Multi-award-winning anthlology editor John Joseph Adams is putting together a fiction collection on Kickstarter about Kickstarter.
It’s called HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Kickstarters, and it’s all stories of fantastic and improbable crowdfunding projects — essentially, using the format of a Kickstarter project to create narratives, such as the short story the book is titled after: “Help Fund My Robot Army!!!”, by Keffy R.M. Kehrli (which you can read online for free):
The field of robotics is full of hacks, engineers with no creative impulse. Scientists who wouldn’t know ambition if it hit them in the face with a laser cannon. Well! I have spent the past twenty years designing my robot army—no machine out of place—to take over the world for my own nefarious purposes.
With this in mind, I am asking for $40,000,000,000 to pay for equipment, raw materials, rent for my secret lair, and a Playstation.
I have no doubt that you are wondering what I will do if—ah, though it is not “if” so much as “when”!—I surpass my initial funding goals. My stretch goals include a squad of “Steam Punk” robots, including gears, parasols, and gold inlay; a domed city to house survivors, surrounded by a moat complete with robot sharks to keep them safe; and a collection of plush versions of my most popular robot models…
The anthology is full of a great roster of talent, as well as me! I somehow snuck in there. I will be writing a story for the book! And John has posted a short interview with me today as well.
The Kickstarter campaign for the anthology ends on Thursday, so there’s a few days left if you’d like to pledge for a copy.
John’s video, I will also advise you, is full of kittens. The man knows how to get me!!