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Feb 17 2015 1:30pm

Coming Soon to A Small, Angry Planet Near You

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Becky Chambers

What a week Becky Chambers has had! After a successful Kickstarter campaign, “the progeny of an astrobiology educator, an aerospace engineer, and an Apollo-era rocket scientist” self-published her first science-fiction novel last summer. In The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet:

The crew of the Wayfarer, a wormhole-building spaceship, get the job offer of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel at the centre of the galaxy. The journey will be time-consuming and difficult, but the pay is enough to endure any discomfort. All they have to do is survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. But every crewmember has a secret to hide, and they’ll soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

“I was proud of the small following [The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet] gathered,” Chambers said of the text’s success, “but I thought that was as far as it was going to go.”

[It wasn’t.]

Aug 27 2014 11:30am

Why We’re Creating Uncanny, a Real Magazine with a Fake History (and a Space Unicorn)

In the late 1930s, a group of dissatisfied SF/F fans pooled their resources and pitched a magazine to a dubious magazine publisher recently released from prison after serving time for seditious activities with some degenerate marmots. That magazine was called Uncanny. He loved their idea and immediately stole it. Known for its literary quality, Space Unicorn mascot, off-kilter stories, and letter column where fans argued books, politics, and cabbage roll recipes, Uncanny ran for decades as the seventh most popular pulp magazine.

When not arguing about the proper fillings for a cabbage roll, the readers found themselves developing a sense of community. As one bright woman in the letter column opined, even mythical creatures in space need to hang out with other friends on occasion to swap and discuss great stories. Uncanny readers began referring to themselves as members of the Space Unicorn Rangers Corps, reflecting the inclusivity and originality of perspectives inherent in its readership.

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Aug 11 2014 10:43am

That Time Joss Whedon Wrote a Secret Folk Song During Avengers: Age of Ultron Shooting

Joss Whedon secret folk song EP Big Giant Me Shawnee Kilgore Kickstarter Avengers: Age of Ultron

In what might become a pattern, Joss Whedon has balanced out production on his last two Avengers films with smaller, independent, decidedly non-superhero projects. In 2012, it was Much Ado About Nothing, shot at his house. This year, Whedon digitally collaborated with a singer-songwriter whose Kickstarter page wooed him—and they’ve never actually met in-person.

The result was the song “Big Giant Me” (out now), just one of the songs on his and Shawnee Kilgore’s forthcoming EP.

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May 30 2013 2:30pm

Help Make Daniel H. Wilson’s “The Nostalgist” Into a Short Film

Nostalgist movie Daniel H. Wilson Kickstarter

Back in 2009, Daniel H. Wilson—author of Robopocalypse—wrote an original short story for titled “The Nostalgist,” a tender tale about a world where we augment ourselves artificially through robotic prostheses and genetic manipulation. A finalist in 2009 for Year’s Best Science Fiction, “The Nostalgist” blends speculation on future technology with real human pathos. Naturally we’re a little biased here, but it is an example of exactly the right balance of humanity and technology good science fiction can accomplish. And now you can help turn it into a short film. Check out the details and concept art below.

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May 3 2013 2:35pm

Providence or Bust: Lovecraft Statue to Be Sited in Author’s Hometown

A crowd-funding appeal to create a life-sized bronze bust of weird fiction writer HP Lovecraft, to be installed in the author’s hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, has hit its target after only two days.

The name of Lovecraft, who died in Providence in 1937 aged 46, has become synonymous with the cosmic horror presented in such tales as The Shadow over Innsmouth, the Colour Out Of Space and, perhaps most famously, The Call of Cthulhu.

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Apr 30 2013 1:30pm

Neil Gaiman and F. Paul Wilson Discuss Why They’re Reviving Henry Kuttner’s Stories

Hogben Chronicles Henry Kuttner kickstarter Neil Gaiman F. Paul Wilson

Some years ago, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, and many more had a very special dream.

