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in 2007, fantasy rock god Neil Gaiman attended the first ever party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in China. During the convention, he asked one of the top officials: Why? After so many decades spent disapproving of science fiction and other speculative literature, why would China host such a convention now?

Well, the official responded, China had recently sent science research delegations to the most innovative companies in the world. To Apple. To Microsoft. To Google. And they’d found one common bond between all the people there creating the future.

One common bond.

They’d read science fiction as children, just like I did.

Now, I didn’t become a scientist. But I did become a science fiction writer. One who still loves science and wants to give back to the science community. So when I watched a friend of mine present at the Royal Society of Victoria’s Young Scientist Research Prize Ceremony last year, I got thinking.

Supporting Australian Science


The Royal Society of Victoria has been promoting science in Australia since 1854: inspiring the next generation’s scientists, promoting greater investment in science education, offering free public lectures, and bringing scientists across disciplines together to learn and discuss new discoveries. It's also run by a lovely group of people passionate about science.



And it turns out they love science fiction. Which makes sense: science and science fiction have always had a mutually symbiotic relationship. In the same century that the Royal Society was founded, Jules Verne imagined today’s nuclear submarine in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, while Star Trek not only shared the joy of space discovery and our shared humanity, it also predicted technology such as the smartphone and the tablet.

So in that same spirit, I’d like to ask you to join us in raising $4,000 for science and science fiction.



Science Fiction for Science

Here’s how you can support us - if you love science fiction (or you know a friend or family member who loves science fiction), just choose one of the cool rewards below.


Tier 1 - Cyber Level 1.0


Get an eBook copy (in Kindle, iBooks, Nook or PDF - whatever format you choose) of Division: A Collection of Science Fiction Fairytales and a digital test tube of eternal gratitude (1 mol/L).

DIVISION: A COLLECTION OF SCIENCE FICTION FAIRYTALES
A man awakens as a kamikaze soldier in the new War on Disease. A schoolgirl tries to escape her demons through virtual reality. A spaceship engineer mourns the loss of her daughter. Plunge into the cybernetic woods with Division in seven searing new fairytales for the digital generation.

"If you like sci fi or dystopian work, you will enjoy Division. All the stories have characters that you can sympathise with and situations that will ring true. Excellent job by Lee S. Hawke on this collection, and I'd love to see more." - Michael Nail at GIMMETHATBOOK.COM


Tier 2 - The Cyber Bundle 2.0


Get eBook copies (in Kindle, iBooks, Nook or PDF - whatever format you choose) of both Division: A Collection of Science Fiction Fairytales and Dissolution, and a digital beaker full of eternal gratitude (1 mol/L) .

DISSOLUTION - WHAT WOULD YOU SELL YOURSELF FOR?
Madeline knows. She's spent the last eighteen years impatiently waiting for her Auctioning so she can sell herself to MERCE Solutions Limited for a hundred thousand credits. But when the Auctioneer fails to call her and two suits show up at her doorstep, Madeline discovers there are far worse bargains to be made.

So when your loved ones are in danger, there's a bounty on your head, and your entire city might turn out to be a lie... what would you sell yourself for?

"An action-packed cyberpunk thriller in the vein of Phillip K. Dick." - Kisa Whipkey, REUTS Publications

"Lee S. Hawke paints a vivid and sometimes terrifying dystopian picture of corporations ruling a city (and for all we know, the world)... The writing is crisp, the pace is fast, tensions are high, the descriptions vivid, and the characters crawl under your skin fast. There are quite a few twists that keeps things interesting and I cried at the end of the book. This author just got moved to my auto-buy list." - Allison B, Amazon Reviewer


Tier 3 - The Tritanium Cyborg Bundle


Get a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of Division and an eBook copy of Dissolution (Kindle, iBooks, Nook or PDF - you choose), along with a digital test tube of eternal gratitude (2 mol/L).


Tier 4 - The Duranium Cyborg Bundle


Get a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of Dissolution Paperback and an eBook copy of Division (Kindle, iBooks, Nook or PDF - you choose), along with a digital test tube of eternal gratitude (2 mol/L).


Tier 5 - The Vibranium Cyborg Bundle


The best of both worlds! Get a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of both Division and Dissolution, along with their eBook copies (Kindle, iBooks, Nook or PDF - you choose) and a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (2 mol/L).


Tier 6 - The Andromeda Bundle (LIMITED!)


Love science fiction? Get a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of  both Division and Dissolution, along with the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Prize Pack.

ASIM is affectionately known as "Australia's pulpiest SF Magazine", and has been nominated for (and won) multiple awards. The ASIM Prize Pack is a collection of three prize-winning ASIM issues:
- ASIM #28, for 2009 Best Short Story The Dark and What it Said by Rick Kennett (edited by Zara Baxter);
- ASIM #42, for 2010 Best Artwork Cover Art by Lewis Morely; and
- ASIM #40, for Best Fantasy Short Story Once a Month, on a Sunday by Ian McHugh (edited by Simon Petrie).

