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21. What's Out There?: A Book about
22. Revelation Space
23. Space and Place: The Perspective
24. My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has
25. Space: From Earth to the Edge
26. That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy,
27. Space Mission Analysis and Design,
28. Dead Space
29. The Production of Space
30. Sacred Space: Enhancing the Energy
31. Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly
32. Creative Time and Space: Making
33. The Currents of Space
34. The Empty Space: A Book About
35. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create
36. The Office Space Kit
37. Space Planning Basics
38. The New Space Opera 2
39. Hubble: Imaging Space and Time
40. God Space: Naturally Creating

21. What's Out There?: A Book about Space (Reading Railroad)
by Lynn Wilson
Paperback: 32 Pages (1993-03-24)
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Asin: 0448405172
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What is the sun made of? What causes night and day? Why does the moon change shape? Colorful collage illustrations and an easy-to-understand text bring planets, stars, comets, and the wondrous things out there in space right down to earth in a simple introduction to the solar system for young armchair astronauts. Full color. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very fast and in great condition!
The book arrived really soon and in better condition of what I expected!
Thank you!

4-0 out of 5 stars a good place to start
Now that space travel is an option, it's important that children today grow up thinking about outer space.Although this book doesn't get into deep scientific detail, it's a good early step toward learning about space, and all the possibilities that space travel has to offer.

Although I do not agree with the heliocentric ideas presented in this book, it is healthy for a child to dream about traveling in outer space.So I feel that any book that can get a child thinking about outer space is worth buying.

4-0 out of 5 stars What's Out There great read for kids interested in space
Got this for my 3 yr old grandson who is fascinated by space.Great read.

5-0 out of 5 stars 8 Planets
I enjoyed the book . It explains things easily. The only thing I didnt get was on one page, it said "the next 3 planets are the gas giants..." and it has a picture of 4 planets. I dont know if its a typo or what! LOL Then it also confused me because it doesnt consider Pluto a planet. I grew up thinkingit was. Maybe scientists changed that recently but it threw me off a little.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
excellent, up to date book about space/solar system.lots of words, but my 2 yo still enjoys it and will grow with it.
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22. Revelation Space
by Alastair Reynolds
Paperback: 576 Pages (2008-12-11)
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Asin: 0575083093
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Nine hundred thousand years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin.For the human colonists now settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam, it's of little more than academic interest, even after the discovery of a long-hidden, almost perfectAmarantin city and a colossal statue of a wingest Amarantin. For brilliant but ruthloess scientist Dan Sylveste, it's more than merelty intellectual curiosity - and he will stop at nothing to get at the truth. Even if the truth costs him everything. But the Amarantin were wiped out for a reason, and that danger is closer and greater than even Syveste imagines ...REVELATION SPACE: a huge, magnificent space opera that ranges acrioss the known and unknown universe ...towards the most terrifying of destinations.Amazon.com Review
Alastair Reynolds's first novel is "hard" SF on an epic scale, crammed with technological marvels and immensities. Its events take place over arelatively short period, but have roots a billion years old--when the DawnWar ravaged our galaxy.

Sylveste is the only man ever to return alive and sane from a Shroud, anenclave in space protected by awesome gravity-warping defenses: "a folding a billion times less severe should have required more energy than was stored in the entire rest-mass of the galaxy." Now an intuition he doesn't understand makes him explore the dead world Resurgam, whose birdlike natives long ago tripped some booby trap that made their own sun erupt in a deadly flare.

Meanwhile, the vast, decaying lightship Nostalgia for Infinity is coming for Sylveste, whose dead father (in AI simulation) could perhaps help the Captain, frozen near absolute zero yet still suffering monstrous transformation by nanotech plague. Most of Infinity's tiny crew have hidden agendas--Khouri the reluctant contract assassin believes she must kill Sylveste to save humanity--and there are two bodiless stowaways, one no longer human and one never human. Shocking truths emerge from bluff, betrayal, and ingenious lies.

The trail leads to a neutron star where an orbiting alien construct has defenses to challenge the Infinity's planet-wrecking superweapons.

At the heart of this artifact, the final revelations detonate--most satisfyingly. Dense with information and incident, this longish novel has no surplus fat and seems almost too short. A sparkling SF debut. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars just didn't care about the characters
I love huge starships like the Nostalgia for Infinity.I love big, planet-crushing weapons.I love not knowing who to root for until later in the story.In short, I love space opera.

However, the one thing that I NEED is at least one major character to root for and empathize with.This book has none.Some would argue Khouri is this character, but even she is pretty icy cold when it comes down to it.Sylveste and Volyova are bastard and bitch, respectively.I just didn't really like anyone.This, in turn, made me not really care what happened to any character whatsoever.

I RARELY abandon a book before finishing, but Revelation Space was one of them.And it's ironic because I quit about 2/3 into the book, just as the real "action" was beginning.I just couldn't wait to get done with this book and start on George RR Martin's Game of Thrones.That's when I realized that I had relegated finishing this book to being a chore I needed to complete before getting to something I enjoy.It was time to stop.

You need characters to root for.The first 50 pages (so far) of Game of Thrones has been so refreshing after Revelation Space.If you want to stay sci-fi, I'd recommend anything Peter F. Hamilton over this book.The prose isn't gonna win any awards, but it's great space opera with great characters.

I would only recommend this book to people who also like Iain Banks.His culture novels are very similar in that almost every character is cold and calculating. You never know if you want to root for the Culture or those seeking to destroy it.It can be fascinating, but ultimately frustrating.

The prose is very intelligent, though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Terrific. Until the ending...
The story starts a little slowly, but as the various plot lines and characters begin their collision course towards each other the tension builds inexorably. The story is heavy on science, backing off just before your eyes start to glaze over and thus keeping the pacing and your interest. The story elements, characters, and world created are incredible, interesting, and make you crave more.

Then in the last hundred pages or so everything just sort of wraps up with a "Well, I guess everything's okay," and some characters suddenly reveal they've learned all the intricacies of the plot and recite them aloud.

Very unsatisfying end to a riveting story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hard sci-fi with cred
In the first few pages, the rich vocabulary and textured writing style of Revelation Space will hook the reader. Meeting terms like "adumbrate" justify reading fiction! After a few chapters, the jumping between dates takes some concentration but it is then that this novel's greatest strength becomes apparent. Reynolds has not strung together a mix of techno-devices to construct a convenient narrative. He respects that relativistic distances take a long time to traverse, and lives and events must account for this. The technology that makes this plot work is ambitious and exciting, but it does not trample all over physical laws. Readers are rewarded as events gradually focus in a confluence of time period and narrative streams.

Grand scale space opera doesn't always offer philosophical enlightenment. Revelation Space works towards some interesting ideas and concludes well. The occasional 21st century metaphor or perspective is hard to avoid and it is apparent that Reynolds does not feel a need to, although these could grate for some. His professional background ensures fabulous hard science fiction and a tight plot. Chasm City is my next read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hard Sci-fi From a Bonafide Scientist
There are about six million astrophysicists in the world. That makes them one in a million.
Precious few of those six million, however, can write a galactic-wide tale of the magnitude achieved by Alastair Reynolds in Revelation Space (RS).
For that reason alone, you ought to buy this book.

Since I want to keep this review spoiler-free, my synopsis will necessarily be vague: Several hundred years into the future, Dan Sylveste, the son of a wealthy, aristocratic family engaged in scientific research, takes an expedition into a mysterious alien artifact - one of several discovered by space-faring humans throughout their travels. These "Shrouders" have so far incinerated virtually everything that has tried to enter their boundaries - from probe to person alike. Due to a trick learned from the only man to have survived a Shrouder expedition, however, Dan is able to enter "Revelation Space" - the inner sanctum of a Shrouder - after which he is imbued with an alien intelligence and catapulted into a search for knowledge which will ultimately involve the fate of the entire species.

Reynolds does a fantastic job of not only gradually expanding the scope of the story as the chapters elapse, but also of injecting RS' pages with oodles of cosmological explanations for the various technologies and planetary events the characters encounter. From the death of stars, to the nuances of special relativity when traveling near the speed of light, to advanced sensors which surround a planet and measure the flow of neutrinos in order to assess whether it is inhabited, Reynolds explicates upon the scientific underpinnings of his creations - most of which have a plausible basis in the laws of the universe as we understand them today.

In addition, Reynolds displays considerable mastery of the English language. Here is Reynolds describing the weapon of a character stuck on a ship possessed by a hostile alien presence: "It was a dual-gripped hypervelocity sports slug gun from the twenty-third century; a product of the first Europan Demarchy, clad in curving black neoprene, ruby-eyed Chinese dragons in beaten gold and silver worked into the sides." (p. 488) RS is rife with such descriptive prowess, and I found myself having to consult an online dictionary every hundred pages or so (which I think is a good thing; I enjoy enlarging my vocabulary).

That's not to say there isn't a deeper, more metaphorical message to be gleaned from RS. The protagonist's desperate attempt to quench his thirst for knowledge reminds us of our own intellectual vanity: the fact that many people (and scientists, in particular) will obdurately seek knowledge regardless of the consequences, "even if you know what you're feasting on could kill you." (p. 452) Realistically speaking, this philosophical component is not the main attraction of RS, but is nonetheless a welcome addition.

Despite the fascinating story, awesome technology, cosmology, and light philosophical coating, there are a couple of criticisms that can justifiably be leveled at RS. One is that a certain person in the novel appears to repeatedly act out-of-character so that the narrative might continue onward; in particular, I am referring to a certain woman who is supposed to assassinate a certain man. On several occasions, this woman doesn't even attempt to raise her weapon at the man in question, even after she has learned of the galactic consequences of failing her mission. This felt rather unnatural and left me unsatisfied with the scenes in question.

Another valid criticism of RS relates to its narrative structure. Imagine A, B, and C as independent narratives. For much of the novel, the structure goes A-B-C-A-B-C-A-B-C. In other words, you are fairly frequently being tugged to and fro, until eventually the narratives merge into one. I for one was able to adjust to this, but I certainly sympathize with someone whose cognitive machinery just couldn't take envisioning new scenes as frequently as the narrative structure requires.

