SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 7/22/2014

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.

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Bob Garcai and Bob Weinberg sent along some excellent Virgil Finlay art for us to share with our readers. This art is featured in the soon-to-be-ending Kickstarter project for The Collectors Book of Virgil Finlay being published by American Fantasy Press.

Bob says:

Virgil Finlay (1914-1971) was born in Rochester, New York on July 23, 1914. Which means we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth this year. Why celebrate? Because Finlay was, without a doubt, the finest science fiction artist of the 20th century. He began illustrating for Weird Tales magazine in 1935, where he composed masterpieces for the pulp’s greatest writer, H.P. Lovecraft. Soon, he was working for all the great pulps – from Amazing Stories to Thrilling Wonder. He continued to illustrate SF magazines and books till his untimely death in 1971. Was he the best? Decide yourself with The Collectors Book of Virgil Finlay, available in November.

Here’s a preview of the book that is on it’s final days in Kickstarter!

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Hugo Award–nominated artist Julie Dillon is kickstarting a series of annual art books featuring exclusive new fantasy illustrations. It’s called Imagined Realms and it’ll knock your proverbial socks off.

Catch a peek at some of the awesome illustrations after the jump.
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10 Great Comics You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

by Jacques Nyemb

Let’s face it, when it comes to comic books it has been ingrained in us to believe that quality only comes from big publishing companies. With their massive advertising budgets and box office hits, we rarely notice the lovely gems just beyond our periphery. I myself publish all-ages independent comics (which you can learn more about on our site, or on our Kickstarter page), so this topic is near and dear to my heart. This means that today is your lucky day: I’m going to share with you some comics you might not even know exist, and hopefully get you to look at something you may not be aware of!
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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.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 6/24/2014

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.

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Welcome back to Roll Perception Plus Awareness, a column about roleplaying games and their place in a genre reader’s and writer’s world.

Recently, I got to talking with Role Playing game creator Ryan Macklin. He is the creator of Backstory Cards, a tabletop roleplaying game aid currently being funded on Kickstarter. Ryan was kind enough to answer some questions about him, and Backstory Cards.

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Tansy Rayner Roberts is the author of many award-winning fantasy novels and short stories including the recent Ink Black Magic. She is co-host of two podcasts: Galactic Suburbia and Verity! You can follow her on Twitter at @tansyrr or check out her crazy space opera retelling of The Three Musketeers on her blog. To support Tansy and her space musketeers via Patreon, visit http://www.patreon.com/musketeerspace.

Serials and Spaceships

by Tansy Rayner Roberts

I’ve always been a sucker for a serialised story. I only had to catch an episode of a soap opera on a sick day to be hopelessly following it for months or years afterwards. I stuck with comics I loved long after the creative team had moved on, just because I needed to know what happened to the characters next.

Then there’s the pre-20th century publishing tradition of the serialised novels, which has always fascinated me ever since I read about Jo March writing melodramatic serials for the newspapers she published with and for her sisters. (Little Women itself was published as a serial when it first came out for real.) We might not be able to read these as anything but entire novels now, but the idea of a story written on the fly, so to speak, is quite compelling even if it leads to structural oddities.
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 6/10/2014

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.

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Catherine Asaro is the author of more then twenty-five books, including thrillers, SF, and fantasy. Her novel The Quantum Rose and novella “The Spacetime Pool” both won the Nebula Award. Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the Readers Choice Award from Analog magazine and a three time recipient of the RT BOOKClub Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 (Pyr), the novel Carnelians (Baen/ Simon & Schuster), and the anthology of her short fiction titled Aurora in Four Voices, available from ISFiC Press. Her novel Undercity is due out from Baen in 2014. Catherine is an accomplished musician who also also teaches math, physics, and chemistry. Visit Catherine on her website, on Facebook and on Twitter as @Catherine_Asaro.

Kickstarting AURORA IN FOUR VOICES

by Catherine Asaro

It’s an exciting time to be an author. We have so many options: traditional publishing, self-publishing, hybrid publishing, ebooks. Now, Audible has made it easier for authors to create an audiobook. Audible’s ACX exchange connects authors with audiobook producers and narrators, and provides distribution for the finished audiobook through Audible.com.

