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Stories of Your Life and Others

By Ted Chiang
  • ISBN Code: : 1931520895
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
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From the author of Exhalation, an award-winning short story collection that blends "absorbing storytelling with meditations on the universe, being, time and space ... raises questions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human" (The New York Times). Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder. An award-winning collection from one of today's most lauded writers, Stories of Your Life and Others is a contemporary classic. Includes “Story of Your Life”—the basis for the major motion picture Arrival

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  • Pdf File: reassessment.pdf

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'Reassessment' is an inspiring, spiritual novel full of courage, hope, freedom, forgiveness, and love. Imagine if you were suddenly trapped inside a cave by yourself. Then, imagine how shocked and surprised you'd feel coming face to face with one of your spirit guides who is going to help you to not only be set free from your rocky confines, but free from the things in your life that have traumatised you and others for years too. Kate Roberts was a disliked woman by many who crossed her path. She was riddled with all sorts of phobias, hang-ups and was an emotional wreck most days, but in her mind, from her viewpoint, she was fine. Just fine. Deeply in denial and always distracting herself in life to avoid confronting her problems was something that she was so accustomed to, she had absolutely no idea just how damaged she really was. Always keeping strangers at arms’ length, it was virtually impossible for her to ever allow anyone to get past her brick wall and close to her. It was a wonder that she had any friends at all but she did; three to be precise. They were her closer than close friends, more like family. Her three friends loved her unconditionally. They all had a bond so close and tight that nothing in life, and nobody either, could ever come between their lifelong friendship. But things were about to drastically change for Kate. If she wouldn’t listen to them and alter her negative thinking about some past situations in her life in order for her to finally move on, there was someone else who she was about to meet who she’d have to listen to for she was about to be confronted not just by all of her problems, but by herself too, at last. What she never expected was to also be faced with a very special person who had been watching her all of her life since childhood, someone who had a love for her so deep, that not even time, space or even death could ever erase. This the heart-breaking but also very positive, very moving, powerful and inspirational story of a woman who learns the hard way that in order to change her life for the better, she first had to experience many things in her forty-two years of life in order to understand who she is and what her purpose here on Earth is. What she never expected was to come face to face with someone who knows her better than herself and who loves her unconditionally despite her faults and imperfections. How does Kate react to this wonderful encounter? And how does she view the person who has been trying to help her to transform her life into a much more caring and selfless one? We each have free will and can do whatever we choose to in life, but what does Kate decide to do with hers? When suddenly confronted with the biggest event that not will not only make her face up to herself and how badly she’d been treating herself and others, it would also make her realise that ultimately, people have two choices in life: to choose to be happy and to love not only themselves but others too, or, to choose to go the other way; wallowing in pessimism, negativity and mistreatment of others - to their own detriment. This is the deeply moving and inspirational story of how one woman could transform her entire life in the blink of an eye if she wanted to: just by seeing that the most important thing in life is love. Giving love and living a life bound by a loving heart. Here is Kate’s story.

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

By Gary Westfahl
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440866171
  • Total of Pages : 766
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 935
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This book provides high school and undergraduate students, and other interested readers, with a comprehensive survey of science fiction history and numerous essays addressing major science fiction topics, authors, works, and subgenres written by a distinguished scholar. This encyclopedia deals with written science fiction in all of its forms, not only novels and short stories but also mediums often ignored in other reference books, such as plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels. Some science fiction films, television programs, and video games are also mentioned, particularly when they are relevant to written texts. Its focus is on science fiction in the English language, though due attention is given to international authors whose works have been frequently translated into English. Since science fiction became a recognized genre and greatly expanded in the 20th century, works published in the 20th and 21st centuries are most frequently discussed, though important earlier works are not neglected. The texts are designed to be helpful to numerous readers, ranging from students first encountering science fiction to experienced scholars in the field. Provides readers with information about written science fiction in all its forms—novels, stories, plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels Includes original interviews with major writers like Ted Chiang, Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Connie Willis that are not available elsewhere Features numerous sidebars with additional data about various subjects and key passages from several classic works Includes hundreds of bibliographies of sources that provide additional information on various specific topics and the genre of science fiction as a whole

The True Story of My Life: A Sketch

By H. C. Andersen
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 171
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 171
  • Pdf File: the-true-story-of-my-life.pdf

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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The True Story of My Life: A Sketch" by H. C. Andersen. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 28

By Kelly Link,Gavin J. Grant
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  • Publisher : Small Beer Press
  • Book Code : 1618730673
  • Total of Pages : 60
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 344
  • Pdf File: lady-churchill-s-rosebud-wristlet-no-28.pdf

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Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (a self-titled Occasional Outburst) returns either incredibly late for 2012 or incredibly early for 2014.

