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.
What’s it about? Raising funds to continue and expand Interfictions, the online journal of interstitial art.
Why it’s interesting: Interfictions publishes short stories “made in the interstices between genres and categories.” And their “genre-bending” contributors are the best in the business, including Jeff VanderMeer, Sofia Samatar, Christopher Barzak, Rachel Swirsky, Theodora Goss, Jeffrey Ford, Peter Straub, Jane Yolen, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. The money raised will go to paying contributors professional rates for the next two issues of Interfictions Online and to expand their offerings to include a new section with visual arts —all while continuing to offer it all to the public for free! Rewards include Interfictions E-chapbooks, e-books, signed print anthologies, and prints.
What’s it about? An anthology of short superhero fiction from Silence in the Library Publishing.
Why it’s interesting: First of all it’s about superheroes. Who doesn’t love superheroes? And then there are the contributors: Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Aaron Rosenberg, Janine Spendlove, and Bryan Young. Each story will be illustrated by Mark Dos Santos. There’s also a companion book, A Hero by Any Other Name, featuring stories about sidekicks, off-beat superheroes, and hapless villains. The HEROES! ebook is $5, while the trade paperback is $25.
What’s it about? An epic strategic card game based on the ancient stories, characters and weapons from the 4000 year-old universe of Hindu mythology!
Why it’s interesting: Interesting for the setting alone. Games using Hindu mythology are comparatively rare so it’s nice to see something different. The cards are using a mix of traditional Indian art and modern art like you’d see on Magic: The Gathering cards. And yes, Maha Yoda was inspired by MtG, but with a non-collectible bent like Android: Net Runner. If you’d like a bit more info, here is Geek Dad’s review of the game. Sound good? $5 gets you the print and play version plus the expansion pack and all stretch goals, $20 gets you a physical copy plus stretch goals, and $35 adds the expansion to the base game and stretch goals.
What’s it about? An empire builder where you research technologies to build a civilization and help your society flourish.
Why it’s interesting: I like empire builders, but who has 2 days to play a nice game of Advanced Civilization? Enter Progress: Evolution of Technology. PEoT eschews a game board and reams of rules for a simplified system using cards and a more abstract setting to streamline the whole thing. It really sounds interesting. For $5 you’ll get the print and play version (lots of games are doing this now) and for $45 you’ll get a physical copy with free shipping in the US.
What’s it about? The Far Bank of the Rubicon is the first volume of a trilogy and the follow up to Erik Wecks’ critically acclaimed novel Aetna Adrift.
Why it’s interesting: I like space opera and I also like detailed, well-thought out settings able to tell lots of stories. Think Known Space or Heinlein’s Future History stories. Well, Erik Weck’s new novel, The Far Bank of the Rubicon is set in just such a setting, which covers thousands of years and already has several novel length stories. This book is the first in a new trilogy and if you’ve missed out on previous stories, you can either purchase them at Amazon or as part of the pledges. For $5 you get the new novel and a short story, while $11 gets you the new novel and the previous novel as well as several short stories, all part of the same setting.