Unfettered II ARC
Unfettered II ARC
Artist: Todd Lockwood
Introduction: Terry Brooks
Type: Advance Reader Copy
Dust Jacket: Yes
Note: Only 200 printed and signed by Shawn Speakman
A portion of the proceeds are donated to Grim Oak Shield - a non-profit organization founded to help those in need and fight back against cancer.
Life can kick us when we are down.
In Shawn Speakman’s case, he is fighting back.
Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Speakman beat the disease as well as the massive medical debt he amassed from its treatment. He did this by publishing Unfettered, an anthology featuring short stories donated by some of the best science fiction and fantasy writers working today.
The fight will not stop there. In an effort to pay forward the aid he received—and to memorialize his mother who passed away from stomach cancer in early 2016—Speakman has again collaborated with celebrated genre authors to publish Unfettered II. All proceeds from the anthology will either help eliminate medical debt for other authors or be donated to cancer research hubs around the world.
Twenty original new tales comprise this amazing collection and, as the title suggests, the writers were again free to contribute whatever they wished.
Here is the line-up for Unfettered II:
- Foreword by Terry Brooks
- Brightwine in the Garden of Tsitsian Village by Bradley P. Beaulieu
- Day One by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files)
- Figures by Rachel Caine
- The Hedgewitch by Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia)
- The King's Dispatcher by David Farland (Runelords)
- The Gunnie by Charlaine Harris
- Bulletproof by Mark Lawrence (Gunlaw)
- The Raven by Erin Lindsey (Bloodbound)
- And Men Will Mine the Mountain for Our Souls by Seanan McGuire
- The Red-Rimmed Eyes of Tou Ma by Aidan Moher
- Castle Coeurlieu by Naomi Novik
- A Slow Kill by Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven)
- Aokigahara by John A. Pitts
- A Duel of Evils by Anthony Ryan (Raven's Shadow)
- The Thrill by Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive)
- Victim with a Capital V by Scott Sigler
- The Last Flowers of the Spring Witch by Shawn Speakman
- Little Wren and the Big Forest by Michael J. Sullivan
- Magic Beans by Django Wexler
- The Decoy by Janny Wurts (Wars of Light and Shadow)
- Todd Lockwood (Cover Artist)
- Don Maitz (Interior Illustrator)
With the help of New York Times bestselling authors as well as talented newcomers, Speakman has taken the platform Unfettered created to not only confront medical debt but to support the battle against one of our gravest illnesses. Unfettered II is a fantastic sequel anthology but it is more than that; it is proof that we are stronger together than we are apart.
After all, isn’t that what genre fiction is all about?