Beyond Us is 75% funded! That would cover all contributor payments and the better part of printing costs; not yet the cover art and cover+interior design, layout, editing and proofreading. Almost there! Today we're showcasing an... (Read More)

Over 70% funded! Author spotlight: Simone Heller

April 30th - via: kickstarter.com
We've passed the 70% mark; big thanks! Can we reach those 80% by the end of the week? Please spread the word. Today we bring you a mini-interview with German author Simone Heller, whose novelette "When We Were Starless" (Clarkesworld, 2018) was... (Read More)

68% funded! Q&A with our graphic designer Veronica Annis

April 29th - via: kickstarter.com
We're at 68% - another nice uptick from yesterday! Huge thanks to all backers and to the wonderful Ed Willet, who mentioned Life Beyond Us in his project update for the recently funded SF/fantasy anthology Shapers of Worlds: Volume II. Check out Ed's... (Read More)

62% funded! Author spotlight: Gregory Benford

April 28th - via: kickstarter.com
We're 62% funded, another nice leap from yesterday! Thank you all so much. Let's reach those 80% before the end of the week, and move on to the finish line and stretch goals - translated SF, Brazilian SF and open submissions - the next one already!... (Read More)

Nice leap! Plus author spotlight: Eric Choi

April 27th - via: kickstarter.com
We've gone from 51 to over 57% in Day 15! Huge thanks to all our backers. Can we really reach those 80% by the end of this week? Let's do it! Today's spotlight is all about Eric Choi, Canadian aerospace engineer, SF author and editor. He's worked on... (Read More)

When authors do science: Arula Ratnakar

April 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Entering Day 15 with over 53% and rising, thanks to all of you! Do you think we can go past 80% this week? (I dearly wish so, since that would greatly increase chances of reaching the stretch goals - including more great work from authors worldwide... (Read More)

Over 50% funded! Backer-exclusive audio story

April 25th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Almost 50% funded! Author spotlight: Stephen Baxter

April 25th - via: kickstarter.com
We're almost 50% funded by the end of Day 13! Thank you all so much. A backer-exclusive podcasted story awaits you once we reach the 50% mark, and for the next week, we've got new Life Beyond Us author spotlights, peeks inside the EAI and more for... (Read More)

Happy World Book Night! Who's #behindthebook?

April 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
It's World Book Night today! Have you already managed to get your #ReadingHour, or about to do it? Or wondering what's #BehindEveryBook?  Tonight we're going to show you, and we have a little treat for your reading hour: a short audio excerpt from... (Read More)

Happy Earth Day! We've got a new reward for you

April 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
One third of the campaign has whizzed past, and we're beyond 250 backers and at 43% funded. Huge thanks to all of you making it possible! Once we reach 50%, there's going to be a backer-only treat: a Proxima Centauri-focused podcasted SF story you... (Read More)

Rich Larson spotlight: mini-interview & Netflix

April 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Big congratulations to our contributor Rich Larson (and all other involved authors) for having a story adapted by Netflix! Rich's story "Ice", first published in Clarkesworld, is adapted into one of the episodes of Love Death + Robots, Netflix's Emmy... (Read More)

The music of science: Welcome José A. Caballero!

April 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Today's feature is all about using music to accompany and convey science. I absolutely love music; after all, I published stories titled The Symphony of Ice and Dust, Frankenstein Sonata, Étude for An Extraordinary Mind or The Wagner Trouble, which... (Read More)

Ingenuity in the air, a place to seek 'life beyond us', and interview with Tobias S. Buckell!

April 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Today was a big day! NASA's Ingenuity mini-helicopter flew on Mars for the first time, successfully testing the technology concept and showing that in the future, we should be able to use such drones to map much larger and less accessible areas than... (Read More)

Past 200 backers - thank you! Science of SF, comics and art feature

April 18th - via: kickstarter.com
As is said to be typical for weekends, the campaign growth has slowed a bit, but we've surpassed 200 backers and are almost 33% funded before the end of the first week! Big thanks to all of you, who are making it possible. If you know of someone... (Read More)

Interview with Mary Robinette Kowal and an excerpt from her story!

April 17th - via: kickstarter.com
We're past 7,000 CAD, nearing the 30% mark! Thank you all so much for your great support. Please keep spreading the word. We'd love to be sure to bring you the stories by all the amazing authors involved. That includes "Still As Bright" by the... (Read More)

Stretch goals announcement: SF in translation & more

April 16th - via: kickstarter.com
We have just soared past 150 backers and 6,000 CAD, and we're almost 25% funded. Big thanks to all of you! To celebrate this point, we're sharing the stretch goals with you. Do we reach them together after the already ambitious baseline goal?   1)... (Read More)

Over 20% funded! And it's World Art Day

April 15th - via: kickstarter.com
We've whizzed well past 100 backers today and past the 20% mark quickly; thank you all so much! Please keep sharing with people you think might be interested. It's World Art Day today, so we'd like to share more about the amazing creator of the cover... (Read More)

Introducing: Premee Mohamed and Julie E. Czerneda

April 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi! We're nearly at the end of the third day of the campaign. Predictably, things slowed down a little, but as of now, we're at 87 backers and CA$ 3,768, over 15% of our goal. If that scaled linearly with each day, we're well there :). Crowdfunding... (Read More)

Nice start! Big thanks to all contributors, and news to come

April 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you all so much for bringing us closer to publishing Life Beyond Us! In half a day since the launch, you helped us raise 1,000 CAD, and proved particularly interested in the special illustrated edition, but also less usual rewards such as the... (Read More)

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