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2061

By Arthur C. Clarke
  • ISBN Code: : 0795324855
  • Publisher : RosettaBooks
  • Pages : 308
  • Category : Fiction
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This New York Times–bestselling chapter in the Hugo Award–winning Space Odyssey series is “intriguing and satisfying . . . the all-round best Odyssey so far” (Kirkus Reviews). The third book in Clarke’s beloved Space Odyssey continues the story of Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monoliths and the alien intelligences behind them. Floyd is chosen as one of a handful of celebrity guests to witness the first manned touchdown on the surface of Halley’s Comet on the privately-owned spaceship Universe. But on Jupiter’s moon Europa, scientists have spotted the sudden appearance of a single diamond the size of a mountain—a fragment of Jupiter’s core. When the spaceship Galaxy is hijacked and forced to crash into Europa’s ocean, the Universe is diverted from its original mission to rescue the crew. Now Heywood Floyd must once again survive an encounter with HAL, David Bowman, and the mysterious monolith-building race with its own inscrutable agenda to shape the destiny of the human race.

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Almost all students have seen 2001, but virtually none understand its inheritance, its complexities, and certainly not its ironies. The essays in this collection, commissioned from a wide variety of scholars, examine in detail various possible readings of the film and its historical context. They also examine the film as a genre piece--as the summa of science fiction that simultaneously looks back on the science fiction conventions of the past (Kubrick began thinking of making a science fiction film during the genre's heyday in the fifties), rethinks the convention in light of the time of the film's creation, and in turn changes the look and meaning of the genre that it revived--which now remains as prominent as it was almost four decades ago. Constructed out of its director's particular intellectual curiosity, his visual style, and his particular notions of the place of human agency in the world and, in this case, the universe, 2001 is, like all of his films, more than it appears, and it keeps revealing more the more it is seen. Though their backgrounds and disciplines differ, the authors of this essay collection are united by a talent for vigorous yet incisive writing that cleaves closely to the text--to the film itself, with its contextual and intrinsic complexities--granting readers privileged access to Kubrick's formidable, intricate classic work of science fiction.

Galileo's Children

By Gardner Dozois
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  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Book Code : 1625793448
  • Total of Pages : 153
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 211
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Thirteen tales dealing with the struggle of scientists toward truth in spite of opposition from religious and political forces arrayed against them. Authors include: George R.R. Martin Arthur C. Clarke Robert Silverberg Ursula K. Le Guin Keith Roberts Edgar Pangborn Chris Lawson Brendan DuBois James Alan Gardner Paul Park James Tiptree, Jr. Mike Resnick Greg Egan At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Arthur C. Clarke

By Gary Westfahl
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  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Book Code : 0252050630
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Already renowned for his science fiction and scientific nonfiction, Arthur C. Clarke became the world's most famous science fiction writer after the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He then produced novels like Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise that many regard as his finest works. Gary Westfahl closely examines Clarke's remarkable career, ranging from his forgotten juvenilia to the passages he completed for a final novel, The Last Theorem. As Westfahl explains, Clarke's science fiction offered original perspectives on subjects like new inventions, space travel, humanity's destiny, alien encounters, the undersea world, and religion. While not inclined to mysticism, Clarke necessarily employed mystical language to describe the fantastic achievements of advanced aliens and future humans. Westfahl also contradicts the common perception that Clarke's characters were bland and underdeveloped, arguing that these reticent, solitary individuals, who avoid conventional relationships, represent his most significant prediction of the future, as they embody the increasingly common lifestyle of people in the twenty-first century.

