David M. Kelly

Science Fiction Writer

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!

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:

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Forty-six years ago a six year old boy was given permission by his parents to stay up to watch the televised broadcast of a truly astounding event. The little boy was me; the event was Neil Armstrong stepping out of the lunar lander and becoming the first human to walk on the moon and the first person to walk on any celestial body other than the Earth.

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It quite literally set the tone for my life. After that I dreamed, like so many, of becoming an astronaut, of flying into space, visiting other planets, being an explorer. Boldly going and all the rest of it.

It provided me with a lifelong fascination with science, and space especially.I follow science and space news with a voracity that often knows no distractions. It led me to the wonderful worlds of science-fiction cin books, movies and TV shows and (eventually) brought me to writing my own SF stories where I could dream even more vividly about the future. The six year old boy still lives inside, staring out at the universe with a sense of wonder (and sometimes frustration.)

Like so many people that shared my dream, I never got to live that life for real. Out of all of humanity, only twelve people have ever set foot on a planet beyond the Earth, all of them on our moon. Indeed, only around five-hundred people have ever reached space from a current population of around seven billion.

So, the events of July 21st, 1969 are pretty momentous to say the least, from both a personal and a human level. Which makes it so sad to hear that Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from that that mission is slowly deteriorating, despite the fact that it is no longer on display and has been stored by the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for many years in an attempt to better preserve it.

Four years from now will see the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, which to me seems astonishing. It still feels like it was just “a few years back.” As part of the anniversary celebrations the Smithsonian is looking for help. They want to fully restore and preserve Neil Armstrong’s space suit and also return it to display so people can see the actual suit that protected Armstrong during his first “small steps”.

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Naturally a project like that isn’t cheap and the Smithsonian hasn’t the funds to be able to take it on without some help. So they’re running a kickstarter campaign, “Reboot The Suit“, to raise money to do the work needed.

I’ve made a donation to the project and look forward to seeing “The Suit” at some day in the future when I revisit the Smithsonian.

I feel it deserves this for a lifetime of inspiration. For me and all the other children who looked up at the moon and stars and dreamed.

Set your alarm! It’s finally here! Or rather there… Nine years in the making! The flypast of a lifetime! Cue Also sprach Zarathustra! Get the popcorn ready!

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Closest Approach: 11:49:58 UTC
(7:49:58 am EDT)

Morning Events

7:30 – 8 am EDT
Program: Live from APL
Topic: “Arrival at Pluto” (7:49 am EDT.) Countdown using NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System (http://eyes.nasa.gov/pluto), and revealing image of Pluto from 13 July.
NASA TV

8 – 9 am EDT
Media Briefing: Live from APL
Topic: Inside the Pluto System and New Horizons’ Perilous Path
NASA TV


Evening Event

8:30 – 9:15 pm EDT
Program: Live NASA TV Broadcast – Mission Status, Hazard Brief, “Phone Home Signal”
Broadcast from Mission Operations Center at APL
Signal received approx. 9:02 pm EDT, video release
NASA TV

9:30 – 10 pm EDT
Media Briefing: Live NASA TV Broadcast “New Horizons Health and Mission Status”
NASA TV

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Intertubes, cloning, rocketry and much more feature heavily in this month’s quirky round-up of events.

Pre-1900

Bullshit-11790 – The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer and a great improvement on the usual patented bullshit.
Rosetta21799 – The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, was found in Egypt. When studied closer the markings turned out to be complex emoticons.
d76f0e497c387ab6e3766cc24b081b581822Gregor Mendel – father of modern genetics started working on what came to be known as “Wellsian” cloning techniques after receiving telepathic information from the Martians. Mendel was renowned for his pea fetish.
1866Cyrus Field successfully completed the Atlantic underwater telegraph cable from North America to Europe and the intertubes were born.
can-of-worms1870 – A fine can of worms was opened when William W. Lyman patented the first rotary can opener with a cutting wheel. The device however stagnated for many years until the first tin can was invented.
1889Vladimir Kosmo Zworykin, “father of Television,” was born who invented the iconoscope in 1938. The Intertubes were developing rapidly.
1894Aldous Huxley was born. In 1932 he published “Brave New World” creating the “dystopian” literary genre and the first book warning of the dangers of the Intertubes.
5670359528_5f9759e622_z1898 – “Scientific America” carried the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH. and popped up when the magazine was opened to obscure all the magazine content.

1900-1950

jetpack1914Robert H. Goddard engineer, physicist and inventor, patented the first liquid rocket-fuel paving the way for Space Age and taking the fight to the Strykkx. Goddard’s inventions included multi-stage rockets, three-axis control, gyroscopes, steerable thrust rockets and the personal jet pack (though the last of these was suppressed by the U.S. government for being too much fun.)
1921Canadian biochemist Frederick Banting and associates announced the discovery of the hormone insulin. Go, Canada!
1924Robert D. Maurer was born. In 1970 Maurer and colleagues produced the first practical optical fiber that could be used for intertube communications.
1925 – Tmonkeyshe “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, TN. John T. Scopes was convicted and fined $100 for violating the state prohibition on teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The conviction was later overturned on a legal technicality because the judge and jury turned out to be too stupid to have an opinion.

