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The Stone Sky

The Stone Sky
The Broken Earth, Book 3, WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD 2018

by N. K. Jemisin

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2017-08-15
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 0356504905
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY An Amazon Best Book of the Year The incredible conclusion to the record-breaking triple Hugo award-winning trilogy that began with the The Fifth Season The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the phenomenal power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every outcast child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed. Praise for this trilogy: 'Amazing' Ann Leckie 'Breaks uncharted ground' Library Journal 'Beautiful' Nnedi Okorafor 'Astounding' NPR 'Brilliant' Washington Post The Broken Earth trilogy begins with The Fifth Season, continues in The Obelisk Gate and concludes with The Stone Sky - out now. Also by N. K. Jemisin: The Inheritance trilogy The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Broken Kingdoms The Kingdom of Gods The Dreamblood Duology The Killing Moon The Shadowed Sun

Spaces and Fictions of the Weird and the Fantastic

Spaces and Fictions of the Weird and the Fantastic
Ecologies, Geographies, Oddities

by Julius Greve,Florian Zappe

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2019-11-18
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 3030281167
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This collection of essays discusses genre fiction and film within the discursive framework of the environmental humanities and analyses the convergent themes of spatiality, climate change, and related anxieties concerning the future of human affairs, as crucial for any understanding of current forms of “weird” and “fantastic” literature and culture. Given their focus on the culturally marginal, unknown, and “other,” these genres figure as diagnostic modes of storytelling, outlining the latent anxieties and social dynamics that define a culture’s “structure of feeling” at a given historical moment. The contributions in this volume map the long and continuous tradition of weird and fantastic fiction as a seismograph for eco-geographical turmoil from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, offering innovative and insightful ecocritical readings of H. P. Lovecraft, Harriet Prescott Spofford, China Miéville, N. K. Jemisin, Thomas Ligotti, and Jeff VanderMeer, among others.

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction

Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction
Narrative in an Era of Loss

by Jonathan Elmore

  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release : 2020-04-01
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN : 1793619204
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction is one of the first works to focus specifically on fiction’s engagements with human driven extinction. Drawing together a diverse group of scholars and approaches, this volume pairs established voices in the field with emerging scholars and traditionally recognized climate fiction ('cli-fi') with texts and media typically not associated with Anthropocene fictions. The result is a volume that both engages with and furthers existing work on Anthropocene fiction as well as laying groundwork for the budding subfield of extinction fiction. This volume takes up the collective insistence on the centrality of story to extinction studies. In various and disparate ways, each chapter engages with the stories we tell about extinction, about the extinction of animal and plant life, and about the extinction of human life itself. Answering the call to action of extinction studies, these chapters explore what kinds of humanity caused this event and what kinds may live through it; what cultural assumptions and values led to this event and which ones could lead out of it; what relationships between human life and this planet allowed the sixth mass extinction and what alternative relationships could be possible.

Japanese Mythology and the Primeval World

Japanese Mythology and the Primeval World
A Comparative Symbolic Approach

by Peter Metevelis

  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2009-05
  • Pages : 616
  • ISBN : 059549711X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Japanese have faithfully preserved their ancient myths as a connected and well ordered system. And as a system, Japanese myths say much about the human condition in the cosmos and about the human place in the cosmic order. Not until now has a book-length, English-language study been released on Japanese mythology. Drawing on his meticulous research, Asianist Peter Metevelis presents this selection of analytic essays that form a mosaic of themes on the primordial world of Japanese myth, adding a rewarding voice to cultural history and the history of ideas around the world. Metevelis shows that, contrary to popular belief, Japanese myths have much in common with other myths around the globe, and are mythically, logically, and symbolically equivalent. This suggests that Japanese culture has always resonated with the rest of the world and provides a valuable touchstone for comparative mythologists. The mythic themes Metevelis explores include: Linkage of birth with death Loss of immortality Containment of souls Effect of time on mortals Creation of the cosmos And many more This incomparable volume also includes detailed notes, bibliographies, and appendices to help further your knowledge of Japanese myth. Under Metevelis's guidance, you can expand your understanding of the Japanese myth system, its structure, and its principal actors, and immerse yourself in the ancient Japanese mysteries of the cosmos.

