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Miles in Love

By Lois McMaster Bujold
  • ISBN Code: : 1618246461
  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Pages : 880
  • Category : Fiction
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Komarr¾Miles Vorkosigan is sent to Komarr, a planet that could be a garden with a thousand more years of terraforming; or an uninhabitable wasteland, if the terraforming project fails. The solar mirror vital to the project has been shattered by a ship hurtling off course, and Miles has been sent to find out if it was an accident, or sabotage. But once there, he uncovers a plot that could exile him from Barrayar forever¾and discovers an unexpected ally, one with wounds as deep and honor as beleaguered as his own. A Civil Campaign¾On Komarr, Miles met the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson, who has no intention of getting married after the heartbreak and betrayal of her first experience. But Miles has a cunning plan to change her mind. Unfortunately his clone-brother Mark and his cousin Ivan have cunning plans of their own, and the three- way collision of cunning plans threatens to undo Miles's brilliant romantic strategy. "Winterfair Gifts"¾Miles and Ekaterin make elaborate preparations for their wedding. But Miles has an enemy who is plotting to turn the romantic ceremony into a festival of death. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). "Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics."¾Booklist "Georgette Heyer has met her match for intrigue and STYLE!" ¾Anne McCaffrey

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Jo Walton is an award-winning author of, inveterate reader of, and chronic re-reader of science fiction and fantasy books. What Makes This Book So Great? is a selection of the best of her musings about her prodigious reading habit. Jo Walton's many subjects range from acknowledged classics, to guilty pleasures, to forgotten oddities and gems. Among them, the Zones of Thought novels of Vernor Vinge; the question of what genre readers mean by 'mainstream'; the under-appreciated SF adventures of C. J. Cherryh; the field's many approaches to time travel; the masterful science fiction of Samuel R. Delany; Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children; the early Hainish novels of Ursula K. Le Guin; and a Robert A. Heinlein novel you have most certainly never read. Over 130 essays in all, What Makes This Book So Great is an immensely engaging collection of provocative, opinionated thoughts about past and present-day fantasy and science fiction, from one of our best writers.

Of Sex and Faerie: Further Essays on Genre Fiction

By John Lennard
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  • Publisher : Humanities-Ebooks
  • Book Code : 1847602851
  • Total of Pages : 440
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 677
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Read and download full book Of Sex and Faerie: Further Essays on Genre Fiction

Lois McMaster Bujold

By Edward James
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  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Book Code : 0252097378
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 408
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Readers have awarded Lois McMaster Bujold four Hugo Awards for Best Novel, a number matched only by Robert Heinlein. Her Vorkosigan series redefined space opera with its emotional depth and explorations of themes such as bias against the disabled, economic exploitation, and the role of women in society. Acclaimed science fiction scholar Edward James traces Bujold's career, showing how Bujold emerged from fanzine culture to win devoted male and female readers despite working in genres--military SF, space opera--perceived as solely by and for males. Devoted to old-school ideas such as faith in humanity and the desire to probe and do good in the universe, Bujold simultaneously subverted genre conventions and experimented with forms that led her in bold creative directions. As James shows, her iconic hero Miles Vorkosigan--unimposing, physically impaired, self-conscious to a fault--embodied Bujold's thematic concerns. The sheer humanity of her characters, meanwhile, gained her a legion of fans eager to provide her with feedback, expand her vision through fan fiction, and follow her into fantasy.

Georgette Heyer, History and Historical Fiction

By Samantha J. Rayner,Kim Wilkins
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  • Publisher : UCL Press
  • Book Code : 1787357600
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 131
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The Nonesuch is the name of one of Georgette Heyer’s most famous novels. It means a person or thing without equal, and Georgette Heyer is certainly that. Her historical works inspire a fiercely loyal, international readership and are championed by literary figures such as A. S. Byatt and Stephen Fry. Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction brings together an eclectic range of chapters from scholars all over the world to explore the contexts of Heyer’s career. Divided into four parts – gender; genre; sources; and circulation and reception – the volume draws on scholarship on Heyer and her contemporaries to show how her work sits in a chain of influence, and why it remains pertinent to current conversations on books and publishing in the twenty-first century. Heyer’s impact on science fiction is accounted for, as are the milieu she was writing in, the many subsequent works that owe Heyer’s writing a debt, and new methods for analysing these enduring books. From the gothic to data science, there is something for everyone in this volume; a celebration of Heyer’s ‘nonesuch’ status amongst historical novelists, proving that she and her contemporary women writers deserve to be read (and studied) as more than just guilty pleasures.

