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Nanopunk

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Two teenagers in a perilous chase across a devastated, Icebound Earth Alister, a teen with uncanny hacking abilities, discovers his sister the last of his family is alive, kidnapped, and sets off to find her. When Suzie, a feisty cyber-militant curious about the secret behind Alister's exceptional abilities gets involved in his search, the wrong kind of people start to notice. It's not long before MI6 and a ruthless Private Military Corporation want them dead or alive. What readers and reviewers are saying about Nanopunk: "Pacey and compelling", "Smart and sharp", "Gripping and exciting" "Sit back and enjoy the rip-roaring plot" , "carries a lot of clout" "The plot moves along a pace and is gripping and exciting. The characters are sympathetic, full and realistic. The combination of a futuristic world with barely on the horizon technology, and warm human relationships -- makes for a great experience. Read it, then await the next one."

Lightning Seed

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Author: Nathan McGrath
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Lightning Seed by Nathan McGrath Book Resume:

Relentless sci-fi action from the Author of Nanopunk. Earth is icebound. Billions have perished. The Followers, an extremist army, plan to fix the weather and save the world - it's a plan that could destroy all life on Earth. Scattered in the memory of a teen tortured into amnesia is the plan and the means to stop them. With the help of a veteran haunted by her own demons, he sets out across a lawless and deadly landscape to save Earth's last survivors. Gripping, Sci-Fi action from the Author of Nanopunk."the action takes your breath away"

Autonomous

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Author: Annalee Newitz
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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz Book Resume:

"Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the Internet."—Neal Stephenson "Something genuinely and thrillingly new in the naturalistic, subjective, paradoxically humanistic but non-anthropomorphic depiction of bot-POV—and all in the service of vivid, solid storytelling."—William Gibson When anything can be owned, how can we be free Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Red

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Author: Linda Nagata
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015 Reality TV and advanced technology make for high drama in this political thriller that combines the military action of Zero Dark Thirty with the classic science fiction of The Forever War. Lieutenant James Shelley, who has an uncanny knack for premeditating danger, leads a squad of advanced US Army military tasked with enforcing the peace around a conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. The squad members are linked wirelessly 24/7 to themselves and a central intelligence that guides them via drone relay—and unbeknownst to Shelley and his team, they are being recorded for a reality TV show. When an airstrike almost destroys their outpost, a plot begins to unravel that’s worthy of Crichton and Clancy’s best. The conflict soon involves rogue defense contractors, corrupt US politicians, and homegrown terrorists who possess nuclear bombs. Soon Shelley must accept that the helpful warnings in his head could be AI. But what is the cost of serving its agenda?

Memorial

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Author: Bryan Washington
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Memorial by Bryan Washington Book Resume:

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, O, the Oprah Magazine, Esquire, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, Real Simple, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Literature, and Lit Hub “A masterpiece.” —NPR “No other novel this year captures so gracefully the full palette of America.” —The Washington Post “Wryly funny, gently devastating.” —Entertainment Weekly A funny and profound story about family in all its strange forms, joyful and hard-won vulnerability, becoming who you're supposed to be, and the limits of love. Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson's a Black day care teacher, and they've been together for a few years—good years—but now they're not sure why they're still a couple. There's the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other. But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. Without Mike's immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realizing he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it. Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they've ever known. And just maybe they'll all be okay in the end.

Glow

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Author: Tim Jordan
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
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Glow by Tim Jordan Book Resume:

A man battles his addiction to a devastating nanotech drug that steals identities and threatens the survival and succession of mankind as a galactic species. After the Nova-Insanity shattered Earth’s civilization, the Genes and Fullerenes Corporation promised to bring humanity back from the brink. Many years later, various factions have formed, challenging their savior and vying for a share of power and control. Glow follows the lives of three very different beings, all wrestling mental instability in various forms; Rex – a confused junkie battling multiple voices in his head; Ellayna – the founder of the GFC living on an orbital satellite station and struggling with paranoia; and Jett – a virtually unstoppable robotic assassin, questioning his purpose of creation. All of them are inextricably linked through the capricious and volatile Glow; an all controlling nano-tech drug that has the ability to live on through multiple hosts, cutting and pasting memories and personas in each new victim. In this tech-crazed world where nothing seems impossible, many questions are posed: what makes us who we are? What is our ultimate purpose and place in this world? And, most frightening of all, what are we capable of doing to survive? File Under: Science Fiction [ Hivemind | One More Fix | No Escape | Run Like Hell ]

