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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

By Lois McMaster Bujold
  • ISBN Code: : 1618249592
  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
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Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life of a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Ivan, cousin to Imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, Ivan's chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventures have once more found Captain Vorpatril. Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson's Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret of which even she may not be aware. It's a secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barayarran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej's homeworld. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. For behind Ivan's faade of wry and self effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch¾up to and including making the ultimate sacrifice to keep her from harm: the treasured and hardwon freedom from his own fate as a scion of Barrayar. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

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By John Lennard
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  • Publisher : Humanities-Ebooks
  • Book Code : 1847602851
  • Total of Pages : 440
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 251
  • Pdf File: of-sex-and-faerie.pdf

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Read and download full book Of Sex and Faerie: Further Essays on Genre Fiction

Artifact Space

By Miles Cameron
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  • Publisher : Gollancz
  • Book Code : 1473232627
  • Total of Pages : 479
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 807
  • Pdf File: artifact-space.pdf

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Out in the darkness of space, something is targeting the Greatships. With their vast cargo holds and a crew that could fill a city, the Greatships are the lifeblood of human occupied space, transporting an unimaginable volume - and value - of goods from City, the greatest human orbital, all the way to Tradepoint at the other, to trade for xenoglas with an unknowable alien species. It has always been Marca Nbaro's dream to achieve the near-impossible: escape her upbringing and venture into space. All it took, to make her way onto the crew of the Greatship Athens was thousands of hours in simulators, dedication, and pawning or selling every scrap of her old life in order to forge a new one. But though she's made her way onboard with faked papers, leaving her old life - and scandals - behind isn't so easy. She may have just combined all the dangers of her former life, with all the perils of the new . . .

Alien in the Family

By Gini Koch
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101513543
  • Total of Pages : 457
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 805
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Sci-fi action meets steamy paranormal romance in Gini Koch’s Alien novels, as Katherine “Kitty” Katt faces off against aliens, conspiracies, and deadly secrets. • “Futuristic high-jinks and gripping adventure.” —RT Reviews Planning any wedding is hard enough, but Katherine "Kitty" Katt and Jeff Martini have a lot more to worry about than seating arrangements, because multiple inter-stellar invasions, Alpha Team in mortal peril, and inter-alien conspiracies are all on the guest list—and the gifts they've brought contain some explosive surprises. The discovery that Martini is actually a member of the Alpha Centaurion Royal Family brings additional bad news—emissaries are on their way to see if Kitty's royal bride material. And they're not the only things coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Amazonian assassins, spies, alien beasties, shape-shifters, and representatives from the Planetary Council, combined with a tabloid reporter who's a little too on the mark, create a deadly situation for Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team. When the assassins strike far too close to home for anyone's comfort, Kitty realizes it's going to come down to more than throwing a bouquet—she's going to have to face an entire planetary consciousness and dethrone a monarch in order to make it to the church on time... Alien in the Family is the thrilling third installment of the Alien novels.

The Hallowed Hunt

By Lois McMaster Bujold
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061795976
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Fiction
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A magnificent epic tale of devotion, possession, obsession, and strange destiny from the author of the Hugo Award-winning Paladin of Souls Lois McMaster Bujold The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile -- and Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff must transport the body to its burial place and the accused killer, the Lady Ijada, to judgment. With the death of the old Hallow King imminent and the crown in play, the road they must travel together is a dangerous one. And though he is duty-bound to deliver his prisoner to an almost certain death, Ijada may be the only one Ingrey dares trust. For a monstrous malevolence holds the haunted lord in its sway -- and a great and terrible destiny has been bestowed upon him by the gods, the damned, and the dead.

The Sharing Knife Volume Two

By Lois McMaster Bujold
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061798339
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf File: the-sharing-knife-volume-two.pdf

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“A saga of daring deeds and unlikely romance.” —Library Journal One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold has won numerous accolades and awards, including the Nebula and Locus Awards as well as the fantasy and science fiction genre’s most prestigious honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel, four times (most recently for Paladin of Souls). With The Sharing Knife series, Bujold creates a brand new world fraught with peril, and spins an extraordinary romance between a young farm girl and the brave sorcerer-soldier entrusted with the defense of the land against a plague of vicious malevolent beings. Legacy continues the tale of Fawn Bluefield and Dag Redwing Hickory—the dangerous repercussions of their rebellious marriage and the strengthening of their love in the face of dark magic—as duty and disaster call the Lakewalker patroller away from his new bride and toward a peril that could forever alter the lovers and their world.

A Conspiracy of Truths

By Alexandra Rowland
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1534412824
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 520
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A wrongfully imprisoned storyteller spins stories from his jail cell that just might have the power to save him—and take down a corrupt government. Arrested on accusations of witchcraft and treason, Chant finds himself trapped in a cold, filthy jail cell in a foreign land. With only his advocate, the unhelpful and uninterested Consanza, he quickly finds himself cast as a bargaining chip in a brewing battle between the five rulers of this small, backwards, and petty nation. Or, at least, that's how he would tell the story. In truth, Chant has little idea of what is happening outside the walls of his cell, but he must quickly start to unravel the puzzle of his imprisonment before they execute him for his alleged crimes. But Chant is no witch—he is a member of a rare and obscure order of wandering storytellers. With no country to call his home, and no people to claim as his own, all Chant has is his wits and his apprentice, a lad more interested in wooing handsome shepherds than learning the ways of the world. And yet, he has one great power: his stories in the ears of the rulers determined to prosecute him for betraying a nation he knows next to nothing about. The tales he tells will topple the Queens of Nuryevet and just maybe, save his life.

