Luncacon, 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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Gary McGath has announced that he is crowdsourcing the book Tomorrow’s Songs Today: The History of Filk Music. When the work is complete it will be published as an e-book tracing the history of filk from early conventions to the present day. McGath expects the book will be published by the end of this year, but is looking for financial assistance to make it happen.
Lynne Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have announced a Kickstarter to provide initial funding for a new on-line magazine, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Uncanny will be published as eBooks on a bimonthly schedule. Each issue will contain at least 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews. The Kickstarter runs from July 29 and will run through August 28.
Beth Gwinn is trying to raise funds to publish Dreamers of Wonder, a collection of science fiction author photos she has taken over the past thirty-four years. This book would be a follow-up to her 2000 book Dark Dreamers. Gwinn has created a Kickstarter to try to finance the project.