Reproducing Sectarianism

By Paul W. T. Kingston
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  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Book Code : 1438447132
  • Total of Pages : 355
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 582
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Examines the politics of civil society in modern Lebanon. The Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere has highlighted the growing importance of the politics of civil society in the contemporary Middle East. In Reproducing Sectarianism, Paul W. T. Kingston examines rights-oriented advocacy networks within Lebanon’s postwar civil society, focusing on movements and political campaigns based on gender relations, the environment, and disability. Set within Lebanon’s postwar sectarian democracy, whose factionalizing dynamics have long penetrated the country’s civil society, Kingston’s fascinating study provides an in-depth analysis of the successes and challenges that ensued in promoting rights-oriented social policies. Drawing on extensive field research, including interviews and a wealth of primary documents, Kingston has produced a groundbreaking work that will be of interest to Middle East experts and nonexperts alike. Paul W. T. Kingston is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is the author of Britain and the Politics of Modernization in the Middle East, 1945–1958 and the coeditor (with Ian S. Spears) of States within States: Incipient Political Entities in the Post–Cold War Era.

Civil Society and Electoral Accountability in Latin America

By S. Lean
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137059621
  • Total of Pages : 197
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 353
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What is the role of civic associations in generating electoral accountability, and how do efforts by national groups to ensure free and fair elections advance democratic consolidation? Lean advances our understanding of how civic activism can strengthen election processes and provides new insight into role of elections for democratic consolidation.

Campaigning for President in America, 1788–2016

By Scott John Hammond,Robert North Roberts,Valerie A. Sulfaro
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440850798
  • Total of Pages : 954
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 499
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What does it take to get elected president of the United States—"leader of the free world"? This book gives readers insight into the major issues and events surrounding American presidential elections across more than two centuries, from the earliest years of the Republic through the campaigns of the 21st century. • Introduces readers to the how and why of every American presidential election in history through plain-English analyses written by national scholars of American politics • Presents a chronological account of presidential campaigns that showcases the key personalities, issues, and campaign themes as they emerged in American political history • Examines recent presidential elections of the 21st century in detail • Decodes confusing campaign jargon and political insider terminology, especially for the ever-changing campaigns of the 21st century

Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms: The Complete Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition [3 volumes]

By Robert North Roberts,Scott John Hammond,Valerie A. Sulfaro
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 0313380937
  • Total of Pages : 1241
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 952
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The book provides a comprehensive discussion of the major issues and events surrounding all American presidential elections, from the earliest years of the Republic through the campaign of 2008.

An Informal History of the Hugos

By Jo Walton
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  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Book Code : 1466865733
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 877
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Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, An Informal History of the Hugos is a book about the renowned science fiction award for the many who enjoyed Jo Walton's previous collection of writing from Tor.com, the Locus Award-winning What Makes This Book So Great. The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science-fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been presented since 1953. They are widely considered the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Between 2010 and 2013, Jo Walton wrote a series of posts for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from the award's inception up to the year 2000. Her contention was that each year's full set of finalists generally tells a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at that time. Walton's cheerfully opinionated and vastly well-informed posts provoked valuable conversation among the field's historians. Now these posts, lightly revised, have been gathered into this book, along with a small selection of the comments posted by SF luminaries such as Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, and David G. Hartwell. "A remarkable guided tour through the field—a kind of nonfiction companion to Among Others. It's very good. It's great."—New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing on What Makes This Book So Great At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Vorkosigan Companion

