Earth Abides

Earth Abides
Author: George.R. Stewart
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-06-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 13: 1473214335

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In this profound ecological fable, a mysterious plague has destroyed the vast majority of the human race. Isherwood Williams, one of the few survivors, returns from a wilderness field trip to discover that civilization has vanished during his absence. Eventually he returns to San Francisco and encounters a female survivor who becomes his wife. Around them and their children a small community develops, living like their pioneer ancestors, but rebuilding civilization is beyond their resources, and gradually they return to a simpler way of life. A poignant novel about finding a new normal after the upheaval of a global crisis..

The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart

The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart
Author: Donald M. Scott
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2012-09-07
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN 13: 0786467991

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Best known for his 1949 post-apocalyptic thriller Earth Abides, George R. Stewart (1895-1980) spent a lifetime wandering the American landscape and writing books about its geography and history. An English professor at the University of California at Berkeley, the exceptional scholar-author penned some of the most remarkable literary works of the 20th century, inventing several types of books along the way--including the road-geography book, micro-history, place-name history, ecological history, and the ecological novel. By weaving human and natural sciences and history into his books Stewart created works with a multi-disciplinary perspective on events and places that influenced numerous other writers, artists, and scientists, including Stephen King, Greg Bear, and Page Stegner. This volume considers George R. Stewart's rich oeuvre while chronicling a life-long quest to uncover the deepest truths about the man and his work..

Masterful Stories

Masterful Stories
Author: John V Pavlik
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2017-02-24
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN 13: 1315530759

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The early eras of radio storytelling have entered and continue to enter the public domain in large quantities, offering unprecedented access to the Golden Age of Radio. Author and Professor John Pavlik mines the best this age of radio has to offer in Masterful Stories, an examination of the masterpieces of audio storytelling. This book provides a chronological history of the best of the best from radio’s Golden Age, outlining a core set of principles and techniques that made these radio plays enduring examples of storytelling. It suggests that, by using these techniques, stories can engage audiences emotionally and intellectually. Grounded in a historical and theoretical understanding of radio drama, this volume illuminates the foundational works that proceeded popular modern shows such as Radiolab, The Moth, and Serial. Masterful Stories will be a powerful resource in both media history courses and courses teaching audio storytelling for modern radio and other audio formats, such as podcasting. It will appeal to audio fans looking to learn about and understand the early days of radio drama..

Kong, Godzilla and the Living Earth

Kong, Godzilla and the Living Earth
Author: Allen A. Debus
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2022-06-09
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN 13: 1476646538

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During the 2010s, science fiction's immortal adversaries King Kong and Godzilla, representing our conflicts per Carl Sagan's "dream dragons" analogy, made comebacks in American cinema. The blockbuster Kaiju resurged onto the screen, depicting these protectors of an Earth plagued by mankind's hubris and folly. With Earth's future hanging in the balance, their climactic 2021 staging settled a score between the two giant monsters, resolving Toho's classic 1963 film King Kong vs. Godzilla. As formidable creatures emerging from Time's Tomb on Mother Earth, metaphorical Kong and Godzilla are considered here in light of new millennial environmentalism's stark reality. This book, nostalgic in tone, explores the meaning of Kong and Godzilla as planetary saviors--titanic protectors of a theoretical "living Earth" Gaia--defending the globe from a prehistoric plague of adversaries..

Different Engines

Different Engines
Author: Mark Brake
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 369
Release: 2007-12-10
Genre: Science
ISBN 13: 0230553974

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Since its emergence in the seventeenth century, science fiction has been a sustained, coherent and subversive check on the promises and pitfalls of science. In their turn, invention and discovery have forced fiction writers to confront the nature and limits of reality. Different Engines explores how this fascinating symbiosis shapes what we see, do, and dream. From Johannes Kepler's Somnium to Arthur C. Clarke's 2001, science fiction has emerged as a mode of thinking, complementary to the scientific method. Science fiction's field of interest is the gap between the new worlds uncovered by experimentation and exploration, and the fantastic worlds of the imagination. Its proponents find drama in the tension between the familiar and the unfamiliar. Its readers, many of them scientists and politicians, find inspiration in the contrast between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Brake and Hook's Different Engines is a unique, provocative and compelling account of science fiction as the arbiter of progress..

