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Nanopunk

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ISBN10 : 0956826903

Publisher : H.H Dervish

Number of Pages : 188

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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."

The Red

Author : Linda Nagata

ISBN10 : 1481440942

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Number of Pages : 416

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1336

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Book Summary: 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?

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach

Author : Kelly Robson

ISBN10 : 1250163846

Publisher : Tor.com

Number of Pages : 176

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: "Brilliantly structured . . . with a delicious tension carefully developed among the wonderful characters." —The New York Times Experience this far-reaching, mind-bending science fiction adventure that uses time travel to merge climate fiction with historical fantasy. From Kelly Robson, Aurora Award winner, Campbell, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon finalist, and author of Waters of Versailles Discover a shifting history of adventure as humanity clashes over whether to repair their ruined planet or luxuriate in a less tainted past. In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Lightning Seed

Author : Nathan McGrath

ISBN10 : 0956826954

Publisher : H.H Dervish

Number of Pages : 514

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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"

Mind Over Ship

Author : David Marusek

ISBN10 : 9781429952842

Publisher : Tor Books

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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.

Ribofunk

Author : Paul Di Filippo

ISBN10 : 1497613248

Publisher : Open Road Media

Number of Pages : 295

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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.

The Digital Condition

Author : Robert Wilkie

ISBN10 : 082323424X

Publisher : Fordham Univ Press

Number of Pages : 260

Category : Social Science

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Book Summary: The acceleration in science, technology, communication, and production that began in the second half of the twentieth century— developments which make up the concept of the “digital”—has brought us to what might be the most contradictory moment in human history. The digital revolution has made it possible not only to imagine but to actually realize a world in which social inequality and poverty are vanquished. But instead these developments have led to an unprecedented level of accumulation of private profits. Rather than the end of social inequality we are witness to its global expansion. Recent cultural theory tends to focus on the intricate surface effects of the emerging digital realities, proposing that technological advances effect greater cultural freedom for all, ignoring the underpinning social context. But beneath the surfaces of digital culture are complex social and historical relations that can be understood only from the perspective of a class analysis which explains why the new realities of the “digital condition" are conditioned by the actualities of global class inequalities. It is no longer the case that "technology" can take on the appearance of a simple or neutral aspect of human society. It is time for a critique of the digital times. In The Digital Condition, Rob Wilkie advances a groundbreaking analysis of digital culture which argues that the digital geist—which has its genealogy in such concepts as the “body without organs,” “spectrality,” and “différance”—has obscured the implications of class difference with the phantom of a digital divide. Engaging the writings of Hardt and Negri, Poster, Deleuze and Guattari, Derrida, Haraway, Latour, and Castells, the literature and cinema of cyberpunk, and digital commodities like the iPod, Wilkie initiates a new direction within the field of digital cultural studies by foregrounding the continuing importance of class in shaping the contemporary.

The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture

Author : Anna McFarlane,Lars Schmeink,Graham Murphy

ISBN10 : 135113986X

Publisher : Routledge

Number of Pages : 454

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: In this companion, an international range of contributors examine the cultural formation of cyberpunk from micro-level analyses of example texts to macro-level debates of movements, providing readers with snapshots of cyberpunk culture and also cyberpunk as culture. With technology seamlessly integrated into our lives and our selves, and social systems veering towards globalization and corporatization, cyberpunk has become a ubiquitous cultural formation that dominates our twenty-first century techno-digital landscapes. The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture traces cyberpunk through its historical developments as a literary science fiction form to its spread into other media such as comics, film, television, and video games. Moreover, seeing cyberpunk as a general cultural practice, the Companion provides insights into photography, music, fashion, and activism. Cyberpunk, as the chapters presented here argue, is integrated with other critical theoretical tenets of our times, such as posthumanism, the Anthropocene, animality, and empire. And lastly, cyberpunk is a vehicle that lends itself to the rise of new futurisms, occupying a variety of positions in our regionally diverse reality and thus linking, as much as differentiating, our perspectives on a globalized technoscientific world. With original entries that engage cyberpunk’s diverse ‘angles’ and its proliferation in our life worlds, this critical reference will be of significant interest to humanities students and scholars of media, cultural studies, literature, and beyond.

Between the Water and the Woods

Author : Simone Snaith

ISBN10 : 0823441938

Publisher : Holiday House

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Young Adult Fiction

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Book Summary: Emeline's quiet village has three important rules: Don't look at the shadows. Don't cross the river. And don't enter the forest. An illustrated fantasy filled with beauty and power, Between the Water and the Woods sweeps you into a world where forests are hungry; knights fight with whips; the king is dying; and a peasant girl's magic will decide the future of the realm . . . When Emeline's little brother breaks all three of their village's rules, she is forced to use her family's forbidden magic to rescue him from the dark things he awakens, the Ithin. Now that the Ithin are afoot in the land, she must, by law, travel to the royal court and warn the king. But the only way she and her family can make the journey to the capital is with the protection of a sour magister and a handsome, whip-wielding Lash Knight. Will Emeline survive in a city where conspiracies swirl like smoke and her magic is all but outlawed? Seven full-page black-and-white illustrations accompany Between the Water and the Woods, a lush, fairy-tale-style fantasy perfect for readers of Karen Cushman and Shannon Hale.

Counting Heads

Author : David Marusek

ISBN10 : 9781429932509

Publisher : Macmillan

Number of Pages : 336

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 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.