Mind Over Ship

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Author: David Marusek
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The year is 2135, and the international program to seed the galaxy with human colonies has stalled as greedy, immoral powerbrokers park their starships in Earth's orbit and begin to convert them into space condos. Ellen Starke's head, rescued from the fiery crash that killed her mother, struggles to regrow a new body in time to restore her dead mother's financial empire. And Pre-Singularity AIs conspire to join the human race just as human clones, such as Mary Skarland and her sisters, want nothing more than to leave it. Welcome to Mind Over Ship, the sequel to Marusek's stunning debut novel, Counting Heads, which Publishers Weekly called "ferociously smart, simultaneously horrific and funny." At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Last Bookshop

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Author: Emma Young
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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A book for book lovers, The Last Bookshop is a uplifting novel that reminds us never to underestimate the power of people who love books. Cait is a bookshop owner and book nerd whose social life revolves around her mobile bookselling service hand-picking titles for elderly clients, particularly the grandmotherly June. After a tough decade for retail, Book Fiend is the last bookshop in the CBD, and the last independent retailer on a street given over to high-end labels. Profits are small, but clients are loyal. When James breezes into Book Fiend, Cait realises life might hold more than her shop and her cat, but while the new romance distracts her, luxury chain stores are circling Book Fiend's prime location, and a more personal tragedy is looming.

The Year of the Geek

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Author: James Clarke
Publisher: Aurum Press
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The Year of the Geek by James Clarke Book Resume:

The Year of the Geek is a fascinating look into geek culture. Each day will tell a different story from the sci-fi universe, from famous franchises and figures such as Star Wars, The Matrix, Peter Jackson and Luc Besson, to lesser known stories, including the French cult classic City of Lost Children, the Japanese anime Akira and bestselling German novelist, Marcus Heitz. With text written by self-confessed geek James Clarke and accompanied by over 100 infographics that have been specially commissioned for this book, The Year of the Geek celebrates all things geek in a new and intriguing way.

The Multiple Worlds of Fringe

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Author: Tanya R. Cochran,,Sherry Ginn,Paul Zinder
Publisher: McFarland
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The Multiple Worlds of Fringe by Tanya R. Cochran,,Sherry Ginn,Paul Zinder Book Resume:

With diverse contributions from scholars in English literature, psychology, and film and television studies, this collection of essays contextualizes Fringe as a postmodern investigation into what makes us human and as an examination of how technology transforms our humanity. In compiling this collection, the editors sought material as multifaceted as the series itself, devoting sections to specific areas of interest explored by both the writers of Fringe and the writers of the essays: humanity, duality, genre and viewership.

Work in Progress

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Author: Dan Brotzel,Martin Jenkins,Alex Woolf
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Work in Progress by Dan Brotzel,Martin Jenkins,Alex Woolf Book Resume:

They've all got a book in them, unfortunately. In December 2016, Julia Greengage, aspiring writer and resting actor, puts up a poster in her local library inviting people to join a new writers' group. The group will exchange constructive feedback and 'generally share in the pains and pleasures of this excruciating yet exhilarating endeavour we call Literature'. Seven people, each in their own way a bit of a work in progress, heed the call. There’s Keith, a mercenary sci-fi geek who can write 5,000 words before breakfast and would sell his mother for a book deal. Tom, a suburban lothario with an embarrassing secret. Peter, a conceptual artist whose main goal in life is to make everyone else feel uncomfortable. Alice, who’s been working on her opening sentence for over nine months. Jon, a faded muso with a UFO complex. Blue, whose doom-laden poems include ‘Electrocuted Angel in the Headlights of My Dead Lover’s Eye Sockets’ and the notorious ‘Kitten on a Fatberg’. And Mavinder, who sadly couldn’t make the first meeting. Or the second. But promises to come to the next one... Soon, under Julia's watchful eye, the budding writers are meeting every month to read out their work and indulge each other's dreams of getting published. But it’s not long before the group's idiosyncrasies and insecurities begin to appear. Feuds, rivalries and even romance are on the cards – not to mention an exploding sheep's head, a cosplay stalker, and an alien mothership invasion. They’re all on a journey, and God help the rest of us. A novel-in-emails about seven eccentric writers, written by three quite odd ones, Work in Progress is a very British farce about loneliness, friendship and the ache of literary obscurity.

