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¿Arde Nueva York?

Seis semanas antes de las elecciones presidenciales, George W. Bus se enfrenta al peor chantaje terrorista: una bomba nuclear de veinticinco kilotones estallará en Nueva York, a no ser que el presidente estadounidense consiga que los israelíes se retiren de los territorios palestinos ocupados. ¿Cómo evitar la catástrofe?

¡Todo por mi país!

¿De verdad son lo que dicen ser? ¿Son sacrificados servidores públicos? ¿Trabajan por nuestro bien desde la cuna? La respuesta está aquí dentro, en el libro de Fernando González, Gonzo, el audaz reportero de «El Intermedio», el quijote 3.0 que, cámara y micrófono en ristre, busca la verdad a canutazo y pantallazo limpio. No solo los ve a diario en la calle, en las inauguraciones, en las ruedas de prensa. Gonzo ha investigado sus biografías, ha buceado en sus andanzas, ha estudiado sus orígenes. En ¡Todo por mi país! nos cuenta la prodigiosa vida del hombre lobby, máquina de cerrar negocios cuando hay luna llena y cuando no la hay; del nuevo Yoda que guardó la esencia de su fuerza en Andorra; del inventor de aeropuertos para personas; de la hija del represaliado imaginario; de la heroína liberal a la que una maldición rodeó de corruptos; del líder revolucionario que enarboló a hoz, el martillo y la visa; de la numerosa tropa, en fin, que viene y va sin el más leve mareo del escaño al consejo y del consejo al escaño por las puertas que giran, siempre bien engrasadas y no precisamente con aceite.

¡Tierra!

Al sobrevenir la sexta guerra mundial, todo el mundo se quedó helado. El “invierno nuclear” congeló la superficie de la Tierra, pero los hombres se las arreglaron para seguir disfrutando de las prebendas de su civilización: el consumismo galopante, la corrupción política, la inseguridad ciudadana, diversiones tan inteligentes como el videojuego asesino, que electrocuta al usuario en cuanto se descuida… En fin, una sociedad deliciosa, instalada -para mas inri- en el subsuelo de nuestro planeta. La historia se desata cuando los científicos descubren que en un remoto punto del cosmos existe un planeta con las mismas características que la Tierra. Ahí empieza la aventura. Y la locura. Rusos, estadounidenses, jeques, samurais… y una nave que sale en busca de lo desconocido.
A medio camino entre el humor y la crítica, Tierra resulta ser una novela llena de pasión y de ternura: una aventura trepidante y demencial, cuyo éxito en el resto de Europa hacía la imperiosa necesidad de traducirla al castellano.

¡Que se le van las vitaminas!

“Hemos oído tantas veces aquello de «tienes que tomarte el zumo recién exprimido que si no se le van las vitaminas» que ya nadie lo pone en duda. Descubre este y otros muchos secretos y mitos que solo la ciencia puede resolver. Existen cientos y cientos de rumores en nuestra vida cotidiana y, al parecer, cada persona tiene una explicación distinta para ellos o, incluso, la solución perfecta. Nuestra abuela nos decía que corriéramos a bebernos el zumo recién exprimido, que se le iban las vitaminas; oímos a menudo que el azúcar moreno es mejor que el azúcar blanco; incluso nos han dicho que las ondas wifi producen cáncer. Pero ¿qué hay de cierto en todo ello? ¿Quién nos puede dar respuestas? Deborah García Bello, una de las divulgadoras científicas más seguidas de nuestro país, con sus amplios conocimientos en química, nos dará las respuestas a estas y muchas más preguntas que nos permitirán no solo rechazar los bulos sino tener los argumentos necesarios para rebatir al próximo que nos diga aquello de ¡que se le van las vitaminas! Porque al fin y al cabo es la ciencia la que nos puede descubrir aquellos secretos cotidianos que nos fascinan a todos.”–Casadelibro.com.

¡Otra maldita novela sobre la guerra civil!

La malamemoria indaga sobre el peso del pasado a partir de dos historias cruzadas: la de Julián Santos, escritor que recibe un inusual encargo, y la de Gonzalo Mariñas, un político con mucho que ocultar. Pero cuando nos disponíamos a recuperar esta novela, un lector la ha boicoteado: se ha infiltrado en el texto señalando sus debilidades y hasta riéndose del autor. ¡Otra maldita novela sobre la guerra civil! puede leerse como una novela convencional o atendiendo a los comentarios del final de cada capítulo, participando en una lectura crítica en tiempo real.

¡Indignaos!

