The year is 2009. For Kip Dawson, winning a passenger seat on American Space Adventure's spacecraft is a dream come true. One grand shot of insanity and he can return to earth fulfilled. But the thrill of the successful launch turns to terror when a micrometeorite penetrates the capsule, leaving the radios as dead as the pilot. Reality hits: Kip isn't going home. With nothing to do but wait for his doomed fate, Kip writes his epitaph on the ship's laptop computer, unaware that an audience of millions has discovered it and is tracking his every word on the Internet. As a massive struggle gets underway to rescue him, Kip has no idea that the world can hear his cries -- or that his heroism in the face of death may sabotage his best chance of survival.
Published by: Simon & Schuster | Publication date: 03/13/2006Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 416 pages
A Publishers Weekly "Best Books of 2017" pick!Nominated for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel!Shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award!Winner of the Prix Julia-Verlanger!Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera—the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for—and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to that beloved debut novel, and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect, and Star Wars.
Published by: Harper Voyager | Publication date: 10/18/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 384 pages
This science fiction police procedural pairs an idealistic rookie with an officer who uses cybernetic implants to process forensics; in solving a mass murder, they will uncover a vast conspiracy.Eric Matheson, an idealistic rookie cop trying to break from his powerful family, is plunged into the investigation of a brutal crime in his first weeks on the job in Angra Dastrelas, the corrupt capital city of the corporate-owned planet Gattis. A newcomer to the planet, Matheson is unaware of the danger he's courting when he's promoted in the field to assist the controversial Chief Investigating Forensic Officer, Inspector J. P. Dillal, the planet's first cybernetically enhanced investigator. Coming from a despised ethnic underclass, the brilliant and secretive Dillal seems determined to unravel the crime regardless of the consequences. The deeper they dig, the more dangerous the investigation becomes. But in a system where the cops enforce corporate will, instead of the law, the solution could expose Gattis's most shocking secrets and cost thousands of lives--including Matheson's and Dillal's.
Published by: Pyr | Publication date: 05/08/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 498 pages
DESCRIPTIONIn Genesis God asks Adam to name the animals. This sacred naming story, like all naming stories, is not so much about some divine being needing humans to point things out. It’s really a story about our own need to understand, to find connections, and to relate. These essays are very much in this tradition. They were written by college students in Miami Dade College. They were drafted and shared in small groups. Those listening sometimes cried, sometimes smiled, and often just kept silence allowing the writer to find her voice and courage. As you read these stories, I want you to think about how you give words to your life, how you honor your life, how you share your story. The way we use language can make a difference in the way we experience the world around us. Naming is a powerful act. Reframing is a skill that can be learned as it is practiced. Writing is a fantastic way to do this. My hope is that through reading these essays you become more curious about yourself, more empowered in naming your experiences, and more resilient as you inevitably struggle with life’s small and big challenges.
Publication date: 08/15/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 145 pages
Today, the ability to influence is one of the most marketable skills a manager can possess, and the ability to influence is vital for anyone who wants to accomplish their vision through others. It is especially required for anyone who has a worthwhile cause.Dan Mann has developed an effective roadmap that increases influence. He calls it ORBiT, an acronym that means Optimized Reality Behavior Training. Here it is in greater detail:Optimized: To carry out with maximum efficiencyReality: Real or contrived situations without a scriptBehavior: The range of actions by people in relation to their environmentTraining: Improving one’s capability, capacity, productivity, and performance.ORBT is a six-step process designed to: -Secure Buy-In -Set Expectations -Increase the urgency needed for change -Create agreement on the approach -Resolve any misunderstanding on how to do something -Teach technique -Develop skills -Increase proficiency
Published by: The Mann Group | Publication date: 02/16/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 115 pages
Breaking Orbit: How to Write, Publish and Launch Your First Bestseller on Amazon Without a Mailing List, Blog or Social Media Following (Serve No Master Book 4)
Become a Bestseller by Breaking OrbitThe Groundbreaking Followup to the Bestseller Serve No Master
- Do you want to write a book without the stress of wondering if anyone will read it?
- Do you want to grow your business and authority without wasting time?
- Have you already tried other methods and everything you tried just didn’t seem to work?
- Are you ready to add that bestseller logo to your social media profile?
- Takes you through the entire book launch process step-by-step from preparation to celebration?
- Answers all your questions and breaks through all the myths and misconceptions out there?
- Prepares you for every accident, mishap, and eventuality?
- Teaches you how to launch a successful book without depending on an army of friends, followers or a massive mailing list?
