Artist and potter Peri Charlifu found himself in the hospital in March with a dissolving and gangrenous appendix. A GoFundMe has been started to help Charlifu with his medical and other bills as he is in the middle of planning a wedding and his hospitalization means he can’t work on pottery or attend cons and shows to sell his work. Charlifu was recently an Artist Guest of Honor at Windycon 41.
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.
Washington area fan John Madigan was diagnoses with brain cancer last year and his medical bills are mounting. He and wife Candy, who have hosted the Washington Science Fiction Association’s 3rd Friday meetings for several years, have started a Youcaring campaign to try to help raise funds to cover JOhn’s medical bills and household expenses.
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.
Dina Benadon and Brent Young recently purchased the home in which Walt Disney was born in Chicago and are trying to restore it and turn it into a museum. The house was built by Disney’s father and Disney lived their from his birth in 1901 until 1905. Benadon and Young are trying to raise $500,000 through Kickstarter to achieve their goal.
Two kickstarters to benefit Jay Lake, one to help pay the production costs to finish the documentary Lakeside, the other to pay the cost to sequence Lake’s geneome for further study, met with such great success, the latter raising $10,000 in less than five hours, that Paypal froze Lake’s account due to the sudden influx of donations. Due to a Twitter campaign, Paypal quickly rectified the situation and made arrangements to donate to the Kickstarters as well. Lake has been battling cancer since he was first diagnosed in 2008.
The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced a Kickstarter program to raise funds to help preserve, protect, digitize, and make available to the public materials collected over the years by Charles N. Brown. The Foundation’s initial goal is to raise $9,500 in 35 days.