The Terranauts

The Terranauts
Author: T. C. Boyle
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2016-10-20
ISBN: 140888173X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Terranauts Book Excerpt:

Linda is desperate to be one of the lucky eight chosen to take part in the world's most ambitious ecological experiment. Gazing longingly at Ecosphere II, which rises like a spaceship from the Arizona desert, Linda knows she can survive under its glass dome. Competition is fierce between the hopefuls, among them smooth-talking PR man Ramsay, and Dawn, a naïve beauty. All are certain that they would never, ever, break closure before two years are up – unlike their discredited predecessors. Inside this humid microcosm, the terranauts' labours over crops and livestock, their battles with creepy crawlies, their hostilities and sexual dalliances are all observed by the tourists who come to gawp, Mission Control's cameras and the watchful eye of the media. As the crew struggles to control nature, and hunger sets in, the snake in this Eden starts to look unmistakably human. Inspired by real-life events, The Terranauts is a darkly comic, acutely insightful story of human behaviour, animal instincts, idealism and ambition. Placing utopian visions and individual motives under the microscope, this is T. C. Boyle at his acerbic, pitch-perfect best.

The Terranauts

The Terranauts
Author: T.C. Boyle
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2016-10-25
ISBN: 0062349465
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Terranauts Book Excerpt:

A deep-dive into human behavior in an epic story of science, society, sex, and survival, from one of the greatest American novelists today, T. C. Boyle, the acclaimed, bestselling, author of the PEN/ Faulkner Award–winning World’s End and The Harder They Come. It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, forty miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the "Terranauts," have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. Their sealed, three-acre compound comprises five biomes—rainforest, savanna, desert, ocean, and marsh—and enough wildlife, water, and vegetation to sustain them. Closely monitored by an all-seeing Mission Control, this New Eden is the brainchild of ecovisionary Jeremiah Reed, aka G.C.—"God the Creator"—for whom the project is both an adventure in scientific discovery and a momentous publicity stunt. In addition to their roles as medics, farmers, biologists, and survivalists, his young, strapping Terranauts must impress watchful visitors and a skeptical media curious to see if E2’s environment will somehow be compromised, forcing the Ecosphere’s seal to be broken—and ending the mission in failure. As the Terranauts face increased scrutiny and a host of disasters, both natural and of their own making, their mantra: "Nothing in, nothing out," becomes a dangerously ferocious rallying cry. Told through three distinct narrators—Dawn Chapman, the mission’s pretty, young ecologist; Linda Ryu, her bitter, scheming best friend passed over for E2; and Ramsay Roothorp, E2’s sexually irrepressible Wildman—The Terranauts brings to life an electrifying, pressured world in which connected lives are uncontrollably pushed to the breaking point. With characteristic humor and acerbic wit, T.C. Boyle indelibly inhabits the perspectives of the various players in this survivalist game, probing their motivations and illuminating their integrity and fragility to illustrate the inherent fallibility of human nature itself.

Life Among the Terranauts

Life Among the Terranauts
Author: Caitlin Horrocks
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2021-01-12
ISBN: 9780316316972
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life Among the Terranauts Book Excerpt:

From the rising star and author of the "marvelous" (Wall Street Journal), "enthralling" (New York Times Book Review), and "beautiful" (Washington Post) debut novel The Vexations comes an exciting new story collection for fans of George Saunders and Karen Russell that moves boldly between the real and the surreal. Following her "lyrical and captivating" (Los Angeles Review of Books) first novel, Caitlin Horrocks returns with a much-anticipated second collection of short stories. In her signature, genre-defying style, she explodes our notions of what a story can do and where it can take us. Life Among the Terranauts demonstrates all the energy and inventiveness that won admirers for Horrocks's first collection. In "The Sleep," chosen by Geraldine Brooks for Best American Short Stories, residents of a small town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula decide to hibernate through the bitter winters. In the Saunders-esque title story, half a dozen people move into an experimental biodome known as NovaTerra, only to discover, in terrifying fashion, that a new environment doesn't necessarily mean a fresh start or a better life. And in "Sun City," published in The New Yorker, a young woman meets her grandmother's roommate in the wake of her death and attempts to solve the mystery of whether the two women were lovers. With a startling range of storytelling, Horrocks once again dazzles readers in these absorbing depictions of the real and surreal landscapes of contemporary life. Life Among the Terranauts cements her reputation as one of the premier young writers of our time.