- Shows you how to design a cover that flies off the shelf
- Guides you in gathering reviews, without begging your friends and family
- Teaches you how to turn writing a novel into an easy and manageable task
- Ensures you have an audience before you write the first word in your book
- Helps you build an entire business behind your book
- Shows you how to make a real living from your books
- Teaches you how to make ten times more money from your backend than you do from Amazon
- Removes the fear and trepidation that stops most authors from releasing that first book…
Published by: Dragon God Books | Publication date: 09/28/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 166 pages
“Good corporate drama . . . an enlightening narrative of how new communications infrastructures often come about.” —The Economist, “A Book of the Year 2016” In the early 1990s, Motorola developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Its constellation of 66 satellites in polar orbit was a mind-boggling technical accomplishment, surely the future of communication. The only problem was that Iridium the company was a commercial disaster. Only months after launching service, it was $11 billion in debt, burning through $100 million a month and crippled by baroque rate plans and agreements that forced calls through Moscow, Beijing, Fucino, Italy, and elsewhere. Bankruptcy was inevitable—the largest to that point in American history. And when no real buyers seemed to materialize, it looked like Iridium would go down as just a “science experiment.” That is, until Dan Colussy got a wild idea. Colussy, a former head of Pan-Am now retired and working on his golf game in Palm Beach, heard about Motorola’s plans to “de-orbit” the system and decided he would buy Iridium and somehow turn around one of the biggest blunders in the history of business. Impeccably researched and wonderfully told, Eccentric Orbits is a rollicking, unforgettable tale of technological achievement, business failure, the military-industrial complex, and one of the greatest deals of all time. “Deep reporting put forward with epic intentions . . . a story that soars and jumps and dives and digresses . . . [A] big, gutsy, exciting book.” —The Wall Street Journal, “A Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2016” “Spellbinding . . . A tireless researcher, Bloom delivers a superlative history . . . A tour de force.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Published by: Atlantic Monthly Press | Publication date: 06/07/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 560 pages
Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong: Esoteric Talismans, Mantras, and Mudras in Healing and Inner Cultivation
Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong is an advanced form of Qigong from one of China’s esoteric traditions. Never before written about in the West, this form offers great cumulative benefits from regular daily practice. Master Wu describes the practice in detail, including the meaning and significance of the Chinese names for each movement, with its shamanic roots, and provides the mantra, visualization, and mudra for each as well as explaining the therapeutic benefits and talismanic aspects. The book is fully illustrated, and there is a handy reference quick guide at the end showing the entire orbit.This unique book will be essential reading for advanced students and practitioners of Qigong and anyone interested in Daoism, or the ancient wisdom traditions of China.
Published by: Singing Dragon | Publication date: 08/15/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 112 pages
From Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit, a compelling novel featuring alien contact, mystery, and murder. Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate. Thora was once a member of the interplanetary elite, but since her prophetic delusions helped mobilize a revolt on Orem, she's been banished to the farthest reaches of space, because of the risk that her very presence could revive unrest.Upon arrival, the team finds an extraordinary crystalline planet, laden with dark matter. Then a crew member is murdered and Thora mysteriously disappears. Thought to be uninhabited, the planet is in fact home to a blind, sentient species whose members navigate their world with a bizarre vocabulary and extrasensory perceptions.Lost in the deep crevasses of the planet among these people, Thora must battle her demons and learn to comprehend the native inhabitants in order to find her crewmates and warn them of an impending danger. But her most difficult task may lie in persuading the crew that some powers lie beyond the boundaries of science. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Published by: Tor Books | Publication date: 07/14/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
With Orbit, prize-winning author Cynthia Zarin confirms her place as an indispensable American poet of our time.In this, her fifth collection, Zarin turns her lyric lens on the worlds within worlds we inhabit and how we navigate our shared predicament—the tables of our lives on which the news of the day is strewn: the president speaking to parishioners in Charleston, the ricochet of violence, near and far. Whether writing about hairpin turns in the stair of childhood, about the cat’s claw of anxiety, on the impending loss of a young friend, or how “love endures, give or take,” here is the poet who, in the title poem, “bartered forty summers for black pearls” and whose work is full of such wagers, embodied in playing cards, treble notes, snow globes, and balancing acts. Zarin reminds us that the atmosphere created by our experiences shapes and defines the orbit we move through. Along the way, she is both witness and, often indirectly, subject—“I do not know how to hold the beauty and sorrow of my life,” she writes. This book is an attempt at an answer.
Published by: Knopf | Publication date: 03/07/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 95 pages