You see, there was this science fiction/fantasy writer named Henry Kuttner—he was a secret superstar. He wrote so many popular and successful stories . . . every reader of fantasy and science fiction knew who Henry Kuttner was. In this dream, five of Henry Kuttner’s most admired stories will be yours, collected, together, all in one place for the first time. This collection is called The Hogben Chronicles and it is being funded right now via Kickstarter.

Below, Wilson and Gaiman talk about Kuttner's influence on their work and why a new generation of science fiction/fantasy writers should experience the strange worlds of Henry Kuttner.

[Hogbens and Such: A Conversation Between Neil Gaiman and F. Paul Wilson]

Oct 3 2012 2:00pm

10 Tips for Launching your Steampunk Project on Kickstarter

10 Tips for Launching your Steampunk Project on Kickstarter

Are you considering launching a Kickstarter project? As a marketer specializing in publishing and technology projects, I get numerous requests from startups to market their Kickstarter campaigns. Currently, I’m researching steampunk projects on Kickstarter in preparation for the upcoming Steam Patriots campaign for Noble Beast and I thought I’d share some tips with you.

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Aug 7 2012 12:00pm

New Sci-Fi Bookshop Singularity & Co. Opening this Week!

In a universe where bookstores are being swallowed up whole, it’s fantastic news when a new one materializes. With a mission to bring both new and out-of-print science fiction books together, Singularity & Co. is poised to launch both an online bookstore and a real-life brick and mortar shop. We think their big ideas are both ambitious and very welcome!

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Jul 16 2012 4:00pm

No, Kickstarter is Not the #2 Graphic Novel Publisher

No, Kickstarter is Not the #2 Graphic Novel Publisher

Over at Publishers Weekly, for the second year in a row, Todd Allen asked “Is Kickstarter the #2 Graphic Novel publisher?”

And the answer is “No, it is not.”

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Jun 1 2012 12:05pm

A Picture Tour of Amanda Palmer’s Awesome Brooklyn Lot Party (with Neil Gaiman)

A Picture Tour of Amanda Palmer’s Weird Brooklyn Lot Party (with Neil Gaiman)Sometimes you get home at 10 PM after a long day and you want nothing more than to have something to eat and watch old episodes of Kitchen Nightmares or something. Then you read about Amanda Palmer’s recent Kickstarter funding project and how she was looking to raise $100,000 to put out a new record, a new book, and fund a tour. And how she raised nearly $1.2 million. And how she’s throwing an open lot party in Brooklyn to celebrate. And how it’s that night. And a few blocks south of you. And Neil Gaiman is there just hanging out.


[Pictures below the cut! Fire-eaters, metal horses, and Neil Gaiman!]

May 9 2012 6:00pm

Dinocalypse! A Dinosaur Pulp Fiction Success Story

Dinocalypse! A Dinosaur Pulp Fiction Success Story

Amanda Palmer is doing it. So are some of the biggest artists, writers and indie-publishers out there. I’m talking about using Kickstarter, the crowd-source funding option for the masses that is allowing people across the world to raise money for their projects. Kickstarter has seen some amazing results and backed some fantastic projects (including Order of the Stick and this feminist fiction anthology recently featured here on 

One of those projects was a recent success story from Evil Hat Productions, a staple in the indie roleplaying game industry who’s titles include The Dresden Files RPG, Don’t Rest Your Head and Spirit of the Century. When they wanted to create a trilogy of novels based on their Spirit of the Century line, they went right to the fans and Kickstarter with astronomical results.

This is their story.

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May 3 2012 2:30pm

Contributing to the Conversation: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology Kickstarter

Kickstarter has become ubiquitous around the SF community, funding things like “An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer,” the digital archiving of Charles Brown/Locus Magazine’s extraordinary collection of SF-related documents, and a thousand other things. But, there’s a new Kickstarter in town, and it’s one that I very much want to draw attention to.