Deleuze and Baudrillard

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Author: McQueen Sean McQueen
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Deleuze and Baudrillard by McQueen Sean McQueen Book Resume:

Sean McQueen rewrites and re-envisions Gilles Deleuze's and Jean Baudrillard's relationship with Marxism and with each other, from their breakdowns to their breakthroughs. He theorises shifts in and across critical approaches to capitalism, science, technology, psychoanalysis, literature and cinema and media studies. He also brings renewed Marxian readings to cyberpunk texts previously theorised by Deleuze and Baudrillard, and places them at the heart of the emergence of biopunk and its relation to biocapitalism by mapping their generic, technoscientific, libidinal and economic exchanges.

Nanoculture

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Author: N. Katherine Hayles,Danielle Foushee
Publisher: Intellect Books
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Nanoculture by N. Katherine Hayles,Danielle Foushee Book Resume:

NanoCulture explores the ways in which nanotechnology interacts with, and itself becomes, a cultural construction. Topics include the co-construction of nanoscience and science fiction; the influence of risk assessment and nanotechnology on the shapes of narratives; intersections between nanoscience as a writing practice and experimental literature at the limits of fabrication; the Alice-in-Wonderland metaphor for nanotechnology; and the effects of mediation on nanotechnology and electronic literature.

Dis-Orienting Planets

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Author: Isiah Lavender
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
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Dis-Orienting Planets by Isiah Lavender Book Resume:

With contributions by: Suparno Banerjee, Cait Coker, Jeshua Enriquez, Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Malisa Kurtz, Stephanie Li, Bradford Lyau, Uppinder Mehan, Graham J. Murphy, Baryon Tensor Posadas, Amy J. Ransom, Robin Anne Reid, Haerin Shin, Stephen Hong Sohn, Takayuki Tatsumi, and Timothy J. Yamamura Isiah Lavender III's Dis-Orienting Planets amplifies critical issues surrounding the racial and ethnic dimensions of science fiction. This edited volume explores depictions of Asia and Asians in science fiction literature, film, and fandom with particular regard to China, Japan, India, and Korea. Dis-Orienting Planets highlights so-called yellow and brown peoples from the constellation of a historically white genre. The collection launches into political representations of Asian identity in science fiction's imagination, from fear of the Yellow Peril and its racist stereotypes to techno-Orientalism and the remains of a postcolonial heritage. Thus the essays, by contributors such as Takayuki Tatsumi, Veronica Hollinger, Uppinder Mehan, and Stephen Hong Sohn, reconfigure the very study of race in science fiction. A follow-up to Lavender's Black and Brown Planets, this new collection expands the racial politics governing the renewed visibility of Asia in science fiction. One of the few on this subject, the volume probes Gary Shteyngart's novel Super Sad True Love Story, the acclaimed film Cloud Atlas, and Guillermo del Toro's monster film Pacific Rim, among others. Dis-Orienting Planets embarks on a wide-ranging assessment of Asian representations in science fiction, upon the determination that our visions of the future must include all people of color.

The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction

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Author: Rob Latham
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction by Rob Latham Book Resume:

The excitement of possible futures found in science fiction has long fired the human imagination, but the genre's acceptance by academe is relatively recent. No longer marginalized and fighting for respectability, science-fictional works are now studied alongside more traditional art forms. Tracing the capacious genre's birth, evolution, and impact across nations, time periods, subgenres, and media, The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction offers an in-depth, comprehensive assessment of this robust area of scholarly inquiry and considers the future directions that will dictate the terms of the scholarly discourse. The Handbook begins with a focus on questions of genre, covering topics such as critical history, keywords, narrative, the fantastic, and fandom. A subsequent section on media engages with film, television, comics, architecture, music, video games, and more. The genre's role in the convergence of art and everyday life animates a third section, which addresses topics such as UFOs, the Atomic Era, the Space Race between the US and USSR, organized religion, automation, the military, sexuality, steampunk, and retrofuturism. The final section on worldviews features perspectives on SF's relationship to the gothic, evolution, colonialism, feminism, afrofuturism, utopianism, and posthumanism. Along the way, the Handbook's forty-four original essays cover novels by the likes of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Philip K. Dick, and Octavia Butler; horror-tinged pulp magazines like Weird Tales; B-movies and classic films that include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Wars; mind-bending TV shows like The Twilight Zone and Dr. Who; and popular video games such as Eve Online. Showing how science fiction's unique history and subcultural identity have been constructed in ongoing dialogue with popular discourses of science and technology, The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction acknowledges the full range of texts and modalities that make science fiction today less a genre than a way of being in the world.

