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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 03/16/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects (Veronica Mars? Really??), 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.


What’s it about?

An anthology of speculative historical fiction revealing the voices of silenced dreamers.

Why it’s interesting: Long Hidden, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, will contain about 20 “stories from the margins of speculative history, each taking place between 1400 and the early 1900s and putting a speculative twist — an element of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or the unclassifiably strange — on real past events.” Nnedi Okorafor, Ken Liu, Aliette de Bodard, and Nisi Shawl are among the writers submitting stories. There will also be an open submissions period after the Kickstarter campaign. The ebook is $10. A trade paperback, along with other goodies, is $25. The campaign was fully funded in only seven days.

What’s it about?

An all-inclusive hobby convention showcasing and celebrating all hobbies, collections, and crafts.

Why it’s interesting: The con, which would take place in spring 2014 in Pasadena, California, is being organized by former King of the Nerds contestant Genevieve Pearson. Unlike most other hobby conventions, which are focused on a single type of hobby or craft, Hobby-Con will showcase a variety of hobbies. There will be exhibitions, classes, workshops, speakers, vendors, contests, and plenty of nerds. For $10, you get a single-day admission to the con.

What’s it about?

A new micro-conference on science, technology, communication and fiction, organized by the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Why it’s interesting: Write The Future will have talks and presentations on the “transformative power of science, technology, communication and speculative fiction — drawing parallels between these interconnecting disciplines and showcasing the power of the human imagination.” It takes place May 1st at the Royal Society in London. But even if you can’t get there, you can still help. Non-attendees who pledge £10 will get an ebook of the anthology Fables From the Fountain, featuring Neil Gaiman, among others. If you are in town, £25 will get you a ticket to the event, plus the anthology.

What’s it about?

The sequel to The Monster Alphabet, teaching kids to count through the power of monsters.

Why it’s interesting: Kids might not like numbers, but they sure love monsters. The Monster Numbers is a 10-page board book that combines legendary monsters with the numbers 1 through 10. It was written by Darren J. Gendron and illustrated by Obsidian Abnormal, the creative team behind the Hello With Cheese webcomic. For $5 you get a PDF of the book. For $12, you get a physical copy of the book. A set of flashcards is also available.

What’s it about?

A vicious dragon is out there… Assemble your party at the tavern… Slay the dragon! Grab the treasure! Dungeon Roll is a light and quick press-your-luck dice game with many important and interesting decisions.

Why it’s interesting: As my friends and I have discussed while playing various PnP RPGs, sometimes there’s just no substitute for rolling a ton of dice. Dungeon Roll is all about rolling dice and knowing when to stop. If you’ve played Zombie Dice, or something like it, you have a feel for what the game is like. Otherwise, take a look at the video. $15 for one copy of the game, plus all the stretch goals, is a steal. I (JP) liked the game so much, I bought the company pledged!

What’s it about?

After visiting a landmark tree rumored to be a gateway to hell, a group of friends hold a small house party where, without explanation, they realize they mentally can’t bring themselves to leave. Shortly after this revelation, torment and slaughter begins at the hands of a supernatural killer with a warped, sadistic sense of humor.

Why it’s interesting: By now you’ve probably heard about the success of the Veronica Mars feature film Kickstarter (if not, there’s this thing called the Internet. I hear it’s going to be big…) Here’s your chance to back a group of independent, but they do have industry experience, filmmakers in their effort to create a low budget horror film. $9 for an HD copy of the film seems more than reasonable.

What’s it about?

Strange Bedfellows — as in ‘politics makes strange bedfellows’ — will seek short fiction from the best writers in the field: writers who are passionate about the importance of ideology and political action as a source of solutions as well as problems.

Why it’s interesting: If political SF is your thing, then Strange Bedfellows should be right your alley. Your help is needed to allow editor Hayden Trenholm increase the rate paid to authors to 5 cents a word, which is the pro rate. $10 Canadian will get you the ebook.

What’s it about?

Runners is a fun sci-fi action comedy about a crew of alien smugglers led by reluctant captain Roka Nostaco and his acerbic co-pilot Ril Mar. They’re joined by two pirates, six-eyed sharpshooter and wisecracker Cember Koji and former mob enforcer Bennesaud. There’s also a humanoid named Bocce, who has a weird, shape-shifting arm, and a blue-skinned alien girl named Sky, who has some mysterious abilities of her own. The series follows their exploits as they struggle to complete hazardous intergalactic runs while constantly hounded by pirates, bounty hunters, police, and the occasional conscience.

Why it’s interesting: If you’re looking for a terrific science fiction story in graphic novel form, look no further than Runners Creator Sean Wang is packaging up his long running web comic into novel form and he has lots of goodies to entice you to help. $14 nets you both books in PDF form and there are a ton of other levels to choose from. I’ve been reading the online comic and have really enjoyed it.

What’s it about?

5 Cons – A Fandom Documentary Series will look at the world of fandom as it is today through the experience of 5 conventions across the US and in Britain, plus how we interact with fans at home through the internet, local clubs, and more.

Why it’s interesting: A documentary focusing on SF/F fandom in 2013, brought you by the people behind The Drink Tank and Journey Planet. They’ll be visiting Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition, ConQuest, Westercon, LoneStar Con and the World Fantasy Convention held in Brighton, UK. If you’re curious about fandom, $25 is a cheap way to experience a con. If you’re going to any of these cons, maybe you’ll see yourself in the final films!

What’s it about?

Citizen of the Galaxy will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition, which is the complete and definitive 46 volume collector’s set of all of Heinlein’s works. This project is approved by the copyright owner, the Heinlein Prize Trust and will be produced with the support of the Virginia Edition Publishing Company.

Why it’s interesting: It’s Heinlein as a graphic novel, in a handsomely bound hardcover ($20). For only $10 you get a digital copy of the book. If this project is successful, there will be more Heinlein novels released as graphic novels in the future.

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