The Sword and Laser book club wants to shoot another season of video shows. Help them introduce you to great SciFi and Fantasy authors. Read more
This project was successfully funded on November 23, 2013.
About this project
Stretch Goal #2 - $50,000 = Live audience!
Look, we're not being greedy here. But we still have a lot of time left, so why not have another goal!
If we reach $50,000 in funding we'll open our three shoot days to a live audience. You'll have a chance to come watch us shoot the show! Woohoo!
We can probably only fit 8 people per taping, so there would likely be a total of about 24 slots.
How is this going to work, Tom? I'm confused.
If we reach 50K, anybody will be able to email us (when we say so) and tell us they're interested in coming to a shoot. We''ll randomly select from those people to fill most of the 24 slots. I say MOST, because if we reach the 50K level we will reserve a few of those slots as rewards for backers at a new level. Those people will be able to guarantee a seat at the tapings.
There are also a few new reward levels in there so take a look!
We met Stretch Goal $35,000
Well, you all are most impressive. Funded in less than two days!
THANK YOU. Lem will eat well once again (Veronica’s cat Devo is safe… for now).
Time for a stretch goal
And since we raised $35,000 we'll be able to do 12 episodes. TWELVE!
We'll also be slipping in a couple of new reward levels as well. Remember, if you see a new reward level you like but you've already backed us, you can switch to the new one!
What's all this, then?
Since 2007, Sword and Laser has been the premiere online Science Fiction and Fantasy book club. 18,000 people are helping spaceship lovers discover the joys of dragons, and vice versa. (Drop in on our Goodreads forum to meet some of them!)
In 2012 we were lucky enough to be invited to do a video version of the show. Like so many things though after the first year the money went elsewhere.
But Lem, our space castle dwelling dragon still slumbers on our set, hungering for more books. We must wake the dragon. With you we can.
We could just do Google Hangouts, and if this Kickstarter doesn't fund, we probably will. But we'd love to do the better-looking, richer, dragon-infested version we did last year.
To do that we need money for studio space, cameras, lights, editing and of course our own time. If you'd like to see Sword and Laser video return in all its Space Castle glory, and you have a little to spare, why not kick in a few bucks. We've gathered some cool rewards for you as well!
If we meet our goal we'll commit to six episodes with six different authors to premiere sometime in 2014. We'll have a stretch goal of more episodes as well. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We're not traveling at light speed here.
Seriously. Please back us. If not for us, do it for Lem the dragon.
Risks and challenges
What could go wrong? So much. Specifically we need to schedule production time and book author guests and ourselves. That can cause production delays. Hard drives crash and episodes get lost. Perish the thought and we'll take every backup precaution to prevent it, but we're trying to think of everything. Maybe the production house can't find time for us and we have to move the stage. Again, we don't think they will but thinking of disaster scenarios here people. It is California. Earthquakes. Also, the dragon might leave. Unlikely but there you have it. Full disclosure.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Uh, Tom, the SABRE & BLASTER level seems to mention a mythical "KNIFE & DIRK" level. Do you meeeaannn to say KNIFE & MASER or DIRK & HEAT RAY? Worst. Reward text. Ever.
Well comic book guy, as a matter of a fact it means the Knife level AND the Dirk level. LITERALLY!
In other words if you back at the Sabre & Blaster level you get the poster or photo PLUS the ebook, sticker, and bookmark, So there.
I want rewards that are in two different levels but Kickstarter won't let me back two different levels. What the heck Merritt? I want the Stein AND the book (for example)! Why didn't you combine them? Why do you make me choose?!?!? WHY?!?!?!?
Good news everyone! After the Kickstarter is over, we'll give all backers a chance to add-on items that they didn't get with their level! Would your dream package have included a stein AND a Kindle cover? You'll be able to make one. Want an extra paperback copy of the anthology to give your Mom
as a birthday gift? Problem solved! Available add-ons will include the paperback and e-book copies of the anthology, posters, t-shirts, stein, Kindle case, Kindle sleeve, and USB drive.
Pledge $5 or more
DAGGER & RAYGUN
Shoutout on website. You'll be listed on a special page just for backers of the Kickstarter. You will be WEB FAMOUS!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
DIRK & HEAT RAY
Sword and Laser sticker and bookmark. This matching set is both suitable for sticking AND for marking. Makes a perfect stocking stuffer for lovers of swords and or lasers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
KNIFE & MASER
Copy of the Sword and Laser Anthology ebook! Plus the sticker and bookmark.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $35 or more
CUTLASS & PARTICLE WEAPON
ADVANCE copy of the Sword and Laser Anthology in both paperback and ebook! Except for the people who actually worked on or wrote the stories in the anthology YOU will be first to get it in your hot little e-reader and or hands. (Could be earlier than March but just playing it safe) Plus the sticker and bookmark.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
SABRE & BLASTER
Signed Poster OR Photo - A Sword and Laser poster, a picture of Tom & Veronica with Lem or just a picture of Lem. Your choice!
