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Crowdfund a documentary about Bikini Atoll's wrecks and tales of bicycles in space

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The ships sunk by an atomic blast at Bikini Atoll are the subject of a documentary—and you can give it a helping hand. Also check out a Lovecraft-inspired marionette show and an anthology of science fiction stories about bicycles.


Top image from The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak.

The Atomic Armada - The Forgotten Wrecks of Bikini Atoll


In 1946, the US detonated a 23 kiloton atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll, and the nearby naval ships represent the only ships ever sunk by an atomic blast, but no visual record exists to document their current states. SCUBA diver and videographer Adrian Smith is looking to document these wrecks before they deteriorate further and create a record of the effects of an atomic detonation on the ships. For a $25 pledge, you'll receive a copy of the completed documentary. [via Boing Boing]

The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak (Marionette Puppet Play)

Given how large puppets loom in our nightmares, it's surprising that we don't see more Lovecraftian puppet plays. The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak promises to be an unnerving interpretation of HP Lovecraft-inspired horror:

The Doom That Came to Fiddle Creak is an original play set in the backwoods of North Carolina in the 1920s. The story is influenced by the Appalachian folkloric tradition of Jack tales and the weird horror writings of H.P. Lovecraft; its plot revolves around a reclusive family of sorcerers who perform a strange ritual once every twenty years. The ninety minute performance will be in three acts with nine scenes and seven set pieces each, furnished with a painted backdrop and props, six dramatic characters played by marionettes.


The play will open in Portland, Oregon, in fall 2013, but the company hopes to take it on tour. For a $20 pledge, you'll receive a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and selected scenes from this and other shows.

Bikes in Space: Taking the Lane #10


Taking the Lane is a quarterly anthology of feminist bicycling stories, and the latest issue collects stories and art featuring bikes with a science fiction theme. For a $7 pledge, you'll receive a copy of the anthology, plus a "Bikes in Space" sticker.

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I quite like the Bikini Atoll documentary idea. I do hope they exceed their funding goals so they can make sure the film gets a proper editing. It's too easy to make an interesting concept in a documentary come across as boring. The edit and the narration are just as important as the footage, and the fact the money asked for is only going towards getting the footage I'm a bit disappointed.