For the above reasons, Revelation Space firmly deserves three out of five stars (assuming 2.5 stars is an "average" novel).

1-0 out of 5 stars I hate
every character in this book.What a bunch of @55h0les.Forced my way through it at the beach then sold it back to the place I bought it from (thankfully used). I'll not be trying any more of this author's works. ... Read more

23. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience
by Yi-Fu Tuan, Editors,Karen E. Till, Steven Hoelscher, Yi-Fu Tuan
Paperback: 496 Pages (2001-02-08)
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On the 25th anniversary of its publication, a new edition of this foundational work on human geography.

In the twenty years since its original publication, Space and Place has not only established the discipline of human geography, but it has proven influential in such diverse fields as theatre, literature, anthropology, psychology, and theology. Eminent geographer Yi-Fu Tuan considers the ways in which people feel and think about space, how they form attachments to home, neighborhood, and nation, and how feelings about space and place are affected by the sense of time. He suggests that place is security and space is freedom: we are attached to the one and long for the other. Whether he is considering sacred versus "biased" space, mythical space and place, time in experiential space, or cultural attachments to space, Tuan's analysis is thoughtful and insightful throughout.

Until retiring in 1998, Yi-Fu Tuan was a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is ranked among the country's most distinguished cultural geographers and has earned numerous honors, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bracken Award for landscape architecture, and an award for meritorious contribution to geography from the Association of American Geographers.He was recently named the Lauréat d'Honneur 2000 of the International Geographers Union.He is the author of many essays and books, including Escapism (1998) and Cosmos and Hearth (Minnesota, 1999). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, great service
I've bought de book Space and Place, by Yi-Fu Tuan. I live in Brazil and the book got here in the best shape, carefully raped, and earlyer tha promissed.

5-0 out of 5 stars 'to increase the burden of awareness'
This is a seminal text which offers insight into how we are awakened as children to the complex world which exists around, how we navigate, read and atribute meaning to the abstract spaces and places within which we exist. It opens a door to the genetic knowledge which is embedded in everything which exists around and how through our senses even the preception of time and space can be warped by experience.

"The aspects of things that are
most important for us are hidden
because of their simplicity and
L. Wittgenstein

As a thesis [here I stand] it is a delight, fundamental and engaging. It illuminates a wide and fertile field critical to an understanding how we are rooted to place and space.

There are books you read, then there are those which - live with you - youkeep them close and consult them often.

5-0 out of 5 stars The phenomenology of space and place
In "Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience," Tuan provides a descriptive account of the concepts "space" and "place," drawing on the work of phenomenologists, anthropologists, psychologists, geographers, and others.He grounds his analysis in a structuralist framework, using anthropological research to illustrate how our experiences of space and place can "transcend cultural particularities" (Tuan 1977, p. 5).Tuan provides an original and intriguing discussion of a wide range of topics, such as the relationship between space and place, on the one hand, and myths, architecture, time, religion, and cognition, on the other.I would highly recommend this work to anyone interested in human geography, cultural geography, urban geography, urban studies, and to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the importance of space and place for our lives.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Importance of Meaning in Architecture
This book was one of several books I studied to better understand the roleof place in architecture and interior design.It helped me understand theimportance of working with clients to understand the meanings they inferfrom the environment around them. In the book, Tuan highlights theimportance of meaning and an insider's view.He describes place ashumanized space.The contrast of open space with enclosed, comfortingareas enhances both.As a person's emotional bond to a space increases, sodo familiarity, comfort, and the sense of insideness.Without personalcontrol over space, this emotional bond is slow to develop.To createplace, Tuan suggests that memorable architecture should strenghen ourmemories, enhance the self, and provide layers of meaning to a space. ... Read more

24. My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
by Lisa Scottoline
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2010-10-26)
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Critics and readers loved Lisa Scottoline’s first collection of true-life stories, which only encouraged her—now she’s back with these all-new, exciting adventures. She’s farther down the road now, and the scenery has changed—ex-husbands Thing One and Thing Two are in her rear-view mirror, daughter Francesca has moved into an apartment, and Lisa’s finding the silver lining in her empty nest, which has lots more room for her shoes. And some things have stayed the same—Mother Mary is still the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, who won’t part with her recipe for tomato sauce or her thirty-year old bra.

In this book Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets—which sound a lot like yours, if you understand that three generations of women is the formula for spontaneous combustion.

Inspired by her weekly column entitled, “Chick Wit” for The Philadelphia Inquirer, this is a book you’ll have to put down—just to stop laughing.
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5-0 out of 5 stars REFLECTING ON FAMILY MOMENTS....
In her second book of essays inspired by her weekly "Chick Wit" column, Lisa Scottoline does it again.A complete home run, as she dishes about extraordinary moments in the life of an ordinary woman.

She shares tidbits, and then her daughter Francesca writes an occasional chapter in which she talks about about life from her perspective--a New York single woman who has a unique relationship with her mother.

Also joining the romp is Mother Mary, Scottoline's 86-year-old mother who is down-to-earth and full of her own ideas about how things should be.

For example, Mother Mary has a list of Things Not To Do.Like "Don't Go To The Movies," "Don't Eat Outside With The Bugs" and "Don't Walk All Over The Cockamamie Mall."

We dive right into the heart of the matter in the beginning of the book, as the author describes her love of Nancy Drew books and how she visualizes herself as kind of a Nancy Drew--and then she lists "similarities," like:

"For starters, Nancy's blond, and I'm blond in my mind.

"She has a dog, and I have five dogs.

"She drives a convertible roadster, and I drive an SUV.

"Well, they're both cars...."

Then we get to the part where she says:

"I just found my first gray hair.

"On my chin.

"I'm trying not to freak."

The whole book is full of these kinds of treats that allow us to feel as though she is taking us into her confidence and sharing her life with us.We learn how she feels about her dogs, about housekeeping, and also about her appliances.Everything is an adventure, which she is sharing with us, just so we can feel like we're part of it all.Like friends.

I like that, and because in this newest of her creations about her personal life, she shows us the inside of her home, literally, through descriptions of the dog-hair covered furniture, the beds "layered" with dogs, and the slightly askew state of things.She also lets us know how it's really hard to let go of your kids, even when they're full grown.

Her daughter writes about cutting the cord:"I thought I said, `I'm going to see my cousin's new apartment,' but in Mom-speak that translates to: `I'm going to meet certain death in the New York City subway tunnels that are soon to be my tomb.'"

Throughout My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman, Scottoline also shares family moments in casual photographs that spotlight the very special three-generational relationships.A quick read, I felt as though I had garnered another slice of this author's real life and her special connections, as she shared her vulnerabilities, her fears, and how she copes with it all.Definitely five stars.

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25. Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe
by Carole Stott
Hardcover: 360 Pages (2010-10-04)
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Featuring a wealth of incredible astronomical photographs, Space is perfect for anyone interested in astronomy, space imagery, and the history of space exploration. Space takes us on an imaginary journey that starts on a launch pad, goes toward the center of our Solar System to see the inner planets and the Sun, and then flies outward past the outer planets and on to the fringes of the Solar System. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Final Frontier
`Space' is a huge, heavy coffee table book, which contains some breathtaking and amazingly beautiful pictures. One of the first two page spreads to greet you is a crescent earth from 220,000 miles away- so large, all of it cannot fit on the pages. But, most of the book consists of large and small diagrams and illustrations to explain facts such as the scale of the universe. The diagrams could easily be understood by younger children. However the quarter to half page paragraphs and explanations would probably be at a high school level - so this is not just a book devoted to younger children, they could grow into it and adults will not feel they are missing some information.

If you are fascinated by space and even if you have seen many of NASA's photographs, you can still appreciate the stunning pictures here; like an astronauts view of the earth. The subjects covered include the earth and moon including the far side, also the solar system, the stars, planets and beyond to the galaxy and far reaches of space and exploration. Telescopes and all means of scientific investigation are very well covered, even speculating how the universe might end and the study of deep space.

This volume is done well and would be fascinating to anyone who looks up at night with wonder. ... Read more

26. That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, Book 3)
by C.S. Lewis
Paperback: 384 Pages (2003-05-06)
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The final book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom. The dark forces that were repulsed in Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra are massed for an assault on the planet Earth itself. Word is on the wind that the mighty wizard Merlin has come back to the land of the living after many centuries, holding the key to ultimate power for that force which can find him and bend him to its will. A sinister technocratic organization is gaining power throughout Europe with a plan to "recondition" society, and it is up to Ransom and his friends to squelch this threat by applying age-old wisdom to a new universe dominated by science. The two groups struggle to a climactic resolution that brings the Space Trilogy to a magnificent, crashing close. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars What a shame...
Well, this was very disappointing. In the final chapter of C.S. Lewis' space trilogy, he completely abandons almost everything that made the first two novels interesting. First, Dr. Ransom, the main character from the last books, is no longer the main character. Rather, two new characters, Mark and Jane, are the ones the reader sees most of the story through. Also, Lewis abandons most of the space theme as the characters stay Earthbound, losing much of the awe and wonder that characterized the settings of the first two novels. He also is way too analytical in this book as he is trying to refute some of the themes that make up the modern sci-fi movement of his time, as characterized by Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Really, this book is nearly 400 pages of debate, petty academic squabbles, and refutations, most of which hardly advances the story at all. And lastly, and perhaps the greatest tragedy of all, the entire story is anti-climatic. Not only do none of the characters really do anything to shape the story, but even Lewis admits, through the character of Dr. Ransom, that everyone was just observers and not movers. BORING! Still, some of the arguments that Lewis kicks around are interesting carry overs from the previous two novels, but this book completely failed as a story. Such a shame too. After "Perelandra," this one had so much promise.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but great?
C.S. Lewis's book "That Hideous Strength" has good lines, lots of good lines.It deftly analyzes many of the problems of modern secular relationships and the secular state.But the ending is a complete deus ex machina.The killing off of all the various "evil" characters also feels a bit sadistic at times.There's never much suspense about how it will end.This might have been less of a problem if I was reading it as the conclusion of the trilogy, but Lewis says in the introduction that this can be read on it's own, if less profitably.The emphasis should probably be on "less profitably".

