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.


Uncanny Magazine Year One

What’s it about? A professional magazine of science fiction and fantasy literature.

Why it’s interesting: Former Apex editor Lynne M. Thomas and her husband, former Apex managing editor Michael Damian Thomas, are launching a new pro online SF/F magazine. Each bimonthly issue will contain four to six new short stories, two reprinted stories, two poems, two nonfiction essays, and two interviews. The first year’s contributors include Sofia Samatar, Charlie Jane Anders, Rachel Swirsky, Mary Robinette Kowal, Neil Gaiman, Scott Lynch, Catherynne M. Valente, and Ken Liu. The ebook of the first issue is $5, while a one year subscription is $25.


Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories

What’s it about? A short story collection by Alex Shvartsman.

Why it’s interesting: Alex Shvartsman has been publishing other people’s stories in his popular Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series. Now he’s publishing his own. Alex has had about 60 stories published in the past four years, in such places as Nature’s Futures, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy’s Edge, and Daily Science Fiction. The trade paperback of Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories will contain about 40 stories, while the ebook will have every one of Shvartsman’s stories that he has the rights to at the time of publication. Hugo-winning author Ken Liu has written the introduction to the collection. The ebook is $10, while the paperback (along with the ebook) is $20. Other rewards include book bundles, singed editions, and story critiques.


SQUARRIORS: Teeth & Nails

What’s it about? A 4-issue comic book series from Devil’s Due.

Why it’s interesting: Squarriors is described as “the epic saga of warring animals in a post-human world.” Do you need anything more than that? The series was written by Ash Maczko and illustrated by Ashley Witter. The artwork is gritty, dark, and realistic. If you ever wanted to see squirrels kicking butt, this is the book for you. Issue #1 is $10.


The Storyteller’s Thesaurus

What’s it about? The Storyteller’s Thesaurus is a resource for writers, designers, and wordsmiths of all stripes.

Why it’s interesting: Do you need a name for a weapon or a planet? The Storyteller’s Thesaurus can help you. The 500-page book gives you names of all kinds of things for your science fiction, fantasy and horror work, from weapons and armor to magical items and mystical creatures. There are also usage notes and writing tips. A digital copy of The Storyteller’s Thesaurus is $10, while a digital copy and print copy is $25.

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