#WorldSFTour Fundraiser Updatery: Free Reads and Moving Forward

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First things first, I would like to thank everyone who has donated to this adventure so far.  It means a lot to have the support of folks following me around on the Internet.  So, thanks!

If you haven’t supported the fundraiser yet, please consider doing so.  I really want to bring my podcast and the World SF Tour to Worldcon this year, in no small part because it will help me expand the project ten fold.  I won’t lie:  Worldcon will be a lot of fun.  But it will also be about contributing to this field, which means a lot to me.

Now for the updates:

  1. Not too long ago, the fundraiser reached the 1st Milestone, which meant one of the perks activated.  The 1st Milestone Perk involved an entry in the Encyclopedia Confictura, a fun little alternate history thing I’ve done for giggles.  This time, I let a donor pick the topic, which ended up being the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

    That perk is now live.  It’s listed under C in this magic Google Doc of other examples!  I had a blast writing it, and folks seem to be enjoying it thus far.

  2. The 2nd Milestone Perk also activated, which involves Paul Weimer writing a “Mining the Asteroid” column on a classic work of sf/f.  Everything for this fundraiser is donor selected, so a lucky individual selected The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers.  Paul’s post isn’t live yet, but it will be next week. 🙂
  3. I’ve registered for Worldcon.  So, yeah.  At this point, I’m trying to raise travel expenses, which is the largest bulk of the cost (somewhere between $1500 and $1700).
  4. We’re now $232 (or thereabouts) from the 3rd Milestone.  For anyone who follows The Skiffy and Fanty Show, you’ll know that we do two film-related subcasts:  Torture Cinema and Shoot the WISB.  The 3rd Milestone Perk will allow a lucky donor to pick someone for one of those subcasts.  That could really turn out to be hilarious.

    Oh, and if someone picks Waterworld, I’m sure Jen Zink will be in that episode…and she will defend it with her life!

And that’s about it.  If you’ve got a little spare cash, please consider helping out.  Even $5 goes a long way.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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