J. Michael Straczynski

is creating Movies, TV series, Videos and Audio dramas via Synthetic Worlds

837

patrons

$12,392

per month
Tiers
Supporting the Dream
$2 per month
Reward
Here we go!

Welcome to the party, your support and kindness is appreciated!

Patrons coming in at this level will have both my gratitude, and the ability to read all of my posts here, covering every imaginable topic. Freed of the character-limit of Twitter, I will be posting about the art, craft and business of being a writer, about politics and society, about my life and your life and where we’re going and what it all means!

But where many first-tier patrons only provide gratitude and access, there’s a tangible reward here.

At this moment we are seeing record numbers of audio projects, podcasts and online radio-dramas being produced by Audible and book publishing companies and streamers. The problem is that unlike TV and movie scripts, it's extremely difficult to find audio drama scripts, and nearly all of those that are available online date back to the 1940s. This makes matters very tough for writers eager to break into this expanding field, and listeners who would like to see how it's all done.

Well, no more! Those who come in at this tier will receive a PDF file of one of my scripts from the CITY OF DREAMS audio drama series that I wrote and executive-produced for SyFy. The half-hour episode, "The Damned are Playing at Godzilla's Tonight" was our debut episode and starred Steve Buscemi. The audio drama is available on Youtube, so you can read the script along with the audio to see how it all comes together.

Thanks for being here at the beginning.

If you want your dream to be
Build it slow and surely
Small beginnings, greater ends
Heartfelt work grows purely

San Damiano Song, Donovan
Starfury Pilots
$10 per month
Reward
EDITED TO INCLUDE: I have begun doing on-camera commentaries/reactions for B5 episodes and Patrons here and above will have access to those hour-long videos.

Few people in the outside world really understand the fierce loyalty of media and genre fans. Like Starfury pilots, they are the first line of defense against the random illogics of studios and networks, as well as emissaries of their passions, going into the darkness between the stars to see things no one else has ever seen before. That is the plan for what we will do together, with all of you as my wing-persons.

As noted in the prior tier, I will be posting blogs and messages here that I don't generally post anywhere else: the life of a writer, my thoughts on media, arts and politics, and a ton of other subjects. Ever wondered what it's like to work in Hollywood? This is where you're going to get the skinny. Want to create a permanent record of this to pass on to your grandkids, use as a writing resource, or as evidence in a sanity hearing? You can download the whole thing.

And you will have access to the private chat community, where we can hang out together and talk about anything that strikes your fancy. (Or simply strike it back.) A place where we can relax and talk just as if we were hanging around the lobby at ComicCon or any other kind of convention, minus the drunk who keeps asking where the hell the bathroom is.

Come for the conversation, stay for the Apocalypse.

This level Includes:

Access to all my Patreon-only posts and the ability to download the archive of all posts

Access to the private Chat community

The City of Dreams script from the prior tier

The ability to fly under your own power

One of the above is not true.
Includes Discord benefits
The Grey Council
$20 per month
Reward
Now we start to get to the really exciting part: the shared creative process.

Above all things, the internet prides itself on inside information about upcoming projects in film, TV, comics and other media. (Also: cat videos.) But what is discussed with the Grey Council is private and exclusive…peering into the future to get glimpse into what’s coming before anyone else knows the projects even exist.

But the Grey Council can see into the past as well as the future, so as well as projects yet to come there will be plenty of material from works past and present. There’s a ton of stuff from deep inside my closet, material from the many shows, movies and comics that I’ve done, that have never been seen anywhere else. This will be their new home.

Finally, as has been seen over the years, when you’re in a pinch and there’s nowhere else to turn, you can go to the Grey Council for advice. (And unlike the freaking Elves they will actually give back something constructive.) So as situations arise where I’m not sure which way to go (example: which of two books at the top of the adaptation list I should option), I will go to the Council to get their vote.

So this tier includes:

* Sneak peeks at projects that are in the works before they're seen by the world

* Voting power: The ability to help choose upcoming projects

* Access to behind the scenes content from works past, present and future

And everything in the previous tiers
Includes Discord benefits
Finishing THE LAST DANGEROUS VISIONS
$20 per month
Reward
This is a temporary tier for those who want to assist, and participate, in the process of bringing The Last Dangerous Visions in for a landing. It will continue for just five months, closing once the book has been completed, roughly April of 2021.

