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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 6/24/2014

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.

Authors Combat Academy

What’s it about? An annual conference for writers who want to write better fight scenes.

Why it’s interesting: The best way for writers to write great fight scenes would be for them to get into a lot of fights. But that would also be the best way for writers to kill themselves. This is the second best way. In Authors Combat Academy, which is being held in Nashville next April, writers will get to “learn what happens from the first punch to the ER to the bones.” The conference includes military historians, fencers, boxers, police officers, and hostage negotiators, as well as hands-on demonstrations. Rewards include admission to the conference, ebooks, and T-shirts.

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES Art Book

What’s it about? A 400+ page coffee table book featuring the largest collection of Ralph McQuarrie’s non-Star Wars art ever published.

Why it’s interesting: Ralph McQuarrie was a conceptual designer and illustrator who designed the original Star Wars trilogy as well as the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, E.T. and Cocoon. Now Dreams and Visions Press is bringing back into print a career-spanning retrospective of his non-Star Wars artwork with one third of the content original to this edition. Rewards include prints, pins, and of course the book itself.

The Pan Book of Horror Stories Scrapbook

What’s it about? A complete history of The Pan Book of Horror Stories, the infamous anthology series which ran from 1959-1989.

Why it’s interesting: Johnny Mains has been obsessed with The Pan Book of Horror Stories since he was thirteen years old. Now he’s looking to take his five years of in-depth research and publish the definitive history of the series, its editors, and its authors. A PDF of the book is £5, while the paperback is £25, and the hardcover is £30.

Alternate Histories Classics of Filmdom

What’s it about? A series of pocket-sized scripts to some of the best/worst sci-fi films ever made, in the style of Shakespeare and other classic folios.

Why it’s interesting: The movies might be cheesy but their scripts look damn classy with these very cool looking books. The movies in the series are Plan 9 From Outer Space, Manos: The Hands of Fate, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. A copy of one annotated screenplay is $8. All three are $20.

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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