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|Author||: Alec Nevala-Lee|
An Economist Best Book of the Year A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of 2018 “An amazing and engrossing history...Insightful, entertaining, and compulsively readable.” — George R. R. Martin "Enthralling…A clarion call to enlarge American literary history.” — Washington Post “Engrossing, well-researched… This sure-footed history addresses important issues, such as the lack of racial diversity and gender parity for much of the genre’s history.” — Wall Street Journal “A gift to science fiction fans everywhere.” — Sylvia Nasar, New York Times bestselling author of A Beautiful Mind Astounding is the landmark account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers—John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard—who set off a revolution in science fiction and forever changed our world. This remarkable cultural narrative centers on the figure of John W. Campbell, Jr., whom Asimov called “the most powerful force in science fiction ever.” Campbell, who has never been the subject of a biography until now, was both a visionary author—he wrote the story that was later filmed as The Thing—and the editor of the groundbreaking magazine best known as Astounding Science Fiction, in which he discovered countless legendary writers and published classic works ranging from the I, Robot series to Dune. Over a period of more than thirty years, from the rise of the pulps to the debut of Star Trek, he dominated the genre, and his three closest collaborators reached unimaginable heights. Asimov became the most prolific author in American history; Heinlein emerged as the leading science fiction writer of his generation with the novels Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land; and Hubbard achieved lasting fame—and infamy—as the founder of the Church of Scientology. Drawing on unexplored archives, thousands of unpublished letters, and dozens of interviews, Alec Nevala-Lee offers a riveting portrait of this circle of authors, their work, and their tumultuous private lives. With unprecedented scope, drama, and detail, Astounding describes how fan culture was born in the depths of the Great Depression; follows these four friends and rivals through World War II and the dawn of the atomic era; and honors such exceptional women as Doña Campbell and Leslyn Heinlein, whose pivotal roles in the history of the genre have gone largely unacknowledged. For the first time, it reveals the startling extent of Campbell’s influence on the ideas that evolved into Scientology, which prompted Asimov to observe: “I knew Campbell and I knew Hubbard, and no movement can have two Messiahs.” It looks unsparingly at the tragic final act that estranged the others from Campbell, bringing the golden age of science fiction to a close, and it illuminates how their complicated legacy continues to shape the imaginations of millions and our vision of the future itself.
|Author||: John Cheng|
|Editor||: University of Pennsylvania Press|
When physicist Robert Goddard, whose career was inspired by H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds, published "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes," the response was electric. Newspaper headlines across the country announced, "Modern Jules Verne Invents Rocket to Reach Moon," while people from around the world, including two World War I pilots, volunteered as pioneers in space exploration. Though premature (Goddard's rocket, alas, was only imagined), the episode demonstrated not only science's general popularity but also its intersection with interwar popular and commercial culture. In that intersection, the stories that inspired Goddard and others became a recognizable genre: science fiction. Astounding Wonder explores science fiction's emergence in the era's "pulps," colorful magazines that shouted from the newsstands, attracting an extraordinarily loyal and active audience. Pulps invited readers not only to read science fiction but also to participate in it, joining writers and editors in celebrating a collective wonder for and investment in the potential of science. But in conjuring fantastic machines, travel across time and space, unexplored worlds, and alien foes, science fiction offered more than rousing adventure and romance. It also assuaged contemporary concerns about nation, gender, race, authority, ability, and progress—about the place of ordinary individuals within modern science and society—in the process freeing readers to debate scientific theories and implications separate from such concerns. Readers similarly sought to establish their worth and place outside the pulps. Organizing clubs and conventions and producing their own magazines, some expanded science fiction's community and created a fan subculture separate from the professional pulp industry. Others formed societies to launch and experiment with rockets. From debating relativity and the use of slang in the future to printing purple fanzines and calculating the speed of spaceships, fans' enthusiastic industry revealed the tensions between popular science and modern science. Even as it inspired readers' imagination and activities, science fiction's participatory ethos sparked debates about amateurs and professionals that divided the worlds of science fiction in the 1930s and after.
