Heroic Fantasy Anthology Assembles Dream Team of Authors

Heroic Fantasy Anthology Assembles Dream Team of Authors

The finest authors in science fiction and fantasy band together to bring a rich new fantasy world to life.

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May 18, 2015—Ann Arbor, Michigan—Seventeen of the greatest science fiction and fantasy authors working today have come together to bring a new fantasy world to life in CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS, an original heroic fantasy anthology from Mechanical Muse LLC.

Fans will be in for a treat when the completed anthology is released at the end of 2015, since the contributing authors are a veritable who’s who of the fiction, comics, and game industries. The confirmed list is a who’s who of New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, along with Eisner Award and Bram Stoker Award winners, and includes Michael A. Stackpole, Elaine Cunningham, Larry Correia, Cat Rambo, Bill Willingham, Jean Rabe, Lucy A. Snyder, David Farland and many more. These authors, with more than a hundred published novels and several hundred published short stories among them, will ensure that readers find a treasure trove of top quality, pulse-pounding fantasy stories inside.

“It’s amazing to have so many fan-favorite authors in one book,” said Marc Tassin, creator of Aetaltis. “It’s going to make for an incredible collection of stories.”

The Kickstarter for the project takes flight on May 18th, although many of the stories have already been written, and work on the book is well underway. The anthology is a first for Mechanical Muse, but they’ve recruited a team of seasoned professionals to help put the book together. With one successful Kickstarter already under their belts (for the Pathfinder RPG-compatible sourcebook The Heroes of Thornwall, also set in the world of Aetaltis), the successful completion of this ambitious campaign will also be a huge win for both Mechanical Muse and fans of fantasy adventure. Among the industry pros on board is award-winning editor John Helfers. During his sixteen-year tenure at Tekno Books, the largest commercial book packager in the nation, Helfers worked with many, bestselling authors and co-editors, including Charlaine Harris, Tom Clancy, Mercedes Lackey, and Kevin J. Anderson. He’s edited more than one hundred anthologies for major publishers such as DAW Books, Tor, Baen, and many others.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this project,” said Helfers. “Aetaltis is an amazing fantasy setting, and the authors that are bringing it to life are some of the best around. It also helps that Marc and his fantastic team are putting out some of the best-looking published work I’ve ever seen.”

The Kickstarter campaign for CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS launches on May 18th and runs through June 23rd. For more information about the campaign and the world of Aetaltis, visit www.aetaltis.com/fiction .

For media inquiries, please contact: Melanie Meadors, Publicist, melaniermeadors@gmail.com .

About Mechanical Muse LLC

Mechanical Muse was founded by Marc Tassin to bring joy, hope, excitement, adventure, enlightenment, and inspiration to everyone who daydreams of fantastic worlds beyond our own. Its created fantasy world, Aetaltis, is the first world in an interconnected universe of immersive new settings that people can interact with and explore. For more information, visit www.aetaltis.com