Projects big and small are looking for your crowdfunding dollars this week, including a small-budget original film series, a play based on an Ursula K. Le Guin novel, a comic series that teaches math while it entertains, and a new scifi video game from the makers of Space Quest.
The Lathe of Heaven Stage Show: This June, Untitled Theater Company #61 is bringing Ursula K. Le Guin's classic novel The Lathe of Heaven, about a man whose dreams alter reality, to the stage. The authorized performance will include video components, and the company is looking for funding to acquire top-quality computers, projectors, and scrims. For $40, you and a guest will receive tickets to the New York show.
Math Girls Comic: Hiroshi Yuki's Math Girls books are bestsellers in Japan, combining narrative stories with mathematical education. Bento Books, which translates and publishes the English-language version of the Math Girls novels, wants to start publishing the comics as well. For a $10 pledge, you'll receive a PDF of the comic. For a $25 pledge, you'll the PDF and a limited edition print copy as well.
Two Guys SpaceVenture - by the creators of Space Quest: Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy, better known as the Two Guys from Andromeda, created the Sierra Online game series Space Quest. They're headed back to digitally animated space with a new game, SpaceVenture. For $15, you'll receive a DRM-free version of the game, which will be released on PC, Mac, Linux, iPad, and Android Tablet 5.
Space Command: Marc Zicree has written for tons of science fiction shows, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, and Sliders, now he's looking to take his scifi TV knowledge and apply it to a new series of original feature films. Actors like Armin Shimmerman, Doug Jones, and Robert Picardo are interested in appearing, and it looks like they've planned some impressive special effects on a tight budget. For a $27 pledge, you'll receive a DVD of the first film.