The Year s Best Science Fiction Vol 2

The Year s Best Science Fiction Vol  2
Author: Jonathan Strahan
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2021-09-28
ISBN: 1534449647
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Year s Best Science Fiction Vol 2 Book Excerpt:

The most celebrated science fiction short story editor of our time, multi-award-winning editor and Locus Magazine critic Jonathan Strahan presents the definitive collection of best short science fiction of 2020. With short works from some of the most lauded science fiction authors, as well as rising stars, this science fiction collection displays the top talent and cutting-edge cultural moments that affect our lives, dreams, and stories. These brilliant authors examine the way we live now, our hopes, and struggles, all through the lens of the future. An assemblage of future classics, this star-studded anthology is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the vast and exciting world of science fiction.

The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain
Author: T.C. Boyle
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 368
Release: 1996-09-01
ISBN: 1101042605
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Tortilla Curtain Book Excerpt:

T.C. Boyle’s tragicomic, award-winning novel about assimilation, immigration, and the price of the American dream “A masterpiece of contemporary social satire.” —The Wall Street Journal Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: he a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican immigrants Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.

Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context 4 volumes

Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context  4 volumes
Author: Linda De Roche
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 1348
Release: 2021-06-30
ISBN: 1440853592
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context 4 volumes Book Excerpt:

This four-volume reference work surveys American literature from the early 20th century to the present day, featuring a diverse range of American works and authors and an expansive selection of primary source materials. Bringing useful and engaging material into the classroom, this four-volume set covers more than a century of American literary history—from 1900 to the present. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context profiles authors and their works and provides overviews of literary movements and genres through which readers will understand the historical, cultural, and political contexts that have shaped American writing. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context provides wide coverage of authors, works, genres, and movements that are emblematic of the diversity of modern America. Not only are major literary movements represented, such as the Beats, but this work also highlights the emergence and development of modern Native American literature, African American literature, and other representative groups that showcase the diversity of American letters. A rich selection of primary documents and background material provides indispensable information for student research. Covers significant authors, as well as those neglected by history, and their works from major historical and cultural periods of the last century, including authors writing today Situates authors' works not only within their own canon but also with the historical and cultural context of the U.S. more broadly Positions primary documents after specific authors or works, allowing readers to read excerpts critically in light of the entries Examines literary movements, forms, and genres that also pay special attention to multi-ethnic and women writers

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature
Author: James D. Hart,Wendy Martin,Danielle Hinrichs
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2021-01-21
ISBN: 0192570412
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature Book Excerpt:

For nearly half a century, James D. Hart's Oxford Companion to American Literature has offered a matchless guided tour through American literary culture, both past and present, with brief biographies of important authors, descriptions of important literary movements, and a wealth of information on other aspects of American literary life and history from the Colonial period to the present day. In this second edition of the Concise version, Wendy Martin and Danielle Hinrichs bring the work up to date to more fully reflect the diversity of the subject. Their priorities have been, foremost, to fully represent the impact of writers of color and women writers on the field of American literature, and to increase the usefulness of the work to students of literary theory. To this end, over 230 new entries have been added, including many that cover women authors; Native American, African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and other contemporary ethnic literatures; LGBT, trans, and queer studies; and recent literary movements and evolving areas of contemporary relevance such as eco-criticism, disability studies, whiteness studies, male/masculinity studies, and diaspora studies.

First Cause

First Cause
Author: Paul West
Publsiher: Paul West
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2009-10-08
ISBN: 0615308961
Category: Human-alien encounters
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

First Cause Book Excerpt:

A week after a battery of worldwide explosions, journalist Adam Grey wakes up in the hospital. He pieces together the events leading to his injury, involving a woman named Angela. Confronted with the truth behind the attacks, they–along with the world at large–are forced to reconsider conventional assumptions about human nature and possibility.

