Alistair Young is creating speculative fiction and metafiction
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Hi.

I'm Alistair Young. I write stuff. When I'm not writing stuff, I'm talking about writing stuff. If I'm not doing that, I'm thinking about writing stuff. In short, I'm a writer.

But you don't want to know about me. You want to know about what I write, right?

Right.

I write speculative fiction, which - were you to try and squeeze a genre label onto it - you might call firm-to-hard transsophontist space opera. Or you might not. I don't judge. Or catalog.

In format, most of it is short fiction (of a few hundred to few thousand words in length) or metafiction, with occasional excerpts of longer works. There's quite a bit available on the web already, if you'd care to take a look, or you could always just buy the book..

About the Setting
In another universe, in a galaxy strangely similar to our own, there’s a bubble of space a couple of thousand light-years across – somewhat distorted by bumping into the edges of the galactic disk to acme and nadir – filled with millions of stars, bound together by an ever-expanding spiderweb of manufactured wormholes, and bright with the EM babble of civilized life.

These are the Associated Worlds, sprawling myriad species, polities, philosophies, corporations, clades, and cultures. From the hypercivilized Powers at their heart – the Empire of the Star, self-proclaimed jewel of the galaxy; the Photonic Network, by, for, and of digital intelligences; the Voniensa Republic, standing up for the natural sophont in a galaxy leaving them behind; and more – to the brawling colonies of the Periphery and Beyond, trillions of lives are lived, each with its own story to be told.

These are some of them.

What You Get
You get whatever I write.

Well, okay. What I mean by that is that I'm chary of making too many promises about volume or scheduling, the exigencies of non-writer-work being what they are, and my output fluctuates accordingly. But whenever I do set pen to paper, finger to keyboard, etc., you'll get it.

"Story", for these purposes, means a piece of short fiction (usually a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand words in length), or a piece of a longer work of equivalent length, or the in-setting work extracts I call metafiction, set in the Worlds. I do publish other things quite routinely, such as my trope-a-day worldbuilding series, author's notes, and other such things, which you will also have access to.

Why Should You Give Me Money?
Well, three reasons, principally:

Firstly, because I write for the love of it, and work for a living. If you give me money for my writing, I can work on other things less and write more. (And then people will give me even more money! And I will write even more! It's a virtuous circle! It's the circle of life! Viva capitalism!)

Secondly, because while I may not write the absolutely hardest SF ever, I do strive to write SF that is at least firm. Which means research, and research costs, alas.

Thirdly, because my dogs will starve, otherwise.



Admittedly, some faster than others.
Tiers
Patreon
$1 or more per month 10 patrons
(This level is included in all higher rewards.)

If you've been a patron for at least three months before I release a collection of works previously posted here, you'll receive a complimentary e-book copy of the compiled and edited collection.

As an extra bonus, all patrons at this level or above get to ask me questions, one question per $ per month, on the Eldraeverse setting or other background information relating to it - anything you like, only future plot questions are off-limits, and these questions will be gathered into a FAQ page published on the Eldraeverse web site.

Thank you for your ongoing patronage!
Includes Discord rewards
Patreon Saint
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Pledge this amount per month or more, ask for this reward, and I'll list you - and a link/picture/paragraph, etc., of your choice - on the Eldraeverse website as one of our "Patreon Saints".
Includes Discord rewards
Patreon of the Arts
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Like most authors, I'm a mercenary at heart. So, while ordinarily I just write as the spirit moves me, this reward gives YOU - yes, you - a chance to ask and receive for what you want to read. After all, the Worlds are a big place, and just about everything happens somewhere. So ask for this reward, and you get to suggest a theme, topic, seed, era, type of locale, etc., etc., to me, every six months, that you're guaranteed to get.

(Author reserves veto for things that really can't fit or he can't write; so if you're looking for Eldraeverse pr0n, for example, you're probably not going to get it... well, okay, if you want an in-depth view of mezuar pollination or AI data-sex, we'll talk about it. Also, satisfaction not guaranteed, obviously.)
Includes Discord rewards
Wealthy Patreon
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Get ALL the benefits of the previous two levels, Patreon Saint and Patreon of the Arts, in a single package! Also, undying thanks!
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$60 – reached! per month
There will be artwork!