Sky Knife

Sky Knife
A Book

by Marella Sands

  • Publisher : Forge Books
  • Release : 2015-01-06
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1466889187
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sky Knife is a young man cursed with an unlucky name - a name his mother saw in a vision and pledged that her son would bear, to honor whatever destiny the gods had decreed. He hasn't the luck to take one of the usual paths charted for his people: farmer, soldier, merchant - all these roads are closed to him. The only hope for him lies in service at the King's Temple, where - he hopes - the gods will make clear his purpose in the world. But as a novice priest he has little hope of fulfilling his destiny. That is, until a human sacrifice goes horribly wrong, priests begin to die, and the skies fill with dangerous portents and visions. Magic of all sorts seems to cling to Sky Knife like a shroud, but if he is daring and lucky enough, he may just find out the answer - and, in doing so, win a place among his people. Sky Knife is a compelling and evocative portrait of ancient Mayan culture. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Mythical Stone

Mythical Stone
A Book

by Peter J. Metevelis

  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2002-06-01
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN : 0595228135
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Unlike most cultures, the Japanese culture has preserved its native myths as a connected system, and as a system Japanese myths have much to say about the human condition in the cosmos. The series, Mythological Essays by Prof. Metevelis explores what this myth system seeks to tell us. Volume One, Mythical Stone, focuses on how the substance of stone works in the genesis and structure of the cosmos, and how it relates to establishing the human condition. The volume also delves into how stone came to possess its mythical qualities. The series of essays took twenty years and long residence in Japan to research. It treats Japanese myths in the context of world mythology, and is interdisciplinary, oriented toward mythologists, historical folklorists, historians of religion, archaeoastronomers, Japanologists, and anyone interested in East Asian culture or history.

The Prophecy of Sky

The Prophecy of Sky
Based on the character Sky from the Max and the Gatekeeper Series

by James Todd Cochrane

  • Publisher : Dark Moon Publishing Inc.
  • Release : 2015-01-10
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN : 0991523423
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Born with a curse that dooms her and her race to a future of slavery, Sky’s world is torn apart when she witnesses her sister’s capture and enslavement. Left alone and injured, she must try to figure out what to do to survive and how to avoid the same fate as the rest of her people. The kindness of a stranger and his intense training starts a chain of events that will lead Sky on a perilous adventure to free her sister and the other members of her race. The prophecy of an Odreshinik, who will deliver Sky’s people, propels Sky into a dark and dangerous world, where she becomes the target of evil creatures, wanting to smash any hope of freedom for her people. The paths she will take lead her down treacherous roads where she must confront the Black Fairy who cursed her race centuries ago. With the help of others, who also desire to overthrow the powers conquering the planet and taking their lands, Sky will face down forgotten evils. She must attempt to invoke magic stolen from ancient wizards to free future generations from bondage, but will risk the lives of everyone she cares about. Young Adult Fantasy / Science Fiction - Suitable Age Range: 12 and Up. Books available by James Todd Cochrane: Max and the Gatekeeper FREE The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper Book II) The Descendant and the Demon’s Fork (Max and the Gatekeeper Book III) The Dark Society (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV) The Prophecy of Sky Centalpha 6 Part I FREE Centalpha 6 Part II Centalpha 6 Part III Centalpha 6 Part IV Centalpha 6 Part V Centalpha 6 Part VI Centalpha 6 Part VII Centalpha 6 Part VIII Centalpha 6 Omibus (Centalpha 6 Part I – Part VIII) Keywords: magic, monsters, aliens, new worlds, coming of age, swords, spells, friendship, gateways, strange life forms, sorcerers, fairies

A History of Zoroastrianism

A History of Zoroastrianism
The Early Period

by Mary Boyce

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 349
  • ISBN : 9789004088474
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Images of the Anthropocene in Speculative Fiction

Images of the Anthropocene in Speculative Fiction
Narrating the Future

by Tereza Dědinová,Weronika Laszkiewicz,Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021-02-15
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 1793636648
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Images of the Anthropocene in Speculative Fiction examines how the Anthropocene and its challenges are addressed by contemporary writers in a variety of genres broadly defined as speculative fiction. The book demonstrates that speculative fiction, can alter the readers' perception of their duties and responsibilities towards their communities.

