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Schism

2010.12.31

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A short story based on the space trading game Oolite

Author: Drew Wagar

Language: English

Published: 2010

Lumbering through the depths of space are the Generation Ships; huge self contained transports driving between the stars at sublight speeds in the midst of thousand year journeys to populate new planets. After 30 generations, a staggering and devastating truth is revealed to the occupants of one such ship




Connections

2010.12.08

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Author: Mike Hedrick

Language: English

Published: 2010

Rob Black, a college sophomore, has been experiencing some complications. Battling crippling paranoia and delusions due to an undiagnosed case of schizophrenia, he inadvertently projects his fears onto the presidential administration and the problems of post 9/11 legislation. Falsely sensing he is being called to action, Rob deftly sets off, vastly unprepared, to take matters into his own hands. The end result can only be described as the drastic depravity and desperation of a tragically confused mind, along with an unforeseen redemption.

Connections is a compelling look at what happens when a dangerously delusional mind takes on an endeavor far too large for its own good.




Father, Son, Ghost of the Holy

2010.12.08

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Author: Brad Hill

Language: English

Published: 2010

Two cousins, one evangelical and one atheist, enter into dialectic over the rationality of faith.




Makers

2010.12.02

Author: Cory Doctorow

Language: English

Published: 2010




This is not a Story

2010.12.02

Original French title: Ceci n'est pas un conte

Author: Denis Diderot

Language: English

Published: 1798

Translation into English by Peter Phalen, 2010.




Rice Tea

2010.11.13

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A Novel about the Digital Underground

Author: Julien McArdle

Language: English

Published: 2009

Seth Arnott is not your typical undergraduate student. Gifted and bored, he uses his computer skills and an uncanny understanding of the telephone network to unleash pranks across campus and town.Together with his good friend Gabriel and newcomer Kerstin, Seth's gags escalate as they take over movie theater phone systems and wireless connections at coffee shops. When the trio accidentally listen in on the work of a computer criminal during one of their escapades, they decide to blog about it on their website.Within a day of encountering the criminal, the pranksters find themselves at the focus of a police investigation. They have been framed, somehow, for operating one of the world's largest networks of infected computers. Confused, the three students barely avoid arrest and flee underground in an attempt to piece together the events and hopefully prove their innocence. What follows is an exciting journey through the world of cyber-crime.




Fryupdale

2010.11.05

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Author: Mark Staniforth

Language: English

Published: 2010

Porn stars and serial killers, Nazis and nymphomaniacs, hunchbacks and bare-knuckle boxers: just a few of the disparate cast of characters who call the remote moorland community of Fryupdale their home. These 18 short stories reveal the unflinching truths behind their lonely, sad and sometimes hilarious lives - and why the world beyond village limits will always seem so distant.




The Variant Effect: PAINKILLER

2010.11.02

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Author: G. Wells Taylor

Language: English

Published: 2010

Variant Squad Captain Joe Borland returns in PAINKILLER, a gut-wrenching novella of grisly horror. Dreams and reality collide in the shadow of the Variant Effect.




Replay

2010.11.02

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A short story based on the space trading game Oolite.

Author: Drew Wagar

Language: English

Published: 2009

Things aren't always what they seem...




The Demon Girl

2010.11.02

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Author: Penelope Fletcher

Language: English

Published: 2010

Rae Wilder has problems. Plunged into a world of dark magic, fierce creatures and ritual sacrifice, she is charged with a guarding a magical amulet. Rae finds herself beaten up, repeatedly, and forced to make a choice: to live and die human, or embrace her birth-right and wield magics that could turn her into something wicked, a force of nature nothing can control.




Pazuzu - Manifestation

2010.11.01

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Author: Matthew Sawyer

Language: English

Published: 2009

An ancient demon awakes to confront supernatural forces that prey upon an unguarded world. Pazuzu awakes to fight evil with evil. The demon first needs a human body. It finds Benedict Ishkott wandering alone and empty in the wastes of the Shur. One amnesic carries salvation and damnation from the desert.




Nine

2010.11.01

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Author: Drew Wagar

Language: English

Published: 2010

The story of an attempt to reach the 'ninth' chart. As players familiar with Elite and Oolite will doubtless know, there are only eight charts reachable by Galactic Hyperspace. Does the ninth chart exist? Can it be reached? If so, what's there? This is a slightly chilling tale of the 'Ooniverse.'




The Beach Scene

2010.10.29

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Author: Albert Berg

Language: English

Published: 2010

When a man receives a seemingly innocuous painting from a colleague that has recently committed suicide, he finds himself slowly being dragged down by an inexorable force into the awful depths of insanity.




New Perspectives in Wellness & Benefit Communications

2010.10.29

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Trends that will change everything, truths you should realize, and a communication plan of action you can follow today

Author: Shawn M. Connors

Language: English

Published: 2010

Read This eBook If You ...

Believe effective communication is a blend of art and science...

Think there must be some simple solutions for connecting with employees better...

Sense communication could be the driver fueling employee satisfaction with benefits, and the critical element in improving participation in wellness programs...

See that great tools for wellness, benefit programs and self-help go underused, and think there must be a better way to realize their full potential...

Wonder how to get employees to read important information...

Want a communication "plan of action" that is easy and simple to implement.