Die Mörder von London

By Benedict Jacka
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  • Publisher : Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
  • Book Code : 3641274303
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 220
  • Pdf File: die-mörder-von-london.pdf

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Unschuldig zum Tode verurteilt! Im siebten Roman der Erfolgsserie ist der Hellseher Alex Verus auf der Flucht vor dem Gesetz. 1965 wurde in England die Todesstrafe abgeschafft – es sei denn, man ist magisch begabt: Dann gilt sie noch heute. Doch warum konnte der Hellseher Alex Verus nicht vorhersehen, dass sie ihn treffen würde? Dabei hat er sich ja häufig genug Feinde im Rat der Magier gemacht. Ihm bleibt nur eine Woche Zeit, bis das Todesurteil vollstreckt werden soll. Eine Woche, um sich irgendwie aus der Sache rauszuwinden. Da hetzten ihm seine mächtigen Gegner auch noch ihre Killer auf den Hals. Zum Glück hat Alex Verbündete, auf die er sich verlassen kann – oder? Die Alex-Verus-Bestseller von Benedict Jacka bei Blanvalet: 1. Das Labyrinth von London 2. Das Ritual von London 3. Der Magier von London 4. Der Wächter von London 5. Der Meister von London 6. Das Rätsel von London 7. Die Mörder von London 8. Der Gefangene von London 9. Der Geist von London Weitere Bände in Vorbereitung.

Flesh And Gold

By Phyllis Gotlieb
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  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
  • Book Code : 9780312871109
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 638
  • Pdf File: flesh-and-gold.pdf

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A mature alien woman judge sees an amphibious human woman, obviously a slave, displayed in a tank in front of a sex palace. And so an interstellar plot of murderous proportions involving many races and planets, galactic corporations, exploitive sex and horrible slavery is revealed. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Reading Science Fiction

By James Gunn,Marleen Barr,Matthew Candelaria
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1137078987
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 843
  • Pdf File: reading-science-fiction.pdf

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Science Fiction is illuminated by world class scholars and fiction writers, who introduce the history, concepts and contexts necessary to understanding the genre. Their groundbreaking approach provides insights into today's SF world and makes learning how to read Science Fiction an exciting collaborative process for teachers and students.

Dragonwriter

By Todd McCaffrey
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  • Publisher : BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1937856844
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 680
  • Pdf File: dragonwriter.pdf

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When Anne McCaffrey passed in November 2011, it was not only those closest to her who mourned her death; legions of readers also felt the loss deeply. The pioneering science fiction author behind the Dragonriders of Pern® series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre. In Dragonwriter, Anne's son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Award–winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern's Lessa (and from Lessa's creator); Hugo Award–winner David Brin recalls Anne's steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan shares (and tells stories about) never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more. Join Anne's co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life, and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it. Contributors include: • Angelina Adams • David Brin • David Gerrold • John Goodwin • Janis Ian • Alec Johnson • Georgeanne Kennedy • Mercedes Lackey • Sharon Lee and Steve Miller • Lois McMaster Bujold • Elizabeth Moon • Charlotte Moore • Robert Neilson • Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett • Robin Roberts • Elizabeth Ann Scarborough • Wen Spencer • Michael Whelan • Richard J. Woods • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Introduction to Data Compression

By Khalid Sayood
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  • Publisher : Morgan Kaufmann
  • Book Code : 0128097051
  • Total of Pages : 790
  • Category : Computers
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  • Pdf File: introduction-to-data-compression.pdf

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Introduction to Data Compression, Fifth Edition, builds on the success of what is widely considered the best introduction and reference text on the art and science of data compression. Data compression techniques and technology are ever-evolving with new applications in image, speech, text, audio and video. This new edition includes all the latest developments in the field. Khalid Sayood provides an extensive introduction to the theory underlying today’s compression techniques, with detailed instruction for their applications using several examples to explain the concepts. Encompassing the entire field of data compression, the book includes lossless and lossy compression, Huffman coding, arithmetic coding, dictionary techniques, context based compression, and scalar and vector quantization. The book provides a comprehensive working knowledge of data compression, giving the reader the tools to develop a complete and concise compression package. Explains established and emerging standards in- depth, including JPEG 2000, JPEG-LS, MPEG-2, H.264, JBIG 2, ADPCM, LPC, CELP, MELP, iLBC and the new HEVC standard Includes more coverage of lattices in vector quantization Contains improved and expanded end-of-chapter problems Source code is provided via a companion website that gives readers the opportunity to build their own algorithms and choose and implement techniques in their own applications