The Thunder of Engines (a Stasis Story #2)

The Thunder of Engines (a Stasis Story #2)
  • Author : Laurence Dahners
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 321
  • Relase : 2020-06-03
  • ISBN : 9798650825289

The Thunder of Engines (a Stasis Story #2) Book Review:

This hard Sci-Fi novel is the second book in the "Stasis Stories," a series of tales from the near future. They tell us about Kaem Seba, a sickly and financially destitute young man with extraordinary math talents. He's developed a theory and an electronic device that allows him to stop time within limited volumes of space-time. In this story Kaem and Arya are trying to sell "stade," which is what they call a piece of space-time that's in stasis. Stade has phenomenal mechanical properties because it essentially can't be altered (time's stopped within it). It's stronger than any known substance because, unlike matter, stade cannot not melt, burn, bend or break. It's also a perfect insulator and reflects all radiation.Though it's the perfect material for thousands of different purposes, they've initially focused on selling it to companies that can use it to build rocket engines. Stade truly shines under the extreme conditions of rocketry, and that renders it precious. He and Arya are struggling to negotiate the best prices they can, while simultaneously fighting another company's bid to preempt their patent.As if those struggles weren't sufficient, Kaem's beloved father develops cancer. Kaem must try to help his family through that crisis while simultaneously attempting to save the new company they're calling "Staze."

A Pause in Space-Time (a Stasis Story #1)

A Pause in Space-Time (a Stasis Story #1)
  • Author : Laurence Dahners
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 170
  • Relase : 2019-12-12
  • ISBN : 1674874812

A Pause in Space-Time (a Stasis Story #1) Book Review:

This novella length hard Sci-Fi book begins the "Stasis Stories," a series of tales from the near future. They tell us about Kaem Seba, a sickly and financially destitute young man who uses his extraordinary math talents to work out a way to stop time within limited volumes of space-time. He and Arya Vaii, a business student, set out to develop the phenomenon.It quickly becomes obvious that, beyond the fact that time stops inside the stasis field, the volume of space-time in stasis might be useful for some of its other phenomenal properties. Since it essentially can't be altered (time's stopped inside) it's stronger than any known substance and, unlike matter, does not melt. This makes it the perfect material for building rocket engines. They set out to sell such engines in order to provide their budding business enough profit to let them develop other useful products.Unfortunately, the owner of the lab that tested the properties of their samples also recognizes their potential. His desire to share in their profits unhinges his shaky grasp on reality. When he can't talk them into letting him join their enterprise, he demands a share at gunpoint.

Colony One

Colony One
  • Author : T. L. Ford
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 434
  • Relase : 2018-12
  • ISBN : 1790582180

Colony One Book Review:

The life of Colony One's Founder, Alex Smith, is not a simple rags to riches tale - it's scary, gruesome, and at points, deadly. She may be smart enough to create a battery that never needs charging, but can she outmaneuver those who don't share her vision of community and create something that really lasts?How far is Alex willing to go to achieve her goal?

The Cyclops Effect

The Cyclops Effect
  • Author : Cj Williams
  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Pages : 390
  • Relase : 2019-12-19
  • ISBN : 1673444571

The Cyclops Effect Book Review:

When Asha said she wanted to give the Chinese hackers a piece of her mind, she didn't mean it literally. But that's what happens when medical technology goes awry. Doctors promised they could teach her brain to read digital signals. They gave her a fully functional visual prosthetic that transmits images across her optic nerve directly to the visual cortex. The module even has wi-fi so they can monitor the signal traffic to her brain. They didn't anticipate her brain would figure out how to use the wi-fi connection both ways. Asha can now see the Internet. ASHA BECOMES THE ULTIMATE HACKER As her digital brain develops, she creates an online alter ego, a true artificial intelligence. In fact, she can access every bit of data in the world, even files that are supposed to be secret. Since the FBI promises handsome rewards for capturing criminals on their Most Wanted list, Asha becomes a bounty hunter. The AI she calls Abbot becomes her right hand as she goes to work tracking down international terrorists. Unfortunately, she is so effective, the government believes she may be a co-conspirator. When they refuse to pay her, she walks out. IT'S NOT JUST THE FBI WHO SUSPECT HER When Asha crosses paths with Chinese military hackers, she stops them by taking out Shanghai's electrical grid. The communist government wants to know who did it and how. After Asha gives a copy of Abbot to her husband's company, things go downhill. The Chinese military steals a copy of it and immediately recognizes its military significance. Their top priority, however, is to take out the woman who came up with it in the first place. CHINA FLEXES ITS NEW CYBER WARFARE TOOL Using her own technology against her, the Chinese suddenly become a serious threat to the US. The FBI calls Asha back and asks a favor: stop the Chinese attack. She agrees, but this time there are conditions. Either they pay upfront, or she will take care of the Asian threat in her own way, and knowing Asha, that could mean World War Three.