|Author||: H. W. WESSO et al.|
INDEX CHAPTER I There Comes a New World CHAPTER II Escape CHAPTER III The Space Terror CHAPTER IV The Rescue in Space CHAPTER V The "Dark Moon" CHAPTER VI Trapped CHAPTER VII In the Labyrinth CHAPTER VIII The Half-Men CHAPTER IX The Throwers of Thunder CHAPTER X "But Awfully Dumb...." CHAPTER XI "Nothing to Be Done" A SCIENTIFIC HELL When Caverns Yawned By Captain S. P. Meek The Exile of Time PART TWO OF A FOUR-PART NOVEL By Ray Cummings WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE CHAPTER VIII The Murder of Major Atwood CHAPTER IX Migul—Mechanism Almost Human CHAPTER X Events Engraven on the Scroll of Time CHAPTER XI Back to the Beginning of Time CHAPTER XII A Billion Years in An Hour! CHAPTER XIII In the Burned Forest When the Moon Turned Green By Hal K. Wells The Death-Cloud By Nat Schachner and Arthur L. Zagat A BEE'S BREATH "The Readers' Corner"
|Author||: Ray Cummings et al.|
|Editor||: Prabhat Prakashan|
"It is a magazine whose stories will anticipate the super-scientific achievements of To-morrow—whose stories will not only be strictly accurate in their science but will be vividly, dramatically and thrillingly told. Already we have secured stories by some of the finest writers of fantasy in the world—men such as Ray Cummings, Murray Leinster, Captain S. P. Meek, Harl Vincent, R. F. Starzl and Victor Rousseau." -Introduction
|Author||: Ade Bowen|
|Editor||: Onion Custard Kids|
Mr Bowns is the laziest man in the world. He is really really lazy. He is so lazy, his heart only beats once a day! Twice if he hiccups! Lazy Bowns! However, he has a fantastic imagination, and he entertains the children who live next door with astounding stories and poems. This is a short collection of some of Mr Bowns' astounding stories.
|Author||: Edmund Zebrowski|
|Editor||: U.S. Games Systems|
Lovingly created with artwork from the Smith-Waite Tarot deck and "The Golden Vanity," this charming 36-card petit Lenormand deck pays tribute to Pamela Colman Smith. The 132-page booklet includes keywords and expanded meanings for Love and Career issues. This unique Lenormand deck comes in an adorable tin.
|Author||: Zahid Ameer|
|Editor||: Zahid Ameer|
This special compilation of 500 interesting technology facts is not filled with malice, but with stuff that would make you smile, raise your eyebrows, or, God forbid, make you exchange notes with malicious glee at that next Saturday night party. Technology, like most aspects of our life that pass us by and we take for granted, has history. Since technological progress has been fast enough to send every one of us into a tizzy, we tend to lose sight of the pioneers, of the technologies that changed our lives. This eBook is meant to bring us closer to reality, closer to our technology history, closer to the people who made it happen. We learn from history, and from those lessons alone can we shape our future. So sit back, put your feet on the table, let your hair down, and let time pass you by. And yes, tell me if you didn’t get that smile on your face.
|Author||: Paul Malmont|
|Editor||: Simon & Schuster|
A sequel to "The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril" finds Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and their literary associates confronting a powerful adversary who threatens to tip the balance of power during World War II.
|Author||: Paul Malmont|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Based on an incredible true episode of World War II history, Paul Malmont’s new novel is a rollicking blend of fact and fiction about the men and women who were recruited to defeat the Nazis and ended up creating the future. In 1943, when the United States learns that Germany is on the verge of a deadly innovation that could tip the balance of the war, the government turns to an unlikely source for help: the nation’s top science fiction writers. Installed at a covert military lab within the Philadelphia Naval Yard are the most brilliant of these young visionaries. The unruly band is led by Robert Heinlein, the dashing and complicated master of the genre. His “Kamikaze Group,” which includes the ambitious genius Isaac Asimov, is tasked with transforming the wonders of science fiction into science fact and unlocking the secrets to invisibility, death rays, force fields, weather control, and other astounding phenomena—and finding it harder than they ever imagined. When a German spy washes ashore near the abandoned Long Island ruins of a mysterious energy facility, the military begins to fear that the Nazis are a step ahead of Heinlein’s group. Now the oddball team, joined by old friends from the Pulp Era including L. Ron Hubbard (court-martialed for attacking Mexico), must race to catch up. The answers they seek may be locked in the legendary War of Currents, which was fought decades earlier between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. As the threat of an imminent Nazi invasion of America grows more and more possible, events are set in motion that just may revolutionize the future—or destroy it—while forcing the writers to challenge the limits of talent, imagination, love, destiny, and even reality itself. Blazing at breathtaking speed from forgotten tunnels deep beneath Manhattan to top-secret battles in the North Pacific, and careening from truth to pulp and back again, The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown is a sweeping, romantic epic—a page-turning rocket ship ride through the history of the future.
