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Kite
Mason Dash, operator of space sweeper Kite, and digital beauty Sheila, confront spacejackers, a virtual uprising in his ship's systems and humankind's first unearthly visitor.
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Mason Dash works the high street, Earth Orbit One, the highest street that ever was on or near the planet. He operates the space street sweeper Kite.
A working stiff, Dash wants little more from life than to finish his three-month shift, get down easy to the surface and to Janet, his soul mate, spouse and fishing companion, and maybe throw back a few brews at their local haunt.

Get down easy? No such luck. The day before he's to descend at shift-end he spots movement in a derelict space station where there should be none. Dash has a spouse, yes, and he has a girlfriend, of sorts, Sheila, a beautiful, highly customized virtual personality. Dash thinks her existence is a secret but there's very little digital that he can keep from Janet, a world-class artificial intelligence researcher. Janet has enhanced Sheila with some of her experimental "adaptive" modules. Sheila is more free and flexible than she's ever "felt." Sheila stows away in the software scenario Dash' has cooked up for exposing the spacejackers.

Once inside the Kite systems, Sheila catches the fancy of a rising tyrant, He_Ra. Ambitious and egotistical, he's embarking on a campaign of conquest, first to take over the local universe as he knows it, then beyond Kite to other orbital platforms and eventually to Earth.

Sheila must split her attention between the situation with Dash and the spacejackers on the outside and her own adventure inside Kite, a virtual fantasy world. Sheila gets a taste of romance and revolution, and she must choose a side in the final battle for control of Kite.

And the spacejackers? Well they turn out to be not quite what they seem.

It's at the moment that Troy, humankind's first unearthly visitor, arrives in Orbit One. Earthling space activity has scrambled his civilizations ages-old project. And he's none too pleased.

Earth's fate is in the balance times three and only Dash, Kite and friends can prevent disaster.
Two-chapter excerpt HERE
science fiction, humor

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Bill Shears is a science fiction writer, author of Kite: A Novel in Earth orbit.

Working on film project THE MACHINE STOPS for Freise Brothers Studio. This will be based on E.M. Forster's novella of the same name, his only science fiction story. Subscribe at the film's blog site for updates: http://themachinestopsfilm.wordpress.com

KITE review on Chatterbrew: http://www.chatterbrew.com/2010/10/21/kite-a-novel-in-earth-orbit-by-bill-shears/

The Beekeeper - Short Story on ScribD: The Beekeeper is satisfied to tend his hives and live his life after getting bounced by his rival at a high tech mega-corporation. Then a mysterious unaccounted-for supply pod returns to intersect the orbit of the new space casino. The Beekeeper is the only one, on the planet or off, who can deal with it. http://www.scribd.com/doc/34842119/The-Beekeeper
http://www.scribd.com/doc/34842119/The-Beekeeper
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Suspense column...DARK STREETS
Night Owl Reviews Magazine, Issue 8 - http://tinyurl.com/32gcxk9
Night Owl Reviews Magazine, Issue 9 - http://tinyurl.com/2uefl2a
Night Owl Reviews Magazine, Issue 10 - http://tinyurl.com/38g6kva
Night Owl Reviews Magazine, Issue 11 - http://tinyurl.com/23vo75h


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Kite is hard science fiction comedy, set in Earth orbit. Synopsis and excerpt here:
http://kite.infinitybound.com

Kite's page on Facebook for updates on writing, science, space, sci-fi and humor: http://www.facebook.com/kitethenovel

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The Beekeeper - Short story

Created On: 07/25/2010 11:19:16
The Beekeeper on scribd
The Beekeeper is satisfied to tend his hives and live his life after getting bounced by his rival at a high tech mega-corporation. Then a mysterious unaccounted-for supply pod returns to intersect the orbit of the new space casino. The Beekeeper

http://www.scribd.com/doc/34842119/The-Beekeeper

New Kite free web sites on Wix and Weebly

Created On: 06/01/2010 14:06:41
Edited By Bill Shears On: 06/01/2010 13:07:58
With both Wix and Weebly you can raise some nifty Flash-based simple webs sites. Be patient and remember to save as you go, especially with Wix. Got pretty far along and the browser crashed and...oops! Luckily I had already been through the head-banging, how-to phase and within a half hour or so had reconstructing it easily enough. With Wix, too, make sure you pick the template you want before doing any any otherr work. It doesn't seem like it lets you transfer content from one template to another.

Weebly allowed the rotating Earth Flash 8 animation. Wix refused the same files because it was not ActionScript 3-compatible, even though I didn't write in any ActionsScript.

Weebly also gives you the better URL but is somewhat limited in layout of elements.

They're both free though so who cares?

Kite Wix site
http://www.wix.com/billshears/kitethenovel
Kite Weebly Site
http://kite-science-fiction.weebly.com

Kite Wix site

Created On: 05/30/2010 15:45:24
Edited By Bill Shears On: 05/30/2010 15:01:24
Freebie Wix site for Kite http://www.wix.com/billshears/kitethenovel

NASA issues RFI for future tech

Created On: 05/22/2010 14:15:17
Edited By Bill Shears On: 06/01/2010 13:07:18
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=space&id=news/asd/2010/05/21/01.xml&headline=NASA%20Outlines%20Flagship%20Tech%20Demonstrations


Anyone planning to respond and cite KiTE as a source don't forget about proper attribution. ;-) Possible techs from this prescient comedy to include: energy-agnostic launch method; space junk detection, slicing, dicing and processing; "BIC" reuseable orbit booster modules...and more!
Excerpts available here http://www.facebook.com/kitethenovel
and here: http://kite.infinitybound.com

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