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There is no Drake equation. There is no question on sentience. The galaxy is alive, filled with life, the only issue, us humans aren’t invited. The Galactic Star Alliance awaits your exploration. We acknowledge the vastness of time, the cyclical nature of civilization; and the obscurity of our own history. When we began debating “why hasn’t sentient life has been found in There is no Drake equation. There is no question on sentience. The galaxy is alive, filled with life, the only issue, us humans aren’t invited. The Galactic Star Alliance awaits your exploration. We acknowledge the vastness of time, the cyclical nature of civilization; and the obscurity of our own history. When we began debating “why hasn’t sentient life has been found in our galaxy?” All those years back, we were among the era of exoplanets. Every week it seemed NASA would announce a new outpouring of worlds, all vastly beyond reach, but each recalculating the likelihood of potential Earths. But to us, the numbers seemed staggering, compelling, surely there are others. So if our galaxy is full of sentient life, we thought of a simple, logical reason why no one has said hello: no one wants to. Stepping back and casting an objective eye on ourselves, it seems painfully obvious that humans lack a fundamental respect for their planet and each other. They possess extremely short memories and long grudges, and the idea of giving them the motivation or tools to hasten their expansion seems downright foolhardy. That being said, who are these judges? From that simple notion birthed a million questions; How is faster than light possible? Could you have cohesive interstellar civilizations without it? How could you even govern a coalition of not different countries, but of species? Each question only created another, and each answer built our world piece by piece until it spanned thousands of answers and millions of lightyears. As for the title, from where would our judges watch us? - Matthew is the CEO of Heavy Metal Entertainment that encompasses Heavy Metal Magazine & all other media ventures. As well, Matthew has been an Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching classes on IP Creation and Digital marketing strategy and John is an aerospace engineer for Lockheed Martin who performs mechanical design for NASA deep space missions. with 3 satellites using his designs currently orbiting our planet.All science in the book is accurate and the theoretical science is backed up by science theory. No assertions in these works is fanatical.


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There is no Drake equation. There is no question on sentience. The galaxy is alive, filled with life, the only issue, us humans aren’t invited. The Galactic Star Alliance awaits your exploration. We acknowledge the vastness of time, the cyclical nature of civilization; and the obscurity of our own history. When we began debating “why hasn’t sentient life has been found in There is no Drake equation. There is no question on sentience. The galaxy is alive, filled with life, the only issue, us humans aren’t invited. The Galactic Star Alliance awaits your exploration. We acknowledge the vastness of time, the cyclical nature of civilization; and the obscurity of our own history. When we began debating “why hasn’t sentient life has been found in our galaxy?” All those years back, we were among the era of exoplanets. Every week it seemed NASA would announce a new outpouring of worlds, all vastly beyond reach, but each recalculating the likelihood of potential Earths. But to us, the numbers seemed staggering, compelling, surely there are others. So if our galaxy is full of sentient life, we thought of a simple, logical reason why no one has said hello: no one wants to. Stepping back and casting an objective eye on ourselves, it seems painfully obvious that humans lack a fundamental respect for their planet and each other. They possess extremely short memories and long grudges, and the idea of giving them the motivation or tools to hasten their expansion seems downright foolhardy. That being said, who are these judges? From that simple notion birthed a million questions; How is faster than light possible? Could you have cohesive interstellar civilizations without it? How could you even govern a coalition of not different countries, but of species? Each question only created another, and each answer built our world piece by piece until it spanned thousands of answers and millions of lightyears. As for the title, from where would our judges watch us? - Matthew is the CEO of Heavy Metal Entertainment that encompasses Heavy Metal Magazine & all other media ventures. As well, Matthew has been an Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching classes on IP Creation and Digital marketing strategy and John is an aerospace engineer for Lockheed Martin who performs mechanical design for NASA deep space missions. with 3 satellites using his designs currently orbiting our planet.All science in the book is accurate and the theoretical science is backed up by science theory. No assertions in these works is fanatical.

