Author: Carl Sagan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and astronomer Carl Sagan imagines the greatest adventure of all—the discovery of an advanced civilization in the depths of space. In December of 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who—or what—is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future—and our own.
Author: Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Contact collects new and classic first-person climbing stories from North America’s best-known climbers and writers. Mountain climbers are important but overlooked commentators on the environment, and this collection of alpine adventures demonstrates the relationship between climbers and nature both for a popular audience and for academics working in the field of environmental literature. Contributors include Gary Snyder, John Daniel, Chris McNamara, and Greg Child.
Author: Henry Serrano Villard
Publisher: Courier Corporation
This informative account recaptures the thrill of the pioneering days of aviation, back before flying was taken for granted. Among the significant and colorful figures covered are the Wright Brothers, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Henry Farman, Glenn H. Curtiss, and other aviators from around the world. 84 black-and-white illustrations.
Author: A. F. N. Clarke
Publisher: Clarke Books LLC
This newly expanded edition of AFN Clarke's best selling and controversial memoir CONTACT is a raw, visceral, "no-holds-barred" account from one of the men we paid to kill. When first published it caused a furore for its devastating honesty and chilling revelations. Clarke takes us into the private world of soldiers operating under extreme stress and living each day with their senses on high alert. Where the enemy wears no uniform and shoots from the shadows, and the bomber's trip-wire is an ever-present nightmare. We experience their emotions, fear, courage, humour, bravado and the anguish of death. In this powerful classic, Clarke vividly recounts his experiences of two tours in Northern Ireland (in Belfast and Crossmaglen) as a Platoon Commander with Britain's elite Parachute Regiment during the blood soaked 1970's. The dangers, political agendas and religious roots underlying the conflict are eerily and heartbreakingly similar to Iraq and Afghanistan today, where soldiers are ordered to hold the lines in an ancient quarrel they have little affinity for, but whose consequences are deadly. This expanded edition includes a section omitted by the publisher from the original book, where Clarke reveals what it was like to be in his twenties, go to hell and come back having nearly died with half his insides missing, suffering from PTSD and being expected to return to a "normal life." It's a story of the scars of war that affect generations on all sides of a conflict. Of heartache, courage and hope for peace. (Available as an ebook and paperback.) REVIEWS ..".the best account we have had of what it is like to serve in Northern Ireland..." Richard West, The Times Literary Supplement. " ... a major contribution to our understanding of war and how people act ... Contact is the work of a brave writer." Kevin Toolis, Irish News. "Clarke's tale of his actions in Northern Ireland are eye-opening to this American... like the stories I have heard first-hand from the men who served in Vietnam." Robert, USA. ..".Contact is one of the best military stories that I have ever read and I recommend it to you in the highest terms; it's a book from a past conflict that has timely and resonant lessons for a present one." Steven McLaughlin, Author of Squaddie: A Soldier's Story. UK. "A very truthful account... As an ex Infantry man myself of the era, this book speaks for us all about our time in Ulster." Peter Poland, UK. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT was reviewed by soldiers who served with Captain Clarke as verification of his recollections. It was first published in the UK in 1983 by Martin Secker & Warburg, was serialized for 5 days in The Mirror, and became an instant best seller. In 1984 it was published in paperback by PAN Books, by Schocken Books New York and made into an award-winning BBC TV film, directed by the renown Alan Clarke. The expanded eBook edition was published in 2012, the paperback in 2014. AFN Clarke is a full-time author with 8 published works. Though his latest books "The Orange Moon Affair" and "The Jonas Trust Deception" are thrillers and works of fiction, they do continue a thread established in CONTACT, revealing the inner turmoil of a former soldier who wants nothing more than to forget his past and live a "normal" life but whose circumstances make it difficult to do so. "CONTACT" - BOOK CATEGORIES Biography and Memoirs of Military People Memoirs of a Soldier Military Best Sellers Biography and True Accounts Classic Best Seller Books Made Into Film Controversial Books Leaders and Notable People Parachute Regiment History of Northern Ireland Politics and Philosophy"
Author: Bob Tuxford
Publisher: Grub Street Publishing
Contact! is an enthralling set of recollections from ex-RAF pilot, instructor and test pilot Bob Tuxford. The book follows his twenty-year career within the RAF and describes highlights of active service across the world, including an accompanied exchange tour in the US Air Force and participation in the Falklands war. The title, a nod to the crucial response during air-to-air refuelling, underlines the important role that Bob carried out during his career as a captain of Victor K1s 214 Squadron in the 1970s, and K2s on 57 and 55 Squadrons in the early 1980s. This experience led to him playing a vital role in the first Black Buck mission during the Falklands campaign – by being the last Victor tanker to refuel the Vulcan piloted by Martin Withers before bombing commenced on that fateful night in 1982. For this, he was awarded the Air Force Cross for gallantry. In the latter years of his career, Bob made the transition to test piloting and became the senior test pilot on the heavy aircraft test squadron at the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down. This book is not just for aviation enthusiasts, but for those wanting a greater insight into the importance of the work carried out by tanker squadrons within the RAF during the Cold War.
