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Timequake

By Kurt Vonnegut
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1440674388
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 812
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A New York Times Notable Book from the acclaimed author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, and Cat's Cradle. At 2:27pm on February 13th of the year 2001, the Universe suffered a crisis in self-confidence. Should it go on expanding indefinitely? What was the point? There's been a timequake. And everyone—even you—must live the decade between February 17, 1991 and February 17, 2001 over again. The trick is that we all have to do exactly the same things as we did the first time—minute by minute, hour by hour, year by year, betting on the wrong horse again, marrying the wrong person again. Why? You'll have to ask the old science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. This was all his idea.

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  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
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  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Religion
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Pastor Jack Hayford believes the key to understanding the book of Revelation is to understand and correctly interpret the time and events surrounding the major earthquakes in Revelation. In E-Quake Pastor Hayford offers a practical study of the book of Revelation, not a speculative or sensationalized look at prophecy. Readers will understand how this revelation of Jesus Christ affects their lives today. He also shows them how to live in what are perhaps the end times, how to keep things in perspective, how to make sure their value system and priorities are in order, and how to apply the teaching of Revelation in practical ways.

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Violet's paralyzing fear of the San Francisco earthquakes changes when her family renovates an old building. An aftershock dislodges a letter addressed in 1906 to Baby V--and Violet is certain the disturbing letter is intended for her.

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Spiritual or esoteric physics is the vision of the universe and human evolution brought to us by Oberto Airaudi – Falco Tarassaco, the founder of the Damanhurian School – over the course of his 40 years of activity and researcher. A vision based on his knowledge of a millenarian tradition, yet presenting many surprisingly advanced features, suggesting that much of this knowledge comes from the future. Mario Faruolo, known to Damanhur as Coyote Cardo, followed and assisted Falco for many years in public presentations and in the Damanhurian School of Meditation. In this volume Coyote provides a detailed and searching introduction to this very original, ground-breaking brand of physics, which interprets matter and the laws that govern it in an unexpected yet utterly coherent way. After outlining the theoretical background with its elements in common with so many other ancient and contemporary spiritual traditions – the origin of matter, the nature of space-time, the concept of the Divine – the author introduces us to the fascinating futuristic technology that the Damanhurian School has developed over the years, informed by the teachings of Damanhur’s founder. This book, then, constitutes the reference point and principal source for the seminars on spiritual physics organised by the author at the University of Damanhur.

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  • Pages : 368
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For centuries, Californians and the Japanese have known that they were at risk of catastrophic earthquakes, and prepared accordingly. But when a violent 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, hardly anyone knew the island nation was even at risk for disaster, and, tragically, no one was prepared. Over 300,000 people died as buildings that had never been designed to withstand such intense shaking toppled over and crushed their inhabitants. Now, scientists warn that it won't be long before a single, catastrophic quake kills one million people - and that it is going to strike right where we least expect it. In this groundbreaking book, renowned seismologist with the British Geological Survey Roger Musson takes us on an exhilarating journey to explore what scientists and engineers are doing to prepare us for the worst. With riveting tales of the scientists who first cracked the mystery of what causes the ground to violently shake, Musson makes plain the powerful geological forces driving earthquakes and tsunamis, and shows how amazing feats of engineering are making our cities earthquake-proof. Highlighting hotspots around the world from Mexico City to New York this is a compelling scientific adventure into nature at its fiercest.

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  • Publisher : Penguin
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  • Publisher : IGI Global
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  • Pages : 477
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Video games represent a unique blend of programming, art, music, and unbridled creativity. To the general public, they are perhaps the most exciting computer applications ever undertaken. In the field of computer science, they have been the impetus for a continuous stream of innovations designed to provide gaming enthusiasts with the most realistic and enjoyable gaming experience possible. Algorithmic and Architectural Gaming Design: Implementation and Development discusses the most recent advances in the field of video game design, with particular emphasis on practical examples of game development, including design and implementation. The target audience of this book includes educators, students, practitioners, professionals, and researchers working in the area of video game design and development. Anyone actively developing video games will benefit from the practical application of fundamental computer science concepts demonstrated in this book.

