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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/12/2012

[Crowdfunding 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 will be a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.]

Beyond The Sun -Science Fiction Anthology

What’s it about?

A scifi anthology of twenty stories by authors new and established about space colonists interacting with alien planets and peoples.

Why it’s interesting: An anthology dedicated to space colonization sounds pretty good to me. For only $10, you get an ebook and for $18 you get the paperback. With only 4 days left, there’s not much time left to reach the goal so pledge if you’re interested! Full disclosure: Bryan Thomas Schmidt has been known to blog for SF Signal.


What’s it about?

Blackspace is a defensive action / strategy game that takes place in the not too distant future, when asteroid mining has become common. Piloting a mining craft around a unique series of asteroids, you will be establishing mining operations while defending yourself from incoming enemies who loot and destroy.

Why it’s interesting: I don’t always play RTS games, but when I do, I usually turtle so an RTS based around defense intrigues me. Add in the impressive visuals and you have an interesting looking game indeed and $20 gets you a copy of the game.

Unsounded Comic Volume 1

What’s it about?

Unsounded stars Sette Frummagem, a streetwise young pickpocket eager to please her dad, the local King of Thieves. One day her dad sends her across the continent to earn her stripes with no one to protect her but a mysterious man named Duane Adelier who… happens to be undead. Sette and Duane don’t often see eye to eye but there is a lot that they stand to learn from each other… if they aren’t first destroyed once and for all by monsters, kidnappers, military police, or magic spells gone awry.

Why it’s interesting: I really like the art style of Unsounded but I haven’t really read any of the comic, though I’ve added it to my online comics feed now. $5 is an inexpensive way to support the artist and get a copy of the first three chapters of the story.

OreZom Trails

What’s it about?

Scavenge what you need to survive as you road-trip across a zombie-infested 1980’s America on a journey to save the world!

Why it’s interesting: Zombie-infested 1980’s America on your iPhone. What’s not to like about that? The art style is appealing and $5 gets you a copy of the game. Sold!

3024AD: Short Stories Series I

What’s it about?

My name is Dean Smith-Richard and I am excited to share my project with you. It is a different kind of science fiction- I hesitate to say unique- where much of the emphasis is on science and realism. What if fights that took place on a spaceship were actually in zero gravity? What about inertia in space battles? What effect would planetary colonization have on governments, on corporations, on trade? These questions are addressed via character driven narrative. The first series of short stories follows the exploits of Digger, a thief with a hidden past. However, it doesn’t stop there- people and places overlap, characters that appear in the background of one story have their story told.

Why it’s interesting: I can think of a few interconnected short story series, (Known Space, Cordwainer Smith’s stories) but not many. This setting sounds intriguing, the stories are done and $5 gets you an ebook.

Tom Piccirilli – Fundraiser

What’s it about?

A fundraiser to help writer Tom Piccirilli as he battles brain cancer.

Why it’s interesting: Piccirilli has published more than 20 novels, including The Last Kind Words, Shadow Season and Clown in the Moonlight. He’s a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. He recently underwent surgery to have a brain tumor removed. This Indiegogo campaign was started to help Tom pay some of his bills while he undergoes treatment. In 10 days more than $20,000 has been raised, but every little bit counts.


What’s it about?

LUST is a prose book, a comic book and an art book exploring the interplay of virtue and vice. The limited-edition 9-by-12-inch, two-sided 48-page hardcover book was written by Steve Niles with art on one-half by menton3 and art on the other half by Ben Templesmith.

Why it’s interesting: LUST reunites Niles and Templesmith for the first time since their work on 30 Days of Night, and the results look amazing. The artwork by Templesmith and menton3 is killer. Looks like a must-have for horror fans. The hardcover book is $28.

Thrilling Adventure Hour: The Graphic Novel…and Beyond!

What’s it about?

he star-studded stage show and Nerdist podcast The Thrilling Adventure Hour brings you a new graphic novel… and more!

Why it’s interesting: The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a stage play in the style of old-time radio that’s performed live every month in Hollywood. (You can hear episodes at the Nerdist.) Guest stars have included Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Patton Oswalt. Now the gang is looking to publish an original graphic novel with the same characters and worlds. If the comic is anything like the show, it should be awesome. Stretch goals include a motion comic, scripted webseries and concert film. For $25, you get a hardcover copy of the graphic novel.

Cthulhu Haiku & Other Mythos Madness – Poems & Stories

What’s it about?

A book of Lovecraft-inspired poetry and short fiction in celebration of Halloween.

Why it’s interesting: What says All Hallow’s Eve more than Cthulhu and Haiku? It even rhymes! For just $2 you get the ebook, and for $15 you get the print book.

Sci-Fi Tiles: Blade Runner & Star Wars Plastic Decor Tiles

What’s it about?

Vacuum-formed plastic decorative tiles inspired by design elements from Blade Runner and Star Wars.

Why it’s interesting: If you’ve ever wanted to live in the Death Star or Rick Deckard’s apartment from Blade Runner, these tiles are for you. They can be used to decorate your home or a film set, in dioramas or as molds. One tile will run you $22. For $88, you get a dozen.

About James Aquilone (115 Articles)
James Aquilone is an editor and writer, mostly of the speculative ilk, from Staten Island, New York. His fiction has appeared in Nature’s Futures, Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, and Weird Tales Magazine, among many other publications. His nonfiction has appeared in SF Signal, Den of Geek, Shock Totem, and Hellnotes. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. Visit him at
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