A little background on Dani Kollins for his new book The Unincorporated Man (march 2009)

I posted recently about Dani and Eytan’s upcoming book The Unincorporated Man (from Tor) Multimedia. Below is a bit more of some tidbits from Dani’s resume. I think it’s pretty interesting to see how a business executive type is breaking into science fiction. kind of like all the former attorneys writing fictional legal thrillers. Now we can be entertained by an ad copy guy who has figured out a way to transport us to a new dimension of science fiction imagination. Let’s see if all these awards below can actually produce compelling copy. if you want to preorder from Amazon the Unincorporated  Man, just click the link.

Here’s some highlights from Dani’s resume.

4 out of 5 Stars – ComputerWorld: Compton’s Home Library – Battles of the World

MacUser Top 50 CD ROM: Artrageous!

PC Computing Top 100 CD ROM: Artrageous!

Technology and Learning Home Education Award: Artrageous!

 

Advertising:

Pioneer Direct Marketing Award – Silver Medal: Ogilvy & Mather Campaign

 

Packaging:

American Graphic Designer Award – for N.S.E.C.T. package design and copy

Google T-mobile G1 cellular phone on G3

The reviews are piling up as the launch date of the G1 approaches. ZdNet has a great review and I’ve copied some of the salient points below.

Here’s some basic info to help you evaluate the phone. The T-Mobile G1 has most of the same specifications as other higher end devices today and it isn’t really in the specifications where the device stands out from the crowd, but in the operating system.

The 3.17 inch 480×320 high resolution display looks crisp and sharp on the G1. Althought he resolution is the same as the Apple iPhone, the pixel density is great because it is smaller so you get a really good image. I have always been bothered by fingerprints and the smooth plastic casing surrounding the display is the same color basically as the back so it does a good job of hiding fingerprints and smudges.

There is 192MB of RAM which is used for running applications and you will be able to run multiple applications and let the device manage the memory dynamically. Bluetooth is fairly lame on the G1, just like it is on the iPhone, and only lets you connect to a Bluetooth headset. This means you cannot use Bluetooth for a keyboard, voice dialing, or file transfer to another device or PC. Good news is that it is extremely easy to switch between a Bluetooth headset, speakerphone, or the device by tapping on the display after pressing the Menu key.

The technical specifications of the T-Mobile G1 are as follows:

  • Google Android operating system
  • 528MHz Qualcomm 7210 processor
  • Quad-band GSM (850/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Dual-band UMTS/HSDPA (1700/2100 MHz)
  • 256MB ROM and 192MB RAM
  • 3.17 inch 480×320 high resolution display
  • 1150 mAh battery
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with geo-tagging functionality
  • Integrated GPS receiver
  • Integrated 802.11 b/g WiFi radio
  • Integrated Bluetooth 2.0 radio with EDR
  • microSD card slot with support for SDHC cards (1GB microSD card pre-installed)
  • Dedicated 5-row QWERTY keyboard
  • Dimensions:
    • Weight: 5.6 ounces
    • Length: 4.60 inches
    • Width: 2.16 inches
    • Thickness: 0.62 inches

So far the worst thing universally is that the port used to charge the device is also the same port for listening with a headset. this is absolutely the dumbest and most annoying inconvenience i have seen on a few phones recently and i still can’t understand how a technology company could screw this simple thing up.

The Unincorporated Man receives coveted “SCI-FI Essential” award

honorific: Sci Fi Essential. This is what it means (from the Sci Fi Channel website:) WHAT IS A SCI FI ESSENTIAL BOOK?

 

Hot off the presses. The Unincorporated Man which has not even hit the stands yet, has been previewed by a select few (not me unfortunately) and this has resulted in a competitive honorific. With 5 more months to go, Dani Kollin and his brother Eytan, have been awarded with the Sci-Fi Essential status for their upcoming science fiction novel.

 

Here’s what this award means. SCI FI has teamed up with Tor Books, the largest publisher of science fiction and fantasy in the world, to spotlight some of the best new science-fiction novels, from both new and established authors. 

Each month SCI FI selects a new book as a SCI FI Essential. That means it deserves to be counted among the finest works of the genre. If you want to pre-order at Amazon, just request a copy of The Unincorporated Man by visiting their site.

 

Available in all major bookstores.

The Unincorporated Man (Tor Publishers) due out in March 2009

Dani Kollin’s first sci-fi book, The Unincorporated Man, is now due to hit the stores in March 2009. I first mentioned the arrival of this book back on September 15th in this blog. Now with the latest update, it means that science fiction fans who have been waiting for next reincarnation of Isaac Asimov have less than 5 months to go. Set to be a trilogy, the book is not yet available online except through Amazon by placing a pre-order for The Unincorporated Man. Let’s hope that this accomplished author with his brother writing partner (Eytan Kollin) can translate their success at children’s books into an adult science fiction novel worthy of joining the pantheon of greats such as Piers Anthony.  Perhaps the Robot Adept will come back to life in a new grenre in the pages of Dani’s upcoming book (written by the way with his brother Eytan).

In case you want to see books written by Dani, take a look at “What’s in a Name?” (Childrens’ book) put out by Scholastic Inc. and “My very first Dreidal,” another childrens’ book put out by Piggy Toes press.I’ll update this blog when I receive more information.



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