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  • Publisher : World Scientific
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  • Pages : 208
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This invaluable book captures the proceedings of a workshop that brought together a group of distinguished scientists from a variety of disciplines to discuss how networking influences decision making. The individual lectures interconnect psychological testing, the modeling of neuron networks and brain dynamics to the transport of information within and between complex networks. Of particular importance was the introduction of a new principle that governs how complex networks talk to one another — the Principle of Complexity Management (PCM). PCM establishes that the transfer of information from a stimulating complex network to a responding complex network is determined by how the complexity indices of the two networks are related. The response runs the gamut from being independent of the perturbation to being completely dominated by it, depending on the complexity mismatch. Contents:Overview of ARO Program on Network Science for Human Decision Making (B J West)Viewing the Extended Mind Hypothesis(Clark & Chambers) in Terms of Complex Systems Dynamics (G Werner)Uncertainty in Psychophysics: Deriving a Network of Psychophysical Equations (K H Norwich)The Collective Brain (E Tagliazucchi and D R Chialvo)Acquiring Long-Range Memory Through Adaptive Avalanches (S Boettcher)Random Walk of Complex Networks: From Infinitely Slow to Instantaneous Transition to Equilibrium (N W Hollingshad, P Grigolini and P Allegrini)Coherence and Complexity (M Bologna, E Geneston, P Grigolini, M Turalska and M Lukovic)Quakes in Complex Systems as a Signature of Cooperation (E Geneston and P Grigolini)Renewal Processes in the Critical Brain (P Allegrini, P Paradisi, D Menicucci and A Gemignani)The Principle of Complexity Management (B J West and P Grigolini) Readership: For professional and research level studies in psychophysics. Keywords:Network Science;Complexity;Neural Avalanches;Brain Dynamics;Decision Making;Coherence;UncertaintyKey Features:Due to the heterogeneous nature of the audience the lectures avoid being overly specialized but maintain scientific integrity while reaching across disciplines thereby making them accessible to students at all levelsExplicit contact is made between the qualitative concepts of classical psychology such as the mind and the quantitative methods of psychophysics and neurophysiology by some of today's outstanding scientistsNo other treatment of decision making takes advantage of the technical developments that have been made in the analyses of complex networks over the past decade

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

By Salman Rushdie
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  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Isbn : 0307367797
  • Pages : 592
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 110
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"The first great rock ’n’ roll novel in the English language." --The Times On Valentine’s Day, 1989, Vina Apsara, a famous and much-loved singer, disappears in a devastating earthquake. Her lover, the singer Ormus Cama, cannot accept that he has lost her, and so begins his eternal quest to find her and bring her back. His journey takes him across the globe and through cities pulsating with the power of rock ’n’ roll, to Bombay, London and New York. But around the star-crossed lover and his quest, the uncertain world itself is beginning to tremble and break. Cracks and tears are appearing in the very fabric of reality, and exposing the abyss beyond. And Ormus has to confront just how far he is willing to go for love. In this epic romance that stretches across whole lives, and even beyond death, Salman Rushdie's most accessible novel is also a vivid account of the intimate, flawed encounter between East and West, a remaking of the myth of Orpheus, and an exploration of the extremities of comedy, culture and desire. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a gripping story that encapsulates the history, dreams and passions of the last half century as no other novel has done.

Science Fiction and Futurism

By Ace G. Pilkington
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 1476629552
  • Pages : 236
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 322
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Book Summary:

Science and science fiction have become inseparable—with common stories, interconnected thought experiments, and shared language. This reference book lays out that relationship and its all-but-magical terms and ideas. Those who think seriously about the future are changing the world, reshaping how we speak and how we think. This book fully covers the terms that collected, clarified and crystallized the futurists’ ideas, sometimes showing them off, sometimes slowing them down, and sometimes propelling them to fame and making them the common currency of our culture. The many entries in this encyclopedic work offer a guided tour of the vast territories occupied by science fiction and futurism. In his Foreword, David Brin says, “Provocative and enticing? Filled with ‘huh!’ moments and leads to great stories? That describes this volume.”

A Grammar of Central Alaskan Yupik (CAY)

By Osahito Miyaoka
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Isbn : 311027857X
  • Pages : 1709
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 351
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Book Summary:

The volume is a major grammar of Central Alaskan Yupik (CAY). It is the culmination of the author's linguistic studies done in Alaska and elsewhere since around 1960, with assistance of many native speakers. Central Alaskan Yupik is currently the most vigorous of the nineteen remaining Native Alaskan languages. Descriptive in nature, extensive and deep, this grammar is of typological and of ethnological/anthropological interest. Given the severely endangered state of the language, this much of descriptive linguistic material is without comparison in the field.

A Man Without a Country

By Kurt Vonnegut
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  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Isbn : 0525510133
  • Pages : 160
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Reads : 310
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations . . . this is what he is like in person.”–USA Today In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age–or any age–holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, A Man Without a Country is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions. Praise for A Man Without a Country “[This] may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.”–Los Angeles Times “Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. . . . [Reading A Man Without a Country is] like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.”–The New York Times Book Review “Filled with [Vonnegut’s] usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.”–Chicago Tribune “Fans will linger on every word . . . as once again [Vonnegut] captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity.”–The Australian “Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we discover his family’s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism.”–Studs Terkel

