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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.

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The mysteries of the monoliths are revealed in this inspired conclusion to the Hugo Award–winning Space Odyssey series—“there are marvels aplenty” (The New York Times). On an ill-fated mission to Jupiter in 2001, the mutinous supercomputer HAL sent crewmembers David Bowman and Frank Poole into the frozen void of space. Bowman’s strange transformation into a Star Child is traced through the novels 2010 and 2061. But now, a thousand years after his death, Frank Poole is brought back to life—and thrust into a world far more technically advanced than the one he left behind. Poole discovers a world of human minds interfacing directly with computers, genetically engineered dinosaur servants, and massive space elevators built around the equator. He also discovers an impending threat to humanity lurking within the enigmatic monoliths. To fight it, Poole must join forces with Bowman and HAL, now fused into one corporeal consciousness—and the only being with the power to thwart the monoliths’ mysterious creators. “3001 is not just a page-turner, plugged in to the great icons of HAL and the monoliths, but a book of wisdom too, pithy and provocative.” —New Scientist

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  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
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  • Total of Pages : 153
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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).

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  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
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  • Pdf File: relating-faith.pdf

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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 : 877
  • Pdf File: future-sports.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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).

Kubrick's Cinema Odyssey

By Michel Chion
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1838716653
  • Total of Pages : 196
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 467
  • Pdf File: kubrick-s-cinema-odyssey.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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 : 208
  • Pdf File: bestsellers.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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 : 179
  • Pdf File: worldmakers.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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 : 394
  • Pdf File: data-made-flesh.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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 : 258
  • Pdf File: explorers.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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.

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 : 357
  • Pdf File: exploring-the-limits-of-the-human-through-science-fiction.pdf

Book Short Summary:

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.

Science Fact and Science Fiction

By Brian Stableford
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135923736
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 887
  • Pdf File: science-fact-and-science-fiction.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Science fiction is a literary genre based on scientific speculation. Works of science fiction use the ideas and the vocabulary of all sciences to create valid narratives that explore the future effects of science on events and human beings. Science Fact and Science Fiction examines in one volume how science has propelled science-fiction and, to a lesser extent, how science fiction has influenced the sciences. Although coverage will discuss the science behind the fiction from the Classical Age to the present, focus is naturally on the 19th century to the present, when the Industrial Revolution and spectacular progress in science and technology triggered an influx of science-fiction works speculating on the future. As scientific developments alter expectations for the future, the literature absorbs, uses, and adapts such contextual visions. The goal of the Encyclopedia is not to present a catalog of sciences and their application in literary fiction, but rather to study the ongoing flow and counterflow of influences, including how fictional representations of science affect how we view its practice and disciplines. Although the main focus is on literature, other forms of science fiction, including film and video games, are explored and, because science is an international matter, works from non-English speaking countries are discussed as needed.

Bestsellers: Popular Fiction Since 1900

By Clive Bloom
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030791548
  • Total of Pages : 459
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 677
  • Pdf File: bestsellers.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book charts the publishing industry and bestselling fiction from 1900, featuring a comprehensive list of all bestselling fiction titles in the UK. This third edition includes a new introduction which features additional information on current trends in reading including the rise of Black, Asian and LGBTQIA+ publishing; the continuing importance of certain genres and up to date trends in publishing, bookselling, library borrowing and literacy. There are sections on writing for children, on the importance of audiobooks and book clubs, self- published bestsellers as well as many new entries to the present day including bestselling authors such as David Walliams, Peter James, George R R Martin and far less well known authors whose books s sell in their thousands. This is the essential guide to best-selling books, authors, genres, publishing and bookselling since 1900, providing a unique insight into more than a century of entertainment, and opening a window into the reading habits and social life of the British from the death of Queen Victoria to the Coronavirus Pandemic.