5-0 out of 5 stars Takes effort, but so worth it.
This is the third book in C. S. Lewis's science fiction trilogy.These books get progressivley more detailed, theological, "heady" as the series goes on.I think I would say that this is my favorite of the three, perhaps because it sums up the story of Elwin Ransom that was started in "Out of the Silent Planet", or perhaps because it is just plain the weirdest out of the three.It has a rather gory ending, which is not to my personal taste, but the story ends very satisfactorily.I totally recommend the whole series, but this book especially is not for children.Also, it is not "light" reading, and takes some concentration and perseverance.Absolutely worth reading, if you like this genre and/or author. I would also receommend reading the three books in order.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic classic
I came to this trilogy late, thanks to a friend who gave me the first book for my birthday. I read the three books in a row, almost without stopping.

The narrative is rich and complex, the language beautiful and evocative ... This third volume, though, is a bit different from the first two, where the hero travelled to other planets. It might surprise, maybe even disappoint some readers, and yet, it concludes the trilogy beautifully, and effortlessly mingles elements of fantasy, science fiction and literary prowess.

A must-read for Tolkien fans, or people who enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia as children.

4-0 out of 5 stars The abolition of man
"That hideous strength" is a science fiction/fantasy novel by British writer C.S. Lewis, otherwise mostly known for his children's tales about Narnia. Lewis wrote a "space trilogy" for adults, of which "That hideous strength" is the concluding part. The novels of the trilogy can be read independently of each other.

The plot of the novel revolves around a secret, evil brotherhood. The brotherhood, known as NICE, are a kind of anti-humanist, technology-worshipping Satanists. Their ostensible goal is to give humans eternal life through some kind of cloning. NICE probably symbolize the evils of modern, industrial civilization (and its enchanting allure). Their real goal is, in effect, the abolition of man. The rituals of NICE are based on conspiracy theories about secret Templar and Masonic rituals. Indeed, there is a strong atmosphere of conspiracy thinking in the novel. I'm surprised that it's almost never referenced by conspiracy theorists. Of course, the conspiracism is a literary device. There is nothing in Lewis' non-fiction indicating that he believed in conspiracies. Once again, my guess is that NICE is a symbol of modern science gone mad, and modernity in general being turned against humanity.

Lewis was a fairly conservative Christian, and "That hideous strength" is therefore imbued with a Christian message and various supernatural elements. The scientists of NICE, at least initially, believe that they have cracked the secret of immortality through scientific means. In reality, their bizarre laboratory has been taken over by demons! NICE are challenged by a small group of Christians, led by the mysterious Elwin Ransom, who always reminded me of Jesus. Another supernatural character is the wizard Merlin. More annoying are the patriarchal elements of the story: marriage is for life, women should obey their husbands, and so on. Ransom is a pretty bad marriage counsellor! Another disturbing kind of Christian morality comes across when Merlin exclaims: "I'm not immoral. The only people I ever killed were heathen Saxons". So that makes it alright, then?

Still, my main problem with "That hideous strength" isn't the conservative Christian message. Obviously, a Christian writer will write Christian books. The novel goes somewhat astray on two other points. First, there is a disconnect between the first part of the novel (almost a suspense thriller) and the second part, where Lewis introduces elements of Arthurian romance and a unexpected cross-over with the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien (!). I don't mind supernatural elements in sci fi novels, but these feel like the wrong kinds of supernatural elements. A charismatic revival is thrown in for good measure at the end, presumably as a foretaste of the apocalypse. Once again, the reader is left wondering what on earth is going on...

The other problem I have is that Lewis somehow wanted to write a novel about pretty much everything. The introduction of a bear in the story becomes an opportunity to preach against pantheism. On another page, Lewis discusses various ways of approaching a spiritual conversion experience. And what attitude should true Christians have towards the House of Windsor? Stay tuned for a theologically correct answer. Rather than developing two or three (Christian) themes, Lewis wants to develop them all. It's almost as if he forgot that he was writing a novel, rather than a non-fiction book!

That being said, I nevertheless found "That hideous strength" interesting, even intriguing. The criticism of mad science, phoney progress and secret elites was particularly interesting. As a secular "leftist", I presumably criticize society from almost exactly the opposite vantage point compared to a conservative Anglican.

Still, it can hardly be denied that "science" and "progress" untempered with morality are...evil.

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27. Space Mission Analysis and Design, 3rd edition (Space Technology Library)
Paperback: 969 Pages (1999-10)
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Asin: 1881883108
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This practical handbook for Space Mission Engineering draws on leading aerospace experts to carry readers through mission design, from orbit selection to ground ops. SMAD III updates the technology, provides greater emphasis on small spacecraft design and the cost-reduction process, and includes more detail on multi-satellite manufacturing, space computers, payload design and autonomous systems. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A superb text and frequent reference.
While originally acquiring this text for a course in orbital mechanics, it has become a frequently referenced item on my bookshelf.

If you work in satellite communications or need to quickly understand almost any spacecraft related concept, your solution can be found in SMAD. I highly reccomend this book for anyone getting into the field of spacecraft design or if you have been assigned a problem that requires knowledge of orbital maneuvers, cost estimation, mission operations, communications, or almost anything else.

SMAD (as it has been entombed) is a gold standard general reference guide that has yet to be surpassed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent material
This book is considered as the bible of the Space Engineering and after reading it I understand why. It covers everything with a good level of detail and gives a lot of practical information that can be very useful. Personally I am an engineer wanting to enter the space industry and the book helped me to better understand the domain where I want to work. The reason why I give it 4 stars is that the title of the book starts with the word "Space" but I would rather start it with "Satellite" because it is strongly oriented to satellite system. I expected to have at least a chapter on interplanetary exploration systems but there's nothing. So no discussion, for example, on orbit transfers from Earth to Moon or on autonomous computer systems necessary for, let's say, Mars exploration. Otherwise, the book is excellent.

A word of caution for those interested on the book: It is no science divulgation book. It is a technical book and I'd say you need at least two years of Engineering studies to understand the concepts that are inside and maybe a bit of Engineering professional experience to properly appreciate the value of the tables that are included.

3-0 out of 5 stars careless packing the item
originally, the item is ok, but careless in packing caused some damages. The package was opened and half of the book got wet. Absolutely, I do not recommend this seller

5-0 out of 5 stars SMAD Provides an Overview of Satellite Design
SMAD takes you all the way through the process of designing a satellite. Every subsystem is covered and there are equations to do calculations throughout. It's also written in a language that anyone with only an introduction into the space world would be able to understand.

3-0 out of 5 stars space mission analysis and design
The third edition falls short of the information provided in the second edition. The third edition lacks the detail on thermal radiation and conditions that was included in the second edition . ( see chapter 11.5).It appears to me that the 3rd edition is more a generalization and discussion, rather than providing a detail method of analysis for a space mission. If possible , I would like to return my copy of the 3rd edition for a copy of the second edition.Thank you.L. Rosenman ... Read more

28. Dead Space
by Antony Johnston, Ben Templesmith
Hardcover: 168 Pages (2008-12-03)
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The prequel to the all-new blockbuster sci-fi survival horror game from Electronic Arts! On the distant mining colony of Aegis VII, something strange and alien lurks beneath the surface... a mysterious artifact that brings nothing but trouble to the isolated workforce. As the arrival of the famous planetcracker ship Ishimura fast approaches, security officer Bram Neumann finds himself caught between religious fervor, miners slowly going insane, and the machinations of the mining corporation itself as he races to discover the secrets of the Marker... before it destroys them all! Collects Dead Space #1-6. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere first...
Great artwork and storytelling. All you could ask for in a videogame based comic book. But save yourself a few books and head to the visceral games site and check out there swag store first.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice book, but still a copy.
Good book all around, but I had already seen it when I played/beat Dead Space: Extraction for the Wii. Held nothing new that really mattered. Also, in quite a few places, especially in the character biography section were glaring spelling mistakes that did not do the book justice.

Still, 4 out of 5. But I'm a sucker for Dead Space.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but still a good read.
When I got it I thought it was a novel, but it's actually a collection of the six comics, but since I was wanting to get them anyway I wasn't overly disappointed.all in all, a good read, the art is fantastic, and it has lots of great back story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dead Space Graphic Novel
Was a nice read, but is not worth it as a stand alone. Only buy this if you plan on playing, or have played the game.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great comic for the game
If you areafan of the dead space universe, this comic is a must have. Great art diection and the story is great and original. ... Read more

29. The Production of Space
by Henri Lefebvre
Paperback: 464 Pages (1992-04-15)
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Henri Lefebvre has considerable claims to be the greatest living philosopher. His work spans some sixty years and includes original work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism to architecture, urbanism and the experience of everyday life. The Production of Space is his major philosophical work and its translation has been long awaited by scholars in many different fields.The book is a search for reconciliation between mental space (the space of the philosophers) and real space (the physical and social spheres in which we all live). In the course of his exploration, Henri Lefebvre moves from metaphysical and ideological considerations of the meaning of space to its experience in the everyday life of home and city. He seeks, in other words, to bridge the gap between the realms of theory and practice, between the mental and the social, and between philosophy and reality. In doing so, he ranges through art, literature, architecture and economics, and further provides a powerful antidote to the sterile and obfuscatory methods and theories characteristic of much recent continental philosophy.This is a work of great vision and incisiveness. It is also characterized by its author's wit and by anecdote, as well as by a deftness of style that Donald Nicholson-Smith's sensitive translation precisely captures. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars an open book
This is a fragmented and speculative work, from which readers (e.g. Soja, Harvey, Elden and Shields) have been able to draw rather contradictory and diverse conclusions.In part, that's because there's a lot in here, but it's not terribly consistently or coherently presented.I've read most of it twice and parts several times more -- there are lots of intriguing sketches of ideas, and the reader can fill them in in lots of different ways, but I'm not convinced it's worth it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Space is produced by, and produces, society
Thinkers have long analyzed things in space, but it is time to analyze space itself and "the social relationships embedded in it" according to Lefebvre. He wants to analyze the form, structure, and function of something he calls "social space" and explore how such spaces have been produced.

