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Sword and citadel

SUMMARY: I Master of the House of Chains “It was in my hair, Severian,” Dorcas said. “So I stood under the waterfall in the hot stone room—I don’t know if the men’s side is arranged in the same way. And every time I stepped out, I could hear them talking about me. They called you the black butcher, and other things I don’t want to tell you about.”“That’s natural enough,” I said. “You were probably the first stranger to enter the place in a month, so it’s only to be expected that they would chatter about you, and that the few women who knew who you were would be proud of it and perhaps tell some tales. As for me, I’m used to it, and you must have heard such expressions on the way here many times; I know I did.”“Yes,” she admitted, and sat down on the sill of the embrasure. In the city below, the lamps of the swarming shops were beginning to fill the valley of the Acis with a yellow radiance like the petals of a jonquil, but she did not seem to see them.“Now you understand why the regulations of the guild forbid me from taking a wife—although I will break them for you, as I have told you many times, whenever you want me to.”“You mean that it would be better for me to live somewhere else, and only come to see you once or twice a week, or wait till you came to see me.”“That’s the way it’s usually done. And eventually the women who talked about us today will realize that sometime they, or their sons or husbands, may find themselves beneath my hand.”“But don’t you see, this is all beside the point. The thing is…” Here Dorcas fell silent, and then, when neither of us had spoken for some time, she rose and began to pace the room, one arm clasping the other. It was something I had never seen her do before, and I found it disturbing.“What is the point, then?” I asked.“That it wasn’t true then. That it is now.”“I practiced the Art whenever there was work to be had. Hired myself out to towns and country justices. Several times you watched me from a window, though you never liked to stand in the crowd—for which I hardly blame you.”“I didn’t watch,” she said.“I recall seeing you.”“I didn’t. Not when it was actually going on. You were intent on what you were doing, and didn’t see me when I went inside or covered my eyes. I used to watch, and wave to you, when you first vaulted onto the scaffold. You were so proud then, and stood just as straight as your sword, and looked so fine. You were honest. I remember watching once when there was an official of some sort up there with you, and the condemned man and a hieromonach. And yours was the only honest face.”“You couldn’t possibly have seen it. I must surely have been wearing my mask.”“Severian, I didn’t have to see it. I know what you look like.”“Don’t I look the same now?”“Yes,” she said reluctantly. “But I have been down below. I’ve seen the people chained in the tunnels. When we sleep tonight, you and I in our soft bed, we will be sleeping on top of them. How many did you say there were when you took me down?”“About sixteen hundred. Do you honestly believe those sixteen hundred would be free if I were no longer present to guard them? They were here, remember, when we came.”Dorcas would not look at me. “It’s like a mass grave,” she said. I could see her shoulders shake.“It should be,” I told her. “The archon could release them, but who could resurrect those they’ve killed? You’ve never lost anyone, have you?”She did not reply.“Ask the wives and the mothers and the sisters of the men our prisoners have left rotting in the high country whether Abdiesus should let them go.”“Only myself,” Dorcas said, and blew out the candle.* * *Thrax is a crooked dagger entering the heart of the mountains. It lies in a narrow defile of the valley of the Acis, and extends up it to Acies Castle. The harena, the pantheon, and the other public buildings occupy all the level land between the castle and the wall (called the Capulus) that closes the lower end of the narrow section of the valley. The private buildings of the city climb the cliffs to either side, and many are in large measure dug into the rock itself, from which practice Thrax gains one of its sobriquets—the City of Windowless Rooms.Its prosperity it owes to its position at the head of the navigable part of the river. At Thrax, all goods shipped north on the Acis (many of which have traversed nine tenths of the length of Gyoll before entering the mouth of the smaller river, which may indeed be Gyoll’s true source) must be unloaded and carried on the backs of animals if they are to travel farther. Conversely, the hetmans of the mountain tribes and the landowners of the region who wish to ship their wool and corn to the southern towns bring them to take boat at Thrax, below the cataract that roars through the arched spillway of Acies Castle.As must always be the case when a stronghold imposes the rule of law over a turbulent region, the administration of justice was the chief concern of the archon of the city. To impose his will on those without the walls who might otherwise have opposed it, he could call upon seven squadrons of dimarchi, each under its own commander. Court convened each month, from the first appearance of the new moon to the full, beginning with the second morning watch and continuing as long as necessary to clear the day’s docket. As chief executor of the archon’s sentences, I was required to attend these sessions, so that he might be assured that the punishments he decreed should be made neither softer nor more severe by those who might otherwise have been charged with transmitting them to me; and to oversee the operation of the Vincula, in which the prisoners were detained, in all its details. It was a responsibility equivalent on a lesser scale to that of Master Gurloes in our Citadel, and during the first few weeks I spent in Thrax it weighed heavily upon me.It was a maxim of Master Gurloes’s that no prison is ideally situated. Like most of the wise tags put forward for the edification of young men, it was inarguable and unhelpful. All escapes fall into three categories—that is, they are achieved by stealth, by violence, or by the treachery of those set as guards. A remote place does most to render escapes by stealth difficult, and for that reason has been favored by the majority of those who have thought long upon the subject.Unfortunately, deserts, mountaintops, and lone isles offer the most fertile fields for violent escape—if they are besieged by the prisoners’ friends, it is difficult to learn of the fact before it is too late, and next to impossible to reinforce their garrisons; and similarly, if the prisoners rise in rebellion, it is highly unlikely that troops can be rushed to the spot before the issue is decided.A facility in a well-populated and well-defended district avoids these difficulties, but incurs even more severe ones. In such places a prisoner needs, not a thousand friends, but one or two; and these need not be fighting men—a scrubwoman and a street vendor will do, if they possess intelligence and resolution. Furthermore, once the prisoner has escaped the walls, he mingles immediately with the faceless mob, so that his reapprehension is not a matter for huntsmen and dogs but for agents and informers.In our own case, a detached prison in a remote location w