Relating Faith

By Robert Knowles
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  • Publisher : Authentic Media Inc
  • Book Code : 178078080X
  • Total of Pages : 250
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 244
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This stimulating book contains a selection of reflections that aim to encourage us to approach issues in the church and in life increasingly through engagement with the biblical texts. The author argues that Western Christians are often starved of biblical content in their local church contexts. He believes that the Bible is indispensable to building Christian and church identity, thought, and life, and that the biblical texts, brought to life by the Holy Spirit, themselves play a central role in Christian formation. In this way, Robert Knowles locates biblical formation squarely at the centre of our relationships with God and with each other. COMMENDATIONS "Rob's gift to the Church is to communicate rich theological truth in profoundly relational ways with the Scriptures at the centre. Those who want more and know there's more but just don't know where to look, would find in Rob's work a goldmine of wisdom, and Christ is the fount of it all." - Rev'd Richard Matcham, Minister of Barton Baptist Church, Torquay "I am glad to commend this book. It combines such technical-sounding topics as speech-act theory and postmodernism with very practical issues in bible study and the Christian life. Dr Knowles has shown that these are down-to-earth tools and issues which can be of practical use in everyday Christian discipleship. Issues such as that of church leadership are also raised in a practical way." - Anthony C. Thiselton, Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology, University of Nottingham "Rob Knowles is one of those people who has had a massive influence on my life and ministry; his work is always thoughtful, challenging, and very helpful. Rob always seeks to be thoroughly biblical, and he's never one to duck the tough questions or offer easy platitudes. I thoroughly recommend this volume as one which will help you significantly in your life and ministry." - Rev'd Ted Fell, Vicar of All Saints Anglican Church, Kings Cross, London

Future Sports

By Gardner Dozois,Jack Dann
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  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Book Code : 1625791445
  • Total of Pages : 117
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 301
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Are you ready to rumble? Enter a world of weird sportsmanship in this unique sci-fi anthology of stories by such great visionaries as: Arthur C. Clarke, Kim Stanley Robinson, Michael Swanwick, Howard Waldrop, Jonathan Lethem, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Robert Reed _The Wind from the SunÓ by Arthur C. Clarke _Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to MarsÓ by Kim Stanley Robinson _Man-Mountain GentianÓ by Howard Waldrop _WinningÓ by Ian McDonald _The DeadÓ by Michael Swanwick _Game of the CenturyÓ by Robert Reed _StreakÓ by Andrew Weiner _The Holy Stomper vs. the Alien Barrel of DeathÓ by R. Neube _StroboscopicÓ by Alastair Reynolds _Vanilla DunkÓ by Jonathan Lethem At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Dystopian States of America: Apocalyptic Visions and Warnings in Literature and Film

By Matthew B. Hill
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440873399
  • Total of Pages : 393
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 633
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Dystopian States of America is a crucial resource that studies the impact of dystopian works on American society—including ways in which they reflect our deep and persistent fears about environmental calamities, authoritarian governments, invasive technologies, and human weakness.

Kubrick's Cinema Odyssey

By Michel Chion
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1838716645
  • Total of Pages : 196
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 230
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Author wrote bestselling bfi Publishing title David Lynch 'a joy to the reader of film criticism' Choice; 2001: A Space Odyssey to be re-released in cinemas in The Spring and highly likely to be the focus of much media attention in the new year; Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), based on Arthur C Clarke's novel, is one of the most ambitious films ever made, an epic of space exploration that takes in the whole history of humanity (as well as speculation about its future). A technical triumph that stands up today 2001 is topical also because of its meditation on the relationship between man, animal and machine. Haunting and enigmatic, it's a film that contains myriad images that seem to defy any explanation. In this multilayered study, acclaimed critic and theorist of film sound Michel Chion offers some keys to understanding 2001. Setting the film first in its historical and cultural contexts (the Space Race, the Cold War, 1960s psychedelia), Chion goes on to locate it within Kubrick's career. He then conducts a meticulous and subtle analysis of its structure and style, arguing that 2001 is an 'absolute film', a unique assemblage of cinema's elements, through which pulses a vision of human existence. 'Animals who know they will die, beings lost on earth, forever caught between two species, not animal enough, not cerebral enough.' In a supplementary chapter Chion argues that Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999), is a return to 2001, a final statement of its concerns. And in a series of appendices Chion provides production details, an analytic synopsis, credits and a consideration of the legacy of 2001.