Exploring Borders and Boundaries in the Humanities

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Author: Melih Karakuzu,Hasan Baktır,Banu Akçeşme,Betül Ateşci Koçak
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Exploring Borders and Boundaries in the Humanities by Melih Karakuzu,Hasan Baktır,Banu Akçeşme,Betül Ateşci Koçak Book Resume:

In a ‘post-everything’ world, we have felt more pain than happiness in building and tampering with borders. The term ‘border’ has been expanded to become a ploy for grim, chauvinistic, self-flattery, and ultra-nationalist bigotry. We have also faced notorious coverage of the ‘border’ in the media worldwide, and its diverse forms have been extensively deployed in cinema and literature. Centering on a wide range of literary and cinematic genres, the contributors to this volume explore and explain distinct theoretical and scholarly arguments to promote research on literary, linguistic, and media representations of the word ‘border.’

Science Fiction and Futurism

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Author: Ace G. Pilkington
Publisher: McFarland
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Science Fiction and Futurism by Ace G. Pilkington Book Resume:

Science and science fiction have become inseparable—with common stories, interconnected thought experiments, and shared language. This reference book lays out that relationship and its all-but-magical terms and ideas. Those who think seriously about the future are changing the world, reshaping how we speak and how we think. This book fully covers the terms that collected, clarified and crystallized the futurists’ ideas, sometimes showing them off, sometimes slowing them down, and sometimes propelling them to fame and making them the common currency of our culture. The many entries in this encyclopedic work offer a guided tour of the vast territories occupied by science fiction and futurism. In his Foreword, David Brin says, “Provocative and enticing? Filled with ‘huh!’ moments and leads to great stories? That describes this volume.”

Science Fiction

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Author: Sherryl Vint
Publisher: MIT Press
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Science Fiction by Sherryl Vint Book Resume:

How science fiction has been a tool for understanding and living through rapid technological change. The world today seems to be slipping into a science fiction future. We have phones that speak to us, cars that drive themselves, and connected devices that communicate with each other in languages we don't understand. Depending the news of the day, we inhabit either a technological utopia or Brave New World nightmare. This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge surveys the uses of science fiction. It focuses on what is at the core of all definitions of science fiction: a vision of the world made otherwise and what possibilities might flow from such otherness.

Science Fiction and the Dismal Science

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Author: Gary Westfahl,,Gregory Benford
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Science Fiction and the Dismal Science by Gary Westfahl,,Gregory Benford Book Resume:

Despite the growing importance of economics in our lives, literary scholars have long been reluctant to consider economic issues as they examine key texts. This volume seeks to fill one of these conspicuous gaps in the critical literature by focusing on various connections between science fiction and economics, with some attention to related fields such as politics and government. Its seventeen contributors include five award-winning scholars, five science fiction writers, and a widely published economist. Three topics are covered: what noted science fiction writers like Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, and Kim Stanley Robinson have had to say about our economic and political future; how the competitive and ever-changing publishing marketplace has affected the growth and development of science fiction from the nineteenth century to today; and how the scholars who examine science fiction have themselves been influenced by the economics of academia. Although the essays focus primarily on American science fiction, the traditions of Russian and Chinese science fiction are also examined. A comprehensive bibliography of works related to science fiction and economics will assist other readers and critics who are interested in this subject.

Campus Watch October 2017 ebook

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Author: JagranJosh
Publisher: JagranJosh
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Campus Watch October 2017 ebook by JagranJosh Book Resume:

Cool Study hacks: Making college learning fun For a fresher, settling into a college environment is a major challenge, especially when you consider the new found freedom, friends and all the college frenzy that surrounds you. College is one place that offers amazing flexibility to live through new life experiences and also gain new learning about subjects or topics you are passionate about. However, amidst all these fun and excitement, you might end up ignoring your college studies, which is the prime motive behind joining a college. But studying in college is vastly different from the way you use to study during your school days. Even if you get over all the diversions, you need an entirely new outlook towards studies in order to ace your College academics. But, worry not! Campus Watch has got your back and will provide you with cool practical ways to set the right mood and orientation for college studies. In this edition of Campus Watch we have focused on tips and tricks to make colleges studies a ‘fun experience’. The mode of teaching and learning differs from the school days because nobody will spoon feed you in the college. Moreover, with lot of activities and fests, time flies by in the campus. But you need to take care of the studies as they count in building your academic profile. The current version of Campus Watch will aid you in acquiring Cool Study hacks that will not only save your time involved in studies but will also make you a ‘Student of the year’ in the college. The current edition will focus on making college learning fun. We hope that this edition of the Campus Watch will keep you in high spirits and pave way for happy-go-lucky days in college.

Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers

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Author: Trent Hergenrader
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers by Trent Hergenrader Book Resume:

The digital technologies of the 21st century are reshaping how we experience storytelling. More than ever before, storylines from the world's most popular narratives cross from the pages of books to the movie theatre, to our television screens and in comic books series. Plots intersect and intertwine, allowing audiences many different entry points to the narratives. In this sometimes bewildering array of stories across media, one thing binds them together: their large-scale fictional world. Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers describes how writers can co-create vast worlds for use as common settings for their own stories. Using the worlds of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, A Game of Thrones, and Dungeons & Dragons as models, this book guides readers through a step-by-step process of building sprawling fictional worlds complete with competing social forces that have complex histories and yet are always evolving. It also shows readers how to populate a catalog with hundreds of unique people, places, and things that grow organically from their world, which become a rich repository of story making potential. The companion website collaborativeworldbuilding.com features links to online resources, past worldbuilding projects, and an innovative card system designed to work with this book.

AN Optimist's Tour of the Future

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Author: Mark Stevenson
Publisher: Penguin
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AN Optimist's Tour of the Future by Mark Stevenson Book Resume:

In the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, a smart and entertaining guide to the future of civilization When unexpectedly confronted with his own mortality, Mark Stevenson-a writer, deep-thinker, and stand-up comedian-began to ponder what the future holds for our species. "The past is a foreign country," writes Stevenson. "By my analysis it's a bit like France-in that I've been to parts of it and eaten some nice food there. But the future? The future is an unknown territory-and there isn't a guidebook." Thus, his ambition was born. Stevenson set out simply, asking, "What's next?" and then traveled the globe in pursuit of the answers. Along the way, he visited the Australian outback to visit the farmers who can save us from climate change, met a robot with mood swings, and talked to the Spaniard who's putting a hotel in space. While some might be overwhelmed, or even dismayed by the looming realities of genome sequencing, synthetic biology, a nuclear renaissance, and carbon scrubbing, Stevenson remains, well, optimistic. Drawing on his singular humor and storytelling to break down these sometimes complicated discoveries, An Optimist's Tour of the Future paints a wonderfully readable, and completely enthralling portrait of where we'll be when we grow up- and why it's not so scary. Watch a Video

Nanotechnology and Ethical Governance in the European Union and China

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Author: Sally Dalton-Brown
Publisher: Springer
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Nanotechnology and Ethical Governance in the European Union and China by Sally Dalton-Brown Book Resume:

This book addresses questions surrounding the feasibility of a global approach to ethical governance of science and technology. The emergence and rapid spread of nanotechnology offers a test case for how the world might act when confronted with a technology that could transform the global economy and provide solutions to issues such as pollution, while potentially creating new environmental and health risks. The author compares ethical issues identified by stakeholders in China and the EU about the rapid introduction of this potentially transformative technology – a fitting framework for an exploration of global agency. The study explores the discourse ethics and participatory Technology Assessment (pTA) inspired by the work of Jürgen Habermas to argue that different views can be universally recognized and agreed upon, perhaps within an ideal global community of communication. The book offers a developed discourse model, utilizing virtue ethics as well as the work of Taylor, Beck, Korsgaard and others on identity formation, as a way forward in the context of global ethics. The author seeks to develop new vocabularies of comparison, to discover shared aspects of identity and to achieve, hopefully, an ‘intercultural personhood’ that may lead to a global ethics. The book offers a useful guide for researchers on methods for advancing societal understanding of science and technology. The author addresses a broad audience, from philosophers, ethicists and scientists, to the interested general reader. For the layperson, one chapter surveys nanoissues as depicted in fiction and another offers a view of how an ordinary citizen can act as a global agent of change in ethics.

Hopepunk

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Author: Preston Norton
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Hopepunk by Preston Norton Book Resume:

A heartfelt and funny new novel about forgiveness and redemption, and about how hope is the ultimate act of rebellion, perfect for fans of John Green and Becky Albertalli. Growing up in a conservative Christian household isn’t easy for rock-obsessed Hope Cassidy. She's spent her whole life being told that the devil speaks through Led Zeppelin, but it’s even worse for her sister, Faith, who feels like she can’t be honest about dating the record shop cashier, Mavis. That is, until their youngest sister hears word of their "sinful" utopia and outs Faith to their parents. Now there’s nowhere for Faith to go but the Change Through Grace conversion center…or running away. Following Faith’s disappearance, their family is suddenly broken. Hope feels a need to rebel. She gets a tattoo and tries singing through the hurt with her Janis Joplin-style voice. But when her long-time crush Danny comes out and is subsequently kicked out of his house, Hope can’t stand by and let history repeat itself. Now living in Faith’s room, Danny and Hope strike up a friendship...and a band. And their music just might be the answer to dethroning Alt-Rite, Danny’s twin brother's new hate-fueled band. With a hilarious voice and an open heart, Hopepunk is a novel about forgiveness, redemption, and finding your home, and about how hope is the ultimate act of rebellion.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

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Author: Al Perkins
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins Book Resume:

Illus. in full color. A madcap band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers, and thumbs to beginning readers.