West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), in Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Florida. The manatees gather in these warm springs during the winter months to seek the thermal waters. Photo by William Drumm 2013

1926 – The first underwater color photographs appeared in “National Geographic” magazine. The pictures caused a great deal of controversy at the time as they featured several topless shots of Manatees frolicking in the water off the Florida Keys.

Kai-winn1934Louise Fletcher was born. In an alternate history she was the chilling Bajoran Kai Winn Adami.
1939Dr. Roy P. Scholz became the first surgeon to use fiberglass sutures. This allowed fiberglass wounds to be healed for the first time.
terminator-terminator-30973001-1280-10241945 – The United States detonated the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, NM. A year later The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was conceived – just sayin’.

1950 – 2000

1957 – The International Atomic Energy Agency was established to regulate and promote the peaceful use of nuclear power. It’s been failing in both ever since.
underwater-alien-bases-real-proof1958 – The Nautilus submarine sailed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine.” It was the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship and also discovered the secret Strykkx base hidden under the polar icecap.
hgwells-41965 – The spacecraft Mariner IV sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet Mars and discovered proof that Mars held intelligent life when it discovered numerous clones of H.G. Wells.
Morpheus1961Laurence Fishburne was born. The Intertubes later transfictionalized him into Morpheus.
rover-11969Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon. 2 years later Apollo 15 took the lunar rover vehicle (LRV) to the moon surface to become the first human controlled wheeled vehicle in space. Inaugurating the first Lunar drag race.
Apollo_Soyuz_2_NASA_both1975 – An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit. It was the first link up between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Two days later the ships separated, but the joining lasted longer than the typical Hollywood relationship.
1978Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization using clues from the MartianWellsiancloning techniques.
1976 – America’s Viking I spacecraft successfully landed on Mars. To everyone’s surprise, Viking found that the H.G. Wells clones had deserted the planet.
3177286076_3f4beab84f_o-550x5501984 – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She was aboard the orbiting space station Salyut 7 and contrary to persistent rumors, she wasn’t wearing heels.
1985Commodore unveiled the personal computer Amiga 1000. The Amiga set new standards for home PCs and set the scene for the rise of the Intertubes.
mices1998 – Scientists announced the completion of the genetic map of the syphilis bacterium. Simultaneously, scientists at the University of Hawaii produced over 50 “carbon-copymice, using Martian “Wellsian” cloning technology. Thankfully, none of them had syphilis.
1999 – The spacecraft Lunar Prospect intentionally crashed into the moon as part of a mission to detect frozen water. So they claim…
Pinkshuttle-11999 – The space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman. The shuttle’s color scheme was altered in her honor for the duration of the flight.

21st Century

29713_6002005 – Astronomers announced the discovery of a new planet larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun. The discovery caused arguments over the definition of what a planet was and later led to Pluto being demoted to a “dwarf planet“. Due to this the new planet was named Eris, the Grecian goddess of strife, chaos and discord.
2009 – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” opened in U.S. theaters. To honor the occasion the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century was scheduled. It lasted over 6 and a half minutes.
clunker12011 – The last Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched and later landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This ended the U.S. ability to launch its own astronaut’s into space. No joke.

Today, is a special day for me. Incredibly special. Exactly ten years ago today my wife and I were abducted by aliens who took us up into space, conducted all kinds of experiments on us, gave us both superpowers and released us in Canada. [#1]

Our lives since that day have been very different from what they were before in England. We’ve spent our time fighting evil, protecting the world from invaders from the 11th dimension, enjoying long hot summers, and learning to cope with deeply cold winters. [#2]

In that time, I’ve never once regretted our move and have even grown to be thankful to the aliens for moving us here. (N’Krrja and Brrrku’l if you see this, say hi to the kids from us! [#3] ). Canada is an incredibly beautiful place; we’ve cruised around in my dream Corvette, spent lots of time hiking, swimming and camping, and it’s the perfect inspirational choice for a writer. There hasn’t been a moment when I’ve not felt I was finally in the right place and I’ve truly enjoyed every minute.

So, as you can imagine it’s a big day here in the Kelly household.

But this morning I woke to an incredible surprise. One so out of the blue that it might have been another event arranged by our alien abducting friends (or possibly a púca!).

The wickedly humorous Christina McMullen has included me in her latest “Write On!” round up of indie speculative fiction writers as one of the “smelly boys,” along with D.E. Morris, Dwayne Fry, Ryan Guy Riley Amos Westbrook, Charles Hash, V.M. Sawh and the uniquely inventive (and fragrant) Kat Cafee. It’s a real honor to be included in this list, especially by someone as talented as Ms. McMullen herself, and adds even more fantastic indie authors to my “to be read” list.

All I can say is a huge thank you to Ms. McMullen for making my already special day even more wonderful! And I hope that Jayden will play a special guitar solo in honor of such a fantastic celebration!

[#1] Not all of these statements are factually accurate.

[#2] May contain technical inaccuracies.

[#3] May not correspond to the reality being currently experienced by the reader.

 

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