Background: After being appointed Executor of the Ellison Estate, my immediate task was to ensure that ongoing bills and payments were made, as well as seeing to all the legal fees that go with transitioning an estate into a Trust.

With bureaucracy and red tape slowing the process of turning over the previous accounts – a process that is still ongoing and may drag on for many months to come – I volunteered to cover all costs personally: property taxes, fees paid to estate lawyers, affidavits and corporate paperwork required to latchkey the Kilimanjaro Corporation, notaries, creditors, court documents, improvements to the residence, and the lengthy process of setting up a Trust that will continue to look after their interests long after I have gone to dust. Covering the development costs on The Last Dangerous Visions will add considerably to that figure. All in, we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars.

So this tier is for fans of Harlan’s work and SF in general who would like to help defray some of those costs in return for the exclusive opportunity to see The Last Dangerous Visions come together in real-time. Patrons will be –

– the first to know the names of the authors contributing to TLDV.

– first to see partial manuscripts and story excerpts before the book is published.

–given advance peeks at Tim Kirk’s amazing art.

Beat by beat, they (and other Patrons operating at that level or above) will be a part of the process of finishing one of the most discussed and eagerly anticipated books in the history of modern science fiction.

(Patreons at the TLDV tier will also have access to all of the other perks available at Grey Council level. And obviously patrons coming in to support TLDV are more than welcome to join the higher levels, including the writer’s tier.)

About the Project


Dangerous Visions
, published in 1967, and Again, Dangerous Visions, which debuted in 1972, both edited by Harlan Ellison, have long been viewed by critics, scholars and fans as two of the most important and influential anthologies ever published in the field of science fiction. They overturned the tropes of the form, created careers for many newer writers, and birthed the New Wave Science Fiction movement that forever changed the genre.

The final entry, The Last Dangerous Visions, was announced in 1973 and scheduled to appear in 1974.

It was never completed.

For forty-six years.

No public explanation was ever given.

In a genre noted for mysteries as much as for visionary writing, two questions – When is The Last Dangerous Visions coming out? and Why the delay? – have evolved into the greatest mystery in the field of science fiction. What single cause could explain delaying the completion of a book for nearly five decades?

But there is a reason that no explanation for the delay was ever articulated, a story known only to a very few people.

For that, you will have to wait a little longer.

But not too long, because after nearly five decades, The Last Dangerous Visions is going to be completed.

The Book


As noted in the announcement, the book will consist of three key elements.

1) The Original Stories

Over a hundred stories written in the early 70s were slated to be part of TLDV. As the years passed, a number of them were withdrawn by the writers and published elsewhere, and it makes no sense to republish stories that are otherwise available. Some of the remaining stories have been overtaken by real-world events, rendering them less relevant or timely, and regrettably will be omitted, but many more are as innovative, fresh and, in some ways, even more relevant now than when they were first written. These are rich, compelling stories by some of the best known science fiction and fantasy writers to work in the genre that deserve to be seen by the world.
The rights to the few stories from the original batch not included in this volume will be freely and formally returned to the writers and/or their estates so that they can be allowed to see the light of day elsewhere.

Artwork by the phenomenal Tim Kirk commissioned for the original volume will also be included in this volume.

2) Today’s Heavy Hitters

The Dangerous Visions anthologies have always been about facing the future in order to illuminate the present, allowing heavy-hitters in the genre to go places where they could not otherwise travel, challenging the limits of the genre. True to that tradition, some of the most well-known and respected writers working today have agreed to contribute stories to The Last Dangerous Visions to mark the importance of its completion. Their names will be announced the deeper we go into this process, with more still being added at this time.

3) New Voices

The Dangerous Visions books also have a long, rich history of launching new voices and new talents, as well as helping solidify the careers of those on the cusp of larger success. So The Last Dangerous Visions will present stories by a diverse range of young, new writers from around the world who are telling stories that look beyond today’s horizon to what’s on the other side.

In addition, for one day, as the editing process wraps up, one last slot will be opened up for submissions from unknown and unpublished writers. One day, one writer, one new voice, one last chance to make it into The Last Dangerous Visions.

The final stories will be organized by topic, interweaving original, heavy-hitter and new writers into a narrative flow.

