Cosmic Cadets (Book One): Contact!

By Perfect Turd | Apr 14, 2023

Week after week we discover strange new worlds and creatures of epic B-movie proportions, but we are no match for Jimmil and his friends in the new Top Shelf release, Cosmic Cadets: Contact!

Strap on your space boots and get ready for a fun ride with the Cosmic Cadets coming to bookshelves April 25th

Cosmic Cadets Book One Cover


Our parents can’t stop a galactic war… but maybe we can? Strap in for a colorful and action-packed space adventure about friendship, family, and fear of the unknown!

Humanity has gone to the stars, and the ESS Khonsu and its crew are leading the charge to explore the galaxy. As the son of the ship’s captain, Jimmil might not always live up to his mom’s expectations… but right now he and his friends might be the galaxy’s only hope. After they’re stranded on a strange alien planet, they’ll have to do what their parents couldn’t: explore the surface, discover the secrets of the terrifying race that lives there, and try to prevent a full-scale war! Working together, these Cadets will discover that sometimes being a hero means learning to see new perspectives, and sometimes bravery means admitting when you’re wrong.

Why We Like IT:

The book is a fun mash-up of young kids on an adventure trying to solve a problem the adults can't (ala The Goonies) mixed with a dose of sci-fi Trekkie intrigue. These elements are balanced well as we get all the humorous banter from the kids on an adventure way over their heads. But we also get the question of ethics and acceptance that you'd expect in an episode of TNG making this a great read for all ages.

Cosmic Cadets is set to hit the shelves on April 25th and is available for pre-order now!! Check it out here.



Ben Crane was almost a mathematician, but instead went into visual storytelling. He has lived in North Carolina, Connecticut, South Korea, and now Los Angeles, where he works in film development. In his spare time, he plays board games with Mimi or walks their two dogs.


Mimi Alves is a multi-talented artist who has been drawing and creating stories since they were first able to hold a pen. They were the artist for the long-running webcomic Rapture Burgers, and have created illustrations, storyboards, or animations for clients ranging from self-published books to The Disney Channel. They live in Los Angeles with their husband and co-creator Ben and their two dogs.