What’s happening with Space Cadets?

An update on how the efforts to republish Space Cadets are going.

My novel, Space Cadets, was published by Booktrope earlier in 2016, shortly before Booktrope went out of business. The rights to the book reverted to me on June 1, 2016.

My goal is to republish the book — with some changes — as it was always intended to be: the first volume in a new Sci Fi series. The initial aim was to have a number of shorter books making up the story arc, each of which would feel like an episode in a TV show. The book, as originally published was the first two of these episodes.

When Space Cadets is re-released, it will be as I had intended — so expect the first ‘episode’ to be coming soon to a book seller and digital retailer near you! 🙂

Several years after humanity was pulled back from the brink of an all-out nuclear war, the United Nations built a Space Academy. It’s purpose: To ensure that we’d never again face extinction. Space Cadets follows the first African American student accepted into this academy, and her discovery that human extinction is closer than we may think.

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I’m Keynoting Droidcon Vienna

I’m super excited to be in Vienna this September to keynote Droidcon Vienna!

droidcon Vienna will feature more than 20 sessions in three parallel tracks, with over fifteen hours of high-quality content. I’m going to be keynoting to talk about Firebase and how to build mobile apps, grow them, and earn from them! I’m really looking forward to it!

droidcon is always about community. A half day is dedicated to a Barcamp – your content selected by you!

Learn more about droidcon Vienna here.

Soo-Kyung Kim – North Korean Space Cadet

Latest character design for Soo-Kyung Kim — star of my novel ‘Space Cadets’

You can see the full-res image here.

sk2smallSeveral years after humanity was pulled back from the brink of an all-out nuclear war, the United Nations built a Space Academy. It’s purpose: To ensure that we’d never again face extinction. Space Cadets follows Aisha Parks, the first African American student accepted into this academy, and her discovery that human extinction is closer than we may think.

Soo-Kyung, a North Korean national with a mysterious background, becomes roommate and best friend of Aisha.

With the publisher of ‘Space Cadets’ closing down, the book is being remixed and re-released soon. Check back for more!

Coffee with a Googler: Fatima Otori

Learn about Google Cloud Launcher over Coffee with Fatima Otori!

I met with the wonderful Fatima Otori from the Google Cloud Platform team to talk about Google Cloud Launcher — a technology that lets you build solutions on Google Cloud Platform with full software stacks in just a few clicks.

She demonstrates how, with just a few clicks, you can get a WordPress site up and running on Linux VMs in the Cloud.

Learn more about Google Cloud Launcher here.

Google Developers Medium page: https://goo.gl/egTyEv

Watch more episodes of Coffee with a Googler here:
https://goo.gl/5l123N

Google IO 2016: Maps Developer Experience

Ankur Kotwal and I had a great time doing a talk on Streamlining developer experiences with the Google Maps APIs – Google I/O 2016

The Google Maps APIs provide a seamless experience for developers of all levels. Some want to offer a map or navigation but don’t want to build these things themselves; this can be achieved with just a few lines of code. Other developers prefer to integrate natively with off-the-shelf widgets. Finally, some developers want complete control over every aspect of the presentation.

This session highlights the Maps APIs representing the full gamut of the developer experiences, enabling you to get going immediately and scale as necessary. You’ll see how widgets and services can be added over time with a suite of Maps APIs, services and libraries.

See all the talks from Google I/O 2016 here: https://goo.gl/olw6kV
Watch more Android talks at I/O 2016 here: https://goo.gl/Uv3jls
Watch more Chrome talks at I/O 2016 here: https://goo.gl/JoMLpB
Watch more Firebase talks at I/O 2016 here: https://goo.gl/JTH9Fr
Subscribe to the Google Developers Channel: http://goo.gl/mQyv5L

Firebase Notifications: Get Started

Here’s one of my firecast videos on how to send notification messages to your users using Firebase Notifications on Android.

Once you set up your development environment, you can send notifications right away, and these will be received in the system tray!

Find out more at http://goo.gl/fuOysS

Read about it in our blog: http://firebase.googleblog.com

Add the Introducing Firebase playlist! https://goo.gl/Wdcxpt