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I love sci-fi and I owe much of what I am today to the reading I used to do as a child, particularly science fiction and fantasy books. This project started as I looked through the landscape of children's picture books for things to read to my own boys and I hope you like it.

I write stories about characters who take risk and are able to dive off into the unknown, as many little kids do. Who but a child or someone with child-like wonder would fire up a time machine or ride on a rocket to the moon, not knowing if and when they might return, and never even thinking of the question? I have a family now and I can’t do things like that anymore. But Milo and Bruno can!

In this book Milo and Bruno are going on a space adventure to the Moon.


The goal is to show Milo and Bruno, who are fraternal twins, about 7 years old, and who happen to be cartoon bears out exploring the outer limits of their world.
My mission is to get kids to be curious enough to ask their parents how to build a time machine. If they can go to the Moon before dinner. What would happen if they flew to the sun, or travel to another planet, or 20,000 leagues under the sea? These are the types of questions that science fiction asks, and answers! That's why I think addressing some of these themes, even lightly, in picture books read to and mention for young children, seems like a worthy thing to do.

If I can get even one person to ask a question like that, I will know that I’ve created something meaningful. Creation is a joy, and it is hard work, and great for its own sake. But I would love it if a child asked me questions like that. That would make it really worthwhile. Milo and Bruno are smart, and even a little (or a lot) nerdy, but they always know that there is more to know. Milo is more of a dreamer, more theoretician and Bruno is more experimentalist, more of an engineer or builder, but the big imagination that only children have is what drives their adventures, and it also drives my creation of these titles.

Here is how Milo and Bruno MIGHT look. But it won't be exactly like this. And it might not even be close. (These illustrations and the ones from the video are from an as yet unpublished Milo and Bruno tale, not this book.)




I hope some of this rubs off on your children as you read these books to them and with them, and that the book spurs them on to imaginative journeys all their own. These are designed to be fun to read for kids as well as their parents.

Milo and Bruno build things and do things. Their lives are full of passion, intensity, magic, and infinite possibility. I hope the same for everyone out there. There is always more to know, and more to imagine.

Money raised (including any that exceed the goal) will go towards:

1) Paying for an illustrator that will really bring the characters to life.

2) Publishing physical and e-book editions for the Milo and Bruno stories I write.

3) Paying fees to Amazon and Kickstarter for this wonderful platform.

4) Getting the word out to as many people as possible about Milo and Bruno's great science fiction adventures!

Milo and Bruno Rocket to the Moon (and all other titles) will be fully-illustrated picture books in their final form, ranging from 24-32 pages.


In addition to pledging funding, here are a few ways you can help let others know about this project:

  • Please share with any math, science & technology lovers you know, whether they have kids or not! Science has sparked their imagination at some point during their lives, so maybe they'd like to fire up the next generation.
  • Email your friends asking them to check out this Kickstarter page!!
  • Like the Milo and Bruno FB page. https://www.facebook.com/MiloAndBruno
  • Share this Kickstarter page on Facebook, Twitter, and any other of your favorite social media venues.
  • Please share with moms and dads with kids.
  • Please share with anyone you know who has nieces and nephews they want to encourage.
  • Please share with anyone you know who just might know someone who knows someone who can help!

I have an undergrad degree in physics and was formerly a math teacher. We need to get more kids excited by science at an early age, and I believe science fiction is a great way to do this.

Just as a side note, the text for “Milo and Bruno Rocket to the Moon” is already 100% completed. (If you have ever written anything yourself, you know that I am obviously joking, as like many writers I will keep making small revisions until I am knocked unconscious and the galley is pried from my hands and sent to the printer. I am writing “Milo and Bruno Build a Time Machine” concurrently with this Kickstarter campaign just to make me stop torturing myself with the these little tweaks for a while.)


Little children gladly accept as truth even the strangest stories that other tell them. So if your child asks you about time machines, or aliens, or exactly HOW to build a rock to take them to the moon after reading one of Milo and Bruno's adventures, picture me apologizing to you as you try to explain if that helps. But be sure to picture me smiling, because that is surely what I'd be doing...

If these are the kind of books you'd like to see, please support this project and spread the word however you can.

Thank you for your consideration and for your support!


Best Regards,


Sean

Risks and challenges

Getting e-books and physical books from inception to publishing requires lots of steps. Finding the right illustrator that fits the text of the book is a labor of love. Then, you have to pay them a fair wage for their work, because they are not doing you a favor, this is their job, and they are supporting themselves and their families. Then you need to pay a good graphic designer to do separate layouts and covers for both the print and e-book editions. Etc! The support you give to this project to bring it to life goes to help defray some or all of these costs, and lots of others items not listed above. There are lots of risk and challenge in all of those items, many drafts, lots of sketching, and lots of late night conversations. But there is also lots of love. I believe Milo and Bruno are ABSOLUTELY worth it, and I am honored that you are considering going on this journey with us! Thanks again!