Unfinished business


There is one last, significant work by Harlan that has never been published, that has been seen by only a handful of people. A work that ties directly into the reason why The Last Dangerous Visions has taken so long to come to light. That piece will be included in this volume to close off the last of Harlan’s major unpublished works.

The Plan


Rather than seeking a publisher first, and potentially compromise a book designed to be challenging and daring, or asking writers to wait until the book is sold to be paid, I will cover the cost of paying for all of the stories up front (about which more in a bit). Once all the stories are in place, we will take the book to market around March/April 2021. Given the unique place in science fiction history occupied by Dangerous Visions in general, and this book in particular, and some of the authors who have already agreed to participate, several major publishers have already expressed significant interest in picking up the book upon completion.

Looking Back to Look Forward


In addition to ensuring that the original authors whose stories will be used in The Last Dangerous Visions will finally have the chance to see their stories published where they were always intended to be seen, we will also formally revert the rights to any original stories not used in TLDV to their respective writers, so they can be sold and seen elsewhere. This is long overdue.

Similarly, all the writers who contributed stories to the previous two volumes will be given non-exclusive rights to publish their stories elsewhere, something many of them have requested over the years. And even though Tim Kirk’s artwork was commissioned as a work-for-hire, and is thus technically owned by the Kilimanjaro Corporation along with the underlying rights, any of his pieces that are not used in TLDV will be reverted back to him, along with the underlying rights, along with all of the original art included in the book so that he can profit from them.

With that, balance will be returned to the Force, and the saga of The Last Dangerous Visions will finally reach its conclusion, setting the stage for –

The Harlan and Susan Ellison Memorial Library


In accordance with their wishes, the aesthetic marvel that is Ellison Wonderland will be preserved in all its marvelousness and converted into the Harlan and Susan Ellison Memorial Library, a place where lovers of art, architecture and comics can come in small groups for tours, and academics can study decades of correspondence between Harlan and some of the most famous writers in and out of the SF genre, along with his original manuscripts and drafts. We are also working toward having the house declared a Cultural Landmark, possibly in association with a local university.

All royalties from the sales of The Last Dangerous Visions will go to the Trust to help ensure that the Library will continue for many, many years.

Support Clusters
$30 per month
Reward
Over the years, I have had the opportunity, and the joy, to know so many clusters that have grown up around the work I’ve done. There's the Babylon 5 cluster, the comics cluster, the animation cluster, the Sense8 cluster and others. This level is for the clusters that have stuck around through the years and brought in others to share that interest.

This tier is where we zero in on specific clusters, addressing their interests and concerns, and introducing one cluster from one medium to another cluster. And along the way, even more content exclusive to this tier will be provided.

In fact, for Sense8 fans, one of my very first posts here includes the research document I wrote (supposedly as an internal BPO memo) that gives the history of Sensates/Homo Sensorium, a document that was crucial to our stories and an understanding of the Sense8 universe.

Over time we will include scripts from other projects (comic scripts, animation scripts and the like) as well as development material used to sell and promote shows that is never seen outside the studios and networks (look books, sample art and the like).

In addition, this tier will provide Patrons with access to exclusive sections from books, scripts and other projects that are in the process of being written right now. See the process grow and take shape before your eyes.

And: patrons will be able to participate in polls to shape what’s being created, and make requests/suggestions for upcoming projects (provided that they do not involve individuals putting forth their own story ideas, for whom a permanent seat in the Phantom Zone is reserved.)


So in sum, in this tier you get:

Even MORE exclusive content on projects in the works and material from prior shows never seen before by anyone outside the production company.  This includes sections from scripts in the process of being written and/or produced for new projects, and scripts, and promotional material and other goodies from previously produced projects, such as the test Sense8 poster seen above.

Participation in polls and the ability to make requests/suggestions

The ability to sense emotions of people on the other side of the planet

And everything in the previous tiers

One of these is also not true
Includes Discord benefits
So You Want to Be a Writer
$100 per month
Reward
As mentioned in the introduction, in addition to building a strong foundation for Synthetic Worlds, I want to use this venue to pave the way for the next generation of dreamers, writers, actors, artists and directors in comics, TV, film, print and other media.

The number one peril facing so many new voices is the lack of accurate, useful information about how to write and sell their work, and so many waste months and years chasing bad information.  This is all about teaching new talents how to listen to their own voices, structure scenes, improve their craft and take the first tentative steps on the road to their own successful careers. This tier will allow me to address those issues and gives rising creators the tools they need to take their art to the next level.