Bestsellers

By C. Bloom
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230583873
  • Total of Pages : 425
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 592
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This essential guide, now available in a fully updated new edition, is the only available study of all bestselling books, authors and genres since the start of the last century, giving an unique insight into a hundred years of publishing and reading and taking us on a journey into the heart of the British imagination.

Worldmakers

By Gardner Dozois
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Book Code : 9781429961868
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 950
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When mankind moves out to the stars, the colonists of the future will remake the worlds they inhabit in their image. Included here are twenty stories from the most imaginative writers in the field, including: Poul Anderson * Stephen Baxter * Gregory Benford * Arthur C. Clarke * Greg Egan * Joe Haldeman * Philip Jennings * William H. Kieth * Geoffrey A. Landis * Ian McDonald * Richard McKenna * Laura Mixon * G. David Nordley * Robert Reed * Kim Stanley Robinson * Pamela Sargent * Cordwainer Smith * Bruce Sterling * John Varley * Roger Zelazny These are the stories of the explorers and pioneers who transform their destinations in the image of their distant home--exciting tales of alien landscapes and the struggle to make them suit human desires.

Data Made Flesh

By Robert Mitchell,Phillip Thurtle
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135216665
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Computers
  • Members : 567
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In an age of cloning, cyborgs, and biotechnology, the line between bodies and bytes seems to be disappearing. Data Made Flesh is the first collection to address the increasingly important links between information and embodiment, at a moment when we are routinely tempted, in the words of Donna Haraway, "to be raptured out of the bodies that matter in the lust for information," whether in the rush to complete the Human Genome Project or in the race to clone a human being.

Explorers

By Gardner Dozois
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Book Code : 0312271506
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 557
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Distant planets, galaxies, alien races--the universe is vast and filled with an almost unimaginable range of possibilities. But imagine it we can. Here are more than twenty stories from the most inventive writers in the field, including: Poul Anderson * Stephen Baxter * Greg Bear * Gregory Benford * Arthur C. Clarke * Hal Clement * Greg Egan * H. B. Fyfe * R. A. Lafferty * Geoffrey A. Landis * Ursula K. Le Guin * Jack McDevitt * Larry Niven * G. David Nordley * Edgar Pangborn * Kim Stanley Robinson * James H. Schmitz * Cordwainer Smith * Michael Swanwick * James Tiptree, Jr. * John Varley * Vernor Vinge These are the stories of discovering those possibilities-the stories of the explorers and pioneers who push the envelope further out--exciting tales of alien landscapes and adventures on far distant shores that are the heart and soul of science fiction.

A Sense-of-Wonderful Century

By Gary Westfahl
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 143444371X
  • Total of Pages : 342
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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This book gathers together many of the illuminating essays on science fiction and fantasy film penned by a major critic in the SF field. The pieces are roughly organized in the chronological order of when the movies and television programs being discussed first appeared, with essays providing more general overviews clustered near the beginning and end of the volume, to provide the overall aura of a historical survey. Although this book does not pretend to provide a comprehensive history of science fiction and fantasy films, it does intermingle analyses of films and TV programs with some discussions of related plays, novels, stories, and comic books, particularly in the essays on This Island Earth and 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequels. Inciteful, entertaining, and full of intelligent and witty observations about science fiction and its sometimes curious relationship with the visual media, these essays will both delight and entertain critics, fans, and viewers alike.

Exploring the Limits of the Human through Science Fiction

By Gerald Alva Miller Jr.
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137330791
  • Total of Pages : 238
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 544
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Through its engagement with different kinds of texts, Exploring the Limits of the Human through Science Fiction represents a new way of approaching both science fiction and critical theory, and its uses both to question what it means to be human in digital era.