Josh Richards is creating personal articles on space exploration
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patrons

$143
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Hi everyone, Josh Richards here - welcome!

Who am I?
I'm an Australian comedian and science communicator that's currently one of 100 remaining candidates shortlisted worldwide to launch to Mars on a one-way colonization mission with the Mars One project. Call it crazy, call it inspiring, call it whatever you like: I'm determined to help humanity become a dual-planet species, and the best way I can do that is by putting my hand up to be one of the first to go and not come back.


And if you're here, you're probably looking for a way to help me make that a reality... so thanks!

Why am I writing?
For 8 years I wrote a mixture of comedy, science and personal articles online, for 5 years I wrote and performed comedy shows blending science with comedy and storytelling, and for the last 3 years I've been speaking at science festivals and in schools about space exploration as well. It's safe to say I'm never going to stop making jokes or speaking about space exploration (especially with kids), even if that means recording videos from Mars itself! 

Through the years though I've written several books worth of content that has never been published simply because I was trying to scrape out a minimalist existence through speaking, and couldn't see a way to make a sustainable living from writing! Everywhere I've spoken people have enthusiastically asked if I've written a book, if they can find out more online, or how they can support what I'm doing.

Unfortunately I've never had a solid answer to give them... until now.

Why am I on Patreon?
Patreon is a platform for people to support artists & content creators online, and it's the PERFECT way for larger audiences to follow my story while providing a much-needed way for people to support what I'm doing. By providing my patrons (hopefully you!) with early and exclusive access to what I'm creating, Patreon gives me the perfect pressure to get on with writing and publishing - if there's a crowd of people waiting for my next article or book then I'll write EVEN MORE than I already do!

Sharing more of yourself obviously involves increasing levels of vulnerability, so I've deliberately shaped the rewards so that the more you pledge the more personal things get. From a general newsletter and monthly Q&A, all the way up to reading select parts of my hand-written journal and one-on-one skype chats: it's up to you to decide exactly how much Josh is enough ;)

Being shortlisted to move permanently to Mars means I'm not saving for a house or trying to raise kids - it means I've reduced my Earth-bound commitments and everything I own down to just a backpack and a ukulele, so I can reach more people on this planet before I leave it.

Needless to say I'm incredibly grateful for whatever financial support you choose to pledge - absolutely every bit goes directly towards my mission to inspire, entertain and educate people around the world through space exploration, because it can't come with me ;)

See you on Mars!
Josh Richards
Tiers
First Flight
$1 or more per month 1 patron
"Looking at the earth from afar you realize it is too small for conflict and just big enough for co-operation." - Yuri Gagarin, first human in space


Pledge $1 or more for:

  • Exclusive Access to Patron-Only Posts - Get news on what I'm up to, drawings, articles and all sorts of other content not available anywhere else!
  • Monthly Newsletter - A round-up of all the articles, interviews and other mischief that's happened that month


Low Earth Orbit
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
"There's something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge." - Sally Ride, first US woman in space

Pledge $5 or more for:

  • Early Access To Space Articles - In-depth articles on human space exploration covering everything from the science & engineering to the psychology & cultural impacts.
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, and Monthly Newsletter
Spacewalker
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
"I'm coming back in . . . and it's the saddest moment of my life." - Ed White, first American to walk in space

Pledge $10 or more for:

  • Early Access To Personal Posts - Monthly articles taking a deeply personal look at life on Earth as a candidate for a one-way mission to Mars. 
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, Monthly Newsletter, Space Articles
Mostly Harmless
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
"First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.

- Samantha Cristoforetti, reading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" aboard the International Space Station


 Pledge $15 or more for: 

  • Exclusive Access to Personal Journal Entries - You'll be able to read selected entries from handwritten journals I've maintained since 2011, with retrospective insights on how things have changed and where I'm going next.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Content - They say you have to kill your darlings, but you'll have exclusive access to the trove of material that I have to cut from my books & articles 
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, Monthly Newsletter, Space & Personal Articles
Star Sailing With Sagan
$25 or more per month 5 patrons
"A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic." - Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos

THIS is the big one!

Pledge $25 or more for:

  • Exclusive Draft Access - My next book Cosmic Nomad is a vulnerable and deeply personal look at how signing up for a one-way mission to mars has changed my life on Earth, and you'll see every step of it's writing and editing months before it's published
  • Book Acknowledgement - You've helped me make Cosmic Nomad a reality so I want to thank you in the acknowledgements of every copy that's published
  • Early Signed Book - A print copy of Cosmic Nomad  signed on the inside cover with a personal note of thanks before it's publicly published
  • Early Digital Book - A digital copy of Cosmic Nomad  in the Ebook format of your choice before it's publicly published
  • Early Audiobook - Download or stream the Cosmic Nomad audiobook before it's publicly published
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, Monthly Newsletter, Space & Personal Articles, Personal Journals, and Behind-the-Scenes Content

 

Going Interstellar
$100 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
"The future never just happened. It was created." - Mae Jemison, Principal of 100 Year Starship

Pledge $100 or more for:

  • Monthly Video Call - I love speaking to people about space exploration, so I'll call you or someone you choose for a chat where you can ask me about life, the universe and everything.
    Want me to speak to a classroom or museum full of kids about space each month? Or your business about leadership & teamwork? This level is the way to do it!
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, Monthly Newsletter, Space & Personal Articles, Cosmic Nomad Drafts/Acknowledgement/Signed/Ebook/Audiobook, Personal Journals, Behind-the-Scenes Content
Goals
$143 of $300 per month
This will keep the newsletter, space articles & personal posts sustainable and on time!

