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A unique book encouraging children's science education w/ short stories: A scientific history of life & the universe unlike other books
A unique book encouraging children's science education w/ short stories: A scientific history of life & the universe unlike other books
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"In the beginning, there was nothing. There was no space. There was no time. There were no things. There was nothing. But nothing was not what it seemed. " -From Nothing Until Now

The history of our universe. Of life. Of how we got here. It's the greatest story never told in one sitting. Until now.

From Nothing Until Now is a middle-grade storybook intended to foster childhood interest in science. It combines real science and history with accessible storytelling. No lingo or jargon. Just the incredible story of how we got here: A tale of colliding planets, walking fish, and the rise of humanity.

The book begins at the very beginning of history, introducing readers to concepts like the big bang and evolution, and is broken into three short stories: Earth, Life, and Us. Filled with surprising twists and turns, From Nothing Until Now is background and context for all the strange and wondrous things we encounter in life.

The stories are complete and the entire book will be about a fifteen minute read with illustrations, which will be added to the final version. All three stories can be read online here. This Kickstarter campaign is to help cover the cost of the illustrations.

First-Draft Illustrations

Draft Illustration from "Us"
Draft Illustration from "Us"
Draft Illustration from "Life"
Draft Illustration from "Life"
Draft Illustration from "Earth"
Draft Illustration from "Earth"

About the Author

Michael Raymond is a computer scientist, author, and all-around philosophy/science/technology geek. This project grew from a similar, more in-depth history Michael is writing for an upcoming book.

Risks and challenges

The story is complete, what is left are the illustrations and layout work. The illustrations are expected to take 8-12 weeks, but may take longer depending on revisions. Once the illustrations are complete the layout and printing will take approximately 1-2 additional weeks, at which point digital copies will be delivered to all backers who selected them. Physical copies and other rewards are expected to ship within 2 weeks of digital delivery.

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