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    TEE SHIRT PACKAGE #1: Thank you, and thank you again! For your pledge you will receive TWO prime copies of the e-book hot off the virtual presses, PLUS a first edition AUTOGRAPHED hardcopy of "Milo and Bruno Rocket to the Moon", PLUS a wonderful Milo and Bruno tee-shirt for your little one! Shirts available in kid's sizes. Hip Hip Hooray!!!

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    TEE SHIRT PACKAGE #2: Thank you, thank you, thank you for your patronage! For your pledge of support you will receive a TWO prime copies of the e-book hot off the virtual presses AND a first edition AUTOGRAPHED hardcopy of "Milo and Bruno Rocket to the Moon", PLUS a 'thank you" with your name immortalized forever in the credits in back of the first edition of the book, PLUS TWO (2) wonderful Milo and Bruno tee-shirts for two of your favorite little ones! Shirts available in kid's sizes.

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    You are a true benefactor of children's sci-fi. Thank you! You get everything from the TEE SHIRT PACKAGE #2, PLUS a custom, one-of-a-kind single page drawing of you or someone you love on an adventure with Milo and Bruno, signed by our superstar artist!

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    THE CAMEO PACKAGE: Your generosity knows no bounds! Thank you! You will get everything from TEE SHIRT PACKAGE #2, PLUS you or someone you love will have a cameo in one of our upcoming works and have their name and likeness immortalized in the story forever! The working titles are "Milo and Bruno Journey to the Sun", "Milo and Bruno's First Underwater Adventure, "Milo and Bruno Journey to the Center of the Earth, "Milo and Bruno Take a Fantastic Voyage", and "Milo and Bruno Build a Really Big Robot". We choose the adventure, you provide the photograph, and we'll illustrate you or your loved one as you are now or as you would like to be and put it in our picture book, forever! Of course we'll also send you a hardcopy and e-book of the title when it is done so you can show it to all your friends!
    (Notes: Titles are subject to change, though I sorta like these, so probably not. Additional titles also possible. I will give title preference to donors who pledge earlier, since that seems like a fair way to do it. The order of titles listed above might not reflect the actual sequence of production as life is messy sometimes and doesn't always go according to plan. Finally, the estimated delivery listed below is only for the first title produced. )

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    THE DOUBLE CAMEO PACKAGE: You are the essence of magnanimity! Thank you so much! You will have everything from the CAMEO PACKAGE, PLUS you get an ADDITIONAL cameo for another loved one in the same title or a different title, PLUS an additional t-shirt, PLUS two e-books and FOUR hardcopies of the cameo title! Great for parents who have fraternal or identical twins who might get really jealous, for example!

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    THE BUDDING WRITER PACKAGE: Does your little one already have big ideas and a big imagination? "Milo and Bruno Rocket to the Moon" and all the other titles I create are a labor of love for me. But I distinctly remember as a child that I never really connected that people actually WROTE books, that they struggled with the blank page and created characters and stories and wrestled to bring something into the world that didn't exist before. That is a wondrous thing to me now! Sometimes the process is more satisfying than the result, no matter how good the result is! So, at this pledge level I will give you 15+ hardcopies and 10 e-books of "Milo and Bruno Rocket to the Moon", plus work with your imaginative, curious, budding writer, via Skype or in person with mandatory parent/guardian attendance in NYC area for writing boot camp (up to ten weekly 50-min sessions) to tutor them so they can get whatever fictional sci-fi or other story they'd like to tell on paper as a book as well. (Rated G or PG only!) You will also get 10 Milo and Bruno t-shirts to hand out like candy so your little loved ones can share with family and friends. Finally, I will donate 5 copies of both titles to the library of your choice, in your name, so that other kids might be able to enjoy them as well. You may also donate any/all of the other books you receive in this package to other libraries as you wish. (NOTE: Unless you are also an awesome illustrator and are willing to work for free, we unfortunately won't be able to afford to produce a picture book at this reward level. See e.g. THE HERO PACKAGE if you or your loved one really wants to produce a picture book)

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    THE HERO PACKAGE: A true patron of the arts you are, indeed! I am humbled by your willingness to be an advocate for science fiction children's stories! Thank you! School children throughout the world may well sing your praises for generations to come as they embark on their careers as the scientists and engineers of the future, and here's why: you or someone you love will be the hero of your own 24 page picture book full of fun and adventure! Do you want to travel through time? Visit other planets? Sail with the vikings? Just tell me the title you want or the type of adventure you'd like to have. My illustrator and I will then create the world and the story, and put you smack in the center of it all! We'll use your real name and an illustrated likeness in the story, based on your photograph! We'll dedicate the book to you! We'll even have editorial meetings via Skype and go through 2-3 drafts of the story to be sure we capture what you'd most like to see and do! We will do it all, and you'll get 25+ hardcopies and 10 e-books of both "Milo and Bruno Rocket to the Moon" and your masterpiece title when it is done to share with your family, show off to your friends, or donate as you wish. I will also provide 10 Milo and Bruno children's t-shirts for sharing!
    Everyone you know will wish that they had someone to make them into a hero, too! This will be a limited offer, first come, first immortalized in print forever basis...

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