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018
Author: Louise Penny,Otto Penzler
Publsiher: Mariner Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2018-10-02
ISBN: 0544949099
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018 Book Excerpt:

An anthology of the best mystery short stories published in 2017 selected by best-selling author Louise Penny.

Terranauts

Terranauts
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1986
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Comic books, strips, etc
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Terranauts Book Excerpt:

Infowhelm

Infowhelm
Author: Heather Houser
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2020-06-16
ISBN: 023154720X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Infowhelm Book Excerpt:

How do artists and writers engage with environmental knowledge in the face of overwhelming information about catastrophe? What kinds of knowledge do the arts produce when addressing climate change, extinction, and other environmental emergencies? What happens to scientific data when it becomes art? In Infowhelm, Heather Houser explores the ways contemporary art manages environmental knowledge in an age of climate crisis and information overload. Houser argues that the infowhelm—a state of abundant yet contested scientific information—is an unexpectedly resonant resource for environmental artists seeking to go beyond communicating stories about crises. Infowhelm analyzes how artists transform the techniques of the sciences into aesthetic material, repurposing data on everything from butterfly migration to oil spills and experimenting with data collection, classification, and remote sensing. Houser traces how artists ranging from novelist Barbara Kingsolver to digital memorialist Maya Lin rework knowledge traditions native to the sciences, entangling data with embodiment, quantification with speculation, precision with ambiguity, and observation with feeling. Their works provide new ways of understanding environmental change while also questioning traditional distinctions between types of knowledge. Bridging the environmental humanities, digital media studies, and science and technology studies, this timely book reveals the importance of artistic medium and form to understanding environmental issues and challenges our assumptions about how people arrive at and respond to environmental knowledge.

Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In
Author: T. C. Boyle
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-04-09
ISBN: 1526604663
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Outside Looking In Book Excerpt:

One family's adventures in LSD: the brilliantly strange new novel from the mind of 'one of the most inventive, adventurous and accomplished fiction writers in the US today' (Lionel Shriver) Chosen as a Book of the Year 2019 by the Herald It is Harvard in the early 1960s. Just off campus, Dr Timothy Leary plays host for his PhD students, laying on a spread of cocktails, pizza and LSD. Among the guests is Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology student, and his librarian wife Joanie. Married young, and both diligently and unglamorously toiling to support their son, they are not the sort of people one would expect to be seduced by the nascent drug culture. But their nights on LSD prove so extraordinary – so revelatory, so earth-shattering, so downright seductive – that Fitzhugh and Joanie are soon captive to the whims of the charismatic and subversive Dr Tim. Follow Fitzhugh and Joanie on their quest for transcendence, as sultry Mexican nights at Hotel Catalina give way to a ramshackle mansion in upstate New York, where thirty devotees – students, wives and children – play out the final act of a terrible, beautiful experiment. Join us, won't you? It's going to be one hell of a trip.

The Terranauts

The Terranauts
Author: T. Coraghessan Boyle
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016
ISBN: 9780062656025
Category: Science fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Terranauts Book Excerpt:

Linda is desperate to be one of the lucky eight chosen to take part in the world's most pioneering ecological experiment. Gazing longingly at Ecosphere II, which rises like a spaceship from the Arizona desert, Linda knows she can survive under its glass dome. Competition is fierce between the hopefuls, among them smooth-talking PR man Ramsay and Dawn, a naive beauty. All are certain that they would never, ever, break closure before two years are up - unlike their discredited predecessors. Inside this humid microcosm, the terranauts' labour over crops and livestock, their battles with creepy crawlies, their hostilities and sexual dalliances - all are observed by the tourists who come to gawp, Mission Control's cameras and the watchful eye of the media

Narratives of Scale in the Anthropocene

Narratives of Scale in the Anthropocene
Author: Gabriele Dürbeck,Philip Hüpkes
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2021-07-26
ISBN: 1000432483
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Narratives of Scale in the Anthropocene Book Excerpt:

