SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 8/5/2014

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.

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Here’s the table of contents for the new issue of Apex Magazine, a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field, edited by Sigrid Ellis.
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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #152 – July 24, 2014
  2. Crossed Genres #20 – August 2014 – Time Travel
  3. Galaxy’s Edge #9 – July 2014

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-05

Interviews & Profiles

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Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s leftovers is a 3-D platform “jump and slice” game released by Black Pants Studio in 2012 . Tiny is the main character, a scrawny inventor whose best friend is his AI car radio. Tiny’s grandfather gave him a pair of very special underpants as his inheritance, but Big (Tiny’s nemesis) has stolen them and fled into the desert.

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Subterranean Press has has posted the table of contents for the Summer 2014 edition of Subterranean Online (the final issue):

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You can follow Rachel S. Cordasco on her bookish adventures at Bookishlywitty.blogspot.com and Bookriot.com. She is a huge fan of robot stories.

Robot Uprisings had been floating in my peripheral vision for a couple of months before I finally picked it up, but man am I glad that I did. Filled with androids and Roombas, service bots and “minids,” this eclectic and wide-ranging anthology offers us many possible worlds in which humans and their mechanical creations fight, love, outsmart, and kill one another. And if that doesn’t entice you, then allow me to name a few of the contributors: Hugh Howey, Cory Doctorow, Daniel H. Wilson, Nnedi Okorafor, Robin Wasserman, Ernest Cline.

That’s right. And with many of these stories originally written for the anthology, we have in Robot Uprisings fresh, often frightening, stories from some of the best scifi writers at work today. Thus we have stories about killer robots, rogue AIs, “ascended” AIs, and spider-like fuel-pipeline sentinels. In some stories, the robots/androids remain mostly offstage, having already thrown off their shackles, as it were, and attacked the human societies that produced them (“Lullaby,” “Eighty Miles an Hour,” “Executable,” “Human Intelligence,” “We Are All Misfit Toys,” “Small Things”). Others imagine how such an attack might begin (“Complex God,” “Seasoning”). And then there are those stories that offer a less threatening view of our mechanical friends, who might joke around with their sysadmins or even care for a baby (“Epoch,” “The Robot and the Baby”).
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Here’s our monthly roundup of some inexpensive science fiction, fantasy and horror Kindle eBooks for you to check out on your favorite reading device. All of these titles are priced under $4 at the time of writing this post. But prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks; discounts are often applied at other outlets, so check there.

  1. 999: New Stories Of Horror And Suspense by Al Sarrantonio (Editor) (HarperCollins e-books)
  2. Tank Girl – Armadillo and a Bushel of Other Stories by Alan C. Martin (Titan Books)
  3. The End of the Matter (Adventures of Pip & Flinx) by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)

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8-Bit Avengers, Assemble!

Is it harder to assemble when you only have 8 bits to work with? Find out in this old-school video game re-imagining of The Avengers!

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Books Received: August 4, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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In case you missed them, here are The Top 25 SF Signal Posts for July 2014 (excluding the daily link posts and free fiction posts):
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-04

Interviews & Profiles

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Short Film: Auroras

Auroras is described as “A very short story about love, separation, and having to say goodbye”.

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Here’s a book meme that focuses on book recommendations.

You know the drill: Copy the questions below and paste them into the comments with your answers. Answer as many or as little as you’d like.

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Attention, readers!

Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to go: Tom Paine Maru by L. Neil Smith!

About the book:

“Corporal Whitey O’Thraight may need to choose between his own survival and that of his home planet.

Whitey O’Thraight, the Ship’s Armorer on the first interstellar vessel launched by his home planet Vespucci, finds himself stranded on a strange planet with just one other survivor.

Captured by the local Baron, they are freed by a group of monks who are much more than they initially appear to be. Their new benefactors and friends have something special in mind for the two survivors, but going along with these plans might mean the destruction of Vespucci as they knew it.

Another breath-taking adventure by the author of the award-winning Pallas and The Probability Broach.

Readers may download this book for free or for a nominal price of their choice from August 2 – August 31. So grab it now!

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page.

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30 Years of William Gibson’s Neuromancer

I’ll have to confess that I read Neuromancer only a couple of years ago, and at the time, didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. It was a book about computers, written before computers were really a thing. The strange thing about William Gibson’s fantastic novel is it’s staying power and how it’s positively brimming with fresh ideas in a genre gone stale by the early 1980s. Going back to re-read Gibson’s works (especially in Burning Chrome), I’m shocked at how vibrant and raw his writing is.

Neuromancer is one of the more important books to enter the genre, and as it celebrates its third decade in print, it’s an interesting one to go back and look upon and to understand just how revolutionary the title was at the time.

Go read 30 Years of William Gibson’s Neuromancer over on Kirkus Reviews.

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-02

Interviews & Profiles

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for Evie Manieri’s upcoming novel Fortune’s Blight, the second book in The Shattered Kingdoms series.

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This is part of a series of Q&As with the authors of The Apex Book of World SF 3 edited by Lavie Tidhar.

The stories in The Apex Book of World SF 3 run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heard.


1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a Korean-Norwegian writer residing in Norway and writing in English as my second language, but the one I prefer to work in. I write short stories and novels, set in our world and the imaginary. So far, one of my novels have been published, The Empty City (Une Ville Vide, PublieMonde 2013), and one collection of short stories, Beneath the Liquid Skin (firthFORTH Books 2012). My short stories have been published in literary magazines such as Unstuck, Birkensnake, The Weird Fiction Review, and SmokeLong Quarterly, and more.
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Looking for some science fiction, fantasy and/or horror reads? Look no further than this monthly roundup of sf/f/h releases!

Which titles are you most looking forward to reading?

  1. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 08 by John Wager & Alan Grant (2000 AD)
  2. Return to Armageddon by Malcom Shaw & Jesus Redondo (2000 AD Graphic Novels)
  3. Judge Dredd: v. 23: The Complete Case Files by John Wagner & Mark Millar (2000 AD Graphic Novels)

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