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To a distant state of mind. On our clear Saturday afternoon, and what goes way back to the hotel, we stopped at May better with a glass of wine than chocolate? It is the social gatherings. I recommend buying a vanilla ice cream and syrup, and Bananas souvenir, if even just a postcard to put on Foster French Toast at Stanley Restaurant your refrigerator, to remember your trip. The last time after checking out and I took a carriage ride before Ubering back was probably about home. However, when staycation Downtown at least you are on holiday with nowhere to be, once; you can book a trip any time of it is as charmingly rustic as it is romantic.

Weekend getaways or week-long trips are both ideal if you find the right place. Below are three great spots to get outside and stay cool this summer. Joe, Florida The middle of the Florida Panhandle. Accessibility: The drive is a little mundane, and you need to be paying attention to notice the sign on the right side of the road to turn into the park. Unique Unknowns: The secluded beach yields water on all sides of the tent sites, but most are tucked into the woods away from the view.

Try and get the campsites closest to the parking lot or you will have to pack in lots of weight over soft, white sand for one to three miles. This location is perfect for a long weekend away from responsibilities, jobs, and technology. Make sure you stop by the Indian. Pass Raw Bar on the way out of town. Accessibility: Easily accessible from New Orleans via a picturesque drive, much like going to Key West.

Unique Unknowns: The Gulf water is the color of Guinness. If you are an outsider, you will stand out immediately to the 1, inhabitants when you enter the town. The state park takes up the eastern point and Gulf-side of the island. The beach camping is by far the best, with a view directly outside your tent. Buy your seafood from Dean Blanchard on Oak Street for the freshest seafood straight from the boat. Just remember that a majority of places have an abundance of live shrimp, but not much else.

Accessibility: Easily accessible via highway over Mobile Bay. Friendly campers, but cramped layout. One thing to remember: The island has a host of sites to visit, from Audubon Bird. Sanctuary to Ft. Gaines to the Mobile Bay Ferry. Retirees settle here in their RVs and campers, and the maximum stay is between four and six months. Expect a traditional Southern feel on the island with fried seafood and cold beer everywhere. The cool breeze and scenic views have kept generations of outdoor enthusiasts coming back for more.

Essence Festival has arrived. Every year, Essence led to the release of faced a tumultuous rise to fame, has a star-studded lineup of his anticipated tragically losing two of their musicians and actors, as well as album, Sum of My members along the way. As celebrities simply here to enjoy Music.

Fantasia create a chart-topping album The Essence Fest is four Mainstage, with a single that has become a days long and will include artists Sunday timeless hit. While about heartbreak and to the music world creating love many artists are in such high demand self-empowerment with her songs and heartbreak anthems that that they return for their Essence fans unique sound.

Four albums and people are still singing today. While Janet performed at the New Orleans Arena during her world tour, the tour was short-lived due to her pregnancy, leaving many of her fans disappointed. After viewing her recent performance, it is clear that Janet is back in full swing.

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Kids can enjoy karting and VR activities. Adults get the chance to drive cars, such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis, on the track and enjoy beer from a wide variety of vendors not at the same time, obviously. Saturday, July 7 p. The annual travelling event promises an out-of-this-world experience with cabaret performances, cuisine, and music revolving around the theme of Art Deco. Saturday, June 10 a. Featuring everything from musical performances from artists like Dustin Sonnier and the Wanted and Richard LeBouef to frozen t-shirt contests, this festival is sure to have something for even the casual watermelon fan.

Wednesday, July 4: p. Entrance is free and open to the public. Mandeville Saturday, July p. New Orleans, Metairie, and Baton Rouge martinwine. Saturday, June 10 p. Pioneer of the big-beat genre, Crystal Method is bringing its tour to New Orleans. Marine Forces Reserve Band Live! Sunday, July 1: 3 p. Tuesday, July 3 - 7 p. The band has performed at events ranging from military ceremonies to Mardi Gras parades. Saturday, July a. Sunday, July 11 a. However, instead of real bulls, this event has participants being chased by the Big Easy Rollergirls and other skaters.

The event will also have over 50 restaurants participating and music provided by Groovy 7. ORG WhereYat. Then, when they all realized that this new land was prone to flooding, hurricanes, yellow fever, and drainage problems, they most likely comforted themselves with another drink or two. Or drank to deal with it. Or just drank. The invention of jazz music? It mainly developed in Storyville bars. The Saints? Around 18, drinks served in the Superdome every game.

Our many culinary delicacies? They taste even better with a cocktail. Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras, festivals? But what is it that New Orleanians have been drinking since the beginning of time, and why? Here is a look at years of cocktails in New Orleans. They say that back in , a man named Antoine Amedie Peychaud owned a little apothecary on Royal Street. He was best-known for. The Cognac in the drink was soon replaced by cheaper and more accessible American rye whiskey, just as the ailing patients drinking the elixir were soon replaced by thirsty patrons and cocktail connoisseurs of all sorts.

Allegedly, as cocktails became more sophisticated and complicated, many folks harkened back to the early days of the classic simplicity of drinks such as the Sazerac. It is made with rye whiskey, bitters, a spritz of absinthe often Herbsaint on the glass, and a lemon peel garnish. Yet this extensive list of ingredients is not the least of what makes this cocktail so labor-intensive, complicated, and bartenderinfuriating. This sort of consistent, long-term shaking is painful, exhausting, and time-consuming.

While in some bars, the brawn and brute upper body strength of these bartenders has been replaced by mechanical shaking machines some places even resort to using. Former Louisiana governor Huey P. Long loved his Gin Fizzes so much, he brought a New Orleans bartender up to the New Yorker Hotel with him to instruct folks there how to make a proper one, so that Huey could enjoy his favorite cocktail during his frequent visits to New York City. In , the Roosevelt Hotel called the Hotel Grunewald at the time trademarked the Ramos Gin Fizz, and their Sazerac Bar still shakes up many of these cocktails daily.

It was meant to front as an ordinary, kid-. Though his Grasshopper only won him the second-place ribbon, Guichet found quite an audience. Extending far beyond the cocktail realm, the Grasshopper has also become a common variety of cookie and other dessert. A New Orleans version of the Old Fashioned, the cocktail is composed of several ingredients, which are meant to represent some of the many cultures that have helped make New Orleans great. Just like the city itself, the drink has a mix of French Cognac and Benedictine , Italian sweet vermouth , American rye whiskey , African Angostura. As it was during World War II, many things were rationed, and this included whiskey.

Rum, however—for some strange reason—was readily available. In fact, rum was so plentiful that it became a bargaining chip.

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Liquor salesmen would only sell a single case of whiskey to those bar- and restaurantowners desperate enough to purchase 50 cases of rum as part of the same deal. They liked the drink so much, no one even missed the whiskey, and the Hurricane in both its forms has become an integral part of New Orleans history. The potent neon-green drink was created during the Louisiana World Exposition as the signature cocktail of the newly established Tropical Isle bar, and is only available today at one of the Tropical Isle locations or the Funky Pirate bar, all Bourbon Street establishments.

The exact contents of the Hand Grenade are a carefully guarded secret, but the folks at. From its easy-drinking taste to its high-alcohol punch, the Hand Grenade is the bomb. These few cocktails are really just the tip of the ice sphere. The cocktail scene here continues to develop and transform.

There are new drinks continuously popping up on cocktail menus everywhere. In New Orleans, we have a very vivid cocktail history, but the future also looks bright. And very boozy. She cultivates a homestyle. We wish we were suave like James Bond and had a running knowledge to infiltrate any conversation. We are dads taking our daughters to winetasting classes for their birthdays, young professionals taking the next steps beyond college-centric wine Barefoot so we can host dinners, or older individuals looking to expand our knowledge and impress friends at lunch or dinner.

