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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 9/17/2014

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.

What’s it about? Clarkesworld magazine wants to translate and publish a Chinese science fiction story in each issue.

Why it’s interesting: In recent years, Clarkesworld has published several translations thanks to Ken Liu and John Chu —  including “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia. Now editor Neil Clarke is looking to publish one translated in each issue. Every story will appear in all of Clarkesworld‘s editions. Rewards include copies of Clarkesworld as well as Clarke’s anthology Upgraded.

What’s it about? Help to keep Fiction River Anthology Series going.

Why it’s interesting: Fiction River is an original anthology series edited by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. So far, they’ve published nine volumes in the series, which has included stories by Cat Rambo, Esther M. Friesner, Jane Yolen, and David Farland. Fiction River publishes everything from science fiction to romance to mystery and fantasy. E-copies of past books in the series are $5, while print copes are $12.

What’s it about? A science fiction and fantasy anthology containing approximately 14 all-original short stories from established SF&F authors.

Why it’s interesting: The anthology asks authors to interpret what “temporally out of order” could mean for such gadgets as cellphones, laptops, and TVs. Authors already lined up include David B. Coe, Laura Anne Gilman, Faith Hunter, Stephen Leigh, Gini Koch, Seanan McGuire, and Laura Resnick. If the campaign is successful, there will be an open call for submissions. The Kickstarter will also help to establish a new small press called Zombies Need Brains LLC. An electronic version of the book is $15, while the paperback is $20.

What’s it about? A free e-book on the history of filk music, from its beginnings in the forties to the present.

Why it’s interesting: Gary McGath’s history of filk, which has the working title Tomorrow’s Songs Today, will be the first book-length treatment of the history of the folk music of science fiction fandom. McGath’s involvement in filk goes back a long way. He has chaired two ConCertino filk conventions, run filk programming for Boskone for about two decades, and been inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2004. If this campaign is successful, Tomorrow’s Songs Today will be available as a free e-book.

What’s it about? Help restore aging Tatooine film sets and get a watch that contains the most famous sand in science fiction history!

Why it’s interesting: A few years back, Mary Moynihan made a series of custom Tatooine Sand Wristwatches for a group of science fiction enthusiasts that were restoring the the Lars Homestead — dubbed the Igloo — on the Tunisian set of Star Wars. Now she’s back with  a second edition of Tatooine Sand Watches. The watches are hand-built and have custom cases made of solid 316L medical-grade steel, Seiko-Epson quartz movements, custom leather bands and an internal capsule filled with “the most famous sand in science fiction history.” Proceeds will go towards restore the Tatooine film sets. Watches start at $77.

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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