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
A Book

by Mervyn Peake

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2011-06-23
  • Pages : 960
  • ISBN : 1409019799
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'Peake's books are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience' C.S. Lewis Enter the world of Gormenghast. The vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this Gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, cloisters and corridors as well as the eccentric and wayward subject. Things are changing in the castle and Titus must contend with a kingdom about to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder.

Visualising Skyscapes

Visualising Skyscapes
Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens

by Liz Henty,Daniel Brown

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2019-08-19
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN : 1351398792
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Above the land and its horizon lies the celestial sphere, that great dome of the sky which governs light and darkness, critical to life itself, yet its influence is often neglected in the archaeological narrative. Visualising Skyscapes captures a growing interest in the emerging field of skyscape archaeology. This powerful and innovative book returns the sky to its rightful place as a central consideration in archaeological thought and can be regarded as a handbook for further research. Bookended by a foreword by archaeologist Gabriel Cooney and an afterword by astronomer Andrew Newsam, its contents have a wide-reaching relevance for the fields of archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, archaeoastronomy, astronomy, heritage and cultural studies. The volume balances six chapters on theory and methodology which elaborate on the history and practice of the field with six other chapters focused on case studies from around the world. Visualising Skyscapes captures the growing interest in the multidisciplinary study of skyscapes and will be of interest to academics, students and the general public, as well as having international appeal. It is topical, timely and relevant to current debates and will hopefully stimulate further interest in this exciting and relatively new area of investigation. The contributions showcase the work of distinguished academics in the field and the chapters are all enhanced by numerous photographs and images.

The Emerald Modem

The Emerald Modem
A User's Guide to Earth's Interactive Energy Body

by Richard Leviton

  • Publisher : Hampton Roads Publishing
  • Release : 2004-05-04
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9781612832999
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Twenty years ago, in England, author Richard Leviton "discovered the planet." Following quite specific guidance, he began a long process that amounted to an apprenticeship. "My mentors dispatched me to various specific locations in the Somerset landscape, and at all hours of the night and day. I sat on hills and valleys and rocks under sunlight, moonlight, rain, snow, and fog, and had visions. I started to see another landscape behind the apparent landscape. It was an apparitional landscape with stars, planets, galaxies, angels, spirits of Nature, mythic deities, divinity." As time went on, he found himself talking with angels, visiting celestial cities, and following gnomes. He came to understand that at one level we are the planet, and that both we and it have an intimate relationship with our galaxy. "I found myself living inside the myths of the world as if they were expert scripts for real-life inner adventures. I never once thought I was crazy. Why should I? Quite the opposite. I believed I was finally getting grounded in something real. But it would take me twenty years to make sense of it. That sense is embodied in The Emerald Modem." The Emerald Modem includes: direct correspondences between human chakras and the Earth's energy features--and the galactic originalstables listing locations of sacred sites around the planet where you may experience this relationshipexplanations of world myths, which provide clues to this unsuspected visionary world around us This is the first book to synthesize all the fragments of geomantic perception (sacred sites, energy points, vertexes, etc.) into a global interactive model that ties human consciousness directly to it. Leviton describes 85 subtle features in the planetary landscape, places you can go for mystical experiences. They are features of the Earth's energy body, almost all invisible to conventional sight. But psychic cognition can be trained, and you can usefully interact with any of these types of sites today without seeing what you're doing. Your intent to interact for the benefit of yourself and the planet is all that's required. Just as modems dial us into the Internet, so the features of the Earth's energy body described in The Emerald Modem help us get online with the galaxy. You can learn to visit Grail Castles, experience a Mount Olympus, or walk through the stars in a landscape zodiac--and you can learn enough to become confident that you're not traveling alone.