You get the point. New Orleans has the right vibe for Melissa. Everyone who works there is passionate about wine and spirits. Most cork smells like cork. More important is whether or not the cork is dry. The best way to get to know the wine is to taste it. When you order the wine, ask them to taste for soundness—a.

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In the wine world, it is speaking solely about residual sugar. Tons of people equate fruit with sweet. We talked about the grape and its origins. I geeked out just a little bit. He decided to go with the Trousseau, but seemed a little unsure. I opened the wine for him and poured a taste.

The minute he tasted it, I could just tell that he loved it. To this day, it is one of my favorite wine experiences. Watching people enjoy a bottle of wine they truly love is an amazing feeling, especially when you helped them get there. From the Windsor Court to Stella! Drinking wine with him is unpretentious, fun, and always a treat to see what he brings to a party. After a few years of selling wine, wine became more of a passion. Having never traveled to a foreign. Almost like drinking Coca-Cola and eating ketchup.

So much sugar and sweetness. That was the way my palate was calibrated. Trefethen, Napa Valley Chardonnay. German Rieslings from the Mosel. And if that is the case, look for a wet cardboard smell. Is it really necessary? Swirling is also really fun, and practice makes perfect. Swirl clockwise for a few seconds and then smell. Smelling is actually more important than tasting.

About 90 percent of tasting is smelling. If a wine is great wine, sometimes I will just smell it for a while—really enjoying it before drinking it. I can see that. I always learn from what they experience. Wine is a great way to enjoy food and friends. Remember, the most important thing is to drink what you like. Getting sunburned just once every two years can increase the risk of DNA damage that can lead to cells growing uncontrollably.

This condition is known as melanoma cancer. Even slightly burned skin is considered to be damaged. New Orleans lies in a humid, subtropical climate and receives more UV radiation than most other southern cities. Shockingly, the rates of melanoma cancer in Louisiana are lower than the national average.

According to Louisiana Cancer Prevention, from to , 2. Despite having a lower melanoma rate, Louisianans should take precautions to avoid sunburns. African American men and women are less at risk of developing melanoma, but they are less likely to survive than other ethnicities if they are diagnosed with it. The famed reggae singer Bob Marley, a native of Jamaica, succumbed to acral lentiginous melanoma when he was 36 years old. People of all ethnicities are advised to wear sunscreen and have regular skin screenings by a dermatologist for suspicious moles.

When choosing a sunscreen, take into consideration your level of activity. For example, if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun and are likely to sweat, a sunblock containing physical UV ray-blockers like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide would provide you with more protection. Sunscreens and sunblocks that are labeled broad-spectrum should have more robust. Apply sunblock half an hour before going outside, and reapply it every two hours or after heavy sweating and swimming.

In , state lawmakers introduced a bill to allow school children to bring sunscreen to school, and Governor Jon Bell Edwards passed the bill into law. The bill was passed with help from people who are passionate about spreading the word about melanoma prevention. Lauren wore sunscreen regularly and never tanned in a tanning bed, yet she was diagnosed with stage III melanoma when she was in her mids.

Although she went into remission a year later, the cancer still eventually returned. She passed away in from stage IV melanoma after it metastasized to her vital organs. Sarah created the foundation to bring awareness to the masses about protecting their skin from the sun and getting checked for abnormal moles regularly. It brings home the fact that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U. In addition to sunscreen, certain clothing is designed to block harmful UV rays from your skin.

Darker clothing with tighter weaves blocks more sunrays. It is advisable to wear sunscreen under your clothes for added protection. Your eyes can develop cataracts and macular degeneration if exposed to strong UV rays for years. Babies should also be protected from the sun with hats, sunglasses, and lots of shade. Anyone can pick up a mesh bag of popsicles from the grocery store, but it takes time and effort to make a fun dish or drink to share, and as we all know, the more energy you put into something, the more it tells about you.

When you plop down a plate of lime-chili tacos at a work potluck, what personal secrets are you betraying to those people? Prepare carefully! Grilled Steak Kebabs: You like to savor the process of things. You value spending time with family and get pleasure in the little things. But sometimes you try to do too much and stretch yourself too thin. Focus on what you can control and let go of the rest.

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos: You own a lot of hats. Too many even. They do! You often succeed, but at what personal cost? Caprese Salad: You simple, perfect bitch. That kind of thing. Lemon Cake: You have a great relationship with your dad, but you should be a little more empathetic to your mom. Lavender Lemonade: You have a very high opinion of yourself, but you also have a very high opinion of all your friends, so it balances out. Rage consumes you, but then you quickly realize that you are no longer Big Easy-living. Yes, other cities may be exciting in their own ways, but New Orleans knows the key to enjoying life and all its guilty pleasures.

This ties into how people eat, drink, dance, and mingle, and brunching here is no different. The one-ofa-kind brunch culture is a thriving business. From Mr. The Court of Two. Any place where debauchery can last for 24 hours is a place where hangover cures need to be in abundance. Casual brunching in New Orleans is a newer phenomenon and quite pleasant when you just want to informally enjoy a hardy brunch with your friends and family.

Some of the more popular beverages include the Bloody. Some places really let you indulge. Just know, brunch without booze is simply a late breakfast. The more popular locations usually include long lines and hour-long waits. Usually the events continue on to another location that can include anything from a bar to a festival, day party, or even another restaurant. How long? They also own Red Truck Gallery also in the French Quarter , which explains the interior's eclectic design.

Deanie's opened its original restaurant in Bucktown Metry in , and the second French Quarter location opened in The new Deanie's in the Irish Channel is open for lunch and dinner. Carrollton Avenue. He recently left Bywater Bakery, the overnight sensation created by baker Chaya Conrad.

At Revel, owner Chris McMillian is giving DeBarr the freedom he desires to create his own unique seasonal menu to pair with McMillian's spectacular cocktails.

For example, the traditional Philly Cheesesteak with American, provolone, and cheddar whiz sauce is also made with steak seitan wheat gluten and vegan cheddar. Located in a building that's over two centuries old,. Open daily from 4 p. How can so many places feed so few? La Provence, the prominent Northshore restaurant in Lacombe, has shuttered its doors. Chef and co-owner Eric Hunter purchased the restaurant from chef John Besh about a year ago, but was unable to garner enough business to keep it going. Charles Avenue closed late in May. According to Nola.

Smokehouse Grill, the BBQ spot in Bucktown that opened less than a year ago, recently announced on its Facebook page that it has closed. Though no one is sure why it had to close, Smokehouse Grill's. According to The Advocate, owner Ray Movahed is gladly retiring after so long in the sandwich biz. Charles Avenue has closed its doors. A national chain based in Tampa, the restaurant had been in business for 13 years. We bid it a fondue farewell! Just across St. Claude Avenue from St. The Spotted Cat club on Frenchmen Street remains open.

Finally, the modern American bistro Rue , launched eight years ago on N. Carrollton Avenue, recently served its last meal. Community efforts towards the area's commercial and residential revitalization are happening slowly, but surely, and restaurateurs have already taken advantage of the forward momentum. The authentic cuisine has driven fans from all over the city to indulge, whether it's at breakfast for huevos rancheros and chilaquilles, or lunch for a heady plate of her roasted chicken mole poblano or mouthwatering tender carnitas.

Just down the road a piece is the Laurel Street Bakery. In the morning, you'll feast on homemade bagels and spreads—try a marble rye with sundried tomato cream cheese or a cinnamon raisin with dates and honey—. A little over a year ago, Marcus Jacobs and Caitlin Carney, a couple of Herbsaint alums, launched this hip little joint, serving Southeast Asian-inspired barbecue. Cortez to a newly refurbished building right across the street from Marjie's Grill. It would be a mistake to walk away from Broad Street without mentioning the tasty.

