Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FLYING CARS! Announcing David M. Kelly's Newest Release

What makes regular science fiction even better? When it's set in the near future and features flying cars. Well, okay, there are a lot of factors that make sci-fi so much fun for so many of us, I gotta admit, I'm a huge fan of flying cars. So when I saw the cover for David M. Kelly's latest book, Mathematics of Eternity, which as you can see, features a flying taxicab, I got super excited.

That's right, Uber, cabs are still a thing in the future.

As fun as that cover is, it has nothing on the trailer, which you should go watch right now: https://youtu.be/BMLUsphcy08
Impressive, eh? Both the cover and the trailer were created by the author. I don't know about you, but I'm super jealous. In celebration of the release of this, David's first full length novel, I've asked him to tell us a little more about his writing, being an indie author, and which of his worlds he'd want to be trapped in. So here we go!

Five Somewhat Random Questions with Author David M. Kelly

Christina McMullen: You’re latest book, and first full length novel, Mathematics of Eternity, takes place in the semi-near future and paints an almost too realistic portrait of planet-wide ruin. Tell us what it’s about and what inspired you to write this particular story.

David M. Kelly: The novel is a fast-paced, action thriller set in Baltimore a hundred and thirty years from now. My lead character, Joe Ballen, drives flying taxis. When one of his passengers dies in gruesome fashion at the beginning of the story, he becomes a murder suspect and is dragged into a conspiracy involving a prototype spaceship and several dead scientists. With help from a diverse set of characters, including his glamorous boss and a senile survivalist, Joe has to unravel the mystery and prove his innocence.

I wanted to create a picture of a world that allowed for certain developments such as the development of orbital space-based populations, but wanted to keep the story grounded close enough to the present as to still be very recognizable to people now. I think that the lack of political will around the world on tackling climate change will cause a lot of problems. That lends itself to a dark and somewhat bleak setting, but I also wanted to put forward the idea that people haven’t given up and are still trying to deal with these things and improve their situation. So you have a world that’s in some ways quite desperate, but also with an underlying sense of optimism that humanity can deal with the issues if it chooses to.

CM: Previously, you’ve written quite a few short stories and novelettes. Which is your favorite and why?

DM: My favorite has a tendency to shift from time to time, but overall I would say it would probably be “Dead Reckoning.” The lead character, Hector Tren-Hump, is such a thoroughly detestable over-privileged, egotistical, stuffed shirt (naming no presidential names), that taking everything away from him and torturing him was just so much fun. Which reminds me, perhaps it’s time I had some more fun! ;-) (Christina’s note: Hector totally deserves more torture!)

CM: Certain characters from your shorts pop up as Easter Eggs in this novel. Is this just for fun or is this an in-universe connection? Will we see more bridges to past books in future installments of this series?

DM: When I first started reading science fiction I was fascinated by Robert Heinlein’s idea of “Future History” where he wrote a series of short-stories and later novels that had a loosely connected timeline. When I started my own writing projects I thought it would be a fun thing to do for me as a writer but also (hopefully!) for the reader. I try to keep it subtle and the connections are always a little tangential, so it’s not vital to have read everything I’ve done before, but I think it adds a little extra layer of “historical” detail that makes the world setting richer and sometimes gives characters and situations a life beyond the initial scope of the story they appeared in.

CM: It’s the broken question! Alien robots have destroyed reality as we know it. You have been collected and unceremoniously dumped into the world of your own creation (itchy underpants optional). Which of your stories do you hide out in and which of your characters, up to three, do you choose to keep you company/fight for the users?

DM: If I had to choose a setting to exist in from one of my stories I think it would have to be the one portrayed in “Three Lives Of Mary” where space travel is relatively commonplace. I’d love to have the chance to see alien worlds (and escape conquering alien robots!) and for companions I’d probably choose Mary from that story and Dollie from “Mathematics of Eternity.” I don’t think you could go far wrong with those two. (Christina’s note: Hello Dollie! I’d have to agree, those are great choices, though I’d be tempted to knit Hector some wool underpants.)

CM: What is the best part about being an indie author?

DM: The best part of being an indie author is the freedom to write what I’m inspired to write, but closely followed by the indie community itself. There are so many talented and supportive people out there who are willing to help you when you have a problem, provide emotional support, or give you a kick when needed. So it’s a wonderful time to be an author and an indie.

Mathematics of Eternity is available now!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Indie Author Spotlight Week: An Intro & Some Robot News

Hi Everyone! Today begins Indie Author Spotlight week 2017! For the next five days, we have cover reveals, new releases, bonkers interviews, and a bunch of other amazing and wonderful indie book related events. To start us off, I have a very important announcement of my own. 

But first... FREE STUFF!!! 
 Completely unrelated to this series, or the fact that my blog is robo-centric, or anything else for that matter, author CB Archer is hosting an impromptu free book bonanza under the Twitter hashtag #RobotPartyWeek. Searching this tag all week will find you random free books in a wide variety of genres, including CB's own self-styled genre of elfrotica. Later this week, CB and I sit down for a 100% wheels-off, adult-rated but still totally immature interview, which should explain a few things.

Also coming up we have a Sci-fi new release, a fantasy new release, and a fantasy cover reveal that will make you swoon! Plus, I will break things. 

Beginning with this breaking news: 


Well, I should say, book one of the series that I've been working on under the code name of Princess Robot Commander is coming soon. In fact, it is coming in May. As you may know, if you've been following the saga of PRC, the title began as a joke on this very blog and for the last three years, I've toyed with the idea of writing something using that name. But this project has had more false starts and false abandonment than anything I've written outside the original The Eyes of The Sun. But no more. As of right now, I am officially revealing that the true name of this series is not Princess Robot Commander. 

The new name is: 
The Kyroibi Trilogy 

What is the Kyroibi? Well, that is the subject of book #1, A Space Girl from Earth, which will debut in May of this year.

In it, you'll meet Ellie Whitmore, a not so average girl with a not at all average life who finds out that she's even more not so average and is in fact, a space girl born on the primitive and remote planet Earth. This is a semi-romantic, epic space adventure with what I hope will be a super likable ensemble cast of characters from very diverse walks of life. And just to show that I haven't entirely given up on the Princess Robot Commander, here is a (totally unedited) sneak peek at the excerpt where the name makes a cameo: 

When she finally reached the cavern floor, Ellie again stood frozen in awe. The figures were neither men nor statues. They were robots. Androids, she believed was the correct terminology for the humanoids that stood nearly seven feet tall and appeared to have been molded to have the same structural appearance as the Eidyn people. This had to be the army Julian had mentioned. The very thought created a cold lump in Ellie’s stomach. Was that why she was here? Did the Kyroibi make her some sort of military commander? 

“Princess Robot Commander reporting for duty, sir,” she said with a wry giggle and haphazard salute to the row nearest her. The idea was at once laughable and yet so very frightening. The Kyroibi gave her nothing. No indication as to what it was she needed to do or how the mechanical men fit into the plans. A growing sense of dread ate at her. She was certain now that Julian should have been with her. He would have known the purpose of coming to the cold, dark world. 

Intrigued? I sure hope so! Keep an eye on this space for more news and updates on A Space Girl from Earth! And make sure to come back tomorrow for Indie Author Spotlight Day Two, when sci-fi author David M. Kelly talks about the release of his brand new novel, Mathematics of Eternity!