Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation

Beginning with a childhood informed by pop-culture robots in movies, and on TV in the 1960s to adulthood where the possibilities of self-driving cars and virtual reality are daily conversation, in comic books, Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time.

This is a captivating book that looks at the pop-culture of our society to explain how the world works—now and tomorrow. By looking back at the future she once imagined, analyzing the plugged-in present, Terri Favro allows readers the chance to consider what was, what is, and speculating on what is on the horizon, and what could be.

Peppered with pop-culture fun-facts about superman’s kryptonite, the human-machine relationships in the cult TV show Firefly, and the sexual and moral implications of the film Ex Machina, Generation Robot explores how the techno-triumphs and resulting anxieties of reality bleed into the fantasies of our collective culture.

Clever and accessible, generation robot isn’t just for the serious, scientific reader—it’s for everyone interested in robotics and technology since their science-fiction origins. Generation robot covers a century of science fiction, i, speculation—from the 1950 publication of Isaac Asimov’s seminal robot masterpiece, Robot, fact and, to the 2050 Singularity when artificial and human intelligence are predicted to merge.

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Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories

A dazzling display of history as it might have been, this impressive array of award-winning writers explores the histories that never were, from Ancient Rome to Imperial China and much more. Polk, " by michaela roessner"the winterberry, " by ben loory"foreign devils, " by sheila finch"paradise is a Walled Garden, " by Michael Bishop"If There be Cause, " by Nicholas DiChario"Miriam, " by Walter Jon Williams"Every So Often" by Rich Larson"It's a Wonderful Life, " by Lisa Goldstein .

The book features classic reprints of alternate-history stories by karen joy fowler, michael bishop, harry turtledove, Rich Larson, Sheila Finch, Nicholas DiChario, Nisi Shawl, Ben Loory, Lisa Goldstein, Louise Marley, Maureen McHugh, Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn, Kathleen Goonan, Alan Smale, Michaela Roessner, Walter Jon Williams, Gregory Benford, and editor Rick Wilber.

Contentsintroduction by rick wilber"game night at the fox and goose, again, " by rick wilber"vulcanization, " by louise marley"a clash of eagles, " by kathleen Goonan"P Dolce, " by Karen Joy Fowler"The Lincoln Train, " by Maureen McHugh"Zeppelin City, " by Harry Turtledove"Something Real, " by Alan Smale"The House That George Built, " by Gregory Benford"Kamehameha's Bones, " by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn"Manassas, " by Nisi Shawl"James K.

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By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions Modern Library Paperbacks

It reads at times like an alternative social history of the West. Sebastian faulks “in writing by the Sword, Cohen has shown that he is as skilled with the pen as he is with the sword. The new york Times “Irresistible. By the sword is an epic history of sword fighting—a science, and, for many, an art, a religion that began at the dawn of civilization in ancient Egypt and has been an obsession for mankind ever since.

. Less successful, was mussolini, who would tell his wife he was “off to get spaghetti, but no less enthusiastic, ” their code to avoid alarming the children. So did shakespeare, and president truman, grace kelly, Karl Marx, who as a schoolboy would practice fencing with Bess—his future wife— when the two of them returned home from school.

. Vivid and hugely enjoyable. The economist “A virtual encyclopedia on the subject of sword fighting. San francisco chronicle “Literate, beg pardon, learned, and, razor-sharp . Like swordplay itself, by the sword is elegant, accurate, hugely readable, romantic, and full of brio—the definitive study, of man’s most deadly art.

Simon winchesterWith a new Preface by the authorNapoleon fenced.


Biotechnology in Our Lives: What Modern Genetics Can Tell You about Assisted Reproduction, Human Behavior, and Personalized Medicine, and Much More

For a quarter of a century, the council for Responsible Genetics has provided a unique historical lens into the modern history, science, ethics, and politics of genetic technologies. Since 1983 the council has had leading scientists, reproductive technologies, genetic privacy and discrimination, including genetically engineered foods, biological weapons, and public health advocates researching and reporting on a broad spectrum of issues, science writers, activists, and human cloning.

Biotechnology in our Lives examines how these issues affect us daily whether we realize it or not. Written for the nonscientist, it looks at the many applications of genetics on the world around us by posing questions such as:What should we know about genetics and childbirth?Can our genes keep us from qualifying for health insurance?Can gene therapy cure cancer?Is behavior genetically determined?Why would the FBI want our genes?Are foreign genes in our food?And much moreUltimately, this definitive book on the subject also encourages us to think about the social, environmental, and moral ramifications of where this technology is taking us.

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The Sculpted Ship

Anailu will have to brave the dangers of a planet on the edge of the empire: safaris, rogue robots, formal dinners, and a fashion designer. She may even have to make a few friends – and enemies. The sculpted ship is set on the outskirts of a thousand-year interstellar empire, where a young woman with ambition, skill, and manners has a chance to achieve her dreams.

Newly edited and revised October 2017. Then anailu Xindar grew up. She didn’t lose her dream – she changed it; made it practical. Instead, she ends up making a crazy deal for an impractical, rare ship that’s long on beauty – but short a few critical components. She’s determined to get her crippled ship back out among the stars, but her technical skills won’t be enough.

She became a starship engineer; she saved her money; she earned the skills and experience a starship captain would need. She still didn’t feel ready to go out on her own – but then her safe job went sour. With her newly minted imperial Shipmaster’s License in hand, Anailu just needs to find and buy a cheap, reliable freighter.

Starship repair and society MannersShe dreamed of adventuring across the stars as captain of her own sleek ship.


Bridge Across the Stars: A Sci-Fi Bridge Original Anthology

Savage - "guardians of earth"- lindsay buroker - "here be dragons"- chris dietzel - "the gordian asteroid"- Craig Martelle - "The Trenches of Centauri Prime"- Josi Russell - "Broken One"- Chris Pourteau - "The Erkennen Job"- Daniel Arenson - "The Firebug and the Pharaoh"- Rhett C. Travel the cosmos to find amazing adventure.

Flee the apocalypse of modern-day Earth, fly a fighter in the cold emptiness of deep space, and find new life on the distant shores of an alien world. Bruno - "interview for the end of the world"- steve beaulieu - "Night Shift"- Lucas Bale - "A Friend to Man"- Jason Anspach - ". Space pirates"- will mcintosh - "drive"- maya kaathryn bohnhoff - "Water Babies"- David Bruns - "Take Only Memories"- Patty Jansen - "This Deceitful State of Truth".

Walk beside unforgettable characters on the bridge across the stars. Featuring a Foreword by Kevin J. You might even discover something about yourself as each author opens a window on the soul of mankind. Who are we, really? should we survive? How do we become something greater without losing what makes us human?Open this collection and take your first steps into tomorrow.

The universe is dangerous, wondrous--a vast canvas upon which humanity sketches its hopes for the future.


The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA

Virgin islands—and their 4 million people are little known and often forgotten, so Doug Mack set out on a 30, 000-mile journey to learn about them. The U. S. To truly understand the United States, one must understand The Not-Quite States of America. Mark stein, best-selling author of how the States Got Their ShapesEveryone knows that America is 50 states and… some other stuff.

How did they come to be part of the united states? what are they like today? And why aren’t they states? Deeply researched and richly reported, The Not-Quite States of America is an entertaining and unprecedented account of the territories’ crucial yet overlooked place in the American story. Territories—american samoa, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.

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SuperSense: How the Developing Brain Creates Supernatural Beliefs

In an account chock full of real-world examples reinforced by experimental research, Hood’s marvelous book is an important contribution to the psychological literature that is revealing the actuality of our very irrational human nature. Science in the vein of malcolm gladwell’s blink, the science of superstition uses hard science to explain pervasive irrational beliefs and behaviors: from the superstitious rituals of sports stars, and Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational, Mary Roach’s Spook, to the depreciated value of houses where murders were committed, to the adoration of Elvis.

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A History of Courtship: 800 Years of Seduction

Pick up historical ‘dating tips, ’ from how to court or be courted, give and receive gifts, write romantic love letters, propose and pose as a sighing swain. The book takes a historical approach to the problem of finding a mate, with case studies of classic romantic mistakes and plenty of unusual tales.

. In the 14th century young men tried to impress the ladies with their footwear, donning shoes with pointed toes so long that they had to be secured with whalebone—presumably because size mattered!A History of Courtship is an entertaining and enlightening look at seduction over the centuries. Tania o’donnell takes the reader on a journey from medieval Courtly Love, through to the sexual license of the Restoration, and Victorian propriety.

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The Writers' America

Every nation is the invention of its writers. This book from american heritage offers a panoramic view of the American scene and the American people by its own writers - from colonial days until modern times. We are all, huckleberry finn, in some fashion, Father Knickerbocker, the spiritual heirs of Poor Richard, and other cherished figures from our literary past.

The united states is a state of mind and spirit created, in part, by the books that have emerged from the American experience - as truly as its politics have been shaped by history. America is no exception. Writers have created our national image, not only in our eyes but in the eyes of the world.


Flotsam Peridot Shift Book 1

When an anonymous client offers a small fortune to root through a pile of atmospheric wreckage, it seems like an easy payday. A fantastical steampunk first contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to create a story you won’t soon forget. Captain talis just wants to keep her airship crew from starving, and maybe scrape up enough cash for some badly needed repairs.

The job yields an ancient ring, a forbidden secret, and a host of deadly enemies. Now on the run from cultists with powerful allies, Talis needs to unload the ring as quickly as possible. Her desperate search for a buyer and the fallout from her discovery leads to a planetary battle between a secret society, alien forces, and even the gods themselves.

Talis and her crew have just one desperate chance to make things right before their potential big score destroys them all.