About this project
NEW STRETCH GOAL:
We're considering offering a new backer prize. We think it could be really great.
It's a calendar. Specifically, a calendar featuring Singularity&Co co-founder Cici James in costume as science fiction's greatest females, shot in various corners of our sci fi bookshop in Brooklyn, NYC by photographer Bill Wadman, who's already taken the following photos:
PROBLEM: We're 100% sure this calendar would be pretty darn awesome. But, due to the significant upfront costs of putting it together, and because we're not sure how much demand there'll actually be, we're anxious about committing to this awesome backer prize before knowing if we'll be able to produce it without actually losing money.
OUR SOLUTION: Add a new stretch goal!
IF WE MAKE IT TO $40,000 we'll offer the following to all backers pledged at $25 or more:
a.) The option to swap a T-shirt, poster, or 1 Year Subscription for a calendar
b.) For those backers who want to keep their original reward level swag AND get a calendar too, we'll also email all our backers with a link to purchase the calendar at a special Kickstarter Backer discounted price once the campaign ends.
c.) ALL BACKERS pledged at $35 and above will receive a bonus high resolution digital download file of all calendar images, should they so choose to receive it in their post-campaign backer surveys!
We'd love to be brazen and offer the calendar as a reward outright, but we want to be fair to the photographer and ourselves by making sure we can cover the cost of producing the calendar before we commit.
SO - if you're into it, LET US KNOW: Add a little extra to your pledge. Share the project with your friends, lovers, family and co-workers. TWEET ABOUT US! (William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi have!)
We've got SEVEN DAYS and $10K TO GO! Let's do this thing!
BREAKING NEWS: 16 days to go and we're already $10K past our original goal. WOWWW!!! A big THANK YOU to our many, many generous backers!
Since we have a few days to go, we're adding a new STRETCH GOAL:
The ultimate mission of Save the Sci Fi is to rescue to works in danger of disappearing forever. After two years of learning the legal ropes and executing the diligence due when republishing out-of-print texts, we know it can take months, even years of detective work getting to the bottom of copyright ownership, including however long it takes to find the author (or their spouse, or their children, or whomever now owns the rights to said text), not to mention time spent proving we're not a fly-by-night operation out to make a quick buck.
All this to say, we've learned it takes time to jump through all the hoops necessary to republish the works we do. WHAT SCARES US is how many books are disappearing in the mean time.
We come across a lot of lost treasures that we'd love to publish, but have yet to clear due to murky copyright status, legal spiderwebs, etc. At the moment we set them aside in an ever growing "for later" pile.
HERE'S WHAT WE'D LIKE TO DO: For every $10K beyond our original goal, we will archive 10 additional texts. This includes sourcing physical copies, scanning, OCRing, editing, and digitally formatting the texts so they're ready to share as soon as we're legally able. Sort of like a science fiction time capsule!
We recognize this doesn't get our backers more "product" in the short term, but we're hoping there are still wonderful people out there who'd like to help us bring even more rare, out-of-print books back to the future!
AND, since we're currently at $26K, that means we're committed to saving an additional 10 texts right off the bat!
We're bringing unique, out-of-print science fiction back to the future as e-books, and YOU CAN HELP!
Two years ago we started a little Kickstarter project called Save the Sci Fi. Some of our all time favorite sci fi authors (Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, Margaret Atwood) offered their kind support during the campaign (and after), garnering us great press, for which we are forever grateful. Check out the articles on io9, in the New York Times, the Guardian, and BoingBoing!
After 30 days, with an original goal of $15,000, we made over $52,000 thanks to 1400 generous backers! We were overwhelmed by the project's success.
Since then, with the help of fellow book lovers near and far, we've been able to publish 36 BOOKS (and counting!) AND open a good ol' fashioned brick-and-mortar bookstore in Brooklyn AND create an online shop with even more vintage sci fi, fantasy, and genre pulp fiction in glorious e-book AND paperback formats!
SO, WHAT ARE WE DOING BACK ON KICKSTARTER?
We're here to continue our original mission and SAVE MORE SCI FI! But we can't do it without YOUR HELP!
We’ve seen too many sci fi books that are out of print, out of circulation, and, worst of all (given the subject matter) unavailable in any digital format. Meaning, as of now, these books may never be seen in the future imagined in their pages. That’s just not right.
Here's what we're doing about it: Each month we choose one great classic, obscure or otherwise fascinating sci-fi book that’s no longer in print and not available online, track down the copyright holder and/or author (if they’re still around), acquire or otherwise clear the copyright, and publish the title as an e-book, for little or no cost. Our supporters and followers help us find titles they remember and love, and we share the stories behind the stories, including in each e-book what we learned about the novel, the author and their history along the way.
This is part adventure, part detective story, and part story about the intersection of the past and the future. So as we dig into a particular book, and pull on the various threads that we need to to make sure we can share it without taking something that isn't ours, we end uncovering the story of that book. We plan on sharing that story, telling you what we learn about the books, their authors, their histories, and the adventures we had bringing it to you.
Rescuing beloved, forgotten, fondly remembered, out-of-print and otherwise lost sci-fi books by bringing them into the digital domain is more than a labor of love - it’s our way of celebrating visions of futures past that shaped the way we live now. But while it's all in a day’s work for your average, ordinary, time-traveling bookshop, WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!
We stretched every cent of our original project's funds and successfully rescued over 36 rare, forgotten, out-of-print vintage books for the digital future. Now we need your help to continue our mission and KEEP SAVING THE SCI FI!
This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to rescue another year's worth of neglected texts by providing for the following:
* Acquiring and curating the treasures to be found among many, many paper copies of old, out of print sci-fi books
* Expanding our website to better allow us to display and deliver our growing library - physically as well as electronically
* Building a better open source book scanner to aid in turning forgotten paper books into e-books
* Covering costs associated with tracking down rightsholders, authors and/or their estates, as well as clearing or acquiring the electronic publishing rights to our orphaned books
* Spreading the word not only to established fans but also to potential supporters who love great books and ideas (may include attending conventions, creating t-shirts, prints, advertising, etc.)
* Covering costs associated with legal work to be done by our attorneys, all of whom are generously contributing their time pro bono (we’re trying to keep our costs as low as possible)
Please help us bring the past and future together - Singularity loves company!
Risks and challenges
After two years' experience creating and distributing e-books, we have a process that works rather well:
Upon completion of this Kickstarter project, backers (at the $25 level and up) will receive a registration email with instructions for creating a Singularity&Co subscriber account.
Once a new book is ready for download we email our subscribers a link to the new book's page on our website, where registered subscribers can download the title in the e-book format of their choice (EPUB, MOBI, or PDF).
Generally, we are able to publish a new (old) title every month. However, sometimes we do experience unexpected delays in securing permissions for the use of a text. If for some reason we are unable to publish a book in a given month, we do our best to publish one as soon as possible in the next, plus another in the same month to make up for it. All subscribers receive at least 12 books!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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