|Author||: Caroline Rochford|
Have you ever heard of a four-footed bird? Can you really teach a dog to read? Where would you find a kangaroo crossed with a lion? In this brilliant and bizarre follow-up to Great Victorian Inventions, Caroline Rochford reveals the wondrous experiments and extraordinary theories of the great minds of science, engineering and natural history of the Victorian age. Some discoveries were authentic, some merely misguided assumptions giving rise to strange beliefs. This book exposes the curious conviction that Martians were constructing waterways on Mars and that the sun was really blue. It enters the world of botany with the discovery of a plant that had the ability to uproot itself and 'travel' across the landscape, along with an ornamental tree that 'ate' iron nails. Within these pages you can relive the moment when a German medical student accidentally splashed a liquid chemical on to his face and found it turned his eye numb, thus discovering local anesthetic, and learn how green Victorians tackled the threat to fossil fuels by converting straw into energy. Come on a remarkable journey into the past and see for yourself the extraordinary discoveries that promised to change the world forever.
|Author||: Eva Everything|
|Editor||: ECW Press|
An all-ages quiz book that makes learning science fun, from the Discovery Channel science quizmaster and author of What Does the Moon Smell Like? From the surprising science behind everyday life to the mysteries on the frontiers of scientific discovery, this quiz book explores anything and everything in a fun, user-friendly format. Topics include the Earth, the moon, and the stars; satellites and space travel; pets and other animals; nature and the environment; the brain and the body; and the psychology of food, behavior, success, and attraction. The introductions to each question are peppered with interesting tidbits of information, and the fascinating answers to these quiz questions are explained in detail and given full context. Whether used as an individual brain workout or as a fun game at social gatherings, What Does the Earth Sound Like? is smile-inducing and thought-provoking. “Playful questions like those in What Does the Earth Sound Like? can provide important insights and understanding . . . Delightful.” —Marty Hoffert, professor emeritus of physics, New York University Praise for What Does the Moon Smell Like? “This is a great book. It became a popular table game in the summer holidays with two teams competing with all the questions. It makes an excellent change from celebrity trivia.” —Peter Gabriel, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer “Proving that science can be wildly fun with each new page, this book reads like a mad scientist’s Trivial Pursuit . . . A book that will surely provide hours of thought-provoking and amusing entertainment.” —Scene Magazine
|Author||: Angela Donadio|
|Editor||: Destiny Image Publishers|
Some days, real life is more outrageous than fiction. But sometimes, everyday moments are unexpected miracles. Craving a few minutes to step away from schedules and stress? Take a deep breath. "Astounded" is the reprieve you need. Angela Donadio shares raw, personal stories and shows us how to keep our eyes peeled for the miracle hidden in life's messy moments. Because sometimes, when we least expect it, God breathes on a situation and leaves us astounded. As a mom, pastor's wife, musician, adventure junkie and author, Angela understands the roles women carry and the unique pressures they face. Learn how God can use even the worst of circumstances to bring out the best in us. Laugh at life's unpredictable moments while we apply the Bible to our everyday lives. Look for opportunities to make moments matter no matter what. Astounded offers 52 devotions for daily or weekly encouragement. Each devotion includes a key Bible verse, fresh spiritual insight, and practical application to help you encounter God in everyday moments.
|Author||: Praise My Pet!|
Astounding Pets: A Coloring Book for Children showcases over 100 real pets (photos of whom were submitted to us by our pet-loving community) in coloring book form. The perfect gift for creative children!