SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 08/05/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.


Gahan Wilson: BORN DEAD, STILL WEIRD

What’s it about?

Help get the documentary Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird an Oscar!

Why it’s interesting: Born Dead, Still Weird won Best Doc at Comic-Con in 2011. Now documentarian Steven-Charles Jaffe is looking to take home an Academy Award. But first he has to mount an official campaign to submit the documentary for consideration — and that costs money. Cash from the Kickstarter will go to screenings, advertising, a technical finish to the sound and picture, and final music and stock footage licensing. There are plenty of cool rewards, including 3-D cards of the movie poster and several of Gahan Wilson’s books.

Impossible Futures: An Anthology

What’s it about?

An anthology that “just may prove to be the post-steampunk manifesto.”

Why it’s interesting: Impossible Futures, edited by Judith K. Dial and Thomas A. Easton, contains stories about “the future that never was” — or, as the editors put it, “those ideas that made the old science fiction so much fun,” like personal jet packs, trans-dimensional travel, workable FTL travel, and living clothing. Contributors include Paul Di Filippo, Jack McDevitt, and Mike Resnick. The ebook costs $10; the paperback is $15.

Rocketmen the Webseries

What’s it about?

A deranged serial adventure following several blue collar workers who happen to be rocketmen.

Why it’s interesting: The Department of Municipal Rocketry was a WPA jobs program created by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Rocketmen were intended to combat the threats of tomorrow, but they never arrived. So for the past 70 years or so they’ve been killing time on rooftops, waiting for the emergency phone to ring. Until the day when it does ring. The series was created by Webster Crowell, who describes the series as a cross between Ghostbusters and Dr. Strangelove. Rewards include Rocketmen postcards, posters, and T-shirts.

CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: Steampunk vs. Aliens Anthology

What’s it about?

A science fiction and fantasy anthology from the editors of the DAW Books anthologies After Hours: Tales from the Ur-bar and The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity.

Why it’s interesting: The stories in this anthology deal with aliens encountering the “clockwork mechanisms and Victorian sensibilities of a full-blown steampunk civilization.” Edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier, it will contain about 14 stories by such authors as Bradley Beaulieu, Caitlin Kittredge, Gini Koch, Scott Lynch, Gail Z. Martin, and Seanan McGuire. The project will also help start a new small press called Zombies Need Brains LLC. The ebook is $15, and the mass market paperback is $20.

THE DARK

What’s it about?

A new, professional bimonthly ezine of dark, bizarre, and offbeat fiction.

Why it’s interesting: The Dark promises “a different kind of dark fiction… Not necessarily horror, per se, with blood and guts and serial killers, but fiction that is weird and offbeat; magic realism; the fantastic; dark science fiction (and not your ordinary ‘robots and aliens’ science fiction).” The zine will be edited by Jack Fisher, the former editor of the long-running print magazine Flesh & Blood. For $5 you get the ebooks of the first and second issues of The Dark, and for $25 you get a yearlong subscription.

World War Kaiju graphic novel

What’s it about?

World War Kaiju is the story of an alternate history, one in which the atom bomb was never created and the ultimate weapon of mass destruction is the Kaiju—fifty foot tall radioactive beasts spawned from the mysterious KAI-235 isotope.

Why it’s interesting: An alternate history comic where Kaiju are WMDs instead of atomic/nuclear weapons? Sign me up! The art looks terrific too. $10 nets you the comic in PDF form while $25 gets you the full color physical book and all of the digital stuff.