Monday, 19 January 2015

A Portrait of the End

Extract from my book This is Not the End, available now on Amazon

A portrait of the end

The power went off and we were left in the dark.
Our iPods, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks were completely dead.
The Pixies –and Bieber- became nothing but a memory as our expensive gadgets turned quickly into junk.
The water running from the tap was dirty and brown, undrinkable and smelly.
No TV, no radio, no electricity, so we read our old books and whatever else we could find on paper.
We ate the ham and cheese in the fridge as quickly as we could before it all went off.
Night came and we waited for salvation.
For good news, a miracle, but what good was that?
Our leaders were living underground, maybe at Denver Airport, still connected, those selfish buggers, their iGadgets still working, their food fresh and eatable, their water clean and drinkable.
As for us, the people, we survived on canned food and bottled water, followed by what else we could find.
Some went crazy, panicked, and committed suicide just as they were running out of food.
Like others, I left my house and I went out in pursuit of food.
Around me I saw dead bodies, their flesh dried up in the sun, and I saw rats being burnt by survivors. Their meat smelled good and I thought about Stallone and Demolition Man, and I kept on walking, my legs aching and my mouth dry.
Miles away I found food, nicely packed in cans, bottled water, fizzy drinks, and books that hadn’t been read in ages.
I ate, drank, read Proust and Poe, got bored quickly, played with Lego, read Green Lantern and the Fantastic Four, followed by Flash and The Hardy Boys, and then I slept for hours.
The end of days had arrived.
The sun was dying and the people were melting away slowly.
I woke up in the morning, covered in sweat.
I missed coffee and toast, family and friends, and so much more.
I missed a lot of things and when I stepped outside I saw the end approaching fast.
I closed my eyes and I burnt away quickly.
I opened my eyes and I saw light; a tree ahead and a figure waiting for me. A familiar face, love, salvation, a new beginning in a place I thought it didn’t exist.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

UFO Sightings NASA Shuts Live Video Feed As Massive UFO Appears! 1/6/2015

According to UFO hunter Toby Lundh, on January 6th, NASA cut its live stream after a massive UFO appeared on the live feed. As expected, this is causing a stir among alien UFO believers, and Toby has contacted and even provided a still photo of the alleged UFO to support his claim that NASA attempted to cover up "evidence" of the massive UFO that was spotted near the International Space Station (ISS) by shutting the live video feed after the UFO appeared on it. 
Strangely enough, on Wednesday astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to evacuate its US section after a suspected leak of "harmful substances" from its cooling system, according to Russian officials. 
“All astronauts and cosmonauts have moved to the Russian sector of the ISS,” a representative of the Russian Space Agency’s Mission Control Centre told Interfax.
The crew put on breathing equipment and closed the hatch to the US segment during the move.

Could both “incidents” be related?

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Are we alone?

Two newly-found planets could answer that question that has bothered many of us for decades; are we alone?

NASA scientists have discovered Earth’s closest twin, but before you jump for joy and pack your bags, a visit is unlikely any time soon with one planet 1,100 light years away.

Eight brand-new planets have been found by the Kepler space mission, and three or four of those are about the same size as Earth and are in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold "Goldilocks Zone" where liquid water is able to form, or so it was said at the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle.

The two most like Earth are likely to have rocky, hard surfaces - not gas giants or ice worlds - getting about the same heat from their star as we get from the sun.

"We are now closer than we have ever been to finding a twin for the Earth around another star," Fergal Mullally of the Kepler Science Office said.

"These candidates represent the closest analogs to the Earth's own system found to date."

The first, Kepler-438b, would probably be even warmer than Earth, and it circles its star once every 35 days and has a diameter that is 12% bigger than Earth. The second, Kepler-442b, orbits its star once every 112 days, is about a third larger than Earth, but gets only two-thirds of the energy our planet does.


From Sky News:

Although the two planets may be closest to Earth in size and temperature in the gargantuan scale of the universe, they are not close in distance - being 500 and 1,100 light years away, with a light year measuring 5.9 trillion miles.

"We don't know for sure whether any of the planets in our sample are truly habitable," David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said.

"All we can say is that they're promising candidates."

Study co-author Guillermo Torres, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said scientists could now be a little closer to answering the age-old question: are we alone?

