Clockwork Universe: Steampunks vs Aliens

Clockwork Universe: Steampunks vs Aliens
Clockwork Universe: Steampunks vs Aliens

The local small press Zombies Need Brains LLC, founded by fantasy writer Joshua Palmatier, has returned with the release of its first anthology project, CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS, and the start of its second anthology project Kickstarter, TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER.

After completing a successful kickstarter last summer for the anthology CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS, we have since produced the anthology and it is now available in trade paperback from and ebook on the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

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!


CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS achieved 150% of their initial funding goal, bringing in over $15,000. The CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE anthology has since been produced and released to the general public with reviews that include “kudos to the genius of action-packed prose,” “awesome collection by some old favorites as well as some wonderful new voices,” and “this book has something for everyone.” CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE is available in trade paperback at, and ebook formats on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

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). It will be edited by local Binghamton author Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray.

TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER:  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. This anthology will take on the challenge of interpreting what “temporally out of order” could mean for modern day – or perhaps not so modern – gadgets, such as the cell phone, laptop, television, radio, iPod, or even that microwave or refrigerator! Edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, it will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each.  The anthology will include short stories by:  David B. Coe, Laura Anne Gilman, Faith Hunter, Stephen Leigh, Gini Koch, Seanan McGuire, and Laura Resnick.  Additional authors will be added as stretch goals, including Jack Campbell, Jean Marie Ward, and Juliet E. McKenna. All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the kickstarter.
Also of note:  The first 400 backers of the kickstarter will receive a free ebook of short stories from Stephen Leigh called A RAIN OF PEBBLES, an awesome bonus for that that get in on the kickstarter early.


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.

Check out the Kickstarter at:

Check out the Zombies Need Brains webpage at

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