Courtesy

2010.10.07

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A Short Horror Story

Author: Amanda Lawrence Auverigne

Language: English

Published: 2010

On Halloween night, best friends Katy and Dana meet a mischievous little boy while walking home after trick or treating.




Ascension

2010.10.02

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Author: Drew Wagar

Language: English

Published: 2010

A tale of what might happen when an example of sophisticated technology is suddenly thrust upon a backward culture stepped in religion.




Derelict

2010.09.15

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Author: Albert Berg

Language: English

Published: 2010

In the dark heart of space, a derelict freighter drifts empty and lifeless. And in the shadows...something waits.




Ella Eris and the Pirates of Redemption

2010.09.12

Author: Albert Berg

Language: English

Published: 2010

Throughout her childhood Ella Eris dreamed of leaving the tiny town of Caelum and finding adventure in the world outside. But when she took the strange ring from the hand of a dead man, she found herself thrust into a perilous adventure beyond anything she could have ever imagined. Now, with everything she has ever known crumbling around her, and an unearthly enemy hot on her heals, Ella is quickly learning that the outside world can be a treacherous and hostile place, and that adventure is often a deadly undertaking.




Mutabilis

2010.09.11

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A novella based on the space trading game Oolite

Author: Drew Wagar

Language: English

Published: 2008

When a series of linked murders forces GalCop to outlaw the shadow organisation known as 'The Dark Wheel', a mysterious top secret document must be found in order to stave off a galactic conflict. The document contains a devastating secret; the key to domination, power and control. A secret as old as space itself, the location of the legendary planet 'Raxxla.'




Status Quo

2010.09.08

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A novella based on the space trading game Oolite

Author: Drew Wagar

Language: English

Published: 2006

A brilliant scientist uncovers a terrifying plot to begin a galactic war. Aided by a talented, but reluctant and embittered combateer, he must stop the deployment of a super weapon he invented. A weapon so powerful it threatens to destroy entire worlds.




The Variant Effect

2010.08.28

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Part One: Skin Eaters

Author: G. Wells Taylor

Language: English

Published: 2010

VARION was a popular medication that could cure anything from Anxiety and Depression to Schizophrenia and Zoophagia. Everybody took it back in the day, because there were no side effects... ...AT FIRST. By the time they learned about the Variant Effect it was too late.

The old building in a rundown part of Metro was a perfect place to find a body, but they wouldn't have dragged Joe Borland out of retirement if it still had its skin. It's been 20 years since Borland battled the Variant Effect, and 20 since he let his partner get skinned alive. Now both of them are ordered back into action to meet a terrifying new threat.




Corvus

2010.08.11

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Author: L. Lee Lowe

Language: English

Published: 2010

In an alternate present the minds of teen offenders are uploaded into computers for rehabilitation--a form of virtual wilderness therapy. Zach is a homo cognoscens, one of the new humans who can navigate the Fulgrid. Though still a high school student, he is indentured to the Fulgur Corporation as a counsellor. Laura is a homo sapiens. Their story is part odyssey, part tragedy, part riff on the nature of consciousness.




Going Deep

2010.08.01

Author: James Patrick Kelly

Language: English

Published: 2009




Mastering Id

2010.08.01

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Author: James Bennett

Language: English

Published: 2010

A chance meeting with an enticing woman forces Jacob into a battle with Id, the primal instincts surging within him. As his new nature is revealed, Jacob struggles to understand what he has now become and what he has lost, forever.




The House Beyond Your Sky

2010.07.24

Author: Benjamin Rosenbaum

Language: English

Published: 2006




The Ware Tetralogy

2010.06.22

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Software; Wetware; Freeware; Realware

Author: Rudy Rucker

Language: English

Published: 2010

Your Guide to the 21st Century!

It starts with Software, where rebel robots bring immortality to their human creator by eating his brain. Software won the first Philip K. Dick Award.

In Wetware, the robots decide to start building people­—and people get strung out on an insane new drug called merge. This cyberpunk classic garnered a second Philip K. Dick award.

By Freeware, the robots have evolved into soft plastic slugs called moldies­—and some human “cheeseballs” want to have sex with them. The action redoubles when aliens begin arriving in the form of cosmic rays.

And with Realware, the humans and robots reach a higher plateau.

(Includes an introductory essay by William Gibson.)




The Honour of the Knights

2010.06.14

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The Battle for the Solar System : Book One

Author: Stephen J. Sweeney

Language: English

Published: 2009

When starfighter pilot Simon Dodds is enrolled in a top secret military project, he and his wingmates begin to suspect that there is a lot more to the theft of a legendary battleship and an Imperial nation's civil war than either the Confederation Stellar Navy or the government are willing to let on.




dot-font: Talking About Design

2010.06.08

Author: John D. Berry

Language: English

Published: 2006




Returning to Lystra

2010.05.25

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Author: Brad Hill

Language: English

Published: 2010




This Unhappy Planet

2010.05.21

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Author: Marc Horne

Language: English

Published: 2010

California: everyone is visualizing their own reality, and two guys are getting rich off it. Then one day a young marine decides to walk into the ocean, and everything changes.

A twisted comedy of manners set in Southern California during the end of the George W. Bush years, where two friends create a business to exploit those around them who hunger to become masters of their own reality. As their "Spiritual Fitness Club" takes off, hardworking but naïve Jack is forced to deal with the dark, amoral tendencies of his wife and the mysterious past of their top guru.