Miles Holmes

is creating a space-western rock-opera car-porn trilogy of books

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Highwayman

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$1
per month
Yeah, but it's a dry heat. A sizzling new PDF chapter served up each and every Friday. Why not? You're going to need something to do after watching the Mandalorion. I'll even throw in access to the Discord server where we can dish about the things that really matter in life, like pew, pew and pew.
  • PDF Chapter per week
  • Patron-only Discord Server

Ranger

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$5
per month
Listen, do you smell something? A cracking new PDF chapter served up each and every Friday along with a WAV file audio chapter should you prefer to listen to the dulcid tones of my scotch and cigar soaked gravel reading this drivel instead.  You're also welcome to belly up to the Discord server where we can chew the fat about bodies going splat on warm.....leatherette.
  • PDF Chapter per week
  • WAV Chapter per week
  • Patron-only Discord Server

Zealot

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$30
per month
It's a trap! If you thought being a Ranger was cool, your tastebuds won't be able to repel flavor of this magnitude. PDF chapter? Check. WAV chapter? Check, Check. SHIRTS AND BOOKS? Check, Check, Goose, motherfuckers!!

For reals; with a minimum three month paid subscription per book at this tier, you'll get a tee shirt for said book along with a bona fide softcover copy, pending the final edit pass. You'll also have access to the Discord server too, that's just how a Zealot rolls. If you were hoping this tier would add a guitar solo whenever you enter a room, maybe try the next tier up. Excelsior!
  • PDF Chapter per week
  • WAV Chapter per week
  • Print Copy Book
  • Patron-only Discord Server
Exclusive T-shirt
Fulfilled by Patreon
A stylin' Steelback Greatest Hits shirt, pending final art

Trooper

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$60
per month
Bogus! If that no-good lying Zealot sent you here for guitar solos, I'm afraid that princess is in another castle, my friend.

But hey! Check the place out while you're here, it's a real Trooper. You still get the PDF chapter, the WAV chapter, natch. You'll also get each book's T-Shirt and Print Copy softcover pending final edits with a minimum two month subscription per book. You're also connected to the Discord server like everyone else. But here's something fresh: forget about ET, now you can call home. As in, mine. Yeah, I'm talking a monthly 1:1 Feedback call for some hot talk about CAR porn (and ONLY car porn, so help me you weirdos).

Granted, Trooper is no gold plated toilet tier or anything, but it is the place where rich folks gotta rich, I would imagine. Please sir, can I have some more, and all that. Hooah!
  • PDF Chapter per week
  • WAV Chapter per week
  • 1:1 Phone call
  • Print Copy Book
  • Patron-only Discord Server
Exclusive T-shirt
Fulfilled by Patreon
A stylin' Steelback Greatest Hits shirt, pending final art

Knight

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$100
per month
The Spice must flow. Who better than a Knight to keep my eyes double blue? Wait a second. You're still here? It's over. Go home. Surely you can't be serious. You're actually telling me you'd consider burning a hundred bucks a month on all this nonsense? I'll be straight, while it is better than the last tier, the perks are mostly for me, heh. 

For those in a position to be that kind of helpful, I'll of course throw in the PDF Chapter, WAV Chapter, T-shirt and Print copy, the 1:1 Call, the Discord server, etc. Let's just say you get everything those faux rich bums over at Trooper get, but I will go you three better.

A minimum one month subscription per book at this tier gets you the T-Shirt and how about this? I'll make your softcover book a Signed Print Copy, inscribed with whatever sweet nothings you care to read. Last but not least, if you're a Knight I'd be willing to swear in court I actually do hear a guitar solo whenever you enter the room, you bad-ass you. The sleeper must awaken!
  • PDF Chapter per week
  • WAV Chapter per week
  • 1:1 Phone call
  • Signed Print Copy Book
  • Patron-only Discord Server
Exclusive T-shirt
Fulfilled by Patreon
A stylin' Steelback Greatest Hits shirt, pending final art

Marshal

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$1,000,000
per month
If I had a million dollars... Push that button and I'm out folks, I mean it. Just as soon that check clears, I'll close up shop, get the books published up real nice; put some mazes in there and, you know, little coloring areas, sections, pop-up pictures. In a word, classy.

What do you get for a million? Geez. It's not a good trade honestly. Sure, you get everything a Knight does, for starters. Hell, I'd even re-name a recurring character in the trilogy after you, as long as you aren't already famous other-wheres (imagine Elon Musk or Donald Trump Junior is now my hero's sidekick). Actually, scratch that, I don't care how famous you are. You pony up, you're in. You would of course also receive my eternal, sobbing thanks. I'll even make the trip out whereever you are should you prefer that heartwarming moment happens directly at your feet.

Right.

While the above blurb was amusing to write and everything, let's get real here a minute. I think we all know that no one is going to push the button and it's fine. I'm just having some fun here and hoping to build a community of readers around this obsession of mine. An audience of largely Highwaymen and Rangers would be great to that end.

EVEN SO, just look at that button... a million dollars? 