SUMMARY: I Master of the House of Chains “It was in my hair, Severian,” Dorcas said. “So I stood under the waterfall in the hot stone room—I don’t know if the men’s side is arranged in the same way. And every time I stepped out, I could hear them talking about me. They called you the black butcher, and other things I don’t want to tell you about.”“That’s natural enough,” I said. “You were probably the first stranger to enter the place in a month, so it’s only to be expected that they would chatter about you, and that the few women who knew who you were would be proud of it and perhaps tell some tales. As for me, I’m used to it, and you must have heard such expressions on the way here many times; I know I did.”“Yes,” she admitted, and sat down on the sill of the embrasure. In the city below, the lamps of the swarming shops were beginning to fill the valley of the Acis with a yellow radiance like the petals of a jonquil, but she did not seem to see them.“Now you understand why the regulations of the guild forbid me from taking a wife—although I will break them for you, as I have told you many times, whenever you want me to.”“You mean that it would be better for me to live somewhere else, and only come to see you once or twice a week, or wait till you came to see me.”“That’s the way it’s usually done. And eventually the women who talked about us today will realize that sometime they, or their sons or husbands, may find themselves beneath my hand.”“But don’t you see, this is all beside the point. The thing is…” Here Dorcas fell silent, and then, when neither of us had spoken for some time, she rose and began to pace the room, one arm clasping the other. It was something I had never seen her do before, and I found it disturbing.“What is the point, then?” I asked.“That it wasn’t true then. That it is now.”“I practiced the Art whenever there was work to be had. Hired myself out to towns and country justices. Several times you watched me from a window, though you never liked to stand in the crowd—for which I hardly blame you.”“I didn’t watch,” she said.“I recall seeing you.”“I didn’t. Not when it was actually going on. You were intent on what you were doing, and didn’t see me when I went inside or covered my eyes. I used to watch, and wave to you, when you first vaulted onto the scaffold. You were so proud then, and stood just as straight as your sword, and looked so fine. You were honest. I remember watching once when there was an official of some sort up there with you, and the condemned man and a hieromonach. And yours was the only honest face.”“You couldn’t possibly have seen it. I must surely have been wearing my mask.”“Severian, I didn’t have to see it. I know what you look like.”“Don’t I look the same now?”“Yes,” she said reluctantly. “But I have been down below. I’ve seen the people chained in the tunnels. When we sleep tonight, you and I in our soft bed, we will be sleeping on top of them. How many did you say there were when you took me down?”“About sixteen hundred. Do you honestly believe those sixteen hundred would be free if I were no longer present to guard them? They were here, remember, when we came.”Dorcas would not look at me. “It’s like a mass grave,” she said. I could see her shoulders shake.“It should be,” I told her. “The archon could release them, but who could resurrect those they’ve killed? You’ve never lost anyone, have you?”She did not reply.“Ask the wives and the mothers and the sisters of the men our prisoners have left rotting in the high country whether Abdiesus should let them go.”“Only myself,” Dorcas said, and blew out the candle.* * *Thrax is a crooked dagger entering the heart of the mountains. It lies in a narrow defile of the valley of the Acis, and extends up it to Acies Castle. The harena, the pantheon, and the other public buildings occupy all the level land between the castle and the wall (called the Capulus) that closes the lower end of the narrow section of the valley. The private buildings of the city climb the cliffs to either side, and many are in large measure dug into the rock itself, from which practice Thrax gains one of its sobriquets—the City of Windowless Rooms.Its prosperity it owes to its position at the head of the navigable part of the river. At Thrax, all goods shipped north on the Acis (many of which have traversed nine tenths of the length of Gyoll before entering the mouth of the smaller river, which may indeed be Gyoll’s true source) must be unloaded and carried on the backs of animals if they are to travel farther. Conversely, the hetmans of the mountain tribes and the landowners of the region who wish to ship their wool and corn to the southern towns bring them to take boat at Thrax, below the cataract that roars through the arched spillway of Acies Castle.As must always be the case when a stronghold imposes the rule of law over a turbulent region, the administration of justice was the chief concern of the archon of the city. To impose his will on those without the walls who might otherwise have opposed it, he could call upon seven squadrons of dimarchi, each under its own commander. Court convened each month, from the first appearance of the new moon to the full, beginning with the second morning watch and continuing as long as necessary to clear the day’s docket. As chief executor of the archon’s sentences, I was required to attend these sessions, so that he might be assured that the punishments he decreed should be made neither softer nor more severe by those who might otherwise have been charged with transmitting them to me; and to oversee the operation of the Vincula, in which the prisoners were detained, in all its details. It was a responsibility equivalent on a lesser scale to that of Master Gurloes in our Citadel, and during the first few weeks I spent in Thrax it weighed heavily upon me.It was a maxim of Master Gurloes’s that no prison is ideally situated. Like most of the wise tags put forward for the edification of young men, it was inarguable and unhelpful. All escapes fall into three categories—that is, they are achieved by stealth, by violence, or by the treachery of those set as guards. A remote place does most to render escapes by stealth difficult, and for that reason has been favored by the majority of those who have thought long upon the subject.Unfortunately, deserts, mountaintops, and lone isles offer the most fertile fields for violent escape—if they are besieged by the prisoners’ friends, it is difficult to learn of the fact before it is too late, and next to impossible to reinforce their garrisons; and similarly, if the prisoners rise in rebellion, it is highly unlikely that troops can be rushed to the spot before the issue is decided.A facility in a well-populated and well-defended district avoids these difficulties, but incurs even more severe ones. In such places a prisoner needs, not a thousand friends, but one or two; and these need not be fighting men—a scrubwoman and a street vendor will do, if they possess intelligence and resolution. Furthermore, once the prisoner has escaped the walls, he mingles immediately with the faceless mob, so that his reapprehension is not a matter for huntsmen and dogs but for agents and informers.In our own case, a detached prison in a remote location w