By being able to focus on producing more content, I'll be able to start a podcast interviewing other candidates and space industry professionals about the challenges of colonizing other planets!
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Hi everyone, Josh Richards here - welcome!

Who am I?
I'm an Australian comedian and science communicator that's currently one of 100 remaining candidates shortlisted worldwide to launch to Mars on a one-way colonization mission with the Mars One project. Call it crazy, call it inspiring, call it whatever you like: I'm determined to help humanity become a dual-planet species, and the best way I can do that is by putting my hand up to be one of the first to go and not come back.


And if you're here, you're probably looking for a way to help me make that a reality... so thanks!

Why am I writing?
For 8 years I wrote a mixture of comedy, science and personal articles online, for 5 years I wrote and performed comedy shows blending science with comedy and storytelling, and for the last 3 years I've been speaking at science festivals and in schools about space exploration as well. It's safe to say I'm never going to stop making jokes or speaking about space exploration (especially with kids), even if that means recording videos from Mars itself! 

Through the years though I've written several books worth of content that has never been published simply because I was trying to scrape out a minimalist existence through speaking, and couldn't see a way to make a sustainable living from writing! Everywhere I've spoken people have enthusiastically asked if I've written a book, if they can find out more online, or how they can support what I'm doing.

Unfortunately I've never had a solid answer to give them... until now.

Why am I on Patreon?
Patreon is a platform for people to support artists & content creators online, and it's the PERFECT way for larger audiences to follow my story while providing a much-needed way for people to support what I'm doing. By providing my patrons (hopefully you!) with early and exclusive access to what I'm creating, Patreon gives me the perfect pressure to get on with writing and publishing - if there's a crowd of people waiting for my next article or book then I'll write EVEN MORE than I already do!

Sharing more of yourself obviously involves increasing levels of vulnerability, so I've deliberately shaped the rewards so that the more you pledge the more personal things get. From a general newsletter and monthly Q&A, all the way up to reading select parts of my hand-written journal and one-on-one skype chats: it's up to you to decide exactly how much Josh is enough ;)

Being shortlisted to move permanently to Mars means I'm not saving for a house or trying to raise kids - it means I've reduced my Earth-bound commitments and everything I own down to just a backpack and a ukulele, so I can reach more people on this planet before I leave it.

Needless to say I'm incredibly grateful for whatever financial support you choose to pledge - absolutely every bit goes directly towards my mission to inspire, entertain and educate people around the world through space exploration, because it can't come with me ;)

See you on Mars!
Josh Richards

Recent posts by Josh Richards

Tiers
First Flight
$1 or more per month 1 patron
"Looking at the earth from afar you realize it is too small for conflict and just big enough for co-operation." - Yuri Gagarin, first human in space


Pledge $1 or more for:

  • Exclusive Access to Patron-Only Posts - Get news on what I'm up to, drawings, articles and all sorts of other content not available anywhere else!
  • Monthly Newsletter - A round-up of all the articles, interviews and other mischief that's happened that month


Low Earth Orbit
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
"There's something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge." - Sally Ride, first US woman in space

Pledge $5 or more for:

  • Early Access To Space Articles - In-depth articles on human space exploration covering everything from the science & engineering to the psychology & cultural impacts.
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, and Monthly Newsletter
Spacewalker
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
"I'm coming back in . . . and it's the saddest moment of my life." - Ed White, first American to walk in space

Pledge $10 or more for:

  • Early Access To Personal Posts - Monthly articles taking a deeply personal look at life on Earth as a candidate for a one-way mission to Mars. 
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, Monthly Newsletter, Space Articles
Mostly Harmless
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
"First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.

- Samantha Cristoforetti, reading "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" aboard the International Space Station


 Pledge $15 or more for: 

  • Exclusive Access to Personal Journal Entries - You'll be able to read selected entries from handwritten journals I've maintained since 2011, with retrospective insights on how things have changed and where I'm going next.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Content - They say you have to kill your darlings, but you'll have exclusive access to the trove of material that I have to cut from my books & articles 
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, Monthly Newsletter, Space & Personal Articles
Star Sailing With Sagan
$25 or more per month 5 patrons
"A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic." - Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos

THIS is the big one!

Pledge $25 or more for:

  • Exclusive Draft Access - My next book Cosmic Nomad is a vulnerable and deeply personal look at how signing up for a one-way mission to mars has changed my life on Earth, and you'll see every step of it's writing and editing months before it's published
  • Book Acknowledgement - You've helped me make Cosmic Nomad a reality so I want to thank you in the acknowledgements of every copy that's published
  • Early Signed Book - A print copy of Cosmic Nomad  signed on the inside cover with a personal note of thanks before it's publicly published
  • Early Digital Book - A digital copy of Cosmic Nomad  in the Ebook format of your choice before it's publicly published
  • Early Audiobook - Download or stream the Cosmic Nomad audiobook before it's publicly published
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, Monthly Newsletter, Space & Personal Articles, Personal Journals, and Behind-the-Scenes Content

 

Going Interstellar
$100 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
"The future never just happened. It was created." - Mae Jemison, Principal of 100 Year Starship

Pledge $100 or more for:

  • Monthly Video Call - I love speaking to people about space exploration, so I'll call you or someone you choose for a chat where you can ask me about life, the universe and everything.
    Want me to speak to a classroom or museum full of kids about space each month? Or your business about leadership & teamwork? This level is the way to do it!
  • All lower reward levels - Patron-Only News/Drawings/Articles, Monthly Newsletter, Space & Personal Articles, Cosmic Nomad Drafts/Acknowledgement/Signed/Ebook/Audiobook, Personal Journals, Behind-the-Scenes Content