Enjoy great appetizers, soups, and salads, too. Try their deli classics like the Reuben and great bagel sandwiches. Those familiar with their Jazz Fest fare, such as Poulet Fricassee and Jama-Jama, can imagine the wonders emanating from their kitchen. They have plenty of daily specials, and breakfast is available all day. Try their outstanding seafood entrees, like the seared scallops with Gulf shrimp and black drum. Also try their burgers, wraps, salads, and famous fries. Enjoy classics like country fried steak, shrimp and grits, and po-boys.

I Service Road E. Try one of their famous Bloody Marys. Multiple locations daisydukesrestaurant. Enjoy their handcrafted beers on the patio and a menu featuring elegant entrees like steak or salmon and casual fare like burgers. Brewery tours are available. Try their thick, juicy cheeseburger, or pair the Harbor Wings with a frosty draft beer. Staples include slow-cooked pork and braised lamb. Try one of their popular chef's creations, incluidng the amazing No-Name Roll with tuna, eel, salmon, and snow crab.. Harahan Mikimoto knows sushi and many other forms of Japanese cuisine.

Start with Crabstick Tempura or delicious shrimp. Their extensive sushi menu includes creative specialty rolls. They have a vast appetizer menu as well. Come for breakfast and one of their awesome omelettes, or for bar staples like chicken wings and burgers. They serve lunch and dinner daily, brunch every weekend, and Happy Hour weekdays from p. Pets welcome! Start with a plate of nachos and follow it with po-boys, burgers, sandwiches, or ribs.

Royal St. They also have a seafood bar, so slurp some Gulf oysters. Try the burgers, too. He is a major figure in national and international affairs. The President of the United States trusts his friendship and advice above all others. He's also an alien being from a far world, from another existence, and he has set his own agenda for the future of OUR world. With humankind surviving underground in the twenty-fifth-century's last city, a courageous man journeys back in time into Cuba's history to try to alter the past and stop the worldwide conflagration that would leave Earth a nuclear wasteland.

After a youth spent trapped in space exile, Jeff Font returned to Earth to seek vengeance against the planetary mogul who had framed and destroyed his family. Jeff's plans backfired: He was captured, drugged, rammed through a computerized court system, convicted. REVIEW An interesting bunch of thoughts about the future of bio-engineering, nano-tech, surveillance, national security, and artificial intelligence all rolled together in a rather mysterious, and for some of the characters, dangerous mix that leaves them confused and wiser.

The Amazon summary doesn't do it justice. This is a not to off-the-wall speculation about what could happen if our national security apparatus gets everything it wants. An interesting read. Anders Jensen is having a bad month. When everything is spiraling out of control, though, maybe those are exactly the kind of friends you need.

In a world divided between the genetically engineered elite and the unmodified masses, Anders is an anomaly: engineered, but still broke and living next to a crack house. Frenetic and audacious, Three Days in April is a speculative thriller that raises an important question: once humanity goes down the rabbit hole, can it ever find its way back? Daneel Olivaw The R. Based in a far future society where humanity lives in giant enclosed cities; where exposure to the outside it terrifying - the 2 characters must work together to solve a murder mystery that implies one of two impossible conclusions: That a human walked outside in the open OR that a robot committed murder.

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer.

The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot--and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

But as it typical with time travel plots - difficult to unwind once changes are set in motion. One of Isaac Asimov's SF masterpieces, this stand-alone novel is a monument of the flowering of SF in the twentieth century. It is widely regarded as Asimov's single best SF novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future.

One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs. Unfortunately, they are caught. Harlan's punishment? His next assignment: Kill the woman he loves before the paradox they have created results in the destruction of Eternity. The theory predicts the fall of civilization and a long period of Dark Ages.

Given this information can we shorten the length of the Dark Ages by setting up a planet - Foundation - that will bring light back to the universe and shorten the time of darkness. For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future--to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire--both scientists and scholars--and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

He calls his sanctuary the Foundation. But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun--or fight them and be destroyed. This book tells the tale of the Foundations survival.. The mystery deepens.. Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets?

This book has nothing to do with the Will Smith movie of the same name, other than the three laws. The Will Smith movie is a story unto itself.. These stories are great and a good exploration of what Asimov thought robots could do and would become when governed by the three laws. With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior.

In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.

A human and a robot need to cooperated to solve another murder on a planet where humans never actually have any contact with each other. Each lives on a giant estate surrounded by robots who cater to their every need. The mystery? Since a robot could not have done it, it must have been a human; but no humans ever interact personally?

And why would a robot not have stopped the attack? A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R.

Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection. Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on. Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities: Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots--unthinkable under the laws of Robotics--or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence! It makes him a dangerous man, though he doesn't realize it.

It is the year 12, G. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future. Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire I recommend it.

The Rest of the Robots is the third timeless, amazing and amusing volume of Isaac Asimov's robot stories, offering golden insights into robot thought processes. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics have since been programmed into real computers the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and used as the outline for a legal robotic charter in Korea. Is it Tony's fault that the lady of the house where he's field tested falls in love with him? Instead, he's loose in the mountains of Virginia So why is Dr Susan Calvin, the world's top robopsychologist, fascinated by this messed up specimen of an industrial robot?

Interesting to read how they come together. Isaac Asmiov's classic novel about the decline and fall of Solaria. Gladia Delmarre's homeworld, the Spacer planet Solaria, has been abandoned - by its human population. Countless robots remain there. And when traders from Settler worlds attempt to salvage them, the robots of Solaria turn to killing Now the conscience-stricken robots are faced with an even greater challenge. Either the sacred Three Laws of Robotics are in ruins - or a new, superior Law must be established to bring peace to the galaxy.

With Madam Gladia and D. Baley - the captain of the Settler traders and a descendant of the robots' friend Elijah Baley - Daneel and Giskard travel to the robot stronghold of Solaria This is a classic that everyone should read if you want to understand the history of science fiction. And it is damn entertaining like all of Asimov. A millennium into the future two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain.

Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime.

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There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance. Orion should never have been sent into orbit - its deadly nuclear cargo was in violation of the most sacred international agreements. Now the General Orbital Decay Syndrome was bringing the satellite down, decades ahead of schedule, and out of control.

If it landed in any of hundred trouble spots on Earth, it could start a war. A war. With Bugs. The Tzen, fierce warriors, master strategists, and reptiles, and the Enemy, savage conquerors, brilliant technicians, and insects, fight their fiercest battle yet. International conglomerates plot a complete domination of the free world, facing off against world governments, who want only freedom, in a calculated and vicious battle of wits and profit. The pun of the title gives you a hint of what to expect, and it continues pretty much throughout. Meet the soldiers of Captain Willard Phule's Company--a handful of military rejects able to do more damage before 9 A.

Threatened by an alien enemy, Earth's military sends Phule and his soldiers to a distant planet. But now, the aliens have chosen a new target of war. Phule's Company. Be all that you can be: clumsy, inane, sloppy, reckless, idiotic. Phule's Company is the laughingstock of the military. Their latest mission: to guard an intergalactic casino from an unlikely criminal takeover The odds are against the oddballs. Kenneth "Kit" Carson was one of the best time scouts in the business. Nowadays, Kit prefers to be a hotelier at Time Terminal He has sworn off gallivanting through the centuries.

Kit might take an occasional consulting fee to keep his hand in, but no more travel--until his granddaughter takes a trip through an unauthorized Gate and winds up lost in time. There is no continuation of the story. Really, this needed a sequal, but I have not found it. Don't read this unless you want to be frustrated at an incomplete tale. A starship on a circuit to service earth's colonies is sabotaged and winds up irrevocably lost in space.

The only option is to find a habitable planet to live on. Aboard the ship is a contingent of convicts bound for a prison planet, an army company rotating to one of the colony worlds, government officials and scientists going or coming from the colonies, a contingent of prospective colonists going out to pioneer and a miscellany of other passengers.