Cuando alguien como Stéphane Hessel llama a la «insurrección pacífica», a desperezarse, a rebelarse, hay que escucharle. Porque Hessel sabe de lo que habla: miembro de la Resistencia francesa, superviviente de Buchenwald, militante a favor de la independencia argelina y defensor de la causa palestina, este eterno luchador fue, además, miembro del comité que redactó la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos de 1948. Por eso, cuando reclama «un motivo de indignación» para todos hay que hacerle caso. Porque «las razones para indignarse pueden parecer hoy menos nítidas o el mundo, demasiado complejo», pero siguen ahí, en la dictadura de los mercados, en el trato a los inmigrantes, a las minorías étnicas. «Buscad y encontraréis», nos dice, «coged el relevo, ¡indignaos!», porque «la peor actitud es la indiferencia. Si os comportáis así, perdéis uno de los componentes esenciales que forman al hombre: la facultad de indignación y el compromiso que la sigue». Un mensaje que ya ha contagiado a millones de personas en todo el mundo.

1984

1984 sitúa su acción en un Estado totalitario. Como explica O’Brien, el astuto y misterioso miembro de la dirección del partido dominante, el poder es el valor absoluto y único: para conquistarlo no hay nada en el mundo que no deba ser sacrificado y, una vez alcanzado, nada queda de importante en la vida a no ser la voluntad de conservarlo a cualquier precio. La vigilancia despiadada de este Superestado ha llegado a apoderarse de la vida y la conciencia de sus súbditos, interviniendo incluso y sobre todo en las esferas más íntimas de los sentimientos humanos. Todo está controlado por la sombría y omnipresente figura del Gran Hermano, el jefe que todo lo ve, todo lo escucha y todo lo dispone. Winston Smith, el protagonista, aparece inicialmente como símbolo de la rebelión contra este poder monstruoso, pero conforme el relato avanza está cada vez más cazado por este engranaje, omnipotente y cruel. Por su magnífico análisis del poder y de las relaciones y dependencias que crea en los individuos, 1984 es una de las novelas más inquietantes y atractivas de este siglo.

Zombie

“I am not doing well, I think. Or maybe just O.K. I know they are writing reports. But I am not allowed to see. If one of these was a woman I would do better, I feel. They believe you, they are not always watching you. Eye contact has been my downfall…”
Meet Quentin P.
He is a problem for his professor father and his loving mother, though of course they do not believe the charge of sexual molestation of a minor that got him in that bit of trouble.
He is a challenge for his court-appointed psychiatrist, who nonetheless is encouraged by the increasingly affirmative quality of his dreams and his openness in discussing them.
He is a thorougly sweet young man for his wealthy grandmother, who gives him more and more, and can deny him less and less.
He is the most believable and thorougly terrifying sexual psychopath and killer evertobe brought to life in fiction, as Joyce Carol Oates achieves her boldest and most brilliant triumph yet – a dazzling work of art that extends the borders of the novel into darkest heart of truth.
What Joyce Carol Oates has done is not write about madness but write in the voice and with the logic of madness itself. The horror of the novel is in the very absence of horror, as we enter the minf of a murderer who has not a trace of what we like to call conscience as he depicts the people he manipulates and the sexual savagery he perpetrates upon his victims. The terror of the novel is not that Quentin P. is so strange to us but that he is so fearfully familiar as he describes his carnal crimes with the innocent zest of delightful pleasures fondly recalled. His is a world in which he is an eternal outsider, playing a game of survival, living on his wits and wiles among strangers who only want to look the other way.
Powered by the subtle enthrallment of a master storyteller with the imaginative courage to think the unthinkable, accept the unendurable, and say what has never before been said so searingly and scarily, “Zombie” takes its place as one of Joyce Carol Oates’most shining achievements.
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Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller

SUMMARY: Zodiac, the brilliant second novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the The Baroque Cycle and Snow Crash, is now available from Grove Press. Meet Sangamon Taylor, a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt from the can to Scotch on the rocks. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil—all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places. Before long Taylor’s house is bombed, his every move followed, he’s adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBI’s most wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a presidential candidate. Closing the case with the aid of his burnout roommate, his tofu-eating comrades, three major networks, and a range of unconventional weaponry, Sangamon Taylor pulls off the most startling caper in Boston Harbor since the Tea Party.

Zodiac

Believe it or not, some readers find *Zodiac* even more fun than Neal Stephenson’s defining 1990s cyberpunk novel, *Snow Crash*. *Zodiac* is set in Boston, and hero Sangamon Taylor (S. T.) ironically describes his hilarious exploits in the first person. S. T. is a modern superhero, a self-proclaimed Toxic Spiderman. With stealth, spunk, and the backing of GEE (a non-profit environmental group) as his weapons, S. T. chases down the bad guys with James Bond-like Zen.
Cruising Boston Harbor with lab tests and scuba gear, S. T. rides in with the ecosystem cavalry on his 40-horsepower Zodiac raft. His job of tracking down poisonous runoff and embarrassing the powerful corporations who caused them becomes more sticky than usual; run-ins with a gang of satanic rock fans, a deranged geneticist, and a mysterious PCB contamination that may or may not be man-made–plus a falling-out with his competent (“I adore stress”) girlfriend–all complicate his mission.
Stephenson/S. T.’s irreverent, facetious, esprit-filled voice make this near-future tale a joy to read.

