David M. Kelly

Science Fiction Writer

My science fiction short-story collection Dead Reckoning And Other Stories (Amazon link) is officially released today (read excerpt) and to celebrate I’m offering a special giveaway.

The top three winners receive:

Cover#d1A signed copy of Dead Reckoning and other stories (print edition)

A $20.00 Amazon gift certificate

and a very special custom designed Dead Reckoning T-shirt!

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7 runners-up will receive:

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!

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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consists of two of my previously published stories – A Slight Imperfection and Reboot, along with a new as yet unpublished story, Atoll.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…

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

http://www.scifiwales.uk/

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.

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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.

Pre-1900

ncBG8edpi55 B.C.Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.  Rome has still not paid any reparations for its brutal act.
oxygen1774Oxygen was discovered in air by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly. It was about time as it was getting pretty hard to breathe by that point.
the_bride_of_frankenstein_by_mengblom-d5g99sl1797Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, was born after her mother was strapped to a table and zapped by lightning.
1846 – The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress. The “Nation’s Attic” was made possible by $500,000 given by scientist Joseph Smithson. Luckily the first person who offered to fund the Institute, I. Ninkompoop, decided to pass.
1871Orville Wright was born. Everyone knows that two wrongs don’t make a right, but two Wrights can make a plane.
cartoon-mime-230219121876Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph. This was a device for “automatically painting your face white and adding decorative tears.”
1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos. Thomas Edison patented the moons a week later.
1859Nathan Ames patented the escalator. Ames was recognized by being honored as the laziest man alive. Naturally, Edison contested the claim.
listerine_clip_image001-500x5001865Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister. Before this they only used it as a mouthwash.
1877Thomas Edison made the first sound recording on his new invention, the phonograph. His first recording was “You’re fired!” spoken to Nikola Tesla.
1881Alexander Fleming was born. Fleming discovered penicillin in 1929 and created the world’s first superbugs.

 

1888Theophilus 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.

1888 – The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs. Thomas Edison immediately contested the claim and produced his own machine, but it didn’t add up.
1892Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph, an important victory after his one-way telegraph proved to be less than successful.
1899 – The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall. Edison claimed that Marshall had simply reversed the connections on his invention, the electric cooker.
1889 – A patent for a coin-operated telephone was issued to William Gray. Thomas Edison contested the claim and produced a telephone-operated coin in evidence.

1900-1950

0511-0912-2712-0164_A_Cartoon_Television_Cameraman_clipart_image1906Philo Taylor Farnsworth was born. Farnsworth was a TV pioneer and invented the all-electronic television system. Thomas Edison naturally contested the claim.
1906Albert Sabin was born. Sabin invented the first polio vaccine. However Edison objected claiming to have been the inventor of polio.
1910A.J. Fisher patented the electric washing machine. Thomas Edison accused Fisher of stealing the idea from him and demonstrated an electric dirtying machine.
1914 – The electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio. Thomas Edison ran the first red light later that day.
1914Bernard Lovell. English physicist and radio astronomer was borm. He was the first Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory which was built in an attempt to track the movements of the Strykkx.
1922AT&T and Bell Systems shut down all switchboards and switching stations in recognition of the death of Alexander Graham Bell, The shutdown affected 13 million phones. Now they do it just to piss people off.
how-to-draw-an-airship-airship_1_000000015188_51923 – The first American dirigible, the “Shenandoah,” was launched in Lakehurst, NJ. The airship was a failure, having missed the steampunk era by decades.
 
stretch-armstrong-stretch1930Neil A. Armstrong was born. Armstrong went on to become the first man to walk on the moon. His brother Stretch was also famous as a gifted contortionist.

1950 – 2000

internet-explorer-61959 – The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back pictures of Earth. Later, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 became the browser that wouldn’t leave the face of the Earth.
Space Dogs1960 – The satellite Echo One was launched by the U.S. It was the first communications satellite and allowed the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite to take place. The conversation took place between two dogs, Squirrel and Arrow, launched by the Soviet Union. The dogs were accompanied by a grey rabbit, 42 mice, 2 rats, flies and several plants and fungi, although only the dogs spoke on the phone.
bigbird1962Andrian Nikolayev, of the Soviet Union, was launched on a 94-hour flight. He was the third Russian to go into space. Nikolayev later became famous as the first person to make a television broadcast from space, in which he was accompanied by a black hamster, three gerbils, a Georgian male voice choir and a big yellow bird.
no+woman1962Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet, but detected no women.
1976 – Scientists announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had detected strong indications of life on Mars. The Strykkx quickly destroyed it and contact was lost.
06092003_voyager1977Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch (30 cm) copper disk containing greetings in many languages, samples of music and sounds of nature. The probe returned extensive data about Saturn and Neptune before leaving the Solar system completely. It returned 300 years later in search of The Creator; in this it failed, finding only Captain Kirk.
1978 – The Pioneer Venus II probe was launched carrying instruments to study the atmosphere of Venus. Still no women were detected and NASA concluded that they had all moved to Earth because of the frizzy hair problems caused by the heavy moist Venusian atmosphere.
ronald1989 – The space shuttle Columbia took off from Cape Canaveral. The trip was said to be a secret five-day military mission, but actually covered an orbital rendezvous between President George Bush and the High Kglar of Strykkx to negotiate a trade agreement. Discussions failed when the Strykkx negotiators discovered Ronald MacDonald was no longer president.
man-11996NASA announced the discovery of evidence of primitive life on Mars. Men

21st Century

2003Ekaterina Dmitriev and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko were married. It was the first-ever marriage in space, but quickly ran into problems when Malenchenko announced his intention to invite his mother to stay with them on the ISS.

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!

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