I’ve been curious to see how doing an audiobook on my own would compare with my experiences in selling audiobooks to publishers for an advance. It is certainly more work to do it yourself, and most of us don’t have built-in distribution, production, and promotion available through traditional publishers. However, the royalties are significantly higher when you do it on your own and you have control over the process. After some thought, I decided to give it a try, specifically to create an audiobook of my Aurora in Four Voices anthology. The anthology is a collector’s edition published by ISFic Press to accompany my 2011 appearance as Guest of Honor at Windycon. It includes the Hugo and Nebula nominated novella “Aurora in Four Voices” as well as the Nebula-award winning story “The Spacetime Pool.”
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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.

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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.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 4/29/2014

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.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 4/14/2014

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.

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Kickstarter: SESSIONS by John Fleskes and Greg Preston

John Fleskes, president and publisher of Flesk Publications, teams up with renowned portrait photographer Greg Preston to produce a special book created on the showroom floor of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, held May 9-11th in Kansas City, Missouri. Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Portraits will feature the art, a brief bio, and a portrait created by Greg Preston of at least 50 of the creators behind today’s best contemporary fantastic art. This project is a singular opportunity that YOU can make happen, and as an added bonus you are invited to witness its creation.
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Apex Launches Operation Fourth Story

Now through April 17th, Apex is running a promotion they’re calling Operation Fourth Story. They’re offering yearly subscriptions at the discounted price of $17.95 and offering a free Apex eBook to anyone who subscribes (or renews) during this period. The goal is to get enough new subscriptions (around 250) to have the revenue to add a fourth original short story to each issue of Apex Magazine. If they reach the goal, they’ll be giving away one Kindle Paperwhite to one random supporter.

Press release follows…

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 4/1/2014

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.

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Aghast: A Journal of the Darkly Fantastic

Kraken Press editor-in-chief George Cotronis has announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new horror magazine.

Aghast – A Journal of the Darkly Fantastic is an illustrated bi-annual journal of horror and dark fantasy short fiction. It will be available online, as well as in print and digital formats Aghast will feature original short fiction and each short story will be accompanied by an illustration by artist George Cotronis.

The first issue will feature stories by Jonathan Maberry, Gemma Files, Jeff Strand, Tim Waggoner and Megan Arkenberg. AGHAST is still accepting stories for issue #1.

The campaign was 15% funded on it’s first day with most of it’s limited reward levels still available. All the rewards are super-cool, so check it out!

Video appears after the jump.

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John Richards was the co-creator/writer of the 2012 ABC1 sitcom Outland, about a gay science-fiction fan club (“Sensational writing, a great ensemble, and universal themes of love, loss, and friendship… a hit…” – The Weekend Australian. “Quite frankly, one of the best Australian series I’ve ever seen.” – Trespass Magazine). He also co-wrote the Eurovision-themed play Songs For Europe, was part of the Boxcutters and Splendid Chaps podcasts, and is a regular contributor to publications including DNA, Cult and Encore. His latest project is Night Terrace, an original sci-fi comedy audio series about two people lost in time and space, starring Jackie Woodburne (Neighbours).

SF Comedies on Radio and TV

by John Richards

There’s something about the fannish mind that lends itself to research. We like to collect the set, to see every episode, to discover all the hidden extras. We’ll read every book in the series, even if they’re increasingly terrible. I like to call this “The Piers Anthony Effect”.
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I’m a huge fan of the Jessie Shimmer series by Lucy A. Snyder, and frankly, I think it’s a series that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. So far, there are three books in the series: SPELLBENT (nominated for a 2010 Bram Stoker Award), SHOTGUN SORCERESS, and SWITCHBLADE GODDESS, and frankly, I want more! Well, because of Kickstarter (and Alliteration Ink), we may get more! DEVILS’ FIELD is the new book, and it’s only got about 30% more to go before meeting its goal, but it sure would be nice to exceed that goal. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to help continue a great series, and support an awesome author in the process!
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