"Social space" partly consists of a certain configuration of actual space in actual time.Space also encompasses and includes physical objects that participate in discourse (as Foucault would say). Thus, space is also a container of relationships. It is also the receptacle of history, "the outcome of past actions."Lefebvre uses the example of a mountain.It does not have to have been produced or even physically altered by human hands to be considered a social space. Lefebvre's mountain participates in many relationships. The mountain space participates in a dialectic with humans, other spaces (social, representational, and represented), and history (it is produced in history and plays a role in history). It is at once a locus, a node on a network, a path, and place of potentials (i.e. of possible material exchange). "Its `reality' [is] at once formal and material."In short, the mountain cannot be reduced to a simple object, writes Lefebvre.

Space is powerful. Space, according to him, is anything but the "passive locus of social relations."It has an "active-operational or instrumental role," it is "knowledge and action."It instructs. It is also nothing less than a new mode of production.It contributes to "the establishment...of a system" and those in power (the bourgeois, most recently) frequently have made use of it.Space produces society, writes Lefebvre. He writes, "a decisive part is played by space in this continuity [of the reproduction of society]."

At the same time space produces society, space is produced. What Lefebvre sets out to do is identify "the actual production of space," to bring the different kinds of space and the modes of their production into a theory. Space is not "produced in the sense that a kilogram of sugar or a yard of cloth is produced."Nor is it produced like an aspect of superstructure. Social space is produced by (and produces) power to serve its goals.

Lefebvre laments that, in the work of philosophers, there has been an "abyss" between mental ("ideal") space and real space, between the internal "sphere", the realm of mental categories, and the external, physical, social. Lefebvre rejects the res cogitans/res existensa duality of Descartes, and separating mental space from real space strongly reinforces this. Lefebvre's belief that real minds in real bodies inhabit real space-at the same time spaces participate in the mental realm-is the most basic reason The Production of Spaceis useful for environmental historians. His ideas hint at new opportunities to bridge the culture/matter gap.

Lefebvre also believes that physical environments have histories and humans are a part of them. "In short, every social space has a history, one invariably grounded in nature, in natural conditions that are at once primordial and unique in the sense that they are always and everywhere endowed with specific characteristics (site, climate, etc.)."He even sounds like an environmental historian at times. "The departure point for this history of space is not to be found in geographical descriptions of natural space, but rather in the study of natural rhythms, and of the modification of those rhythms and their inscription in space by means of human actions, especially work-related actions. It begins, then, with the spatio-temporal rhythms of nature as transformed by a social practice."

Criticisms: Lefebvre frequently returns to a critique of the space produced by capitalism, a powerful (abstract) space that spans the globe and has left few pockets free from it. The space produced by something like capitalism is extremely powerful because one can not choose but be obedient to it; to live in it is "lived obedience."That is, to follow its dictates, move about in it in an orderly fashion, to be directed in some paths, prohibited from others, is to follow its instruction. This space is totally concerned with reproducing (bourgeois-serving) social relationships at the cost of "[creative] works, ...natural reproduction, over nature itself, and over natural time."

His point is well taken, but I think these frequently tangential moments detract from his exposition of a new analytical tool. I get tired of hearing that the point of this analysis is to uncover the social relationships latent in spaces for the ostensible purpose of inspiring revolution.I'd rather he left such an analysis to a historian employing Lefebvre's idea rather than having Lefebvre try to make his exposition of a theoretical tool double as a manifesto. (I am also really weary of his defending himself against hardcore Marxists-his concentration is greatly lessened for the effort. I understand that he is fighting personal battles with his old friends at these moments.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Engaging and intellectually nourishing
The Production of Space is a thick yet engaging introduction to Postmodern spatial theory, providing insights to a variety of philosophical concepts centering on how we perceive, construct, and reproduce both physical and mental spaces.While complex and eclectic, Lefebvre's book provides ample food for thought for those interested in the means by which we as human beings understand space in the world and how we negotiate and transpose it in our minds.

Overall, it's damned good stuff.I read this book and the idea for my Masters thesis came exploding out of me like one of those creatures from "Alien."

4-0 out of 5 stars Cryptic Conceptualization of Space
Henri Lefebvre's epic book, The Production of Space is a cryptic exploration into the production of various kinds of space.While I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a comprehensive spatialanalysis, I warn the reader to avoid jumping into the book blindly.It isnot a book to be kept on the night table and read leisurely before driftingoff to sleep. It is a serious book and requires serious concentration onthe part of the reader. ... Read more

30. Sacred Space: Enhancing the Energy of Your Home and Office
by Denise Linn
Paperback: 336 Pages (2005-04-07)
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'Our homes are mirrors of ourselves. Through them we can interface with the universe.' Everything in the universe is composed of constantly changing energy, including our homes and their contents. By clearing and enhancing this energy, we can turn our living spaces not only into sanctuaries for ourselves but also into places which radiate positive energy for the benefit of others. In this fascinating and unusual book, international lecturer and healer Denise Linn shows how we can infuse our homes (and offices) with a sense of cosmic order so they become nurturing centres of strength and health. Drawing upon her Cherokee Indian heritage, as well as the knowledge she has personally collected from the native traditions around the world, Denise offers simple but effective techniques including the use of: Feng Shui; Spirit Smoke; Purifying Fire; Mystic Sound; The Way of the Shaman to help us create a sacred space wherever we make our home. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource & Guide
MY fiance and I just bought our first home, and I was looking for a book with some information on house cleansing. I definitely found what I was looking for in this book and more. I would definitely recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read
My mother-in-law gave me this book when I mentioned a desire to read more on Feng Shui.Many of the traditional books I'd read on placement and chi enhancement seemed too focused on the use of bamboo flutes, mirrors, and faceted crystals to correct areas with stagnant or draining energy.I found their suggestions not only limited, but also impractical to the point that my home "sanctuary" would no longer be a source of love and calm, but more like an irritating hodgepodge of impersonal things that did not flow with the natural spirit of our living space.

From the first moment that I skimmed through the pages of Linn's book, I was filled with renewed inspiration and relief.Linn sees a home as more than just a collection of rooms filled with appropriately placed objects.She suggests (and I wholly agree) that each home has its own spirit and that the energies within the home depend on much more than whether or not a crystal or mirror is hung on a poorly placed wall.She delves more into the spiritual nature of energizing spaces using sound, color, light, and the use of items that are meaningful to the inhabitants of the home.Linn introduces the novice to the art of finding and clearing areas of stagnant energy, and often reminds the reader that one does not need to have second sight or enhanced senses to successfully employ her recommendations.

Denise Linn states many times throughout this book that "if you don't love it, get rid of it".As simple and common sensical as that thought might be, it was a very refreshing reminder that so-called traditional "cures" may not always result in a more tranquil environment.Honestly, the thought of hanging bamboo flutes all over my home left me so annoyed and uncomfortable that I was tempted to throw out half of my library.While Linn does briefly discuss some of the more classical philosophies of Feng Shui, she does not dwell long on the topic.Her focus is less on the physical and more on the spiritual or energetic aspects of the home.For those who seek to bring about change in their lives (such as increasing love, prosperity, or health), she offers some recommendations that parallel many of the philosophies taught in Feng Shui.However, she takes it a step further by personalizing the cures to the ideas of the reader.Not all who seek increased prosperity are inspired by the same symbols and she offers a few brief examples to help the reader explore his or her own psyche to determine what simple changes may subconsciously or visually imply greater wealth.

This book incorporates wisdom from Eastern cultures, Celtic traditions, shamanism, and her own Native American heritage to provide the reader with a vast collection of ideas and exercises to explore.Some of her energy clearing recommendations do border on ritualistic, and therefore may be slightly uncomfortable for people who shy away from anything esoteric.Her approaches are not magic or witchcraft, however, and should not be viewed as such.

While I absolutely love this book, I'm well aware that it isn't for everyone.If furniture placement, chi flow, and the bagua are your interest then I suggest you stick with the more traditional books on Feng Shui and Chi.But if your interest is in enhancing your intuition and tuning into the inherent spirit of your home to create your own personal sanctuary, then this book provides a wonderful introduction, whether you are a novice or already highly tuned in to the spiritual side of life.I'm eager to read more from Denise Linn, and the only difficult decision ahead of me is which of her many insightful books to start reading next.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Read
As an interior designer and Feng Shui practitioner, Sacred Space is a special addition to my collection of Feng Shui books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I'm on my second copy--the pages are falling out.Some sections may not be for everyone, but it is an excellent resource.Great book--highly recommended!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sacred space
A neat book, with lots of woo woo and a mish mosh of religious ideals.A little too mixed up for me. ... Read more

31. Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly Books)
by Joan Sweeney
Paperback: 32 Pages (1999-07-20)
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With Earth as a starting point, a young astronaut leads readers on a tour past each planet and on to the stars, answering simple questions about our solar system. Full color. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
A great book with basic information about the planets. Unfortunately it says there are 9 planets instead of 8, but otherwise, great!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the preschool set
We got this book when my then 27 month old told me he wanted to be an astronaut (still not sure where that came from).Within 3 days he was quizzing me on the planets.That said, this is a great introduction and at 2 it was too hard for him to understand the concepts of galaxy, etc.He is now 2.5y and still loves this book, we have moved on to more detailed books but he loves to sit and read this one to his doll at night (much of it is memorized as his reading level is not this high yet).That said, I would not buy this for a child past Kindergarten and even then it would be based on their knowledge and ability level as it may be too easy.Pluto is still included but this book was published well prior to the 2006 change in status so maybe an update would be due.We often just skipped over it at first and now take it to discuss the dwarf planets.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn!
This book along with the other books in this series is a wonderfully captivating way to teach kids in an entertaining way.Fabulous!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the planets!
We bought this for my 4yo-who has been interested in all things space since she was just over 2yo-for her 3rd birthday.She loves this book-it certainly has helped her learn the planets.The illustrations are fun and not too grown-up.I think this is the perfect introduction to space for preschoolers.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for helping them understand where they live
My daughter had a hard time with the difference between cities, states and countries until we read this. I feel it gave her a good understanding of where we are on the map. ... Read more

32. Creative Time and Space: Making Room for Making Art
by Rice Freeman-Zachery
Paperback: 144 Pages (2009-10-14)
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With a fresh approach and an A-list group of contributing artists, Creative Time and Space embraces the idea that making time and space is at the core of creativity. It is not just about managing your time or setting up a studio space, it is about your mindset and about making room in your life for your craft. Enjoy active sidebars alongside photos of the work and workspaces of the featured artists, as they speak with refreshing candor about how they carve out creative time and space in their own lives. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars excellent, practical, useful information for artists just starting out
This is a fabulous book for either artists who are just starting out or people who want to incorporate a daily creative practice into their every day routine. There are NO projects in this book, instead, this is more of a "owner's manual" for making time and space for more art in our lives.

