Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 15, 2010.

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      Creator James Dunbar on February 20, 2011

      So Ive gotten a few notes from people about Page 5 where I say that planets are "relatively rare." You guys couldn't be more correct! It seems like recent research is showing that planets are in fact quite common, so I think I'll be changing the line to "Not all stars have planets, some are lonely and bare." I'm sure that even if improved tech & research leads us to learn that almost all stars have planets, there are sure to be a few that don't. Thanks for the input!

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      Creator Gary Isaac on February 20, 2011

      I love it and I know my grandkids will, too. Just a question on page 5: astronomy is not in my field of expertise but I question that stars with planets are "relatively rare." This quote from Smithsonian Science website may suggest otherwise: "New research by astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory confirms that planet formation is a natural by-product of star formation, even around stars much heftier than our Sun. And planets that form around those hefty stars seem to come together very quickly." --Gary

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      Creator Peter on February 19, 2011

      Hi Jamie,
      I have just read the .pdf of Bok2 "It's Alive". CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your work is exceptional. Making the work freely available in .pdf form is a true community gesture for which you should be truly proud. I am honoured to have been one of your sponsors. I can't wait for the next addition.

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      Creator Shaun McBride on December 12, 2010

      I seem to remember an option to get some of the books early ... What do I need to do to make that happen? I bought the set for my nephew and his dad (my brother-who is a calculus nut).
      Thanks!!

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      Creator Crystal Helms on December 11, 2010

      Looking forward to it; my family in Wisconsin is asking for it, too. I have MANY nieces/nephews and greats who would be ideal readers.

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      Creator Garrett Moffitt on September 15, 2010

      Thank you, I've been looking for some good science poetry for my children. Can't wait to get my copies.

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      Creator James Dunbar on September 14, 2010

      Awesome! Thanks Robin for the last little push. I really appreciate it.

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      Creator Robin Schumaker on September 14, 2010

      Congratulations on reaching $5000! Cheers.

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      Creator Pawkeeper on August 28, 2010

      Awesome result Jamie. Keep the great work! Doing the happy dance for you. :)

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      Creator Randall Alexander on August 9, 2010

      It looks like JD underestimated his fan base. Which can't really be a bad problem to have, I guess.

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      Creator Tee Eff Tee on August 8, 2010

      I'm glad there was one dollar left for me so I could close it out!

      Best of luck, James!

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    da VINCI - All of the above (four first edition books w/ original doodles and an original sketchbook drawing) plus a small custom oil painting: 12" x 12" on a stretched canvas or wooden panel with an original design of your choosing. Either tell me what you want me to paint or leave it up to me. You can see samples at JLDunbar.com PLEASE NOTE: The painting might take awhile. It will be the first thing I work on after I finish illustrating Book 2, but that's the priority until everyone gets their books. Including you - I'll send your first three books on Sept 16th and Book 2 as soon as it's printed.

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