The Paradox Paradox

By Daniel Hardcastle

A bit Star Trek, a bit Doctor Who, and a bit fucked up.

Fiction | Sci-fi & Fantasy
642% funded
2468 supporters
Writing in progress

Publication date: TBC

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eBook

Want the book but also don't think that we'll have any trees left in a few years? This is the tier for you!

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Audiobook

Look, we're all getting old. This is the tier for those that don't even know if they'll have eyesight by the time I'm done writing. Read by me again, or Wil Wheaton if he's available.

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Digital Bundle

The tier for people who want to look at the book, but can't be bothered to read it themselves.

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Hardback

The book, in proper paper form. Sure, you can't zoom, and the search feature is manual, but it's also far less likely to crash or run out of battery, and about as equally waterproof.

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Signed Snuggle Edition

Celebrate your friendship with someone with 2 signed books for the price of 1.66666667 books. Cuddle up, feel the warmth of another human and read a book that will make you question your own existence.

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$65  + shipping
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Trading Cards Edition

The Affinity is made up of eight seriously weird and occasionally wonderful species from all corners of our little galaxy. With this edition you'll get eight high-quality trading cards, one for each of them, with gorgeous art and some facts and figures. Perfect for displaying, using as bookmarks for eight people, or just gazing at blissfully.

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$65  + shipping
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Art Print Edition

With Rebecca returning to do a small handful of images for this book, it would simply be illegal to not offer some of them as art prints. The focus of these images will likely be the technology of the era, so if your walls need some future-tech, then this is the tier for you!

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  • 2 A3 Art Prints
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$65  + shipping
55 pledges

Pin Badges Edition

Every good sci-fi utopia needs rank badges, and The Paradox Paradox is no exception. With this tier, you'll get four badges that will be modelled after their book counterparts! Perfect for decorating bags, cosplaying, or plugging up tiny holes in a sinking submarine.

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Poster Edition

This will be a ruddy great poster of the final cover of the book, or a slight variation of it exclusive to the poster. Did I mention that we’re aiming to use a model and have a proper photoshoot for this? No? Well, now I have.

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Half a Collector's Edition (Arty)

Bare walls? Empty frames? Need something to mask the entrance to your escape tunnel? Then this is the tier for you! Features both the art prints and the poster! The future is now! Wow!

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  • 2 A3 Art Prints
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The Other Half a Collector's Edition (Not Arty)

Do you hate art? Did a painting kill your baby? Well with this tier, you get the trading cards and the pin badges! Fuck art! Fuck it to hell!

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  • 8 Trading Cards
  • 4 Pin Badges
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$130  + shipping
135 pledges

Personalised Edition (200 Limit)

Just my signature not good enough for you? You want more?! How about I write your actual name, fling some silly bullshit that I make up on the spot onto the page and top it all of with a Rebecca doodle? Is that what you want? HUH?!

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  • Personalised Signed First Edition Hardback with your name, a message and a Rebecca doodle
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$390  + shipping
23 pledges

A Hardcastle Original (Limit 50)

That's right, I'm getting my Bob Ross on. If you back this tier, you shall receive a hand painted artwork by yours truly. After the campaign, I'll email asking what you'd like me to paint for you, and then I shall paint it. (Full disclosure, I've never actually painted anything in my life.) Oh, and we'll throw a Collector's Edition in for good measure.

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  • An original artwork by someone who hasn't used a paintbrush since he picked my nose with one in primary school
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • 8 Trading Cards
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$390  + shipping
19 pledges

Front of the Book Edition (Limit 32)

Congratulations Class of 2597! Send us in a headshot (a picture, not a kill) and we'll print it at the very front of the book alongside your name in the style of a yearbook! Dress as sci-fi as you like for the photo, but just remember one thing... I'll be supplying the quotes for you all. Mwahahahahaha. Oh, and the collector's edition too, I guess.

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  • Your face in the very front of the book
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$3,225  + shipping

I will fuck up your timeline (Limit 1)

Have a beloved childhood memory or special day that you'll always cherish? Well, sorry but a temporal whatchamacallit has just been detected exactly there, and my team needs to bumble the fuck right into it. For this tier you'll tell me all about a special day of yours (no historical events, this is all about you), who was there, what you were up to etc etc. I'll go away with all that information and when the book is released, you'll find a chapter where my characters invade your new year's party/birth of first child/time you lost your virginity etc etc. It'll be silly, fun and I'll try to not kill off your Auntie Madge. No promises though. You'll get a collector's edition too! How nice!

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  • My time travellers will pay you a visit in a chapter in the book
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I Will Quit YouTube (Limit 1)

Fuck it, worth a shot isn't it?

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Redshirt Tier (Limit 5)

In this tier, not only will you be a character in the book, but you will die pretty much immediately. A horrific, gory death as the ship you're on explodes in various ways. You will be named, given a role on the ship, and killed before you can even say "aye captain." You might utter some words, but most likely will just gargle as something melts your skin off. Collector's edition too! Enjoy it before... you know.

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  • You will die in the book. Horribly.
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • 8 Trading Cards
  • 2 A3 Art Prints
  • 4 Pin Badges
  • Poster
  • Signed First Edition Hardback
  • eBook
  • Audiobook
  • Your name in the back of the book

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We keep the campaign open and accept orders right up until we need to close the supporter list and set the print run. We can't say for sure how long this will be yet as Daniel is currently writing the novel, but we'll give notice before we close things off.