[More on this neat new project]

Mar 19 2012 4:00pm

Kickstarting Order of the Stick

Order of the Stick

1,254,120 gold pieces is approximately the value of the hoard of a great wyrm blue dragon. The bed of gold and jewels and magic artifacts upon which the hateful serpent slumbers. If you and your party of adventurers — let’s say, for sake of argument, a human fighter, a human thief, an elf wizard, a halfling ranger, a human bard and a dwarven cleric — traveled out to the desert, puzzled through its command of illusions and hallucinations, braved the beast’s frightful presence, dodged it’s lightning breath, battled it tooth and claw...and tail slap and wing buffet and crushing scale and spell — remember, it casts as a 17th level sorcerer, plus access to several cleric domains — and then finally triumphant, claimed the vast Smaug-like treasure trove for themselves, that is how much you’d get from the Dungeon Master. The halfling, being a sneaky little sociopath, probably took the Arkenstone for himself. You know how that goes. $1,254,120 is also how much money Rich Burlew of Order of the Stick raised when he started a Kickstarter to fund a reprint of his graphic novels.

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Mar 2 2012 5:30pm

Introducing Beatrice: An App Full of Author Interviews

A frequent contributor, Ron Hogan has been editing the literary site Beatrice since 1995. For almost as long the Internet has been around, Ron has been chatting with his favorite authors, discussing the craft of writing and all aspects of literary life with an ever-growing list of talented people, including genre giants like George R.R. Martin, Jonathan Lethem and Laurell  K. Hamilton, just to name a few.

Now he’s hoping to make these author interviews available as a free app, but he needs your help. Ron’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get the official Beatrice app rolling, so if you’re into supporting a homegrown, dedicated video author interview series, you can find all the details here. Furthermore, Ron’s always looking for suggestions from fellow fans and readers, so be sure to let us know which authors you’d like to see interviewed on Beatrice in the future...


Stubby the Rocket is the voice and mascot of Stubby knows Ron would do a video interview with Stubby, but Stubby is oddly camera shy.

Jun 14 2011 11:10am

Not Your Father’s d6: A Look at 6 SFF Dice Games and Other Dicey Things

I remember receiving the white box edition of Dungeons & Dragons as a gift back in the mid 70’s. The rise of the RPG phenomenon since that time has been well-documented, but what is often overlooked is the evolution of the dice. Prior to D&D dice were strictly 6 sided cubes that came in any color you wanted as long as it was black, white, or red. By today’s standards the Basic D&D dice were laughable; soft plastic polyhedrons with dull, frayed edges that wore down after only modest use, but at the time they were a wonder to behold. A standard set included 4, 6, 8, and 20 sided dice (the Platonic Solids for you math majors out there). Since that time the 10 sided die, bastard child of the Platonic Solids, has become quite popular, and dice with 100+ sides have been produced.

While not entirely new, advancements in short run manufacturing have made it increasingly possible to design small print-run games using custom dice. You can even have your own dice made in as few as 10 copies. What follows is a brief overview of some games based on very cool looking dice, and a selection of custom dice that can be used to pimp out your favorite RPG or boardgame.

[Breaking news for Lovecraft fans from Fantasy Flight Games, just jump through the gate...]

Nov 2 2010 12:38pm

“The Price” by Neil Gaiman—A Kickstarter Drive

Neil Gaiman’s The Price movie adaptation by Chris Salmon

Until the end of November, there is a drive active on Kickstarter for an animated film of Neil Gaiman’s “The Price,” a short story most recently featured in the anthology Sympathy for the Devil and originally printed in Smoke and Mirrors. (It appears to be online here.) It is a “true” story in the manner of true stories that aren’t quite—it’s metafiction, very lightly veiled—about a cat, a devil, and a very lucky family that might not be so lucky in the near future. After watching the proposal video, narrated by Neil himself (who is interested in the project and providing his time to promoting it), I was fairly intrigued.

Give it a watch on this page, where Mr. Chris Salmon explains why he wants to do the film, why he needs the money and what it will be put toward, and where he expects to show it once it’s complete.

[A quick thought on this idea lurks below the cut]