Description : Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, An Informal History of the Hugos is a book about the renowned science fiction award for the many who enjoyed Jo Walton's previous collection of writing from Tor.com, the Locus Award-winning What Makes This Book So Great. The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science-fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been presented since 1953. They are widely considered the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Between 2010 and 2013, Jo Walton wrote a series of posts for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from the award's inception up to the year 2000. Her contention was that each year's full set of finalists generally tells a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at that time. Walton's cheerfully opinionated and vastly well-informed posts provoked valuable conversation among the field's historians. Now these posts, lightly revised, have been gathered into this book, along with a small selection of the comments posted by SF luminaries such as Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, and David G. Hartwell. "A remarkable guided tour through the field—a kind of nonfiction companion to Among Others. It's very good. It's great."—New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing on What Makes This Book So Great At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Description : John Clark tells here, with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy, the story of the search for a power packaging which could be trusted to take man into space. Against a lot of the "laws of nature," as they used to be called, it was a hazardous enterprise with no certainty of success or safety. It is the special virtue of this narrative that it is a primary historical document. John Clark actually helped develop explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. He worked with and knew dozens of his peers in an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. It is quite a story. The reader will find here that the storyteller is as much a part of the story as the equations he occasionally uses. History like this is made by a special sort of person, and that is surely one of the virtues of John Clark's narrative. It leaves no doubt in the reader's mind that experimenting with the basic energies is not for the faint of heart. And that a sense of humor helps when the conflict between matter and energy does not proceed according to the rules. Isaac Asimov's foreword is eloquent on this point: "There are, after all, some chemicals that explode shatteringly, some that flame ravenously, some that corrode hellishly, some that poison sneakily, and some that stink stenchily. As far as I know, though, only liquid rocket fuels have all these delightful properties combined into one...Well, John Clark worked with these miserable concoctions and survived all in one piece. So read this book. You nay get a glimpse of the heroic excitement that seemed to make it reasonable to cuddle with death every waking moment - to say nothing of learning a heck of a lot about the way in which the business of science is really conducted."
Description : Provides a lively survey of the development of the mystery story in England, U.S., and France from Edgar Allan Poe to contemporary writers
Description : Indigenous knowledges are the commonsense ideas and cultural knowledges of local peoples concerning the everyday realities of living. This collection of essays discusses indigenous knowledges and their implication for academic decolonization.
Description : Recounts Black's life from his childhood in Alabama and his membership in the Ku Klux Klan to his years on the Supreme Court, where he was known for his emphasis on the the Bill of Rights, and especially the First Ammendment
Description : January 1954. Mists cover the hills around Selchester. Someone at the research facility known as the Atomic is leaking secrets to Soviet Russia, and when nuclear scientist Bruno Rothesay goes missing, the British Intelligence Services are convinced he's the mole. Hugo Hawksworth isn't so sure. Then a body turns up, and Hugo's instincts are proven correct. But if Rothesay wasn't selling secrets to the Soviets, who is? As Hugo digs deeper into buried connections and unlikely coincidences, he knows there's more to this case than his London superiors believe. But following his instincts will pit him against the Establishment--and tangle him once again in the poisonous legacy of the late Lord Selchester. As he closes in on the truth, Hugo finds himself confronted by an adversary who will stop at nothing, in a case that will prove the most personal of his career. With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to John Le Carr�, A Matter Of Loyalty is the third and final book in this delightfully classic and witty murder-mystery series.