The Lost Country

By Wayne Kyle Spitzer
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  • Publisher : Hobb's End Books
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 265
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 893
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First came the time-storm, which erased half the population. Then came the dinosaur apocalypse. How did it all begin? That depends on where you were and who you ask. In some places it started with the weather—which quickly became unstable and began behaving in impossible ways. In still others it started with the lights in the sky, which shifted and pulsed and could not be explained. Elsewhere it started with the disappearances: one here, a few there, but increasing in occurrence until fully three quarters of the population had vanished. Either way, there is one thing on which everyone agrees—it didn’t take long for the prehistoric flora and fauna to start showing up (often appearing right where someone was standing, in which case the two were fused, spliced, amalgamated). It didn’t take long for the great Time-displacement called the Flashback—which was brief but had aftershocks, like an earthquake—to change the face of the earth. Nor for the stories, some long and others short, some from before the maelstrom (and resulting societal collapse) and others after, to be recorded. Welcome to the world of the Flashback, a world in which man’s cities have become overgrown jungles and extinct animals wander the ruins. You can survive here, if you're lucky, and if you're not in the wrong place at the wrong time--which is everywhere, all the time. But what you'll never do is remain the same, for this is a world whose very purpose is to challenge you, for better or for worse. It is a world where frightened commuters will do battle with murderous bikers even as primordial monsters close in, and others will take refuge in an underground theme park only to find their worst enemy is themselves. Where ordinary people—ne’er-do-wells on a cross-country motorcycle trip, a woman on a redeye flight to Hell, a sensitive boy stricken with visions of what’s to come--will find themselves in extraordinary situations, and a gunslinger and his telekinetic ankylosaurus will embark on a dangerous quest. A world where travelers will be trapped with an unravelling President of the United States and a band of survivors will face roving packs of monsters and men in post-apocalyptic Seattle; where rioting teenagers will face deadly predators (as well as their own demons) while ransacking the nation’s capital; where a Native-American warrior will seek to bury his past--and offer an elegy for all the Earth--in what remains of Las Vegas. In short, it is a world where anything can and will happen. So take a deep dive into these loosely connected tales of the Dinosaur Apocalypse (each of which can be read individually or as a part of the greater saga): tales of wonder and terror, death and survival, blood and beauty. Do it today, before the apocalypse comes.

The Quake Cities

By Mark Wheaton
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Severn House Publishers Ltd
  • Isbn : 1448304385
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 337
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Book Summary:

A woman tries trying to find her way home in a world decimated by earthquakes, but there are people determined to stop her and harvest her DNA. Alice wakes up in the Los Angeles Quake Zone in 2025 having no idea how she got there. As her memories slowly return, she finds she's being hunted by several armed groups intent on capturing her alive. At the same time, Este, a survivor of the quakes that destroyed Los Angeles, makes a living as a pathfinder for salvage teams in the city. Este rescues Alice from her pursuers and learns there is something not quite right about her, Alice is convinced it is 2003. Aided by Este's occasional boyfriend Wilfredo and her dog Casey, Este and Alice try to evade those chasing Alice and discover why they value her so highly, all while trying to reunite her with her family as the earthquakes around the world grow worse.

Earthquake Engineering Frontiers in the New Millennium

By Y.X. Hu
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 135145398X
  • Pages : 482
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Reads : 226
  • File Pdf: earthquake-engineering-frontiers-in-the-new-millennium.pdf

Book Summary:

This volume comprises papers presented at the China-US Millennium Symposium on Earthquake Engineering, held in Beijing, China, on November 8-11, 2000. This conference provides a forum for advancing the field of earthquake engineering through multi-lateral cooperation.

The Last Dragon Chronicles: 6: Fire World

By Chris D'Lacey
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Orchard Books
  • Isbn : 1408314428
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reads : 649
  • File Pdf: the-last-dragon-chronicles.pdf

Book Summary:

Chris d'Lacey's wonderful storytelling takes us on a journey with familiar characters - in an unfamiliar place. Evil Aunts, intriguing firebirds and a dangerous universe await in another action-packed, compelling story.

The Unicorn Girl

By Michael Kurland
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Courier Dover Publications
  • Isbn : 0486845125
  • Pages : 176
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 648
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Book Summary:

In the second book of the Greenwich Village Trilogy, psychedelic hilarity ensues when a pair of hippies looking for a unicorn travel through time to encounter nude Victorians, dragons, and dinosaurs.

Eidolon, or the Course of a Soul and Other Poems

By Walter Richard Cassels
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Isbn : 1465508422
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
  • Reads : 183
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Read and download full book Eidolon, or the Course of a Soul and Other Poems

Cymbeline

By William Shakespeare
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Isbn : 1528785576
  • Pages : 179
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 255
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Book Summary:

Classic Books Library presents this new beautiful edition of William Shakespeare's play, "Cymbeline", featuring a specially commissioned new biography of William Shakespeare. Although one of Shakespeare’s less-performed plays, murderous plots and mistaken identities make “Cymbeline” a compelling story of intrigue. Set in ancient Britain, King Cymbeline laments the abduction of his two sons some twenty years prior. His last child, Imogen, has secretly married her lover, Posthumus, and not her stepbrother, Cloten, to which the sinister Queen has promised her hand. Exiled by the King, Posthumus is convinced that Imogen has been unfaithful and plans to seek revenge. Pursued by Cloten and fearful for her life, Imogen flees in a disguise and uncovers the truth about her brothers. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor. He is considered to be the greatest writer in the English language and is celebrated as the world's most famous dramatist.