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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 6/10/2014

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.

Interfictions Online Indiegogo

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.

HEROES! The Anthology

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.

Maha Yodha: Hindu Myths meet Strategic Card Gaming

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.

Progress: Evolution of Technology

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.

Science Fiction Epic: The Far Bank of the Rubicon

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.

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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

1 Comment on SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 6/10/2014

  1. Hi James,

    I hope this message finds you well. I’ve followed a number of your updates on the Crowd Funding Roundup and was hopeful you might take a look at our indie sci-fi / horror project, “GRISLY.” I’m an Associate Producer on the project and my singular mission is to “start spreading the news.” I hope you like it!

    Synopsis: GRISLY is a sci-fi/horror short film that depicts the story of Carolyn Bronnike, a college student who has mysteriously mutated into a hybrid human/amphibian creature called a “Gill Girl.” Carolyn is captured and sent to ACS/M-Division (ACS), a secret government black-ops agency under the auspices of the CIA. Convinced that Carolyn and several other Gill Girls still on the loose pose a danger to the general public, ACS is determined to capture the remaining Gill Girls. Beyond protecting the public however ACS, led by Director Smalls, wants to better understand the Gill Girls’ powers and abilities; and see how they can be utilized for military/weaponry purposes.

    Investigating Carolyn’s case for the CIA is Special Agent Milo Finn. As Finn investigates who, or what, Carolyn is, he discovers that ACS has overstepped its authority by running a secret chamber of torture and scientific experiments on the Gill Girl. Faced with these grim realities, Finn must ultimately decide whether or not to help Carolyn; a decision that will change his life, and Carolyn’s, forever.

    The GRISLY short film was selected for screening at the 19th Annual Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) Film Festival ( and premiered on Tuesday, May 27th, in Beverly, Hills, CA.

    View the Grisly trailer at

    The GRISLY short film introduces viewers to the GRISLY universe that will be expanded upon in the GRISLY TALES graphic novel and an upcoming Internet web series. GRISLY TALES is about a special investigative team (The Good) made up of CIA Agent Finn, hybrid human/amphibian Carolyn Bronnicke, paranormal investigator Neyton Finn, and CIA Agent Brad Manning. Pitted against them is the ACS/M-Division (The Bad) led by its wicked Director Smalls and M-Agent Sergeant Stevens. When not battling with ACS/M-Division the investigative team researches a slew of supernatural creatures (The GRISLY) that include vampires, werewolves, wiccans, zombies, and fallen angels; and an evil prophecy called the Baphomet Sigil and the Blood of Five in which the Grand Adversary attempts to recreate the Nephilim, a race of antediluvian Biblical monsters, here on Earth. A mix of TV’s True Blood and X-Files and Warren Ellis’ Planetary, the GRISLY universe is full of supernatural mysteries.

    Grisly currently ranks in the Top 5 of the Top 100 Science Fiction projects on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Today’s Top 100 Kickstarter Projects in Science Fiction

    Grisly is more than a project of passion for film-makers Roger Lewis and Clint Allen and Director Graham Cribbin. It is a tribute to the fascination and wonder that grabs each of us within the sci-fi and horror genres of film and the comic book universe. It’s their vision to bring a story which packs questions of morality, genetics and even existentialism to the audience; a story where the characters exists outside of the mayhem and where a monster may one day find her humanity. To assist the film-makers with accomplishing their vision, please visit their Kickstarter campaign at

    Many thanks for taking a look.

    All the best,
    Ray Finn
    BlueShirtsBrown Productions

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