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 special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine Lightspeed 100% written—and edited—by queer creators.
Why it’s interesting: After a highly successful Kickstarter to help women destroy science fiction (as well as other genres) last year, Lightspeed has launched a campaign for queer writers.
The special issue will include five original, never-before-published short stories; about 5,000 words of original flash fiction; two previously published short stories; one previously published novella; author spotlights; nonfiction features, and an original cover by artist Elizabeth Leggett. Guests editors include Seanan McGuire, Steve Berman, and Wendy N. Wagner. If the stretch goals are reached, queers will also destroy the fantasy and horror genres. The special issue is currently open to submissions.
What’s it about? A new kind of science fiction magazine — one that respects its authors and pushes the boundaries of publishing!
Why it’s interesting: Nonlocal will be a quarterly digital science fiction magazine edited by Daniel Dombrowski, who says the project “has been a dream of mine for a long time, born of a love for the genre and an interest in writing, editing, and publishing.” Profits from the sale of the magazine will be shared with contributors. A PDF of issue #1 is $5. Other rewards include prints of the cover image, T-shirts, and a spot as a guest editor.
What’s it about? Become a patron of fantastical writer Jeffrey Thomas.
Why it’s interesting: Jeffrey Thomas is the the creator of the dark SF milieu Punktown and has had numerous stories in year’s-best anthologies. Become a patron through Patreon and you can get exclusive content and access to stories before the general public. As Thomas explains: “What I’m proposing for the minimum $1 monthly pledge is this: every week, and that’s 52 weeks in a year, I’ll add a brand new piece of fiction directly to my Patreon page (and I’ll attach it as a Mobi file, too, should you prefer to read it on an e-reader). It will most likely be a short story, but who knows — at some point maybe I’ll serialize something longer, too, like a novella.” For a larger contribution, you will get a weird drawing and “a handwritten personal note of thanks, along with a one-of-a-kind handwritten flash fiction piece that will never appear in print.”
What’s it about? Help a Navy veteran and his children who lost everything after their home burned down.
Why it’s interesting: More than 50 authors are donating their stories to help raise money for the family of writer, Navy veteran, and single father Greg Campbell, whose family has been devastated by a “home-destroying fire.” The anthology, Life After Ashes, will be available as a reward to those donating at least $25 through the crowdfunding campaign . Contributors to Life After Ashes include Nisi Shawl, Lucy A. Snyder, Gary Braunbeck, Tobias Buckell, and Laura Resnick.
What’s it about? A 30-45min. micro space 4X game for 2-4 players with simple & fast gameplay, and a sharp, minimalist visual identity.
Why it’s interesting: I like 4x space games and I really like 4x space board games. Sadly I don’t usually have the time to play a 4x board game what with “life” and all that. That’s why Pocket Imperium is intriguing. It promises a 4x game in 30 – 45 minutes. Sounds good to me! Even better? A pledge of $20 gets you the game, which is a lot cheaper than big box 4x games.
What’s it about? 30min MICROGAME of Intergalactic Conquest for 1-5 Players! Develop your empire and colonize planets to create the most powerful galaxy!
Why it’s interesting: Sensing a theme? Tiny Epic Galaxies is a tiny box game, playable in 30 minutes. Take a look at the Kickstarter page to see all the nice pieces you get for your pledge ($16 for the base game, $24 for the deluxe). This is the third ‘Tiny’ game from Gamelyn Games and I’ve heard good things about the other two, plus I really like the theme.