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Dune Messiah

Dune Messiah Book
Author : Frank Herbert
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2008-02-05
ISBN : 9781101157879
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known—and feared—as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the known universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne—and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence. And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty...

The Road to Dune

The Road to Dune Book
Author : Frank Herbert,Brian Herbert,Kevin J. Anderson
Publisher : Macmillan
Release : 2006-08-29
ISBN : 9780765353702
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A fan's companion to the science fiction classic includes essays; a correspondence between the author and his famous editor; the article, "They Stopped the Moving Sands," which inspired the novel; the short work, "Spice Planet"; and unpublished chapters from Dune and Dune Messiah. Reprint.

Dune The Gateway Collection

Dune  The Gateway Collection Book
Author : Frank Herbert
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2012-11-30
ISBN : 057512279X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This collection contains Frank Herbert's Dune saga, widely considered to be one of the greatest works of SF in history: Dune Dune Messiah Children of Dune God Emperor of Dune Heretics of Dune Chapter House Dune

Religion in Science Fiction

Religion in Science Fiction Book
Author : Steven Hrotic
Publisher : A&C Black
Release : 2014-07-31
ISBN : 1472534271
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Religion in Science Fiction investigates the history of the representations of religion in science fiction literature. Space travel, futuristic societies, and non-human cultures are traditional themes in science fiction. Speculating on the societal impacts of as-yet-undiscovered technologies is, after all, one of the distinguishing characteristics of science fiction literature. A more surprising theme may be a parallel exploration of religion: its institutional nature, social functions, and the tensions between religious and scientific worldviews. Steven Hrotic investigates the representations of religion in 19th century proto-science fiction, and genre science fiction from the 1920s through the end of the century. Taken together, he argues that these stories tell an overarching story-a 'metanarrative'-of an evolving respect for religion, paralleling a decline in the belief that science will lead us to an ideal (and religion-free) future. Science fiction's metanarrative represents more than simply a shift in popular perceptions of religion: it also serves as a model for cognitive anthropology, providing new insights into how groups and identities form in a globalized world, and into how crucial a role narratives may play. Ironically, this same perspective suggests that science fiction, as it was in the 20th century, may no longer exist.

New Mana

New Mana Book
Author : Matt Tomlinson,Ty P. K?wika Tengan
Publisher : ANU Press
Release : 2016-04-13
ISBN : 1760460087
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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‘Mana’, a term denoting spiritual power, is found in many Pacific Islands languages. In recent decades, the term has been taken up in New Age movements and online fantasy gaming. In this book, 16 contributors examine mana through ethnographic, linguistic, and historical lenses to understand its transformations in past and present. The authors consider a range of contexts including Indigenous sovereignty movements, Christian missions and Bible translations, the commodification of cultural heritage, and the dynamics of diaspora. Their investigations move across diverse island groups—Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Hawai‘i, and French Polynesia—and into Australia, North America and even cyberspace. A key insight that the volume develops is that mana can be analysed most productively by paying close attention to its ethical and aesthetic dimensions. Since the late nineteenth century, mana has been an object of intense scholarly interest. Writers in many fields including anthropology, linguistics, history, religion, philosophy, and missiology have long debated how the term should best be understood. The authors in this volume review mana’s complex intellectual history but also describe the remarkable transformations going on in the present day as scholars, activists, church leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs take up mana in new ways.

A Dangerous Master

A Dangerous Master Book
Author : Wendell Wallach
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2015-06-02
ISBN : 0465040535
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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We live in an age of awesome technological potential. From nanotechnology to synthetic organisms, new technologies stand to revolutionize whole domains of human experience. But with awesome potential comes awesome risk: drones can deliver a bomb as readily as they can a new smartphone; makers and hackers can 3D-print guns as well as tools; and supercomputers can short-circuit Wall Street just as easily as they can manage your portfolio. One thing these technologies can't do is answer the profound moral issues they raise. Who should be held accountable when they go wrong? What responsibility do we, as creators and users, have for the technologies we build? In A Dangerous Master, ethicist Wendell Wallach tackles such difficult questions with hard-earned authority, imploring both producers and consumers to face the moral ambiguities arising from our rapid technological growth. There is no doubt that scientific research and innovation are a source of promise and productivity, but, as Wallach, argues, technological development is at risk of becoming a juggernaut beyond human control. Examining the players, institutions, and values lobbying against meaningful regulation of everything from autonomous robots to designer drugs, A Dangerous Master proposes solutions for regaining control of our technological destiny. Wallach's nuanced study offers both stark warnings and hope, navigating both the fears and hype surrounding technological innovations. An engaging, masterful analysis of the elements we must manage in our quest to survive as a species, A Dangerous Master forces us to confront the practical—and moral—purposes of our creations.