The Anthropocene concept draws attention to the various forms of entanglement of social, political, ecological, biological and geological processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The ensuing complexity and ambiguity create manifold challenges to widely established theories, methodologies, epistemologies and ontologies. The contributions to this volume engage with conceptual issues of scale in the Anthropocene with a focus on mediated representation and narrative. They are centered around the themes of scale and time, scale and the nonhuman and scale and space. The volume presents an interdisciplinary dialogue between sociology, geography, political sciences, history and literary, cultural and media studies. Together, they contribute to current debates on the (re-)imagining of forms of human responsibility that meet the challenges created by humanity entering an age of scalar complexity. Chapter 3 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003136989

The Happening Worlds of John Brunner

The Happening Worlds of John Brunner
Author: Joe De Bolt
Publsiher: Port Washington, N.Y. : Kennikat Press
Total Pages: 216
Release: 1975
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Science fiction, English
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Happening Worlds of John Brunner Book Excerpt:

Drop City

Drop City
Author: T. C. Boyle
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2011-07-01
ISBN: 140882681X
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Drop City Book Excerpt:

It is the seventies, at the height of flower power. Star has just joined Drop City, a hippie commune in sunny California living the simple, natural life. But underneath the drugs, music and transcendent bliss, she slowly discovers tensions and sexual rivalries that threaten to split the community apart. A world away in Boynton, a tiny town in the interior of Alaska, Sess Harder, a pioneer who actually does live off the land, hunting, trapping and fishing, yearns for someone to share the harsh winters with him. When the authorities threaten to close down Drop City, the hippies abandon camp and head up north to Alaska, the last frontier. But neither they nor the inhabitants of Boynton are completely prepared for each other - and as the two communities collide, unexpected friendships and dangerous enmities are born.

St James Guide to Science Fiction Writers

St  James Guide to Science Fiction Writers
Author: Jay P. Pederson,H. Bruce Franklin,Robert Reginald
Publsiher: Detroit, MI : St. James Press
Total Pages: 1175
Release: 1996
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

St James Guide to Science Fiction Writers Book Excerpt:

Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of prominent science-fiction authors, written by subject experts.

The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Author: James E. Gunn
Publsiher: New York, N.Y. : Viking
Total Pages: 560
Release: 1988
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Book Excerpt:

Distinguished, authoritative contributors present a comprehensive, up-to-date, illustrated reference that covers all aspects of its subject, from science-fiction's nine-teenth-century beginnings to cyberpunk, from Nemo to Kirk

How the One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

How the One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
Author: Cherie Jones
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-01-05
ISBN: 9780316536981
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How the One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House Book Excerpt:

A debut novel in the tradition of Zadie Smith and Marlon James, from a brilliant Caribbean writer, set in Barbados, about four people each desperate to escape their legacy of violence in a so-called "paradise." In Baxter Beach, Barbados, moneyed ex-pats clash with the locals who often end up serving them: braiding their hair, minding their children, and selling them drugs. Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the Baxter Beach mansions sets off a chain of events with terrible consequences. A gunshot no one was meant to witness. A new mother whose baby is found lifeless on the beach. A woman torn between two worlds and incapacitated by grief. And two men driven by desperation and greed who attempt a crime that will risk their freedom -- and their lives.

Talk to Me

Talk to Me
Author: T. C. Boyle
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-05-20
ISBN: 1526630036
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Talk to Me Book Excerpt:

How far would you go to save someone you love? And what if that someone was ... not exactly human? Guy Schermerhorn, brilliant young professor of psychology and disciple of the pioneering Dr Moncrieff, is making a name for himself on the talk show circuit with an unusual protégé in tow: a chimp by the name of Sam. Sam lives in Guy's apartment, wears diapers and neckties, devours pizza and Macdonalds – and, through Guy's careful training, can communicate through sign language. But living with Sam is wreaking havoc on Guy's personal life, and when shy, meek undergraduate Aimee Villard volunteers to take on babysitting for him, he can't believe his luck. Aimee and Sam have an immediate rapport, and before Guy knows it she's moved in, proudly devoting herself to Sam's care and Guy's project. Aimee has never known purpose and happiness like this; but when Guy's funding is imperilled, and Sam is taken away by the sinister Moncrief, her world falls apart. Aimee discovers just how far she'll go to, and just what she'll risk, to be united with the chimp she's come to love so much.