Roger Griffin's lifetime dream lay before him. He stood within an immense interstellar vessel that had lain beneath the Wyoming mountains for millennia. It had remained a virtually impenetrable fortress to the scientific teams that prowled its two-mile-long exterior-until they managed to pry open the door. Then the dream of scientific discovery became a horrific nightmare as an earthquake awakened the long dormant brain of the malfunctioning spacecraft-and rocked the door shut. Griffin and his fellow survivors frantically tried to escape, but the ship's computer took steps to rescue itself and exterminate the humans in board. Suddenly, the newly awakened control room displayed a clock for its terrified inhabitants to see. Its lights blinked in and off, but the message was clear: Six hours until lift-off. Six hours to live. Six hours to die.
In 2010, there is nothing about four-year-old Robert James Odom to suggest the accomplishments he will achieve in the future. In many regards, he is an average young boy from the Midwest, growing up on the shores of Lake Erie. But as an adult, success follows him. As a brilliant young entrepreneur, he develops a financial source to build his lifelong dream, a nightclub named Asgard where supernaturally beautiful and talented hostesses charm the patrons to purchase food, drinks, and souvenirs. Robert J. Odom Investments eventually becomes the most financially powerful force in the universe. But soon, prosperity results in disaster, power results in conflict, and friendships produce enemies. It's a world filled with conquest, politics, seduction, intimidation, religion, and miscalculation. Rioting, crime, and sex slavery are common occurrences. As the year 2142 rolls around and the three remaining races face extinction, cousins Robert J. Odom V (called Bob 5) and Desmond Jericho Rand (called DJ), believe the answers are in a time travel discovery that would involve travel to the past to influence change. The pair knows they cannot directly manipulate history, but through telepathic suggestions they can persuade the humans to make different choices. But what exactly should they change?
They call it Asgard, the Home of the Gods. Beneath its artificial shell are at least three vast cave-systems, each one the size of an Earth-like world; and beneath those, possibly many more. No one knows how many layers there might be, and no one knows what secrets might be buried down at the "center"--if there is a center. At some time in the distant past, Asgard had suffered a terrible catastrophe. Now its outer layers are cold, its builders presumed dead. Explorers and exploiters from a hundred different worlds and races are scavenging among the ruins--but deep down, there might still be light, warmth, life...and perils unknown. Mike Rousseau was one of the first humans to come to Asgard, decades earlier. Now he's challenged by both friends and foes--and it's hard to tell them apart on this icebound planet. He might also be the one man who can solve the biggest puzzle in the galaxy...if only he can stay alive!
She was the princess who had been used by the tribe to marry her, and had fallen to be the mouth of the masses in the gambling workshop.He was the crown prince of the previous dynasty, because the current emperor did not want to live up to the world's infamy and gave him a title of prime minister without real power;She had searched for a sister in her life and actually entered the palace to be the emperor's concubine ...Who was in the right and who was in the wrong, where should she go from here?
Xiao Budian had no intention of travelling to the outside world, but had been sold to the Azure Dragon Country and even became the crown prince's consort. On the night of the wedding, in order to protest against this marriage, Crown Prince Xuanyuan Qi had actually put on a stunning show in front of her, using the woman's dying red to give the emperor a huge advantage.In order to fight for a chance, Xiaoxiao had actually made that girl, Ling'er, into her little girl. However, she didn't know that such a decision was meant to raise a tiger, and that she had also dropped a chess piece for the Dark Faction that she had been plotting for a long time.Where would she go without her child?
Asgard's not an easy world to get away from. Mike Rousseau only wants to take a vacation in his home system, but he's back before he has time to draw breath, and he's been drafted into the Space Force once again. His new mission is even more dangerous than the last one, the number of his enemies has increased vastly, and his friends haven't improved at all. By way of compensation, he has another chance to get closer to the mystery at Asgard's heart--but the inhabitants of the megaplanet's core are no longer content to sit quietly and wait to be found. They've discovered the outside universe, and are trying to decide what to do about it--but they have problems of their own. Only Rousseau can cross the boundaries between species, and offer each of the races a possible solution. Another great entry into an exciting SF series!
