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Ascendancies

By Bruce Sterling
  • ISBN Code: : 1497688124
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 539
  • Category : Fiction
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Two dozen tales of future shock and twisted history from an undisputed king of cyberpunk science fiction, including Nebula Award finalists “Sunken Garden” and “Dori Bangs.” Time magazine describes Bruce Sterling as “one of America’s best-known science fiction writers and perhaps the sharpest observer of our media-choked culture working today in any genre.” Sterling’s abilities are on full display in Ascendancies, a collection of speculative fiction from a world-class world-building futurist, alternate historian, and mad prophet operating at the peak of his extraordinary powers. Here are twenty-four stories that span the illustrious career of the author who, along with William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, injected the word cyberpunk into the science fiction lexicon. These tales not only traverse galaxies and employ mind-boggling technologies, they also cut back across the centuries into a richly imagined past with style and a sharp satiric edge. Sterling’s unparalleled imagination and courageous originality carry the reader into the future universe of the warring Shapers and Mechanists, rival sects of exiled humanity with radically opposed views of human augmentation. Several stories feature the questionable adventures of the footloose con man Leggy Starlitz in a somewhat-skewed and still-dangerous post–Cold War world. Sterling explores the cyberpunk trope of technology gone wild and the resultant decline of civilization with appropriate gravity, while presenting parables of strangers stuck in very strange lands in a more whimsical vein. Whether chronicling an alien’s encounter with Crusaders in disputed Palestine, depicting the discovery of the key to immortality in a nineteenth-century Times Square magic shop, or portraying bicycles and bad guys in a near-future Tennessee, Sterling’s stories are smart, surprising, genre bending, bold, and outstanding, one and all.

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In this important new study, Hamilton establishes and develops innovative links between the sites of postcolonial literary theory, the fiction of the South African/Australian academic and Nobel Prize-winning writer J.M. Coetzee, and the work of the French poststructuralist philosopher Gilles Deleuze. Centering on the key postcolonial problematic of representation, Hamilton argues that if one approaches the colonial subject through Gilles Deleuze’s rewriting of subjectivity, then a transcendent configuration of the colonial subject is revealed. Importantly, it is this rendition of the colonial subject that accounts best for the way in which the colonial subject is able to propose and offer instances of resistance to colonial structures of subjectification. In elucidating this claim, the study turns to the fiction of Coetzee. Offering unique Deleuzean readings of three of Coetzee’s most theoretically beguiling novels – Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, and Foe – On Representation will prove to be essential reading to those interested in Coetzee studies, the literary terrain of Deleuze’s philosophy, and those engaging with contemporary debates in postcolonial literature and theory.

Shifting Ground

By Bonnie. COSTELLO,Bonnie Costello
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  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Book Code : 0674029879
  • Total of Pages : 237
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 283
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Book Short Summary:

Just as the look of the American landscape has changed since the nineteenth century, so has our idea of landscape. Here Bonnie Costello reads six twentieth-century American poets who have reflected and shaped this transformation and in the process renovated landscape by drawing new images from the natural world and creating new forms for imagining the earth and our relation to it.

The Great Dictionary English - Italian

By Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
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  • Publisher : Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1000
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 251
  • Pdf File: the-great-dictionary-english-italian.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This dictionary contains around 70,000 English terms with their Italian translations, making it one of the most comprehensive books of its kind. It offers a wide vocabulary from all areas as well as numerous idioms. The terms are translated from English to Italian. If you need translations from Italian to English, then the companion volume The Great Dictionary Italian - English is recommended.

The Great Dictionary English - Spanish

By Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
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  • Publisher : Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1000
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 145
  • Pdf File: the-great-dictionary-english-spanish.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This dictionary contains around 60,000 English terms with their Spanish translations, making it one of the most comprehensive books of its kind. It offers a wide vocabulary from all areas as well as numerous idioms. The terms are translated from English to Spanish. If you need translations from Spanish to English, then the companion volume The Great Dictionary Spanish - English is recommended.

