Countless books, comics, and films have celebrated the joys of space travel—hopping around the universe luxuriating in high-tech adventures. Poppycock! Space travel is awful—a dreadful blend of tedious and dangerous.
As a public service, I’ve created this little book to warn readers. It’s called Stay Home: The Ugly Truth About Space Travel.
Full disclosure. Actually, I wrote the book so I’d have an excuse to draw a bunch of aliens and exotic space craft.
Rewards. Each sponsor of the project will receive one or more copies of this rare, collectible, hardcover book. I urge you to pledge at a level that gets you extras so you can share with friends who are contemplating a move or who are joining the space program. It also makes a perfect housewarming gift for someone with a new home or apartment because it reminds them of all the problems they can avoid by staying home. Because the books are little and easy to wrap, they make superb gifts.
The size is A6 size (4.1" x 5.8", 105 mm x 148 mm). 48 B&W pages plus color end sheets and a color dust jacket.
Illustrations. There are more than three dozen drawings in Stay Home and I created each of them especially for this book.
Original artworks. If you are an art collector, there’s even a pledge level (pledge level D) where the reward will include one of my favorite original drawings produced while I was creating this book.Most of these drawings are about 5" x 7". Many of the original drawings I’m offering look different from those in the book or never appear in the finished book at all. So they are super-exclusive-rare original artworks. CAUTION: You won’t get to choose the drawing you receive. Sponsors and drawings will be matched up randomly by fate.
Signed copies. Some bibliophiles like it when the author scrawls a message in the book. So I’m going to sign all the books that are Kickstarter rewards.
What the critics are saying...
“Finally, someone tells the truth about the wisdom of staying home.”
“Nice drawings. Haunt my dreams.”
“Excellent travel gift for foolhardy adventurers who are leaving home.”
When will you receive your rewards? The book is written and the drawings are done. The page files are 99 percent complete. I feel safe to promise January 2018. There’s still a lot of proofing, printing, binding, inspecting, signing, and packing to do. I’ll push to make it sooner, but cannot promise.
Where to? Kickstarter will add the cost of shipping to your pledge based on where you live.
International shipping. In some countries, customs duties may be applied to print shipments. I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to your shipment. Customs inspections are very arbitrary and willy-nilly. Most shipments slide through without any extra duties, but a few sponsors may find that a customs fee has been slapped on. I can’t predict it or avoid it.
Pay attention. If you are an international sponsor and receive a tracking number when we ship, track your package daily to make sure it doesn’t get hung up in the system and returned to me. Don’t just assume it will show up at your door. Shipments have a way of getting stalled when they are nearly at your house, and monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly—before the authorities send the package back.
Updates and progress reports. Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds but not so often that you think I’m an obnoxious pest.
Questions? Send me your questions and if I know the answer, I’ll add the Q and A to the FAQ section of this page.
Leftovers from my previous Kickstarter projects are available while supplies last at www.calamityware.com. Not only is this a good place to find some unusual gifts, but it is the only place you’ll find the world’s greatest shower curtain.
Pittsburgh, November 2, 2017
Risks and challenges
This is my 31st Kickstarter project. I’m starting to understand how they roll so the risk is relatively small. The book has already been written and illustrated. The page files are complete. If I get enough sponsors, I’ll be able to justify a production run. All the production steps are conventional—basically unchanged for hundreds of years. No dubious technological innovations are needed.
Of course, the project is still vulnerable to all the problems that fickle fate can throw at us (meteorites, wrinkles in the time-space continuum, fallible human beings, etc.).
I assure you, this project will get my almost full attention until production is successfully completed. I haven’t let any of my Kickstarter sponsors down yet. Stick with me.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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