Rice (pronounced "Lisa") Freeman-Zachery covers all the topics that are important to those wanting to add more time/space for art in their life- issues of time (how to make time, how to "wrangle" time, how to use the time you have- even if it's tiny), issues of space (big or small or out of a backpack, there are tips and inspiration for all of us), issues of "play" vs. "work" in art (which was most useful to me).

Along the way, there are lots of bits on information, tidbits, and suggestions from many working artists, and the book prominently features their artwork on every page. I do like the format of Freeman-Zachary's books, but I have to admit, when I was 3/4ths of the way through, I was wishing the book had more of a "traditional" layout. The book is sort of a scrapbook of images, text, and small "asides" with information and a lot of the time I lost my place (and focus) in the book because I started studying an artwork or reading something in one of the small boxes that are randomly placed right in the middle of a block of text. It's awfully nice to look through, but reading straight through is a bit of a challenge.

My other criticism is that it didn't quite cover time management in the way I was hoping it would, which is absolutely not the book's fault. I was hoping for examples of different artists' working schedules (an idea of how much time they spend "working" vs. how much time they spend "experimenting", examples of a typical schedule of a day spent in the studio, etc.)and these are not really covered. For those of you looking for firm guidance on time management in the art studio, this isn't the book.

While this book will not change your life, and probably won't be useful to more established artists who already have a studio and dedicated time for their art, for those of us starting out, it's a great guide. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mind space for art, physical space for the finances of art.
Draw icons for a grocery list, organize all art tools within arm's length of your work chair, make space for the business of art (banking, shipping, email) separate from art-making work space, turn computer on only every other day (dedicate brain space for creativity instead of surfing your imagination away), schedule an appointment with your imagination in your desk diary.

With only a single life to live, decide to become an artist by living each moment with inspiration. Reserve sleep for artistic dreams. Journal about what you want to enter your life, sleep on your wish.

Rice Freeman-Zachery's Creative Time and Space interviews real working artists who make their living by art. Practical suggestions focus on the limited time working artists have to actually create, since so much time is spent traveling to shows, manning their booth, setting up, mailing art to customers, leading workshops, writing books. The most helpful suggestions relate to editing out from your physical and mental space what isn't useful to your being as an artist Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, and assigning space and time to the finances of art.

If you are serious about making a living making art Creative Time and Space is a useful, realistic guide to the process. Also see Lynne Perrella'sArt Making & Studio Spaces: Unleash Your Inner Artist: An Intimate Look at 31 Creative Work Spaces

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspired artist
No one can tell you how to be creative but you can get so many new ideas from reading how others are creative.Time is always a factor when it comes to when to make your art and how to carve out time to do what you love.Each artist explains in their own words how they handle the challenges and pitfalls that may hinder creativity.

I read the book a chapter at a time and go back and read bits and pieces when I want new ideas. The blend of artist work,space and ideas is the perfect jumping off point for any artist no matter what stage you are at.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nurture Your (Creative) Spirit!
This is just what the doctor ordered! Almost more so for women, as we are raised from tiny girls,to be selfless. Now, I am not saying it is not important to work, tidy your home, and care for love ones,but when is it our time? Somewhere around 11:30 p.m.? It doesn't matter what "art form" you pursue, just DO IT, as Ms. Zachary encourages! It is so easy to get caught up tending to everyone and everything else, that we forget to even breathe,let alone create something beautiful! This lovely-to-look-at book will help you in a sweet, kind, and gentle way.It will make you get down to the nitty gritty, and re-evaluate your time.It will offer hints as to how to carve out those precious minutes/hours to be alone, and soak in the solitude, and create! I was recently thinking about this topic,when I stumbled across this book (Karma?!),and flipped through it.It really hit home! Now, I am mentally taking notes on how I can make time for creativity each day. Even if it is 20 min. to scribble in my journal! Art, to me, is a form of self-care, and as you know, when we neglect our self-care, we become sad, irritated, angry....you name it! Get this book....You will love it! So glad I bought it! Now, to stick to it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Practical advice on making time for your art
I was reading an interview on Empty Easel (an art promotion website) with Rice Freeman-Zachery and it prompted me to buy her book: Creative Time and Space. Visually, the book does a fabulous job of showcasing the featured artists' work. As for the content, I found myself wanting more.

The author, Rice Freeman-Zachery, weaves her own thoughts amid the mish-mash of anecdotal references by the featured artists on the various chapter topics:

1. Exploring Time
2. Making Time
3. Corralling Time
4. Stuck in Time
5. Jumpstarting Time
6. Mental Space
7. Soul Space
8. Real Space
9. Creative Habits
10. Taking It on the Road

The book is for those who are struggling with "making room for making art." Rice includes little exercises in the form of "Try This" boxes to help you explore your own ideas about why you are where you are artistically and how to jump-start your passion for your art to get your back on track.

There is so much about this book that I wanted to like but much of it I had heard before. Surely, there is quite a bit here that is grounded in practicality, which just goes to show you why the reviews on Amazon were all positive. The author's style is very warm and engaging. You cannot help but feel her passion and desire to motivate you.

However, what disappointed me was the fact that the Empty Easel interview more clearly addressed what I needed to hear than the 171-page book. I expect an article that references a book to whet my appetite for the full-course meal that the book will provide me when I read it.

My Top 10 From Creative Time and Space

1. Take a notebook/sketchbook with you everywhere. As Freeman-Zachery puts it so well, "Writing down ideas reinforces the value of creative thinking and encourages your brain to spend more time in creative mode."
2. Set studio boundaries so my creative time is seen as important to me (and others)
3. Cut down on Web surfing and devote my time to painting
4. Stop (or severely cut back on) watching TV since it easily and needlessly sucks up my evenings
5. Consider implementing a schedule for myself (some of the featured artists' schedules encouraged me, others were overwhelming)
6. Write out my goals (both short-term and long-term)
7. Make a studio-efficiency list as I work that could make my next studio experience more enjoyable
8. Make a list of things that inspire me and when a rut hits, revisit it
9. Make a list of what attracts me and/or scares me about my art; then take steps to work through that list
10. Use my head-space as well as my studio space to infuse both thoughtful and spontaneous creativity throughout as much of my day as possible

You'll notice in my list, time management plays a key role (see #2-7 above). In fact, that is really the crux of the matter and so the first half of the book is devoted to giving the reader strategies.

Rice (and a few of her featured artists) strongly recommends journaling. I have not made time for this and haven't felt it to be a detriment. Who knows, you may find it essential. There were other pieces of advice throughout the book but I just didn't find them compelling. They seemed more fluffy than substantial. Of course, we are all individuals and such little bits of esoterica may inspire you towards productivity.

The chapter on your studio---Real Space---was probably one of my favorites because I loved hearing about the variety of places these professionals did their work. I found it very encouraging since I just cleaned out a small space in our bedroom to work.

Well, that's my take on Rice Freeman-Zachery's Creative Time and Space. I can't say I would definitely purchase this book again BUT I would have taken it out of the library and documented what I found that was practical.

I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars but that's not an option here, so the artist's enthusiasm for her topic earns her an extra 1/2 a star. ... Read more

33. The Currents of Space
by Isaac Asimov
Paperback: 240 Pages (2010-09-28)
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High above planet Florinia, the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort. Down in the eternal spring of the planet, however, the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters.

Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible. Not only do the Florinians no longer have a concept of freedom, any disruption of the vital kyrt trade would cause other planets to rise in protest, resulting in a galactic war. So the Trantorian Empire, whose grand plan is to unite all humanity in peace, prosperity, and freedom, has allowed the oppression to continue.

Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed. Barely able to speak or care for himself when he was found, Rik is widely regarded as a simpleton by the worker community where he lives. As his memories begin to return, however, Rik finds himself driven by a cryptic message he is determined to deliver: Everyone on Florinia is doomed…the Currents of Space are bringing destruction. But if the planet is evacuated, the power of Sark will end-so there are those who would kill the messenger. The fate of the Galaxy hangs in the balance.
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1-0 out of 5 stars The Kindle version is more expensive?
I will be following my simple rule.

Whenever the Kindle version is the same price or more than a new paperback
I will not be buying EITHER the Kindle OR the paperback version.

If enough people follow this simple guideline Amazon and the
author/publisher might just learn how to play nice.

