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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 1/21/2014

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.

Waylines Magazine: Year Two

What’s it about?

Help fund Waylines Magazine‘s second year.

Why it’s interesting: In its first year Waylines established itself as a top-notch pro market for short fiction. Now they’re looking to make the magazine even better, adding poetry and comics as they go from a bi-monthly to a “meatier” quarterly schedule. Rewards include a mini issue, postcards, and posters.

Unidentified Funny Objects 3 – Annual Anthology of Humor SFF

What’s it about?

UFO3 is the 3rd annual anthology featuring offbeat and humorous science fiction & fantasy short stories.

Why it’s interesting: Their mission: To print great collections of funny, lighthearted, upbeat and plain weird stories. With UFO1 in 2012 and UFO2 in 2013, that mission was accomplished. Now science fiction’s premier humor series is looking to bring back the funny for a third go-round. This year Piers Anthony joins UFO returning contributors Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Jody Lynn Nye, Tim Pratt, Jim C. Hines, and Esther Friesner. There will be an open submission period in March. E-versions of the anthology are $10, while the trade paperback is $20. Other rewards include book bundles, cover art prints, and story critiques.

Dark Trails: An Anthology of Weird Western Stories

What’s it about?

An anthology of weird western stories.

Why it’s interesting: Editor Michael Knost wanted to assemble a “unique weird western anthology” but was turned down by the “larger” publishing houses, who wanted a more “traditional” book. So Knost has gone the crowd-funding route, and he’s lined up a stellar contributors’ list so far. Already on board are Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jonathan Maberry, Elizabeth Bear, Laird Barron, and Joe McKinney. Submissions will be opened to the public after the goal is reached. Authors of stories picked from the slush pile will be paid 10 cents per word up to 5,000 words. The ebook is $10, while the trade paperback is $25.


What’s it about?

A special issue of Lightspeed Magazine entirely written—and edited—by women.

Why it’s interesting: After hearing one too many times that women don’t write “real” science fiction, the Lightspeed editorial team decided to create a special, all-female issue of the magazine. It will contain 10 new short stories and seven reprints, as well as nonfiction and an original cover by Hugo Award-winning illustrator Galen Dara. The ebook is $5 and the trade paperback is $20. Other rewards include subscriptions to Lightspeed and ebook bundles of back issues.

CLIVE BARKER: IMAGINER Deluxe Hardcover Art Book

What’s it about?

A collection of dynamic artworks from the hand of one of the most influential creative minds of the last 50 years.

Why it’s interesting: Imaginer is being touted as the “first comprehensive volume” of Clive Barker artwork. The 160-plus-page book will feature more than 75 artworks in a “gorgeous” large format of 10-by-13 inches. Unlike past books of Barker’s artwork, this one will have new, ultra-high resolution image captures. A deluxe limited-edition hardcover copy of the book is $75. Other rewards include posters, prints, and T-shirts.

Survivor – a scifi feature starring Kevin Sorbo

What’s it about?

An action-packed sci-fi adventure starring Kevin Sorbo.

Why it’s interesting: From the makers of Osombie and Zombie Hunter comes Survivor—a science fiction adventure featuring spaceships, flesh-eating mutants, wormholes, laser guns and Kevin Sorbo. Judging from the trailer, the movie seems along the lines of those so-bad-it’s-good Syfy movie. A digital download is $15, while the DVD is $20.

Zeppeldrome: A Humorous, Hazardous Dirigible Rally

What’s it about?A humorous, puzzle, screw-your-neighbor game with a hazardous, modular board; and cards to help you or mess with your opponents.
Why it’s interesting: A screw-your-neighbor zeppelin race just sounds all kinds of awesome. And for only $29, you get the game and any stretch goals reached, including 3d game bits.

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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