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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup for 07/08/2013

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.

COFFEE: Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic

What’s it about?

A collection of fantastical short stories about coffee (and tea!), short enough to read on your coffee break.

Why it’s interesting: Coffee: Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic will be the third book from UFO Publishing, the folks who brought you the anthologies Unidentified Funny Objects 1 and 2. Coffee will feature reprints of stories from Ken Liu and Cat Rambo, among others, and once the initial $1000 goal is reached, submissions will be open for original stories. For $10, you get ebook versions of the anthology. For $16, you get the trade paperback. Other rewards include signed editions and art prints.

Fantastic Fiction at KGB Fundraiser

What’s it about?

The Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series needs your help to continue running for another two years.

Why it’s interesting: Fantastic Fiction at KGB in New York City is a free reading series that began in the late 1990s. The monthly event, which is run by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, has featured such authors as Joe Hill, Kelly Link, Peter Straub, Catherynne M. Valente, Samuel R. Delany, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Joyce Carol Oates. Money raised will help the series to continue for at least another two years. Rewards include ebooks, signed print books, and posters.

Caravel Writing Workshop: An ocean of inspiration

What’s it about?

A writing workshop that takes place on the high seas.

Why it’s interesting: What’s better than honing the craft of writing? Doing it on a cruise. Caravel is a non-profit writing workshop that offers writers the “essential craft and business skills they need to produce high-quality books and short stories.” Instructors include David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta and Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl. The money raised will go to reducing the cost of the workshop for attendees. The cruise, which takes place from September 29 through October 5th, 2013, will travel from Vancouver to San Diego, with ports of call in Oregon, Los Angeles, and Avalon on Catalina Island. For more info, go here. Perks include ebooks, paperbacks, postcards, workshop audio, and short story critiques.

Mythic Delirium: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry

What’s it about?

The rebirth of a 15-year-old print poetry journal as a webzine dedicated to speculative poetry and weird fiction.

Why it’s interesting: Mike Allen, who recently published the fourth volume in his Clockwork Phoenix anthology series, is converting Mythic Delirium from a print poetry zine into a webzine that will also include fiction. The new version of Mythic Delirium will be published in e-book form every three months — in January, April, July, and October — and one story and two poems from each issue will be posted monthly on their new website, which launches this month. Rewards include ebooks of Mythic Delirium, subscriptions, back issues of the print zine, and critiques.

LIBRARY FOR ALL: a digital library for the developing world

What’s it about?

Unlocking knowledge to those living in poverty by providing access to ebooks and other digital content in low bandwidth communities.

Why it’s interesting: Library For All is a ‘the way Kickstarter was meant to be used’ project, where backers are pledging their support for a project, and not as a glorified pre-order system. With this project, backers are helping to bring books and other reading materials to the developing world through the use of mobile phone networks and low cost tablets. The pilot project will commence in Haiti this October. The physical rewards are things like coffee mugs, t-shirts, bookmarks, etc., but the real reward is knowing you helped bring a ton of information to those who don’t have direct access. And since Library For All has partnered with an established charity, not only is your pledge tax deductible (in the US), it may also qualify for matching fund from your employer. That’s a win-win-win right there.

The Origin Of Species, Charles Darwin — Evolutionary Edition

What’s it about?

A book for both Design & Darwin fans. A unique edition of the evolutionary changes made to one of the most important books ever written

Why it’s interesting: Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species is one of the most influential scientific texts ever written. It’s been printed and re-printed numerous times since it’s original publication date in Novermber of 1859. As you might imagine, each release saw changes to the text: additions, subtractions, refinements, etc. What started out as a design project has become this Evolutionary Edition, which highlights, in 420 pages, which shows all the changes made to the book over the last 154 years. For 7 British Pounds you get an ebook while 20 Pounds gets you a softcover.

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2 Comments on SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup for 07/08/2013

  1. OK: to repeat what I posted at almost exactly the same time this Crowd Funding post went live: WHAT FATES IMPOSE: . “An anthology of original speculative fiction stories about the complications of predicting the future.”

    As mentioned, they have reached $3,911 of their $5,000 goal with only six days to go, so they need your help more than the KGB, Library for All, Mythic Delirium and the Origin of Species fundraisers (who all exceeded their goals: congratulations!).

    Please mention them, and to those who read this: consider a contribution!

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