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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 06/24/2013

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.

UPGRADED: A Cyborg Anthology edited by Neil Clarke

What’s it about?

Upgraded is an original science fiction anthology for the cyborg age, by a cyborg.

Why it’s interesting: Upgraded is editor Neil Clarke’s first non-Clarkesworld-related anthology. The project came about following the “widow-maker” heart attack he suffered last year and the subsequent installation of a defibrillator in his chest. That day, he says, he became a cyborg. So, naturally he decided to assemble the “first cyborg-edited cyborg anthology.” He’s already lined up stories from Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Genevieve Valentine, and E. Lily Yu. The ebook is $10 and trade paperback is $25. Other rewards include Clarkesworld Magazine ebooks, acknowledgement as a cyborg in the book, signed trade paperbacks, and tuckerizations.

Support the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Science Fiction Authors

What’s it about?

Launch Pad is an education/public outreach effort, aimed primarily at writers, filmmakers, and other creative professionals.

Why it’s interesting: Launch Pad provides its attendees with a weeklong Astronomy 101-level course, which includes a visit and observations through the University of Wyoming’s 2.3-meter telescope. Their aim is to inspire and teach SF creators about our universe. In previous years, Launch Pad’s funding came through grants from NASA and the NSF. But because of funding cutbacks, they are asking for help to cover their costs and reduce the out-of-pocket expenses for their attendees. Rewards include ebooks, signed books, and web ads.


What’s it about?

Award-winning documentary project that is attempting to forge a comic book revolution, while recruiting new fans to save the great American art form!

Why it’s interesting: The short film Dig Comics has been honored as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival as well as more than a dozen other festivals. It won the best documentary prize at the San Diego Comic Con Independent Film Festival in 2009. Now filmmaker Miguel Cima is looking to turn Dig Comics into a feature film, which, he says, is just the first step in starting a revolution to help “America re-discover comic books as the unique, respected art form that it should be.” Rewards include digital downloads of video production reports, digital downloads and DVDs of the completed feature film, messenger bags, knit hats, and T-shirts.

Gigantic Worlds science flash fiction anthology

What’s it about?

Gigantic Books’ first title is an anthology of science flash fiction and art.

Why it’s interesting: The book will feature original work by such writers as Jonathan Lethem, Laird Barron, Ed Park, J. Robert Lennon, Lynne Tillman, and Matt Bell. According to the publisher, “Gigantic Worlds will be a beautiful art object that deserves a permanent place on your shelf or hard drive.” Both the e-book and print editions will feature color illustrations by such artists as Michael DeForge, Luisa Kazanas, and Panayiotis Terzis. They are currently open to submissions (Click here to see their guidelines.) The ebook is $10. The limited-edition print book is $25.

Time Traveled Tales: A Speculative Fiction Anthology

What’s it about?

A collection of short fiction about time travel, the future, and contact with strange and wonderful beings.

Why it’s interesting: The project began at the 2012 Origins Game Fair when the creators had science fiction and fantasy authors provide stories to a themed anthology that was then printed and made available at the convention. Now they’re making the anthology available to a wider audience and including illustrations by artist Matt Slay. Plus, a portion of every book sold will go to charities focused on improving literacy. The ebook is $5, and the trade paperback is $20. Other rewards include artwork, postcards, and hardcover editions.

ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone

What’s it about?

The first publicly accessible space telescope! Take amazing photos of space or have your photo displayed above the Earth.

Why it’s interesting: Planetary Resources is the company behind the private sector asteroid prospecting and mining initiative you may have heard about. ARKYD is a new project by the company, and it’s really cool. ARKYD will be a publicly accessible space telescope that anyone will be able to access and, potentially, control. For $25 you they will photograph a picture of your choice, shown on a screen on the outside of the scope, with Earth as the backdrop. How cool is that? Really cool! Other rewards include higher res pictures, family packs of pictures, donate scope time to scientists and students, and the ability to take a photograph of the celestial body of your choice. Awesome. If you really have some extra $$ lying around, you can even have them name an asteroid, discovered by ARKYD, after you. This is a really cool idea, but be aware the delivery date is August 2015.

The Leaning Girl Translated Graphic Novel Project

What’s it about?

Peeters & Schuiten’s International award-winning classic graphic novel, The Leaning Girl, translated into English for the first time.

Why it’s interesting: The Leaning Girl is the first novel in Peeters and Schuiten’s Obscure Cities series of alternate Earth graphic novels. It’s won many awards and now Steve Smith wants to bring it to English speaking audiences. For $30 you’ll get a trade edition of the book, while other rewards bring hardback versions and signed editions your way.

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

2 Comments on SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 06/24/2013

  1. harvster // June 25, 2013 at 7:43 am //


    Is there a way of getting these sent directly to my email address? I find it’s too easy to miss posts on Facebook.

    Thanks in advance,


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