So this tier includes the following benefits (in addition to all the cool stuff in the preceding tiers):

* Access to live-streams about writing and the artistic and commercial processes needed to build a career

* Access to live text chats where you can ask anything you want about writing

* Video tutorials about writing. In some of these, I will directly answer writing questions from the chats at greater length, personalizing it. (How often these get done will depend on work and production schedules.)

* Spring of 2021 is the slated publication date for my new book on writing. (What new book on writing, you ask? Well, this tier is where you'll find out more about it.) Patrons who come in at this level will receive a SIGNED copy of the book when it comes out.

* Finally, from time to time, as schedule permits, I will select individuals who I believe have promise, and give a critique of their work either in writing or in a video (with a signed release form for mutual safety).

So for an additional $50 you're getting access to vital information and lessons about writing that normally cost several times that on other online writing platforms.

Includes Discord benefits
Synthetic Worlds Official VIP Sponsors
$250 per month
Reward
A serious tier for serious people.  This level makes you as much a part of Synthetic Worlds as anyone other than myself and offers an unparalleled level of direct interaction.

This level includes everything from the prior tiers plus:

* Live question-and-answer sessions 

* In addition to my new book on writing, I have a new *novel* that is also slated to come out in Spring 2021 (it's going to be a busy Spring).  Patrons who come in at this level will not only receive a signed copy of the writing book, but a signed and PERSONALIZED copy of the novel.

* A direct phone conversation (This will be either monthly or bi-monthly, depending on schedules and how many of you grab this tier.)

* Sponsorship credit at the end of a work financed entirely or predominantly by Synthetic Worlds.  That's right, your name will be right there.

* And for those in Los Angeles (or who can come here on your own), once per quarter we will get together for coffee somewhere here in town.  We can talk about the studio, about writing, or anything else your heart desires.  (Obviously this would have to wait until after the current crisis has passed.)

In short, this is the God Level tier.

I haven't yet set a maximum limit on how many of these will be made available, but certainly if it starts to get unwieldy there will have to be a cut-off.
Includes Discord benefits

Posts

Tiers
Supporting the Dream
$2 per month
Reward
Here we go!

Welcome to the party, your support and kindness is appreciated!

Patrons coming in at this level will have both my gratitude, and the ability to read all of my posts here, covering every imaginable topic. Freed of the character-limit of Twitter, I will be posting about the art, craft and business of being a writer, about politics and society, about my life and your life and where we’re going and what it all means!

But where many first-tier patrons only provide gratitude and access, there’s a tangible reward here.

At this moment we are seeing record numbers of audio projects, podcasts and online radio-dramas being produced by Audible and book publishing companies and streamers. The problem is that unlike TV and movie scripts, it's extremely difficult to find audio drama scripts, and nearly all of those that are available online date back to the 1940s. This makes matters very tough for writers eager to break into this expanding field, and listeners who would like to see how it's all done.

Well, no more! Those who come in at this tier will receive a PDF file of one of my scripts from the CITY OF DREAMS audio drama series that I wrote and executive-produced for SyFy. The half-hour episode, "The Damned are Playing at Godzilla's Tonight" was our debut episode and starred Steve Buscemi. The audio drama is available on Youtube, so you can read the script along with the audio to see how it all comes together.

Thanks for being here at the beginning.

If you want your dream to be
Build it slow and surely
Small beginnings, greater ends
Heartfelt work grows purely

San Damiano Song, Donovan
Starfury Pilots
$10 per month
Reward
EDITED TO INCLUDE: I have begun doing on-camera commentaries/reactions for B5 episodes and Patrons here and above will have access to those hour-long videos.

Few people in the outside world really understand the fierce loyalty of media and genre fans. Like Starfury pilots, they are the first line of defense against the random illogics of studios and networks, as well as emissaries of their passions, going into the darkness between the stars to see things no one else has ever seen before. That is the plan for what we will do together, with all of you as my wing-persons.

As noted in the prior tier, I will be posting blogs and messages here that I don't generally post anywhere else: the life of a writer, my thoughts on media, arts and politics, and a ton of other subjects. Ever wondered what it's like to work in Hollywood? This is where you're going to get the skinny. Want to create a permanent record of this to pass on to your grandkids, use as a writing resource, or as evidence in a sanity hearing? You can download the whole thing.