PhantomJS Cookbook

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Author: Rob Friesel
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
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PhantomJS Cookbook by Rob Friesel Book Resume:

A task-based guide that provides solutions to real-world test automation problems. This book is intended for web development professionals who want to integrate PhantomJS into their development and testing workflows. If you are a web developer looking to run automated unit tests while you work, or perhaps you are a QA engineer looking for a fast test automation utility, then this book is perfect for you. Some prior knowledge of JavaScript would be helpful.

Counting Heads

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Counting Heads by David Marusek Book Resume:

Counting Heads is David Marusek's extraordinary launch as an SF novelist: The year is 2134, and the Information Age has given rise to the Boutique Economy in which mass production and mass consumption are rendered obsolete. Life extension therapies have increased the human lifespan by centuries. Loyal mentars (artificial intelligences) and robots do most of society's work. The Boutique Economy has made redundant ninety-nine percent of the world's fifteen billion human inhabitants. The world would be a much better place if they all simply went away. Eleanor K. Starke, one of the world's leading citizens is assassinated, and her daughter, Ellen, is mortally wounded. Only Ellen, the heir to her mother's financial empire, is capable of saving Earth from complete domination plotted by the cynical, selfish, immortal rich, that is if she survives. Her cryonically frozen head is in the hands of her family's enemies. A ragtag ensemble of unlikely heroes join forces to rescue Ellen's head, all for their own purposes. Counting Heads arrives as a science fiction novel like a bolt of electricity, galvanizing readers with an entirely new vision of the future. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

L'intelligence artificielle. Les enjeux politiques de l'amélioration des capacités humaines

L'intelligence artificielle. Les enjeux politiques de l'amélioration des capacités humaines [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Virginie Tournay
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L'intelligence artificielle. Les enjeux politiques de l'amélioration des capacités humaines by Virginie Tournay Book Resume:

Les enjeux politiques de l’intelligence artificielle s’inscrivent dans la longue histoire de l’amélioration des capacités humaines. Ils sont indissociables : du rapport que l’homme entretient avec la technique depuis les Lumières ;de la méthodologie et des domaines d’application des algorithmes, ces outils d’aide à la décision ;de la révolution organisationnelle marquée par la forte intégration des algorithmes dans les systèmes d’information ;d’une modification des grilles de lecture de la société par la rencontre des univers physiques et numériques. L’intelligence artificielle transforme substantiellement le politique au niveau de l’organisation institutionnelle de la société, des rapports de force et des politiques publiques. Une culture critique et éclairée des algorithmes est nécessaire pour se saisir des enjeux du numérique.

The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century

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Author: Harry Turtledove
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The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century by Harry Turtledove Book Resume:

Explore fascinating, often chilling “what if” accounts of the world that could have existed—and still might yet . . . Science fiction’s most illustrious and visionary authors hold forth the ultimate alternate history collection. Here you’ll experience mind-bending tales that challenge your views of the past, present, and future, including: • “The Lucky Strike”: When the Lucky Strike is chosen over the Enola Gay to drop the first atomic bomb, fate takes an unexpected turn in Kim Stanley Robinson’s gripping tale. • “Bring the Jubilee”: Ward Moore’s novella masterpiece offers a rebel victory at Gettysburg which changes the course of the Civil War . . . and all of American history. • “Through Road No Wither”: After Hitler’s victory in World War II, two Nazi officers confront their destiny in Greg Bear’s apocalyptic vision of the future. • “All the Myriad Ways”: Murder or suicide, Ambrose Harmon’s death leads the police down an infinite number of pathways in Larry Niven’s brilliant and defining tale of alternatives and consequences. • “Mozart in Mirrorshades”: Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner explore a terrifying era as the future crashes into the past—with disastrous results. . . . as well as “The Winterberry” by Nicholas A. DiChario • “Islands in the Sea” by Harry Turtledove • “Suppose They Gave a Peace” by Susan Shwartz • “Manassas, Again” by Gregory Benford • “Dance Band on the Titanic” by Jack L. Chalker • “Eutopia” by Poul Anderson • “The Undiscovered” by William Sanders • “The Death of Captain Future” by Allen Steele • and “Moon of Ice” by Brad Linaweaver The definitive collection: fourteen seminal alternate history tales drawing readers into a universe of dramatic possibility and endless wonder.

Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire

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Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire by Elizabeth Ho Book Resume:

Examining the global dimensions of Neo-Victorianism, this book explores how the appropriation of Victorian images in contemporary literature and culture has emerged as a critical response to the crises of decolonization and Imperial collapse. Neo-Victorianism and the Memory of Empire explores the phenomenon by reading a range of popular and literary Anglophone neo-Victorian texts, including Alan Moore's Graphic Novel From Hell, works by Peter Carey and Margaret Atwood, the films of Jackie Chan and contemporary 'Steampunk' science fiction. Through these readings Elizabeth Ho explores how constructions of popular memory and fictionalisations of the past reflect political and psychological engagements with our contemporary post-Imperial circumstances.

The Difference Engine

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Author: William Gibson
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1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history—and the future: Sybil Gerard—a fallen woman, politician’s tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator Edward “Leviathan” Mallory—explorer and paleontologist Laurence Oliphant—diplomat, mystic, and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for…. Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the collaborative masterpiece by two of the most acclaimed science fiction authors writing today. Provocative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson’s and Sterling’s unique visions—and the beginning of movement we know today as “steampunk!”

Dr. Seuss's ABC

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Dr. Seuss's ABC by Dr. Seuss Book Resume:

Arguably the most entertaining alphabet book ever written, this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss is perfect for children learning their ABCs. Featuring a fantastic cast of zany characters—from Aunt Annie’s alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, with a lazy lion licking a lollipop and an ostrich oiling an orange owl—Dr. Seuss’s ABC is a must-have for every young child’s library. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

The Demon in Business Class

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Author: Anthony Dobranski
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She can speak all languages. He can smell evil intent. They're enemies. They crave each other. With international settings, a conspiracy plot, star-crossed lovers, and sharp writing, The Demon in Business Class is a stylish modern fantasy spanning continents and genres. A shady executive hires Zarabeth Battrie to help start the next global war, giving her a demon that speaks all languages. But other people know more about her job than she does... A resolute investigator recruits Gabriel Archer to use his emerging psychic powers, for a visionary leader who turns others from evil. As his senses develop, his doubts grow... When the two meet by chance in Scotland, passion becomes fragile love, until the demon’s betrayal drives Gabriel away. Before Zarabeth’s revenge destroys the visionary’s plan, Gabriel must stop her — for both to survive, neither can win. Fans of Jeff VanderMeer, David Mitchell and Michel Faber will love this cross-genre novel with crisp literary style. The Demon in Business Class is an international story of fantasy, intrigue, and love, on the uneasy ground where the human meets the divine. YOUR NEXT READ IS NOW BOARDING - Buy it now! "If William Gibson wrote paranormal .... weaves the dark worlds of the occult and big business into an intoxicating tale." – D. J. Butler, author of Witchy Eye "Creative spark? Anthony Dobranski ignites a creative bonfire ...A masterwork of invention." – Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of Man Alive! "A swank cocktail of international intrigue, steeped in the supernatural, mixed with literary flair .... so sleek it flies off the page." – Zach Powers, author of First Cosmic Velocity

Ribofunk

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Ribofunk by Paul Di Filippo Book Resume:

Tackling genetic engineering, “Di Filippo’s effervescent prose can provoke both hilarity and haunting reflections on our species’ possible fate” (Publishers Weekly). Ribofunk contains eleven masterful and surprising works of imagination. In all of them, biology is the science that drives the engine of life and of story: the Protein Police patrol for renegade gene‐splicers; part‐human sea creatures live in the Great Lakes and clean up toxic spills; a river has become sentient; there is a bodyguard who is part wolverine and a thrill‐seeker climbs a skyscraper and gets stuck, literally.

Extinction Machine

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Author: Jonathan Maberry
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Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry Book Resume:

In Extinction Machine, the fifth Joe Ledger book by Jonathan Maberry, the DMS must go up against someone—or something—in search of new technology that could bring about world war The President of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth. There are rumors of alien-human hybrids living among us. Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences rush headlong into the heat of the world's strangest and deadliest arms race, because the global race to recover and retro-engineer alien technologies has just hit a snag. Someone—or something--wants that technology back.

Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World, 2nd Edition [4 volumes]

Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World, 2nd Edition [4 volumes] [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Anne E. Duggan Ph.D.,Donald Haase Ph.D.,Helen J. Callow
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
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Folktales and Fairy Tales: Traditions and Texts from around the World, 2nd Edition [4 volumes] by Anne E. Duggan Ph.D.,Donald Haase Ph.D.,Helen J. Callow Book Resume:

Encyclopedic in its coverage, this one-of-a-kind reference is ideal for students, scholars, and others who need reliable, up-to-date information on folk and fairy tales, past and present. • Provides encyclopedic coverage of folktales and fairy tales from around the globe • Covers not only the history of the fairy tale, but also topics of contemporary importance such as the fairy tale in manga, television, pop music, and music videos • Brings together the study of geography, culture, history, and anthropology • Revises and expands an award-winning work to now include a full volume of selected tales and texts

Creatio Fantastica nr 2 (59) 2018

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Author: Krzysztof M. Maj,Mateusz Tokarski,Barbara Szymczak-Maciejczyk
Publisher: Ośrodek Badawczy Facta Ficta
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Creatio Fantastica nr 2 (59) 2018 by Krzysztof M. Maj,Mateusz Tokarski,Barbara Szymczak-Maciejczyk Book Resume:

Compendium O poetyce gatunku science fiction Darko Suvin Redukcja rzeczywistości u Ursuli Le Guin. O narodzinach narracji utopijnej Fredric Jameson O trzech zegarach. Relatywistyczne fabuły w polskiej fantastyce naukowej (Lem — Huberath — Snerg) Szymon Piotr Kukulak Stanisław Lem i biologiczna wzniosłość. Biologia, technologia, fantastyka naukowa Elana Gomel Wyznaczniki gatunkowe fantastyki naukowej w Teodora Tripplina Lunatyka podróży po Księżycu Joanna Mikołajczuk Dyktatura oczami kobiet. Analiza porównawcza Opowieści podręcznej Margaret Atwood i twórczości eseistycznej Herty Müller Ewelina Feldman-Kołodziejuk Między nadzieją a paranoją. O post-człowieku w filmach science fiction (na kilku przykładach) Piotr Gorliński-Kucik Brzmienie Blade Runnera 2049. O przenikaniu się muzyki i obrazu w filmie science fiction Julia Brodowska Colloquium Science fiction: źródła i kontynuacje Paweł Frelik, Paul Kincaid, Lisa Swanstrom, Sherryl Vint, Krzysztof M. Maj, Barbara Szymczak-Maciejczyk i Mateusz Tokarski Concilium Pseudomorfy, światotwórstwo i roboty. O książce Kultury wizualne science fiction Pawła Frelika i różnych perspektywach badania fantastyki naukowej Jakub Alejski Temponautyka dla bystrzaków. O książce Fantastycznonaukowe podróże w czasie Mariusza M. Lesia Anna Bugajska Wyzwania cyfrowego rodzicielstwa. O Grach wideo w środowisku rodzinnym Damiana Gałuszki Anna Paprzycka Litterrarium One są z mięsa Terry Bisson Szczęście doskonałe w wydaniu zautomatyzowanym Tim Pratt Woda Ramez Naam Dyrektywa 1 Tomasz Jarząb Chmury i monety Olga Niziołek Lista rezerwowa Marianna Szygoń Królik na księżycu Marcin Moń Heretycy nie płacą Mikołaj Maria Manicki Niebieski arkusz papieru Justyna Bendyk Herbata Nieśmiertelnego Adam Jarmuła

The Red 1: Morgengrauen

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Author: Linda Nagata
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The Red 1: Morgengrauen by Linda Nagata Book Resume:

In einem ländlichen Gebiet der afrikanischen Sahelzone befehligt Lieutenant James Shelley eine hochtechnisierte Einheit von Soldaten. Jede Nacht jagen sie während grauenvoller Patrouillen Aufständische und befolgen dabei drei simple Ziele: Beschützt Zivilisten, tötet den Feind und bleibt am Leben. Denn in einem von der Verteidigungsindustrie inszenierten, profitorientierten Krieg gibt es keinen Grund, aus dem man sterben sollte. Shelley nutzt sämtliche ihm zur Verfügung stehenden Hightech-Hilfsmittel, um seine Soldaten am Leben zu halten – aber seine beste Waffe ist sein untrügerisches Gespür, wenn Gefahr droht ... als stünde ihm Gott bei, um ihm warnend ins Ohr zu flüstern.