All Systems Red

All Systems Red
Author: Martha Wells
Publsiher: Tor.com
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2017-05-02
ISBN: 9780765397539
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All Systems Red Book Excerpt:

Winner: 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella Winner: 2018 Alex Award Finalist: 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017 A New York Times Bestseller A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence. "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure." In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

All Systems Red

All Systems Red
Author: Martha Wells
Publsiher: Tor.com
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2017-05-02
ISBN: 0765397528
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

All Systems Red Book Excerpt:

Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella Winner: 2018 Alex Award Winner: 2018 Locus Award One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017 A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence. "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure." In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Minding the Future

Minding the Future
Author: Barry Dainton,Will Slocombe,Attila Tanyi
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 287
Release: 2021-08-31
ISBN: 3030642690
Category: Computers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Minding the Future Book Excerpt:

Bringing together literary scholars, computer scientists, ethicists, philosophers of mind, and scholars from affiliated disciplines, this collection of essays offers important and timely insights into the pasts, presents, and, above all, possible futures of Artificial Intelligence. This book covers topics such as ethics and morality, identity and selfhood, and broader issues about AI, addressing questions about the individual, social, and existential impacts of such technologies. Through the works of science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov, Stanislaw Lem, Ann Leckie, Iain M. Banks, and Martha Wells, alongside key visual productions such as Ex Machina, Westworld, and Her, contributions illustrate how science fiction might inform potential futures as well as acting as a springboard to bring disciplinary knowledge to bear on significant developments of Artificial Intelligence. Addressing a broad, interdisciplinary audience, both expert and non-expert readers gain an in-depth understanding of the wide range of pressing issues to which Artificial Intelligence gives rise, and the ways in which science fiction narratives have been used to represent them. Using science fiction in this manner enables readers to see how even fictional worlds and imagined futures have very real impacts on how we understand these technologies. As such, readers are introduced to theoretical positions on Artificial Intelligence through fictional works as well as encouraged to reflect on the diverse aspects of Artificial Intelligence through its many philosophical, social, legal, scientific, and cultural ramifications.

Hunters of Satan s Monsters

Hunters of Satan s Monsters
Author: Horace S. Mallette
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2014-11-13
ISBN: 1503514390
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hunters of Satan s Monsters Book Excerpt:

It is a science fiction, supernatural thriller. It is about a man who, after living for forty years, realizes he is only ten years old--being that he was born on a leap day--and belongs to an order of supernatural beings who live for as long as three hundred years. These beings work alongside humankind and other hybrid beings in a secret organization that is set up worldwide to defend humanity from the various evils that traverse the earth. He is recruited and trained to use his special powers that start to manifest themselves on the eve of his fortieth (or tenth leap year) birthday. He loses his wife because of the organization's secrecy policy and manipulation. He is brokenhearted and pressured to deal with the new revelation about himself and finds that he is falling in love with one of his own kind. They discover there could be treachery within the secret organization, but before they could disclose it, one of the organization locations where he is at is mysteriously teleported to another realm, where he and the team--which could include a traitor or traitors--goes head-on against demons and monsters. Slated to be a five-part series of novellas Hunters of Satan's Monsters: Legend of the Rolling Calf--Book 1 of the novella series Hunters of Satan's Monsters: Rise of the Rolling Calf--Book 2 of the novella series Hunters of Satan's Monsters: Return of the Rolling Calf--Book 3 of the novella series Hunters of Satan's Monsters: Carnage of the Rolling Calf--Book 4 of the novella series Hunters of Satan's Monsters: Death of the Rolling Calf--Book 5 of the novella series

The Eternity Artifact

The Eternity Artifact
Author: L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Publsiher: Tor Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2006-08-01
ISBN: 9781429914000
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Eternity Artifact Book Excerpt:

5,000 years in the future, humankind has spread across thousands of worlds, and more than a dozen different governments exist in an uneasy truce. But human beings have found no signs of other life anywhere approaching human intelligence. This changes when scientists discover a sunless planet they name Danann, travelling the void just beyond the edge of the Galaxy at such a high speed that it cannot be natural. Its continents and oceans have been sculpted and shaped, with but a single megaplex upon it--close to perfectly preserved--with tens of thousands of near-identical metallic-silver-blue towers set along curved canals. Yet Danann has been abandoned for so long that even the atmosphere has frozen solid. Within a few years Danann will approach an area of singularities that will make exploration and investigation impossible. Orbital shuttle pilot Jiendra Chang, artist Chendor Barna, and history professor Liam Fitzhugh are recruited by the Comity government and its Deep Space Service, along with scores of other experts as part of an unprecedented and unique expedition to unravel Danann's secrets. And there are forces that will stop at nothing to prevent them, even if it means interstellar war. Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. The Saga of Recluce The Imager Portfolio The Corean Chronicles The Spellsong Cycle The Ghost Books The Ecolitan Matter The Forever Hero Timegod's World Other Books The Green Progression Hammer of Darkness The Parafaith War Adiamante Gravity Dreams The Octagonal Raven Archform: Beauty The Ethos Effect Flash The Eternity Artifact The Elysium Commission Viewpoints Critical Haze Empress of Eternity The One-Eyed Man Solar Express At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

To Boldly Go

To Boldly Go
Author: Jonathan Klug,Steven Leonard
Publsiher: Casemate
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-09-03
ISBN: 1636240631
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

To Boldly Go Book Excerpt:

The literature of ideas. When author Pamela Sargent used those words to describe science fiction in 1975, the genre had exploded into the literary mainstream. As a literature of ideas, science fiction has proven to be a powerful metaphor for the world around us, offering a rich tapestry of imagination through which to explore how we lead, how we think, and how we interact. To Boldly Go assembles more than thirty writers from around the world—experts in leadership and strategy, senior policy advisors and analysts, professional educators and innovators, experienced storytellers, and ground-level military leaders—to help us better understand ourselves through the lens of science fiction Each chapter of To Boldly Go draws out the lessons that we can learn from science fiction, drawing on classic examples of the genre in ways that are equally relatable and entertaining. A chapter on the burdens of leadership by Ghost Fleet author August Cole launches readers into the cosmos with Captain Avatar aboard the space battleship Yamato. In another chapter, the climactic Battle of the Mutara Nebula from The Wrath of Khan weighs the advantages of experience over intelligence in the pursuit of strategy. What does inter-species conflict in science fiction tell us about our perspectives on social Darwinism? Whether using Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to explore the nuances of maritime strategy or The Expanse to better understand the threat posed by depleted natural resources, To Boldly Go provides thoughtful essays on relevant subjects that will appeal to business leaders, military professionals, and fans of science fiction alike.

World Breakers

World Breakers
Author: Tony Daniel,Christopher Ruocchio
Publsiher: Baen Books
Total Pages: 459
Release: 2021-08-03
ISBN: 1625798172
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World Breakers Book Excerpt:

Formed from cold steel and superpowered computing brains, these gigantic tanks with the firepower of an entire army have been the decisive factors in interplanetary battle. But are humans worthy of the extraordinary instruments of war that they have created? Are the Worldbreakers the greatest protector of human liberty, or its worst threat? For, while these Worldbreakers very definitely have minds of their own, the question remains: within their iron and superluminal quantum breasts, does there lie a faithful heart? Stories of world breakers and world makers in the great tradition of Keith Laumer’s Bolos from David Weber, Larry Correia, Wen Spencer, and more! At the publisher's request, this title is sold without Digital Rights Management (DRM). About Star Destroyers, edited by Tony Daniel & Christopher Ruocchio: “. . . spectacular space battles and alien contacts . . . themes of military ethics, the uses of artificial intelligence, and the limits of the capacity of the human mind. . . . it is the human interactions and decisions that ultimately drive the stories. . . . will appeal to fans of military and hard science fiction and any readers fascinated by the possibilities of space travel.”—Booklist “. . . stories of giant spaceships at war, at peace, and in the often-gray areas between. . . . a worthy addition to a long tradition of ship-based fiction, and its authors portray captains, arcane astrogators, and civilian child passengers with equal depth. It’s recommended for fans of military SF and space adventure.”—Publishers Weekly “. . . you’d probably expect some tight, action-filled space opera stories of giant space battles . . . and there’s some of that. But there are also espionage stories, rescue missions, political conflicts, alternate histories, even a few humorous tales. . . . each author took the premise in a different direction . . . if I had to identify one common feature to all the stories, it would be that they’re all fun. . . . Like it says, big ships blowing things up. What’s not to like?”—Analog