A crew of two hundred fifty is now responsible for a thousand people after they finally find a new world to settle on. Add in a mad captain, combative convicts and some unworldly aliens and it becomes all that acting Captain Travis Callahan can handle-and then some! The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist.

Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender. Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction. A fairly good read. In late , Daybreak, a movement of post-apocalyptic eco-saboteurs, smashed modern civilization to its knees.

In the losing, hopeless struggle against Daybreak, Heather O'Grainne, a one-time minor bureaucrat and former Federal agent, rose to become a vital leader in the struggle to restore civilization. That story was told in Directive Now Heather's story continues in Daybreak Zero. In the summer of , she leads a tiny organization of scientists, spies, scouts, entrepreneurs, engineers, dreamers, and daredevils based in Pueblo, Colorado. Both of the almost-warring governments of the United States have charged them with an all but impossible mission: find a way to put the world back together.

But Daybreak's triumph has flung the world back centuries in technology, politics, and culture. Pro-Daybreak Tribals openly celebrate ending the world as we know it. Army regiments have to fight their way in and out of Pennsylvania. The Earth's environment is saturated with plastic-devouring biotes and electronics-corroding nanoswarm. A leftover Daybreak device drops atom bombs from the moon on any outpost of the old civilization it can spot.

Confined to her base in Pueblo to give birth to her first child, Heather recruits and monitors a coterie of tech wizards, tough guys, and modern-day frontier scouts: a handful of heroes to patrol a continent. All the news is bad: Tribals have overrun Indiana and Illinois The last working aircraft carrier sits helplessly out in the Indian Ocean, not daring to come closer to land The crash of one of the last working airplanes kills a vital industrialist Tribals try to force appeasement on the Provi government while the Temper government faces a rebellion of religious fanatics Seventeen states are lost to the Tribals as California drifts into secession and hereditary monarchy Everywhere, Provis and Tempers lurch toward civil war.

Heather's agents may be brave, smart, and daring, but can they be enough? For the sake of everything from her newborn son to her dying nation, can she forge them into a the weapon that can at last win the world back from the overwhelming, malevolent force of Daybreak? Her success or failure may change everything for the next thousand years, beginning from Daybreak Zero. The ship is huge and the science is good, but the book is just not that compelling. Sorry, but another non-recommend. It's the year The oceans have risen rapidly, and soon the entire planet will be submerged.

But the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away gives those who remain alive hope. Only a few will be able to make the journey-Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates. If she makes the cut, she will live. If not, she will be left to face a watery death The Earth is flooding.

Some people are trying to get off. Big boring tragedy. Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this. The world they have returned to has been transformed-by water. And the water is rising.

In all 3 of the Manifold books, Baxter explores the Fermi Paradox. No faster than light travel needed. There are plenty of reasons we might not see them; and most of those reasons are extremely frightening. Catastrophe follows. While coastlands flood by the new gravitational forces, millions of people die.

Scientists scramble desperately to understand what is on the big red moon and how it got there. For Malenfant and Emma, a reckless flight in a T above the sun-baked continent sends them colliding with a great wheel in the sky. And Reid Malenfant is back in Texas, reliving the plane crash, looking up at the red moon, and knowing in his heart that Emma is there. Emma is there, beginning a journey of survival that is both horrific and fascinating, utterly familiar and totally beyond comprehension. Malenfant, teamed with a Japanese scientist named Nemoto, will get his chance to rescue his wife.

But neither can foresee the extraordinary adventures that await them. Stephen Baxter's Manifold novels have struck the world of science fiction like a meteor. Heralded by Arthur Clark as "a major new talent," Baxter stands time and space on their collective heads, envisions the future reflected in the past, and the past in the galaxy's most distant reaches and unformed speculations.

In the year a red moon appears in the Earth's orbit: brooding, multitextured, beautiful, and alive. Now Emma has awakened in a strange, Earthlike world, among physically powerful, primitive creatures who share humankind's features and desires but lack the human mind. It takes place on a moon that has all the various human hominid ancestors living at the same time. How they live and interact is the most disturbing aspect of this book ex. One group attacks another as food and there is a graphic description of an infant being torn apart while still alive and eaten. To everyone else. Stay away!!!

The year is Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, Reid Malenfant ventures to the far edge of the solar system, where he discovers a strange artifact left behind by an alien civilization: A gateway that functions as a kind of quantum transporter, allowing virtually instantaneous travel over the vast distances of interstellar space.

What lies on the other side of the gateway? Malenfant decides to find out. Yet he will soon be faced with an impossible choice that will push him beyond terror, beyond sanity, beyond humanity itself.

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Meanwhile on Earth the Japanese scientist Nemoto fears her worst nightmares are coming true. And the next chilling cycle is set to begin again. One of the theories presented in the novel is pretty depressing. So is the other. Once you get the point you have to wonder if Baxter isn't onto something. Basically this book, like the first in this series deals with Fermi's Paradox which basically says, if there is other life in the universe, the odds that they are not already here is astronomical He deals with expanding civilizations and how they would take over the galaxy Basically, as a civilization expands due to population pressure, it will wipe out any lesser civilization in its way - that being us.

The other theory he offers and right at the end of the book explains why we have yet to see this happen - and talk about depressing - spin a couple of neutron stars at the center of the galaxy in unstable orbits You think you can handle this long deep book with some of the oddest twists and turns I have ever seen like how to get along with Neanderthal's who happen to be living on Jupiter's Moon IO well..

I liked it, though I think it could have been a tad more direct. More than a century of ecological damage, industrial and technological expansion, and unchecked population growth has left the Earth on the brink of devastation. As the world's governments turn inward, one man dares to envision a bolder, brighter future. That man, Reid Malenfant, has a very different solution to the problems plaguing the planet: the exploration and colonization of space. Now Malenfant gambles the very existence of time on a single desperate throw of the dice. Battling national sabotage and international outcry, as apocalyptic riots sweep the globe, he builds a spacecraft and launches it into deep space.

The odds are a trillion to one against him. Or are they? I read this one. But I cannot recall it. Re-reading the plot summary - Holy Cow - This is one complicated plot. Perhaps I should give it a re-read? Michael Poole's wormholes constructed in the orbit of Jupiter had opened the galaxy to humankind. Then Poole tried looping a wormhole back on itself, tying a knot in space and ripping a hole in time. Poole was never seen again. Then from far in the future, from a time so distant that the stars themselves were dying embers, came an urgent SOS--and a promise.

The universe was doomed, but humankind was not. Poole had stumbled upon an immense artifact, light-years across, fabricated from the very string of the cosmos. It gave me an idea that I started to write in my own novel yet to be finished. Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring.

Then a major discovery high in the Alps --the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family--reveals a shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up. The 21st century was on the brink of nuclear confrontation when the kilometer-long stone flashed out of nothingness and into Earth's orbit. For the Stone was from space--but perhaps not our space; it came from the future--but perhaps not our future; and within the hollowed asteroid was Thistledown. The remains of a vanished civilization.

A human--English, Russian, and Chinese-speaking--civilization. Seven vast chambers containing forests, lakes, rivers, hanging cities And museums describing the Death; the catastrophic war that was about to occur; the horror and the long winter that would follow. But while scientists and politicians bickered about how to use the information to stop the Death, the Stone yielded a secret that made even Earth's survival pale into insignificance.

Earth and destroy them so they are not a threat to their ancient and possibly extinct creators. Not hiding, not turned black, but gone. A cinder cone was left off the map. Could it be new? Or, stranger yet, could it be artificial? In The Forge of God, award-winning author Greg Bear describes the final days of the world on both a massive, scientific scale and in the everyday, emotional context of individual human lives. Facing the destruction of all they know, some people turn to God, others to their families, and a few turn to saviors promising escape from a planet being torn apart.

