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The Deep Range

By Arthur C. Clarke
  • ISBN Code: : 0795325096
  • Publisher : Rosetta Books
  • Pages : 175
  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf : the-deep-range.pdf

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A man discovers the planet’s destiny in the ocean’s depths in this near-future novel by one of the twentieth century’s greatest science fiction authors. In the very near future, humanity has fully harnessed the sea’s immense potential, employing advanced sonar technology to control and harvest untold resources for human consumption. It is a world where gigantic whale herds are tended by submariners and vast plankton farms stave off the threat of hunger. Former space engineer Walter Franklin has been assigned to a submarine patrol. Initially indifferent to his new station, if not bored by his daily routines, Walter soon becomes fascinated by the sea’s mysteries. The more his explorations deepen, the more he comes to understand man’s true place in nature—and the unique role he will soon play in humanity’s future. A lasting testament to Arthur C. Clarke’s prescient and powerful imagination, The Deep Range is a classic work of science fiction that remains deeply relevant to our times.

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This is the first book to cover the British people’s late twentieth century engagement with water in all its domestic, national and international forms, and from bathing and household chores to controversies about maritime pollution. The British Isles, a relatively wet and rainy archipelago, cannot in any way be said to be short of liquid resources. Even so, it was the site of highly contentious and revealing political controversies over the meaning and use of water after the Second World War. A series of such issues divided political parties, pressure groups, government and voters, and form the subject matter of this book: problems as diverse as flood defence to river and beach cleanliness, from the teaching of swimming to the installation of hot and cold running water in the home, from international controls over maritime pollution, and from the different housework duties of men and women to the British state’s proposals to fluoridise the drinking water supply.

The Biology of the Indian Ocean

By B. Zeitzschel,S.A. Gerlach
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 3642654681
  • Total of Pages : 555
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 628
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This volume contains the proceedings of a Symposium held at the University of Kiel, Germany, from 31 March to 6 April, 1971. The Symposium was organized by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Marine Productivity section of the International Biological Programme (IBPIPM) with the assistance of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO). The aim of the Symposium was to summarize present knowledge of the biology of the Indian Ocean. Twenty-two presentations by invited speakers reviewed the research work carried out during the International Indian Ocean Expedition (lIOE) 1959 -1965, the first cooperative project coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). In addition, reports were presented of postexpedition examination of material and of more recent investigations relevant to the aims of the lIOE. In keeping with the aims of "Ecological Studies", the present volume contains much new information and some synthesis, all directed towards obtaining an understanding of the functioning and organization of the ecosystem of the Indian Ocean. The plan of the Symposium was to present the relevant meteorological, physical, chemical and geological background and to follow this with the various aspects of biological oceanography. Because of the uneven stage of development of the different disciplines, the papers included in this volume vary in their analytical level.

Cloud Cuckoo Land

By Anthony Doerr
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1982168455
  • Total of Pages : 640
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 377
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On the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks * A New York Times Notable Book * A Barack Obama Favorite * A National Book Award Finalist * Named a Best Book of the Year by Fresh Air, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, and many more “If you’re looking for a superb novel, look no further.” —The Washington Post From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, comes the instant New York Times bestseller that is a “wildly inventive, a humane and uplifting book for adults that’s infused with the magic of childhood reading experiences” (The New York Times Book Review). Among the most celebrated and beloved novels of recent times, Cloud Cuckoo Land is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope, and a book. In the 15th century, an orphan named Anna lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople. She learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds what might be the last copy of a centuries-old book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the army that will lay siege to the city. His path and Anna’s will cross. In the present day, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno rehearses children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders whose lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr’s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own.

The Second Media Age

By Mark Poster
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 0745677983
  • Total of Pages : 194
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 241
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This book examines the implications of new communication technologies in the light of the most recent work in social and cultural theory and argues that new developments in electronic media, such as the Internet and Virtual Reality, justify the designation of a "second media age".

Great Basin National Park

By Gretchen M. Baker
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  • Publisher : University Press of Colorado
  • Book Code : 0874218411
  • Total of Pages : 195
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 104
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A guide to the attractions, natural history, and cultural history of the Great Basin—perfect for tourists, naturalists, and historians. Great Basin National Park, Snake Valley, and Spring Valley cover more than 3,000 square miles across portions of Nevada and Utah, but few people know much about this diverse area. In her guidebook to Great Basin National Park, Gretchen Baker covers everything a potential visitor needs to know about one of the country’s best-kept secrets. The park sits in one of America’s driest, least populated, and most isolated deserts. It is a place of significant geological and scenic value, offering unspoiled vistas, abundant wildlife, clean air, and natural attractions. That contrast is one facet of the diversity that characterizes this region. Within and outside the park are phenomenal landscape features, biotic wonders, unique environments, varied historic sites, and the local colors of isolated towns and ranches. Vast Snake and Spring Valleys, bracketing the national park, are also subjects of one of the West’s most divisive environmental contests. At stake is what on the surface seems almost absent but underground is abundant enough for sprawling Las Vegas to covet—water. This guidebook not only describes the peaks, glaciers, subalpine lakes, caves, hiking trails, campgrounds, and historical sites, but also explores the cultural history of the park and surrounding area. Each chapter addresses the physical attributes and navigational issues of a specific area and includes an in-depth historical overview. The text is complemented by useful maps and historical photographs and makes Great Basin National Park: A Guidebook to the Park and Surrounding Area the most comprehensive book on the region available.

Castle Hangnail

By Ursula Vernon
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698154142
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 103
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Book Short Summary:

From the creator of Dragonbreath comes a tale of witches, minions, and one fantastic castle, just right for fans of Roald Dahl and Tom Angleberger. When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail's doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle's minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used to tall, demanding evil sorceresses with razor-sharp cheekbones.) But the castle desperately needs a master or else the Board of Magic will decommission it, leaving all the minions without the home they love. So when Molly assures them she is quite wicked indeed (So wicked! REALLY wicked!) and begins completing the tasks required by the Board of Magic for approval, everyone feels hopeful. Unfortunately, it turns out that Molly has quite a few secrets, including the biggest one of all: that she isn't who she says she is. This quirky, richly illustrated novel is filled with humor, magic, and an unforgettable all-star cast of castle characters.

The Ethics of the Environment

By Robin Attfield
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351890417
  • Total of Pages : 650
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 348
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Book Short Summary:

This book brings together over thirty of the foremost contributions to environmental ethics, from pioneering papers to recent work at the cutting edge of thought in this field. It also unites them through an innovative introductory essay which appraises both strengths and weaknesses and presents a distinctive view of the subject. Areas covered include the land ethic, Deep Ecology, biocentric approaches, environmental virtue ethics, feminist contributions, debates on equity and on the interests and representation of future generations, preservation, sustainability and sustainable development. The importance of attempts to discover a comprehensive ethic relevant both to the environment and other key areas of ethical debate is highlighted. Robin Attfield has been working in this field for thirty years, and has published several related collections and monographs, of which the latest is Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-First Century, published by Polity in 2003. The Ethics of The Environment complements that work, from which it incorporates a significant extract about the considerable practical difference that environmental ethics is capable of making.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Vol 1

By R. Reginald
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 0941028755
  • Total of Pages : 800
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 246
  • Pdf File: science-fiction-and-fantasy-literature-vol-1.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, A Checklist, 1700-1974, Volume one of Two, contains an Author Index, Title Index, Series Index, Awards Index, and the Ace and Belmont Doubles Index.