Inspired Words

By Nancy Knol,Brian Karsten
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1725277883
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 166
  • Pdf File: inspired-words.pdf

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English teachers Knol and Karsten have composed these moving reflections inspired by a wide range of writers, many of whom they have brought into their classrooms. And while some of their selections will no doubt be familiar to the reader, each of these meditations will kindle new insights. Attuned to the power of the written word, these seasoned teachers contemplate sacred themes, exploring passages from books that they love in light of passages from Scripture.

Supercommunity

By E-Flux
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  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Book Code : 1786633574
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 920
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Leading artists, theorists, and writers exhume the dystopian and utopian futures contained within the present “I am the supercommunity, and you are only starting to recognize me. I grew out of something that used to be humanity. Some have compared me to angry crowds in public squares; others compare me to wind and atmosphere, or to software.” Invited to exhibit at the 56th Venice Biennale, e-flux journal produced a single issue over a four-month span, publishing an article a day both online and on site from Venice. In essays, poems, short stories, and plays, artists and theorists trace the negative collective that is the subject of contemporary life, in which art, the internet, and globalization have shed their utopian guises but persist as naked power, in the face of apocalyptic ecological disaster and against the claims of the social commons. “I convert care to cruelty, and cruelty back to care. I convert political desires to economic flows and data, and then I convert them back again. I convert revolutions to revelations. I don’t want security, I want to leave, and then disperse myself everywhere and all the time.”

Glenn Ligon

By Gregg Bordowitz
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  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Book Code : 1846381940
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 542
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An illustrated examination of Glenn Ligon's iconic Untitled (I Am a Man) (1988)—a quotation, an appropriated text turned into an artifact. The iconic work Untitled (I Am a Man) (1988) by the important contemporary American artist Glenn Ligon is a quotation, an appropriated text turned into an artifact. The National Gallery of Art in Washington presents the work as a “representation—a signifier—of the actual signs carried by 1,300 striking African American sanitation workers in Memphis, made famous by Ernest Withers' 1968 photographs.” In this illustrated study of the work, Gregg Bordowitz takes the National Gallery's presentation as his starting point, considering the museum's juxtaposition of Untitled (I Am a Man) and the ca. 1935 sculpture, Schoolteacher, by William Edmondson, and the relation of the two terms, “markers” and “signs.” After closely examining the canvas itself, its textures, brushwork, and structure, Bordowitz presents a theoretical framework that draws on the work of American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce and his theory of Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness. He makes a case for Thirdness as a function, operation, or law of meaning-making, not limited by the gender, age, ethnicity, race, class, or personal history of the viewer. Bordowitz goes on to examine Ligon's work in terms of the representation of self, race, and gender, focusing on three series: Profile Series (1990–91), Narratives, and Runaways (both 1993). He cites such historical figures as Sojourner Truth and her famous 1851 speech, “Ain't I a Woman?” as well as influences ranging from Bo Diddley's 1955 song, “I'm a Man” to the cultural theories of Stuart Hall.

Theology Beyond Metaphysics

By Anthony Bartlett
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 172526420X
  • Total of Pages : 218
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 999
  • Pdf File: theology-beyond-metaphysics.pdf

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A theory of human origins that is one-half Charles Darwin and one-half Cain and Abel is bound to entail a lot of rethinking of traditional themes. Rene Girard's thesis of original human violence and the Bible's power to reveal it has been around for more than a generation, but its consequences for Christian theology are still only slowly being unpacked. Anthony Bartlett's book makes a signal contribution, representing an astonishing leap forward in understanding what a biblical disclosure of founding violence means for Christian thought and life. If human language arose directly out of the primal experience of murder, then semiotics becomes a core area for theological examination. Tracing the discipline of semiotics through postmodern thinkers, then back through its birth in the Latin era, Bartlett shows how Girard's thought is itself a semiotic emergence, beyond standard Christian metaphysics. Above all, Girardian theory of human signs demands we see the generative impact of violence in our language and thought, and then, conversely, that the Word of God, crucified without retaliation and risen in the same identity, brings a totally new sign and relation into history, offering a thoroughgoing transformation of human life and meaning.

The Counsellor's Guide to Personality

By Rowan Bayne
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1137297204
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 804
  • Pdf File: the-counsellor-s-guide-to-personality.pdf

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This text offers a wide-ranging, integrated, comprehensive introduction to the field of personality differences for counsellors, looking at the key theories and exploring their application to practice. Suitable for trainee, new and experienced counsellors, this is an invaluable addition to training course reading lists.

Meeks

By Julia Holmes
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  • Publisher : Small Beer Press
  • Book Code : 9781931520942
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 909
  • Pdf File: meeks.pdf

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A hapless bachelor must quickly find a wife--and a nice suit--or lose his freedom forever.