Will they make it in time? And who gets left behind to experience the last moments of beauty and chaos on earth? REVIEW The book is so oddly written with so little reason as to why things are the way they are you just don't care by the end. This is not Bear's best work. Not a recommend. A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Now, one man wakes up. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

Where are they going? What happened to the dream of a new life? What happened to Hull 03? Really, it doesn't make sense that a different planet can be a colony forever. Moving Mars is a story of human courage and love set within the greater saga of a planetary liberation movement. Mars is a colonial world, governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of the Earthly powers to keep the best new inventions for themselves. The young Martians -- the second and third generations born on Mars -- have little loyalty to Earth, and a strong belief that their planet can be independent.

The revolution begins slowly, but will grow in power over decades of political struggle until it becomes irresistible. I really enjoyed it. Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of. They became indispensable advisers and promised even more gifts that we just couldn't pass up. We called them Gurus. They had been hounded by mortal enemies from sun to sun, planet to planet, and were now stretched thin -- a One more tour on the red. Maybe my last. They had been hounded by mortal enemies from sun to sun, planet to planet, and were now stretched thin -- and they needed our help.

These enemies were already inside our solar system and were moving to establish a beachhead, but not on Earth. This contained a whole lotta stupid - kinda like all those horror movies where people walk into rooms and DON'T turn on the lights. While drilling deep into the Earth a contagion strikes, their camp is quarantined, but workers start to vanish in the night. Is it fear of contamination - or has something far more lethal surfaced? Alex Hunter - code name Arcadian - and his Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos are dropped in to the disaster area to do whatever it takes to stem the outbreak.

But for the mission to be a success, the Arcadian must learn to master his violent inner demons long enough to confront the danger that not only threatens his own immediate survival, but that of mankind. Apparently Einstein had a secret that he revealed on his deathbed. And someone wants it kept secret and is willing to kill to do it. Most time travel books mess up. It's , and Albert Einstein lies in a hospital bed, deathly ill. He suddenly stirs, asks his assistant for paper and pen, then scribbles something down. Minutes later, he dies. History tells us that Einstein jotted down equations that night.

But struggling scholar Jacob Morgan believes that history is wrong. But now, thanks to a lucky break, Jacob has a chance to get his life back on track. His appointment as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia is a fresh start, and he's vowed to end his pursuit of Einstein's secret. Until history chooses this moment to deliver him one more clue.

A clue that leads him to an impossible and unbelievable discovery:. All by itself. And if Jacob doesn't rescue Einstein's secret, everything that he's ever known will disappear forever. An incomprehensible object in an impossible place; its age, its purpose, and its origins are unknown.

Its discovery has unleashed a global storm of intrigue, theft and espionage, and is pushing nations to the brink of war. Its substance has scientist baffled. And the miracle it contains does not belong on this Earth. It is mystery and madness-an enigma with no equal in recorded history. It is mankind's greatest discovery. But re-reading the plot summary - there is so much here that only bits and peices still stick. Benfor's work is so good, normally, that this complicated plot must have made complete sense at the time.

Radio astronomy on the Moon in reveals the presence of life by a nearby red dwarf, on a tide-locked planet. To investigate them and the message they are transmitting, Earth's governments repurpose a space colony that was to be stationed at one of Earth's Lagrangian points and convert it into Lancer, a Bussard ramjet powered interstellar ship based on the design of a crashed alien ship discovered in the Mare Marginis on the Moon, and send it to investigate. In , it arrives and discovers a primitive biological race of nomads broadcasting en-masse with organs adapted to emit and receive electromagnetic radiation; their transmissions were blurred by various nomads falling out of synch with the rest.

Close up, the transmission is discovered to be an old radio show from the s - the signal the EMs as they are called consider best to reply to Earth with. On Earth, international commerce is brought to a standstill when mysterious spaceships drop sea creatures dubbed "Swarmers" and "Skimmers" for their behaviour; Swarmers swarm ships and head-butt them until they sink, and Skimmers simply jump and skim around like dolphins.

They begin multiplying and the Swarmers begin attacking humans and all their works on the seas, high or otherwise. The Ra expedition's first contacts go poorly. The attempt to examine and enter the more interesting of the total of two satellites prompts a massive retaliation by the satellite with plasma weapons that kills most of the crew involved in the attempt. The attempt to contact the EMs on Isis does not go well either; the EMs are confused by the presence of a human on the surface.

They had been expecting a reply from Earth itself. In the confusion and surprise, they attempted to simultaneously broadcast their lengthy and elaborate summary of their history and culture, and also to see in more detail the messenger. Unfortunately, in order to see in radar, radar must be broadcast, and the narrowing gaze of the EMs and all the other transmissions literally cook the communications specialist alive. The standby team misinterprets this tragic incident as a deliberate attack and massacres the lot of EMs.

Nigel works with the mathematicians and other experts to interpret the original transmission and later ones. His analysis reveals that their technologically advanced Space-age civilization had attracted the attention of machines, and perished in a massive and prolonged deliberate orbital bombardment that levelled their cities, infrastructure, and civilization.

The bombardment of asteroids was severe enough to crack open the crust of the planet and permanently alter for the worse the EMs' ecosphere. The EMs drew to the utmost on what was left of their genetic engineering and biology, and radically altered their bodies to use silicon and transistors for a nervous system and so broadcast; the watching satellite is programmed to react to high technology, not inbuilt features of organisms, so this way the EMs will be able to broadcast their message and possibly help out other biological races.

No sooner has some genuine two-way communication been established than new orders come from Earth, to move on to a new system where they think the Skimmers and Swarmers may've come from originally.

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En route, they preoccupy themselves analysing reports from the far-flung space probes: everywhere except Earth that traces could be found, anomalies like other Watchers abound. Walmsley theorizes that a machine-based race that was systematically destroying or guarding planets supporting organic life was responsible for these anomalies; the Swarmers represent a first strike at Earth, which had thus far eluded the machines' attempts to kill it, since the assigned Watcher as Nigel calls the satellites was destroyed by the Mare Marginis wreck.

His theories are generally disregarded as being too speculative; the sober consensus agrees that Watchers are simply a common form of weaponry left over from the suicide of biological races, and the Swarmer invasion simply a grab for a fresh and relatively unspoiled world. At the next system, Ross , a moon like Ganymede is found with a Watcher around it. Initially it is taken as a disproof of Walmsley's Rule that Watchers will appear around any depopulated world that had once harboured technologically advanced biological life, but the de facto leader Ted , who has always disliked Walmsley, attempts to covertly force Walmsley into hibernation until the long-planned-for return to Earth.

Now, escaping the memories and the headlines, they have found an idyllic new home in rural Suffolk. A cottage, a beautiful garden. The perfect place to forget. To move on. A devastating depiction of profound loss, sexual longing, love and true evil, The Stopped Heart is the finest novel to date from this most fearless and original of writers.

Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…. By the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lie.

London, November, the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested. His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall.

She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty. But it is the union of this plot with complex, challenging characters that makes the book such a surprising and fulfilling read…will haunt you for months, if not years. She revels in layers of concealment. Beautiful poetic phrases, quite startling at times, enliven the eye and the mind. Her work as both a poet and a novelist, is characterised by its rich sensuality and the stark emotional truths at its core.

Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Sharko take on the case of the brutal murder of Eva Louts, a promising graduate student who was killed while working at a primate research centre outside Paris. But what first appears to be a vicious animal attack soon proves to be something more sinister. What was Eva secretly researching? Could she be on the track of three fanatical scientists who control a thousand-year-old virus with plans to unleash it into the world? Thilliez engineers a winner. The path to true love rarely runs smoothly…. Teo, a medical student, meets Clarice at a party. Even creepier than Gone Girl.