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Author: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
Publisher: Sterling & Stone
FIND THE MISSING. FEAR THE FOUND. Three months have passed since the space fleet’s arrival, but very little has changed in the skies above planet Earth. Motherships still hover without word, impervious to attack and communication. Spherical shuttles still ferry about, their intentions unclear. But the abductions of select humans have ended and most of those taken have been returned — dazed, incoherent, and prophesying glory or doom — but back home where they belong. All but nine. Worldwide, only nine seemingly unconnected people remain missing. Trapped in their besieged bunker outside Vail, Piper, Trevor, Lila, and Heather wait for one of them. All of this has happened before… For his entire life, Benjamin Bannister has sought the connections that unite the planet’s wonders: Egypt’s pyramids and Stonehenge, the Band of Holes in Peru and the Cambay Ruins. For years he’s pursued evidence that extraterrestrial life is not new to Earth, but has left its footprints in the archeological records over and over again. For years, he was dismissed as a fool. But now the spheres have arrived and Benjamin has found his vindication … along with troubling theories as to what it all means. Benjamin’s research facility rests beneath the mothership in Moab, Utah — but Vail, Colorado is where his interests lie. He’s sent an emissary to Meyer Dempsey’s ranch to find the answer to a question: What makes the Missing Nine so special to the planet’s silent invaders? What news will those Nine bring when they return? And what, as the motherships again begin to move like pieces finding positions on a chessboard, will happen next? …and it will all happen again. Vail and Moab, Moab and Vail — two epicenters in the cold alien war. The locations’ fates (and the fates of those bunkered at each) seem somehow intertwined as Earth’s clock ticks toward midnight. The roads and communications have been closed, but now it seems that the planet’s future might depend on a journey from one to the other at all costs. Humanity must find the value of those who have been taken … or become mere fossil evidence for the archaeologists of the future to puzzle over. This relentless, page-turning tale of first contact is the second in theAlien Invasion series by masters of story Truant and Platt, authors ofThe Beam, Robot Proletariat, the Dream Engine series, and many more.
Author: Susan Grant
Abducted! 2003 RITA award winner! When co-pilot Jordan Cady’s 747 is snatched from the sky by an immense UFO, she must put aside her own fears and take charge, exactly what the single mother of a six-year old daughter knows how to do. With no power or communications to the plane, Jordan and her crew are far from understanding who—or what—has hijacked them, until an envoy is sent to deliver unthinkable news. Space Force Lieutenant Kào Vantaar-Moray expected gratitude and not defiance from the Earth-woman pilot. No matter how hard he tries to convince her that his people saved her and hundreds of her passengers from certain death, he can’t erase her suspicion that in the eyes of those on Earth her aircraft has vanished without a trace. The more involved he becomes with Jordan, the more his loyalties are torn. He owes his ship commander respect, and his very life, but a new life beckons with Jordan—if he can save her and her people before a heartless enemy reveals its true intentions. “As a 747 pilot for United Airlines, there is little doubt that Susan Grant has been forced to confront more directly than most of us the enormous changes September 11, 2001 brought to our world. Drawing on her unique credentials and front-line perspective, Susan Grant has delivered a story of unusual depth and power that, while a terrific romance and a great adventure, resonates with a distinctly post 9-11 sensibility.”—All About Romance
Author: Jeffrey Chapman
Darkness and Fear Have you ever waken up at night and thought that you saw something moving just a split second before your eyes focused? Have you ever wondered why so many people are afraid of the dark? Are you afraid of what you can't see? Darkness tends to do that. Fear can be a powerful thing, causing us to either cringe in submission or to flee in flight. What if the darkness took the shape of something that we didn't fear. Causes Would we have the wisdom to see what it truly was? Or would we just blindly follow it down the path of... Destruction The end result of following darkness is death. By following something that usually hides in the shadows, we in turn become soiled and lost. What would you do if you were the Leotiens?
