About Dave

Surfer, Marine Biologist and Technologist = The ingredients of writing the perfect Sci-Fi

Kindle Vella – A new way to bring writers and readers together

Amazon has launched a new platform called Kindle Vella. Unlike traditional Kindle eBooks, Vella is a platform for writers and readers to share feedback – one episode at a time.

The Vella platform offers readers the first three episodes for free. To unlock additional episodes requires an investment in tokens, but from what I have seen, Amazon is currently awarding FREE tokens to readers in the early phase of this platform release. And if you need to buy additional tokens they cost less than the price of a beer in a bar, but unlike the beer, these stories stay with you forever.

So now that you are familiar with the Vella Platform I would like to introduce My Vella Project: End Of Days.

I was waiting for my cousin in his back yard to go kayaking, lying in his hammock, looking up at a ring around the sun. It was a gorgeous day to be alive…. but what if it were my last?

That is how these stories started. I then started asking friends and family: If this was your last day on Earth, how would you feel? Any regrets? Where do you think you would like to be and with whom? How you go out… is left up to me…….

END OF DAYS

Second Space Tourism company on-line.

Blue Origin’s Sheppard Capsule mission a success.

Having watched both the Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin tourist missions, I think, as a tourist, I would choose Virgin Galactic over Blue Origin for a ride into space; there is just something about the civility of Virgin Galactic’s approach over Blue Origin’s. One thing Branson knows is tourism and entertainment. Taking off and landing at a SPACEPORT, with all the creature comforts, has such an appeal over something that looks vintage Russian (landing in a dirt field). The long term options seem better for Virgin Galactic with an ability to take off and land almost anywhere. I can see high-speed travel and eventually a transport to a Virgin Space Hotel. Blue Origin’s future seems limited.

That said, my bet is on SpaceX for going beyond tourism.

Amazon Vella Platform is Live

The Amazon Vella platform has been released. This platform brings writers together with their readers, one episode at a time. My collection of shorts is called End Of Days. I was kicking back with a friend and we got to talking about life, and what if it was our last day on Earth. One of my friends is convinced she is going to be taken out by a Walmart truck. That story, The Price Of Always, will be released next week. I would love to hear what your End Of Days would be–who knows, it might appear here.

If you like the story, select it as your FAVE and I will enjoy your feedback.

Space Tourism starts on July 11th, 2021

One of my favorite reads was “THE SPACE TOURIST’S HANDBOOK” by Eric Anderson, who on April 8th, 2001, blasted off in a Soyuz rocket for an eight day ride to the ISS and became the 415 person to enter space and the first person to pay to get there. His account and advice are written in this incredible handbook–– a must read for anyone wanting the see the blue dot from above.

Fortunately, the technology has advanced exponentially since 2001 and going into space with Virgin Galactic makes things a lot easier.

What really matter(s)

Take a break from the idiocracy. Gazing into these images, I can’t help but think our existence is a conscienceless for the universe to identify what, itself, is.

I write Science Fiction as a means of inventing future tech to see these wonders for myself.

Click on the image below to see the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021: Shortlist revealed (BBC.com)

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-57653901

Super Flower Blood Moon

This Wednesday (May 26th) will be a Super Flower Blood Moon, a must see if you have yet to experience this astronomical event–– it does turn blood red before your eyes. It is an early riser so set your coffee makers on timer and get out there. For all my friends in Florida, I know you will have been up for hours. LOL.

The May Full moon is known as a Flower Moon. Blood Moon refers to a moon passing through the shadow of Earth. Super Flower Blood Moon a Full Moon, larger than normal because it is closer to the Earth, In May, passing though Earth’s shadow.

The map below (image only) shows what areas will be in totality or shadow. Use This link to find your exact location.

If you can’t make it outside, due to clouds then click below to watch it live

Space Tourism – The Next Frontier

Talk to any rocket engineer and they will say, ‘you need a plane that looks like a rocket and not a rocket that looks like a plane’. If you subscribe to that way of thinking, then you have not read Moshe F. Rubinstrein’s – The Minding Organization: Bring the Future to the Present and Turn Creative Ideas into Business Solutions.

Space X or Blue Origin are said to dominate the Space Tourism Industry, but if you bet on their approach then you will loose.

Understanding Mr. Rubinstein’s philosophy is why Apple dominated the smartphone market and why Microsoft failed.

Would you rather be sitting above a cylinder that is exploding below you for a brain rattling ride straight up into space or take your time to climb to 45,000 ft, then rocket much more smoothly for 40 seconds and glide though space before heading back back down to Earth in comfort? There is one thing Richard Branson understands and that is Tourism. He has brought the future to the present.

Let X=X

I share the Zodiac sign of Gemini with Laurie Anderson, listening to her music since the 70’s, re-wiring me forever thereafter as being, well, unusual when it came to my taste in music and obsession of taking the path less traveled.

Laurie Anderson not only shaped my choice in music, but my outlook of the future, a future that would be synthetic, creative–– a blur between flesh and machinery.

SPACE WEATHER ALERTS

I subscribe to NOAA Space Weather Alerts, because….. This is what came across this morning, an alert of K-7, which is pretty high on the scale and considered a STRONG storm.

I use a couple of sites to see what is going on after receiving an alert:

Space Weather Live

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

For Further information about the K-index, SWPC provides a short summary of it’s characteristics, and please visit the official Kp index web page(link is external) at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).

The K-index quantifies disturbances in the horizontal component of earth’s magnetic field with an integer in the range 0-9 with 1 being calm and 5 or more indicating a geomagnetic storm. It is derived from the maximum fluctuations of horizontal components observed on a magnetometer during a three-hour interval. The planetary 3-hour-range index Kp is the mean standardized K-index from 13 geomagnetic observatories between 44 degrees and 60 degrees northern or southern geomagnetic latitude. The label ‘K’ comes from the German word ‘Kennziffer’ meaning ‘characteristic digit.’ The K-index was introduced by Julius Bartels in 1938. SWPC has used the K-index since the forecast center began operations.