Oh, and of course, a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (3 mol/L).


Tier 7 - The Giver Bundle


Looking to give back even more? Get the Giver Bundle and receive a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of both Division and Dissolution, while also donating two copies to  Bus of Books, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to closing the literacy gap and providing young people in rural and disadvantaged Australian communities with the resources and programs to read and succeed.

And, of course, you'll also get a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (5 mol/L)


Tier 8 - The Great Australian SF Pack (LIMITED!)


Do you (or a friend or family member) really, really love science fiction? Get:

- a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of both Division and Dissolution;
-  the first ever issue of top Australian speculative fiction magazine, Aurealis;
- the first ever issue of top Australian speculative fiction magazine, Orb Magazine; and
- one of the ASIM editorial team’s secret top 10 favourite issues of all time.

All accompanied by a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (5 mol/L).


Tier 10 - Join the Royal Society (LIMITED!)



Want to get actively involved in supporting science in Australia? Get a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of both Division and Dissolution and One Year’s Membership (subject to approval) of the Royal Society of Victoria, Victoria’s oldest learned society dedicated to supporting science education and outreach.

And, of course, a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (10 mol/L).


Sound good? Let's do it!

Pick any one (or several!) of the reward tiers above - we look forward to delivering you some great Australian science fiction for a good cause.


Tier 9 - The Martian Pack



Thank you, Andy Weir! Get a signed copy of The Martian (and choose your own personal message!), one of the ASIM editorial team's secret top ten favourite issues (and the list of the other nine for you to enjoy at your leisure) and a beautiful signed, glossy copy of Dissolution. All accompanied by a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (5 mol/L).

How The Funds Will Be Used


Here's where the funds will go:
- 50% of all proceeds will go straight to the Royal Society of Victoria and their science education and outreach programs.
- 27.8% will go toward the printing and purchasing costs of your rewards, supporting Australian Science Fiction publishing and magazines
- 12.7% will go toward funding my next book, a science fiction novella about the development of an android named Cinderella (and some of the accompanying ethical considerations).
- 9.5% will go toward campaign costs charged by Pozible and the online payment system.
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A$5 +Cyber Level 1.0I’ve gone all digital - give me an eBook copy of Division: A Collection of Science Fiction Fairytales and a digital test tube of eternal gratitude (1 mol/L).
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$10 +The Cyber Bundle 2.0I’ve gone all digital - give me eBook copies of both Division: A Collection of Science Fiction Fairytales and Dissolution, and a digital beaker full of eternal gratitude (1 mol/L).
18 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2016
A$15 +Tritanium Cyborg BundleSoak in that new book smell! Give me a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of Division and an eBook copy of Dissolution, along with a digital test tube of eternal gratitude (2 mol/L).
7 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$20 +Duranium Cyborg BundleSoak in that new book smell! Give me a beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copy of Dissolution Paperback and an eBook copy of Division, along with a digital test tube of eternal gratitude (2 mol/L).
4 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$35 +Vibranium Cyborg BundleThe best of both worlds! Give me beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copies of both Division and Dissolution, along with their eBook copies and a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (2 mol/L).
24 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$50 +All GoneThe Andromeda BundleLIMITED OFFER! I love science fiction. Give me beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copies of Division and Dissolution, plus the Prize Pack, a collection of three prize-winning Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issues: #28, for 2009 Best Short Story The Dark and What it Said by Rick Kennett; #42, for 2010 Best Artwork Cover Art by Lewis Morely; and #40, for Best Fantasy Short Story Once a Month, on a Sunday by Ian McHugh. And, of course, a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (3 mol/L).
8 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$70 +The Giver BundleI’m a Giver. Give me beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copies of both Division and Dissolution, and I also want to donate two copies to Bus of Books, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to closing the literacy gap and providing young people in rural and disadvantaged Australian communities with the resources and programs to read and succeed. And, of course, a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (5 mol/L).
7 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$85 +The Great Australian PackLIMITED OFFER! I really, really love science fiction. Give me beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copies of both Division and Dissolution, as well as the first ever issues of top Australian speculative fiction magazines, Aurealis Magazine and Orb Magazine, along with one of the ASIM editorial team’s secret top 10 favourite issues of all time. And, of course, a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (5 mol/L).
5 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$150 +All GoneThe Martian PackageI want something out of this world: a signed copy of bestselling novel The Martian by Andy Weir (along with a personal message chosen by me), one of the ASIM editorial team's secret top 10 favourite issues of all time, and a beautiful, signed glossy paperback of Dissolution. And, of course, a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (5 mol/L).
2 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$250 +All GoneJoin the Royal SocietyLIMITED OFFER! I want to support science in Australia. Give me beautiful, signed, gloss paperback copies of both Division and Dissolution and One Year’s Membership (subject to approval) of the Royal Society of Victoria, Victoria’s oldest learned society dedicated to supporting science education and outreach. And, of course, a digital beaker of eternal gratitude (10 mol/L).
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016