Raphael Montes is a writer to watch — he will do great things! To top it all off, Montes brings Rio de Janeiro and Brazil to life as few authors, even the best travel writers, could do. Raphael Montes is a must-read! Permanent Removal is a beautifully written political thriller focusing on the nature of justice, truth, betrayal, socio-political and ethical quandaries, complicity and moral agency. The novel introduces readers to a cast of players whose destinies intertwine in a particularly gruesome murder. The novel is set in apartheid South Africa and the start of the Rainbow Nation.

South African security forces set up a roadblock to intercept a car near the city of Port Elizabeth. Two of the four anti-apartheid activists in the car were secretly targeted for assassination. The police abducted the four and murdered them in cold blood. Their burnt bodies were found later near the Port Elizabeth suburb of Bluewater Bay. It was the beginning of the end. Who can stop a maniacal Russian and his private army? Unemployed Economics graduate Leon Jacobs rescues Sophia Popova, a beautiful but troubled Russian heiress, during a high-risk scuba dive at one of the deep dive-sites of the Red Sea.

The love-sick and gullible Leon soon starts drowning in the international syndicated crime world of Bogdan Popov, famous for the innovative ways he gets rid of his competitors. Will Leon escape with his life from the global-reaching claws of Popov? And where will Sophia find the courage and strength to slay the inner demons ruling her existence? Submerged is an international thriller traversing the buzzing financial hub of London, the beautiful City of Cape Town with its adjacent Cape Flats ganglands, the pirate-infested waters off the horn of Africa, and the rhino-slaughter fields of South Africa.

Each snowflake skating along some invisible plane. Yukiko tragically lost her mother ten years ago. After visiting her sister in London, she goes on the run, and heads for Haworth, West Yorkshire, the last place her mother visited before her death. Set in present-day Hong Kong, The Expatriates follows the lives of three women.

An unspeakable tragedy leaves twenty-something Mercy with a crippling personal inertia, and Margaret, a mother of three, numb and unable to heal. In the same small expatriate community, Hilary tries to distract herself from a marriage gone stale by providing piano lessons for a local orphan, only to find her actions openly criticised on an anonymous online forum. When the women are struck by tragedy, each of them realises how shockingly dependent they were upon conforming to the unspoken rules of their milieu.

In Hong Kong, without speaking Cantonese or having a job it is almost always the husband who precipitates the move , these women find themselves, almost unexpectedly, stripped of their former identities and living in a land of country clubs and housemaids. Cut off from family, friends, and jobs, they find themselves in a world where the old rules no longer apply. The first must-read of Despite their various degrees of privilege and wealth, Hilary, Margaret and Mercy are all forced to operate within a tight framework of expectations.

I was dead for 13 minutes. Does it? A stunning read, it questions our relationships — and what we really know about the people closest to us. In , bestselling author Kathleen Winter took a journey across the legendary Northwest Passage. From Greenland to Baffin Island and all along this arctic passage, Winter witnesses the new mathematics of the melting North — where polar bears mate with grizzlies, creating a new hybrid species; where the earth is on the cusp of yielding so much buried treasure that five nations stand poised to claim sovereignty of the land; and where the local Inuit population struggles to navigate the tension between taking their part in the new global economy and defending their traditional way of life.

Her precise and vivid prose allows the reader to share in that transformation. For the many readers who admired Annabel and want to get to know its author better, Boundless is a tremendous gift. Surely capitalism is due an upgrade or two? Combining the best of her recent columns with lots of new writing unique to this book, Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the internet is like a drunken toddler.

If you like Caitlin Moran you will love how Moranifesto… feels as though she has plonked herself down next to you in the pub and is knocking back gin while holding forth. Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, in the midst of the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya where only thorn bushes grow, Dadaab is a city like no other. Its buildings are made from mud, sticks or plastic, its entire economy is grey, and its citizens survive on rations and luck. Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence became a first-hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land, getting to know many of those who have come there seeking sanctuary.

Among them are Guled, a former child soldier who lives for football; Nisho, who scrapes an existence by pushing a wheelbarrow and dreaming of riches; Tawane, the indomitable youth leader; and schoolgirl Kheyro, whose future hangs upon her education. In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Lucid, vivid and illuminating, City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dadaab home.

It is also a damning indictment of the hypocrisy behind camps, which offer such pat solution to refugee crises for aid agencies and politicians… These are stories that need to be heard. Rawlence offers no solutions, no policy prescriptions. In To Explain the World , pre-eminent theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg offers a rich and irreverent history of science from a unique perspective — that of a scientist. Moving from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad to Oxford, and from the Museum of Alexandria to the Royal Society of London, he shows that the scientists of the past not only did not understand what we understand about the world — they did not understand what there is to understand.

Yet eventually, through the struggle to solve such mysteries as the backward movement of the planets and the rise and fall of tides, the modern discipline of science emerged. It transmutes the base metal of a mere history of science into pure gold-into a magisterial celebration of a long and heroic struggle, still incomplete, to understand nature. I ended the book exhilarated. But what makes it tand out is his perspective as a top scientist working today. In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language.

For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterwards, true mastery had always eluded her. There, she began to read and to write — initially in her journal — solely in Italian. In Other Words , an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice.

Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention. In Other Words gives off the intoxication of metamorphosis; it puts one in the company of a beautiful mind engaged in a sustaining and bracing discipline. The reader who takes it up holds an appealing, missal-sized text, with the Italian printed on the left and English on the right.

In introducing one, Lahiri tells us the symbolism of a missing black sweater in the story—it is language. In her critically praised works of fiction, Lahiri drew on the experience of her parents, who clung to the traditions of India long after coming to the U. The process is like a love affair. Through this linguistic autobiography, Lahiri appears to forge a new sense of belonging. She reflects on everything from the challenges of thought and expression in a foreign tongue to the mystery of creativity.

The day that year-old James Doty walked in to his local magic shop is the day that changed his life. Once the neglected son of an alcoholic father and a mother with chronic depression, he has gone on to become a leading neurosurgeon, based at Stanford University. He credits Ruth for this incredible turnaround: the remarkable woman who devoted the summer to transforming his mind and opening his heart. In this uplifting memoir, Jim explains the visualisation techniques Ruth taught him that gave him the self-esteem to imagine a new future for himself.

He examines the science behind mindfulness and why the skills he learned — of focus and attention — now help him to think fast and keep calm in the operating theatre. And he shows us what is possible when you start to change your brain and your heart. Into the Magic Shop imparts some powerful life lessons about how to live better, and inspires us to believe that we all have inside us the capacity to change our own destiny. From the moment in his childhood when a simple act of kindness changed the course of his own life to his founding a center to study compassion at Stanford University.

We can make the world a more compassionate place. Neurosurgeon James Doty has written a heartwarming tale of courage and compassion. There is plenty of magic in this book, but the deepest magic of all is that Jim was openheartedly guided to start practising that aligning when he was twelve and trusted it enough to never lose the thread completely, even in the hardest of times. Behold what is emerging now. This is the new London: an immigrant city. Over one-third of Londoners were born abroad, with half arriving since the millennium.

This has utterly transformed the capital, for better and for worse. Simultaneously intimate and epic, here is a compulsive and deeply sympathetic book on this dizzying world city from one of our brightest new writers. This is London is an important and impressive book. Judah has created an alternative and essential guide to London, and Londoners, in He captures the different voices with great skill.

His observations are acute. His interviews are always psychologically telling. London emerges from this book as a disturbing, dramatically changing city. It is an extraordinary portrait of a city and a rare treat to come across a book in which the ideas are as compelling and fresh as the writing. This is London is a game changer. No longer can we stroll past villages of sleeping Roma and pretend they do not exist.

This is London today and Ben Judah is its chronicler. Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of T.

