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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 9/4/2014

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? A collection of 20+ short stories by popular writers set in the worlds of their own making.

Why it’s interesting: From the folks who brought you Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, comes the anthology Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues. Michael J. Sullivan, Mark Lawrence, Django Wexler, Laura Resnick, Jon Sprunk, and Cat Rambo are among the contributors. The book will be edited by J.M. Martin. A digital copy of the anthology is $10, while the paperback is $25.

What’s it about? Fund-raiser for the 12th issue of Flytrap.

Why it’s interesting: Last year Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt revived Flytrap, “their little ‘zine with teeth,” with issue #11 coming out last spring. Now they’re looking to fund issue #12, which will be published in 2015. And you can be part of it — submissions will be open for one month in October. A $10 pledge gets you a digital copy of the issue, while $25 gets you a digital and print copy. Other rewards include an illustrated chapbook, a “good bar” of chocolate, and postcards.

What’s it about? Silence in the Library Publishing’s slate of fall releases.

Why it’s interesting: Silence in the Library is releasing their entire fall slate of novels at once. The books are Timothy Zahn’s techno-thriller Cloak, Jean Rabe and Gene DeWeese’s science fiction novel The Cauldron, and Megan O’Russell’s YA fantasy The Tethering. The Kickstarter campaign gives readers early access to the books and exclusive discounts. Each e-book version is $5, while the trade paperbacks range from $15 to $20 each. Book bundles are also available.

What’s it about? A film adaptation of Terry Bisson’s Hugo-award winning short story.

Why it’s interesting: Bears Discover Fire is a Columbia University MFA thesis film that will be directed by Ben Leonberg and produced by Scott Riehs. The money raised will help the filmmakers bring their cinematic bears to life via animal puppeteers and practical special effects artists. They’re also collaborating with taxidermists  and visual artists to create “one of the single-most realistic black bear puppets ever made for film.” Rewards include early digital access to the film, a custom bear poem, and movie posters.

d20Pro Unlimited Virtual Tabletop

What’s it about? Reforging the d20Pro virtual tabletop; adding the Unlimited Rules Engine, Native multitouch support, Shadowcasting fog of war and more.

Why it’s interesting: Based on the existing d20 Virtual Tabletop app, d20 Unlimited goes off in a hugely ambitious direction, aiming to allow anyone, anywhere, to connect with friends to play any game on their choice of device. Incredibly intriguing. I know our gaming group can’t meet regularly, but something like this might help us do more pnp gaming, even if it’s just for an hour or two on the odd night where we are all available. $5 gets you a one person license, and perks add up from there ($20 if you want to host your own game).

Ghostbusters Playing Cards

What’s it about? A custom deck of playing cards with a Ghostbusters theme.

Why it’s interesting: Can you believe it’s been 30 years since Ghostbusters was released? I can’t either. But now you can carry the ‘Busters around with you in this custom deck from Albino Dragon. I have a couple of their other decks (Call of Cthulhu and Synthesis) and I can say their work is top notch, even if I’m a bit unsure whether I like the comic book style of this deck, which is similar to their Princess Bride deck. If you’re interested, the pledges are very simple: $15 for one deck, with discounts for multiple decks. No t-shirts, no coins, just decks. Refreshing.

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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