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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/27/2014

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? Ember is a semiannual journal of poetry and prose for everyone.

Why it’s interesting: Through Ember, editor Brian Lewis (Spark: A Creative Anthology) is looking to “foster the next generation of great writers by providing them with excellent reading material now.” But that’s not all. The semiannual journal of poetry and prose will also publish stories and poems from these fledgling writers. Writers as young as 10 will be able to submit to the publication. Each volume of Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things will contain two issues: Fall and Spring. Rewards include subscriptions, paperback, ebooks, and prints.

What’s it about? Science fiction for a middle grade audience.

Why it’s interesting: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide has relaunched on Kickstarter with a new and improved campaign. Editors Corie and Sean Weaver are still looking to “foster the love of SF in a new generation” with this anthology, which includes such writers as Nancy Kress, Deborah Walker, and Eric James Stone. The ebook is $5, while the paperback is $20.

What’s it about? Latino/a Rising is the first collection of U.S. Latino/a science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative genres.

Why it’s interesting: With Latino/a Rising, editor Matthew David Goodwin plans to show “how Latino/a writers and artists are transforming the [speculative] genres.” Authors include Junot Díaz, Daniel José Older, Kathleen Alcalá, and Giannina Braschi. The ebook (plus more goodies) is $12, while the paperback (plus more goodies) is $25.

What’s it about? A genre-defying diverse collection of fantasy and sci-fi stories of cultures, their problems, and seeing life from a new point of view

Why it’s interesting: Editor Nayad Monroe (What Fates Impose) has collected 19 tales of “being the other, of belonging, and not belonging.” Contributors include Maurice Broaddus, Ekaterina Sedia, Lucy A. Snyder, Juliette Wade, Tim Waggoner, and Damien Angelica Walter. If they reach their stretch goal of $8000, the publishers will add two stories, to be filled by an open call for submissions. The ebook is $10, while the paperback is $25.

What’s it about? A strategic, 2-player, tarot-sized, card game combining open information and unique abilities with deep, combo-creating gameplay.
Why it’s interesting: Most card games these days are the usual playing card size, but Strife is going for something different: Tarot sized. Think of Tarot cards as the trade paperback to the regular cards mass market paperback. Add in some cool looking art and a two-player only focus and Strife looks like a winner. The cherry on top? $15 gets you the full game. In this day of crazy priced Kickstarter games, that’s a steal. Oh, and the gameplay looks interesting too…

What’s it about? Help fund SofaCON 2 a live online science fiction convention with special guests David Brin, Joe Haldeman and Kim Stanley Robinson.
Why it’s interesting: Podcaster extraordinaire and Hugo award winner Tony Smith is following up his successful SofaCON 1 with a campaign to fund SofaCON 2. What’s SofaCON? Basically, it’s an online convention, and it’s a great idea. And I’m not saying that because John and I were invited to play (and lose) a trivia game against John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley. This is a great idea that more people should check out. 10 British pounds gets you a one day pass and an ebook, while 25 Pounds will give you a two day pass and a boatload of ebooks and magazines. Guests this year are David Brin, Charlie Stross, Aliette de Bodard and several others. Check it out!

What’s it about? The Folio will be a bi-monthly [every two months] adventure module subscription that will hit on all genres of gaming using 5th Edition mechanics and expanding on them as we move from genre to genre.It will be produced as an 8×11”, removable cover [11×17″ once removed], module with mostly b/w interior artwork and typically come in around thirty pages in length.
Why it’s interesting: I really like the idea of a regular magazine chock full of campaign goodness for your PnP RPG sessions. The Folio does this and it has terrific art and a fantastic layout. $15 buys you a copy (digital) of module #1.

What’s it about? Set in 2151, after the Yellowstone Caldera volcano erupts throwing the Earth into chaos, 5th Passenger tells the story of a secretly pregnant female officer and her four man crew adrift in deep space in an escape pod after their transport ship explodes before reaching the new home planet.
Why it’s interesting: I’m all for indie SF, which 5th Passenger has in spades. Add in an interesting mix of veteran SF actors (Tim Russ, Marinia Sirtis, Doug Jones, Robert Picardo) and some decent looking CGI and the movie looks intriguing. If you think so too, $35 is the amount to pledge for a digital copy of the film. There are loads of other rewards too so have a look at the other pledge levels.

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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