There's something inherently a bit weird about Kickstarter campaigns, where someone puts a very personal goal on the Internet and hopes to make a polished enough pitch to get your money. So a brand new anthology project, of science-fictional Kickstarter campaigns, is just taking that strangeness to its logical extreme.

And you can help make this anthology happen! On Kickstarter, not surprisingly. Inspired by the story "Help Fund My Robot Army" by Keffy R.M. Kehrli — which we reposted at io9 — editor John Joseph Adams is doing a whole book of made-up Kickstarter pleas, and you can help fund it! Here's the pitch:

If you're a regular Kickstarter backer, you've probably seen some unique Kickstarters in your time. But one thing all of those projects—boringly!—had in common was: They abided by the physical laws of the universe! If what you've always been looking for in a Kickstarter—and couldn't find—was a project that allowed you to SUMMON DEMONS, DEFY GRAVITY, WIELD MAGIC, or VIOLATE CAUSALITY, then the anthology HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Kickstarters may be just the thing you've been looking for.

The anthology will contain 25 or more science fiction/fantasy stories in Kickstarter form; that is, the stories will be told in the form of a fictional Kickstarter project pitch, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story.


A project this surreal and metafictional deserves to happen. So go make it happen!

And meanwhile, a shameless plug: My story "The Master Conjurer" is up at Lightspeed now, and it's an off-kilter tale of a man who does a magic spell with no "downside" or unfortunate consequences — and this leads to a media feeding frenzy, of course.