Fifty Degrees Below

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Author: Kim Stanley Robinson

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 0553902075

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Bestselling, award-winning, author Kim Stanley Robinson continues his groundbreaking trilogy of eco-thrillers–and propels us deeper into the awesome whirlwind of climatic change. Set in our nation’s capital, here is a chillingly realistic tale of people caught in the collision of science, technology, and the consequences of global warming–which could trigger another phenomenon: abrupt climate change, resulting in temperatures... When the storm got bad, scientist Frank Vanderwal was at work, formalizing his return to the National Science Foundation for another year. He’d left the building just in time to help sandbag at Arlington Cemetery. Now that the torrent was over, large chunks of San Diego had eroded into the sea, and D.C. was underwater. Shallow lakes occupied the most famous parts of the city. Reagan Airport was awash and the Potomac had spilled beyond its banks. Rescue boats dotted the saturated cityscape. Everything Frank and his colleagues in the halls of science and politics feared had culminated in this massive disaster. And now the world looked to them to fix it. Whatever Frank can do, now that he is homeless, he’ll have to do from his car. He’s not averse to sleeping outdoors. Years of research have made him hyperaware of his status as just another primate. That plus his encounter with a Tibetan Buddhist has left him resolved to live a more authentic life. Hopefully, this will prepare him for whatever is to come.... For even as D.C. bails out from the flood, a more extreme climate change looms. With the melting of the polar ice caps shutting down the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, another Ice Age could be imminent. The last time it happened, eleven thousand years ago, it took just three years to start. Once again Kim Stanley Robinson uses his remarkable vision, trademark wry wit, and extraordinary insight into the complexity between man and nature to take us to the brink of disaster–and slightly beyond. From the Hardcover edition.

Fifty Degrees Below

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Author: Kim Stanley Robinson

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 0553585819

Category: Fiction

Page: 603

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After years of denial and non-action, a near-future Earth faces a crossroad when it is threatened with the dire implications of global warming, an environmental crisis that ironically could unleash a devastating Ice Age on the planet.

To Build a Fire and Other Favorite Stories

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Author: Jack London

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486114082

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 176

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The vitality and variety of London's experiences during his brief life are reflected in these 13 gripping tales of adventure, including "A Piece of Steak," "The Mexican," "The Law of Life," and 10 others.

The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories

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Author: Jack London

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192835147

Category: Fiction

Page: 362

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Of all Jack London's fictions none have been so popular as his dog stories. In addition to The Call of the Wild, the epic tale of a Californian dog's adventures during the Klondike gold rush, this edition includes White Fang, and five famous short stories - `Batard', `Moon-Face', `Brown Wolf',`That Spot', and `To Build a Fire.

Value and Understanding

Essays for Peter Winch

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Author: Raimond Gaita

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135631875

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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The voices in this volume, those of philosophers from Britain, Europe, America and Australia, speak in different tones of sumpathy and criticism of Winch and his conception of human conditioning.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature

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Author: Laurie Rozakis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101198818

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

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You're no idiot, of course. You know that Samuel Clemens had a better-known pen name, Moby Dick is a famous whale, and the Raven only said,"Nevermore." But when it comes to understanding the great works of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe, you'd rather rent the videos than head to your local library. Don't tear up your library card yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide® to American Literature teaches you all about the rich tradition of American prose and poetry, so you can fully appreciate its magnificent diversity.

Green Earth

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Author: Kim Stanley Robinson

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 1101964863

Category: Fiction

Page: 1088

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The landmark trilogy of cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of climate change—updated and abridged into a single novel More than a decade ago, bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson began a groundbreaking series of near-future eco-thrillers—Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting—that grew increasingly urgent and vital as global warming continued unchecked. Now, condensed into one volume and updated with the latest research, this sweeping trilogy gains new life as Green Earth, a chillingly realistic novel that plunges readers into great floods, a modern Ice Age, and the political fight for all our lives. The Arctic ice pack averaged thirty feet thick in midwinter when it was first measured in the 1950s. By the end of the century it was down to fifteen. One August the ice broke. The next year the breakup started in July. The third year it began in May. That was last year. It’s a muggy summer in Washington, D.C., as Senate environmental staffer Charlie Quibler and his scientist wife, Anna, work to call attention to the growing crisis of global warming. But as they fight to align the extraordinary march of modern technology with the awesome forces of nature, fate puts an unusual twist on their efforts—one that will pit science against politics in the heart of the coming storm. Praise for the Science in the Capital trilogy “Perhaps it’s no coincidence that one of our most visionary hard sci-fi writers is also a profoundly good nature writer—all the better to tell us what it is we have to lose.”—Los Angeles Times “An unforgettable demonstration of what can go wrong when an ecological balance is upset.”—The New York Times Book Review “Absorbing and convincing.”—Nature

Kolyma Tales

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Author: Varlan Shalamov

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141961953

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

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It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the northeastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, whose hopes and plans extended to further than a few hours This new enlarged edition combines two collections previously published in the United States as Kolyma Tales and Graphite.

The Collected Stories of the North by Jack London

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Author: Jack London

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8074840107

Category: Fiction

Page: 1089

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Jack London is best known as the author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". This ebook presents the collected 78 short stories of the North by Jack London in one book, carefully crafted and formatted for your eReader with a detailed table of contents. Content: - The Son of the Wolf (1900): The White Silence, The Son of the Wolf, The Men of Forty Mile, In a Far Country, To the Man on the Trail, The Priestly Prerogative, The Wisdom of the Trail, The Wife of a King, An Odyssey of the North. - The God of His Fathers: Tales of the Klondike (1901): The God of His Fathers, The Great Interrogation, Which Make Men Remember, Siwash, The Man with the Gash, Jan, the Unrepentant, Grit of Women, Where the Trail Forks, A Daughter of the Aurora, At the Rainbow’s End, The Scorn of Women. - Children of the Frost (1902): In the Forests of the North, The Law of Life, Nam-Bok the Unveracious, The Master of Mystery, The Sunlanders, The Sickness of Lone Chief, Keesh, the Son of Keesh, The Death of Ligoun, Li Wan, the Fair, The League of the Old Men. - The Faith of Men (1904): A Relic of the Pliocene, A Hyperborean Brew, The Faith of Men, Too Much Gold, The One Thousand Dozen, The Marriage of Lit-lit, Bâtard, The Story of Jees Uck. - Love of Life & Other Stories (1907): Love of Life, A Day’s Lodging, The White Man’s Way, The Story of Keesh, The Unexpected, Brown Wolf, The Sun Dog Trail, Negore, The Coward. - Lost Face (1910): Lost Face, Trust, To Build a Fire, That Spot, Flush of Gold, The Passing of Marcus O’Brien, The Wit of Porportuk. - Smoke Bellew (1902): The Taste of the Meat, The Meat, The Stampede to Squaw Creek, Shorty Dreams, The Man on the Other Bank, The Race for Number Three. - + 19 Uncollected Stories: The Devil’s Dice Box, The Test: A Clondyke Wooing, Even Unto Death, The King of Mazy May, Pluck and Pertinacity, A Northland Miracle, Thanksgiving on Slav Creek, The “Fuzziness” of Hoockla-Heen, The League of Old Men, To Build a Fire, Up the Slide, Chased by the Trail, A Flutter in Eggs, The Hanging of Cultus George, The Little Man, The Mistake of Creation, The Town-Site of Tra-Lee, Wonder of Woman, A Klondike Christmas.