Corruption, Party, and Government in Britain, 1702-1713

By Aaron Graham
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 0191058785
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : History
  • Members : 743
  • Pdf File: corruption-party-and-government-in-britain-1702-1713.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Corruption, Party, and Government in Britain, 1702-1713 offers an innovative and original reinterpretation of state formation in eighteenth-century Britain, reconceptualising it as a political and fundamentally partisan process. Focussing on the supply of funds to the army during the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-13), it demonstrates that public officials faced multiple incompatible demands, but that political partisanship helped to prioritise them, and to hammer out settlements that embodied a version of the national interest. These decisions were then transmitted to agents in overseas through a mixture of personal incentives and partisan loyalties which built trust and turned these informal networks into instruments of public policy. However, the process of building trust and supplying funds laid officials and agents open to accusations of embezzlement, fraud and financial misappropriation. In particular, although successive financial officials ran entrepreneurial private financial ventures that enabled the army overseas to avoid dangerous financial shortfalls, they found it necessary to cover the costs and risks by receiving illegal 'gratifications' from the regiments. Reconstructing these transactions in detail, this book demonstrates that these corrupt payments advanced the public service, and thus that 'corruption' was as much a dispute over ends as means. Ultimately, this volume demonstrates that state formation in eighteenth-century Britain was a contested process of interest aggregation, in which common partisan aims helped to negotiate compromises between various irreconcilable public priorities and private interests, within the frameworks provided by formal institutions, and then collaboratively imposed through overlapping and intersecting networks of formal and informal agents.

The Great Dictionary English - Finnish

By Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
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  • Publisher : Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1000
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 724
  • Pdf File: the-great-dictionary-english-finnish.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This dictionary contains around 80,000 English terms with their Finnish translations, making it one of the most comprehensive books of its kind. It offers a wide vocabulary from all areas as well as numerous idioms. The terms are translated from English to Finnish. If you need translations from Finnish to English, then the companion volume The Great Dictionary Finnish - English is recommended.

The Great Dictionary English - Russian

By Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
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  • Publisher : Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1000
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 703
  • Pdf File: the-great-dictionary-english-russian.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This dictionary contains around 60,000 English terms with their Russian translations, making it one of the most comprehensive books of its kind. It offers a wide vocabulary from all areas as well as numerous idioms. The terms are translated from English to Russian. If you need translations from Russian to English, then the companion volume The Great Dictionary Russian - English is recommended.

The Great Dictionary English - Polish

By Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
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  • Publisher : Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1000
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 356
  • Pdf File: the-great-dictionary-english-polish.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This dictionary contains around 60,000 English terms with their Polish translations, making it one of the most comprehensive books of its kind. It offers a wide vocabulary from all areas as well as numerous idioms. The terms are translated from English to Polish. If you need translations from Polish to English, then the companion volume The Great Dictionary Polish - English is recommended.

Religious Identities in Britain, 1660–1832

By Robert G. Ingram
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351904639
  • Total of Pages : 344
  • Category : History
  • Members : 562
  • Pdf File: religious-identities-in-britain-1660-1832.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Through a series of studies focusing on individuals, this volume highlights the continued importance of religion and religious identity on British life throughout the long eighteenth century. From the Puritan divine and scholar Roger Morrice, active at the beginning of the period, to Dean Shipley who died in the reign of George IV, the individuals chosen chart a shifting world of enlightenment and revolution whilst simultaneously reaffirming the tremendous influence that religion continued to bring to bear. For, whilst religion has long enjoyed a central role in the study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British history, scholars of religion in the eighteenth century have often felt compelled to prove their subject's worth. Sitting uneasily at the juncture between the early modern and modern worlds, the eighteenth century has perhaps provided historians with an all-too-convenient peg on which to hang the origins of a secular society, in which religion takes a back-seat to politics, science and economics. Yet, as this study makes clear, in spite of the undoubted innovations and developments of this period, religion continued to be a prime factor in shaping society and culture. By exploring important connections between religion, politics and identity, and asking broad questions about the character of religion in Britain, the contributions put into context many of the big issues of the day. From the beliefs of the Jacobite rebels, to the notions of liberty and toleration, to the attitudes to the French Wars, the book makes an unambiguous and forceful statement about the centrality of religion to any proper understanding of British public life between the Restoration and the Reform Bill.

The Great Dictionary English - Portuguese

By Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
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  • Publisher : Benjamin Maximilian Eisenhauer
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 1000
  • Category : Foreign Language Study
  • Members : 503
  • Pdf File: the-great-dictionary-english-portuguese.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This dictionary contains around 60,000 English terms with their Portuguese translations, making it one of the most comprehensive books of its kind. It offers a wide vocabulary from all areas as well as numerous idioms. The terms are translated from English to Portuguese. If you need translations from Portuguese to English, then the companion volume The Great Dictionary Portuguese - English is recommended.