And you will have access to the private chat community, where we can hang out together and talk about anything that strikes your fancy. (Or simply strike it back.) A place where we can relax and talk just as if we were hanging around the lobby at ComicCon or any other kind of convention, minus the drunk who keeps asking where the hell the bathroom is.

Come for the conversation, stay for the Apocalypse.

This level Includes:

Access to all my Patreon-only posts and the ability to download the archive of all posts

Access to the private Chat community

The City of Dreams script from the prior tier

The ability to fly under your own power

One of the above is not true.
Includes Discord benefits
The Grey Council
$20 per month
Reward
Now we start to get to the really exciting part: the shared creative process.

Above all things, the internet prides itself on inside information about upcoming projects in film, TV, comics and other media. (Also: cat videos.) But what is discussed with the Grey Council is private and exclusive…peering into the future to get glimpse into what’s coming before anyone else knows the projects even exist.

But the Grey Council can see into the past as well as the future, so as well as projects yet to come there will be plenty of material from works past and present. There’s a ton of stuff from deep inside my closet, material from the many shows, movies and comics that I’ve done, that have never been seen anywhere else. This will be their new home.

Finally, as has been seen over the years, when you’re in a pinch and there’s nowhere else to turn, you can go to the Grey Council for advice. (And unlike the freaking Elves they will actually give back something constructive.) So as situations arise where I’m not sure which way to go (example: which of two books at the top of the adaptation list I should option), I will go to the Council to get their vote.

So this tier includes:

* Sneak peeks at projects that are in the works before they're seen by the world

* Voting power: The ability to help choose upcoming projects

* Access to behind the scenes content from works past, present and future

And everything in the previous tiers
Includes Discord benefits
Finishing THE LAST DANGEROUS VISIONS
$20 per month
Reward
This is a temporary tier for those who want to assist, and participate, in the process of bringing The Last Dangerous Visions in for a landing. It will continue for just five months, closing once the book has been completed, roughly April of 2021.

Background: After being appointed Executor of the Ellison Estate, my immediate task was to ensure that ongoing bills and payments were made, as well as seeing to all the legal fees that go with transitioning an estate into a Trust.

With bureaucracy and red tape slowing the process of turning over the previous accounts – a process that is still ongoing and may drag on for many months to come – I volunteered to cover all costs personally: property taxes, fees paid to estate lawyers, affidavits and corporate paperwork required to latchkey the Kilimanjaro Corporation, notaries, creditors, court documents, improvements to the residence, and the lengthy process of setting up a Trust that will continue to look after their interests long after I have gone to dust. Covering the development costs on The Last Dangerous Visions will add considerably to that figure. All in, we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars.

So this tier is for fans of Harlan’s work and SF in general who would like to help defray some of those costs in return for the exclusive opportunity to see The Last Dangerous Visions come together in real-time. Patrons will be –

– the first to know the names of the authors contributing to TLDV.

– first to see partial manuscripts and story excerpts before the book is published.

–given advance peeks at Tim Kirk’s amazing art.

Beat by beat, they (and other Patrons operating at that level or above) will be a part of the process of finishing one of the most discussed and eagerly anticipated books in the history of modern science fiction.

(Patreons at the TLDV tier will also have access to all of the other perks available at Grey Council level. And obviously patrons coming in to support TLDV are more than welcome to join the higher levels, including the writer’s tier.)

About the Project


Dangerous Visions
, published in 1967, and Again, Dangerous Visions, which debuted in 1972, both edited by Harlan Ellison, have long been viewed by critics, scholars and fans as two of the most important and influential anthologies ever published in the field of science fiction. They overturned the tropes of the form, created careers for many newer writers, and birthed the New Wave Science Fiction movement that forever changed the genre.

The final entry, The Last Dangerous Visions, was announced in 1973 and scheduled to appear in 1974.

It was never completed.

For forty-six years.

No public explanation was ever given.

In a genre noted for mysteries as much as for visionary writing, two questions – When is The Last Dangerous Visions coming out? and Why the delay? – have evolved into the greatest mystery in the field of science fiction. What single cause could explain delaying the completion of a book for nearly five decades?

