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Jessica Mae Stover, here: the creator behind the Astral Fall novel and other scifi and fantasy projects. (Suggestion: If you're busy now, you can click "follow" or quick sign-up for $1 and follow along at your leisure.)

For example, this:

And this:


I began my career inside the studio/media conglomerate system and have chosen to work independently ever since. My ethos involves putting craft and quality first, and so far I haven’t accepted publisher or studio deals that would compromise that mission. I’m also invested in media literacy and improved representation. Thanks to writers like Le Guin, Tiptree, Atwood and Butler, who made a fierce study of race and gender in their scifi and fantasy works, I can place my works in post-sexism and post-racism universes, and that’s exactly what I do (the characters have other problems). You can take a look at my work on Apple, Amazon and Goodreads, for starters. Currently I work off of the Kindle and iBooks platforms, so you’ll need access to one of those to make the absolute most of your subscription.

Right now I’m focused on Astral Fall 2 as a “big project” as well as a handful of “short projects.” The short projects will include original fiction, D&D features and more. Additionally I'm working sporadically on a modest short SFF film. I’ve worked on Astral Fall 2 since before the first novel released, so the novel is nearing the edit cycle, which involves three different levels of editors and a science advisor, as well as other professionals. We can talk about that more behind-the-scenes.

The first Astral Fall novel had research support from The Science and Entertainment Exchange and NASA, and I continue to work with the Exchange with the goal of fusing accurate science with SFF worldbuilding.

If we climb together beyond the first goal, I'm hoping to host D&D games. More wizards = more features and experiences! And yes, I too am particular about my dice, right down to the edges:



A good share of wonderful artists have explained why bringing a community together on this platform is important to their work and I know you’re familiar with some of those meaningful stories and the resulting successes. Many of you wizards have been involved in my projects at different phases for quite some time now. It's time to merge the two. I want to create a solid space where we can regularly form up and increase our magic and influence, and find the rest of our tribe.

Here are my additional reasons for working this way:
  • avoid making deals that lower the quality of novels and movies (this is a real problem in scifi and fantasy)
  • avoid adding ads or sponsors
  • offer SFF stories etc. that I wouldn't be able to otherwise!
  • get to know my growing readership better
  • beat industry sexism by circumventing it (haHA! take that!)
  • have the necessary time and resources to create fully-realized works
  • accelerate the release of Astral Fall 2!



My “big project” queue:

  • Astral Fall 2 eBook $$
  • scifi short film, in production already $$$
  • Astral Fall 1 & 2 combined in one hard copy book $$$
  • TBA wizard novella eBook $$
  • new project/graphic novel hard copy (AAE-related) $$$$
  • Astral Fall 3 eBook $$
The likely path are the items at the $$ level unless the third goal is met or outside funding is found.

So there you have it! You are most welcome here, and if you find that you might have some aptitude for this kind of wizard's life, then there are three options to follow, join and subscribe on this page. Going for Circle Cantrip or Curious Conjuror is great if you want to contribute to the collective's magic without getting too close! The Wizards tier is for assured mages, and lvl 14 magic is for those seeking immortality.

FAQ:
What if I want to cast my spell one time as a donation?

  • Cast Paypal spell to jessica [at] jessicastover [dot] com (no components required if facing NW)
  • Wizards may also custom pledge on Patreon here: patreon.com/join/JSto

Help! Something went wrong with my magical experiment!
  • E-mail me at the address above or cast a message to @JSto on Twitter while chanting
  • Help from Patreon (not sure how many actual wizards they employ, though)

What's behind that door?!
  • You'll find out more about that door in Astral Fall 2. Promise!

Casting around the web:





Tiers
Arcane Epiphany
$1 or more per month 0 of 7 patrons

Authors who happen to be women are underrepresented in scifi at a ratio of 4:1. Your scifi and fantasy knowledge yields an unexpected effect when you’re near fellows with similar wizardly inclinations. As long as the Patreon's power is over $73, the connection of your joint, early epiphany allows you to see into the next tier up: you’ll see the new wizards-only editorial posts! (Open only for a limited time!)

Circle Cantrip
$1 or more per month 7 patrons (sold out!)

When we first arrived here, this group of seven combined their magic into a collective that allows them to see into the next tier up as long as they remain in the circle. The circle is closed until one of the seven upgrades and therefore a spot in the circle opens. If it does, join fast!

Curious Conjurer
$3.33 or more per month 3 of 33 patrons
Well, well, well; it turns out you've learned the secret password to the wizard's keep, and you've been helping the Wizards out whenever you can. You'll have access to the Wizards-only editorial posts.