Surely, you will all resist the diabolical urge to push the button that could erase my very existence (on Patreon). Surely, all will withstand the temptation to push the button that, even now, beckons them closer. Surely, no one will succumb to the maddening urge to eradicate my history.  At the MERE PUSH of a SINGLE BUTTON!  A beeyootiful shiny button! A jolly candy-like button!! You will hold out, right folks? CAN you hold out?
  • PDF Chapter per week
  • WAV Chapter per week
  • Signed Print Copy Book
  • 1:1 Phone call
  • Patron-only Discord Server
Exclusive T-shirt
Fulfilled by Patreon
A stylin' Steelback Greatest Hits shirt, pending final art

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About

Want to go for a ride?

Hey I'm Miles. I've been writing published sci-fi and fantasy books since 2013 and designing games for even longer. Maybe you've read a few or played a few of them already. If you have, thanks!

Over the last few years, I've turned my efforts to a number of indie projects including Road/Kill, a tabletop car combat game launched on Kickstarter. I guess you could say I went down the proverbial rabbit hole while I was there, continuing to develop the world beyond the game. The more I did, the more it occurred to me this was the place I wanted the next Mad Max film to be set. Keep the roving gangs and cool rides, of course. Keep the post-apocalypse, even. But give me tech this time. Give me a dangerous colony world somewhere between James Cameron's LV-426 and Frank Herbert's Arrakis . Now we're talking.

As bad as I wanted to go there, I knew George Miller had a few more Rockatanskies to pump out right here on terra firma (and I will heap much praise upon them when they arrive), so I just figured I'd have a go at it myself. Given that Fury Road is my all time favorite flick (Empire Strikes Back a solid second place), you could say that makes this my ultimate passion project and I'm thrilled to finally share it with you here on Patreon.

The Steelback trilogy is essentially one long love letter to the sci-fi action flicks, Saturday morning cartoons, pop-culture and music I grew up with as a child born of the seventies. As stated above, it is space-western and it is rock-opera, and ultra cool Syd Mead looking fighting cars are the  secret sauce. From where I sit, it boils down to Judge Dredd meets Mad Max on Dune, scored to the Heavy Metal Movie soundtrack. 

As I'm now working ahead into the third book, I will start spooling chapters out here Mandalorian style (that is to say, serialized) with a new chapter each and every Friday until the projected end of the trilogy in October of 2022. Can I keep the pace and finish what I start (takes a deep breath)? I'm putting my money where my mouth is here folks, so let's find out. 

Subscribe to unlock your chapter each week as a pdf, an audio file, or both.  Your support will not only help me stay on pace, but pay for editing services on a final cut and best of all; commision awesome car porn! Be it cover art or interior illustrations, I have some very talented artist friends and I would love to get them to draw us some hot cars. The more of you there are, the longer you stay with me, the more we can do. As we reach the end of each book in the series, there will also be glorious Steelback trilogy merch in the form shirts, and maybe prints later on too. When we're ready to drop a final cut of the trilogy, you'll also either get each book gratis or at a discount depending on your tier and your time in. I will run polls throughout this ride to decide what art we commision and take your feedback both through discord and direct messaging. I want to know what you like, what you love and even what you hate so we can polish this sucker to a mirror finish together. 

Finally, every good roadtrip needs a good playlist and our journey down the Steelback mega-highway will be no exception. As a feature of the trilogy, each and every chapter from the tall to the small has been written as an interpretation of a classic song from my formative years. Ahead of each book, I'll reveal the complete table of contents. I invite you to compile them into playlists as I have, then give a listen. See where the music takes you, next find out where it took me and how it all really ties the room together. 

Book 1: Steelback Greatest Hits

Twenty-eight gruelling hours. Seven twisted tales. One no-holds-barred battle royale the galaxy will never forget. 

The trilogy begins! The year is 2177. On the desolate colony world of Atropos, one fateful Sunday frames seven intertwined stories of high-octane pulp advenure. As the hours tick down, a final showdown looms; winner take all. Who lives? Who dies?
Start your engines.
Prologue
Good Morning Friend- Johnny Cash

Part 1 – Wild Planet


Gut Feeling - Devo
I like to Rock - April Wine
Life’s Been Good - Joe Walsh
Reach Out - Cheap Trick
Thunder Road- Judas Priest
Union of the Snake - Duran Duran
Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones

Part 2 – Blood on The Tracks

Close to the Edit - Art of Noise
Us and Them - Pink Floyd
Runnin’ with the Devil - Van Halen
Stuck in the Middle with You - Stealers Wheel
Rumble - Link Wray
Renegade - Styx
Barracuda - Heart


Part 3 – Hot August Night

Highway Star - Deep Purple
Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door - Bob Dylan
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Monday - New Order
Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees


Epilogue

Private Idaho - B-52's

Book 2: Steelback Blues

Starts: March, 2021

Book 3: Steelback Rage

Starts: December, 2021

So...are you in, or are you out? A rhetorical question of course. I can't hear you from where I am.

By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 4 exclusive posts
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 4 exclusive posts
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