HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects
edited by John Joseph Adams
If you’re a regular backer of Kickstarters, you’ve probably seen some unique crowdfunding projects in your time. But one thing all of those campaigns—boringly!—had in common was: They abided by the physical laws of the universe! HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! is an anthology of science fiction/fantasy stories told in the form of fictional crowdfunding project pitches, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story. This includes but is not limited to: Project Goals, Rewards, User Comments, Project Updates, FAQs, and more. The idea is to replicate the feel of reading a crowdfunding pitch, so that even though the projects may be preposterous in the real world, they will feel like authentic crowdfunding projects as much as possible. So if what you’ve always been looking for in a Kickstarter—and couldn’t find—was a project that allowed you to protect yourself from spoilers, buy wishes, find lost objects, or support a wildlife preserve for supernatural creatures, then HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects may be just the thing you’ve been looking for.
Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are tragic. Some deal with time travel. Some deal with space travel. Some deal with various ways of reuniting with the dead. Some with transplanting consciousness in animals. One deals with Kickstarter itself. Some are hard to classify. [A]ll of the stories herein are clever, creative, and certainly not run of the mill. […] The creativity shown by the authors in sticking with the Kickstarter format and incorporating it into their stories was pretty impressive. […] Help Fund My Robot Army!!! is one of the most impressive anthologies I’ve seen this year. It was certainly the most ambitious. I highly recommend it.
Ever felt that crowd fundraising Kickstarter was too boring and mundane, with people just wanting to fund projects that actually make sense? If you’ve wondered quite how the more insane projects might get off the ground, then pick up a copy of this fun little ebook. Adams has brought together an eclectic group of writers from across the world, and let them run riot. We’ve got the eponymous Robot Army being funded—but there are also projects to bring back the dead, travel through time, deal with sparkly vampires (one of my favourites), and much more. [The stories] range from the laugh-aloud hilarious to the bittersweet and many of them act as a brief window into a much wider story that we only glimpses elements of in the tale. […] A very varied and enjoyable mix of tales.