30 review for Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance

  1. 5 out of 5

    amelia ✨

    Uh. Yikes. DNF'd at 25%. Listen, I don't normally DNF books. But this one, oh man, was it *bad*. Though I am pretty new to the sci-fi genre, I couldn't follow a lick of what was going on in this story. It was a jumbled mess. I legitimately feel like I got a messed up copy, or I was supposed to read something before this. I couldn't follow anything that was going on. The story jumped from plot-point to plot-point without stopping to explain anything. There was no exposition, no setting, no world- Uh. Yikes. DNF'd at 25%. Listen, I don't normally DNF books. But this one, oh man, was it *bad*. Though I am pretty new to the sci-fi genre, I couldn't follow a lick of what was going on in this story. It was a jumbled mess. I legitimately feel like I got a messed up copy, or I was supposed to read something before this. I couldn't follow anything that was going on. The story jumped from plot-point to plot-point without stopping to explain anything. There was no exposition, no setting, no world-building. Oh, speaking of worldbuilding, it is one of the laziest things I have ever seen. All of the world-building and exposition is done in the footnotes of the story. It feels like the author felt too lazy to put in the work of weaving the exposition and setting into the story and just decided to info-dump. It makes the story much more confusing to have to piece together the footnotes, the story, and the world, instead of that all just being together. Though these are smaller complaints, they certainly didn't help with my overall feelings towards the book. There were random pop-culture references that didn't fit at all. Within the first 10 pages, the ending of Avengers: Endgame was referenced, but it felt so forced and out-of-pocket that it was borderline cringy. Star Wars and Star Trek are also brought up, along with lines like "I miss 21st-century pop culture", which just seen to reinforce the lazy world-building. Along with that, there were a couple of grammatical errors sprinkled throughout the book, which, on their own, wouldn't have been bad, however combined with the terrible plot and setting, it just irritated me more. Legitimately, I cannot find anything I enjoyed about this other than some of the art pieces. This book feels like it needs to be edited down majorly. I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melon

    It's... Not good. I'm really confounded by all the positive reviews. The writing is incredibly sophomoric. *I* could have written this book. Uncharacteristically for me, I pre-ordered and paid full price for this book because of positive early reviews, hoping for something to fill the void of The Expanse novels - - never again. I hate not finishing books I start, but two chapters in, I can tell this is... Terrible, I'm sorry. Their editor should be completely ashamed of themselves. Not only did It's... Not good. I'm really confounded by all the positive reviews. The writing is incredibly sophomoric. *I* could have written this book. Uncharacteristically for me, I pre-ordered and paid full price for this book because of positive early reviews, hoping for something to fill the void of The Expanse novels - - never again. I hate not finishing books I start, but two chapters in, I can tell this is... Terrible, I'm sorry. Their editor should be completely ashamed of themselves. Not only did the flow sound juvenile with all the artificial world-building and silly footnotes, but typographical errors abound. A comma followed by an exclamation point to end a sentence,! Accidental font changes. There's a nice idea behind it, I'm sure but... No. It's bad. Do not buy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda ( Clary_Starfall )

    Space travel, intrigue, adventure, drama, loss, enemies, awesome illustrations. I had an little trouble to get in the story because it’s not really my taste of genre as what I expected but when I got over the first hurdle I liked the flow, the characters and the storyline. 💕

