At Monkey Minion Press, we’ve always had a thing for space exploration.
We find inspiration in the enormous challenges overcome, and hope in the cooperation and scientific achievement it takes to chart such vast distances. It isn’t just that everything about the exploration of space is big, it’s that to go beyond Earth, humanity has to be bigger too.
But Beyond has a narrower focus. This particular book started with a trip to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS, where Ashlie fell in love with a near-life-size replica of the lunar module.
With its gold foil and thin metal arms, it looked fragile. But she saw beauty in the design. Each and every piece and placement a purposeful decision, an agreement among scientists and engineers and dreamers about what must absolutely be included and how it had to work.
Back home, she showed Dane pictures, but photos just didn’t convey that magical combination of science, math, and dreams she’d felt while standing in the Cosmosphere and staring at that machine.
But Dane got it.
It’s easy to appreciate the beauty in Hubble’s pictures of faraway galaxies, or the fascinating images Cassini sent back about the many moons of Saturn. But have you stopped to look at the Hubble itself? Spent some time marveling at the sheer scientific achievement required to get Juno’s enormous solar array wings to Jupiter?
From the very first piece of art, Dane followed an artist’s version of the same decision making process that created the real machines. Each line and shape poured over until all the extraneous bits were removed and every part that remained was needed to convey the whole. And in the seemingly simple black, white and grey, he worked to capture that magical mix of sound science and big dreams.
We invite you to open the covers of Beyond and join us in that moment of celebration. You, too, can fall in love with 20 machines that journeyed to the stars.