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Right, that's the first book out of the way. Yes, I’m now a Sunday Times Best Selling Author, but it’s time to stop giggling about that and ask a very, very important question.

What's next?

Sure, I could focus on another one of my hobbies (Fuck Yeah, Philately anyone?), but now my foot is in the door, I need to remember why I wanted to get into this room in the first place. I need something... fiction-y, a story, some sort of... damn, the word escapes me for now but rest assured, this is a novel idea.

So, introducing my next book: The Paradox Paradox

The Paradox Paradox is a dark sci-fi comedy set hundreds of years in the future. Also, a fair few times in the past. Oh, and a little bit right now... did I mention that it's about time travel yet? You got that from the title? Ok, just checking.

In 500 or so years the galaxy is at peace. Eight species – one of them human, the rest very much not – have spent centuries working, living and learning together, creating a galaxy-wide utopia known as The Affinity. Poverty has been eradicated, violence is virtually non-existent, and nobody even takes the last biscuit anymore. Not even if it’s a hobnob.

We join this universe as The Affinity launch their greatest project yet. A time machine, created to explore, experience and preserve the history of the eight races. Kez, our hero, is tasked with leading these delicate expeditions to Earth’s past, where one wrong move could wipe out the entire human race. It’s a tough job, but Kez is unmatched in intelligence, experience and achievements. She’s the right woman for this job.

With so much at stake, it's a real pity that Kez cheated on her exams, lied about everything she’s ever done and is about as trustworthy as a sign in a spider’s web that reads, “flies welcome”. She would totally take the last biscuit, hobnob or not.

Long story short, we’re all doomed.

A bit Star Trek, a bit Doctor Who and a bit fucked up, The Paradox Paradox is the sci-fi story I’ve always wanted to tell. My words will once again be brought to life by a light peppering of illustrations from my partner-in-everything, Rebecca Maughan, and we’ll have lots of silly backer tiers for you to regret buying at a later date.

The story is locked and I’m now writing it as fast as I can. Well, I’m binge-watching Bob’s Burgers, but after that I’ll be all over it! Estimated release will be sometime in 2021 and it’ll probably be worth the wait!

Enough words! Go grease the wheels of capitalism!

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    Daniel Hardcastle

    Daniel Hardcastle, Author
    - A big fuckin’ nerd.
    - Grew up on the (Sesame) street.
    - Has made over 4,000 YouTube videos.
    - Can get through ‘Scott’s Tots’ without cringing to death.
    - Sunday Times bestselling Author of Fuck Yeah Video Games

    Rebecca Maughan, Illustrator
    - Vegan.
    - Has degrees and shit.
    - Has made over 4,000 dogs happy.
    - Won on a claw machine the other day.
    - Sunday Times bestselling illustrator of Fuck Yeah Video Games

  • The Paradox Paradox – Prologue

    Austin Lang was about to kill himself. Nothing fancy, just a bullet through the head, imploding the skull and making the opposite wall look like someone had lobbed a bowl of bolognese at it. A quick death. Painless, apparently – not that anybody really had any experience in that regard, but it was too late to pick something else. This was the only way he could save the world.

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    Will there be another book tour?

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    Hi Harrison, We very much hope so! Team Unbound

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    Roughly how long will we be able to back?

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    Hi Lee, We keep the campaign open and accept orders right up until we need to close the supporter list and set the print run. We can't say for sure how long this will be yet as Daniel is currently writing the novel, but we'll give notice before we close things off. I hope this helps. Unbound Support

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    How long will the ability to pledge be up for?

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    Hi Nathan, We keep the campaign open and accept orders right up until we need to close the supporter list and set the print run. We can't say for sure how long this will be yet as Daniel is currently writing the novel, but we'll give notice before we close things off. I hope this helps. Unbound Support

    Bjorn van Rijszen
    Bjorn van Rijszen asked:

    So, cheeky question: Should I be able to go to the book tour for this book (curse you Brexit, and your uncertainty vis-à-vis visa-free travel*!), will I be able to bring the book I backed here, or am I "forced" to buy a second copy to have it signed (again)? Yes, I know. A very mean question. And not one I expect a very serious answer on! * This sentence was very accidental, but I'm liking the word play so much that, if anybody were to ask me, I'd claim this excellent wordcraftery was very intentional.

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    Colette Horsburgh
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    How long will this campaign run?

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    Hi Colette, We keep the campaign open and accept orders right up until we need to close the supporter list and set the print run. We can't say for sure how long this will be yet as Daniel is currently writing the novel, but we'll give notice before we close things off. I hope this helps. Unbound Support

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    If I upgrade do I still receive the benefits of the previous teir? Example: pledging for the personalised edition then upgrading to the front of book. Do I no longer receive the personalised edition?

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    Hi Will, This should answer your question: http://help.unbound.com/en/articles/2029048-when-i-upgrade-does-the-new-level-include-the-rewards-from-my-previous-level. We can't group levels together we're afraid so we go with the level that you've upgraded to. Best wishes, Unbound Support

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    How Long till i can't put my Support in to this project?

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    Hi Kanako, We keep the campaign open and accept orders right up until we need to close the supporter list and set the print run. We can't say for sure how long this will be yet as Daniel is currently writing the novel, but we'll give notice before we close things off. I hope this helps. Unbound Support

    Aiden Pattinson
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    Just out of curiosity do you have an estimated release date?

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    Hi Aiden, As Daniel is currently writing the novel, we can't yet say for sure when the book will be published, but we'll keep supporters updated when the book moves on in the production processes. I hope this helps. Unbound Support