CBS, Paramount Sue over Trek

CBS and Paramount have announced a lawsuit against the producer of the fan-funded Star Trek fan film Axanar. The copyright infringement suit names both Axanar and Prelude to Axanar and seeks $150,000 for each element of Star Trek the films infringe. Axanar’s producer, Alec Peters , raised $638,000 on Kickstarter, more than half a million more than he targeted.

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ETA: corrected amount sought in the lawsuit.

Totusek Housing GoFundMe

Through a change in circumstances, Minneapolis fan Ann Totusek has found herself in a situation where she either needs to buy her house or find herself homeless. Ann is currently the caregiver for her mother, suffering dementia, and her teenage son, who suffers SPD. Ann, who helps run conventions throughout the upper Midwest in Iowa, Minneapolis, and Chicago, is running a GoFundMe to raise money for the down payment on their home.

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Beaton Bike Stolen

Con runner Adam Beaton has had a run of bad luck in the transportation department. After his car broke down, he purchased a bike for transportation. Unfortunately, when he came out of work last week, he discovered that someone had cut his bike lock and stolen his bike. Beaton is running a gofundme campaign to raise money to purchase a new bike. Beaton ran the Orlando in 2016 Worldcon bid and has worked on various Worldcons and NASFiCs over the past several years.

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Lunacon is Crowdsourcing

Lunacon, which was founded in 1957, went on hiatus after the 2014 event. Following a restructuring, Luncacon is now trying to raise $8,000 to ensure that they can hold the convention in 2016. The cash is needed in order to pay for storage rental, make deposits on facilities, and ensure that they can bring their guests, Robert J. Sawyer, Naomi Novik, and Rick Sternbach, to the convention.

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Larry Smith GoFundMe

Following his accident on the drive home from DragonCon, Larry Smith, who is now out of the hospital, has been informed that insurance will not cover the full replacement of his van and the payment of his lost stock is still unknown. For this reason, A GoFundMe campaign has been created (with Larry and Sally’s permission) to try to raise the funds they believe will be necessary to cover their expenses.

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Uncanny Kickstarter, Year 2

Lynne Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have announced a Kickstarter to provide funding for the second year of their on-line magazine, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Uncanny publishes as an eBook on a bimonthly schedule. Each issue contains at least 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews. The Kickstarter starts on August 11 and will run through September 10.

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Armstrong Suit Preservation

The Smithsonian Institute has announced that it has successfully raised $550,000 via Kickstarter in order to preserve the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong during the first moonwalk. The Smithsonian is planning another Kickstarter to raise $700,000 to preserve the suit worn by Alan B. Shepard, Jr. on the first American manned launch.
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Speculations KC Kickstarter

Bryan Thomas Schmidt has announced a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to cover to cost to publisher Speculations K.C. in conjunction with the 2016 Worldcon, MidAmeriCon II, to be held in Kansas City. The book will contain stories by authors with Kansas City connections.

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Genius Loci Kickstarter

Jaym Gates has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the anthology Genius Loci, and anthology which Gates describes as “tales of guardian spirits and divine powers.” The Kickstarter runs through April 2 and seeks to raise $14,500. The anthology will include stories by Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, Alethea Kontis, Laura Anne Gilman, Scott Edelman, Andy Duncan, and Steven H Silver, among many others.

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Kerr Fundraiser For Ailing Husband

Author Alis Rasmussen is hosting a YouCaring fundraiser to raise money to help author Katharine Kerr care for her husband, Howard, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Kerr’s solo care for her husband currently precludes her from writing and the funds raised by the crowdfunding would go to pay for a “health aide to come to the house or an adult day­care specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients.” THe stated funding goal would cover about five months of care.

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