Charlie’s Army Needs You

Madison fan Charlie Bernstein is known for throwing Cow-themed parties at conventions in support of OdysseyCon in Madison, WI. In September, while driving to work, Bernstein’s car was struck and he has been left paralyzed. A GoFundMe has been created to help raise the funds needed to provide Bernstein with the bed and retrofitting his house needs to allow him to live there.
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Uncanny Annual Kickstarter

Lynne Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have announced a Kickstarter to provide funding for the third 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 started on July 18 and will run through August 16.
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Pluto Telescope Restoration

One year ago today, New Horizon achieved perihadean, flying close to Pluto and beginning the process of downloading photos and data that have given us a whole new understanding of the world. The telescope Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto in 1930 is in need of restoration and the Lowell Observatory has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help restore this piece of American astronomical history.
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Bud Webster Medical Fund

Author Bud Webster, who entered hospice care in December, has established a medical fund to help cover the mounting costs of his treatment. Marscon has established the fund to help Webster, who non-fiction has helped chronicle science fiction. In addition to his fiction and non-fiction, Webster has built the Author Estate project to help publishers and editors find the rights holders for various works.
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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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