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On the contrary, it makes one want to return to the poems and read them again and again. A powerful and enlightening book. However, Quicksand is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. I have undertaken a journey from my childhood to the man I am today, writing about the key events in my life, and about the people who have given me new perspectives. About men and women I have never met, but wish I had. I write about love and jealousy, about courage and fear.

And about what it is like to live with a potentially fatal illness. This book is also about why the cave painters 40, years ago chose the very darkest places for their fascinating pictures. And about the dreadful troll that we are trying to lock away inside the bedrock of a Swedish mountain for the next , years. It is a book about how humanity has lived and continues to live, and about how I have lived and continue to live my own life.

And, not least, about the great zest for life, which came back when I managed to drag myself out of the quicksand that threatened to suck me down into the abyss. This grave book, intensely beautiful in spirit, takes us to these places in the thoughtful company of a great soul. Rarely has a writer contemplated the mystery of the end of life with such a wide-ranging curiosity. In this powerful book, Dr Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights lawyer and activist, tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equality before the law and freedom of speech, Ebadi became a global voice of inspiration. Yet, inside her own country, her life has been plagued by surveillance, intimidation and violence. Until We Are Free tells shocking stories of how the Iranian authorities eventually forced her into exile. Her sister and daughter were detained, her husband was enmeshed in an espionage plot with another woman, her Nobel medal was stolen from her safety deposit box, and her offices in Tehran were ransacked.

Shirin Ebadi is a one-woman human-rights machine…. Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? This book is kicking ass all over bestseller lists. Buy it. The British codebreakers at Bletchley Park are now believed to have shortened the duration of the Second World War by up to two years. During the dark days of , as Britain stood almost alone against the the Nazis, this remarkable achievement seemed impossible.

Crucially, it features personal reminiscences and very human stories of wartime codebreaking from former Bletchley Park codebreakers themselves. This edition includes new material from one of those who was there, making The Bletchley Park Codebreakers compulsive reading. All royalties from this book will go to the Bletchley Park trust. Leaves one in awe of the complexity of Bletchley Park and its impact on both the world war and our postwar world. In the s, as the world hurtled towards terrible global conflict, speed was all the rage. Exotic, exciting and above all dangerous, it was by far the most popular event at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

It required an abundance of skill and bravery. And the four men who triumphed at those Games lived the most extraordinary lives. Billy Fiske was an infamous daredevil, blessed with a natural talent for driving. He would later become the first American airman to die in the war — flying for the RAF. Clifford Gray was a notorious playboy and a player on both Broadway and Hollywood. Or was he? His identity was a mystery for decades. And Eddie Eagan, a heavyweight boxer and brilliant lawyer, remains the only man to win gold at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

This is their story, of loose living, risk-taking and hell-raising in an age of decadence, and of their race against the odds to become the fastest men on ice. We will never see their like again. Especially after the world did descend into that second, terrible global conflict. A gripping yarn. Unlike so many of his peers Fiske saw Nazism early for what it was. Fiske stays with you.

The enormous research needed to bring to life the quartet has been a remarkable feat. There is a myth about how something new comes to be; that geniuses have dramatic moments of insight where great things and thoughts are born whole. Symphonies are composed complete. Science is accomplished with eureka shrieks. Businesses are built by magic touch. If you want to tap your creative potential, buy this book. Being a genius is hard work. But that spark is in all of us. Using examples ranging from Mozart to the Muppets, Kevin Ashton shows how to tap the creative abilities that lurk in us all.

There are no secrets, no shortcuts; just ordinary steps we can all take to bring something new into the world. Hallinan, author of Why We Make Mistakes. Hannes van Rensburg, the founder of Fundamo is often seen as the father of mobile payments. This book offers the first full account of the rebellion in its entirety, from its early days in the s to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela asSouth African president in Drawing principally from previously unpublished writings and testimonies by the men and women who fought the armed struggle, this book recreates the drama, heroism and tragedy of their experiences.

It tells the story of leaders like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Joe Slovo and Chris Hani, whose reputations were forged in the crucible of the armed struggle, but it is also a tale of martyrs such as Looksmart Ngudle, Ashley Kriel and Phila Ndwandwe, as well as of MK cadres such as Leonard Nkosi and Glory Sedibe, who would ultimately turn against the ANC and collaborate with the state in hunting down their former comrades. Written in a fresh, immediate style, Umkhonto we Sizwe is an honest account of the armed struggle and a fascinating chronicle of events that changed South African history.

By the time the dust settled, 34 miners were dead and 78 more were wounded. Footage of the massacre travelled around the globe, causing public outrage. The news footage, however, captured only a dozen or so of the dead. A number of those who died were killed beyond the view of cameras at a nondescript collection of boulders known as Small Koppie, some metres behind Wonderkop. Many of these men had been shot in cold blood at close range. This is the definitive account of the Marikana massacre from the journalist whose award-winning investigation into the tragedy was called the most important piece of South African journalism post apartheid.

The End of Whiteness aims to reveal the pathological, paranoid and bizarre consequences that the looming end of apartheid had on white culture in South Africa, and overall to show that whiteness is a deeply problematic category that needs to be deconstructed and thoughtfully considered. This book uses contemporary media material to investigate two symptoms of this late apartheid cultural hysteria that appeared throughout the contemporary media and in popular literature during the s and s, showing their relation to white anxieties about social change, the potential loss of privilege and the destabilisation of the country that were imagined to be an inevitable consequence of majority rule.

During the same period an unusually high number of domestic murder-suicides occurred, with parents killing themselves and their children or other family members by gunshot, fire, poison, gas, even crossbows and drownings. This so-called epidemic of family murder was treated by police, press and social scientists as a plague that specifically affected white Afrikaans families.

These double monsters, both fantastic and real, helped to disembowel the clarities of whiteness even as they were born out of threats to it. Deep within its self-regarding modernity and renegotiation of identity, contemporary white South Africa still wears those scars of cultural pathology. Her story starts there. It is a story about the cycle of poverty, family abandonment, dislocation and survival in the streets of Cape Town. She reveals the seedy and often demonised life of a prostitute; she describes the clubs and beds of the prostitution and drug industry over a twelve-year period.

She moves to Johannesburg at the age of 18 in an attempt to start a new life, but instead she is trafficked on arrival in Yeoville, tied in a room for two weeks and forced to work as a sex slave. What follows is a life of living hand-to-mouth, from one street corner to another, being pimped, being taught how to strip, and acquiring and using a variety of drugs — from buttons, ecstasy and cannabis to cocaine — to sustain herself. She speaks of how her prostitution gains momentum in city strip clubs and the sometimes tragic pregnancies that would follow.

In writing this story she hopes to open a window on the hidden and often misunderstood world of prostitution, thereby raising better awareness and understanding about its harms and the horrors of trafficking and prostitution of women and children, and drug abuse. She hopes to heal and to set an example for others to follow. This incredibly wide-ranging collection of maps—all inspired by literary classics—offers readers a new way of looking at their favorite fictional worlds. Sure to reignite a love for old favorites and spark fresh interest in more recent works as well, Plotted provides a unique new way of appreciating the lands of the human imagination.

The perfect package for you, or the perfect gift for that literature lover in your life. DeGraff approaches each story differently and crafts maps that truly tell stories. In , a Reading bookseller named John Snare came across the dirt-blackened portrait of a prince at a country house auction. When Laura Cumming stumbled on a startling trial involving John Snare, it sent her on a search of her own. An innovative fusion of detection and biography, this book shows how and why great works of art can affect us, even to the point of mania.

And on the trail of John Snare, Cumming makes a surprising discovery of her own. Writing like Helen Macdonald in H is for Hawk , in the wake of the death of her father, Cumming pours heart and soul in The Vanishing Man and she has produced something of which her artist father, James Cumming, would be more than proud. Sometimes, dual biographies can be a contrivance, but here the two stories enhance each other. What is it like to try to heal the body when the mind is under attack? Neurologists diagnose and treat serious illnesses of the brain by combining the hard science of medical knowledge with the art of intuitive reasoning.