(Hey what do you know, it's at the library!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Asimov's Intertwined Novel
This book was a really fun book to read. The science parts(a star exploding because of carbon currents in space) weren't all that interesting or complicated, but the political frenzy is everywhere. Every man seems to be suspected of being the mysterious criminal "X", but the one that is not suspected turns out to be the criminal- and for different reasons than anyone would imagine. But all that hassle about the criminal sidetracks them from the matter of real importance- the universe's most valued world, Florina's imminent destruction by the explosion of a prenovae star. The only way to find out how this breathtaking mystery, political and suspence masterwork by Isaac Asimov ends is to read the book- or buy the Kindle version, like I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping and well thought-out sceince fiction
While clearly science fiction by its setting, this novel also contains elements of detective novel, future history/social commentary, and espionage.The setting is an agricultural planet (Florinia) that yields a unique and highly valuable crop (a high-quality luxury cloth fiber), and the natives are exploited at a peasant/slave level by the rich and oppresive Squires from nearby planet Sark.Meanwhile, Sark is, due to its rich export, able to stave off conquest by the encroaching Trantorian empire.Within this setting, a scientist has discovered a danger to Florinia, but before he can alert officials, he is captured and his memory erased (with a sci-fi device) by an unknown party.The story begins with the scientist, renamed Rik, barely able to function and not knowing who he is, working amongst the Florinians and remembering things piecemeal.From here, the various sides are all trying to figure out what is going on, and struggling to get their hands on Rik, as he and his companions try to elude capture.Asimov keeps both the action and the ideas going to keep the reader interested, and creates a beleivable and sensible "world" and plot, without resorting to two-dimensional stereotypes or suspension-of-disbelief moments.Even the overlords come across as human beings, despite their reprehensible social system (one remembers even America's "founding fathers" included slave-owners).Everything makes perfect sense at the end, yet I didn't guess the truth before I read it.Although written over 50 years ago, the science-fiction aspects don't come across as dated (although the underlying science of Rik's belief of danger for the planet has been discredited, it was beyond my scientific knowledge until I looked it up).
Asimov's genius lies in the ability to tell an engrossing adventure story intelligently.Although well crafted, lthis IS a quick read - I'm surprised to find it listed only as an expensive hardcover; this is prime mass-market material; and at 200 pages each, they really should bind Asimov's three similar novels (this, "Pebble In The Sky", and "The Stars Like Dust" - not closely related, but all set in the same "universe" between his "Robot" and "Foundation" series) into one 600-page paperback!So, I suggest reading it, but (unless you like to collect hardcovers) pick up a used copy at a reasonable price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Threads
The elite of the galaxy are usually dressed in Kryt.It is the most beautiful fabric known.Its iridescent threads are nearly indestructible, and above all, it is so, oh so expensive.

It has made the sellers of Kryt fabulously wealthy.Its trade is controlled solely by one planet, planet Sark; a planet which lies outside of Trantor's expanding galactic empire.Other planets have tried and failed to grow it; it is not known why Kryt grows only on one planet.It doesn't even grow on planet Sark, but on a planet that Sark controls: planet Florina.

That is where you are: planet Florina.At first, you don't know that.In fact, you know practically nothing; somebody has blocked your memories, so much so, that you can't even speak.But a native woman takes you in, teaches you, gets you a job at the Kryt mill, and gradually your memories begin to seep in.And then one day - between bites on your lunch break - you remember something about your profession: you were a Spatio-analyst, one who collects and correlates data about the space between the stars.You are elated to discover who you were, but then - like a soaring fly that has been slammed with a flyswatter - you are crushed when you remember that millions of people are going to die!

I greatly enjoy almost everything that Isaac Asimov has written; 'The Currents of Space' is no exception.

I can make no comment on the physical quality of the book listed on Amazon, since my copy is a very old Fawcett Crest paperback; it is yellowed with age and exudes a faint musty smell.I wrote this review as a result of Amazon's suggestion; besides, it gave me an excuse to reread it after all these years.

4-0 out of 5 stars Action-packed far future detective thriller by one of the best writers of SF ever
In this story of a far-flung humanity, the planet Florina is subjugated by the planet Sark. But when a Spatio-analyst learns that the world of Florina is soon to be extinct, a web of political intrigue that will change the relationship between Florina and Sark begins.

The story itself is small-scale, focusing only on characters and not the creation of an epic. There are Rik, the psycho-probed stranger; Valona, the big millworker; and Myrlyn, the Florinan with a chip on his shoulder for his Sark overlords. The story is primarily a detective thriller set in space, as the three protagonists try to find Rik's tormentor and solve the puzzle of the end of Florina. The plot is uncomplicated in its progress, though fast-paced and quite entertaining. This is classic science fiction, just as the genre was finding its voice - a voice now defined by much of Asimov's work. This is a great narrative for new readers intimidated by Asimov's more complex //Foundation// novels. As well, those who like uncomplicated space opera that is part mystery and part political thriller will enjoy //The Currents of Space//.

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34. The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate
by Peter Brook
Paperback: 141 Pages (1995-12-01)
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Peter Brook's career, beginning in the 1940s with radicalproductions of Shakespeare with a modern experimental sensibility andcontinuing to his recent work in the worlds of opera and epic theater,makes him perhaps the most influential director of the 20thcentury. Cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and director ofthe International Center for Theater Research in Paris, perhapsBrook's greatest legacy will be The Empty Space. His 1968 bookdivides the theatrical landscape, as Brook saw it, into four differenttypes: the Deadly Theater (the conventional theater, formulaic andunsatisfying), the Holy Theater (which seeks to rediscover ritual anddrama's spiritual dimension, best expressed by the writings of Artaudand the work of director Jerzy Grotowski), the Rough Theater (atheater of the people, against pretension and full of noise andaction, best typified by the Elizabethan theater), and the ImmediateTheater, which Brook identifies his own career with, an attempt todiscover a fluid and ever-changing style that emphasizes the joy ofthe theatrical experience. What differentiates Brook's writing from somany other theatrical gurus is its extraordinary clarity. His gentleillumination of the four types of theater is conversational, evenchatty, and though passionately felt, it's entirely lacking in thesort of didactic bombast that flaws many similar texts. --JohnLongenbaugh ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I guess everybody makes that mistake
The Amazon editorial review by John Longenbaugh says that Peter Brook is a co-founder of the RSC. Uh, no. That would be Peter Hall. Peter Brook became a resident director at the RSC in 1962.

4-0 out of 5 stars An innovator's ideas about Theatre
I am not very knowledgeable about Theatre and certainly not about Theory of Theatre. I found this book quite abstract and difficult to understand. Its opening sentences sets the tone for the whole work.
"I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. An actor moves across this space while someone is watching and a piece of theatre is engaged."
This would seem to detach Theatre from local trappings and customs.
The book consists in an effort to define four kinds of Theatre, the Deadly or Conventional commercial theatre: the Holy Theatre based on sacred repetition , the Rough Theatre that of people in the steet, and the Immediate Theatre, the flowing transformative Theatre which Brook himself is trying to do.
As the author is considered one of the most revolutionary and important of modern Theatre directors I believe the book might be of value to those actually involved in 'doing Theatre' more than it is to the general reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
Before you read anything else on theatre, you should read The Empty Space.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brook's Genius
What is great about the empty space is that Peter Brook's theory is relevant to all art forms. The four theatres he describes are basically categories in which all art falls into. This seems odd at first until you see what he is describing. What turns most people off is the idea of over-categorizing art. But Brook's theatres tend to be more or less critiques of individual performances, or what the effect of that performance is on the audience. This is also easy to read. Too much theatre philosophy gets bogged down by either melodramatic thespian writers, or rambling philosophies from those who have not trained themselves to ge good writers. With Brook, it is pretty straightforawrd, not always easy to understand mind you, but straightforward. If you are at all interested in the arts then this is a must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Peter Brook
This book, along with Uta Hagen's "Respect for Acting" and any Stanaslavski, is the motherload of theater expertise. ... Read more

35. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
by W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2005-02-03)
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Winning by Not Competing: A Fresh Approach to Strategy

Since the dawn of the industrial age, companies have engaged in head-to-head competition in search of sustained, profitable growth. They have fought for competitive advantage, battled over market share, and struggled for differentiation. Yet these hallmarks of competitive strategy are not the way to create profitable growth in the future.

In a book that challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success, W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne argue that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than a hundred years and thirty industries, the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors, but from creating "blue oceans": untapped new market spaces ripe for growth. Such strategic moves-which the authors call "value innovation"- create powerful leaps in value that often render rivals obsolete for more than a decade.

Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any company can use to create and capture blue oceans. A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this book charts a bold new path to winning the future.

W. Chan Kim is the Boston Consulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chair Professor of Strategy and International Management at INSEAD. Renée Mauborgne is the INSEAD Distinguished Fellow and Professor of Strategy and Management.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Change your mind about what matters in your business
This book does a great job of showing you how many well known companies that have gotten rid of what doesn't matter and focused on what does matter to the customer, and how you can do the same. At the end of the day, that's all that really matters.

Most business owners make the mistake of doing what they think is important, when they should be doing what their customers think is important.

I highly recommend this book for any entrepreneur in any industry.

2-0 out of 5 stars A highschool book
The good news:
The book is not wrong. It is indeed a positive to find/create a market that is no contested.

The bad news:
It doesn't tell you how to create and sustain one.

The veredict:
A good book to give to highschool students, this might be "news" to them. But if you are more advanced in your career this is defo trivial stuff.

1-0 out of 5 stars BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY
The book I purchased was supposed to be new, but it was not new and had highlighting in it which means someone else used the book.I have written twice complaining to the seller and Amazon that I want a used sales price and to be reimbursed the difference, but nobody has responded.This is very poor customer service!!!
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3-0 out of 5 stars good book at the conceptual level
Good book at the conceptual level.The main idea is to identify new market where no competetion exists and establish your company.I find the book to be more inspiring than practical.The frameworks used are not original and I found them very academic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A practical and powerful way to define your "secret sauce"
Kim and Mauborgne's approach to strategy is refreshing. Instead of measuring yourself against the competition, measure how much value you can create for your customers. The book is in three parts, first describing what is a "Blue Ocean Strategy", then how to define it for your business, and concluding with how to implement it. The second part of the book is what impressed me the most: the step-by-step process of zeroing in on what I call your "secret sauce", the specific elements of the value you bring to your clients that set you apart from everyone else. It is the best book that I've read so far that lays out a logical and demonstratable process to identify this. The authors provide many real-life examples to illustrate each aspect of the process. The third part of the book, on overcoming internal barriers to implementing the BOS in an organization, lays out the pitfalls that await a change leader, along with tactics to overcome them. I would have liked the examples to be a bit more varied for this third part.