Girl Rides the Wind

Girl Rides the Wind
  • Author : Jacques Antoine
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 442
  • Relase : 2015-12-20
  • ISBN : 1540811859

Girl Rides the Wind Book Review:

Emily Kane finds something profound in the South China Sea... and something dangerous finds her. A joint naval operation brings together Japanese, Chinese, Philippine and American forces, and every side has a hidden agenda. But at least one of them has targeted the daughter of the Japanese Crown Princess, and Emily may not be able to help her without making the ultimate sacrifice.

Blindsight

Blindsight
  • Author : Peter Watts
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 384
  • Relase : 2006-10-03
  • ISBN : 9781429955195

Blindsight Book Review:

Blindsight is the Hugo Award–nominated novel by Peter Watts, "a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive" (The Globe and Mail). Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since—until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn't want to meet? Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can't feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find—but you'd give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . . At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Reset

Reset
  • Author : Sarina Dahlan
  • Publisher : Blackstone Publishing
  • Pages : 340
  • Relase : 2021-05-25
  • ISBN : 9781094086323

Reset Book Review:

Can you love someone you don’t remember? After the Last War destroyed most of the world, survivors form a new society in four self-sustaining cities in the Mojave Desert. In the utopia of the Four Cities, inspired by the lyrics of “Imagine” and Buddhist philosophy, everything is carefully planned and controlled: the seasons, the weather—and the residents. To prevent mankind from destroying each other again, its citizens undergo a memory wipe every four years in a process called tabula rasa, a blank slate, to remove learned prejudices. With each new cycle, they begin again with new names, jobs, homes, and lives. No memories. No attachments. No wars. Aris, a scientist who shuns love, embraces tabula rasa and the excitement of unknown futures. Walling herself off from emotional attachments, she sees relationships as pointless and avoids deep connections. But she is haunted by a recurring dream that becomes more frequent and vivid as time passes. After meeting Benja, a handsome free-spirited writer who believes his dreams of a past lover are memories, her world is turned upside down. Obsessed with finding the Dreamers, a secret organization thought to have a way to recover memories, Benja draws her down a dangerous path toward the past. When Metis, the leader of the Dreamers, appears in Aris’s life, everything she believes falls to pieces. With little time left before the next tabula rasa, they begin a bittersweet romance, navigating love in a world where names, lives, and moments are systematically destroyed. Thought-provoking and emotionally resonant, Reset will make you consider the haunting reality of love and loss, and the indelible marks they leave behind.

A Tower in Space-Time (The Stasis Stories #5)

A Tower in Space-Time (The Stasis Stories #5)
  • Author : Laurence Dahners
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 284
  • Relase : 2021
  • ISBN : 9798589400649

A Tower in Space-Time (The Stasis Stories #5) Book Review:

This hard Sci-Fi novel is the fifth book in the "Stasis Stories," a series of optimistic tales of technological innovation in the near future. They follow Kaem Seba, a young man with extraordinary math talents. With his friends, he's developing a device that allows time to be stopped within limited volumes of space-time. In this 5th story, Kaem's newfound physical fitness is letting him perform at an astonishing level in physical endeavors such as soccer, and martial arts. The company he, Arya Vaii, and Gunnar Schmidt founded to commercially develop his time-stopping discovery making money hand over fist. Currently, their profits come from their use of the phenomenal physical properties of a time-stopped segment of space-time to build rockets.But now they are building their space tower. Taking off at a thirty-degree angle from eastern Virginia, it's 200 kilometers long and a hundred kilometers high. By placing the interior of their spacecraft-and its passengers-in stasis they can accelerate launches at fifteen gravities, reaching orbital speeds before the craft leaves the rail! This lets them put payloads in orbit for a thousand times less than a rocket. The world, and some unscrupulous people, are turning to Kaem and his company to further our exploitation of orbital space...

