EXCERPT: Save the Photophobic Hemoglobivores with the Sanguine Reserve! by Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty is a podcaster and writer from Durham, NC. She made her name with podcasting (I Should Be Writing, The Angry Robot Podcast, and Escape Pod, the premier SF podcast magazine) and has written for magazines, roleplaying games, and audio and video podcasts. She’s the author of the popular Shambling Guides series, with books 1 (Shambling Guide to New York City) and 2 (Ghost Train to New Orleans) out now.

Save the Photophobic Hemoglobivores With the Sanguine Reserve!


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Help conserve one of the oldest species on Earth with a private nature reserve.

About This Project

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. —Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau had a great respect for nature and all that exists within it. If he knew how our world worked today, with thousands of creatures threatened with extinction, he would likely be driven to conservation efforts, which is why we started the Thoreau Conservation Society.

My name is Billie Jo Warn, and I’ve spent my life preserving endangered species. I was there when the last black rhino died. I was also there when the Jefferson cloning lab in Santa Fe, New Mexico welcomed Polly, the first baby black rhino to return to existence. Preserving life is my passion.

Our latest efforts are to save another creature hunted nearly to extinction, a creature that is longer-lived than the great tortoise. A few months ago, some Thoreau vigilante conservationists interrupted a vampire safari in Poland and managed to save what we believe to be the some of the last vampires in existence.

After our deportation, we hatched the plan for the first vampire reserve, to protect and to study these endangered creatures.

Now we have our four Polish vampires, two male and two female, and hope that they will form mated pairs if we give them their own place to live, far away from the stakes of hunters and the wretched sun. A small island on the northern coast of an undisclosed northern country seemed perfect.

Now we just need the funds. The money we need will be used to rent the island from this country’s government for a five-year lease, to build proper gothic mansions for each mated pair, and also to build secure fences to protect the vampires from hunters. There will be no trophy urns of dust removed from our reserve.

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. —Henry David Thoreau

Stretch Goals

Our base goal will cover the funding of the reserve, the wall, and the five-year lease. But with more money we could do so many more amazing things. At the $1,500,000 level, we will be able to set up a secure viewing area for visiting scientists. If we have better ways to safely tranquilize, tag, and study these gentle nocturnal creatures, we could understand them and perhaps work to spread their population.

At the $2,500,000 level we will create a vampire museum and educational classes, allowing interested students to come and learn from our subjects. The museum will also be a moneymaker, ensuring the reserve lasts longer than the 5-year lease we will initially purchase.

At the $5,000,000 level, the island becomes self-sustaining. When vampires were a thriving species, they often lived a short ways from small villages, so that is our final stretch goal: with the extra money we will be able to build a small village, thereby completing the replication of the vampires’ natural habitat. Area governments are eager to help us find volunteers to populate the village.



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