The top three winners receive:
A $20.00 Amazon gift certificate
and a very special custom designed Dead Reckoning T-shirt!
A signed copy of Dead Reckoning And Other Stories (print edition)
A $10.00 Amazon gift certificate.
To enter, just follow the steps below. Good luck!
I’ve put together a mini-collection especially for the upcoming SciFi Wales 2015 conference. The collection consists of two of my previously published stories – A Slight Imperfection and Reboot, along with a new as yet unpublished story, Atoll.
I like to give my stories and collections their own unique covers and this one is no different. I’ve titled the collection Tri Chwedlau, which is Welsh for “Three Fables” and the cover features two giant UFOs descending on the town of Llandudno, Wales, where the conference takes place.
Thank you to Stuart Bannerman of FrontPage2Screen for agreeing to hand out the prize “vouchers” and especially to SciFi Wales for allowing me to distribute my work at the event. There will be many guests from the world of SciFi attending including shows like Red Dwarf, Farscape, Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones, and many others. I hope everyone has a truly wonderful day!
So…. drum roll please…. BRRRRRRrrrrrrrrr…
This week’s SciFi coffee bonanza features a number of double-stacked entries from The Last Starfighter, Blake’s 7 and The Fifth Element. We had a failure on the spelling droid for the Last Starfighter entry that needed correcting, but despite this the surprise winner by an overwhelming majority was the classic Blake’s 7!
Yesterday, I discovered a very strange problem where my media library page was blank when trying to add an image to a post (WordPress 4.2.4). I did my usual searches online and also contacted my webhost to see if they had any idea, but nothing helped.
Some of the things I tried include:
- Disabled all plugins
- Changed template to default 2015
- Reinstalled wordpress
- Added a code change to wp-config
- 3 different browsers
- 2 different locations (different ISPs)
None of these had the slightest effect. I started getting nervous and looked around to see if there were any alternatives around that might help. I tried a couple of plugins with no success and finally found one called Media Library Assistant. That brought back the image icons (as well as adding other functionality),
Posting this in case anyone else has a similar problem. Not a “solution” as such, but at least might get you back working.
!WARNING! !WARNING! !WARNING!
After installing the plugin I found that my entire site doesn’t show up – all I see is a blank screen. What a nightmare.
First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who reviewed, tweeted, commented, and generally supported the launch of Dead Reckoning And Other Stories. I couldn’t have done it without you!
Here are a few of the review comments so far….
“Very well written collection of short sci-fi stories with excellent plots. Plenty of suspense to keep the readers interest.”
“A wonderful introduction to a fun, new Canadian author.”
“Definitely a keeper.”
“The author … is great at suspense.”
“Science fiction is not my favorite genre but I did enjoy these short stories. Would read more.”
And of course, more reviews are always welcome
I’m now looking forward to the release of the print version coming soon and a special appearance (of sorts lol) by Hector Tren-Hump at this year’s Sci Fi Wales convention in September. More on that soon.
Don’t forget there’s still time to enter my contest. Go to http://wp.me/p3RByN-B1 for your chance to win Amazon gift certificates, T-shirts, and signed copies of DR.
And today and tomorrow only, you can pick up my short story, Inser, free on Amazon (this link should direct you to your “local” Amazon site).
This week’s sci-fi coffee posts featured the movies “Damnation Alley”, “The Day of The Triffids” and “Bicentennial Man”. All three of these movies were based on stories by famous writers. The first was based on a novel of the same name by Roger Zelaney, the second on the classic novel from John Wyndham, and the last from an Isaac Asimov novelette.
This weeks most popular choice was “Day Of The Triffeds,” by a large margin.
I added a new theme switcher and a theme optimized for accessibility. Hopefully that will help anyone who’ deals with visual impairment issues. It also acts as a nice lighter-weight experience for people on mobile devices too as an added bonus.
If anyone has any feedback on please drop me a line.
1888 – Theophilus Van Kannel patented the revolving door, making it possible to both enter and leave a building at the same time and also giving Superman an alternative to phone booths that proved vital as cell-phones proliferated.
1950 – 2000
In a previous post I explained that you don’t need to buy a kindle reader device to enjoy reading kindle books. There are now Kindle reader apps for everything from PCs to tablets and phones that allow you to enjoy kindle books on almost any device going.
But what happens when you want to read something on your tablet or phone that you didn’t buy from the Kindle store? In my case, for example. I sometimes want to check a a preview copy of one of my own books, or there’s just a document that I’d like to have available on my tablet or phone.
There are various ways of doing this “manually,” but they do take some technical knowledge and aren’t the easiest to explain. However those excellent Kindle people have recognized the problem and have come up with a handy little helper to address just this issue.
The solution is a little app helpfully titled “Send To Kindle.” It can be downloaded and installed on Windows, Android and there’s even an Apple version. You can use it to send ebook files, word documents, images, PDF’s and others straight to your Kindle device so you can take them with you wherever you go.
Installation is extremely simple. Once installed simply enter your amazon email and password and that’s it! The software gives you an extra menu item when you click on something in Windows Explorer “Send To Kindle” (it only works for files that are safe to send) . When you select it the file gets sent accordingly with no fuss. There’s even an option to send web content to your kindle reader for later reading at your leisure or when you’re not connected.
A great little addition for people wanting to extend what they can read on the move!