Exploring Imaginary Worlds

Exploring Imaginary Worlds
Essays on Media, Structure, and Subcreation

by Mark J.P. Wolf

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-10-09
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN : 0429516061
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From The Brothers Karamazov to Star Trek to Twin Peaks, this collection explores a variety of different imaginary worlds both historic and contemporary. Featuring contributions from an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars, each essay looks at a particular imaginary world in-depth, and world-building issues associated with that world. Together, the essays explore the relationship between the worlds and the media in which they appear as they examine imaginary worlds in literature, television, film, computer games, and theatre, with many existing across multiple media simultaneously. The book argues that the media incarnation of a world affects world structure and poses unique obstacles to the act of world-building. The worlds discussed include Nazar, Barsetshire, Skotopogonievsk, the Vorkosigan Universe, Grover’s Corners, Gormenghast, Collinsport, Daventry, Dune, the Death Gate Cycle universe, Twin Peaks, and the Star Trek galaxy. A follow-up to Mark J. P. Wolf ’s field-defining book Building Imaginary Worlds, this collection will be of critical interest to students and scholars of popular culture, subcreation studies, transmedia studies, literature, and beyond.

Titus Groan

Titus Groan
A Book

by Mervyn Peake

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2011-08-12
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 1409007073
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The brilliant first novel in the legendary gothic fantasy trilogy As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone. As the ruling family grows, deep in the cavernous kitchens the ambitious scullery boy Steerpike plots his ascent, determined to subvert the archaic order and bring revolution to the ancient stasis of Gormenghast.

The Book of Ian Watson

The Book of Ian Watson
A Book

by Ian Watson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2011-09-29
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN : 0575114851
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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British Science Fiction award winner Ian Watson graces us here with a brilliant new collection of short stories and essays. Though he dazzles the reader with his footwork in the kaleidoscope intensity of his vision, each piece is plainly the work of a master craftsman. Whether he is dealing with a future culture where whales control us ("The Culling") or taking a hilarious poke at the matter of government funding ("The President's Not for Turning"), his concepts are clear and undeniably logical. True to the highest ideal of science fiction, Watson carries present tendencies of our society to possible conclusions in "Roof Gardens under Saturn," and points a warning finger at the consequences of alienation from the environment. In an innovative style which borders on the experimental, Watson explores in "The Pharaoh and the Mademoiselle" the horrors of fascism. Ian Watson's writing stays with us. He entertains and he makes us think. If in some future and better world politicians were to take advice form writers, Watson should be one of them.

The Complete Cosmicomics

The Complete Cosmicomics
A Book

by Italo Calvino

  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release : 2014-09-16
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 0544146441
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Together for the first time, a new translation of the revered, contemporary Italian author's short stories describing the beginning of the universe and other natural phenomena builds creative tales around well-known scientific facts.

Essays on the History of Religions

Essays on the History of Religions
A Book

by Pettazzoni

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2018-11-13
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9004377921
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Approaches to Language

Approaches to Language
Anthropological Issues

by William C. McCormack,Stephen A. Wurm

  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Release : 1978-01-01
  • Pages : 685
  • ISBN : 3110800039
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Origin Map

The Origin Map
Discovery of a Prehistoric, Megalithic, Astrophysical Map and Sculpture of the Universe

by Thomas G. Brophy

  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN : 0595241220
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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On a desolate plain in the Egyptian Sahara desert, west of Aswan, there is a very remote prehistoric site called Nabta Playa. There, a recently discovered complex of extremely ancient man-made megalithic structures have baffled the archaeologists who excavated them. An insight into the meaning and use of the megaliths led to a step-by-step sequence of discoveries, verified by measure and calculation, revealing that the megalithic architecture at Nabta Playa is a unified and detailed astrophysical map of truly astonishing accuracy, with no less than staggering implications. Written for the educated general reader, with technical appendices, the discovery of how to decipher the system of megalithic structures is reported with gripping clarity.

Russian Traditional Culture

Russian Traditional Culture
Religion, Gender, and Customary Law

by Ronald Radzai

  • Publisher : M.E. Sharpe
  • Release : 1992
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN : 9781563240393
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is an annotated collection of recent studies of Russian folk religion, village organization and family life, including the rituals associated with childbirth, and paying special attention to women's roles and to the specificity of Siberia in Russian culture.