The Zinn Reader

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No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. His A People’s History of the United States has gone into more than 25 printings and sold over 400,000 copies. It is rare that a historian of the Left has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his beautiful writing style from being anything but direct, forthright, and accessible. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic justice, or history itself, each of his works serves as a reminder that to embrace one’s subjectivity can mean embracing one’s humanity, that heart and mind can speak with one voice.
The Zinn Reader represents the first time Zinn has attempted to present the depth, and breadth, of his concerns in one volume. The result is a big book, and a monumental book, one that will remain, alongside A People’s History of the United States, as an essential and necessary Zinn text.
(source: Bol.com)

Zero to Maker

Zero to Maker is part memoir and part how-to guidebook for anyone who is having thoughts like these:

*I feel like all I can do is write emails. I wish I had more hands-on skills even though I don’t know what I would build…

I have this one idea I’ve always wanted to make, but I don’t know how to build it…

I keep hearing about the ”maker movement” but I’m not sure what that means or how I can join in…*

The book follows author David Lang’s headfirst dive into the maker world and shows how he grew from an unskilled beginner to be a successful entrepreneur. You’ll discover how to navigate this new community of makers, and find the best resources for learning the tools and skills you need to be a dynamic maker in your own right.

The way we make things has changed. A new generation of tinkerers have emerged through online communities and powerful digital fabrication tools, and their creations are changing the world. This book follows the author’s personal journey of transformation into a maker-entrepreneur. It is everyone’s guide to combining inspiration and resources to effectively navigate this exciting new world.

Lang reveals how he became a maker pro after losing his job and how the experience helped him start OpenROV, a DIY community and product line focused on underwater robotics. It all happened once he became an active member of the maker movement. Ready to take the plunge into the next Industrial Revolution? This guide provides a clear and inspiring roadmap.

Take an eye-opening journey from unskilled observer to engaged maker

Learn how to join this community, get access to tools and experts, and pick up new skills

Use a template for building a maker-based entrepreneurial lifestyle and prepare yourself for the careers of the future

This book is for everyone who dreams of becoming a successful maker-entrepreneur. It not only satisfies the aspirational aspect but shows newcomers to the maker movement exactly how to join in.

First published in 2013, this new edition features full-color photos and shares David’s latest insights and experiences as he continues to grow as a maker entrepreneur and citizen scientist.

(source: Bol.com)

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism by Jeremy Rifkin
In *The Zero Marginal Cost Society,* *New York Times* bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism.
Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant, and no longer subject to market forces.
Now, a formidable new technology infrastructure—the Internet of things (IoT)—is emerging with the potential of pushing large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead. Rifkin describes how the Communication Internet is converging with a nascent Energy Internet and Logistics Internet to create a new technology platform that connects everything and everyone. Billions of sensors are being attached to natural resources, production lines, the electricity grid, logistics networks, recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores, vehicles, and even human beings, feeding Big Data into an IoT global neural network. P*rosumers* can connect to the network and use Big Data, analytics, and algorithms to accelerate efficiency, dramatically increase productivity, and lower the marginal cost of producing and sharing a wide range of products and services to near zero, just like they now do with information goods.
The plummeting of marginal costs is spawning a hybrid economy—part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons—with far reaching implications for society, according to Rifkin. Hundreds of millions of people are already transferring parts of their economic lives to the global Collaborative Commons. Prosumers are plugging into the fledgling IoT and making and sharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3D-printed products at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes and other items via social media sites, rentals, redistribution clubs, and cooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are enrolling in free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that operate at near zero marginal cost. Social entrepreneurs are even bypassing the banking establishment and using crowdfunding to finance startup businesses as well as creating alternative currencies in the fledgling sharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, sustainability supersedes consumerism, cooperation ousts competition, and “exchange value” in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by “sharable value” on the Collaborative Commons.
Rifkin concludes that capitalism will remain with us, albeit in an increasingly streamlined role, primarily as an aggregator of network services and solutions, allowing it to flourish as a powerful niche player in the coming era. We are, however, says Rifkin, entering a world beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons.

Zero Hour (Expeditionary Force Book 5)

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite Expeditionary Force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-Merry Band of Pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of lightyears from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed ‘Skippy’ is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.
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United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite Expeditionary Force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-Merry Band of Pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of lightyears from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed ‘Skippy’ is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

Zero Hour

When an anonymous e-mail alerts UpLink International’s operatives to suspicious activity on an exclusive island resort, Pete Nimec goes undercover to investigate. What Nimec discovers is a plot to drain oil from the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserves and sell it to outlaw nations. Original.

The Zero Equation

Caitlyn Aguirre is no magician … … But she’s still at the centre of the storm. Caitlyn and her friends have returned to Jude’s Sorcerous Academy, but all is not well in the school. The Great Houses of Shallot are on the verge of going to war and the conflict is spilling into the school, while – in the background – powerful and secretive forces prepare to finally reveal their plans to reshape the world. Caught in the middle, torn between her family and her friends – and burdened with a secret she dares not share – Cat must unlock the secret of the Zero Equation … … Or watch helplessly as her family, friends and school are destroyed by war.