Sorry Please Thank You

Author : Charles Yu

ISBN10 : 030790718X

Publisher : Vintage

Number of Pages : 240

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: From the National Book Award–⁠winning author of Interior Chinatown, comes a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories. A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a coworker out on a date . . . A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves, and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape, but does he have what it takes to be a hero? . . . A company outsources grief for profit, its slogan: “Don’t feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you.” Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is a brilliant observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry Please Thank You he fills his stories with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and piercing insight into the human condition. He has already garnered comparisons to such masters as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, and in this new collection we have resounding proof that he has arrived (via a wormhole in space-time) as a major new voice in American fiction.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

Author : Al Perkins

ISBN10 : 0307976467

Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages : 36

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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

Biopunk Dystopias Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction

Author : Lars Schmeink

ISBN10 : 1781383324

Publisher : Oxford University Press

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Literary Criticism

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Book Summary: Biopunk Dystopias' contends that we find ourselves at a historical nexus, defined by the rise of biology as the driving force of scientific progress, a strongly grown mainstream attention given to genetic engineering in the wake of the Human Genome Project (1990-2003), the changing sociological view of a liquid modern society, and shifting discourses on the posthuman, including a critical posthumanism that decenters the privileged subject of humanism. The book argues that this historical nexus produces a specific cultural formation in the form of "biopunk", a subgenre evolved from the cyberpunk of the 1980s. The analysis deals with dystopian science fiction artifacts of different media from the year 2000 onwards that project a posthuman intervention into contemporary socio-political discourse based in liquid modernity in the cultural formation of biopunk. Biopunk makes use of current posthumanist conceptions in order to criticize contemporary reality as already dystopian, warning that a future will only get worse, and that society needs to reverse its path, or else destroy all life on this planet. As Rosi Braidotti argues, "there is a posthuman agreement that contemporary science and biotechnologies affect the very fibre and structure of the living and have altered dramatically our understanding of what counts as the basic frame of reference for the human today" (40). The proposed book analyzes this alteration as directors, creators, authors, and artists from the field of science fiction extrapolate it from current trends.

The Lost Compass

Author : Joel Ross

ISBN10 : 0062352989

Publisher : HarperCollins

Number of Pages : 352

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: In the high-stakes sequel to the acclaimed The Fog Diver—which was named a Texas Bluebonnet selection and winner of the 2015 Cybils Award for Speculative Fiction and the Michigan Library Association’s 2016 YouPer Award—thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew must stop the deadly and mysterious Fog from enveloping the city of Port Oro and destroying their world. Chess and his crew—Hazel, Swedish, Loretta, and Bea—may have escaped the slums, but they cannot escape the Fog that threatens to swallow the entire mountaintop city of Port Oro. Only one thing can stop the Fog: an ancient machine known as the Compass. And only one person can find it: Chess. With the help of his crew, Chess faces dangerous encounters and deadly driftsharks to unearth the hidden instrument. It’s a race against time to save this sanctuary in the sky. With adventure at every turn, peril behind every corner, and a few determined slum kids who must save the day, Joel Ross presents a fantastic world in this fast-paced follow-up to The Fog Diver.

Wake, Siren

Author : Nina MacLaughlin

ISBN10 : 0374721092

Publisher : FSG Originals

Number of Pages : 352

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 703

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Book Summary: In fierce, textured voices, the women of Ovid's Metamorphoses claim their stories and challenge the power of myth I am the home of this story. After thousands of years of other people’s tellings, of all these different bridges, of words gotten wrong, I’ll tell it myself. Seductresses and she-monsters, nymphs and demi-goddesses, populate the famous myths of Ovid's Metamorphoses. But what happens when the story of the chase comes in the voice of the woman fleeing her rape? When the beloved coolly returns the seducer's gaze? When tales of monstrous transfiguration are sung by those transformed? In voices both mythic and modern, Wake, Siren revisits each account of love, loss, rape, revenge, and change. It lays bare the violence that undergirds and lurks in the heart of Ovid’s narratives, stories that helped build and perpetuate the distorted portrayal of women across centuries of art and literature. Drawing on the rhythms of epic poetry and alt rock, of everyday speech and folk song, of fireside whisperings and therapy sessions, Nina MacLaughlin, the acclaimed author of Hammer Head, recovers what is lost when the stories of women are told and translated by men. She breathes new life into these fraught and well-loved myths.

Against Gravity

Author : Gary Gibson

ISBN10 : 0330540777

Publisher : Pan Macmillan

Number of Pages : 400

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 390

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Book Summary: Against Gravity is a stunning sci-fi thriller from Gary Gibson, author of the Shoal Sequence. In the late twenty-first century, you will find a very different world. Little is as it used to be, and many are not what they seem. Kendrick Gallmon, survivor of an infamous research facility called the Maze, is trying to pick up the pieces of his life, even though he knows the Labrat augments are slowly killing him. Then one day his heart stops beating, forever, and a ghost urges him to return to the source of all his nightmares, a long-abandoned military complex filled with entirely real voices of the dead.

The Last Bookshop

Author : Emma Young

ISBN10 : 1925816311

Publisher : Fremantle Press

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1175

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Book Summary: 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 Red 1: Morgengrauen

Author : Linda Nagata

ISBN10 : 3959812558

Publisher : Cross Cult

Number of Pages : 520

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 373

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Book Summary: 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.