____________________________________ BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ____________________________________ HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships, a veteran of groundbreaking expeditions to the ends of the Earth. In 1848, it disappeared in the Arctic, its fate a mystery. In 2014, it was found. This is its story. ____________________________________ ´Beyond terrific. I didn´t want it to end.´ - Bill Bryson ____________________________________ Michael Palin - Monty Python star and television globetrotter - brings the remarkable Erebus back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic. The ship was filled with fascinating people: the dashing and popular James Clark Ross, who charted much of the ´Great Southern Barrier´; the troubled John Franklin, whose chequered career culminated in the Erebus´s final, disastrous expedition; and the eager Joseph Dalton Hooker, a brilliant naturalist - when he wasn´t shooting the local wildlife dead. Vividly recounting the experiences of the men who first set foot on Antarctica´s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, beyond the reach of desperate rescue missions, Erebus is a wonderfully evocative account of a truly extraordinary adventure, brought to life by a master explorer and storyteller. ____________________________________ ´Thoroughly absorbs the reader. . . Carefully researched and well-crafted, it brings the story of a ship vividly to life.´ - Sunday Times ´This is an incredible book. I couldn´t put it down. The Erebus story is the Arctic epic we´ve all been waiting for.´ - Nicholas Crane ´Palin is a superb stylist, low-key and conversational, who skillfully incorporates personal experience. He turns up obscure facts, reanimates essential moments, and never shies away from taking controversial positions. This beautifully produced volume - colour plates, outstanding maps - is a landmark achievement.´ - Ken McGoogan, author of Fatal Passage ´I absolutely loved it: I had to read it at one sitting . . . Fascinating.´ - Lorraine Kelly, ITV Lorraine ´Magisterial . . . Brings energy, wit and humanity to a story that has never ceased to tantalise people since the 1840s.´ - The Times
Expanded and enhanced, as of June 29, 2017 In book 10, the final book of the Colony Ship Eschaton series, the adventurers and crew and AIs look to incorporate a modified version of faster-than-light travel. Will it work? Will an old enemy try to stop them? Will they make it to the destination of the colony ship? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bev Kassis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142484/bk_acx0_142484_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Six often overlooked award-caliber sci-fi short novels and novelettes. All the stories in this unique anthology were voted to be among the top stories of their year. We believe each would be a top story of any year. Rog Phillips’ other stories are eclipsed by his psychological thriller, the brilliant Rat in the Skull, which received a well-deserved Hugo Award nomination. In H. L. Gold’s ´´Inside Man”, he dreams up brand-new wrinkles on ESP no one else, including you, has ever thought of. The special quality of this work was endorsed by his colleagues when it was nominated for the Nebula Award for best short story. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction praises Leigh Brackett’s ´´The Stellar Legion” for its color, narrative speed, the brooding forthrightness of its protagonists, and the economy and vigor of her style, so it is hardly surprising that it earned a Retro Hugo Award nomination. Cordwainer Smith‘s ´´Scanners Live in Vain” also earned a Retro Hugo nomination. Evelyn Martin’s Reluctant Eve, winner of the Jules Verne Prize for most outstanding achievement in the science-fiction field for 1956, was the first science-fiction romance and is still an enthralling story today. Don Wilcox´s ´´The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years” (1940) was the first generation starship story and the first to incorporate the breakthrough notion of Earth developing faster-than-light ships that beat the generation ship to its destination - a worthy recipient of a Retro Hugo nomination. Wherever you are on the spectrum of science-fiction knowledge or fandom, you’ll find hours of enthralling listening (and relistening): forgotten favorites for long-time science-fiction fans and an introductory grand tour for those new to the genre. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janelle Bigham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145456/bk_acx0_145456_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book incorporates the proceedings of the Fifth International Cholinergic Conference, which took place in Oglebay Park, West Vir ginia, USA, on October 30th to November 4th, 1983. A scenic forty five minute ride from the City of Pittsburgh, surrounded by champion ship golf courses, luxurious woods and a picturesque lake, Oglebay provided relaxed and beautiful surroundings, conducive to contem plation, stimulating discussions and, thought-provoking scientific sessions. Over 160 individuals from allover the world participated in the sessions. The meeting was sub-divided into oral presentations, round table discussions and poster sessions, and centered upon ten key topics of cholinergic relevance (see Table of Contents). Following in the tradition of the four International Conferences which had preceded this one, the Conference featured the most up to-date developments in the area of cholinergic mechanisms, and provided for ample and productive discussion of new fields and di rections in this area. Moreover, both senior investigators in the field as well as recent newcomers to this sphere of investigation participated in the proceedings. This book, touches on a wide array of mechanisms and applications - from the preclinical to the clinical level. It should thus be useful as a comprehensive resource, with the cholinergic system as a focal hub. The Conference could not have been as successful as it turned out to be, without the support of a number of important contributors.
Huracán is a suspenseful historical fiction of the infamous 1733 treasure fleet sunk off the Florida Keys during a major hurricane. Twenty-two galleons were either beached or sank with untold fortune in precious jewels, gems, gold and silver coins, and many souls. Huracán provides insight into life aboard a 1733 treasure galleon, along with her crew and passengers. This suspenseful novel incorporates many little-known facts in nautical history of the period along with a cast of lovable characters who will become your friends. Follow the exciting journey of Captain Antonio Larzaro as he commands the San Pedro and its crew. Antonio befriends a young alchemist, Cero, a valuable addition to the crew. Meet the lovable Padre, a priest banished by the Cardinal of Seville, and Hermando and Bernardo, the Vatican guards who escort the Padre to Cartagena, South America. Seville, the ship´s cook, has a deep secret to hide from the captain and crew. Antonio is sacrificing everything for the glory of Spain. Antonio´s adventure spans three continents and innumerable islands, the dark secrets of Cuba, and the mysteries of the Maya. Hidden deep within the lush jungles, he discovers the biggest treasure of all, worth more than all the gold acquired by Spain. Antonio´s adventure is filled with nature´s fury while he contends with a mysterious assassin aboard his ship. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Coffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/085119/bk_acx0_085119_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In December 2128, the war with the Libra Alliance ended when the Dixie fleet diverted an asteroid into the Libra home world, killing nearly all life there. The collapse of the Libra Alliance created a major power vacuum. Old enemies that had been kept in check by the Alliance soon were once again at war with each other. Navy ships without homes became pirates. The restored League of Planets, now with a strong fleet and army, prepared to incorporate planets that had been part of the Libra Alliance into the league, by force if necessary. The Dixians, sick of war, were content to pick up life where it left off when the war began, though some members of the government desired more. The Gray Panthers of Earth began to mothball their fleet, safe behind their allies and strong defenses. Old and young started to look for opportunities. One had it harder than most. As a baby, the Jacka runt Short Blade had survived a religious ritual his race used to cleanse their society of undesirables, only to be sold to a Libra ship crew before he became a teen. Short Blade had learned much during his indentureship with the Libras, and when freed by the humans he enlisted in the Gray Panthers, quickly rising to the rank of chief petty officer and then ensign. With the end of the war, he couldn´t go home to a life of discrimination among his own race. On Earth he would be a freak, without any others of his kind. Dan Daniels, owner of the Gray Panthers, offered him an opportunity in this brave new world: his own long-range shuttle, in exchange for the occasional favor. What could possibly go wrong? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shawn Saavedra. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066656/bk_acx0_066656_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.