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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 12/9/2013

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.

Official Elite fiction release in audio and print format

What’s it about?

Official Elite fiction in audio books and special boxed sets.

Why it’s interesting: The Fantastic Elite Fiction books are set in the Elite universe, created by Frontier Developments for their game series that began in 1984. This Kickstarter campaign will help produce audio, paperback, and hardback books, as well as boxed set editions. The stories won’t only be based in the gaming universe—the gaming universe will also contain elements from the books. Each story in anthology will be accompanied with an illustration. Rewards include ebooks, print books, and audio books.


What’s it about?

An SF movie shot in Australia.

Why it’s interesting: The story concerns a mercenary who gets stranded on a desert moon and is then hunted by a mysterious symbiotic life form. The filmmakers promise that Arrowhead will not be “typically slick or shiny science fiction; aesthetically it’s more dirty, dusty, broken down and lived in.” It certainly looks that way in the amazing clips provided. Rewards include PDFs of the script, behind-the-scenes updates, and Skype sessions with the director.

Blade Singer: A Fantasy Novel

What’s it about?

An exciting, swashbuckling tale featuring faeries, monsters, ancient magic, and a singing crystal sword.

Why it’s interesting: Blade Singer is a collaboration between Aaron de Orive and Martha Wells and tells the story of a troubled adolescent from Texas who is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. The ebook is $10, while a signed, limited-edition paperback is $30.

Tell Me A Story… :interactive, animated sci-fi experience

What’s it about?

A choose-your-own-adventure style, animated comic to be published online.

Why it’s interesting: In Tell Me a Story, you control a character’s movements and choices as he makes his way through strange 3-D environments filled with alien beings. It incorporates both still and animated panels with audio accompaniment, and looks to be a lot of fun. Rewards include prints and art books.

Inscription Magazine: Fantasy and Science Fiction for Teens

What’s it about?

We want to make sure every young reader can find themselves in their fiction, to see themselves as the heroes of their own lives — and we want them to enter worlds full of all the kinds of people they know, and all sorts of people they’ve never met. And we want to make it available for free, online, accessible to everyone.

Why it’s interesting: Inscriptions is a teen oriented magazine that would like to feature a wide-array of SF and Fantasy stories. Additionally, they’d like to pay authors pro rates for their work, which, at 1 story a month for 1 year, works out to the $5000 goal listed. More stories for teens is always a good thing and bringing these stories to teens for free is even better. Your donation can net you stickers, books and, of course, the gratitude of kids everywhere.

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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