Full of practical and real-life examples, the authors have convinced me of the power of this approach to business excellence. Now all I have to do is to get my colleagues and my clients to agree to the process, too...

This book was surprisingly quick for me to read despite the depth of the subject. Highly recommended both for startups and for existing SMEs who want to become the go-to provider in their field. ... Read more

36. The Office Space Kit
by Sarah O'Brien
Paperback: 32 Pages (2006-10-10)
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Office Space, the universally laugh-out-loud movie that pokes fun at the everyday monotony and pointlessness of modern office life, has become a cult classic among viewers. More than 5 million DVD and VHS copies of Office Space have shipped, and a new special DVD edition was just released in November of 2005. Now, for the first time ever, comes the official Office Space Kit that gives you everything you need to survive Mondays in the cubicle. The perfect gift for anyone and everyone who breaks into a sweat just thinking about their job, The Office Space Kit is for all the minions out there whose TPS reports just aren’t cutting it. Includes the office accessories featured in the movie:

Milton’s Red Stapler
Lumbergh’s Initech Mug
"Is this Good for the Company?" Sign
Starter "Flair"
"PC Load Letter" Copy Machine Sticker
Your Very Own "Jump To Conclusions" Mat
A Humorous 32-Page Book (Complete with TPS Report Covers)
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3-0 out of 5 stars One kit had broken mug
Only one of the kits was 100% complete, but that was fine because they were being used for decorations for a co-worker who was quitting to take a different job.I was disappointed that one of the kits had a broken mug - and it looked like someone had opened the kit, seen the broken mug, and stuffed everything back in the box.But, for what I paid, the look on my co-worker's face was worth every penny.We hung the "IS it good for the company" banners all around his cubicle and used the "Jump to Conclusions" mats to carpet the floor.Wrote "Good Luck" on the back of the coffee mug, taped TPS report covers over all monitors, chairs, etc, and scattered the contents of 3 office space flair kits across his work area.We heard mumbles of "my stapler" all day.

5-0 out of 5 stars So much fun for so little money
I bought this for my boss for Christmas and he never laughed so hard.Who, in a professional setting, does not love anythign Officespace?Quotes from the movie fly left and right.Great gift without breaking the bank!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
Cheap rubbish, the "flare" or badges are ok the rest is a pretty poor token effort at emulating some things from the movie

2-0 out of 5 stars Typo on Mat
Bought for a co-worker.It is a good kit as far as number of items but the quality is poor.The Jump to Conclusions mat even has a typo on it.Probably part of the reason why it was in the clearance section.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Looking For
I ordered an Office Space "Kit" complete with flair, a stapler, mug, ect. What I received in the mail was a paperback book. I contacted the seller and they agreed to refund me since they did not carry the whole kit. I mailed it back within a few days and now, over 2 weeks later, i still have not received my refund! They promised to refund me next week so hopefully they will. ... Read more

37. Space Planning Basics
by Mark Karlen
Paperback: 240 Pages (2009-05-04)
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Space planning involves much more than sketching a preliminary floor plan. A designer must take a client's programming needs into account and must also consider how other factors such as building codes and environmental factors affect a spatial composition. Space Planning Basics, now in its Third Edition, offers a highly visual, step-by-step approach to developing preliminary floor plans for commercial spaces. The book provides tools for visualizing space and walks the designer through other considerations such as building code requirements and environmental control needs. Specific programming techniques covered include matrices, bubble diagrams, CAD templates, block plans, and more. New to this edition are coverage of the basics of stair design, an essential aspect for planning spaces. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book
The book is very well written and has helped me tremendously.It came to me new so there wasn't actually anything wrong with it.I received it promptly without hesitation.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lacking
This book was lacking in many ways.Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors: Basic Skills by Rosemary Kilmer was a much better book on space planning and graphics for much less than this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hands-on exercises and advice are perfect for intermediate-level students in construction management and interior design
Any college-level library appealing to architecture and interior design students - especially those involved in commercial buildings - needs SPACE PLANNING BASICS. The third updated edition includes coverage of stair design, a new section on such design, and programming examples for small and large commercial spaces (up to 4,000 square feet). Hands-on exercises and advice are perfect for intermediate-level students in construction management and interior design.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I needed this book for required reading for my graduate studies. It is very basic beginner space planning ideas. The layout and explanations are easy and helpful. I already had a grasp on everything this book covers, but it's a good one to keep on the bookshelf for reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars A thorough basic overview
The book is a very good reference to the importance of the space planning process with thoughtful exercises incorporated.It is best as a text book vs. trying to read and understand it on your own.
You must understand that it's not a code book, so some of the dimensions, etc. should be verified based on your own location. ... Read more

38. The New Space Opera 2
by Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan
Mass Market Paperback: 640 Pages (2010-04-01)
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Some of the most beloved names in science fiction spin all-new tales of interstellar adventure and wonder

Neal Asher
John Barnes
Cory Doctorow
John Kessel
Jay Lake
John Meaney
Elizabeth Moon
Garth Nix
Mike Resnick
Justina Robson
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
John Scalzi
Bruce Sterling
Peter Watts
Sean Williams
Tad Williams
Bill Willingham
Robert Charles Wilson
John C. Wright
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The second volume in this anthology series features 19 all-new stories by the likes of Tad Williams, Mike Resnick, Cory Doctorow, Garth Nix, Jay Lake, Peter Watts, and Robert Charles Wilson to name just a few.Despite the label that would seem to imply strictly adventurous Star Wars/"Doc" Smith styled tales, TNSO2 runs the range from raucous humor to hard Sci-Fi and everything in between.

Among the tales that stand out are "Utriusque Cosmi" by Robert Charles Wilson.Here a woman is whisked away at the moment of Earth's total destruction by an alien race where she learns that the universe is nothing like we've ever imagined.A truly exquisite tale of the far...far future.The best story in the book!

"To Go Boldly" by Cory Doctorow is a somewhat outlandish parody of Star Trek that I think non-Trekkies will enjoy more than the ardent fans.

"Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz" by Mike Resnick.Yet another parody story, this time of Walter M. Miller's famous sci-fi tale.The story of an adventuring hero who thinks with the "wrong" head when it comes to women who goes on a quest for said Canticle...for Saul Leibowitz.

"The Tale of the Wicked" by John Scalzi is the harrowing tale of a starship captain pursuing an enemy vessel only to find the supercomputer on his own ship has stopped taking orders.Think of this as Star Trek meets 2001: A Space Odyssey meets I, Robot.

Bill Willingham's "Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings", is another winner.As with most anthologies The New Space Opera 2 is a mixed bag but the good stories outnumber the weaker one's by a wide margin and the best one's are really well done.I would not be surprised if a few received award nominations...perhaps not Hugos or Nebulas, but certainly some degree of recognition would not be surprising.

4-0 out of 5 stars A decent anthology with some real big duds
A few standouts, some real big duds, and the rest mediocre. Overall rating: B-

"Utriusque Cosmi" by Robert Charles Wilson. A story that spans the timescale of universes, yet is also a poignant tale within the lifetime of one individual. On the one hand there are aliens competing for a slice of pie as big as the universe; on the other there is a girl competing for the affection of her estranged mother. A-

"The Island" by Peter Watts. A woman, her not-too-bright son, and the ship computer crew a ship and self-replicating machines to build a wormhole network for an authoritarian intelligence. In the process, an "Island" creature hinders their progress. Figuring out what the Island is and what to do about it makes up the plot. Not the best "isolated crew in a space ship discovers something" stories but still worth reading. B-

"Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance" by John Kessel. A thinly disguised dialog between atheism and theism and the pitfalls/benefits of belief. Good if you're into that kind of thing, which I am. B+

"To Go Boldly" by Cory Doctorow. We humans have certain pre-conceived notions of how our world is supposed to work and we assume that aliens will operate on those same notions. But what if the aliens don't? A wonderful story that examines this conceit. The Star Trek language was a bit annoying, though. A-

"The Lost Princess Man" by John Barnes. A black comedy about a con man and his con game of convincing poor maidens they are a long lost galactic princess. But in a universe of virtual "dwellspaces," can a con man be conned? B

"Defect" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. A spy vs. spy space opera that reminded me of the movie "The Professional." B

"To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourself," by Jay Lake. A power struggle for ship control among two ancient Immortals and the shipmind itself. Though the story kept me engaged and the world-building was interesting, in the end I didn't care who won. C+

"Shell Game" by Neal Asher. A space adventure into interstellar/interspecies relationships. Perhaps it's my biased worldview, but I really liked this story because the religious fundamentalists are the bad guys, even if they are alien. A

"Punctuality" by Garth Nix. Huh?! Something about a Punctuality Drive, maybe from an ancient civilization whereby superluminal carriers need to be on time...and oh yeah, let's throw in a genetically engineered galactic dynasty...or something like that. D

"Inevitable" by Sean Williams. This story started out well: a battle of wills between a prisoner and his captor. But, like so many other time-travel stories, the temporal paradox becomes a crutch and a deus ex machina. The conclusion becomes a non-story and well, inevitable. C

"Join the Navy and See the Worlds" by Bruce Sterling. A story about a space hero who isn't a space hero. A space opera that has little space and not very much opera. A story about nothing, only this story is not that funny. I say "not that funny" meaning it's a little funny. And that's what gives is a passing grade. C-

"Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings" by Bill Willingham. A romping space adventure with a touch of absurd humor. Yet, I didn't feel anything emotionally for any of the characters. The ending was an interesting twist: what is a space pirate supposed to do after his forced retirement? B-