Zeroglyph

Zeroglyph
  • Author : Vance Pravat
  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Pages : 362
  • Relase : 2019-04-03
  • ISBN : 1092565663

Zeroglyph Book Review:

Would you trust a machine with your life? Raphael is the world's first superintelligent robot. And virtuous to a fault--at least according to Andy, its creator turned doting father. When an accident puts Andy home alone in a wheelchair, he learns that the AI has gone missing from its lab. Stolen, apparently, but there's zero evidence of a break-in. How does a robot kept under constant surveillance simply vanish into thin air? Why is Andy being locked out by Halicom, the murky conglomerate that acquired his company? Most importantly, what happens when Raphael's untested "laws" start breaking in the real world? Andy believes his creation can do no wrong, but there's something he might not have anticipated. He has something at his remote villa the robot is desperately seeking. And make no mistake, Raphael is coming for it. Come for the thrills, stay for the ideas. For fans of Asimov's robot novels and Crichton -esque technothrillers, Zeroglyph is an exciting and utterly unique howdunnit that weaves the science and philosophy of machine morality into a tense, page-turning read that will keep you thinking long after you've finished it.

Naked Crow

Naked Crow
  • Author : P. Walker
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 186
  • Relase : 2014-01-29
  • ISBN : 1494805936

Naked Crow Book Review:

Sheila is a dental assistant with an average life, until one of her friends, Josy, goes missing and the police face a mystery. Josy disappeared in a naturist resort and there is no trace of her, only her bag that's left standing next to a tree. Sheila, who discovers a special ability within herself and also discovers an incredible friend, decides to find Josy on her own, but for that she will have to go into the naturist resort. Will she need to shed her clothes? Will she find her friend, and if she does, can she bring her home?

The Hidden Tower

The Hidden Tower
  • Author : James E Wisher
  • Publisher : Sand Hill Publishing
  • Pages : 390
  • Relase : 2020-06-19
  • ISBN : 9781945763717

The Hidden Tower Book Review:

Otto Shenk is the youngest son of a minor baron and a wizard. Abused by his family and considered less than human by his kingdom, Otto does his best to survive. But everything changes when Otto stumbles across a tower hidden deep in a dark part of the forest near his home. A tower that was once the home of an Arcane Lord, the immortal wizards that long ago ruled the world. Otto’s life will be changed forever. And so will the world.

Midst Toil and Tribulation

Midst Toil and Tribulation
  • Author : David Weber
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Pages : 608
  • Relase : 2012-09-18
  • ISBN : 9781429944687

Midst Toil and Tribulation Book Review:

David Weber's New York Times bestselling Safehold series of military Science Fiction adventure, which began with Off Armageddon Reef, continues with Midst Toil and Tribulation WAR AND FAMINE Once the Church of God Awaiting dominated all the kingdoms of Safehold. Then, after centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of Mother Church--egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athrawes, who enjoys the Charisian royal family's absolute trust. What vanishingly few people know is that Merlin is the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which aliens destroyed Earth...and that since awakening, his task has been to restart the history of the long-hidden human race. Now, reeling from the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the Republic of Siddermark slides into chaos. The Church has engineered a rebellion, and Siddermark's all-important harvest is at risk. King Cayleb and Queen Sharleyan struggle to stabilize their ally, which will mean sending troops--but, even more importantly, preventing famine. For mass starvation in Safehold's breadbasket is a threat even more ominous than civil war... Safehold Series 1. Off Armageddon Reef 2. By Schism Rent Asunder 3. By Heresies Distressed 4. A Mighty Fortress 5. How Firm A Foundation 6. Midst Toil and Tribulation 7. Like A Mighty Army 8. Hell's Foundations Quiver 9. At the Sign of Triumph At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Deep Space - Hidden Terror (The Stasis Stories #6)

