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SF/F Crowdfunding Roundup: Asphodel: A Mythic Space Opera, Pedal Zombies: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction, 100 Swords

Crowdfunding 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 Crowdfunding 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 new creator-owned, independent science fiction comic.

Why it’s interesting: You can argue whether Pluto is a planet or not, but you can’t argue that Asphodel doesn’t look like an awesome comic. The space opera, written by Alex Kane and illustrated by Gale Galligan, takes place on the dwarf planet and is about a “soldier-turned-brainship-turned-peacekeeper, an ageless and incredibly wise cyborg demigoddess, and the desperate souls wandering our solar system’s ruins in the wake of a mysterious event that granted most of the human race passage to a digital afterlife known as the Otherworld.” A digital copy of the comic is $4, while a personalized print copy (plus a digital copy) is $15.

What’s it about? “Tales of the undead…on two wheels, featuring badass heroines.”

Why it’s interesting: Fans of badass heroines, science fiction and bicycles, take heed. The third volume in the Bikes in Space series of feminist bicycle science fiction anthologies, Pedal Zombies, contains 13 short stories that “give a feminist take on the zombie apocalypse.” Stories includes “possibly the first-ever zombie story about menstruation” and “a convincing plea for zombie rights.” A copy of the book, along with zombie rights stickers, is $10.

What’s it about? Help two fans make the definitive film on Bill Nye the Science Guy and his quest to change the world with science!

Why it’s interesting: Bill Nye is more than just the Science Guy. He’s on a mission to champion science, space exploration, and the fight against climate change. David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg plan to document Nye’s crusade and have been given an “all access backstage pass” to it all. There are a ton of cool rewards, including Bill Nye themed emojis, signed bowties, and a Billy Nye Google Hangout.

What’s it about? An anthology of humorous SF stories.

Why it’s interesting: Strange Musings Press continues its line of humor-based anthlogies with Alternate Hilarities 4: Weirder Science. You can read a preview story here. All the other books in the series are on sale for 99 cents for the duration of this Kickstarter campaign. The ebook is $4, while the print paperback is $12.

What’s it about? 100 Swords is an easy to learn tactical deck building game that’s played with a poker-sized deck of cards and a friend.

Why it’s interesting: I love deck building games, but some of them can take up large amounts of room what with all the different cards and expansions and such. With the recent surge of micro games (designed to be small, easy to carry and play) on Kickstarter, it’s no surprise that deck builders would get the micro treatment. Enter 100 Swords. Each deck, there are two and you don’t have to buy both, is a complete dungeon along with cards you and a friend can use to defeat the monsters in said dungeon, all wrapped up in 54 cards. The game is designed to be easy to learn and play and the cards from each different deck (Red or Blue dungeon) are designed to play together so you can mix and match. For $14 you can get your choice of deck while $27 gets you both. That’s a pretty good deal considering what games usually go for on KS or in retail.

What’s it about? A light, trick-taking card game in which players take on the roles of skillful warriors as they battle it out and attempt to be the first player to run out of cards.

Why it’s interesting: Durak is an interesting game idea. The designers have taken the rules from a Russian card game, Durak, and added on a fantasy setting, new rules, and asymmetric gameplay. Additionally, it’s for 2-4 players aged 8+ and plays in 10-15 minutes. Fast and easy to play? Sounds good! This looks like a fun party/family game or with some unique rules to allow players to play in different styles. If that’s appealing, $20 gets you a copy of the game.

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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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