I don't know whose, or of what, or how much/how often, or any of those details yet - but as this dog is my witness, there will be artwork. 
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Hi.

I'm Alistair Young. I write stuff. When I'm not writing stuff, I'm talking about writing stuff. If I'm not doing that, I'm thinking about writing stuff. In short, I'm a writer.

But you don't want to know about me. You want to know about what I write, right?

Right.

I write speculative fiction, which - were you to try and squeeze a genre label onto it - you might call firm-to-hard transsophontist space opera. Or you might not. I don't judge. Or catalog.

In format, most of it is short fiction (of a few hundred to few thousand words in length) or metafiction, with occasional excerpts of longer works. There's quite a bit available on the web already, if you'd care to take a look, or you could always just buy the book..

About the Setting
In another universe, in a galaxy strangely similar to our own, there’s a bubble of space a couple of thousand light-years across – somewhat distorted by bumping into the edges of the galactic disk to acme and nadir – filled with millions of stars, bound together by an ever-expanding spiderweb of manufactured wormholes, and bright with the EM babble of civilized life.

These are the Associated Worlds, sprawling myriad species, polities, philosophies, corporations, clades, and cultures. From the hypercivilized Powers at their heart – the Empire of the Star, self-proclaimed jewel of the galaxy; the Photonic Network, by, for, and of digital intelligences; the Voniensa Republic, standing up for the natural sophont in a galaxy leaving them behind; and more – to the brawling colonies of the Periphery and Beyond, trillions of lives are lived, each with its own story to be told.

These are some of them.

What You Get
You get whatever I write.

Well, okay. What I mean by that is that I'm chary of making too many promises about volume or scheduling, the exigencies of non-writer-work being what they are, and my output fluctuates accordingly. But whenever I do set pen to paper, finger to keyboard, etc., you'll get it.

"Story", for these purposes, means a piece of short fiction (usually a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand words in length), or a piece of a longer work of equivalent length, or the in-setting work extracts I call metafiction, set in the Worlds. I do publish other things quite routinely, such as my trope-a-day worldbuilding series, author's notes, and other such things, which you will also have access to.

Why Should You Give Me Money?
Well, three reasons, principally:

Firstly, because I write for the love of it, and work for a living. If you give me money for my writing, I can work on other things less and write more. (And then people will give me even more money! And I will write even more! It's a virtuous circle! It's the circle of life! Viva capitalism!)

Secondly, because while I may not write the absolutely hardest SF ever, I do strive to write SF that is at least firm. Which means research, and research costs, alas.

Thirdly, because my dogs will starve, otherwise.



Admittedly, some faster than others.

Recent posts by Alistair Young

Tiers
Patreon
$1 or more per month 10 patrons
(This level is included in all higher rewards.)

If you've been a patron for at least three months before I release a collection of works previously posted here, you'll receive a complimentary e-book copy of the compiled and edited collection.

As an extra bonus, all patrons at this level or above get to ask me questions, one question per $ per month, on the Eldraeverse setting or other background information relating to it - anything you like, only future plot questions are off-limits, and these questions will be gathered into a FAQ page published on the Eldraeverse web site.

Thank you for your ongoing patronage!
Includes Discord rewards
Patreon Saint
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Pledge this amount per month or more, ask for this reward, and I'll list you - and a link/picture/paragraph, etc., of your choice - on the Eldraeverse website as one of our "Patreon Saints".
Includes Discord rewards
Patreon of the Arts
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Like most authors, I'm a mercenary at heart. So, while ordinarily I just write as the spirit moves me, this reward gives YOU - yes, you - a chance to ask and receive for what you want to read. After all, the Worlds are a big place, and just about everything happens somewhere. So ask for this reward, and you get to suggest a theme, topic, seed, era, type of locale, etc., etc., to me, every six months, that you're guaranteed to get.

(Author reserves veto for things that really can't fit or he can't write; so if you're looking for Eldraeverse pr0n, for example, you're probably not going to get it... well, okay, if you want an in-depth view of mezuar pollination or AI data-sex, we'll talk about it. Also, satisfaction not guaranteed, obviously.)
Includes Discord rewards
Wealthy Patreon
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Get ALL the benefits of the previous two levels, Patreon Saint and Patreon of the Arts, in a single package! Also, undying thanks!
Includes Discord rewards