Deep Space - Hidden Terror (The Stasis Stories #6)
  • Author : Laurence Dahners
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 308
  • Relase : 2021-05-09
  • ISBN : 9798500563576

Deep Space - Hidden Terror (The Stasis Stories #6) Book Review:

This hard Sci-Fi novel is the sixth book in the "Stasis Stories," a series of optimistic tales of technological innovation in the near future. They follow Kaem Seba, a young man with extraordinary math talents. With his friends, he's come up with a device that allows time to be stopped within limited volumes of space-time. In this 6th story, the company Kaem, Arya Vaii, and Gunnar Schmidt founded to commercially develop his time-stopping discovery is working with NASA to move into deep space.Using the space tower from book 5 they launch large payloads into orbit to start building a rotating wheel space station and launch a successor to the James Webb Space Telescope. Then they put a space-launch tower on the moon that's aimed at sending craft all over the solar system.Unbeknownst to them, the Haliq, a race of aliens in the Epsilon Eridani system is launching its own ships to the Sol system with the intent of finding more space for their burgeoning population. When they arrive, they're alarmed to find intelligent beings in the system they've come to populate, but their obvious solution is to exterminate the problematic humans.The aliens have an advanced technology that lets them jump across interstellar and interplanetary space.But they don't have stasis...

And Another Thing

And Another Thing
  • Author : Eoin Colfer
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2009-10-13
  • ISBN : 9780143173694

And Another Thing Book Review:

And Another Thing... is the sixth novel in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. Eight years after the death of its creator, Douglas Adams, widow Jane Belson sanctioned the project to be written by the international number-one bestselling children’s writer Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl novels. Belson said of Eoin Colfer, “I love his books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod, and Marvin to pastures new.” Colfer, a fan of Hitchhiker since his school days, said, “Being given the chance to write this book is like suddenly being offered the superpower of your choice. For years I have been finishing this incredible story in my head and now I have the opportunity to do it in the real world.” Prepare to be amazed...

The Mistress of Space-Time (The Stasis Stories #7)

The Mistress of Space-Time (The Stasis Stories #7)
  • Author : Laurence Dahners
  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Pages : 286
  • Relase : 2021-10-06
  • ISBN : 9798490957928

The Mistress of Space-Time (The Stasis Stories #7) Book Review:

This hard Sci-Fi novel is the seventh book in the "Stasis Stories," a series of optimistic tales of technological innovation in the near future. This one is about Kaem Seba's daughter, Zaii, a young woman who, like her father, has extraordinary math talents. Eager to do her part in the war against the aliens from Epsilon Eridani, she becomes a Space Force ROTC cadet. Soon after that, she's proving to be a superb young officer. However, as she studies potential warfighting strategies that might be used against the Eridanis, she realizes that the defenders of Sol system have a problem. The humans won the first battle against the Eridanis by using the technical advantage afforded by the invulnerability of stasis. But, the Eridanis jump and biowarfare technology could easily allow them to wipe out the human race on Earth and thus win the war. Offered the opportunity, she sets out to study the wreckage of the Eridani ships from the first battle. She hopes to figure out how jump works, thus appropriating that technology for human use and evening the playing field. Can she figure this out in time to keep the Eridanis from exterminating homo sapiens? It turns out to be a lot harder than she'd hoped, and to require help from someone she doesn't want to ask...

