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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 06/09/2013

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.


Flytrap: A Little ‘Zine With Teeth

What’s it about?

Flytrap is a little magazine of fantastic (and fantastical) fiction, poetry, and other things, edited by Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt.

Why it’s interesting: Flytrap went on hiatus five years ago, after the birth of Shaw and Pratt’s son. Now they’re jumping back into “the world of tiny magazine publishing,” and looking for help through Kickstarter. Between 2003 and 2008, 10 issues of Flytrap were published and included work by such writers as Elizabeth Bear, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jay Lake and Catherynne M. Valente. The revived Flytrap will be published twice a year primarily in digital formats (though Kickstarter contributors can get print editions), with the first issue set for spring 2014. For $10, you get a digital copy of the first issue. For $20, you get a digital and print copy. Other rewards include chapbooks, anthologies, and a “good bar chocolate.”

The Town at World’s End: Real World Climate Change Solutions

What’s it about?

A novel about a struggling town, based on real strategies for fighting climate change, by Luc Reid.

Why it’s interesting: The Town at World’s End is a novel that, as Reid says, will serve as a “blueprint for how communities can transform to combat climate change.” The story concerns a woman trying to come to terms with the death of her son as she attempts to transform a town to fight climate change. Reid plans to incorporate “wide and deep research into actual climate change solutions” into the story, and that’s where Kickstarter comes in. The money raised will be used so he can do more intensive research as well as get the book out to readers quickly. Ebooks of the novel are $10 and trade paperbacks are $25.

We’re putting a TARDIS into orbit – Really!

What’s it about?

A TARDIS launched into orbit.

Why it’s interesting: As a celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary this year, production company 3 Stags plans to launch a TARDIS (a 1-foot tall replica made of lightweight aluminum and with a working light at the top) into a low Earth orbit using a real rocket. Plus, a camera on board will take photos of the Earth. They’re looking for $33,000. For $15, your name will be entered into the TARDIS’s hard drive. A “Keep Calm and Orbit” T-shirt is $45. Other rewards include blueprints of the TARDIS and limited-edition posters.

Personal Look into the life of Jack Kirby The King Of Comics

What’s it about?

A book containing personal photographs, artwork and a never-before-seen play written by Jack Kirby.

Why it’s interesting: Jeremy Kirby, the grandson of Jack Kirby, is assembling a coffee-table-sized book that will offer a glimpse into the comic book king’s life. The book will contain never-before-seen personal photos, artwork, and a play written Kirby. For $50, you get the book, plus prints featuring Sky Masters and Starman Zero. Other rewards include T-shirts, signed comic books, and original Kirby artwork.

Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia

What’s it about?

The creators of the successful Kickstarter game, Viticulture, bring you a new dice worker placement game set in a dystopian future. Euphoria incorporates mechanical elements of Alien Frontiers, Tzolk’in, and The Resistance with thematic inspirations from dystopian fiction like The Hunger Games, Fahrenheit 451, Wool, and Brave New World.

Why it’s interesting: This game looks fantastic. The art style complements the unusual steampunk, post-apocalypse SF setting really well. The setting reminds a bit of Stephen Hunt’s Jackelian series. $50 may seem like a fairly steep price to pay for a boardgame, but look at all the wonderful bits you get for that amount (plus all the stretch goals), which is also a $20 reduction over MSRP. Reviews are trending positive on Board Game Geek so if this interests you at all, you still have time to pledge.

The Ministry Initiative – Steampunk Role-Playing & Fiction

What’s it about?

The Ministry Initiative has two parts. The first is an anthology of thrilling steampunk stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences called Ministry Protocol. The second is a brand-new steampunk role-playing game powered by Fate Core, called The Ministry Initiative.

Why it’s interesting: For this project, there are funding levels that allow you to pledge for either the anthology series only, the RPG only, or both, with lots of add-ons. If you’re a fan of Tee Morris and Pip Ballentine’s series, The Ministry of PEculiar Occurances, then $5 will get you an ebook of the anthology, which bridges the gap between novels 2 and 3. $10 will net you an e-copy of the RPG and $15 gets you both.

Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok – Norse Myth Song Cycle

What’s it about?

Viking-themed a cappella music telling stories of the Norse Gods, focusing on Odin, Loki, the murder of Baldur, and Snorri Sturlson.

Why it’s interesting: Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok is both an audio album and a play that re-tells stories from the Norse mythos via a cappella music. If that isn’t something unique, I’m not sure what is. For $10 you’ll receive a digital download of the album ($25 for both digital and physical CD), while $50 you’ll get the music and a DVD of the Balticon performance of the play.

Icarus Interstellar – Starship Congress 2013 Summit

What’s it about?

Starship Congress is the first-ever summit of the world’s interstellar space science organizations and advocates.

Why it’s interesting: One of the cool things about being both a SF fan and a space geek is not only do you get to dream about travel to the stars, you’ve already visited them, countless times in stories and movies. But what about visiting for real? That’s what this Starship Congress is about. Bringing people from all walks of live together, with the goal of reaching the nearest star by 2100 (how’s that for ambition?) The Congress is taking place in Dallas, TX in mid-August, 2013. The funds generated here are for marketing the event and documenting the proceedings. Various pledge levels get you lots of interesting swag, from stickers and lapel pins, to admission to the Congress. You can also score a copy of James and Gregory Benford’s self-published book, Starship Century. How cool would it be to know you helped mankind reach the stars?

Xia: Legends of a Drift System

What’s it about?

Xia is a 3-4 player sandbox style competitive space adventure. Each player starts as a lowly but hopeful captain of a small starship. Players fly their ships about the system, completing a variety of missions, exploring new sectors and battling other ships. Navigating hazardous environments, players choose to mine, salvage, or trade valuable cargo. Captains vie with each other for Titles, riches, and most importantly Fame.

Why it’s interesting: Holy !#$^$&*^ this game looks amazing. Just look at all the spaceship figures, pre-painted no less! Xia looks like a cross between a 4x strategy game and Merchants of Venus. I’m amazed at how good this game looks for a prototype. I’ve seen several glowing reviews from gamers with access to the prototype and I can say it’s stoked my interest. $75 is good for the base game and all stretch goals.

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4 Comments on SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 06/09/2013

  1. Interesting (in a highly ironic way) to see Luc Reid’s “The Town at World’s End: Real Climate Change Solutions” in the same post as “Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia”. Roughly speaking, it seems the latter has already given up, “so let’s make the best of the shitty cards we’ve been dealt”, while the former still tries to change things for the better.

    Oh well.

    Needless to say, I hope, I supported Luc Reid’s kickstarter (but make no mistake: my continuing thanks for bringing all these projects to my attention: I may not agree with all of them, but the single one I like makes up for all the ones that don’t appeal to me).

    Now I’d like to bring everyone’s attention to an IndieGoGo campaign (it seems these crowdfunding posts increasingly are focusing on Kickstarter only, while there’s also IndieGoGo and Peerbackers, to name a few) that supports a very worthwhile *real-life* cause: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/timbuktu-libraries-in-exile .

    To quote:

    In 2012, under threat from fundamentalist rebels, a team of archivists, librarians, and couriers evacuated an irreplaceable trove of manuscripts from Timbuktu at great personal risk. The manuscripts have been saved from immediate destruction, but the danger is not over. A massive archival effort is needed to protect this immense global heritage from loss.

    These people are heroes to me. Support them with a donation: I did!

  2. Jetse,

    If you see project that you think would be of interest, please feel free to send us the link! We get a lot of our entries this way.

  3. What about Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Young Blood crowdfunding?

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/young-blood–2

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