What's in these posts?

  • scifi & fantasy story, production and research insight
  • yes I play D&D (homebrew, RPG narrative tips, artwork)
  • gaming, book, movie & TV recs
  • design & mock-up discussions
  • wizards


(photo: Alexander Turchanin)

All Wizards, All the Time!
$7.33 or more per month 5 patrons
This is a tier for Wizards. Non-Wizards will not be able to see this tier. Hello, you are a Wizard. Hope you knew it already.


  • Short Projects: When you're subscribed during a month when I release a "short project" (see goals chart) your subscription will give you access to a digital copy at the beginning of the release. Please keep in mind that I work off of the Kindle and iBooks platforms so you'll need access to one of those to make the most of your subscription.


  • Representin' Wizards: Your name will also be put into a lottery for a thank you or creative crediting integrated at the beginning or end of the work when suitable. For creative example, if a SFF short story is written in the format of a science journal article, you might be on the list of "professors" at the end of said fictional magazine. Slots will vary, and I won't repeat names unless everyone has appeared 1x. Allow me some leeway here since each one will be different.


  • Wizards-Only: And of course you'll have access to the wizards-only editorial posts and additional private wizard spaces like our Discord server: You've known the secret-magical passwords for ages! Depending on funding, there may also be some "lvl 10 magic" posts or features that you'll uniquely have access to or qualify for.


Wizards are a team and I'd be happiest if everyone was on the same tier here, equally. We'll see how it goes!



Includes Discord rewards
lvl 14 magic
$73.33 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Immortality

(Five-month requirement.) A character in Astral Fall 2 will bear your name and so you will become part of the story's legacy. I will immediately confirm your name with you, and that it will work in the story. If so, I'll begin working your name into the draft. At the five-month mark your name will be a confirmed lock. Please note that the character who bears your name could be any sort of character. I.e. You might end up a space clown or toilet wizard or anyone, really, so be prepared! And yes, you can gift this to someone else. I'd be happy to work that out with you.


Did you know? Two patron-Wizards have their names in AF1!

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$64 of $111 per month
100 Wizards = A Magic of Wizards

  • Patrons-only iBooks Astral Fall giveaways! (all tiers)
  • Patrons-only Amazon Astral Fall sale price! (all tiers)
  • I am writing Astral Fall 2!
  • I am writing a fantasy novella!
  • First Discord Hangout
1 of 5
Jessica Mae Stover, here: the creator behind the Astral Fall novel and other scifi and fantasy projects. (Suggestion: If you're busy now, you can click "follow" or quick sign-up for $1 and follow along at your leisure.)

For example, this:

And this:


I began my career inside the studio/media conglomerate system and have chosen to work independently ever since. My ethos involves putting craft and quality first, and so far I haven’t accepted publisher or studio deals that would compromise that mission. I’m also invested in media literacy and improved representation. Thanks to writers like Le Guin, Tiptree, Atwood and Butler, who made a fierce study of race and gender in their scifi and fantasy works, I can place my works in post-sexism and post-racism universes, and that’s exactly what I do (the characters have other problems). You can take a look at my work on Apple, Amazon and Goodreads, for starters. Currently I work off of the Kindle and iBooks platforms, so you’ll need access to one of those to make the absolute most of your subscription.

Right now I’m focused on Astral Fall 2 as a “big project” as well as a handful of “short projects.” The short projects will include original fiction, D&D features and more. Additionally I'm working sporadically on a modest short SFF film. I’ve worked on Astral Fall 2 since before the first novel released, so the novel is nearing the edit cycle, which involves three different levels of editors and a science advisor, as well as other professionals. We can talk about that more behind-the-scenes.

The first Astral Fall novel had research support from The Science and Entertainment Exchange and NASA, and I continue to work with the Exchange with the goal of fusing accurate science with SFF worldbuilding.

If we climb together beyond the first goal, I'm hoping to host D&D games. More wizards = more features and experiences! And yes, I too am particular about my dice, right down to the edges:



A good share of wonderful artists have explained why bringing a community together on this platform is important to their work and I know you’re familiar with some of those meaningful stories and the resulting successes. Many of you wizards have been involved in my projects at different phases for quite some time now. It's time to merge the two. I want to create a solid space where we can regularly form up and increase our magic and influence, and find the rest of our tribe.