"From the Heart" by John Meaney. An interstellar space opera about failure and success. And about a cold war between matter and dark matter, I think. Great world building, but I'm not too sure about the specifics of the plot. C+

"Chameleons" by Elizabeth Moon. The story got off to a slow start but eventually picked up the pace. A personal bodyguard must escort two rich kids across interstellar space to their prep school. Along the way, they encounter "chameleons" in several senses of the word. A good read, though I wanted it to end a little differently.B-

"The Tenth Muse" by Tad Williams. One of those Big Idea stories (it says it's a Big Idea story in the story). What if the first contact we have with an alien culture is their own space operatic art form? B+

"Cracklegrackle" by Justina Robson.A sleuthing story with the detective a heavily augmented "Forged" who can see things others can't. It was OK but I couldn't empathize with the main character (who'd hired the detective) and the conclusion left something to be desired. B-

"The Tale of the Wicked by John Scalzi. The story seemed headed for cliché-land but redeemed itself at the end. What if AIs conquered us a different way? B+

"Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz" by Mike Resnick. A hilarious lowbrow satire about the whole hero genre. The characters are silly and 1D and the plot doesn't really make sense. Reminds me a little of Monty Python. A

"The Far End of History" by John C. Wright. To be honest, I didn't even finish it. It seems like a retelling of Homer's "Odyssey" but set in the vast distant future. Ulysses is a sapient planet who falls in love with Penelope, a sapient biosphere. Perhaps humor was attempted in this odd posthuman love story, but I wasn't laughing. This novella breaks a cardinal rule with speculative fiction: yes, you can write about anything you can possibly imagine, but if the reader cannot identify with the characters on some level, then you've failed. In other words, the characters must be some significant part human, even if they're alien or intelligent worlds. I couldn't identify with the characters; they weren't human at all, so I stopped reading. I have better things to do than read someone's crappy novella. F

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not better than #1
Most of the 19 stories in this new collection take place in space and/or span vast distances in time and space. Few, on the other hand, are of the "Starships and Empire" variety, and for most of the stories, the "space opera" designation is a bit of a stretch.

For example, Robert Charles Wilson's "Utriusque Cosmi" is essentially about a single important moment in a young woman's life and about how travel across vast distances allows her to better appreciate that moment. Bruce Sterling's "Join the Navy and See the Worlds" does involve a little bit of space travel, but it is really a typical Sterling story about near-future geopolitics and the shifting fortunes of nations, and as such it isn't even remotely space opera. John Kessel's "Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance," which for no obvious reason draws its proper names from contemporary typefaces, is basically a story about political police chasing a religious fanatic across a planet's landscape.

Other stories fit the mold a bit better. If "Star Trek" is space opera, then so is Cory Doctorow's "To Go Boldly". Unfortunately, it's also a tired send-up, awkwardly going where already "Star Dreck" had already been in 1975. John C. Wright's "The Far End of History," informs us early on that "Once there was a world that loved a forest-girl." I'm not a great fan of Wright's work and his heavy reliance on classical mythology, but this far future romance (which is much more than that) is well done. My favorite story in the collection is Jay Lake's "To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves." It takes place in a universe where faster-than-light spacecraft engines used to work, but since the mysterious Mistake, travel has either been slower-than-C or based on quantum entanglement. The setting is interesting, and the conflict between two near-immortal "Befores" -- that is, people born before the Mistake, is tense and moving.

Overall, the stories in the first volume were closer to what we typically think of as "space opera" than those in the second, and the average quality of the stories in the first volume was a little higher. Still, this is a solid collection with contributions from some of the best SF authors active today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great collection of fantastic short stories
Out of all the authors represented in this collection, I'd only heard of a handful and only read a couple of them - so I've "discovered" some new authors I'll start reading.

What I found really ironic was the ending to "Fearless Space Pirates..." - I finished this story the same day Pres Obama announced he was gutting the space program.Many feel (myself included) that this will soon put the USA behind the Russian and Indian space programs. "Join the Navy, see the worlds" was also a good commentary on that.Keep in mind that these were written years ago.

There was not a "stinker" in the bunch - all were good reads, all were entertaining.The length of each story was ideal - quick read on a break, waiting in traffic, etc.

I'd rate this a DEFINITE buy for any SciFi fan.Collection of humor, hard science, mystery, alien abduction and more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I really enjoyed the 1st Space Opera collection and when this one came out I quickly bought it for my kindle. The standout stories for me are:
Utriusque Cosmi
The Lost Princess Man
Shell Game
The Tale of the Wicked

I didn't like Join the Navy and See Worlds and was at a loss as to why this story was included in a Space Opera collection aside from the fact that they use the term in the story.

Really looking forward to The New Space Opera 3! ... Read more

39. Hubble: Imaging Space and Time
by David Devorkin, Robert Smith
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2008-09-30)
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In the spirit of National Geographic’s top-selling Orbit, this large-format, full-color volume stands alone in revealing more than 200 of the most spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope during its lifetime, to the very eve of the 2008 final shuttle mission to the telescope. Written by two of the world’s foremost authorities on space history, Hubble: Imaging Space and Time illuminates the solar system’s workings, the expansion of the universe, the birth and death of stars, the formation of planetary nebulae, the dynamics of galaxies, and the mysterious force known as "dark energy."

The potential impact of this book cannot be overstressed: The 2008 servicing mission to install new high-powered scientific instruments is especially high profile because the cancellation of the previous mission, in 2004, caused widespread controversy. The authors reveal the inside story of Hubble’s beginnings, its controversial early days, the drama of its first servicing missions, and the creation of the dynamic images that reach into the deepest regions of visible space, close to the time when the universe began.

A wealth of astonishing images leads us to the very edge of known space, setting the stage for the new James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2013. Find the stunning panoramic of Carina Nebula, detailing star birth as never before; a jet from a black hole in one galaxy striking a neighboring galaxy; a jewel-like collection of galaxies from the early years of the universe; and a giant galaxy cannibalizing a smaller galaxy.

Timed for the 2008 shuttle launch and coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope, Hubble: Imaging Space and Time accompanies a high-profile exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum and will be featured on the popular NASM website. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book
This book is absolutely wonderful for anyone remotely interested in space exploration. Not only are the photos beautiful but the book itself is an informative and detailed guide to the Hubble Telescope project.Years ago a friend worked on the Hubble beginnings and all I can say is that anyone who wonders about the value of our exploration program should have this book.I plan to use some of the images for my artwork (with full inspirational credit to the Hubble Telescope project).

5-0 out of 5 stars great find!
I bought this book as a birthday present. The friend who received it says it is well written surprisingly so since so many new discoveries are being made (re outer space) all the time. He said it was quite up to date.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hubble Telescope Results
The book is an amazing mixture of technical descriptions of the Hubble Telescope, astrophysical phenomena, historical perspectives of the Hubble project (a story in itself) as well as of the development of the astronomical knowledge in the past and last but not least wonderfull pictures of what is normally hidden in the sky.
The book ist worth every penny I spent for it with Amazon (and I paid very little).

5-0 out of 5 stars Hubble. This amateur astronomer sees what fantastic images are
Hubble Imaging Space and Time is fantastic. This is essentially a coffee table picture book. The images are fantastic. There isgood description. As an amateur astronomer for 40 years I get good views with my 20 inch telescope but NOTHING can compare to the beautiful and detailed pictures in this book. A good assortment of images is offered.I go toa few star parties and give backup presentations to school kids if the clubs telescopes get clouded out and the kids cant see anything. This book will be great for showing both kids and grownups the wonders of the universe. This book is great for parents to show their kids and read desriptions. Both will love this book and hopefully want to learn more about the Universe and Astronomy.

I am so thankful for the scientists, government workers and everyone throughout the world that made the use of the Hubble possible. The Hubble is indeed a world treasure. One of mankinds technological masterpieces.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful imagery
I bought this book for the photography and it has exceeded my expectations. Beautiful photographs, just incredible. I can't comment on the text because I haven't read word one of it. ... Read more

40. God Space: Naturally Creating Room for Spiritual Conversations
by Doug Pollock
Paperback: 128 Pages (2009-07-21)
list price: US$14.99 -- used & new: US$9.17
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Asin: 0764438719
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific book
God Space is a terrific book. An easy read with real-life tangible examples of how to share your faith in a sincere, non-threatening, natural way. Great read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh Look At Witnessing for Christ!
This book offers fresh insights to sharing God's love, through Jesus, to a hurting world!If you have a heart for a hurting world this book will be a great asset!

5-0 out of 5 stars God Space
I absolutely love this book! Doug has successfully accomplished relaying how to create a safe and caring space for us to reach out and offer non-judgmental friendship.
As I read through, I found that I was actually picturing his true life scenarios in my mind like watching a movie. Doug's life coaching skills and insight are right on target.I especially enjoy his writing style, he has simplified how we can use life coaching skills to help others want to take steps towards their salvation without turning them further away.
Ruth Beals
Health & Wellness Director/Wellness Coach
Countryside YMCA

5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Challeging and Extremely Practical
Doug Pollock does an excellent job of looking at talking about spiritual matters from a holistic perspective.He doesn't just focus on sharing the gospel, instead he deals with everything from engaging someone who is far from God to others who might be very open to discussing faith issues.In addition, the book is full of practical suggestions anyone can begin using right away.I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in as Doug says, "increasing the quality and quantity of their spiritual conversations."

5-0 out of 5 stars Take Your Ministry to a New Level
Off the charts.God Space will open your eyes to the real ministry opportunity that so many of us miss.It's so practical.This is a weekend read and it will change your view on how to minister to others, how to meet them where they are at in life, but more importantly to see them as Jesus sees them.Doug Pollock uses very easy to understand life examples of what he shares.This would be a great book for your church staff to read and put into play.Read it, discuss it, live it.Thanks Doug for giving me 20/20 vision.Chris@lifehousesa.com ... Read more

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