ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Unidentified Funny Objects is an anthology of humorous science fiction & fantasy.
There are lots of magazines and collections out there that specialize in dark fantasy and horror. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – but some of us enjoy lighthearted, funny speculative stories in the spirit of Fredric Brown, Robert Sheckley, and Douglas Adams. There are few publications that specialize in those kinds of stories today, so I took it upon myself to create a new one.
My name is Alex Shvartsman, and I write funny stories. All right, I write all kinds of stories, even some of that dark fantasy stuff. But funny SF/F is what I love to write – and read – most. I’m an active member of SFWA and my fiction has appeared in over thirty venues such as Nature Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and the Assessment of Skills and Knowledge reading comprehension test administered to New Jersey high school students (really!). I’m also a game industry professional with a number of tabletop game design credits and a national award for my work in the area of Organized Play. I founded UFO Publishing in 2012 and Unidentified Funny Objects is its first project.
This book is going to be released in November and while I’m still reading submissions, I have already accepted some really awesome stories, including:
- “El and Al vs. Himmler’s Hideous Horde from Hell” -- a novelette by Mike Resnick, the most award-winning science fiction writer in the genre’s history.
- “Love Thy Neighbor” by 2011 Nebula Award winner Ken Liu
- "Temporal Shimmies" by two-time Nebula nominee Jennifer Pelland
- “Moon Landing” by World Fantasy, Sturgeon and Campbell Awards nominee Lavie Tidhar
- “Dreaming Harry” by acclaimed children’s fantasy novelist Stephanie Burgis
And many more wonderful tales.
Just how many more? That may be up to you.
WHAT’S THE MONEY FOR?
Small publishers are often forced to cut corners in order to afford producing their books. I believe that there’s no reason “small publisher” should be synonymous with “budget.” So I went all out. I’m paying authors professional rates, paying for high quality cover art, professional copy-editing, interior layout, typesetting, and e-book conversion. In short, I want the book to look and read as though it was released by a major publisher. My total out of pocket cost is well over $10,000.
So why am I only looking to raise $5,000? Truth is, the key elements of this project are already budgeted for. No matter what happens, I’m paying authors and all other professionals involved, and producing both an e-book and a trade paperback. But, with your help, I could do a lot more. If this Kickstarter campaign reaches its fundraising goal, I’ll be able to:
- Accept and publish a few more stories, increasing the size of the book. And, trust me, there are *many* awesome stories I’ll have to ultimately reject only because there’s a limited amount of space and budget
- Print a limited-edition hardcover version of the book
- Order a much larger print run of the trade paperback copies of the book
- Buy advertising in various excellent e-zines and podcasts (so you get to indirectly support them, too, by supporting UFO!)
- Produce more quality FREE content on the UFO web site
- Stretch goals! If I end up raising enough money and generating enough interest in this project that can only mean one thing: UFO #2 in 2013.
WHY SUPPORT THIS PROJECT?
When I set out to launch UFO Publishing, I had several goals in mind:
- Create a laugh-out-loud-funny book of SF & F stories.
- Pay writers professional rates. Also, pay on acceptance. Writers shouldn’t have to wait a long time to get paid.
- Be responsive. I reply to most story submissions in a matter of days or even hours. Writers shouldn’t have to wait several months to hear back regarding a short story submission.
- Be transparent. I blog about the submission process and other details of putting together an anthology at www.alexshvartsman.com
- Be fair. All stories that make it past the first round of consideration are read anonymously and voted on by an editorial board. Those readers don’t know if the author is a Nebula winner or a new, unpublished voice. They judge each story on merit alone.
If any of the above sound like good ideas to you, consider pledging.
Added on 8/19:
UFO Publishing is a proud supporter of the Kicking It Forward movement. That means I'll put 5%+ of the realized profits from this book into other Kickstarter projects.
A FREE GIFT FOR YOU
Regardless of whether you choose to pledge, I’d like to offer you a free gift. Click on the link below to read one of the stories included in UFO:
- (30 days)