Here are my additional reasons for working this way:
  • avoid making deals that lower the quality of novels and movies (this is a real problem in scifi and fantasy)
  • avoid adding ads or sponsors
  • offer SFF stories etc. that I wouldn't be able to otherwise!
  • get to know my growing readership better
  • beat industry sexism by circumventing it (haHA! take that!)
  • have the necessary time and resources to create fully-realized works
  • accelerate the release of Astral Fall 2!



My “big project” queue:

  • Astral Fall 2 eBook $$
  • scifi short film, in production already $$$
  • Astral Fall 1 & 2 combined in one hard copy book $$$
  • TBA wizard novella eBook $$
  • new project/graphic novel hard copy (AAE-related) $$$$
  • Astral Fall 3 eBook $$
The likely path are the items at the $$ level unless the third goal is met or outside funding is found.

So there you have it! You are most welcome here, and if you find that you might have some aptitude for this kind of wizard's life, then there are three options to follow, join and subscribe on this page. Going for Circle Cantrip or Curious Conjuror is great if you want to contribute to the collective's magic without getting too close! The Wizards tier is for assured mages, and lvl 14 magic is for those seeking immortality.

FAQ:
What if I want to cast my spell one time as a donation?

  • Cast Paypal spell to jessica [at] jessicastover [dot] com (no components required if facing NW)
  • Wizards may also custom pledge on Patreon here: patreon.com/join/JSto

Help! Something went wrong with my magical experiment!
  • E-mail me at the address above or cast a message to @JSto on Twitter while chanting
  • Help from Patreon (not sure how many actual wizards they employ, though)

What's behind that door?!
  • You'll find out more about that door in Astral Fall 2. Promise!

Casting around the web:





Recent posts by Jessica Mae Stover

Tiers
Arcane Epiphany
$1 or more per month 0 of 7 patrons

Authors who happen to be women are underrepresented in scifi at a ratio of 4:1. Your scifi and fantasy knowledge yields an unexpected effect when you’re near fellows with similar wizardly inclinations. As long as the Patreon's power is over $73, the connection of your joint, early epiphany allows you to see into the next tier up: you’ll see the new wizards-only editorial posts! (Open only for a limited time!)

Circle Cantrip
$1 or more per month 7 patrons (sold out!)

When we first arrived here, this group of seven combined their magic into a collective that allows them to see into the next tier up as long as they remain in the circle. The circle is closed until one of the seven upgrades and therefore a spot in the circle opens. If it does, join fast!

Curious Conjurer
$3.33 or more per month 3 of 33 patrons
Well, well, well; it turns out you've learned the secret password to the wizard's keep, and you've been helping the Wizards out whenever you can. You'll have access to the Wizards-only editorial posts.


What's in these posts?

  • scifi & fantasy story, production and research insight
  • yes I play D&D (homebrew, RPG narrative tips, artwork)
  • gaming, book, movie & TV recs
  • design & mock-up discussions
  • wizards


(photo: Alexander Turchanin)

All Wizards, All the Time!
$7.33 or more per month 5 patrons
This is a tier for Wizards. Non-Wizards will not be able to see this tier. Hello, you are a Wizard. Hope you knew it already.


  • Short Projects: When you're subscribed during a month when I release a "short project" (see goals chart) your subscription will give you access to a digital copy at the beginning of the release. Please keep in mind that I work off of the Kindle and iBooks platforms so you'll need access to one of those to make the most of your subscription.


  • Representin' Wizards: Your name will also be put into a lottery for a thank you or creative crediting integrated at the beginning or end of the work when suitable. For creative example, if a SFF short story is written in the format of a science journal article, you might be on the list of "professors" at the end of said fictional magazine. Slots will vary, and I won't repeat names unless everyone has appeared 1x. Allow me some leeway here since each one will be different.


  • Wizards-Only: And of course you'll have access to the wizards-only editorial posts and additional private wizard spaces like our Discord server: You've known the secret-magical passwords for ages! Depending on funding, there may also be some "lvl 10 magic" posts or features that you'll uniquely have access to or qualify for.


Wizards are a team and I'd be happiest if everyone was on the same tier here, equally. We'll see how it goes!



Includes Discord rewards
lvl 14 magic
$73.33 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Immortality

(Five-month requirement.) A character in Astral Fall 2 will bear your name and so you will become part of the story's legacy. I will immediately confirm your name with you, and that it will work in the story. If so, I'll begin working your name into the draft. At the five-month mark your name will be a confirmed lock. Please note that the character who bears your name could be any sort of character. I.e. You might end up a space clown or toilet wizard or anyone, really, so be prepared! And yes, you can gift this to someone else. I'd be happy to work that out with you.


Did you know? Two patron-Wizards have their names in AF1!

Includes Discord rewards