SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 2/5/2014

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.


Streets of Shadows – A Noir Urban Fantasy Fiction Anthology

What’s it about?

A new fiction anthology combining noir crime and urban fantasy.

Why it’s interesting: Streets of Shadows is a collection of urban fantasy crime noir stories that editors Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Dark Faith) promise will “push the boundaries of both genres.” Authors already on board include Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, and Brandon Massey. There will be an open submissions period after the Kickstarter campaign ends. The book is expected to be published in late summer 2014 by Alliteration Ink. Digital copies of the book are $10, the trade paperback is $20, and the limited-edition hardcover is $45.

Jamais Vu: Raising the Profile

What’s it about?

Help attract BIG name authors to Jamais Vu so the rest of the authors receive well deserved attention.

Why it’s interesting: Jamais Vu – The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar is a pro-paying market, but the new market is looking to land new and original stories from the bigger fish. And that takes money. As their Kickstarter campaign points out, “Professional pay rate starts at five cents per word, but better-known authors command three to six times that rate, sometimes even more.” Rewards include digital and physical copies of Jamais Vu.

Angels and Automatons: a shared-world steampunk anthology

What’s it about?

Angels and Automatons is a steampunk anthology that chronicles the rise and fiery destruction of a town on New Zealand’s West Coast.

Why it’s interesting: Angels and Automatons is a shared-world steampunk anthology set in the town of Angelston on New Zealand’s “rugged and remote” West Coast. The authors will collaborate on the creation of this shared world and their  stories interconnected. Authors include Jared Oliver Adams, Philippa (Pip) Ballantine, A.C. Buchanan, Matt Mikalatos, Trina Marie Phillips, Alex Shvartsman, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, and Deborah Walker. The ebook is $12 (NZD), while the paperback is $30 (NZD).

The Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat – New Year’s Eve Crystal Ball

What’s it about?

Help us build a 5-day writers retreat at The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado. December 30, 2014-January 3rd, 2015.

Why it’s interesting: Editor R.J. Cavender is assembling his second writers retreat at the “historic and haunted” birthplace of Stephen King’s The Shining, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. There will be daily critique groups and nightly dinners, as well as different packages tailored to meet any author’s needs. Registration includes all group discount perks, select editing packages, inclusion on any outings/trips over the weekend, and a guaranteed tour of the infamous Room 217.

The Superlative Light

What’s it about?

A photobook exploring one of the world’s most powerful lasers by Robert Shults in collaboration with science fiction author Rudy Rucker.

Why it’s interesting: The Superlative Light mixes fiction and non-fiction to tell the story of the Texas Petawatt, which produces the most powerful laser pulse in the world. The book has an original science fiction story, inspired by the photographs, from author and mathematician Rudy Rucker. There’s also a scientific introduction by Dr. Todd Ditmire, director of the Center for High Energy Density Science and chief developer of the Texas Petawatt. The Superlative Light, which will be published in the fall by Daylight Books, will be 96 pages long and feature 40 duotone images. A signed copy of the book is $50. Other rewards include silver gelatin prints of an image from the book, a DVD, and a 30-minute personal tour of the Texas Petawatt Laser facility.