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? Lovecraftian horror anthology featuring an all-female lineup.
Why it’s interesting: Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror, edited by Lynne Jamneck for Dark Regions, features some of the “finest cosmic horror and weird fiction from female authors in the field today.” Contributors include Joyce Carol Oates, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Lois Gresh, Gemma Files, Nancy Kilpatrick, Elizabeth Bear, and Storm Constantine. The book also includes artwork by Daniele Serra. The ebook is $10, while the trade paperback (plus the ebook) is $25. Dreams from the Witch House will be open to submissions until March 1st.
What’s it about? A collection of tales from the apocalypse and post-apocalypse.
Why it’s interesting: Mad Scientist Journal is putting together this anthology of the end times. According to the publisher, Selfies from the End of the World: Historical Accounts of the Apocalypse will contain stories about survivors of zombie plagues, nuclear holocausts, the Rapture, or the inevitable death of the universe will share their tales of their experiences. Submissions will open soon. The ebook is $3 in limited quantities, while a print copy is $15.
What’s it about? Saving rare, forgotten, out-of-print vintage science fiction for the digital future, one e-book at a time!
Why it’s interesting: Brooklyn, New York book store Singularity&Co. is saving the sci-fi again. With their first Kickstarter campaign, the crew successfully rescued more than 36 rare, forgotten, out-of-print vintage books for the digital future. Now they’re looking to do the same with more “classic, obscure or otherwise fascinating” sci-fi books that are no longer in print and not available online. Each month Singularity&Co. choses a book, tracks down the copyright holder and/or author , acquire or otherwise clear the copyright, and publish the title as an e-book, for little or no cost. A one-year to their Save the Sci-Fi E-Book Club is $25. Other rewards include T-shirts and posters.
What’s it about? The epic conclusion to Travis Heermann’s Ronin Trilogy.
Why it’s interesting: Spirit of the Ronin is the final book in the historical fantasy series, set in 13th century Japan. According to Heermann, “The story blends meticulous research, a historical setting, zen fables, and the strange creatures of Japanese folklore.” A signed e-book of Spirit of the Ronin is $10, while a signed trade paperback is $25. Other rewards include thank-you postcards and a numbered limited edition hardcover.
What’s it about?: Star Trek Continues is a successful award-winning, non-profit, fan-based webseries finishing the final 2 years of the original mission.
Why it’s interesting: Strar Trek Continues is a pretty good fan run series that has produced three episodes so far and they’re looking for your help to produce more. Even though Vic Mignogna doesn’t look like Kirk, I think he does a great job imitating Kirk’s mannerisms and heck, anything that give Grant Imahara a job can’t be all bad. Pledges start at $5 and you can get things like PDFs of scripts, posters and digital downloads of the episode.
What’s it about?: Unspeakable Words is the Call of Cthulhu Word Game! Players earn points based on the number of angles in the letters in their words.
Why it’s interesting: A fun word game based on Cthulhu, what else do you need to know? More? Ok: cute mini-Cthulhus to track your sanity. That should do it. If you need more, check out the TableTop episode where Wil Wheaton and company played a previous edition. Currently all stretch goals are unlocked, including a larger, custom d20 plus more cards and other stuff. $35 gets you the base game, while a $5 add-on will get you the larger die.
What’s it about?: In Skybourne, teams of adventurers seek out the remains of long-dead civilizations while doing everything they can to keep their airship fixed and fueled. In Skybourne, displaced dragons, sentient plants and Aasimar kings all do battle to carve out their piece of a new world order, and any ship crew can traverse the planes in search of glory if they have the guts and the equipment to make the trip.
Why it’s interesting: The creators have called this Pathfinder meets Firefly, which is intriguing. And who doesn’t like airships? No one! $25 will net you all three principle PDfs from this campaign. Higher pledges will get you soft/hard bound copies of the books and access to stretch goals.