SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 12/24/2013

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 CrowdFunding 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.


Athena’s Daughters: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy

What’s it about?

Athena’s Daughters is a collection of short speculative fiction by some of the industry’s best female authors.

Why it’s interesting: Athena’s Daughters was developed to provide a “platform by which our female authors, artists, graphic designers, and editors could showcase their incredible talents.” Everyone involved in the project—authors, artists, graphic designer, and editor—are women. Authors include Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Janine K. Spendlove, and Cynthia Ward. Artists are Autumn Frederickson, Betsy Waddell, and Kelli Neier. Retired astronaut Pam Melroy wrote the introduction. Jean Rabe is the editor. The ebook is only $5. Trade paperback is $20. Other rewards include prints, hair clips, and postcards.

The Legend of Sherlock Holmes

What’s it about?

A chic, handsome paperback featuring selected tales of Holmes after Moriarty. With 20 original pen & ink illustrations!

Why it’s interesting: Writer/editor Christine Neulieb and illustrator/graphic designer Amanda Thomas are out to “show that indie and DIY publishing projects can be gorgeous and treasurable!” With The Legend of Sherlock Holmes: Selected Tales of His Adventures After Moriarty, the duo plan to create a “meditative and tactile experience the way only printed books can.” The 300-page book will include 20 pen and ink illustrations, alongside such original Holmes tales as “The Final Problem,” “The Empty House” and “His Last Bow.” A PDF of the book is $15. A physical copy is $25.

Steampunk World: A multicultural steampunk fiction anthology

What’s it about?

A diverse steampunk anthology from your favorite award-winning authors.

Why it’s interesting: While steampunk is usually set in the U.S. or England, Steampunk World will showcase stories “from the point of view of the rest of the world.” Edited by Sarah Hans, the anthology features 19 authors, including Jay Lake, Nisi Shawl, Ken Liu, and Lucy A. Snyder. The cover artwork is by James Ng. The ebook is $10, while the trade paperback is $20.

Sleepwalkers – Feature Film

What’s it about?

Sleepwalkers is a feature-length urban fantasy love story set in a world where after you go to sleep, you wake up as someone else.

Why it’s interesting: The screenplay for Sleepwalkers won the Creative Concept Award at the 2011 Creative World Awards. The movie was shot this summer in New York City on a micro-budget. Now the filmmakers are looking to raise funds for an original score and color grading, among other things. An HD digital copy of the movie is $25.

Official Elite fiction release in audio and print format

What’s it about? A project to bring all the fiction written for the original Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter project into audiobook form.
Why it’s interesting: If you have any interest in the open “world” game Elite: Dangerous, then you’re probably interested in all the lore surrounding the game. As part of the original Kickstarter for the video game, one of the options gave authors the chance to write stories for the game which would become part of the official lore. This project aims to bring all that fiction to the audiobook world. Rewards include mugs, ebooks, music and, of course, the audio books themselves.

“All Your Base Are Belong To Us”

What’s it about? “All Your Base Are Belong To Us” takes place in a future world where the most precious commodity is the ability to gain mastery over other people’s minds and operate them as pawns. The title is a famous and grammatically incorrect English translation of a line from a Japanese video game and will play a factor in the plot.
Why it’s interesting: A neo-noir, SF mafia crime drama involving mind control? Sounds good to me! Low budget productions seem to be where the interesting SF action is these days, and I’m interested to see how much the guys here can do with a budget of only $10k. $25 nets you a digital copy of the film, with $30 getting you a physical DVD. Other rewards include credit in the film and other swag.