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? Star-studded sci-fi fantasy film based on the award-winning podcast series.
Why it’s interesting: The Minister of Chance is a free audio drama series that follows the adventures of The Minister, a defrocked Timelord introduced in the BBC series Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time. (You can download episodes here.) Now they’re looking to turn the series into a feature film – which will star two former Doctor Whos: Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. Rewards include PDFs of the script, a digital ticket to watch the movie online, T-shirts, and hoodies.
What’s it about? A collection of artworks from Clive Barker.
Why it’s interesting: Imaginer 1, which was launched through a successful Kickstarter earlier this year, was the first comprehensive volume documenting the artwork of horror master Clive Barker. The format of Imaginer 2 will be identical – but with all new words and images. The new 208-page book will have more than 75 artworks, in a large format of 10-by-13 inches. The book features new and ultra-high resolution image captures, “painstakingly” color corrected to the original paintings. A deluxe limited edition hardcover is $75.
What’s it about? The galaxy’s first authoritative English-language anthology of Israeli fantasy and science fiction
Why it’s interesting: Zion’s Fiction: An Anthology of Israeli Fantasy & Science Fiction will be the first in a planned three-volume series that, according to the editors, “will finally tap the wellspring of a small but vital genre of Israeli literature.” The first volume will be a “definitive collection of the finest” Israeli speculative fiction published since 1978, when the local F&SF scene took off. If they reach their financial goals, the second volume will consists of stories published since 1948 and the third volume will have material dating back to the mid-19th century on and farther back. Rewards include ebooks, paperbacks, T-shirts, and mugs.
What’s it about? An anthology inspired by the writing of Edgar Allan Poe.
Why it’s interesting: Editors by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles hope to “bring back the kind of stories Edgar Allan Poe wrote” with nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre. The anthology will be an homage to the “glorious, Gothic style of the master, Edgar Allan Poe, bringing Poe-inspired fiction into the 21st century” and “bring together mystery writers who include a slash of the supernatural and dark fantasy/horror writers who slip across the shadows and touch on the mystery genre.” Rewards include ebooks, paperbacks, T-shirts, and various Edgar Allan Poe related merch.
What’s it about? The Last Parsec is a science fiction roleplaying game of exploration and adventure. It requires the Savage Worlds core rules and the Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion to play.
Why it’s interesting: I’m a sucker for SF pen and paper RPGs and I’m always looking for something new. I don’t really care about the ruleset (in this case Savage Worlds), I’m more interested in the ideas and The Last Parsec certainly seems to have a lot of them: millions of star systems, aliens out the wazoo, pirates, FTL and other cool stuff. It sounds terribly exciting. $35 gets you the three base books in digital form, plus all digital unlocks.
What’s it about? Continuing the work of Gerry Anderson, Firestorm is a new science fiction series utilising puppetry, miniatures and practical effects.
Why it’s interesting: In 2001, the late Gerry Anderson created a new TV show called Firestorm. Now, his son, Jamie, wants to bring this series back to life in supermarionation. For 20 British pounds you get a DVD of the first minisode, plus a digital download of it and script. Other tiers include T-shirts and other items.