"These planets do exist; we didn't know that before," Mr Torres said.

"What we're really looking for is signs of life eventually. We're not there yet. It will take many years but this is the first step."

The discovery is the latest from the planet-hunting mission which has scoured more than 150,000 stars for planets beyond our solar system since its launch in 2009.

Among the announcements made at the meeting was the discovery of the 1,000th confirmed planet outside the solar system.

My books This is Not the End and Free City are available on Amazon

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Hound of winter

Hound of Winter was released a while ago on Smashbooks without any fanfare or the craziness that follows such authors like Dan Brown and Rowling (and that woman who wrote those Twilight books but whose name I can’t remember and can’t even be bothered to check online).

There are no vampires or wizards or Freemasons or conspiracy theories on Hound of Winter. It’s just your classic thriller along the lines of To Have and Have Not by Hemingway with a bit of Sin City in the mixture. Sounds good? It is good so why don’t you check it out?

Here’s a brief description of the book



Hound of Winter

A day can mean everything in the world to one person.
To someone else…it’s just Tuesday.
Blaine is a damaged soldier. He has a business transaction with a London escort, an Asian goddess named Alana. Snow is falling and she asks him to spend the night and for a while, Blaine knows pleasure and refuge from pain.
A few hours later and Alana is gone. Blaine sees her leaving with a boss in the Russian mafia. Thinking that she couldn’t have left him by choice, Blaine goes after her. He’ll kill his way back to her, march through the worst winter Europe has ever seen, anything…just to be back in those arms.

But Alana may not be the kind of dame Blaine thinks she is. Doesn’t matter. He’s going to find her…and leave bodies in the snowdrifts behind him.


Hound of Winter by Jon Nichols is now available on Smashwords

The lover – part 2

Now that you –and he- had your fun, what else is there to do?

Crying won’t solve a thing and you know he won’t call you back. Best thing for you to do is look out of the window and, hey, look; there’s life out there, another life, a new beginning waiting for you. You no longer have to be alone. And so what if you’re alone? That doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.

I too once upon a time loved and was left alone, left behind like an old rag. I, too, was a lover. One day I looked out of the window and I saw nothing, nothing but darkness (and the darkness almost took me away). I stopped being a lover and I found someone. Now the darkness and loneliness no longer bother with me.


My book Free City is available on Amazon

Monday, 29 December 2014

Don’t blog (the truth)

I can count myself lucky for living in a country where as of yet I’m still allowed to write whatever I want on my blog, but who’s to say that won’t change in the near future?

It’s a different story in Vietnam where blogger Nguyen Dinh Ngoc, aged 48, has become the latest blogger to be arrested in a crackdown on dissent in the communist country. He’s the third blogger so far to be arrested this month. He was taken into custody and his house searched in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday, and, in a statement issued by the Ministry of Public Security, it was said that the police were investigating (what?) and will deal with Ngoc, and that was it. Before Ngoc, over the past month the police have detained two other bloggers for alleged anti-government postings. Oh come on, don’t you guys have proper criminals to arrest?

Anyway, international human rights, and even the United States government, have criticized Vietnam for jailing people for expressing their views in a peacefully way while Hanoi has maintained that only law breakers are put behind bars. (Right, I believe them –and Father Christmas is real.)

My book Free City is available on Amazon

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Hacking for the hell of it

You can’t keep a good hacker down as the hacktivists known as Anonymous have shown to the world.
Keeping up with the “Christmas spirit”, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous has released a list of what it’s supposed to be usernames and passwords for around 13,000 accounts on PlayStation, Hulu Plus, Amazon, XBox Live, Walmart, and much more. As if that weren’t enough, the hack additionally includes credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates. Oh hell, well, welcome to the age of transparency.
But that’s not enough as the hackers have also decided to include information for a variety of pornography sites and, “best of the lot”, the group also included a stolen download of “The Interview” in response to Sony pulling the movie of theatres. Anonymous did claim on Twitter that they would release the film themselves and as TechCrunch noted earlier, The Interview was reportedly torrented 750,000 times in its first 20 hours.
Never a dull day when Anonymous are on the scene.

My books Free City and This is Not the End are available on Amazon