John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Oz Reimagined, The Mad Scientist’s Guide To World Domination, Epic: Legends Of Fantasy, Other Worlds Than These, Armored, Under The Moons Of Mars, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, Federations, The Improbable Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, Seeds Of Change, and The Way Of The Wizard. He is a six-time finalist for the Hugo Award and a five-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is the co-host of Wired’s The Geek’s Guide To The Galaxy podcast.
by John Joseph Adams
HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Kickstarters all started when a writer named Keffy R.M. Kehrli submitted a story called “HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!” to the magazine I edit, Lightspeed. It’s the story of a mad scientist-type looking for funding to–as the title suggests–build a robot army. I thought the story was really funny, and I really enjoyed the idea of telling a story using the components and restrictions of the Kickstarter pitch format to tell the story. So once I was done reading it, I immediately knew I was going to buy it, but then I also had another idea: to build a whole anthology around the idea, and, naturally, to fund the anthology via Kickstarter.
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