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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 05/11/2013

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.


Neverland’s Library Anthology

What’s it about?

Neverland’s Library is a fantasy anthology featuring both new and seasoned authors alike.

Why it’s interesting: Neverland’s Library is a joint project between fantasy review sites The Arched Doorway and A Daily Dose of R&R that aims to raise money for the charity First Book. The anthology, whose theme is “rediscovery,” will feature established and lesser-known authors. Some of those established authors include Mark Lawrence, William Meikle, R.S. Belcher, and Marie Brennan. Tad Williams will write the introduction. They’re currently taking submissions. Go to NeverlandsLibrary.com for guidelines. E-copies of the anthology start at $10 and physical copies start at $25.

David Gerrold’s THE STAR WOLF

What’s it about?

Multi-generational Star Trek alumni join forces to bring you the science fiction series you want… David Gerrold’s The Star Wolf!

Why it’s interesting: The Star Wolf is based on David Gerrold’s series of novels. Gerrold also wrote the Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles,” created the Sleestak race on Land of the Lost, and won both Hugo and Nebula awards for his novelette The Martian Child. Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana is also on board as a producer/writer. The Star Wolf is described as an “epic adventure of ordinary men and women caught in an extraordinary war against a race of superhuman creatures…the Morthans who have augmented their evolution, genetically transformed themselves into a breed of gigantic warriors, trained for aggression, ferocity, and hatred…and they have sworn to destroy humanity!” They’re asking for $650,000. So this project is going to need a big push to be successful. Let’s make it happen.

The H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project

What’s it about?

The H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project will erect a life-size tribute to the iconic author in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.

Why it’s interesting: After years of hard work, The H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project has finally secured a location for a life-size bronze tribute to Lovecraft. Now they’re looking to secure the funds needed to place the bust at the Providence Athenaeum Library as a gift of public work on August 22nd, 2013, when it’s set to be unveiled as part of Necronomicon Providence. The bust was sculpted by sculptor Bryan Moore.

Baby’s First Mythos

What’s it about?

Baby’s First Mythos is a children’s book by CJ Henderson and Erica Henderson that teaches the ABC’s and numbers using the Cthulhu mythos.

Why it’s interesting: If you’re a fan of the original Baby’s First Mythos (and possibly terrorizing your child), you will love this. The first edition came out in 2003, and this updated version has all new art and a new section of nursery rhymes. The new version has 60 pages, up from the original’s 26. A PDF of the book is $10. A hardback copy, plus the PDF, will run you $20.

TARDIS Eruditorum Volume 1: William Hartnell Second Edition

What’s it about?

An expansion and revision of the first book of TARDIS Eruditorum — an unauthorized critical history of the first years of Doctor Who.

Why it’s interesting: The TARDIS Eruditorum is a book series and blog focused on Doctor Who’s role in the “larger context of British history and culture.” So it’s for those erudite Whovians (which means pretty much all of them). In addition to new editing, typesetting, and cover art, the new Hartnell book will include several new essays. An e-book is $5. An unsigned print copy is $15. A signed copy is $25. Check out the blog at tardiseruditorum.blogspot.com.

Will You Bring “Nobility” to Life?

What’s it about?

“Nobility” is a new sci-fi dramedy dubbed, “The Office in Space”. Set 700 years in the future, it’s about the C.A.S. Nobility, Humanity’s most powerful starship with a crew that’s, well, anything but noble.

Why it’s interesting: If there’s one thing I miss about SF on TV these days, it’s a show set in space, with ships, aliens, shooty bits and other cool stuff. Since no seems to want to do it for TV, E.J. De la Pena is trying to do it himself, with his production company, as a web-based series. And really, any SF series with Claudia Christian in it gets my vote. This project still needs a lot of help to reach it’s alliteratively modest $45k goal. $25 will get you a copy of the DVD, the soundtrack download, and a film credit.

A Study in Emerald

What’s it about?

‘A Study in Emerald’ the board game takes as its inspiration the world conjured up by Neil Gaiman in the award winning short story. This is an alternative reality where fiction has become fact. The Old Ones have not only returned but have been ruling the earth for centuries. Opposition is rising, though, as humanity fights between itself to decide its future. Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty are but two figures caught in this struggle.

Why it’s interesting: Sherlock Holmes, Cthulhu and Neil Gaiman all wrapped up in a deck building game!? Where do I sign up? Or right, on Kickstarter. If you’ve read the short story (and if you haven’t, why are you still here reading this?) you know how awesome the setting is and, of course, Neil Gaiman. Since this game will not be going into general distribution, your only chance to get it is now, or take your chances after the drive is over and hope that Treefrog has some left over to sell. Fifty British pounds is what the game will cost, with no extra shipping to anywhere needed.

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 http://jamesaquilone.com

1 Comment on SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 05/11/2013

  1. Hey there, I’ve got one for your crowdfund roundup.

    Author Trent Zelazny’s doing a crowdfund now.

    http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/save-trent-s-teeth-save-his-life/55708

    Please, if you could help boost the signal on this, it’d be grand of you. Thanks so much!

    Best,

    Anne Zanoni

    P.S. He gave me permission to ask you on Twitter just now.

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