Description : One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil--so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of sixty. Joseph Schwartz is sixty-two. This is young Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series. This is Golden Age SF at its finest. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Description : Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. His accessible style and far-reaching interests in subjects ranging from science to humor to history earned him the nickname “the Great Explainer.” I. Asimov is his personal story—vivid, open, and honest—as only Asimov himself could tell it. Here is the story of the paradoxical genius who wrote of travel to the stars yet refused to fly in airplanes; who imagined alien universes and vast galactic civilizations while staying home to write; who compulsively authored more than 470 books yet still found the time to share his ideas with some of the great minds of our century. Here are his wide-ranging thoughts and sharp-eyed observations on everything from religion to politics, love and divorce, friendship and Hollywood, fame and mortality. Here, too, is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the varied personalities—Campbell, Ellison, Heinlein, Clarke, del Rey, Silverberg, and others—who along with Asimov helped shape science fiction. As unique and irrepressible as the man himself, I. Asimov is the candid memoir of an incomparable talent who entertained readers for nearly half a century and whose work will surely endure into the future he so vividly envisioned.
Description : One cold Moscow night, Comrade Tulayev, a high government official, is shot dead on the street, and the search for the killer begins. In this panoramic vision of the Soviet Great Terror, the investigation leads all over the world, netting a whole series of suspects whose only connection is their innocence—at least of the crime of which they stand accused. But The Case of Comrade Tulayev, unquestionably the finest work of fiction ever written about the Stalinist purges, is not just a story of a totalitarian state. Marked by the deep humanity and generous spirit of its author, the legendary anarchist and exile Victor Serge, it is also a classic twentieth-century tale of risk, adventure, and unexpected nobility to set beside Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and André Malraux's Man's Fate.
Description : 'A shimmering thrill-ride of a book. I loved every page.' Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe 'Sky Song made my heart sing - I loved it!' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars 'A dazzling snowstorm of an adventure, with hope at its heart' Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse ‘I cannot recommend highly enough… a brilliant, heart-stopping, tear-inducing, soul-soaring adventure’ MG Leonard, author of Beetle Boy ‘A truly magical tale’ The Guardian ‘Abi Elphinstone is proving to be a worthy successor to CS Lewis’ The Times ‘Once an adventure digs its claws in, there is not an awful lot you can do about it. Especially when magic is involved . . .’ In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find - because Erkenwald is ruled by an evil Ice Queen and the tribes must stay hidden or risk becoming her prisoners at Winterfang Palace. Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey to the Never Cliffs and beyond in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back. This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world . . . 'Abi Elphinstone’s books are full of adventure, wit, heart, and, above all, bravery’ Katherine Rundell, author of The Explorer ?
Description : WINNER OF THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD YOUNG NOVELIST'S AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE, THE COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE AND NEW SOUTH WALES' PREMIER LITERARY AWARDS On the day that Obinna’s village is savagely attacked by the rebel army and his father murdered, he witnesses violence beyond his imagination. Along with his older brother he finds himself thrown into a truck when the soldiers leave, to be shaped into an agent of horror – a child soldier. Marched through minefields and forced into battle, enduring a brutal daily existence, Obinna slowly works out which parts of himself to save and which to sacrifice in this world turned upside down.
Description : The Pebble Poems is a fantasy trip through drought, like the one we find ourselves embedded in today; this trip makes things concrete, simple and conspicuous, it takes us from the edges of consolation and timid frailty into the boundaries of the decision-making process. Mind you, all this is not as cemented as we would like for, as the poems themselves 'tell us', most of these things are too easily said and done. This is a push for, and not against, love. Granted, setting the world on fire in this day and age is a crazy notion, a crazy business, but somebody's got to do it; and this should fall to each and everyone of us. These poems are personal nuggets, if you will, pebbles of the mind, settled pieces (or not) to travel by; the 'pebble' in the title of the book hails back to those cobblestone roads of ages past. Let us say that what was said was unsaid; Let us seek its trail through a dusty road in the Allegheny wood, And learn from its vibrant edginess; Tantalizing is the view, muffled in greatness, In momentary stratospheric turmoil bound and held..., Excerpt from the poem "Where is the elemental say of the thing in the thing said'..".
Description : At twenty-eight, Dr. Joshua Krump had survived drug abuse, a suicide attempt, and confinement in a sanitarium before gaining respectability in Londons medical community, but his massive debt threatened to end his practice of seven years. Krump owed his benefactor more money than what he had borrowed eleven years earlier. Before the heartless moneylender executed foreclosure on the poor surgeon there was a brutal intervention. The ogre came face-to-face with realityhis life affected fewer people than the death of a beloved seven-year-old boy. A rare disease was sucking the life out of the angelic boy and his family. The ill-equipped surgeon engaged the battle for one reasonthe reward. However, the boys twelve-year-old sisters attraction to the gawky doctor brought complications to the skirmish. His continual rejection of her advances forced her to leave town, though she never let go of her love for Krump. With his practice on sure footing Krump seemed to be slipping deeper into depression. His only friend told him that he needed someone with whom to share his successBelinda? In mid-December he heard from an unlikely acquaintance that Belinda was returning home for Christmas. With a gold ring in his pocket, he planned to surprise her as she stepped off the train. However, delays kept him from being on-time and as his coach crept up an icy street he spied his beautiful Belinda arm in arm with a boy more her age. Where will the demons of Krumps fragile psyche lead him?
Description : Meoshii "Jett" is known for being a self-absorbed and often inconsiderate human being. Raised by one of Brooklyn's most notorious and ruthless kingpins, she's always had this outlook that her needs and wants are above everyone else. After all, she grew up spoiled. But when her father dies and her mom is admitted into a mental facility, her entire world changes as she knows it. Thrust into the dismal world of poverty, Jett has no choice but to take care of herself--with the help of her best friend's boyfriend, of course. Somehow, she finds herself in a stressful and exhausting predicament that leads her to hitting a man with her car on the road. Only this man isn't quite what she had anticipated. If you enjoyed "When a Rich Thug Wants You" and "My Polished, Professional Thug", you'll love this riveting, urban tale with a sprinkling of fantasy and endless secrets that'll leave you shocked and on the edge of your seat.
Description : A personal glimpse of the evolution of Canada's health care system from the 1960s to the 21st Century. The narrative takes you from the Maritimes to British Columbia.