Description : After Operation Vanguard leads to the reawakening of the vengeful Shedai, ambassadors struggle to prevent war while Diego Reyes, Vanguard's former commanding officer, leads the search for a weapon that can destroy the Shedai.
Description : For 50 years, Star Trek has been an inspiration to its fans around the world, helping them to dream of a better future. This inspiration has entered our culture and helped to shape much of the technology of the early 21st Century. The contributors to this volume are researchers and teachers in a wide variety of disciplines; from Astrophysics to Ethnology, from English and History to Medicine and Video Games, and from American Studies to the study of Collective Computing Systems. What the authors have in common is that some version of Star Trek has inspired them, not only in their dreams of what may be, but in the ways in which they work - and teach others to work - here in the real world. Introduced with references to Star Trek films and television shows, and illustrated with original cartoons, each of the 15 chapters included in this volume provides insights into research and teaching in this range of academic fields.
Description : If they found and destroyed the Scroll they would bring down all civilisation. Would the sacrifice of one man’s life save humanity? Five years after the Great Fire of Lundun, ex-dragoon Laqua is lured into helping the Keepers of the Light, a covert band fighting the equally clandestine Cult of the Death of Hope. The Cult would bring down the empire of the Moors and, indeed, all civilisation. An empire that has conquered most of Europe, where the language is Arabic and the flag of the falcate moon flies. Where alcohol is banned and hashish legal, prison is unknown and punishment by whip, knife or hook. A world in which the Industrial Revolution is already well advanced and steam engines chug. Where the Norse have settled the New World first. In Lundun, capital of the Tin Isles, the largest mosque looms over St Pauls Cathedral. And Samuel Peppin has given up his diaries to write bawdy poems. Vital to defeating the Cult is an ancient secret Scroll, the final chapter of the sacred Script, its authenticity assured by the Seal. While the Cult would destroy it, the Keepers intend its dissemination to all. Until they have the means to do so, Laqua is charged with its safekeeping. He falls in with a dour eunuch, a functionary of the Court of the Amir in Qurtuba, and a perfidious, possibly drug-addled, heretic. And what part might a libidinous Norsewoman play? Ahead of him lie spying, fighting, loving, torture and tragedy … and the discovery of a hideous truth. As Ants to the Gods is an alternate history adventure that challenges some of the orthodoxies and assumptions of Western culture. For adults only, certainly not for the faint-hearted or easily shocked, it is a ribald and irreverent exploration of a world that could have been. Visit bit.ly/AsAntsToTheGods Cover artwork by Alison Buck
Description : Build an intuitive understanding of the principles behindquantum mechanics through practical construction and replication oforiginal experiments With easy-to-acquire, low-cost materials and basic knowledge ofalgebra and trigonometry, Exploring Quantum Physics throughHands-on Projects takes readers step by step through theprocess of re-creating scientific experiments that played anessential role in the creation and development of quantummechanics. Presented in near chronological order—from discoveries ofthe early twentieth century to new material onentanglement—this book includes question- andexperiment-filled chapters on: Light as a Wave Light as Particles Atoms and Radioactivity The Principle of Quantum Physics Wave/Particle Duality The Uncertainty Principle Schrödinger (and his Zombie Cat) Entanglement From simple measurements of Planck's constant to testingviolations of Bell's inequalities using entangled photons,Exploring Quantum Physics through Hands-on Projects not onlyimmerses readers in the process of quantum mechanics, it providesinsight into the history of the field—how the theories anddiscoveries apply to our world not only today, but alsotomorrow. By immersing readers in groundbreaking experiments that can beperformed at home, school, or in the lab, this first-ever, hands-onbook successfully demystifies the world of quantum physics for allwho seek to explore it—from science enthusiasts and undergradphysics students to practicing physicists and engineers.