Imagining the End: The Apocalypse in American Popular Culture

Imagining the End: The Apocalypse in American Popular Culture
Author: Jim Holte
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2019-11-30
Genre: Religion
ISBN 13: 1440861021

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Imagining the End provides students and general readers with contextualized examples of how the apocalypse has been imagined across all mediums of American popular culture. Detailed entries analyze the development, influence, and enjoyment of end-times narratives. Provides readers with comprehensive and contextual essays on major apocalyptic themes and subjects Examines the source of most Western apocalyptic thought, The Book of Revelation and other Biblical apocalypses, in detail Includes descriptions, analysis, and context for apocalyptic films, novels, television programs, and video games Features a reader-friendly A–Z organization, with accessibly written entries.

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Author: George Mann
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2012-03-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN 13: 1780337043

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This encyclopedia is the most up-to-date, concise, clear and affordable guide to all aspects of science fiction, from its background to generic themes and devices, from authors (established and new) to films. Science fiction has evolved into one of the most popular, cutting-edge and exciting fiction geners, with a proliferation of modern and classic authors, themes and ideas, movies, TV series and awards. Arranged in an A-Z format, and featuring a comprehensive index and cross-referencing system, The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is also the most accessible and easy to use encyclopedia of its kind currently available..

Los Angeles Magazine

Los Angeles Magazine
Author:
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2002-10
Genre:
ISBN 13:

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Los Angeles magazine is a regional magazine of national stature. Our combination of award-winning feature writing, investigative reporting, service journalism, and design covers the people, lifestyle, culture, entertainment, fashion, art and architecture, and news that define Southern California. Started in the spring of 1961, Los Angeles magazine has been addressing the needs and interests of our region for 48 years. The magazine continues to be the definitive resource for an affluent population that is intensely interested in a lifestyle that is uniquely Southern Californian..

Stephen King

Stephen King
Author: Harold Bloom
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 237
Release: 2006
Genre: Criticism
ISBN 13: 143811348X

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Though often disparaged by literary critics, Stephen King's work has influenced a generation of horror and science fiction writers. Acting as a study guide, this book features the important critical interpretations of the horror master's work..

Reflections on Values Education

Reflections on Values Education
Author: John Meyer
Publsiher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Total Pages: 233
Release: 1976-06-28
Genre: Education
ISBN 13: 0889200300

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Everyone ought to be profoundly concerned with the "development" of the leaner and consequently the development of society. The ultimate standard (value) for such development is to attain a more adequate level of value and moral awareness, sensitivity, reasoning, and action. The why, what, and how of the value education "emphasis" are being seriously confronted in a more dedicate and systematic manner. This is perhaps symptomatic of something much deeper in our personal and social fabric. Dissonance, conflict, tensions are inevitable ingredients in our development toward self-actualization as we struggle with the sticky matter of life. The challenges are many, the roads are arduous, and the journey is lengthy but who cannot say immensely worthwhile and "Value-able.".

Thanks Be for These

Thanks Be for These
Author: Richard S. Gilbert
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2013-01-29
Genre: Religion
ISBN 13: 1475973209

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There is an almost desperate quest for spirituality in our time. The “nones” claim to be spiritual, but not religious. Gurus abound; “quick fixes” are everywhere. In Thanks Be for These the Rev. Richard Gilbert provides a spiritual starting point for both the “spiritual” and the “religious” seeker. Here is a collection of meditations written from the perspective of a mystical religious humanist. Gilbert claims that gratitude is at the heart of the religious experience. It is fundamentally a spiritual act. We are grateful, in the first place, for being itself. Everything else is a bonus. This gratitude is expressed not in the philosophical abstract but in the existential concrete. It is details of the everyday which make life worth living despite our finitude and the inherent messiness of existence. Gilbert divides the book in two sections—“Thanksliving” for the blessings of being; and “Gratitude in Grief,” a collection of materials designed for memorial services at time of death. Thanks Be for These challenges us to dig deeply into the meaning of our lives. These meditations on gratitude place the responsibility of living gratefully squarely on us—where it belongs..

The Silence of Fallout

The Silence of Fallout
Author: Michael Blouin
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2014-09-26
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN 13: 1443868035

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This collection asks how we are to address the nuclear question in a post-Cold War world. Rather than a temporary fad, Nuclear Criticism perpetually re-surfaces in theoretical circles. Given the recent events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, the ripple of anti-nuclear sentiment the event created, as well as the discursive maneuvers that took place in the aftermath, we might pause to reflect upon Nuclear Criticism and its place in contemporary scholarship (and society at-large). Scholars who were active in earlier expressions of Nuclear Criticism converse with emergent scholars likewise striving to negotiate the field moving forward. This volume revolves around these dialogic moments of agreement and departure; refusing the silence of complacency, the authors renew this conversation while taking it in exciting new directions. As political paradigms shift and awareness of nuclear issues manifests in alternative forms, the collected essays establish groundwork for future generations caught in a perpetual struggle with legacies of the nuclear..

Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies

Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies
Author: Patrick D. Murphy
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2009-07-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN 13: 0739131753

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In Ecocritical Explorations, Patrick D. Murphy explores environmental literature and environmental cultural issues through both theoretical and applied criticism. He engages with the concepts of referentiality, simplicity, the nation state, and virtual reality in the first section of the book, and then goes on to interrogate these issues in contemporary environmental literature, both American and international. He concludes his argument with a discussion of the larger frames of family dynamics and un-natural disasters, such as hurricanes and global warming, ending with a chapter on the integration of scholarship and pedagogy in the classroom, with reference to his own teaching experiences. Murphy's study provides a wide ranging discussion of contemporary literature and cultural phenomena through the lens of ecological literary criticism, giving attention to both theoretical issues and applied critiques. In particular, he looks at popular literary genres, such as mystery and science fiction, as well as actual disasters and disaster scenarios. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies is a timely contribution to ecological literary criticism and an insightful look into how we represent our relationship with the environment..

Double Feature Creature Attack

Double Feature Creature Attack
Author: Tom Weaver
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 732
Release: 2003-02-19
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN 13: 9780786482153

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This whopping big McFarland Classic brings together 43 interviews with horror and science fiction movie writers, producers, directors and the men and women who saved the planet from aliens, behemoths, robots, zombies, and other sinister, stumbling threats--in the movies, at least. The interviewees reminisce about some of their great (and not so great!) films and tell their stories. This classic volume represents the union of two previous volumes: 1994's Attack of the Monster Movie Makers ("anecdotes are frank and revealing"--Video Watchdog); and 1995's They Fought in the Creature Features ("a fun book for all SF film enthusiasts"--Interzone). Together at last, this combined collection of interviews offers a candid and delightful perspective on the movies that still make audiences howl and squeal (though fear has long been replaced with sweet nostalgia)..

Classical Chinese Poetry

Classical Chinese Poetry
Author: David Hinton
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2014-06-10
Genre: Poetry
ISBN 13: 1466873221

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With this groundbreaking collection, translated and edited by the renowned poet and translator David Hinton, a new generation will be introduced to the work that riveted Ezra Pound and transformed modern poetry. The Chinese poetic tradition is the largest and longest continuous tradition in world literature, and this rich and far-reaching anthology of nearly five hundred poems provides a comprehensive account of its first three millennia (1500 BCE to 1200 CE), the period during which virtually all its landmark developments took place. Unlike earlier anthologies of Chinese poetry, Hinton's book focuses on a relatively small number of poets, providing selections that are large enough to re-create each as a fully realized and unique voice. New introductions to each poet's work provide a readable history, told for the first time as a series of poetic innovations forged by a series of master poeets. From the classic texts of Chinese philosophy to intensely personal lyrics, from love poems to startling and strange perspectives on nature, Hinton has collected an entire world of beauty and insight. And in his eye-opening translations, these ancient poems feel remarkably fresh and contemporary, presenting a literature both radically new and entirely resonant, in Classical Chinese Poetry..

Ecclesiastes - Complete Bible Commentary Verse by Verse

Ecclesiastes - Complete Bible Commentary Verse by Verse
Author: Matthew Henry
Publsiher: Bible Study Books
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2016-04-06
Genre: Religion
ISBN 13: 8582183437

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This is another volume in the series of Bible Commentaries of Matthew Henry. In this Volume, the entire text of the Ecclesiastes is commented with notes of each chapter. This Commentary will help you better understand the God's word! Churches, theological seminaries and Bible schools will find an excellent aid in this biblical commentary on the Ecclesiastes..

For the Time Being

For the Time Being
Author: Richard Quinney
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 220
Release: 1998-08-27
Genre: Social Science
ISBN 13: 9780791438527

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Through the sharing of one man's life and photographs, this ethnography of human existence covers religion, philosophy, literature, the environment, visual arts, music, drama, literary criticism, sociology, and the psychology of self..