HEAVY METAL ENTERTAINMENT AND PODIUM AUDIO JOIN FORCES TO CO-PRODUCE IMMERSIVE SCI-FI AUDIOBOOK

Heavy Metal Entertainment, known for the world's foremost illustrated science fiction and fantasy magazine, is teaming up with leading independent audiobook publisher Podium Audio
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Created & Written by Matthew Medney and John Connelly, Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance Set to Release in bookstores and on Audible on November 11, 2020 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Heavy Metal Entertainment, known for the world’s foremost illustrated science fiction and fantasy magazine, is teaming up with leading independent audiobook publisher Podium Audio, to co-produce an immersive audiobook created by Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney and Lockheed Martin Aerospace Engineer John Connelly, Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance. The book and audiobook are set to release on November 11, 2020.

A thoughtful meditation on the human race’s place in the universe as well as an entertaining sci-fi adventure, Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance asks some important questions. Why hasn’t sentient life been discovered in our galaxy? If that life exists, why has no other life communicated with us? The answer is simple, no one wants to. Enter the Galactic Star Alliance, a union of species and planets that span the galaxy earth calls home. But while our galaxy has yet to speak to Earth there are some humans who believe it is out there. Not as science-fantasy but as science.

The multi-voiced audiobook, scored and narrated by Kyle Perrin, will immerse listeners into the incredible galaxy imagined by Medney and Connelly. Perrin leverages his background as an audio engineer, sound designer, and composer to truly enhance the listening experience. He has engineered, sound-designed, and scored some of the most successful podcasts, animated shorts, and digital premiers online, including stories such as Another Kingdom: Season 3 and The Cold War: What We Saw, both Daily Wire Productions – alongside Heavy Metal Entertainment’s Podcast Series. Additional well-known talent will be participating in the narration of the audiobook, which will be announced at a later date.

“We’re incredibly excited to be co-producing the audiobook for Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance,” said Scott Dickey, CEO, Podium Audio. “The high-quality audio production combined with a soundscape, sound effects and original music, will take listeners on a truly immersive adventure into the world of Matthew Medney’s science fiction universe.”

When creating the story, which is the first in a planned series of 10 epic sci-fi prose novels, Medney and Connelly set out to respect and honor the laws of physics when imagining this world. “While the story of Kuiper is truly fantastical, the science of it is not. Everything we asserted in building this world had to pass what we call the ‘Bill Nye Test.’ If anything in our story required an alignment with true science, we made sure to do our homework, thanks to a lifelong sci-fi enthusiast and Aerospace Engineer, John Connelly,” explained Medney.

“We want all readers and listeners of the Beyond Kuiper Series to journey into exploration and discovery. We want them to not only travel through a “Hi-Fi” Science Fiction adventure, but also to engage with the most astronomical questions about our place in the universe. We pose these questions through engaging storytelling while providing an emotional yet reflective lens through which to view our society.”

While Beyond Kuiper is Connelly’s first endeavor into the writing world, Matthew has been publishing content for the last five years through his boutique custom comics company: Herø Projects. He has written stories for the music industry elite such as Hip Hop Music Festival Rolling Loud, Rock Band 311, Shaggy, Asap Ferg and many more.

Heavy Metal fans will get their first glimpse into the world of Beyond Kuiper in the illustrated serial Dark Wing, debuting in the upcoming 300th issue of Heavy Metal on-sale August 19th everywhere, with new chapters in subsequent issues through #309.

Beyond Kuiper is available for pre-order at booksellers everywhere, and will be on shelf and on Audible starting on November 11, 2020. Heavy Metal #300, featuring the Kuiper universe-set Dark Wing, is on-sale everywhere on August 19th.

More about Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance

Introduce Bernard William Hubert. World renowned astrophysicist, and Lead Scientist of the seminal company of exploration, Outer Limits. While on loan to CERN, a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions leaves Bernard as the sole survivor.  While the scientific community & world looks to him for answers, he simply states the unthinkable “it has to be aliens.” Inconceivable to the world, the Hubert family is investigated and his family’s name tarnished.

Disgraced and shunned. Bernard claws his way back into the equation with his new company C.O.R.E as they work tirelessly to design an engine capable of interstellar travel.

Follow Bernard on his road to redemption and discovery in this ensemble cast of futurism, space travel and the fate of our species.

About Heavy Metal:

First published in 1977, Heavy Metal, the world’s foremost illustrated fantasy magazine, explores fantastic and surrealistic worlds, alternate realities, science fiction and thriller, in the past, present and future. Writers and illustrators from around the world take you to places you never dreamed existed. Heavy Metal was the first magazine to bring European legends Moebius, Tanino Libertore, Philippe Druillet, Enki Bilal, Pepe Moreno and Philippe Caza to the U.S. as well as showcasing American superstars Richard Corben, Jim Steranko and Bernie Wrightson. The magazine continues to showcase amazing new talent as well as allowing established creators to have “carte blanche.” Heavy Metal Magazine is now published six times per year. Most issues feature one or two serialized graphic novels, several short stories, and two artist galleries. Recent creators have featured Grant Morrison, Stephen King, Bart Sears, Tim Seeley and Kevin With new CEO Matt Medney at the helm, Heavy Metal promises to boldly go where no magazine has gone before. Explore ancient secrets, forgotten worlds and savage futures…experience Heavy Metal. Join us at: www.heavymetal.com.

About Podium Audio:

Podium Audio is an audio-first entertainment studio that finances, develops, produces and distributes immersive audio content. It gained international notice for turning unknown author Andy Weir’s e-book The Martian into the most successful audio book in the world.   Podium Audio remains at the forefront of discovering new literary and voice talent, focused on supporting, nurturing and discovering independent authors and narrators from the U.S. and around the world.  It is an industry leader in the audiobook genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy and a pioneer in bringing the popular Science Fiction sub-genres of GameLit, LitRPG, Wuxia and Asian fantasy to the fore. Additionally, Podium publishes mystery/thriller, young adult, romance and non-fiction genres.

Top selling authors who have partnered with Podium for multiple long-term agreements include Craig Alanson (Expeditionary Force), Richard Fox (Ember War) and Game-Lit Pioneer Harmon Cooper (Death’s Mantle) as well as fan favorite narrators R.C. Bray (Expeditionary Force, The Martian), Luke Daniels (Ascend Online) and Nick Podehl (A Pattern of Shadow and Light). www.podiumaudio.com.

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