Plus KNIFE & DIRK Level reward.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $60 or more
A Sword and Laser stein. Suitable for filling with mead or romulan ale! (plus the DIRK & HEAT RAY and KNIFE & MASER level rewards).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $60 or more
Sword and Laser Kindle case or sleeve. Put your Kindle in a case that shows off you're a member of the world's greatest SciFi and Fantasy book club! (plus the DIRK & HEAT RAY and KNIFE & MASER level rewards)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
26 backers Limited (34 left of 60)
KATANA & DISRUPTOR
Producer credit in one episode. Will this make you a star? Yes. To us. We can't promise anything about Hollywood. But your name will be on the credits as big as Tom's! Almost as big as Veronica's! Plus signed poster, ebook, bookmark and stickers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
USB Drive with all the audio and video episodes of Sword and Laser! (plus the DIRK & HEAT RAY and KNIFE & MASER level rewards).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
FALCHION & DISINTEGRATOR
Your choice of one from several forthcoming Sword and Laser t-shirts, PLUS advance copies of the Sword and Laser Anthology in paperback and e-book. Go to your local bookstore wearing one and reading the other and prepare for the love. Plus bookmarks, signed poster & sticker.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $110 or more
SWORDS SPEAK LOUDER THAN LASERS --- Get a shoutout on an audio episode of Sword and Laser! Veronica will mispronounce your name and Tom will try to make a pun out of it. Plus everything in the CUTLASS & PARTICLE WEAPON level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $125 or more
24 backers All gone!
$125 - SWORD YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO READ ---- Tom & Veronica will each send you one of their favorite books with a note inside about why they recommend it. Plus everything in the CUTLASS & PARTICLE WEAPON level.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
DAO & PLASMA RIFLE
Record an audio message for you! Perfect to use as your voicemail greeting, introduction to your podcast or to scare away the neighborhood kids. Limit 30 seconds and Veronica doesn't promise to pronounce anything correctly. Plus t-shirt, signed poster, bookmarks & a copy of the anthology.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
3 backers All gone!
FOLLOW ME PLEASAR! Tom and Veronica will both follow you on Twitter for (at least) one year. Plus everything in the CUTLASS & PARTICLE WEAPON level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $175 or more
6 backers All gone!
SCIMITAR & PHASER
Tom and Veronica will discuss one book of your choosing on the audio show! Now, we're not going to let you pick a book you wrote, OK? Or your Mom's book. We're not even guaranteeing we'll be able to read it. BUT we WILL start a thread in Goodreads about it and we WILL chat about it on the show. It's a chance to get some love for that one book we've never covered. Plus bookmarks, signed poster & sticker.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or more
1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)
EPEE & PULSE RIFLE
Guaranteed question on ONE episode of the video show. We always take audience questions but we can't take them all. Now you can be sure yours gets asked. You can submit it in text, audio, or video, your choice. You just have to get it to us by the deadline we tell you. You do that, and we'll make sure it gets an answer! Plus t-shirt, bookmarks, sticker, signed poster & a copy of the anthology.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)
KILIJ & DEATH WAND
Your own personal 30 minute Google hangout with Tom & Veronica. Wanna talk about a book? Or books? Want to explain why we're wrong about Alfred Bester? Or C. J. Cherryh? Hey! It's your show! You decide if it's made available to the public or stays secreted away on your hard drive. We're at your disposal for 30 minutes. Plus t-shirt, bookmarks signed poster,& a copy of the anthology.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $750 or more
1 backer All gone!
SCALPEL & GAMMA KNIFE
You get to pick the book for the Book Club one month and have the option of appearing on the audio podcast to discuss the wrap-up.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $3,000 or more
BROADSWORD & PLASMA CANNON
Executive producer credit on all episodes. And look. If you back at this level, we're going to pretty much shower you with thanks and love at every opportunity we get. We'll personally lobby any Movie Databases on the Internet to make sure you get added. Plus t-shirt, bookmarks, signed poster & a copy of the anthology.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
WHINYARD & ION CANNON
Really? Wow. You do this and we'll read and review the book you wrote in a video hangout (with or without you, your choice) that you can choose to make public or not. (But why not?) Plus t-shirt, bookmarks, signed poster & a copy of the anthology.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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