But there is a reason that no explanation for the delay was ever articulated, a story known only to a very few people.

For that, you will have to wait a little longer.

But not too long, because after nearly five decades, The Last Dangerous Visions is going to be completed.

The Book


As noted in the announcement, the book will consist of three key elements.

1) The Original Stories

Over a hundred stories written in the early 70s were slated to be part of TLDV. As the years passed, a number of them were withdrawn by the writers and published elsewhere, and it makes no sense to republish stories that are otherwise available. Some of the remaining stories have been overtaken by real-world events, rendering them less relevant or timely, and regrettably will be omitted, but many more are as innovative, fresh and, in some ways, even more relevant now than when they were first written. These are rich, compelling stories by some of the best known science fiction and fantasy writers to work in the genre that deserve to be seen by the world.
The rights to the few stories from the original batch not included in this volume will be freely and formally returned to the writers and/or their estates so that they can be allowed to see the light of day elsewhere.

Artwork by the phenomenal Tim Kirk commissioned for the original volume will also be included in this volume.

2) Today’s Heavy Hitters

The Dangerous Visions anthologies have always been about facing the future in order to illuminate the present, allowing heavy-hitters in the genre to go places where they could not otherwise travel, challenging the limits of the genre. True to that tradition, some of the most well-known and respected writers working today have agreed to contribute stories to The Last Dangerous Visions to mark the importance of its completion. Their names will be announced the deeper we go into this process, with more still being added at this time.

3) New Voices

The Dangerous Visions books also have a long, rich history of launching new voices and new talents, as well as helping solidify the careers of those on the cusp of larger success. So The Last Dangerous Visions will present stories by a diverse range of young, new writers from around the world who are telling stories that look beyond today’s horizon to what’s on the other side.

In addition, for one day, as the editing process wraps up, one last slot will be opened up for submissions from unknown and unpublished writers. One day, one writer, one new voice, one last chance to make it into The Last Dangerous Visions.

The final stories will be organized by topic, interweaving original, heavy-hitter and new writers into a narrative flow.

Unfinished business


There is one last, significant work by Harlan that has never been published, that has been seen by only a handful of people. A work that ties directly into the reason why The Last Dangerous Visions has taken so long to come to light. That piece will be included in this volume to close off the last of Harlan’s major unpublished works.

The Plan


Rather than seeking a publisher first, and potentially compromise a book designed to be challenging and daring, or asking writers to wait until the book is sold to be paid, I will cover the cost of paying for all of the stories up front (about which more in a bit). Once all the stories are in place, we will take the book to market around March/April 2021. Given the unique place in science fiction history occupied by Dangerous Visions in general, and this book in particular, and some of the authors who have already agreed to participate, several major publishers have already expressed significant interest in picking up the book upon completion.

Looking Back to Look Forward


In addition to ensuring that the original authors whose stories will be used in The Last Dangerous Visions will finally have the chance to see their stories published where they were always intended to be seen, we will also formally revert the rights to any original stories not used in TLDV to their respective writers, so they can be sold and seen elsewhere. This is long overdue.

Similarly, all the writers who contributed stories to the previous two volumes will be given non-exclusive rights to publish their stories elsewhere, something many of them have requested over the years. And even though Tim Kirk’s artwork was commissioned as a work-for-hire, and is thus technically owned by the Kilimanjaro Corporation along with the underlying rights, any of his pieces that are not used in TLDV will be reverted back to him, along with the underlying rights, along with all of the original art included in the book so that he can profit from them.

With that, balance will be returned to the Force, and the saga of The Last Dangerous Visions will finally reach its conclusion, setting the stage for –

The Harlan and Susan Ellison Memorial Library


In accordance with their wishes, the aesthetic marvel that is Ellison Wonderland will be preserved in all its marvelousness and converted into the Harlan and Susan Ellison Memorial Library, a place where lovers of art, architecture and comics can come in small groups for tours, and academics can study decades of correspondence between Harlan and some of the most famous writers in and out of the SF genre, along with his original manuscripts and drafts. We are also working toward having the house declared a Cultural Landmark, possibly in association with a local university.

All royalties from the sales of The Last Dangerous Visions will go to the Trust to help ensure that the Library will continue for many, many years.

