Die ferne Zukunft. Die Menschheit hat den Sprung zu den Sternen gewagt und ein Imperium errichtet. Doch nie trafen sie auf außerirdisches Leben. Dies ändert sich, als die Crew um Captain Blaine einem sonderbaren Flugobjekt zu Hilfe eilt. Die Mission gelingt, doch das seltsame Wesen im Inneren der Sonde wird versehentlich bei der Aktion getötet. Da niemand die Folgen abschätzen kann, bleibt Blaine und seiner Crew keine andere Wahl, als die gefährliche Reise zum Ursprung der Kapsel zu unternehmen. Sie brechen auf in ein System, in das noch kein Mensch zuvor vorgedrungen ist. Was sie dort vorfinden, übersteigt nicht nur ihre kühnsten Träume, es könnte auch den Untergang ihrer eigenen Welt bedeuten... Das Science-Fiction Meisterwerk "Extraterrestrial – Die Ankunft" (engl. "The mothe in gods eye") in neuer deutscher Übersetzung.
Author: Claire P. Curtis
Publisher: Lexington Books
Release Date: 2010-07-17
Genre: Political Science
Fictional accounts of the end of the world rarely explore the end of humanity; instead they present the end of what we now know and the opportunity to start over. Postapocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract: 'We'll Not Go Home Again' contends that postapocalyptic fiction reflects one of our most basic political motivations and uses these fictional accounts to explore the move from the state of nature to civil society through a Hobbesian, a Lockean, and a Rousseauian lens.
Donny Petersen feels honored to share the wealth of his motorcycle knowledge and technical expertise. He offers the real deal in understanding the Harley-Davidson. He gives workable solutions for whatever ails the 1957 to 1985 H-D (Ironhead) Sportster. Graphics, pictures, and charts guide the reader on a sure-footed journey to a thorough understanding. Donny intersperses the technical explanations with entertaining true stories of the hard core lifestyle of these years including The Wild One, Easyriders, the Birth of Hog, Willie G., Steppenwolf, Evil Knevil, the reviled AMF, 1%ers, and who could forget Elvis Presley. Petersens insight makes technical issues understandable even for the novice. This is the eighth volume of twelve of Donnys technical series. Petersen is the dean of motorcycle technology. Donny examines the theory, design, and mechanical aspects of the Ironhead Sportster. Donny has ridden hundreds of Harleys across four continents doing all of his own roadside repairs. He has acquired his practical knowledge the hard way. Donny Petersen has the privilege of sharing his technical secrets with easy understanding. He will walk you through detailed mechanical procedures concerning the power train, electrical, fuel delivery, ignition, and the gear head favorite subject of oil and lubrication.
Author: Anthony Williams
Release Date: 2002-03-01
Deep Heet is a two-part gritty and dramatic work examining the inception and use of a previously unknown powerful hallucinogenic pleasure drug suddenly thrust upon the people of Southern California. Called “The Ultimate High”, Deep Heet automatically replaces heroin and crack cocaine as the racy drug of choice among the diverse and adverse groups and lifestyles of present-day Los Angeles. Introduced to the world by a wayward member of an L.A. gang who misspelled the word: Heat, the coolish “Heet” stuck fast and spread even faster. Called Deep Heet for the lasting warm sensation experienced after its initial devastating rush, Deep Heet induces painted, swirling visuals, feelings of extreme euphoria and total mental well-being. As it zips all bodily functions hypercritical causing heart failure and brain damage and complete metabolic dependence. In time people all over the world are selling everything from corporations to babies to obtain Deep Heet. From the struggling poor of South-Central, to the fast-track high-tech towers of West Los Angeles to the glitter and ritz of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Deep Heet leaves its insidious calling card; destroying lives and wrecking fortunes. Here, the novel gives unique insight into the lives and struggles of people living on the precipice of twenty-first-century Los Angeles and its incessant racial-age-social group and class turmoil. Where massive amounts of money; treacherous gangstas and the trappings of sex, mansions, sleek cars, hip-hop and rampant drug use whirlwinds the day. And destroys the soul. Where loyalties are fleeting, friendships hard to find and families non-existent. Deep Heet is a radical mind-boggling read sure to stir the consciousness of all who turn the pages.
Author: Dean Ing
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Release Date: 2004-02-01
DOOMSDAY. ARE YOU READY Harve Rackham: Bounty hunter, race-car driver. His best friend is a hunting cheetah. Ready for "dirty" bombs from terrorists, or full-fledged nukes from a rogue nation, Harve has turned his California home into a survival shelter. He intends to pull through. Shar McKay: Harve's little sister. Shar's latest fad is nuclear survival. She intends for her husband and kids to all pull through. Ernest McKay: Engineer. He has the knowledge and skills to save his family. With his help they'll all pull through. Kate Gallo: Runaway, forger, a tough street survivor. She's trouble¾but when real troubles come down, Kate will always pull through. They're tough, they're survivors, and this is their story: A novel of the day after Doomsday by a New York Times best-selling author. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Author: Benjamin Nugent
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2008
"American Nerd" explores the concept of nerdiness and the history of the nerd subculture: how they developed and how they have manifested in media, literature, schools, the workplace, and in the general public.
Author: Philip Jenkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2006-03-15
Genre: Social Science
Why did the youthful optimism and openness of the sixties give way to Ronald Reagan and the spirit of conservative reaction--a spirit that remains ascendant today? Drawing on a wide array of sources--including tabloid journalism, popular fiction, movies, and television shows--Philip Jenkins argues that a remarkable confluence of panics, scares, and a few genuine threats created a climate of fear that led to the conservative reaction. He identifies 1975 to 1986 as the watershed years. During this time, he says, there was a sharp increase in perceived threats to our security at home and abroad. At home, America seemed to be threatened by monstrous criminals--serial killers, child abusers, Satanic cults, and predatory drug dealers, to name just a few. On the international scene, we were confronted by the Soviet Union and its evil empire, by OPEC with its stranglehold on global oil, by the Ayatollahs who made hostages of our diplomats in Iran. Increasingly, these dangers began to be described in terms of moral evil. Rejecting the radicalism of the '60s, which many saw as the source of the crisis, Americans adopted a more pessimistic interpretation of human behavior, which harked back to much older themes in American culture. This simpler but darker vision ultimately brought us Ronald Reagan and the ascendancy of the political Right, which more than two decades later shows no sign of loosening its grip. Writing in his usual crisp and witty prose, Jenkins offers a truly original and persuasive account of a period that continues to fascinate the American public. It is bound to captivate anyone who lived through this period, as well as all those who want to understand the forces that transformed--and continue to define--the American political landscape.
Author: Gary K. Wolfe
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Release Date: 2011-01-03
In this wide-ranging series of essays, an award-winning science fiction critic explores how the related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror evolve, merge, and finally “evaporate” into new and more dynamic forms. Beginning with a discussion of how literary readers “unlearned” how to read the fantastic during the heyday of realistic fiction, Gary K. Wolfe goes on to show how the fantastic reasserted itself in popular genre literature, and how these genres themselves grew increasingly unstable in terms of both narrative form and the worlds they portray. More detailed discussions of how specific contemporary writers have promoted this evolution are followed by a final essay examining how the competing discourses have led toward an emerging synthesis of critical approaches and vocabularies. The essays cover a vast range of authors and texts, and include substantial discussions of very current fiction published within the last few years.