Welcome back to another Kickstarter Conversation! Today I am joined by Tyson Guttwein, better known as Bashar to his online friends,who is here today to talk to us about his short story Kickstarter: “Derelict.” Thank you for joining us today Bashar.
Hello Jim. Thank you for having me.
Let me start off by congratulating you on reaching your goal of $500. Could you give us a brief description of the story?
As a writer I can do many things with the written word but I’m not sure I ever had a good handle on “brief”. Nevertheless, I‘ll do my best!
Derelict is a science fiction adventure story set in the far future. The protagonist, a man by the name of Jason Conrad, is the navigator on a small starship hired to perform a deep space salvage operation on a derelict vessel. Unfortunately that term which gives the story its name turns out to be something of a misnomer as Jason and his crew realize after they’ve boarded that they’re not alone. Then Bad Things™ happen.
That’s the synopsis without divulging the outcome. As for what the story is about, it’s really about a man coming to grips with the choices he’s made in life and deciding whether or not they’re worth it. Events occur in the story that put life in focus for Jason and his fellow crewmates. Each experiences those events differently and will have their own response, voluntarily in some cases and compelled in others. We watch this unfold through Jason’s eyes.
I should also mention that with the generous support of one of my backers, we’re in line to be adding an additional story to this campaign. As one of my project rewards I offered to write a short story for someone who backs at the $300 level. Even though I have been waiting for more backers before formally implementing this reward tier, I did receive one such pledge. We’ve discussed some ideas and I think we’ve come up with a promising plot. I will reveal more on the project page once the details are hammered out but suffice to say it looks like Derelict will be a compilation work before this campaign is through.