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The Long Earth

Author : Terry Pratchett
ISBN : 9781446465738
Genre : Fiction
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'A charming, absorbing and somehow spacious piece of imagineering' Guardian __________________ 1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive (some said mad, others dangerous) scientist when she finds a curious gadget - a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a...potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever. And that is an understatement if ever there was one... __________________ This is the first novel in The Long Earth series.

The Long Mars

Author : Stephen Baxter
ISBN : 9781448167630
Genre : Fiction
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2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives ... Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next - and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable . . .

The Long War

Author : Stephen Baxter
ISBN : 9781448127054
Genre : Fiction
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A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth – but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind ... A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth – and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government... Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation ... Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.

The Long Utopia

Author : Terry Pratchett
ISBN : 9781448167647
Genre : Fiction
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'Rich in an awe-inspiring sense of wonder, with mind-boggling concepts thrown out like sparks from a Catherine Wheel' - INDEPENDENT _________ 2045-2059: Humanity is spreading further into the Long Earth, and society continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He’s convinced they’re leading a normal life in New Springfield but it seems they have been guided there for a reason. As rumours of strange sightings and hauntings proliferate, it becomes clear that something is very awry with this particular world. Millions of steps away, Joshua is on a personal journey of discovery: learning about the father he never knew and a secret family history. But then he receives a summons from New Springfield. Lobsang now understands the enormity of what’s taking place beneath the surface of his earth – a threat to all the worlds of the Long Earth. To counter this will require the combined efforts of humankind, machine and the super-intelligent Next. And some must make the ultimate sacrifice . . . _________ The Long Utopia is the fourth in The Long Earth series.

The Long Cosmos

Author : Terry Pratchett
ISBN : 9781448167654
Genre : Fiction
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2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valienté, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in more abstract ways – by the trolls and by the Great Traversers. Its message is simple but its implications are enormous: JOIN US. The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent – a device that will alter the Long Earth’s place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message. Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all – mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths...

Summary Of The Long Earth By Terry Pratchett

Author : Whizbooks
ISBN : 1388318148
Genre : Reference
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Summary of The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett: Trivia Books Features You'll Discover Inside: - A comprehensive guide to aid in discussion & discovery - 30 multiple choice questions on the book, plots, characters, and author - Insightful resource for teachers, groups, or individuals - Keep track of scores with results to determine "fan status" - Share with other book fans and readers for mutual enjoyment Disclaimer: This is an unofficial summary, analysis and trivia book to enhance a reader's experience to books they already love and appreciate. We encourage our readers to purchase the original book first before downloading this copy for your enjoyment.

In The Long Cold Forges Of The Earth

Author : Douglas Nicholas
ISBN : 9781463784270
Genre : Poetry
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A wide-ranging collection of poems: poems about the astronaut Judith Resnik, love, sorrow, the moon, a reworking of a fragment by Sappho, a praise of slow things, a letter in the middle of the night, and the death and disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

The Hive Construct

Author : Alexander Maskill
ISBN : 9781448171019
Genre : Fiction
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Situated deep in the Sahara Desert, New Cairo is a city built on technology – from the huge, life-giving solar panels that keep it functioning in a radically changed, resource-scarce world to the artificial implants that have become the answer to all and any of mankind's medical problems. But it is also a divided city, dominated by a handful of omnipotent corporate dynasties. And when a devastating new computer virus begins to spread through the poorest districts, shutting down the life-giving implants that enable so many to survive, the city begins to slide into the anarchy of violent class struggle. Hiding amidst the chaos is Zala Ulora. A gifted hacker and fugitive from justice, she believes she might be able to earn her life back by tracing the virus to its source and destroying it before it destroys the city. Or before the city destroys itself . . . With its vivid characters, bold ideas and explosive action, The Hive is science fiction at its most exciting, inventive and accessible.

Assessing The Long Term Performance Of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls

Author : Travis M. Gerber
ISBN : 9780309223744
Genre : Reinforced soils
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"Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls are an important class of infrastructure assets whose long-term performance depends on various factors. As with most all other classes of assets, MSE walls need periodic inspection and assessment of performance. To date, some agencies have established MSE wall monitoring programs, whereas others are looking for guidance, tools, and funding to establish their own monitoring programs. The objective of this synthesis project is to determine how transportation agencies monitor, assess, and predict the long-term performance of MSE walls. The information used to develop this synthesis came from a literature review together with a survey and interviews. Of the 52 U.S. and 12 Canadian targeted survey recipients, 39 and five, respectively, responded. This synthesis reveals that unlike bridges and pavements, MSE walls and retaining walls in general are often overlooked as assets. Fewer than one-quarter of state-level transportation agencies in the United States have developed some type of MSE wall inventory beyond that which may be captured as part of their bridge inventories. Fewer still have the methods and means to populate their inventories with data from ongoing inspections from which assessments of wall performance can be made. In the United States, there is no widely used, consistently applied system for managing MSE walls. Wall inventory and monitoring practices vary between agencies. This synthesis examines existing practices concerning the nature, scope, and extent of existing MSE wall inventories. It also examines the collection of MSE wall data, including the types of performance data collected, how they are maintained in wall inventories and databases, the frequency of inventory activities, and assessment practices relevant to reinforcement corrosion and degradation. Later parts of this synthesis discuss how MSE wall performance data are assessed, interpreted, and used in asset management decisions. This synthesis finds that the most well-implemented wall inventory and assessment system in the United States is the Wall Inventory Program developed by FHWA for the National Park Service. However, this system, like some others, uses 'condition narratives' in a process that can be somewhat cumbersome and subjective. Other systems use more direct numeric scales to describe wall conditions, and an advantage of such systems is that they are often compatible with those used in assessments of bridges. As experience with MSE walls accumulates, agencies will likely continue to develop, refine, and better calibrate procedures affecting design, construction, condition assessment, and asset management decisions. One portion of this synthesis is dedicated to summarizing the actions taken thus far by survey respondents to improve the long-term performance of their MSE walls. Many agencies prescribe the use of a pre-approved wall design and/or wall supplier. Other actions or policies frequently focus on drainage-related issues."--Summary.

B P R D Hell On Earth Volume 4 The Devil S Engine The Long Death

Author : Mike Mignola
ISBN : 9781621155843
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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Agent Johann, the ectoplasmic man, leads a special task force through the monster-filled Northwest woods in order to hunt down and kill the man he blames for leaving him a disembodied spirit. In the Southwest, agent Devon and the psychic crust punk Fenix form an uneasy alliance in order to escape a horde of giant bat-faced monsters.

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