Radiation Hazard (The Stasis Stories #3)

Radiation Hazard (The Stasis Stories #3)
  • Author : Laurence Dahners
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2020-08-10
  • ISBN : 9798673901939

Radiation Hazard (The Stasis Stories #3) Book Review:

This hard Sci-Fi novel is the third book in the "Stasis Stories," a series of optimistic tales of technological innovation in the near future. They follow Kaem Seba, a sickly and financially destitute young man with extraordinary math talents. With his friends, he's developed a device that allows him to stop time within limited volumes of space-time. In this story, Kaem and company are commercially developing "Stade," which is what they call a piece of space-time that's in stasis. Stade's phenomenal properties (because it essentially can't be altered since time's been stopped within it) allow it to reflect all radiation. When a nearby nuclear reactor undergoes a meltdown, the first thought is that stade might be used to limit the radioactivity from the accident.But a little further thought makes it obvious that stade is also the perfect material for dealing with radioactive waste. They also become interested in using it to remediate a toxic chemical dump.They're still using it to build rocket engines. And working on plans for a space elevator!

Amy Lynn Rock Star

Amy Lynn Rock Star
  • Author : Jack July
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 492
  • Relase : 2020-04-09
  • ISBN : 9798633759082

Amy Lynn Rock Star Book Review:

An out of control teenage rock star...Cantrell, the guitar shredding, hedonistic superstar goes to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a high paying private gig. During a night of partying, she unknowingly defiles the Prophet, making an enemy of radical Islam. An enemy that now wants her dead.A former CIA covert operative turned housewife...Amy Lynn, AKA covert operative Fenian, in an effort to leave her past behind, tries to be the best wife, mother, daughter and friend she can be. But the pull of her former life progresses from fleeting thoughts, to longings, to a visceral need. Events in her small bucolic town, events and calls from her past take her to the precipice of a return to what she's best at: killing people and breaking things.Meanwhile, back at the Zielinski ranch in Poland...An unlikely romance visits Amy's pride and joy, her son Micky. He, an adopted orphan. She, the cocky, pampered niece of ranch manager Miss Constance. Mary Wray, struggles with the attraction to a man she perceives as a simple stable hand. Micky searches to find the meaning of love while still haunted by the death of his first love. In this latest novel from Jack July, we dive deep into the things that bring each of us to life; family, love, friendship and commitment.

Capital as Power

Capital as Power
  • Author : Jonathan Nitzan,Shimshon Bichler
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 464
  • Relase : 2009-06-02
  • ISBN : 9781134022298

Capital as Power Book Review:

Conventional theories of capitalism are mired in a deep crisis: after centuries of debate, they are still unable to tell us what capital is. Liberals and Marxists both think of capital as an ‘economic’ entity that they count in universal units of ‘utils’ or ‘abstract labour’, respectively. But these units are totally fictitious. Nobody has ever been able to observe or measure them, and for a good reason: they don’t exist. Since liberalism and Marxism depend on these non-existing units, their theories hang in suspension. They cannot explain the process that matters most – the accumulation of capital. This book offers a radical alternative. According to the authors, capital is not a narrow economic entity, but a symbolic quantification of power. It has little to do with utility or abstract labour, and it extends far beyond machines and production lines. Capital, the authors claim, represents the organized power of dominant capital groups to reshape – or creorder – their society. Written in simple language, accessible to lay readers and experts alike, the book develops a novel political economy. It takes the reader through the history, assumptions and limitations of mainstream economics and its associated theories of politics. It examines the evolution of Marxist thinking on accumulation and the state. And it articulates an innovative theory of ‘capital as power’ and a new history of the ‘capitalist mode of power’.

Gaming and the Arts of Storytelling

Gaming and the Arts of Storytelling
  • Author : Darshana Jayemanne
  • Publisher : MDPI
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2019-07-12
  • ISBN : 9783039212316

Gaming and the Arts of Storytelling Book Review:

This book examines the notion of storytelling in videogames. This topic allows new perspectives on the enduring problem of narrative in digital games, while also opening up different avenues of inquiry. The collection looks at storytelling in games from many perspectives. Topics include the remediation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in games such as Spec Ops: The Line; the storytelling similarities in Twin Peaks and Deadly Premonition, a new concept of ‘choice poetics’; the esthetics of Alien films and games, and a new theoretical overview of early game studies on narrative

The Play of the Weather

The Play of the Weather
  • Author : John Heywood
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 118
  • Relase : 1908
  • ISBN : HARVARD:32044086762754

The Play of the Weather Book Review: