The Howling Stones (Humanx Commonwealth) by Alan Dean Foster

By Alan Dean Foster

The newly came upon planet of Senisran was once a veritable paradise. Its substantial oceans have been dotted with millions of lush islands containing large deposits of rare-earths and minerals. yet Senisran was once additionally the Humanx Commonwealth's challenge baby, for every island used to be inhabited through a distinct tribe of aboriginal natives whose customs and tribal rites different from island to island. every one needed to be negotiated with individually for mining rights, and the Commonwealth was once locked in a race opposed to the vicious AAnn Empire to safe these rights.
Now the clans of the Parramat Archipelago on Senisran have been resisting entreaties by means of the Commonwealth and AAnn alike. So, xenologist and first-contact expert Pulickel Tomochelor was once dispatched from Earth to deal with this delicate and obdurate negotiation. more well-off with extraterrestrial beings than together with his personal species, and assured in his awesome skill to speak with them, Pulickel seemed ahead to a quick task and a effective go back to Earth.
But he hadn't counted at the wonderful mystery of Parramat: the unusual eco-friendly stones that the natives used to bless the plants, make certain ample fishing, heal the injured and ailing, and regulate the elements. inside of those stones lay an amazing know-how the starting place of which used to be misplaced in time, know-how that needed to be stored from the AAnn at any cost.
In his past travels round the planets of the Commonwealth, Pulickel had noticeable many wonders, yet by no means any like this. And he had noticeable the consequences of evil on either beings and planets, yet he by no means anticipated to satisfy the very essence of evil face-to-face…

Originally released 1997 via Del Rey.

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Screening the Undead: Vampires and Zombies in Film and

The vampire and the zombie, the 2 most well liked incarnations of the undead, are introduced jointly for a forensic severe research in Screening the Undead. either have an extended historical past in renowned fiction, movie, tv, comics and video games; the vampire additionally is still crucial to pop culture at the present time, from literary 'paranormal romance' to cult television and picture franchises - through turns romantic, tortured, ugly, countercultural, a goth icon or lonely outsider. The zombie can shamble or, these days, dash with alarming pace, or even dance. It usually lends itself to metaphor and will stand in for fascism or ecological catastrophe, yet might be most often a harbinger and tool of the apocalypse.

Leading writers on Horror and cult media think of the attractive vampire and the gruesome zombie, in addition to hybrid figures who don't healthy well into both type. those are tested throughout more than a few contexts, from the Swedish vampire to the Afro-American Blacula, from the lesbian vampire to the homosexual zombie, from the Spanish Knights Templar using skeletal horses to dancing eastern zombies. Screening the Undead sheds new gentle on those icons of terror - and hope - whose well known durability has taken them 'Beyond Life'.

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The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television by Daniel Stashower

By Daniel Stashower

The realm recalls Edison, Ford, and the Wright Brothers. yet what approximately Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of tv, an innovation that did up to the other to form the 20th century? that question lies on the middle of The Boy Genius and the Mogul, Daniel Stashower's appealing chronicle of television's actual inventor, the conflict he confronted to capitalize on his step forward, and the strong forces that ended in the cave in of his dreams.

The son of a Mormon farmer, Farnsworth was once born in 1906 in a single-room log cabin on an remoted dwelling house in Utah. The Farnsworth kin farm had no radio, no cell, and no electrical energy. but, encouraged through the tales of scientists and inventors he examine within the technology magazines of the day, younger Philo set his points of interest on changing into an inventor. by way of his early youngsters, Farnsworth had develop into an inveterate tinkerer, capable of fix damaged farm gear whilst nobody else may well. It was once inevitable that once he learn a piece of writing a few new thought -- for the transmission of images by way of radio waves--that he would wish to try it himself. in the future whereas he used to be strolling via a hay box, Farnsworth took be aware of the instantly, parallel traces of the furrows and anticipated a method of scanning a visible photo line by way of line and transmitting it to a distant reveal. He quickly sketched a diagram for an early tv digital camera tube. It was once 1921 and Farnsworth was once purely fourteen years old.

Farnsworth went directly to collage to pursue his reports of electric engineering yet was once compelled to hand over after years as a result of dying of his father. nevertheless, he quickly controlled to cajole a gaggle of California traders to set him up in his personal examine lab the place, in 1927, he produced the 1st all-electronic tv photo and later patented his invention. whereas Farnsworth's invention used to be a landmark, it was once additionally the start of a fight opposed to a big company energy that may devour a lot of his lifestyles. That company energy used to be embodied via a mythical media magnate, RCA President and NBC founder David Sarnoff, who claimed that his leader scientist had invented a mechanism for tv sooner than Farnsworth's. therefore the boy genius and the rich person have been locked in a war of words over who may keep an eye on the way forward for tv expertise and the mammoth fortune it represented. Farnsworth was once significantly outmatched by way of the media baron and his military of attorneys and public relatives humans, and, via the Forties, Farnsworth will be nearly forgotten as television's genuine inventor, whereas Sarnoff and his leader scientist may obtain the credits.

Restoring Farnsworth to his rightful position in heritage, The Boy Genius and the Mogul offers a bright portrait of a self-taught scientist whose brilliance allowed him to "capture mild in a bottle." A wealthy and dramatic tale of 1 man’s perseverance and the amazing occasions prime as much as the release of tv as we all know it, The Boy Genius and the magnate shines new mild on a big turning element in American background.

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Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Seasons 1 & 2 by Bryan Cogman

By Bryan Cogman

HBO's Game of Thrones reigns as cable's highest-rated sequence. This professional significant other ebook offers enthusiasts new how one can input this fictional global and realize extra concerning the cherished (and reviled) characters and the electrifying plotlines. countless numbers of set photographs, construction and gown designs, storyboards, and insider tales exhibit how the show's creators translated George R. R. Martin's best-selling myth sequence into the area of Westeros. that includes interviews with key actors and staff participants that catch the easiest scripted and unscripted moments from the 1st seasons, in addition to a preface through George R. R. Martin, this certain quantity, certain in a lavishly debossed padded conceal, bargains particular entry to this unheard of tv sequence.

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Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander

By Jerry Mander

A complete departure from earlier writing approximately tv, this ebook is the 1st ever to recommend that the medium isn't reformable. Its difficulties are inherent within the expertise itself and are so harmful -- to non-public wellbeing and fitness and sanity, to the surroundings, and to democratic techniques -- that television needs to be eradicated forever.

Weaving own reports via meticulous examine, the writer levels broadly over facets of tv that experience not often been tested and not ahead of joined jointly, permitting a completely new, scary photo to emerge. the concept all applied sciences are "neutral," benign tools that may be used good or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt. conversing of television reform is, within the phrases of the writer, "as absurd as talking of the reform of a expertise similar to guns."

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Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish?: Dubbing Stereotypes in by Chiara Francesca Ferrari, Joseph Straubhaar

By Chiara Francesca Ferrari, Joseph Straubhaar

"Since while is Fran Drescher Jewish?" This was once Chiara Francesca Ferrari's response whilst she discovered that Drescher's personality at the tv sitcom The Nanny used to be intended to be a portrayal of a stereotypical Jewish-American princess. Ferrari had in basic terms visible the Italian model of the exhibit, during which the protagonist used to be dubbed into an unique, eccentric Italian-American nanny. Since while Is Fran Drescher Jewish? explores this "ventriloquism" as not just a textual and cultural move among languages but additionally as an business perform that is helping the media foster identity between various audiences all over the world. on the center of this examine is an in-depth exploration of 3 indicates that moved from worldwide to neighborhood, mapping stereotypes from either side of the Atlantic within the method. awarded in Italy, for instance, Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons is not any longer a belligerent, alcoholic Scotsman yet as a substitute simply turns into a primitive determine from Sardinia. paradoxically, The Sopranos-a exhibit outfitted round Italian-Americans-was rigorously re-positioned by means of Italian television executives, who erased the observe "mafia" and all nearby references to Sicily. the results of Ferrari's 3 case experiences is proof that "otherness" transcends translation, because the stereotypes produced by means of the yank leisure are easily changed via different stereotypes in overseas markets. As American tv studios proceed to try to extend profits by means of licensing their exhibits overseas, Since while Is Fran Drescher Jewish? illuminates the numerous problems with id raised by way of this ever-growing industry, besides the exciting messages that lie within the higher realm of audiovisual cultural trade.

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The Army Of Light (Kestrel Saga, Book 1) by Stephen A. Fender

By Stephen A. Fender

It began with an assault on a learn station close to the frontier area, the furthest element of the Outer Sphere of Unified area. Then, one after the other, next border platforms started to fall sufferer to the unknown attackers. Months glided by earlier than a person within the Unified Collaboration of structures learned what used to be occurring. by means of then, it was once too late.

The Kafaran had arrived.

The combating among the 2 factions raged on for almost 5 years. thousands perished, and thousands of blameless beings misplaced their homes.

Then, approximately as quick because the warfare had began, the Kafaran’s inexplicably retreated to an unexplored quarter of house. inspite of their as soon as expansive foothold within the Milky approach now mendacity in ruins, it appeared to the as soon as peaceable UCS that victory was once ultimately theirs. Now, it used to be time to rebuild.

With the Galactic conflict now 5 years long ago, former fighter pilot Shawn Kestrel wasn’t approximately as content material in his peacetime lifestyles as he might have been. not just used to be his fledgling shipment company gradually wasting shoppers, his lone interstellar delivery used to be fatally incapacitated, the sufferer of a now all too universal pirate attack.

Without caution, the prudish daughter of his former commanding officer seems to be, informing Shawn that William has mysteriously disappeared—apparently the sufferer of foul play. And, as though issues weren’t tough sufficient, a Unified zone Command provider fast arrives to claim the Unified government’s personal self-guided pursuits into the disappearance.

As Shawn endeavors to place the entire items jointly, something turns into terrifyingly transparent: the Kafaran aren't any longer idle.

With the govt suspiciously urgent down on him from one part, and the gorgeous and enigmatic daughter using him on from the opposite, Shawn Kestrel needs to seek deep inside himself to make your mind up the place his earlier and current loyalties lie prior to the universe once more erupts into all-out war.

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On Media Memory: Collective Memory in a New Media Age by Dr Motti Neiger, Dr Neiger Motti, Dr Meyers Oren, Dr

By Dr Motti Neiger, Dr Neiger Motti, Dr Meyers Oren, Dr Zandberg Eyal

This quantity deals a complete dialogue of Media reminiscence and brings Media and Mediation to the leading edge of Collective reminiscence research. The essays explore a variety of media applied sciences (television, radio, movie and new media), genres (news, fiction, documentaries) and contexts (US, united kingdom, Spain, Nigeria, Germany and the center East).

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