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brittney ♡

    1 star is being very generous. This is such a weird book and I couldn't get into it so I DNF at 30%. Thank you Netgalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own. 1 star is being very generous. This is such a weird book and I couldn't get into it so I DNF at 30%. Thank you Netgalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    DNF. *sigh* This might be one of my biggest disappoints yet. I had seen Beyond Kuiper featured in a few email newsletters and had added it to my wishlist, so when it not only popped up here on NetGalley but I was also approved for access, I was beyond stoked! What needs to be said painfully clear, is that this audiobook is DRAMATIZED. It's performed by a handful of voice-actors, contains a ton of background noise, and music. The description boasts the original score, which is cool in theory, but DNF. *sigh* This might be one of my biggest disappoints yet. I had seen Beyond Kuiper featured in a few email newsletters and had added it to my wishlist, so when it not only popped up here on NetGalley but I was also approved for access, I was beyond stoked! What needs to be said painfully clear, is that this audiobook is DRAMATIZED. It's performed by a handful of voice-actors, contains a ton of background noise, and music. The description boasts the original score, which is cool in theory, but in reality it sounds like a garbley mess and is distracting. Do the producers of this not realize how people listen to audiobooks? I audio-read while cleaning, driving, watching my kids play. The last thing I want while driving is to hear garbled sirens in my book, or pitchy static that is supposed to be "engine noise" or something while I'm going for a walk with a book. My sweet spot for audio-reading is 2.25x speed, but this sounds like a mess over 1.5x. The dramatization also makes it very silly. This is labeled as Adult Fiction, but up to the point I listened it reads like Young Adult. The environmental/"humans are so dumb and violent" themes are more than heavy handed. At this point in 2020, we've had so much fiction with these themes that have been well done, that I could not bear to waste my time with this one. To be clear, I love sci-fi. I just finished The Salvage Crew by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and A Girl from Nowhere by James Maxwell that I adored. Beyond Kuiper sounds like my kind of book, but it's just too silly and the audio is a huge miss. Thank you for the free audiobook in exchange for my honest review, NetGalley and Podium Audio.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Allyn Nichols

    I don't know if there was an issue with my download but the text in this book is all over the place, chunks are repeated here and there and it was incredibly ard work to make it through. It will be excellent when all these things are ironed out and i appreciate that i'm reading an ARC. I'm going to have to give it 2 stars for now but that can easily be moved to 4 wheni read a finished manuscript. Real nerdy sci-fi of the kind i adore and it's such a shame that the text was such a mess. Hopefully I don't know if there was an issue with my download but the text in this book is all over the place, chunks are repeated here and there and it was incredibly ard work to make it through. It will be excellent when all these things are ironed out and i appreciate that i'm reading an ARC. I'm going to have to give it 2 stars for now but that can easily be moved to 4 wheni read a finished manuscript. Real nerdy sci-fi of the kind i adore and it's such a shame that the text was such a mess. Hopefully this can be fixed asap and i'll edit my review accordingly.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Rosenblum

    The level of world building and detail that went into this story is so legit. The best sci fi and fantasy stories, to me, are the ones that truly take me to another place - and make me forget that they aren't actually real. This book is so rich with that kind of faux history and plausibility that just makes you wonder if maybe it is. The characters are intricately crafted, multilayered and have real motivations, which ground the hi level sci fi aspects and make it relatable. Well done. Now give The level of world building and detail that went into this story is so legit. The best sci fi and fantasy stories, to me, are the ones that truly take me to another place - and make me forget that they aren't actually real. This book is so rich with that kind of faux history and plausibility that just makes you wonder if maybe it is. The characters are intricately crafted, multilayered and have real motivations, which ground the hi level sci fi aspects and make it relatable. Well done. Now give me more!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oof. This reads like bad fanfic about Tony Stark or Elon Musk, down to the illustrations that are just "Tony Stark but like, in Europe or something." This book is for white male sci-fi fans who get hard for scientific accuracy. Oof. This reads like bad fanfic about Tony Stark or Elon Musk, down to the illustrations that are just "Tony Stark but like, in Europe or something." This book is for white male sci-fi fans who get hard for scientific accuracy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    I was really excited when I first heard of Beyond Kuiper and I am really glad that I got to listen to the audiobook version. From my understanding, the book has a collection of illustrations while the audiobook comes with a soundtrack, more on that later. As excited as I was, I wasn't sure i was going to like this, to be honest. I love science fiction stories but by no means do I like hard sci-fi. I've tried in the past to read books that have great reviews and high recommendations from friends I was really excited when I first heard of Beyond Kuiper and I am really glad that I got to listen to the audiobook version. From my understanding, the book has a collection of illustrations while the audiobook comes with a soundtrack, more on that later. As excited as I was, I wasn't sure i was going to like this, to be honest. I love science fiction stories but by no means do I like hard sci-fi. I've tried in the past to read books that have great reviews and high recommendations from friends but ultimately I get lost trying to keep up with overly complicated universes. This book has been getting a lot of online attention due to it's link with Heavy Metal magazine. Is it hype or is it legit epic. Due to the online attention I decided to give it a go and I am glad I did! I found the story to be fairly straight forward. Nothing felt overly complicated. I think the authors did a great job pacing things out and leading into information at the right time. The character building was great and I found the characters to be likable and to have depth. After each chapter, there was a sub chapter with definitions performed by one of the main characters of the chapter. As someone who isn't into hard sci-fi, this was kinda helpful but not necessary as it would end up pausing the story for a bit. Nice idea, just not sure if helped as much as it was intended. The story was great and I really enjoyed it. I was a bit disappointed when the story ended with about a quarter of the audiobook still left when I looked down on my phone. The last quarter or so of the audiobook is the soundtrack/score of this project. Great as an idea but I would have happily traded half or so of those track in return to getting more story. The reason I say this is because I felt the story was building up only to get cut off at the end. This is the first in a 10 part story so there is more to come but to me the story felt like it ended prematurely which prevented me from giving this book 5 stars. Beyond Kuiper's sound design really brought the story to another level. I enjoyed the soundscapes and sound effects which made scenarios and environments come to life. I think the narration was solid but could have been better with a different voice talent, maybe somebody a bit more seasoned to inject a bit more life into the performance. Overall, I loved it! I'm a fan! I have the wallpaper on my phone to prove it. I'm looking forward to the next audiobook and the entire saga. I highly recommend Beyond Kuiper, the audiobook is fantastic and I'm sure the book is as well. I want to thank Matthew Medney, John Connelly, Kyle Perrin, Dylan Sprouse, George C. Romero, Podium Audio and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Justin Kearney