After thousands of years away from her home planet of Olympus, Artemis of the Hunt has finally returned to the Citadel. She brings with her hundreds of Olympian men rescued from the clutches of the Titans by the legendary Valkyrie, Kara the Wild One. Along with a peace envoy of Asgard intent on coming to a peace accord and mutual defense pact with Olympus. Olympus comes under attack, and Artemis and the Asgard must stand against the oncoming enemy. (The Tales From Olympus are the continuation of the Valkyrie Chronicles)
Everyone but Ann thought that Carl Urbanowich was a harmless man who had lost his mind. Ann believes his fantasies of power and tries to stop him from ending the earth. She risks her life to prevent the catastrophe. Can she prevent him from smashing our planet into four individual solar systems?
The Madison Facial and Cranial Surgery Center is famous throughout the world for helping victims of birth defects and traumatic injuries. The world doesn’t know, however, that the center does very special work for the government as well—providing new faces, new identities, and new personalities for select patients creating perfect assassins for clandestine "wet work". When butchered bodies begin turning up on the other side of the country, FBI agent Russell Montgomery immediately recognizes the handiwork of vicious serial killer Calvin Peter Bryant, known as the Prince of Darkness. But that’s impossible—Bryant is dead, shot and killed by Montgomery himself. Can the Prince of Darkness somehow still be alive and killing? The only way Montgomery can find out is by following the trail of victims—a trail that seems to lead right to the Madison Center.
MaryAnn lives with her mama on a little piece of land in Duncan County, Georgia. If you're smart, you'll keep your distance. She's a strange one, that girl, always wearing a hood to hide her face from the light of day. No one can remember what she looks like. The kids make fun of her. The grown-ups say she's evil. Now this big-city educator has come to town. Her name is Lola Aragon and she thinks she can help MaryAnn. Save her. Welcome her to a normal life. But everyone knows MaryAnn isn't normal. Lola Aragon has to learn the truth the hard way. The truth about MaryAnn. And why everybody calls her … SPOOK
A CIRCLE OF DEATH The shapeshifter stalked the moonlit night, thirsting for blood, hungering for the flesh of new victims. Once a man, now a grotesque monster, he left behind him a bloody trail of mangled corpses. Before him lay only more death. A RING OF MADNESS They were the believers, men and women sworn to exterminate the beast from the face of the earth. But all their strength could not prevent the hunters from becoming the hunted. For soon they were trapped in a terrifying game that led not to death—but to everlasting pain and eternal hell. Their only hope for survival was to succumb to the powers of the shapeshifter they had once sought to destroy. Terror comes in many forms.
In the hills of Southern California, a series of violent and gruesome deaths occurs within the space of a few hours. The murders are attributed to some unknown, savage animal.Precisely one month later, college student Meg Talley is attacked in the same manner. Astonishingly, she survives, but when she insists that her assailant was a hideous monster-like creature, she is called hysterical. Journalist Douglas Morgan, private eye Nick Grundel, and horror novelist Blake Corbett, however, have each theorized that the mangling, incredible though it seems, might be the work of a werewolf. Now they team up with Meg to peruse an intensive investigation. When a suspect is apprehended and confined, the four are on hand. But neither skeptics nor believers are prepared for the bone-chilling terror and cataclysmic violence that will be unleashed in the night of the January full moon…
This book, written by leading experts from academia and industry, offers a condensed overview on hot topics among the Cognitive Radios and Networks scientific and industrial communities (including those considered within the framework of the European COST Action IC0902) and presents exciting visions for the future. Examples of the subjects considered include the design of new filter bank-based air interfaces for spectrum sharing, medium access control design protocols, the design of cloud-based radio access networks, an evolutionary vision for the development and deployment of cognitive TCP/IP, and regulations relevant to the development of a spectrum sharing market. The concluding chapter comprises a practical, hands-on tutorial for those interested in developing their own research test beds. By focusing on the most recent advances and future avenues, this book will assist researchers in understanding the current issues and solutions in Cognitive Radios and Networks designs.
