A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds. In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia. One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived. In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls. But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . . Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.
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Retreating to New England with her boyfriend Cade, expectant mother Jill Wagner, whose own mother went to prison for killing her father, finds her life submerged into antigovernment paranoia and terrorism when tragedy pushes Cade and his bigoted family over the edge. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) Original.
Tom Dodge is at his best when he talks about Texas. This collection of writings over the past decade includes his most poignant and provocative National Public Radio vignettes as well as longer pieces from newspapers and magazines. Here are the wry, sometimes ironic, observations on all things Texas his listeners are used to. His insights include a unique analysis of junkyards, railroads, bookstores, horned toads, sandy-land farms, and his grandmother's homemade grape jelly.
Kendall Cashmon, 26, is a single, sharp, and fiscally savvy investment advisor for a prominent investment firm in Atlanta, GA. Now, after 5 years of being molded into a rich and successful member of the senior advisory team by her mentor and boos, Charlie Chiles, Kendall is seemingly on her way to the top. That is until she receives a bombshell announcement from her trusted mentor, and shes introduced to a new colleague, the sexy and accomplished Xavier Aldrich. Instantly attracted, Xaviers presence at the firm causes internal conflict for Kendall as she begins to question her priorities in life, as falling in love was never supposed to be in the plans. Succeeding Charlies unexpected surprise, the truth about the world of wealth and luxury that Kendall thought she knew so intimately begins to unfold. Kendall will be faced with tough decisions not know who to trust that will challenge her values and ultimately affect her new found love, her career, and the one thing she cherishes most in life. www.KimberlyMaryie.com
Fred Stott says in his preface to this book that "if you ever hiked or skied a White Mountain trail between 1922 and 1959 you may well have met Joe Dodge. Certainly you know his name. If you have been on a trail since 1959 the chances are good you have heard of him, very possibly a tale about him. Without question the best-known inhabitant of the White Mountains in this century was Joseph Brooks Dodge, Huts Manager of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire. He became a legend during his lifetime. The legend has grown in the years since his death." Here is the first book to tell about that legend thanks to Bill Putnam's long and intimate friendship with Joe Dodge, and his numerous anecdotes which make this remarkable man come to life. Joe himself tells much of the story in his colorful and often blunt speech. Joe Dodge managed the far flung AMC Hut System, running from Lonesome Lake to Evans Notch, each hut providing food, shelter, and sleeping quarters for hikers. In addition he founded the Mount Washington Observatory because he was interested in weather and realized the importance of establishing a permanent year-round outpost on the highest peak in northeast North America. He was also a public servant of the community where he lived. Joe Dodge was a builder, too -- of huts located miles from the nearest habitations or highways. Just as important, he was a builder of public awareness that these huts and all outdoors belonged to and must be open to the public. He was also an educator who shared with all his wisdom, his knowledge, and his zest for learning. Everyone who loves mountains and relishes a skillfully written portrait of an unique personality who understood both the out-of-doors and the people who enjoy it, will want to read and own this book.
John Thomas Rourke, M.D., ex-CIA Covert Operations Officer, weapons expert, and survival authority, has accomplished one of his goals—he's helped his young friend Paul Rubinstein locate his parents. Now, Rourke's search for his own family must continue, hampered by severe storms raging along the Eastern Seaboard caused by the earthquakes which destroyed Florida. Rourke picks up his relentless quest, avoiding the Russian troops searching for the missing data on the enigmatic Eden Project, and rides into the most bizarre situation he's discovered since the Night of the War. Life in the Tennessee mountain village is all too normal, seemingly unaffected by the war. It is there that John Thomas Rourke finds himself in the middle of a mass suicide pact... and is expected to participate! While battles rage and blizzards roar, Rourke fights to escape. He must go on—he is The Survivalist.
I am a professional truck driver for 25 years. Most of my books are done behind the wheel of my truck and my steering wheel is my desk.
From the beginning, Muley Tatum is a thorn in Marshal Carson's side. Muley is a hideous, grinning character that kills for virtually no reason, and he rides with whatever set of misfits he can persuade. Most are of outlaw nature, such as PossumTucker, who escaped jail to re-associate with the horrendous outlaw. But there is also a pair of brothers, trail riders up from Texas, that follow the devious man in black, looking for, they don't know what - perhaps a chance for something better than going back to herding cows in Texas. Carson was instilled as a U.S. Marshal by President Grover Cleveland, being solicited for the job by the Kansas governor and a territorial Judge, to bring reasonable law and order to the Dodge City area following the antics of the Earps, Luke Short, Mastersons, etc. The trails Carson follows to corral the demented Muley Tatum are many, all of them laced with death. But uniquely, Tatum has a generous kindheartedness toward women folk that came about when he was a youngster - but it's a weakness that could get him killed.
'The best 'bird's eye view' of the helicopter war in Vietnam in print today ... Mills has captured the realities of a select group of aviators who shot craps with death on every mission' R.S. Maxham, Director, US Army Aviation Museum The aeroscouts of the 1st Infantry Division have three words emblazoned on their unit patch: Low Level Hell. It was the perfect concise defininition of what those intrepid aviators experienced as they ranged the skies of Vietnam from the Cambodian border to the Iron Triangle. The Outcasts, as they were known, flew low and slow. They were the aerial eyes of the division in search of the enemy. Too often for longevity's sake they found the Viet Cong and the fight was on. These young pilots, who were usually 19 to 22 years old, invented the book as they went along.
Justice is blind. Justine isn’t. Book two in the Saturn's Daughter series, in which Tina Clancy is gifted with the power to dispense justice...for good or evil. YOU DON’T NEED A LAW DEGREE TO DISPENSE STREET JUSTICE. Tina Clancy hardly has a chance to celebrate passing the bar exam when an explosion at Acme Chemical sends a noxious pink and green cloud billowing over Baltimore’s radioactive Zone. It is not as if the place was normal to begin with, but as the poisonous fumes overtake the sky, her neighbors start falling comatose—and Acme is plucking them off the streets faster than Tina and her friends can save them. Just because Tina’s a lawyer now doesn’t mean she’s going to miraculously morph into a respectable, law-abiding citizen. She once accidentally damned her own boyfriend to hell, for heaven’s sake. Now that Max is back—in the body of his evil cousin, a U.S. senator with family ties to Acme—she needs him more than ever. And what does it mean to be one of Saturn’s daughters? Tina knows she’s obligated to use her powers to save the Zone, no matter the cost, but there’s a real possibility that victory will happen over her dead body.