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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 2/19/2014

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.

She Walks in Shadows

What’s it about?

The first all-woman anthology of stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.

Why it’s interesting: While women are busy destroying science fiction, horror, and fantasy over at Lightspeed, these women will be destroying H.P. Lovecraft. It started after a certain editor asked,  “Do girls just not like to play with squids?” This anthology is the answer. She Walks in Shadows, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles, promises Lovecraftian fiction from Gemma Files, Angela Slatter, Ann. K Schwader, Cynthia Ward, and E. Catherine Tobler, among others. The ebook is $10, while the paperback is $20. Other rewards include a subscriptions to The Dark, T-shirts, and a custom, squid-inspired ukulele.

The Old Iron Dream

What’s it about?

A critical look at the history of science fiction’s far-right and its long-lasting influence.

Why it’s interesting: Inspired by the recent dustups involving science fiction’s far-right, David Forbes plans to expose the extremism and bigotry “in the world of possible tomorrows” with this “in-depth piece of long-form journalism.” The ebook is $10.

Invisible Universe: a history of blackness in speculative fiction

What’s it about?

Documentary chronicling the history of blackness in speculative fiction.

Why it’s interesting: For the past ten years, producer/director, M. Asli Dukan has been producing Invisible Universe. She’s interviewed such black speculative fiction writers, filmmakers and artists as Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Wesley Snipes, Nichelle Nichols, Nalo Hopkinson, and Nnedi Okorafor. Rewards include subscriptions to a digital newsletter, digital postcards, and tickets to a private screening.

She Makes Comics

What’s it about?

A documentary film about the untold history of women in comic books, celebrating female creators and fans alike.

Why it’s interesting: She Makes Comics chronicles the contributions women have made since  comics’s Golden Age. The doc will mostly be an oral history told by the key figures themselves and feature interviews with significant female creators and executives from the major eras of comics history. Rewards include digital copies of the doc, DVDs, T-shirts, and a thank-you in the credits


What’s it about?

The inaugural Los Angeles science fiction one-act play festival.

Why it’s interesting: Actor and writer David Dean Bottrell has put together this first-of-its-kind festival, which will consist of two rotating evenings of short science-fiction plays. It will feature Dan Castellaneta (voice of The Simpsons’ Homer) directing “A-li-en the Family,” which will star Star Trek: Voyager‘s Tim Russ. Among the other original one-act plays will be the first-ever stage adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Wife’s Story” and a revival of Ray Bradbury’s “Kaleidoscope.” Rewards includes thank-yous and acknowledgements, tickets to the fest, and souvenir programs.

Zeppelin Attack!

What’s it about?

Zeppelin Attack! is a lean, fightin’ deck builder where you play a villainous mastermind in command of a fleet of deadly dirigibles!

Why it’s interesting: Zeppelin Attack! combines two of my favorite things: zeppelins and deck building card games. What makes this game a bit different, aside from the theme, is that the gameplay is combat oriented instead of buying cards to get victory points. The art looks really nice too. $30 gets you a copy of the game, shipped to the US. You can download the rules here. If you’d like just the print and play version, that pledge is $10.

oddball Aeronauts: Pirates vs. The Pendragon

What’s it about?

A light strategy, ‘no surface required’, card game of hi-jinks and dirigible dogfights.

Why it’s interesting: Another steampunk flavored card game, this time the game does not require a table to play. Everything takes place in the player’s hands. Which sounds interesting. It also reminds me a bit of the old Ace of Aces WWI combat game which used books. this game has a cool, whimsical art setting and it looks like it plays very fast and simple. Perfect! Roughly $25 will get you a physical copy while $8.25 nets the print and play version. Print and play beta version here.

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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