Author: Thomas Rabenstein, Ralf Zeigermann
NEBULAR takes you into the year 2113 - a time when nationalistic interests are things of the past. United in the federation of the Solar Union, Humanity faces its greatest challenge - the conquest of space. Manned spaceships have already reached the outer edges of the Solar System and are advancing into the Kuiper Belt.The most distant outpost is located on Neptune's moon Triton, a freezing cold world, where scientists and private mining companies are braving the harsh conditions. Their aim is to explore the outer belt and to search for crucial natural resources needed by humankind.Around two thousand men and women are stationed on Triton on a permanent basis. One of their main targets is to get in contact with fellow alien civilisations.Scientists use the remote location of Triton to align their antenna arrays towards the stars in the search for extraterrestrial life.Unconsciously, most Humans hope these alien cultures will be similar to us and that Humanity will be able to learn from these beings.So far the radio telescopes on Triton have been unsuccessful to intercept signals of intelligent origin. It is almost as if alien civilisations don't want to communicate with Humanity.However, that doesn't mean they don't exist ...
Author: Sir Roger Casement
Publisher: Univ College Dublin Press
Executed by the British in 1916 for treason, Roger Casement is one of Ireland's most colorful, mythologized, and controversial figures. His infamous Black Diaries, with their homosexual materials, were famously published by the Olympia Press in a sus
Author: Adam Roberts
This book is the definitive critical history of science fiction. The 2006 first edition of this work traced the development of the genre from Ancient Greece and the European Reformation through to the end of the 20th century. This new 2nd edition has been revised thoroughly and very significantly expanded. An all-new final chapter discusses 21st-century science fiction, and there is new material in every chapter: a wealth of new readings and original research. The author’s groundbreaking thesis that science fiction is born out of the 17th-century Reformation is here bolstered with a wide range of new supporting material and many hundreds of 17th- and 18th-century science fiction texts, some of which have never been discussed before. The account of 19th-century science fiction has been expanded, and the various chapters tracing the twentieth-century bring in more writing by women, and science fiction in other media including cinema, TV, comics, fan-culture and other modes.
Author: Alina Payne
Dalmatia and the Mediterranean. Portable Archaeology and The Poetics of Influence proposes a reading of early modern Dalmatian and Mediterranean coastal exchanges focused on the arts that thrusts portability and translations across artistic media into the foreground
Author: G. A. A. Kortekaas
The author, who is a specialist on the problems around The Story of Apollonius, King of Tyre, makes a pioneer attempt to tackle the question of its origin (Latin or Greek?) systematically. He concludes that a longer Greek original is probable, and that it can be localised in Asia Minor, perhaps in Tarsus. An edition of the major Latin recensions rounds off his study.
Author: Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
In Tanzania, Bernardi's mute grandfather makes him a wonderful music box and then helps him realize his dream of owning a soccer ball and going to school.
Author: Adelard (of Bath), Charles Burnett, Italo Ronca, PEDRO MANTAS ESPA-A, Baudouin van den Abeele
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Adelard of Bath was one of the most colourful personalities of the Middle Ages. He travelled to the Crusader kingdoms, to Sicily and south Italy, and translated texts on astronomy, astrology and magic from Arabic into Latin. He acquired a lasting reputation as a pioneering mathematician, and he was a gifted teacher. He addressed one of these works, on cosmology and the astrolabe, to the future King Henry II, and it is in the context of the education of the nobility that the three works edited in this book are to be viewed. Adelard meant them to be both entertaining and instructive. They deal with all kinds of topics, from the nature of the soul to the cause of earthquakes, from the effects of music to how to train a hawk. A preface provides the results of research on Adelard's life and work.
Author: Peter F. Hamilton
Publisher: Del Rey
Long ago, the astrophysicist Inigo began dreaming scenes from the life of the remarkable Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. Inigo’s inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy, gave birth to a religion: Living Dream. But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seems to trigger the expansion of the Void—which is devouring everything in its path—the Intersolar Commonwealth is thrown into turmoil. With time running out, the fate of humanity hinges on a handful of people: Araminta, now awakening to the unwelcome fact that she is the mysterious Second Dreamer; Inigo, whose private dreams hint at a darker truth; and Justine, whose desperate gamble places her within the Void, where the godlike Skylords hold the power to save the universe . . . or destroy it.
Author: Peter F. Hamilton
Publisher: Del Rey
BONUS: This edition contains Peter F. Hamilton's short story, If At First... Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by others equally determined to prevent—or facilitate—the pilgrimage into the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, but it is also a deadly threat. For the reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy drawn from planets, stars, galaxies—from everything that lives. Meanwhile, the story of Edeard, the Waterwalker, continues to unfold. With time running out, Inigo, the First Dreamer, must decide whether to release Edeard’s dangerous final dream. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the leader of a rival faction enters the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.
Author: Mark Brandon
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Limelight). This book isn't about methods. It's not another how-to book. It's a revelation: a shared collection of actors' trade secrets tricks of the trade divulged by professionals in an experimental workshop that lasted nearly a year. You'll discover what actually sells you more than talent. You'll find out how powerful body language can be, and even how influential color is in the audition room. You'll learn what keeps a photo on a casting director's desk and what keeps a casting director on your side. In short, you'll have 101 innovative ways to get what you've always wanted: more of the parts you deserve.
Author: Peter F. Hamilton
Publisher: Del Rey
Reviewers exhaust superlatives when it comes to the science fiction of Peter F. Hamilton. His complex and engaging novels, which span thousands of years–and light-years–are as intellectually stimulating as they are emotionally fulfilling. Now, with The Dreaming Void, the first volume in a trilogy set in the same far-future as his acclaimed Commonwealth saga, Hamilton has created his most ambitious and gripping space epic yet. The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself. At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin, its makers, or its purpose. But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inigo’s dreams reveal a world in which thoughts become actions and dreams become reality. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, Inigo’s dreams are shared by hundreds of millions–and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes. Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgrimage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds. And thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and the mysterious Second Dreamer. Some seek to prevent the Pilgrimage; others to speed its progress–while within the Void, a supreme entity has turned its gaze, for the first time, outward. . . . BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Peter F. Hamilton's The Temporal Void.