Like Alice in Wonderland, Dr Ropper inhabits a place where absurdities abound: a sportsman who starts spouting gibberish; an undergraduate who suddenly becomes psychotic; a salesman who drives around and around a roundabout, unable to get off; a mother who has to decide whether a life locked inside her own head is worth living. How does one begin to treat such cases, to counsel people whose lives may be changed forever? How does one train the next generation of clinicians to deal with the moral and medical aspects of brain disease?

Dr Ropper answers these questions by taking the reader into a world where lives and minds hang in the balance. Each tale illuminates the remarkable way, not just in which the brain works, but how Ropper diagnoses what is going on. Like a real-life Dr House, Ropper follows hunches and has sudden startling insights. Medical writing at its best. Ramachandran, bestselling author of The Tell-Tale Brain. Named one of the best books of the year by Slate, Chicago Tribune, Entropy Magazine , and named one of the top 10 memoirs by Library Journal.

In a skirmish for a loose ball, a boy s finger hooked behind Axelrod s eyeball and left him permanently blinded in his right eye. A week later, he returned to the same dorm room, but to a different world. A world where nothing looked solid, where the distance between how people saw him and how he saw had widened into a gulf. Desperate for a sense of orientation he could trust, he retreated to a jerry-rigged house in the Vermont woods, where he lived without a computer or television, and largely without human contact, for two years.

In his first book, the author pushes beyond the boundaries and safety nets of the modern world and opens a doorway to feelings and experiences many long for but never encounter. His writing is a balm for world-weary souls. A vibrant, honest, and poetic account of how two years of solitude surrounded by nature changed a man forever. Axelrod so adroitly and wisely re-creates the youngster he was that readers forget the passing of time, hearing only the voice of sorrow, longing, and determination. This memoir is a keeper, touching and eloquent, full of hard lessons learned. Readers will hope for more from first-time-author Axelrod.

Axelrod is clearly a gifted writer…The best thing about Mr. His writing is propulsive, unabashedly visionary, and strikingly fresh.


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This book will have you turning down pages, returning to sentences just to savor them, and reading passages aloud to anyone who will listen… The Point of Vanishing is a profoundly immersive narrative. One is struck again and again by the quality of the writing: by the vividness of its characters, by the accomplished lyricism of its language, by the brilliant acuity of its observations, and by the wisdom and humor that permeate its pages.

Setting is definitely an active character in this story…This memoir feels like a gift in a way that few books do…If you read it with an open heart, it has the power to change your life. Powerful and ineffable, it feels like a blessing. The Point of Vanishing is raw, exquisitely written, and full of poetic insights. This is a big book about big truths that matter to us all. It delivers a message of hope and strength, and reveals what is most human in our most unspoken yearning for something real, something true. In its subtle, deeply moving way, it will have you peering beneath the various faces you present to the world and encourage you to ask the most fundamental of questions: who am I alone?

Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn. Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York-Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. As the collection grew, the site attracted a following, which is now a huge and obsessive audience. The site features photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in the backcountry of America and all over the world. It has had over 10 million unique visitors, with , followers on Tumblr.

Now Zach Klein, the creator of the site and a co-founder of Vimeo goes further into the most alluring images from the site and new getaways, including more interior photography and how-to advice for setting up a quiet place somewhere. With their idyllic settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the Cabin Porn photographs, are an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simple construction can create. The book chooses a particular point in the history of colonialism and apartheid and of community building and forced removals.

It places at its centre stage three private archives of photographic collections assembled over several decades by four women residents of Usakos. These photographs constitute personal albums, subjective narratives and aesthetic interventions in the course of a history that denied them visibility and voice as women, residents, citizens and human beings. But two years after he was exonerated of that crime and poised to reap millions in his wrongful conviction lawsuit, Steven Avery was arrested for the exceptionally brutal murder of Teresa Halbach, a freelance photographer who had gone missing several days earlier.

Or had he? This is narrative non-fiction at its finest and the perfect companion read for fans of Making a Murderer. Why are ladies like arrows? Welcome to the weird new word adventure from David Astle, plunging into the realm of riddles, chasing down and prising open curious questions from around the planet. A mindtrip across time and place, Riddledom uncovers relics from over 50 cultures, delving into language and deception, sampling Pompeii walls and Dothraki warriors.

Readers can unravel each mini-chapter, wrestling with riddles from Wonderland or Zanzibar, Oedipus Rex or Harry Potter. Come meet French acrobats, coffee slaves, lusty maids and many more along the way. Riddledom is your chance to roam Tasmania and Mongolia, Fiji and Peru, seeking riddles on clay tablets and Popsicle sticks. Hearing a blast, journalist Anjan Sundaram headed uphill towards the sound. Grenade explosions are not entirely unusual in the city of Kigali; dissidents throw them in public areas to try and destabilise the government and, since moving to Rwanda, he had observed an increasing number of them.

What was unusual about this one, however, was that when Sundaram arrived, it was as though nothing had happened. Traffic circulated as normal, there was no debris on the streets and the policeman on duty denied any event whatsoever. This was evidence of a clean-up, a cloaking of the discontent in Rwanda and a desire to silence the media in a country most of whose citizens were without internet. This was the first of many ominous events. Bad News is the extraordinary account of the battle for free speech in modern-day Rwanda. Following not only those journalists who stayed, despite fearing torture or even death from a ruthless government, but also those reporting from exile, it is the story of papers being shut down, of lies told to please foreign delegates, of the unshakeable loyalty that can be bred by terror, of history being retold, of constant surveillance, of corrupted elections and of great courage.

It tells the true narrative of Rwandan society today and, in the face of powerful forces, of the fight to make explosions heard. It is shocking, painful beyond words, to see the darkness settling again in a dystopia that is crushing free expression and individual lives. This searing, evocative account provides insights about the human condition that reach far beyond the tragic story of Rwanda. He chronicles the sacrifices of the brave journalists who try to speak the truth about their own country, the damage those truths inflict on those who bear witness, and the horrors of silence for those who cannot speak.

His clipped and lucid prose offers an illuminating look into a place too often ignored by the rest of the world. In Bad News, he has rendered a chilling chronicle of the creeping totalitarianism taking hold in Rwanda that is as disturbing as it is unforgettable. This is a desolate work, taut prose describing the stifling atmosphere of a nation trapped in fear. Should you finish every book you start? As a novelist, translator and critic, Tim Parks is well-placed to investigate any questions we have about books and reading. In this collection of lively and provocative pieces he talks about what readers want from books and how to look at the literature we encounter in a new light.

Those words not only tell us a great deal about the people in those generations, but also highlight the differences between them and other generations. In this book, Allan Metcalf, author of OK , uses a special framework of defining American generations to show that each generation of those born within a particular year time period can be identified and characterized by words it chooses to use.

By sampling from as far back as the American Revolution, Metcalf carefully constructs a comprehensive account of the history and usage of words associated with each generation in the American language. With special attention to the differences in vocabulary among the generations currently living-the sometimes awkward Millennials, the grunge music of Generation X, hippies among the Boomers, and bobbysoxers among the Silents — From Skeddadle to Selfie compiles dozens of words we have come to recognize or use and tells the unheard stories of each in its role of accompanying its generation through the times.

A riotously funny and deeply insightful adventure through capitalism, the medical industry, family, love, war and wedding-planning — from an electrically entertaining new voice. Meet Veblen: a passionate defender of the anti-consumerist views of her name-sake, the iconoclastic economist Thorstein Veblen. His recent work on a device to minimize battlefield trauma has led him dangerously close to the seductive Cloris Hutmacher, heiress to a pharmaceuticals empire, who is promising him fame and fortune through a shady-sounding deal with the Department of Defence.

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