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Swift

The vampire was squashed as flat as my hair on a bad day, and the troll had his eye on me next. Then I nearly got killed because of a pigeon, and *then* I forgot the bloody shopping. I knew the rest of the day would suck.
It did. I got a call. I had a job.
With the city still in chaos after the Rift spat out more Strange than we could cope with, and me seriously reconsidering my role as Justice, I get dragged down deep into the dark underbelly of all things magical.
Things go from bad to worse as I chase a way too hot shifter monster across the scarred landscape of ground zero, a mystery reveals itself that threatens our already tenuous future, and everything unravels as violence escalates.
It doesn’t help that a demon who thinks fo’ shizzle is the latest in street talk insists on tagging along, the dark elves are amassing on the other side, and I almost lost Mr. Moppet.
Whatever, I’m a five-hundred-year-old witch and I’m gonna clean up this city no matter what.
I’m Swift, and I’ll show them Justice.
Welcome to Strangetown.

The vampire was squashed as flat as my hair on a bad day, and the troll had his eye on me next. Then I nearly got killed because of a pigeon, and *then* I forgot the bloody shopping. I knew the rest of the day would suck.
It did. I got a call. I had a job.
With the city still in chaos after the Rift spat out more Strange than we could cope with, and me seriously reconsidering my role as Justice, I get dragged down deep into the dark underbelly of all things magical.
Things go from bad to worse as I chase a way too hot shifter monster across the scarred landscape of ground zero, a mystery reveals itself that threatens our already tenuous future, and everything unravels as violence escalates.
It doesn’t help that a demon who thinks fo’ shizzle is the latest in street talk insists on tagging along, the dark elves are amassing on the other side, and I almost lost Mr. Moppet.
Whatever, I’m a five-hundred-year-old witch and I’m gonna clean up this city no matter what.
I’m Swift, and I’ll show them Justice.
Welcome to Strangetown.

