Born in 1918, Lloyd reflects on two world wars, the Great Depression, and changes he has experienced in education, family life, growth of personal freedom, leisure and entertainment, life in the churches, and more. He concludes Portholes to the Past with cautious optimism: ¿¿ it may not be too much to hope that from the fragments of dismantled Christendom we may rediscover and reinvigorate the moral values of justice, truth and environmental guardianship. Together with the spiritual forces of faith, hope and love, these qualities may yet enable us to create a viable human future.¿
Author: Edward W. Robertson
Publisher: Edward W. Robertson
Release Date: 2014-01-31
Rob Dunbar is the world's best history professor. And with good reason: he's been alive for three thousand years, keeping his existence a secret since before the days of Athens. But a stranger named Baxter has a better use for Rob's vast expertise. Baxter's looking to found a mining company in the Asteroid Belt. In exchange for Rob's help, he'll try to unravel the mystery of Rob's origin. As they're getting their outfit off the ground, they come under covert attack by HemiCo, a powerful Mars-based corporation. And Rob learns Baxter has a secret of his own—he's not human. He's a highly illegal AI. Developed by HemiCo in the wilds of Mars, the first AI escaped decades ago. They've been fighting a shadow war against their creators ever since. Dragged to Mars, Rob is thrown into the center of the fight—and becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution that will change the course of human history amongst the stars. ~ Keywords: space opera, space exploration, colonization, ai, artificial intelligence, spaceships
Fran may be old but she's not going without a fight. So she dyes her hair, enjoys every glass of red wine, drives restlessly around the country and lives in an insalubrious tower block that her loved ones disapprove of. And as each of them - her pampered ex Claude, old friend Jo, flamboyant son Christopher and earnest daughter Poppet - seeks happiness in their own way, what will the last reckoning be? Will they be waving or drowning when the end comes? By turns joyous and profound, darkly sardonic and moving, The Dark Flood Rises questions what makes a good life, and a good death.
Author: Jean Austin
Release Date: 2009-09-30
In 1969 Jean Austin’s husband was appointed Colonial Secretary of the Falkland Islands and they were transported to a remote outpost of the British colonies. While there Austin immersed herself in island life, fulfilling the duties of a Colonial Secretary’s wife. A Falklands Diary is her sensitive and perceptive memoir of these years. _x000D_ _x000D_ After arriving by the only possible means of transport to the Islands from Montevideo on a small mail boat, the R.M.S. Darwin, Jean Austin and her husband encountered a world unlike any to which they were accustomed. The cold and windswept terrain was radically different from previous postings in The Gambia and Nigeria, while the Islands’ culture clearly reflected its seclusion. As Colonial Secretary, her husband participated in the Islands’ administration and their old-fashioned ceremonies but it was generally an austere lifestyle with little opportunity for news from the outside world. Nevertheless before long they were fully integrated into this new life - just in time for another flare-up in British-Argentine relations that brought delegates, diplomats, journalists and engineers to the islands, disrupting life and signalling the changes to come._x000D_ _x000D_ Engaging and illuminating, A Falklands Diary paints a portrait of a mostly static culture defined by its remoteness and barren geography. At the same time, Austin’s story reveals how global politics were slowly changing the Falklands’ relationship with the rest of the world. Although seemingly removed from the drama of the Falklands War of the following decade, Austin’s experience foreshadows the impending conflict and the Islands’ growing geopolitical significance, casting fresh light on the history of these enigmatic islands. _x000D_
Author: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2012-02-29
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Twig Verginix has gained a formidable reputation as the young sky pirate captain who dared to sail over the Edge. But far out in open sky a storm is brewing. In its path lies Sanctaphrax – the great floating city tethered to the land by a massive chain. Twig has learned of the approaching danger, but a perilous voyage destroys his sky ship, hurling his crew into and beyond the Deepwoods and robbing Twig of his memories. The race against the storm begins, as Twig struggles to reach Sanctaphrax and save its inhabitants before it is too late . . . Midnight Over Sanctaphrax is the third book of the Twig Saga – second trilogy in The Edge Chronicles, the internationally best-selling fantasy series, which has featured on the UK and the New York Times best-seller lists and sold more than 3 million copies. There are now 13 titles and four trilogies in the series, but each book is a stand-alone adventure, so you can read The Edge Chronicles in any order you choose.
Ana Howland is at a crisis point. As a constrained yet passionate woman, she finds few outlets for her desires in her role as mother and wife. She is subsumed by a controlling husband, but is craving her own fulfillment. Her frustrations find outlets through a friendship with an eccentric neighbor and an affair with a man who respects her and nurtures her spirit and independence. Through hardship and grim determination, she learns to look with her own eyes, to feel with her own heart. She discovers a deep well of resilience and compassion, with room for growth and freedom. Her story is one of a leap of faith, away from despair and toward life at its fullest. Despite all odds, she navigates herself, through small but profound changes, into new ways of living, of relating to her friends, her daughter, herself. SHEILA ORTEGO is president of Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in New Orleans and of Acadian ancestry, Dr. Ortego received her doctorate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico, and since has taught Southwest Literature, Women’s Literature, and Women’s Studies at several colleges and universities. Her poetry has been published by the “Santa Fe Literary Review,” and she is a member of the “Live Poets Society” in Santa Fe. “The Road from La Cueva” was a first place winner in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards.
Author: H. S. St. Ours
Publisher: H.S. St.Ours
Release Date: 2013-04-21
Simma was sure she'd never see Sami again. Sef or Glyn, either. She'd left Sami standing in the middle of the street in First Right nearly a year ago, and the boys had vanished without a trace long before that, or were chased from the tunnel by the Judge. Living under the water in tunnel Tee Two, with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend, Namid, frightened Simma no end. Any moment, she felt, the walls would split and the whole of the mile-wide river would rush in and drown her. Namid said she'd outgrow it but she was nearly sixteen and this feeling of dread only deepened in her. Then Sami came, as if in a dream, and told her to run! Through a catastrophe brought on by the sabotage of the hated Judge Trapmann, Simma falls in with a crowd of survivors bent on revenge against his cannibal army. Simma liked a good fight, especially when it meant bringing down a bully, but Sami told her to push on, and it was up to Simma to warn the Twelve Towns. War was coming and worlds were at stake! Simma is a story of courage and discovery in an age of reconstruction, and is book 3 in the Water Worlds young adult science fiction adventure series. From the reviews: 5 Stars. "St.Ours does it again! Always hard to put his stories down! I start to linger as I get close to the end as I hate to finish. I hope we will get more soon!" 5 Stars. "Fantastic! Mr. St. Ours understands his audience and is an exceptional science fiction writer! I've appreciated all of his works and so has my son. Thank you!" 4 Stars. "A very enjoyable book. I have to say that I am really enjoying this series. I really liked the storyline which made it hard for me to put down. Thank you so much to H.S. St.Ours.”