The Best Science Fiction of the Year

The Best Science Fiction of the Year
Author: Neil Clarke
Publsiher: Start Publishing LLC
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2019-07-02
ISBN: 159780620X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Best Science Fiction of the Year Book Excerpt:

From Hugo Award-winning editor Neil Clarke, the best science fiction stories of the year are collected in a single paperback volume. Keeping up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more―a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy Award–winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers. The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year’s writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome “sensawunda” that the genre has to offer.

Gender Supernatural Beings and the Liminality of Death

Gender  Supernatural Beings  and the Liminality of Death
Author: Rebecca Gibson,James M Vanderveen
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2021-03-15
ISBN: 1793641366
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gender Supernatural Beings and the Liminality of Death Book Excerpt:

Gender, Supernatural Beings, and the Liminality of Death: Monstrous Males/Fatal Females examines how gender changes and manifests in stories and film through several different types of beings. With sections on social death, the walking dead, and the undead, this is a multi-faceted look at myth, legend, and popular culture creatures.

8 Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts HB

8  Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts  HB
Author: Victor Appleton II
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1304541290
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

8 Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts HB Book Excerpt:

Sustainable animal production

Sustainable animal production
Author: A. Aland,F. Madec
Publsiher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2009-04-03
ISBN: 9086860990
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainable animal production Book Excerpt:

An understanding of sustainability in animal production is becoming increasingly necessary since the global demand for food is expected to dramatically increase in the coming decades. In this context, raising animals for the production of food will become increasingly challenging. Farm animals should not adversely compete with humans for their own sustenance, and food of animal origin should be safe and affordable. The production of healthy animals will therefore be a prerequisite. Such animals will efficiently convert their feed into food that can be certified as nutritive and safe. In addition there is growing evidence that there should be a focus on animal welfare, and environmental pollution related to animal farming must be minimized. Indeed the equation to resolve the constraints on animal production is complex and multifactorial. It is inarguable that the environment and the feed that is offered to animals, are key elements of sustainability in livestock and poultry production. This book addresses the major issues related to animal health and welfare maintenance in relation to their environment, as well as housing emissions and waste management. Experiments, reviews and expert opinions and scenarios for the future are presented. Each of the chapters has been written by scientists with international reputations. The language used, and the examples and the illustrations provided, make it easy to read. The book is of major and current interest to teachers and students in animal and veterinary sciences and to professionals: veterinarians, farm managers, agricultural advisers worldwide.

SCIENCE FICTION THE WONDER OF HUMAN IMAGINATION

SCIENCE FICTION THE WONDER OF HUMAN IMAGINATION
Author: Andreas Sofroniou
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 0244934096
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

SCIENCE FICTION THE WONDER OF HUMAN IMAGINATION Book Excerpt:

Proceedings of the National Seminar on Applied Systems Engineering and Soft Computing

Proceedings of the National Seminar on Applied Systems Engineering and Soft Computing
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Allied Publishers
Total Pages: 678
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9788177640151
Category: Soft computing
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Proceedings of the National Seminar on Applied Systems Engineering and Soft Computing Book Excerpt:

Genreflecting A Guide to Popular Reading Interests 8th Edition

Genreflecting  A Guide to Popular Reading Interests  8th Edition
Author: Diana Tixier Herald,Samuel Stavole-Carter
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 420
Release: 2019-05-31
ISBN: 1440858489
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Genreflecting A Guide to Popular Reading Interests 8th Edition Book Excerpt:

Librarians who work with readers will find this well-loved guide to be a treasure trove of information. With descriptive annotations of thousands of genre titles mapped by genre and subgenre, this is the readers' advisor's go-to reference. • Helps librarians answer the challenging question "What should I read next?" • Helps LIS students understand popular genres and better select books for which readers are looking • Serves as a starting point for library patrons looking for their next read

Dark Earth

Dark Earth
Author: David Harrower
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2014-11-13
ISBN: 0571318614
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dark Earth Book Excerpt:

When Valerie and Euan's car breaks down in remote countryside near the Antonine Wall they have a problem. With their mobiles left at home and an evening out arranged in Glasgow, they have to find help fast. This comes in the form of Petey and Ida and their twenty-year-old daughter Christine, a farming family who live and breathe the history and traditions of the small area of earth they've made their home. Dark Earth premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in July 2003.

Tor com Publishing s Summer of Space Opera Sampler

Tor com Publishing s Summer of Space Opera Sampler
Author: Spencer Ellsworth,Andrew Neil Gray,J.S. Herbison,Dave Hutchinson,Martha Wells,Corey J. White
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 100
Release: 2017-05-16
ISBN: 1250169658
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tor com Publishing s Summer of Space Opera Sampler Book Excerpt:

Blast off into adventure with psychic powers, half-human revolutions, haunted luxury spaceships, murderous sentient robots, and genetic experiments. Check out excerpts from five short works that will be lighting up the stars in Summer 2017. Starfire: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth, The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison, Acadie by Dave Hutchinson, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, and Killing Gravity by Corey J. White. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Discordia

Discordia
Author: Kristyn Merbeth
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2021-12-07
ISBN: 0316454044
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discordia Book Excerpt:

In this explosive final book of the action-packed trilogy, The Kaisers are on the run from the planetary leaders who seek to bury the knowledge of the alien artifacts that could save the star system—or destroy it. Scorpia is finally back among the stars, far away from the memories of the war she and her family started—and ended—on Nibiru. Her first order as captain of the Memoria is to keep her crew safe, and she is all too happy not to get involved in dangerous political games for once. Corvus is haunted by what he experienced at the hands of the Titan attack, and he's just as eager for a new beginning. He knows that not all Titans are built for war, and that the system can find peace, even as Deva and Pax begin to rattle their sabers. Though the Kaisers may be responsible for diverting a multi-planet war, the planetary leaders are wary of the knowledge they hold. Better to lock them up and keep their dark secrets hidden. But the Kaisers are the only ones who know the truth about the threat of the ancient world-ending alien weapons rooted in each planet—and they may be the only ones who can save the system from total annihilation. "Merbeth is a voice to watch in space opera!" —K. B. Wagers The Nova Vita Protocol: Fortuna Memoria Discordia

Aspects of Science Fiction Studies A Collection of Miscellaneous Articles on the Intersection of Posthumanism Transhumanism Anthropocene and Post Anthropocentrism in Some Select Contemporary Novels

Aspects of Science Fiction Studies  A Collection of Miscellaneous Articles on the Intersection of Posthumanism  Transhumanism  Anthropocene  and Post Anthropocentrism in Some Select  Contemporary Novels
Author: Dr. Indrajit Patra
Publsiher: Pen2Print
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2021-06-14
ISBN: 8195111963
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aspects of Science Fiction Studies A Collection of Miscellaneous Articles on the Intersection of Posthumanism Transhumanism Anthropocene and Post Anthropocentrism in Some Select Contemporary Novels Book Excerpt:

The book intends to present a critique of some select, 21st Century, hard science fiction novels in order to explicate the various ways in which the elements of posthumanism, transhumanism, techno-singularity intersect and interact with other such ideas as monstrosity, animality, machinicity, post-anthropocentrism, and Anthropocene. The study divides its analysis into seven different chapters and attempts to present an elaborate study on various aspects of posthumanism, transhumanism, and singularity. The book despite being a collection of miscellaneous essays actually intends to show how a technologically mediated transhuman/posthuman culture will normally be defined by a total dissolution of binaries such as digital and real, animal and human, and machine and man. The book also wants to describe through its analysis of some select hard science fiction novels, that man-machine merger and creation of hyper-immersive virtual reality can function as two of the most effective agents for catalyzing a radically transformative, posthuman, post-scarcity, and techno-utopian culture. The analysis presented in the book is not totally oriented to the discussion of far-future implications of accelerated technological progress which is imperative for arriving at a transhuman or posthuman stage; rather, the book is equally concerned with the implications of rapid technological advancements in our present times, and so the study also posits that before ascending to the heights of posthuman status mankind has to cope with the good and bad aspects of the Anthropocene which is the next stage in our collective evolution and journey towards the trans-/posthuman state. The first chapter of this study attempts to bring to focus the phenomenon of a technologically-mediated dissolution of the binaries between man/animal, human/nonhuman, and subject/object which will be extremely important in the analysis of the emergence of a posthuman culture later in the study. Technological advancements can be seen here as either conducive towards creating a harmonious relationship between man and animal or through systematic denigration of the agency of the animal it can pave the way for the emergence of monstrosity. In Chapter 2 of the book, we shall delve deep into the analysis of horror as illustrated in the novels and video games of the Dead Space series. Here, through a multi-theoretical perspective, we shall find how horrors and monstrosity can manifest themselves in both written as well as digital, virtual media. In Chapter 3, we shall delve into the discussion of the power of simulation in the construction of an immersive and hyperreal post- /transhuman culture where the distinction between real and virtual and material and immaterial vanishes altogether. In Chapter 4 we dedicate the entire chapter to the study of Kim Stanley Robinson’s systems novel The Ministry for the Future (2020) to attempt a critique of the elements of good and bad Anthropocene. Though not directly and intimately related to the study of posthumanism and transhumanism, yet a discussion of the elements of the Anthropocene will be of immense contemporary relevance to us. The next Chapter, i.e., Chapter 5 will attempt to present an explication of the role of machines in the realization of posthuman culture. Chapter 6 is primarily concerned with an analysis of Stephen Baxter’s novels to see how posthuman culture is constructed around the agency of the autopoietic machines. The final chapter attempts to present a brief analysis of three of Iain M Banks’ Culture novels, namely Matter, Surface Detail, and Hydrogen Sonata to elaborate on the employment of posthuman/transhuman tropes in these works.

Strong Medicine

Strong Medicine
Author: Olivia Gates
Publsiher: Harlequin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-12-01
ISBN: 1426851197
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Strong Medicine Book Excerpt:

Strong Medicine by Olivia Gates released on Dec 1, 2009 is available now for purchase.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 31

Uncanny Magazine Issue 31
Author: Elizabeth Bear,Vina Jie-Min Prasad,D.A. Xiaolin Spires,Laura Anne Gilman,Jenn Reese,G. Willow Wilson
Publsiher: Uncanny Magazine
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2019-11-05
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Uncanny Magazine Issue 31 Book Excerpt:

The November/December issue of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine. Featuring new fiction by Elizabeth Bear, D.A. Xiaolin Spires, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Laura Anne Gilman, and Jenn Reese. Essays by G. Willow Wilson, Alexandra Erin, Brandon O' Brien, Jeannette Ng, and Keidra Chaney, poetry by Sonya Taaffe, Hal Y. Zhang, Annie Neugebauer, and Sylvia Santiago, interviews with Elizabeth Bear and Jenn Reese by Sandra Odell, a cover by John Picacio, and editorials by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota.