Archive for June, 2008

Whispers from Space

Posted in Science, Space with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2008 by keithmansfield

“All his life Johnny had loved the stars. On some nights when he lay gazing up at them it almost felt as if they were calling out to him, whispering his name across the vastness of space.”

JM&tSoL, p.10

The beginning of Johnny Mackintosh and the Spirit of London sees Johnny, with a little help from Kovac and Bentley, discovering a signal from space.

Johnny\'s Seti screensaverScientists involved with SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, use radio telescopes to look for signals from aliens. Just like Johnny, you can help them by using the Seti@home screensaver to analyse genuine signals from radio telescopes and report back with your findings.

Or, if you want a bit of fun, you can have a go on the Alien Bandstand game at the Sonoma Space Mysteries site. A DJ thinks he’s downloaded some alien rock music and is going to make a fortune. It’s up to you to discover if the signal’s genuine. Here are some screenshots from when Johnny had a go:

The view out of the window of Space Mysteries HQMessage for Space Sleuths

Alien Bandstand\'s aurora signalJohnny gets another question right

Images courtesy of NASA/Sonoma State University

There are plenty more space games to play if you visit the mysteries site, run by California’s Sonoma State University.
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Publication Date

Posted in Book news with tags , , , on June 22, 2008 by keithmansfield

I’m delighted to announce that my first novel, Johnny Mackintosh and the Spirit of London, will be published by Quercus on 3 July 2008.

Johnny Mackintosh and the Spirit of London big front cover

Why has Johnny been lied to about his parents?

Who are the sinister forces watching him?

When strange things start happening, Johnny runs away from his children’s home to find his sister . . . and falls straight into alien hands. Kidnapped and sent into outer space, he must escape to discover the truth about who he really is.

Danger follows at every turn. Can he ever make it home?

An incredible adventure across time and space with the ultimate hero, Johnny Mackintosh.
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