Description : This space adventure series is filled with “moral conundrums, fascinating characters, and pulse-pounding action” (Robert J. Sawyer, author of Starplex). The Morthans consider the human race to be little better than animals—even though they came from humans themselves. Now they are determined to conquer the worlds still controlled by their physical and mental inferiors. Docked for repairs after a harrowing battle with a Morthan ship, Jonathan Korie and his crew discover they have a Morthan imp aboard: a weapon so quick they have no chance of catching it, so clever they have no hope of outsmarting it—and so deadly they have no choice but to try . . . With an introduction by Spider Robinson, this is an exciting space adventure in the Star Wolf series by the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author.
Description : "We are star-met. We are joined. We are blessed. We who have found each other. We are the dream of the ages. We are the hope, the desire. We are love." With this tender and contemplative collection of poetry, multifaceted poet, actor, and director Leonard Nimoy welcomes us into his world of quiet reflection and joyous love. Best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the enormously popular television and film series STAR TREK, Nimoy takes us along with him on a soul-searching journey in which he explores his innermost thoughts, feelings, and fears, exposing love's fragility, warmth, and overwhelming presence in his life. Profoundly mindful of the need all people have to love and be loved, to laugh and to cry, to give as well as to receive comfort and understanding, Nimoy displays a range of complex and varied emotions in this deeply moving compilation. His words capture the tenderness and intimacy between two people standing together, united against any hardship, searching for the light to take them to their dreams, and blessed by the pure and simple delight of having each other to hold and share life with. Written over the course of his lifetime, these poems go deep inside the mind and the heart of a very thoughtful and passionate man to reveal the unfettered happiness, unconditional acceptance, and unmistakable resolve that reside there. Wonderfully insightful and refreshingly candid, A LIFETIME OF LOVE is an enchanting portrait of a life that has been touched in every way by love. In his own words... "We are the dreamers. We are the dancers. Life is the music. Love is the song." - Leonard Nimoy"
Description : A master of science fiction introduces a world where everything is large and the problems of survival even larger in this exciting new novel. Hella is a planet where everything is oversized--especially the ambitions of the colonists. The trees are mile-high, the dinosaur herds are huge, and the weather is extreme--so extreme, the colonists have to migrate twice a year to escape the blistering heat of summer and the atmosphere-freezing cold of winter. Kyle is a neuro-atypical young man, emotionally challenged, but with an implant that gives him real-time access to the colony's computer network, making him a very misunderstood savant. When an overburdened starship arrives, he becomes the link between the established colonists and the refugees from a ravaged Earth. The Hella colony is barely self-sufficient. Can it stand the strain of a thousand new arrivals, bringing with them the same kinds of problems they thought they were fleeing? Despite the dangers to himself and his family, Kyle is in the middle of everything--in possession of the most dangerous secret of all. Will he be caught in a growing political conspiracy? Will his reawakened emotions overwhelm his rationality? Or will he be able to use his unique ability to prevent disaster?
Description : This book examines the forces that shape psychoactive drug use. The approach, informed by poststructuralist semiotics, culture, phenomenology and contemporary theories of affect, illuminates the connections between drugs, bodies, space, economy and crime.
Description : The gap between theoretical ideas and messy reality, as seen in Neal Stephenson, Adam Smith, and Star Trek. We depend on—we believe in—algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It's as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations—the marriage vow, the shaman's curse—do not merely describe the world but make it. Computation casts a cultural shadow that is shaped by this long tradition of magical thinking. In this book, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm—in practical terms, “a method for solving a problem”—has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking. Finn argues that the algorithm deploys concepts from the idealized space of computation in a messy reality, with unpredictable and sometimes fascinating results. Drawing on sources that range from Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash to Diderot's Encyclopédie, from Adam Smith to the Star Trek computer, Finn explores the gap between theoretical ideas and pragmatic instructions. He examines the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, the rise of algorithmic aesthetics at Netflix, Ian Bogost's satiric Facebook game Cow Clicker, and the revolutionary economics of Bitcoin. He describes Google's goal of anticipating our questions, Uber's cartoon maps and black box accounting, and what Facebook tells us about programmable value, among other things. If we want to understand the gap between abstraction and messy reality, Finn argues, we need to build a model of “algorithmic reading” and scholarship that attends to process, spearheading a new experimental humanities.