    Wow, I loved this book. It's a slow burn for a moment, but then it takes off and doesn't relent. There's a lot to take in, a crumbling Earth, humans making a lot of the same mistakes, but there is a galaxy to explore, and this book tackles and poses so many big questions. The worldbuilding is fantastic, with incredible artwork and maps to accompany the imagination. The future of humanity is a wild adventure, the characters are intellectual, memorable, and witty. The stakes planet sized. I want t Wow, I loved this book. It's a slow burn for a moment, but then it takes off and doesn't relent. There's a lot to take in, a crumbling Earth, humans making a lot of the same mistakes, but there is a galaxy to explore, and this book tackles and poses so many big questions. The worldbuilding is fantastic, with incredible artwork and maps to accompany the imagination. The future of humanity is a wild adventure, the characters are intellectual, memorable, and witty. The stakes planet sized. I want to read more, and know what happens next.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Reuven

    This book is CAPTIVATING! That’s the first word that pops into my head. Chapter 1 makes you want to read all night to find out what happens. Chapter 2 is full of fun, unique, and memorable characters. If you like Sci-Fi, you will love this. If you don’t, you will still find it an intriguing piece of literary art. My mom read this book in 2 weeks and she loved it! And I’m pretty sure this is the first sci-fi book she’s ever read. Go read this book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Reed

    Was super impressed by the quality of the story telling in this book. Medney really goes beyond the status quo for Sci-fi novels and creates this whole universe that reminds me of what has been done with star wars. If your a space sci-fi fans this is going to be one of those books you can't put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to see what is next for this author. He has made me into a fan of his work. Was super impressed by the quality of the story telling in this book. Medney really goes beyond the status quo for Sci-fi novels and creates this whole universe that reminds me of what has been done with star wars. If your a space sci-fi fans this is going to be one of those books you can't put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to see what is next for this author. He has made me into a fan of his work.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Kearney

    Reading this book will be your favorite part of 2020, an otherwise forgettable year. Take it from someone that is newer to the genre, I could not get enough of this. Brilliantly written and captivates a sense of understanding and imagination about space travel and alternate life forms, that you begin wondering where the line between truth and fantasy lies. 5 stars and looking forward to the next one!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scott Munjone

    This story was difficult to get into. So much back story an information is provided that it is near impossible to maintain all the info. It boils down to a three legged story involving an oblivious Earth, an all controlling ruling body (GSA- Galactic Star Alliance) and a renegade group (Creators of Space). Those faint of heart should not attempt. Happy to note the first listing in the timeline at the end is incorrect.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    I am not a fan of sci-fi, but you certainly don't have to be to thoroughly enjoy this book! It's an incredible human story with an expansive view of the galaxy that can be appreciated on all levels. The art throughout the book is visually stunning, an impressive feat for a first time novelist duo. Can't wait to see what book 2 brings. I am not a fan of sci-fi, but you certainly don't have to be to thoroughly enjoy this book! It's an incredible human story with an expansive view of the galaxy that can be appreciated on all levels. The art throughout the book is visually stunning, an impressive feat for a first time novelist duo. Can't wait to see what book 2 brings.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joe PI

    Aspirational with a lot of high concepts going at three hundred miles an hour. I liked the variety of women characters, as no two were the same, and a core friendship emerged that intrigued me in regards to future books in the series. The penultimate scene was ominously cool, and I'd like to see a spinoff series of books with the Voidwhisperers. Aspirational with a lot of high concepts going at three hundred miles an hour. I liked the variety of women characters, as no two were the same, and a core friendship emerged that intrigued me in regards to future books in the series. The penultimate scene was ominously cool, and I'd like to see a spinoff series of books with the Voidwhisperers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James A. Benefiel

    Too much made up jargon This book uses too much made up jargon that there is a set of definitions for this jargon at the end of each chapter. It makes the narrative too convoluted and frankly quite boring. The authors tried too hard to create an alien society with its own nomenclature which detracts from the storyline.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Larry B Gray

    Great Sci To Adventure This is a deep book that required a lot of thought and pondering while reading. I loved it. The storyline was so well developed it flowed smoothly from one section to another without missing a thing. I liked the characters and how easy they were to identify with. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    This book reads and feels like an epic sci-fi adventure. From the first chapter till the last the book keeps you engaged and ready for more. Filled with incredible real science, beyond kuiper is a bridge to another realm grounded in science you can understand. Highly recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Kimberly

    This book covers everything I want in a science fiction read. The attention to detail, is something to marvel at. Also the relationship between Bernard and Angelica intrigues me, I want to know more about their backstory. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melanie L.

    I was a little skeptical to read this book as science fiction is not my cup of tea. I picked up the book due to a recommendation from a friend and I actually loved it. While reading I could see this book come to life in tv or movie format. The storyline kept me guessing and intrigued.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Frank J Forte

    An incredible journey out of our solar system and into the great beyond. There is some serious world building here. As a fan of the discovery of Exoplanets I really enjoyed this sojourn into outer space.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Benjamin

    What a massive world build! These authors have put serious work into building a massive, well thought out, universe built on real science. It is very evident these two did the research and made sure the science checks out. This book really set the stage for what I am expecting to be a huge series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Leon

    This book is an exciting start to a galactic adventure. The art really helps set the stage and is absolutely beautiful. The ending leaves you asking for more. It was very hard to put this book down and is a must read!”

  25. 4 out of 5

    Omar Spahi

    In a day and age where human egos seem to be at their highest, this takes an honest look at what makes us human and how the rest of the universe may view us. We may be the Universe's unwanted children until we learn how to get along and treat others the same we need to treat each other. In a day and age where human egos seem to be at their highest, this takes an honest look at what makes us human and how the rest of the universe may view us. We may be the Universe's unwanted children until we learn how to get along and treat others the same we need to treat each other.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David

    Highly recommended! A fantastic book for nerds like me! This book is an adventure about how we take the next step into space. An exciting and cautionary tale about our near future. So excited for the next one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Swetha Mary ann

    I cannot concentrate on the narrative. As much as I appreciate all the sound effects, much of the broader narrative is lost in the said effects. And its too technical. Even the explanations. That its very hard to follow for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eryk Puczek

    Beyond Kuiper is literally out of this world. Sit back, relax, and let yourself sink in to a world of its own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca M

    I'm a novice to sci-fi but this book has me hooked. The language is so detailed that it felt like I was in their world. Highly recommend. I'm a novice to sci-fi but this book has me hooked. The language is so detailed that it felt like I was in their world. Highly recommend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joe Smith

    What a creative book for all sci-fi fans. Puts Star Trek in the dust. Amazing illustrations and such a captivating storyline you will want to continue reading and wanting another book to read.

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