By Lois McMaster Bujold
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  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Book Code : 1618247069
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 123
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Master the Vorkosiverse! "I've always tried to write the kind of book I most loved to reacharacter-centered adventure. Readers return to such books because those characters have become their friends, and there is no limit to the number of times you want to be with your friends again." ¾Lois McMaster Bujold, from The Vorkosigan Companion. It's the companion for everything Miles and Vorkosigan: Insightful essays, encyclopedic entries on the characters, the plots and¾most of all¾the fantastic world-building! Plus, an extensive story-behind-the-story essay on the creation of the books, and a Bujold mini-biography! At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). "Bujold mixes quirky humor with action [and] superb character development. [E]normously satisfying." ¾Publishers Weekly

To Boldly Go

By Jonathan Klug,Steven Leonard
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  • Publisher : Casemate
  • Book Code : 1636240631
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 167
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The literature of ideas. When author Pamela Sargent used those words to describe science fiction in 1975, the genre had exploded into the literary mainstream. As a literature of ideas, science fiction has proven to be a powerful metaphor for the world around us, offering a rich tapestry of imagination through which to explore how we lead, how we think, and how we interact. To Boldly Go assembles more than thirty writers from around the world—experts in leadership and strategy, senior policy advisors and analysts, professional educators and innovators, experienced storytellers, and ground-level military leaders—to help us better understand ourselves through the lens of science fiction Each chapter of To Boldly Go draws out the lessons that we can learn from science fiction, drawing on classic examples of the genre in ways that are equally relatable and entertaining. A chapter on the burdens of leadership by Ghost Fleet author August Cole launches readers into the cosmos with Captain Avatar aboard the space battleship Yamato. In another chapter, the climactic Battle of the Mutara Nebula from The Wrath of Khan weighs the advantages of experience over intelligence in the pursuit of strategy. What does inter-species conflict in science fiction tell us about our perspectives on social Darwinism? Whether using Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to explore the nuances of maritime strategy or The Expanse to better understand the threat posed by depleted natural resources, To Boldly Go provides thoughtful essays on relevant subjects that will appeal to business leaders, military professionals, and fans of science fiction alike.

Shakespearean Echoes

By Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137380020
  • Total of Pages : 218
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 846
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Shakespearean Echoes assembles a global cast of established and emerging scholars to explore new connections between Shakespeare and contemporary culture, reflecting the complexities and conflicts of Shakespeare's current international afterlife.

Access to Archives

By Charles Kecskeméti,Iván Székely
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  • Publisher : Council of Europe
  • Book Code : 9789287157829
  • Total of Pages : 103
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 199
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In July 2000, the Council of Europe adopted the first intergovernmental standard on archive access policy and practice in Europe. This standard, known as Recommendation No. R (2000) 13, is based on the belief that knowledge of the past constitutes a cultural human right and that, in a democracy, access to authentic archived information helps strengthen cultural identity, diversity and social cohesion. This publication sets out general guidelines for the implementation of archival access policy and practice in line with the Recommendation, as well as giving a summary of current situation across Europe.

Electric Sheep Slouching Towards Bethlehem

By Harry Eiss
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1443858625
  • Total of Pages : 310
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 596
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On Monday, 8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945, the world changed forever. In the single largest act of destruction ever initiated by humans, a bomb with the equivalent force of 20,000 tons of TNT shattered Hiroshima, killing tens of thousands of civilians, people who had become used to the American war planes flying overhead, planes that were purposely not dropping bombs on their city, to the point where the rush to the bomb shelters had become lackadaisical, and the normal activities continued with little interruption – getting the children up and off to school, opening the many small retail stores for the daily customers, perhaps stopping at a local café for morning coffee or tea, perhaps joining in on the group exercise classes. This is the precise instant we entered the postmodern world, one where the easy truths of centuries no longer applied. Speculative Fiction projects real possibilities beyond the now shattered assumptions, moving through marginalized fictional landscapes – science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero comics, graphic novels, and movies, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Cyber Punk, the New Wave, as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts, including everything from graphic novels to video games.

A Functional Analysis of Political Television Advertisements

By William L. Benoit
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Book Code : 0739188992
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 943
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A Functional Analysis of Political Television Advertisements is a unique investigation into the extremely important medium of campaign advertising. The book analyzes presidential primary and general ads through 2012, ads from third party candidates, ads for governor and congress, and ads from foreign countries. It examines trends in political advertising content over time, contrasts different kinds of spots—primary versus general, incumbents versus challengers—and discusses the development of political ads over time.