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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 07/22/2013

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.

Daily Science Fiction Fall 2013

What’s it about?

Fund Daily Science Fiction for six months.

Why it’s interesting: In just three years Daily Science Fiction has become one of the top online publishers of speculative fiction. They deliver stories via email and their website every weekday — and they don’t charge a dime. Still, they manage to pay their authors pro rates, “and them some.” Those authors include Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Robert Reed, and Ken Liu. With their Kickstarter campaign, DSF is looking to make the zine “sustainable for many years to come.” Every dollar received will go directly to pay authors for their work between September 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. Rewards include DSF anthologies and chocolate.

Year’s Best Weird Fiction

What’s it about?

The inaugural volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction.

Why it’s interesting: Undertow Publications is kicking off a year’s best anthology of weird fiction with master of the weird Laird Barron as editor. They promise “100,000 words of the finest strange fiction from the previous year,” plus an introduction from the editor, a year in review column, and a short list of other notable stories. Each volume of the annual anthology will feature a different editor. Reprints of works published in 2013 are currently being sought. Publishers should send text files, preferably in Word, to An ebook of the anthology is $15; trade paperback is $25. Other perks include signed copies of Barron’s The Croning and short story critiques.

The Big Aha: A Novel

What’s it about?

A novel about quantum wetware, telepathy, and hungry wormholes by Rudy Rucker.

Why it’s interesting: Rudy Rucker, like many other authors, is circumventing traditional publishing routes and heading out on his own. He explains, “My quirky novels don’t fit into the new business ecology as easily as before. I’m taking a new path — and becoming a small publisher myself.” Last year his Transreal Books published his Turing & Burroughs: A Beatnik SF Novel. And now he’s doing the same with The Big Aha, which is expected out in February. The ebook is $5. Other rewards include the illustrated Notes for the Big Aha, paperbacks and hardbacks, and art prints.

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

What’s it about?

An anthology of visionary science fiction and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists.

Why it’s interesting: Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha — two community organizers, educators, writers and self-proclaimed nerds — are the editors behind Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements, an anthology of radical science and speculative fiction that they say will “embody the spirit of Octavia Butler and move her legacy forward through us, her brood.” A print copy of the book is $25. Other rewards include an exclusive story, poetry chapbook, and coffee with one of the authors.


What’s it about?

A one-of-a-kind erotic, action-adventure role-playing ebook!

Why it’s interesting: Set in a steampunk world full of vampires, werewolves and plenty of kinky sex, Mettlefetchers is the brainchild of writers Garrett Calcaterra and Ahimsa Kerp. The ebook allows you to “pick the character you want to follow — a selection of straight, gay, transgender, and non-human heroes — and help them make their choices as they travel the world and face a slew of exotic and erotic dangers.” The ebook is $5. Other rewards include artwork and tuckerizations.

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
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