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.
What’s it about? Fund a bonus scene in Sharknado 2.
Why it’s interesting: The filmmakers promise that the scene will have “sharks, chainsaws, and chainsaws being used in the vicinity of sharks.” What more do you need? They’re asking for $50,000 “to give this scene the treatment it deserves.” Ten percent of the proceeds from the campaign will go to the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami, which works to save real sharks. The rewards are pretty cool. For $120 your scream will be recorded and used in the movie. For $5000 you get a walk-on role. Other rewards include advanced DVDs, photos, and T-shirts.
What’s it about? Watch two authors write a book in 30 days.
Why it’s interesting: Never thought writing was a spectator sport? Think again. Authors Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant plan to lift the veil on the entire writing process—recording every story meeting; collecting every email; publishing their rough edited and polished drafts as they’re written; and sharing their discussions about the book’s marketing plan, among other things. And they’ll do all this while taking “an idea from concept to finished book in just 30 days.”
What’s it about? 31 T-shirts, born out of the minds of dreamers, who never wanted to wear mindless logos on their chests or be walking billboards for the latest corporate brands.
Why it’s interesting: Each shirt has a unique and striking design that captures the spirit of the authors, which include Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell, Isaac Asimov, and Philip K. Dick. Who wouldn’t want a Kurt Vonnegut farting around T-shirt? Or a glow-in-the-dark tee of Marie Curie. Shirts start at $39 CAD.
What’s it about? The first in a trilogy of dystopian novels to be published by Silence in the Library.
Why it’s interesting: Rori Shay experienced every author’s nightmare. She was all set to release her novel, but just weeks before it was supposed to come out her publisher went belly up. The news “devastated” her, but within the same week Silence in the Library Publishing picked up Elected — and now they’ve launched this Kickstarter to back it. The story follows Aloy, who must lead a people while facing intrigue, assassination, and love, all while masquerading as a man. A digital copy of the book is $5, while the trade paperback (along with the ebook) is $20.
What’s it about? A digital card and board game of heroes and high-adventure set in the fairy-tale animal kingdom of Armello!
Why it’s interesting: Boardgames are a great way to have fun with friends, but as we get older, the time just isn’t there to get everyone together. Armello attempts to solve this problem by bringing a card/boardgame into the digital realm. It certainly looks terrific and IGN’s preview seemed to like it quite a bit. Entry is only $15 AUS (roughly $20 US) and will net you the basic game in digital form.
What’s it about? Geek Theater is a unique anthology of science fiction and fantasy plays written by today’s top authors and playwrights.
Why it’s interesting: Almost all anthologies are comprised of some form of short, or a bit longer, stories. This anthology shakes things up a bit by including SF/F plays, from stage plays to monologues, by SF/F authors and playwrights. If you’re interested, $10 will get you the ebook.
What’s it about? Save humankind by assembling space stations. Build, upgrade, fly, and fight with space junk on the edge of Earth’s orbit.
Why it’s interesting: Habitat is a real-time, physics-driven orbital strategy game where you build, fly, and fight with unique space stations you create out of space junk orbiting earth. Sounds really good to me and the game play video certainly makes this game look intriguing. For $20 you get the game, art book and wallpaper. The game will be available for PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox One (sorry PS4!). Definitely something I’m keeping an eye on.