Support Clusters
$30 per month
Reward
Over the years, I have had the opportunity, and the joy, to know so many clusters that have grown up around the work I’ve done. There's the Babylon 5 cluster, the comics cluster, the animation cluster, the Sense8 cluster and others. This level is for the clusters that have stuck around through the years and brought in others to share that interest.

This tier is where we zero in on specific clusters, addressing their interests and concerns, and introducing one cluster from one medium to another cluster. And along the way, even more content exclusive to this tier will be provided.

In fact, for Sense8 fans, one of my very first posts here includes the research document I wrote (supposedly as an internal BPO memo) that gives the history of Sensates/Homo Sensorium, a document that was crucial to our stories and an understanding of the Sense8 universe.

Over time we will include scripts from other projects (comic scripts, animation scripts and the like) as well as development material used to sell and promote shows that is never seen outside the studios and networks (look books, sample art and the like).

In addition, this tier will provide Patrons with access to exclusive sections from books, scripts and other projects that are in the process of being written right now. See the process grow and take shape before your eyes.

And: patrons will be able to participate in polls to shape what’s being created, and make requests/suggestions for upcoming projects (provided that they do not involve individuals putting forth their own story ideas, for whom a permanent seat in the Phantom Zone is reserved.)


So in sum, in this tier you get:

Even MORE exclusive content on projects in the works and material from prior shows never seen before by anyone outside the production company.  This includes sections from scripts in the process of being written and/or produced for new projects, and scripts, and promotional material and other goodies from previously produced projects, such as the test Sense8 poster seen above.

Participation in polls and the ability to make requests/suggestions

The ability to sense emotions of people on the other side of the planet

And everything in the previous tiers

One of these is also not true
Includes Discord benefits
So You Want to Be a Writer
$100 per month
Reward
As mentioned in the introduction, in addition to building a strong foundation for Synthetic Worlds, I want to use this venue to pave the way for the next generation of dreamers, writers, actors, artists and directors in comics, TV, film, print and other media.

The number one peril facing so many new voices is the lack of accurate, useful information about how to write and sell their work, and so many waste months and years chasing bad information.  This is all about teaching new talents how to listen to their own voices, structure scenes, improve their craft and take the first tentative steps on the road to their own successful careers. This tier will allow me to address those issues and gives rising creators the tools they need to take their art to the next level.

So this tier includes the following benefits (in addition to all the cool stuff in the preceding tiers):

* Access to live-streams about writing and the artistic and commercial processes needed to build a career

* Access to live text chats where you can ask anything you want about writing

* Video tutorials about writing. In some of these, I will directly answer writing questions from the chats at greater length, personalizing it. (How often these get done will depend on work and production schedules.)

* Spring of 2021 is the slated publication date for my new book on writing. (What new book on writing, you ask? Well, this tier is where you'll find out more about it.) Patrons who come in at this level will receive a SIGNED copy of the book when it comes out.

* Finally, from time to time, as schedule permits, I will select individuals who I believe have promise, and give a critique of their work either in writing or in a video (with a signed release form for mutual safety).

So for an additional $50 you're getting access to vital information and lessons about writing that normally cost several times that on other online writing platforms.

Includes Discord benefits
Synthetic Worlds Official VIP Sponsors
$250 per month
Reward
A serious tier for serious people.  This level makes you as much a part of Synthetic Worlds as anyone other than myself and offers an unparalleled level of direct interaction.

This level includes everything from the prior tiers plus:

* Live question-and-answer sessions 

* In addition to my new book on writing, I have a new *novel* that is also slated to come out in Spring 2021 (it's going to be a busy Spring).  Patrons who come in at this level will not only receive a signed copy of the writing book, but a signed and PERSONALIZED copy of the novel.

* A direct phone conversation (This will be either monthly or bi-monthly, depending on schedules and how many of you grab this tier.)

* Sponsorship credit at the end of a work financed entirely or predominantly by Synthetic Worlds.  That's right, your name will be right there.

* And for those in Los Angeles (or who can come here on your own), once per quarter we will get together for coffee somewhere here in town.  We can talk about the studio, about writing, or anything else your heart desires.  (Obviously this would have to wait until after the current crisis has passed.)

In short, this is the God Level tier.

I haven't yet set a maximum limit on how many of these will be made available, but certainly if it starts to get unwieldy there will have to be a cut-off.
Includes Discord benefits