Author: D. Rebbitt
The Imperial Survey Service has four levels of classification for the detection of non-human intelligence. Level one is the most common, possible evidence. Level two, clear evidence of non-human intelligence. Level three is verified signs of non-human intelligence. Level three has a very high burden of proof, requiring verified artifacts. It is the last step before level four. Contact. Centuries ago, Humanity reached for the stars. But the galaxy has turned out to be a lonely place. The Imperial Survey Service explores systems and identifies planets for colonization beyond the edge of explored space, beyond the rim worlds. They also search for signs of an alien civilization. It is a part of their mission they take very seriously. A routine planetary survey mission to system X5682 believes they have found clear evidence of intelligent activity. The usual reports are made. Protocol demands that any reports of potential intelligent activity be investigated. A small fleet task force is dispatched. Their job is to secure the system. Task force Marines secure the site until Imperial Survey can verify the find. The routine has been played out many times, and always ends the same way. No scientific findings, an explainable phenomenon, no confirmation. Until now. The survey team leader is elated by his potential discovery. It is an elation the fleet task force commander does not share. His captains are also ambivalent, save one who is out to prove himself. Unfortunately, the fleet task force has to be to be cobbled together from people unfortunate enough to delay too long before proceeding on shore leave. The Marines are not exactly welcome in the midst of a group of scientists who are used to being immersed in their research on a new planet. The Imperial Fleet mostly keeps the peace and war is a faded memory. That means resources are tight and ships stay in service a long time. The task force that arrives is not exactly in perfect condition. Even the Marines have to be pulled from different ships and base assignments. Everyone expects a short mission once they reach the planet. All they have to do is wait for the specialist team from the Imperial Survey Service to show up and declare another potential find to be nothing after all. Unexpectedly, without warning, humanity makes first contact. Elation turns to desperation and a fight for survival. The Globur are coming.
Author: Robert McColl Millar
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Much has been written on dialect formation through contact between dialects of the same language, but the question of what happens when closely related but linguistically discrete varieties come into contact with each other has largely been neglected. Here Robert McColl Millar sets out to redress this imbalance, giving the reader the opportunity to analyse and consider a variety of different contact scenarios where the language varieties involved are close relatives and to explore the question: are the results of contacts of this type different by their nature from where linguistically distant (or entirely different) varieties come into contact? Bringing together the diverse theoretical positions associated with the production of new dialects as well as those associated with contact between closely related but discrete language varieties, the volume invites the reader to evaluate different scholarly views using analysis from a range of different case-studies, largely derived from the history and diversity of English. It then goes on to demonstrate the similarities in process and end result between contact involving discrete but closely related languages and between dialects of the same language, and in doing so offers a new and insightful approach to issues of language contact.
Author: David McFarland
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
A guide to building professional Web sites offers annotated tutorials covering layout, tables, Flash buttons, Cascading Style Sheets, forms, animation, pop-up windows, slide shows, and Web design basics.
Author: Leonard Zunin
Dreamweaver CC is a powerful tool for designing all kinds of websites, from those with simple, static pages to interactive, media-driven sites for desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. But the program still doesn’t include a printed guide to all its amazing capabilities. That’s where this Missing Manual comes in. With hands-on tutorials and thorough coverage of every feature, you’ll learn how to build, deploy, and manage sites whether you’re an experienced designer or just getting started. The important stuff you need to know: Dive into page design. Quickly learn the basics of working with text, images, links, and tables. Edit pages in Live view. Dynamically add elements to live pages and immediately see the results. Design once, and for all. Build fluid-grid sites that reformat themselves for desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers. Examine page structure. Troubleshoot problems using the new Element Quick View to see the hierarchy of HTML elements. Style with ease. Use the enhanced CSS Designer to copy and paste styles, set margins and padding, and add or delete selectors. Enhance Dreamweaver. Add new program features with Add-Ons that integrate directly with Dreamweaver. Bring your pages to life. Use jQuery UI to add interactive page elements like tabbed panels, collapsible content sections, and dialog boxes. Create universal pages. Avoid browser incompatibility issues by using surefire workarounds.