The story of the elite who led Ireland from bust to boom ... and back again
Author: Matt Cooper
Publisher: Penguin UK
Category: Political Science
The story of the elite who led Ireland from bust to boom ... and back to bust again Having money and not having it; making it and losing it; using it and misusing it; giving it and taking it ... this is the story of Ireland during the boom, described in jaw-dropping detail in Who Really Runs Ireland? Leading journalist Matt Cooper identifies the most influential people in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger era, describes how they interacted with each other to mutual benefit, and reveals who were the few to retain their power amid the debris arising from the bursting of the Irish economic bubble. 'Highly accessible and akin to a good thriller ... fascinating ... compelling' Sunday Tribune 'Hugely entertaining as well as instructive' Irish Independent 'Impressive and eminently readable' Irish Times 'An eye-opener ... you might be driven to tears of rage' David McCullagh, RTE 'The detail is riveting ... and a lot of it illuminating'Irish Examiner 'The scale of Cooper's research is highly impressive ... an in-depth reference guide to folly and hubris' Sunday Business Post 'Complex but surprisingly reader-friendly ... a rattling, and frequently horrifying, read' Hot Press 'Superbly readable and insightful ... a must-have' Irish Mail on Sunday
The nineteenth book in the beloved Foreigner space opera series begins a new era for human diplomat Bren Cameron, as he navigates the tenuous peace between human refugees and the alien atevi. Bren Cameron, acting as the representative of the atevi's political leader, Tabini-aiji, as well as translator between humans and atevi, has undertaken a mission to the human enclave of Mospheira. Both his presence on the island and his absence from the continent have stirred old enemies to realize new opportunities. Old hatreds. Old grudges. Old ambitions. The situation has strengthened the determination of power-seekers on both sides of the strait. Bren knows most of them very well, but not all of them well enough. The space station on which the world increasingly relies is desperate to get more supplies up to orbit and to get a critical oversupply of human refugees down to the world below. Rationing is in force on the station, but the overpopulation problem has to be solved quickly—and Bren's mission on Mospheira has expanded to include preparation for that landing. First down will be the three children to whom Tabini's son has a close connection. But following them will be thousands of humans who have never set foot on a planet, humans descended from colonists and officers who split off from Mospheiran humans two hundred years before in a bitter parting of the ways. There is no way the atevi, native to the world, will cede any more land to these new arrivals: they will have to share the island. But certain Mospheirans are willing to use force to prevent these refugees from settling among them. Bren's job is as general peacemaker—but old enemies want war. Is Bren's diplomatic acumen enough to prevent a war that both sides are prepared to wage?
A collection of eight prequel stories, set in the distant future of the Earth Girl trilogy (Earth Girl, Earth Star, and Earth Flight) In the year 2788, people use interstellar portals to travel between over a thousand colony worlds scattered across six sectors of space, each with their own contrasting cultures. On the rich worlds of Alpha sector, you aren’t considered fully adult until 25, while the frontier worlds of Epsilon sector expect a girl to marry at 17. Clan centred Beta sector is notoriously permissive, while Deltan worlds consider it shocking behaviour to kiss in public. In Kappa sector, the military battle to make new worlds safe for colonization, while Earth is a semi-abandoned ruin. Each story features one of the characters from the Earth Girl trilogy. Eight people, with eight very distinctive backgrounds and problems, all destined to get caught up in one girl’s fight for acceptance. A fight that will change Earth forever. EARTH 2788 – Short story. Jarra trespasses on forbidden ground. ALPHA SECTOR 2788 - Short story. Dalmora's sheltered life is about to change. BETA SECTOR 2788 - A novelette. Lolia's marriage is falling apart. GAMMA SECTOR 2788 -Short story. Krath's life is literally on the scrap heap. DELTA SECTOR 2788 - Short story. Fian's father is planning his future for him, but Fian has his own ideas. EPSILON SECTOR 2788 - Short story. On a frontier planet, Amalie is considering possible husbands. KAPPA SECTOR 2788 - A novelette. As he hands over a new world to its first colonists, Colonel Riak Torrek plans to retire. ZETA SECTOR 2788 - A novelette. The heroic Major Drago Tell Dramis has finally found something that scares him. Cover art by Alex Storer