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Vital: The Future of Healthcare

A project in Redlands, CA by Ralph M. Ambrose

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The anthology that looks forward to explore what's coming next in medicine and health — and what it could mean for all of us.
Backers: 125
Average Pledge Per Backer: $33

Funded: $4,154 of $8,300
Dates: Oct 15th -> Nov 14th (31 days)
Project By: Ralph M. Ambrose
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Latest News

Final hours!

November 13th - via:
We only have until noon Pacific Standard Time - or 8pm GMT to make this happen. There's a lot happening out in the world today, but only a little more time for this project! Every little bit helps! RM  (Read More)

StarShipSofa Episode 612

November 13th - via:
Tony C. Smith talks up our anthology on the latest episode of StarShipSofa! Check out this great episode with an original story, "In Bocca," by P.G. Streeter.  Find Episode 612 in your favorite podcast app, or listen online with ACast. Spread the... (Read More)

Four "Laughter Is The Best Medicine" pledges from 50%

November 12th - via:
For $20, get the ebook plus Vital author, Alex Shvartsman's Funny Science Fiction anthology, and you will us hit 50% right now.   (Read More)

Crunch Time! Last 48 hours...

November 12th - via:
We're heading into the last 2 days of the campaign, and now is the time to back this project or upgrade your pledges if you want to see it happen! And we want to make a difference in the future of healthcare and health by exploring the issues faced... (Read More)

New Vital Author: Sally Wiener Grotta

November 11th - via:
Sally Wiener Grotta's "One Widow's Healing" was a winner of Jefferson Hospital's "2100: A Health Odyssey!" writing contest. Now we're able to add this great story to the anthology's lineup. We'll be looking for more stories like Sally's in our open... (Read More)

Great progress today! 4 signed copies to hit 4K

November 10th - via:
We're making great progress on today's goal of $4000! We surpassed the 100 backer level, and the 45% funding mark. We only need 4 more backers at the Paperback + Signed Bookplate level to meet our goal this afternoon/evening.  (Read More)

Get the politics out of science!

November 10th - via:
Imagining stories where science is not vilified and health policy decisions produce better outcomes for patients. Help us get to $4K today!  (Read More)

Let's make sure the future of healthcare isn't a dystopia!

November 9th - via:
Do what Annalee says, and back this project today!  (Read More)

1 signed paperback away from 40%

November 8th - via:
Just need one more backer at the Signed Bookplate + Paperback level to hit 40% funding.  Have you listened to this week's episode of PodCastle? Thanks to the editors for running an ad for our Kickstarter at the very beginning this week, and... (Read More)

New & Improved Rewards (w/ Autographs!)

November 6th - via:
We're in the last 7 days!  Now is the best time to upgrade your backer level, or to make your pledge if you've been holding out! I've added signed bookplate rewards - get your autographed copies! So, that's new rewards AND I've sweetened the deal on... (Read More)

World Fantasy in Los Angeles

November 4th - via:
Had a great time at World Fantasy in Los Angeles, and congratulations to all nominees and winners! Special congrats to Paulo Bacigalupi, one of our Vital Authors, and Tobias Buckell, winners of Best Collection for The Tangled Lands! Paolo Bacigalupi... (Read More)

Half-dozen paperbacks away from 30% funding!

October 31st - via:
We're getting close to today's goal of 30% funding! Just need a half-dozen paperback-level backers.  Please help us get there by sharing this project with your friends who may be concerned about the current state of healthcare, who love great... (Read More)

BoingBoing Article

October 30th - via:
A big thanks to Cory Doctorow for the write-up of Vital: The Future of Healthcare on BoingBoing! Today we broke through the 25% funding mark and then some. But we need your help to get to 30% by tomorrow. We can do it with less than 10 backers at the... (Read More)

World Fantasy Nominee - Aidan Doyle

October 29th - via:
We're coming up on the $2K funding mark today, and we need your help to get there! That's nearly 25% of our goal. We just a few backers at the level where you receive an exclusive signed "Rented Eyes," excerpt from Eric Schwitzgebel's... (Read More)

Inlandia Institute announcement

October 27th - via:
We're getting close to 20%, just need a couple more backers around the $20 mark. And in today's Press Enterprise newspaper, we can now share that Inlandia Institute has agreed to provide publishing support for the book. We still need to reach our... (Read More)

Looking for at least 3 backers today

October 26th - via:
We'll break the 20% funding line with three $20 backers. That's the Laughter Is The Best Medicine bundle, including Alex Shvartsman's Funny Science Fiction anthology.  Alex's new novel is now out as well, Eridani's Crown. And you can get a signed... (Read More)

4 paperbacks to reach 20%

October 25th - via:
We're aiming for the 20% mark today, and just need about 4 paperback-level backers to get there. Please help us hit today's goal!  (Read More)

Almost $1,500!

October 24th - via:
We just need need a couple backers at the $22 level to hit $1,500. This  includes an advanced copy of the Vital eBook, plus a paperback copy of friend of the project, C. Stuart Hardwick's "For All Mankind." Please share and help us hit the next goal... (Read More)

Almost at 15%

October 22nd - via:
We blew through the $1,000 mark this evening, and we're Just one paperback level backer away from 15%!  We need your help to cross that threshold tonight. Please pledge if you have not yet, and please share and recommend this project if you already... (Read More)


October 22nd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

50 FB Followers & YouTube video

October 19th - via:
We've hit 50 Facebook Followers! We need to hit 100 this weekend to meet our goal of 1,000 followers by the end of the this campaign. If you're on Facebook, please follow @vitalanthology and encourage others: (Read More)

7% & New bundle

October 18th - via:
Thanks so much for all who've supported so far - we need your help to make this happen! Joe Zieja is a professional voice actor who has voiced popular video game and anime chargers, and his Epic Failure SF series will be one of the voices on the... (Read More)

5% and New Rewards

October 17th - via:
We've hit the 5% mark with 15 backers! Thanks to all who have backed so far!  I've added new rewards at the $20 & $28 marks thanks to the generosity of Alex Shvartsman, one of our Vital authors. I'll be adding other rewards in the coming days as... (Read More)

First Mention

October 16th - via:
We just launch the project today, and very happy to see that the project is getting attention and shares. File 770 included a sizable mention in the daily update. Check out update #3: ... (Read More)

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