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Almost Human

By HC Denham
  • ISBN Code: : 1838596127
  • Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • Pages : 200
  • Category : Fiction
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In the hothouse environment of a desert camp in Kenya, where biologists are using robots to 'green the desert,' the Universal Robotics Corporation is conducting a corporate experiment to introduce its newest product, humanoid empathetic robots, into domestic situations. But do they know what they have unleashed?

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This revised third volume of Harold Pinter's work includes The Homecoming, Old Times, No Man's Land, four shorter plays, six revue sketches and a short story. It also contains the speech given by Pinter in 1970 on being awarded the German Shakespeare Prize. The Homecoming 'Of all Harold Pinter's major plays, The Homecoming has the most powerful narrative line... You are fascinated, lured on, sucked into the vortex.' Sunday Telegraph 'The most intense expression of compressed violence to be found anywhere in Pinter's plays.' The Times Old Times 'A rare quality of high tension is evident, revealing in Old Times a beautifully controlled and expressive formality that has seldom been achieved since the plays of Racine.' Financial Times 'Harold Pinter's poetic, Proustian Old Times has the inscrutability of a mysterious picture, and the tension of a good thriller.' Independent No Man's Land 'The work of our best living playwright in its command of the language and its power to erect a coherent structure in a twilight zone of confusion and dismay.' The Times

Thinking Italian Animals

By D. Amberson,E. Past
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137454776
  • Total of Pages : 263
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 660
  • Pdf File: thinking-italian-animals.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This bracing volume collects work on Italian writers and filmmakers that engage with nonhuman animal subjectivity. These contributions address 3 major strands of philosophical thought: perceived borders between man and animals, historical and fictional crises, and human entanglement with the nonhuman and material world.

Thornlost

By Melanie Rawn
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  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Book Code : 1429946539
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 537
  • Pdf File: thornlost.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Melanie Rawn returns to her rich high fantasy world in Thornlost, the sequel to Touchstone and Elsewhens. Cayden is part Elf, part Fae, part human Wizard—and all rebel. His aristocratic mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high-society living off the scraps of kings. But Cade lives and breathes for the theater, and he's good, very good. He's a tregetour—a wizard who is both playwright and magicwielder. It is Cade's power that creates the magic, but a tregetour is useless without a glisker—an elf who can spin out the magic onto the stage, to enchant the audience. And Cade's glisker, Mieka, is something special too. So is their fettler, Rafe, who controls the magic and keeps them and the audience safe. And their masker, Jeska, who speaks all the lines, is every young girl's dream. They are reaching for the highest reaches of society and power, but not the way Cade's mother thinks they should. They'll change their world, or die trying. The Glass Thorns Series #1 Touchstone #2 Elsewhens #3 Thornlost #4 Window Wall #5 Playing to the Gods (forthcoming) At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Lovecraft's Works

By H.P. Lovecraft
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  • Publisher : Xist Publishing
  • Book Code : 1681959852
  • Total of Pages : 1543
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 576
  • Pdf File: lovecraft-s-works.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Lovecraft’s Works by H.P. Lovecraft from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” ― H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature This Collection of Lovecraft’s Works is a complete collection of the works by H.P. Lovecraft comprised of more than 2000 pages of stores, poems, essays, and letters.

The Year's Work in the Oddball Archive

By Joseph Campana,Theodore Bale
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  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Book Code : 025301851X
  • Total of Pages : 439
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 581
  • Pdf File: the-year-s-work-in-the-oddball-archive.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The modern age is no stranger to the cabinet of curiosities, the freak show, or a drawer full of odds and ends. These collections of oddities engagingly work against the rationality and order of the conventional archive found in a university, a corporation, or a governmental holding. In form, methodology, and content, The Years Work in the Oddball Archive offers a counterargument to a more reasoned form of storing and recording the avant-garde (or the post-avant-garde), the perverse, the off, the bent, the absurd, the quirky, the weird, and the queer. To do so, it positions itself within the history of mirabilia launched by curiosity cabinets starting in the mid-fifteenth century and continuing to the present day. These archives (or are they counter-archives?) are located in unexpected placesthe doorways of Katrina homes, the cavity of a cow, the remnants of extinct animals, an Internet siteand they offer up "alternate modes of knowing" to the traditional archive.

Developing Digital Marketing

By Park Thaichon,Vanessa Ratten
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  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Book Code : 1800713509
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 285
  • Pdf File: developing-digital-marketing.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Developing Digital Marketing: Relationship Perspectives provides a holistic perspective about the role of digital marketing in the global economy, helping readers to understand the shift from traditional marketing to more novel and innovative forms.

A Custodian of Grammar

By Kristijan Krkac
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  • Publisher : University Press of America
  • Book Code : 0761856536
  • Total of Pages : 282
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 213
  • Pdf File: a-custodian-of-grammar.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. This text discusses his philosophical method in his later period, sometimes referred to as morphology.

Digital Afterlife and the Spiritual Realm

By Maggi Savin-Baden
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  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Book Code : 1000486400
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Computers
  • Members : 624
  • Pdf File: digital-afterlife-and-the-spiritual-realm.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Few religious leaders have examined the potential for the positive impact of digital media and digital immortality creation in religious contexts. It is evident that there have been recent moves away from traditional funeral services focusing on the transition of the deceased into the future world beyond, towards a rise of memorial content within funerals and commemorative events. This has heralded shifts in afterlife beliefs by replacing them, to all intents and purposes, by attitudes to this life. Digital Afterlife and the Spiritual Realm explores the ways in which digital media and digital afterlife creation affects social and religious understandings of death and the afterlife. Features Understands the impact of digital media on those living and those working with the bereaved Explores the impact of digital memorialisation post death Examines the ways in which digital media may be changing conceptions and theologies of death For many people, digital afterlife and the spiritual realm largely remains an area that is both inchoate and confusing. This book will begin to unravel some of this bafflement.

Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism

By E. Gomel
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137367636
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 401
  • Pdf File: science-fiction-alien-encounters-and-the-ethics-of-posthumanism.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism offers a typology of alien encounters and addresses a range of texts including classic novels of alien encounter by H.G. Wells and Robert Heinlein; recent blockbusters by Greg Bear, Octavia Butler and Sheri Tepper; and experimental science fiction by Peter Watts and Housuke Nojiri.

When Machines Play Chopin

By Katherine Hirt
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Book Code : 3110232405
  • Total of Pages : 170
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 567
  • Pdf File: when-machines-play-chopin.pdf

Book Short Summary:

When Machines Play Chopin brings together music aesthetics, performance practices, and the history of automated musical instruments in nineteenth-century German literature. Philosophers defined music as a direct expression of human emotion while soloists competed with one another to display machine-like technical perfection at their instruments. When Machines Play Chopin looks at this paradox between thinking about and practicing music to show what three literary works say about automation and the sublime in art.