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Supervised Machine Learning With Python: Develop Rich Python Coding Practices While Exploring Supervised Machine Learning

**Teach your machine to think for itself!**
#### Key Features
* Delve into supervised learning and grasp how a machine learns from data
* Implement popular machine learning algorithms from scratch, developing a deep understanding along the way
* Explore some of the most popular scientific and mathematical libraries in the Python language

#### Book Description
Supervised machine learning is used in a wide range of sectors (such as finance, online advertising, and analytics) because it allows you to train your system to make pricing predictions, campaign adjustments, customer recommendations, and much more while the system self-adjusts and makes decisions on its own. As a result, it’s crucial to know how a machine “learns” under the hood. This book will guide you through the implementation and nuances of many popular supervised machine learning algorithms while facilitating a deep understanding along the way. You’ll embark on this journey with a quick overview and see how supervised machine learning differs from unsupervised learning. Next, we explore parametric models such as linear and logistic regression, non-parametric methods such as decision trees, and various clustering techniques to facilitate decision-making and predictions. As we proceed, you’ll work hands-on with recommender systems, which are widely used by online companies to increase user interaction and enrich shopping potential. Finally, you’ll wrap up with a brief foray into neural networks and transfer learning. By the end of this book, you’ll be equipped with hands-on techniques and will have gained the practical know-how you need to quickly and powerfully apply algorithms to new problems.
#### What you will learn
* Crack how a machine learns a concept and generalize its understanding to new data
* Uncover the fundamental differences between parametric and non-parametric models
* Implement and grok several well-known supervised learning algorithms from scratch
* Work with models in domains such as ecommerce and marketing
* Expand your expertise and use various algorithms such as regression, decision trees, and clustering
* Build your own models capable of making predictions
* Delve into the most popular approaches in deep learning such as transfer learning and neural networks

#### Who this book is for
This book is for aspiring machine learning developers who want to get started with supervised learning. Intermediate knowledge of Python programming—and some fundamental knowledge of supervised learning—are expected.
#### Table of Contents
1. First step towards supervised learning
2. Implementing parametric models
3. Working with non-parametric models
4. Advanced topics in supervised machine learning

**
### Sinossi
**Teach your machine to think for itself!**
#### Key Features
* Delve into supervised learning and grasp how a machine learns from data
* Implement popular machine learning algorithms from scratch, developing a deep understanding along the way
* Explore some of the most popular scientific and mathematical libraries in the Python language

#### Book Description
Supervised machine learning is used in a wide range of sectors (such as finance, online advertising, and analytics) because it allows you to train your system to make pricing predictions, campaign adjustments, customer recommendations, and much more while the system self-adjusts and makes decisions on its own. As a result, it’s crucial to know how a machine “learns” under the hood. This book will guide you through the implementation and nuances of many popular supervised machine learning algorithms while facilitating a deep understanding along the way. You’ll embark on this journey with a quick overview and see how supervised machine learning differs from unsupervised learning. Next, we explore parametric models such as linear and logistic regression, non-parametric methods such as decision trees, and various clustering techniques to facilitate decision-making and predictions. As we proceed, you’ll work hands-on with recommender systems, which are widely used by online companies to increase user interaction and enrich shopping potential. Finally, you’ll wrap up with a brief foray into neural networks and transfer learning. By the end of this book, you’ll be equipped with hands-on techniques and will have gained the practical know-how you need to quickly and powerfully apply algorithms to new problems.
#### What you will learn
* Crack how a machine learns a concept and generalize its understanding to new data
* Uncover the fundamental differences between parametric and non-parametric models
* Implement and grok several well-known supervised learning algorithms from scratch
* Work with models in domains such as ecommerce and marketing
* Expand your expertise and use various algorithms such as regression, decision trees, and clustering
* Build your own models capable of making predictions
* Delve into the most popular approaches in deep learning such as transfer learning and neural networks

#### Who this book is for
This book is for aspiring machine learning developers who want to get started with supervised learning. Intermediate knowledge of Python programming—and some fundamental knowledge of supervised learning—are expected.
#### Table of Contents
1. First step towards supervised learning
2. Implementing parametric models
3. Working with non-parametric models
4. Advanced topics in supervised machine learning

### L’autore
**Taylor Smith** is a machine learning enthusiast with over five years of experience who loves to apply interesting computational solutions to challenging business problems. Currently working as a principal data scientist, Taylor is also an active open source contributor and staunch Pythonista.

**Teach your machine to think for itself!**
#### Key Features
* Delve into supervised learning and grasp how a machine learns from data
* Implement popular machine learning algorithms from scratch, developing a deep understanding along the way
* Explore some of the most popular scientific and mathematical libraries in the Python language

#### Book Description
Supervised machine learning is used in a wide range of sectors (such as finance, online advertising, and analytics) because it allows you to train your system to make pricing predictions, campaign adjustments, customer recommendations, and much more while the system self-adjusts and makes decisions on its own. As a result, it’s crucial to know how a machine “learns” under the hood. This book will guide you through the implementation and nuances of many popular supervised machine learning algorithms while facilitating a deep understanding along the way. You’ll embark on this journey with a quick overview and see how supervised machine learning differs from unsupervised learning. Next, we explore parametric models such as linear and logistic regression, non-parametric methods such as decision trees, and various clustering techniques to facilitate decision-making and predictions. As we proceed, you’ll work hands-on with recommender systems, which are widely used by online companies to increase user interaction and enrich shopping potential. Finally, you’ll wrap up with a brief foray into neural networks and transfer learning. By the end of this book, you’ll be equipped with hands-on techniques and will have gained the practical know-how you need to quickly and powerfully apply algorithms to new problems.
#### What you will learn
* Crack how a machine learns a concept and generalize its understanding to new data
* Uncover the fundamental differences between parametric and non-parametric models
* Implement and grok several well-known supervised learning algorithms from scratch
* Work with models in domains such as ecommerce and marketing
* Expand your expertise and use various algorithms such as regression, decision trees, and clustering
* Build your own models capable of making predictions
* Delve into the most popular approaches in deep learning such as transfer learning and neural networks

#### Who this book is for
This book is for aspiring machine learning developers who want to get started with supervised learning. Intermediate knowledge of Python programming—and some fundamental knowledge of supervised learning—are expected.
#### Table of Contents
1. First step towards supervised learning
2. Implementing parametric models
3. Working with non-parametric models
4. Advanced topics in supervised machine learning

**
### Sinossi
**Teach your machine to think for itself!**
#### Key Features
* Delve into supervised learning and grasp how a machine learns from data
* Implement popular machine learning algorithms from scratch, developing a deep understanding along the way
* Explore some of the most popular scientific and mathematical libraries in the Python language

#### Book Description
Supervised machine learning is used in a wide range of sectors (such as finance, online advertising, and analytics) because it allows you to train your system to make pricing predictions, campaign adjustments, customer recommendations, and much more while the system self-adjusts and makes decisions on its own. As a result, it’s crucial to know how a machine “learns” under the hood. This book will guide you through the implementation and nuances of many popular supervised machine learning algorithms while facilitating a deep understanding along the way. You’ll embark on this journey with a quick overview and see how supervised machine learning differs from unsupervised learning. Next, we explore parametric models such as linear and logistic regression, non-parametric methods such as decision trees, and various clustering techniques to facilitate decision-making and predictions. As we proceed, you’ll work hands-on with recommender systems, which are widely used by online companies to increase user interaction and enrich shopping potential. Finally, you’ll wrap up with a brief foray into neural networks and transfer learning. By the end of this book, you’ll be equipped with hands-on techniques and will have gained the practical know-how you need to quickly and powerfully apply algorithms to new problems.
#### What you will learn
* Crack how a machine learns a concept and generalize its understanding to new data
* Uncover the fundamental differences between parametric and non-parametric models
* Implement and grok several well-known supervised learning algorithms from scratch
* Work with models in domains such as ecommerce and marketing
* Expand your expertise and use various algorithms such as regression, decision trees, and clustering
* Build your own models capable of making predictions
* Delve into the most popular approaches in deep learning such as transfer learning and neural networks

#### Who this book is for
This book is for aspiring machine learning developers who want to get started with supervised learning. Intermediate knowledge of Python programming—and some fundamental knowledge of supervised learning—are expected.
#### Table of Contents
1. First step towards supervised learning
2. Implementing parametric models
3. Working with non-parametric models
4. Advanced topics in supervised machine learning

### L’autore
**Taylor Smith** is a machine learning enthusiast with over five years of experience who loves to apply interesting computational solutions to challenging business problems. Currently working as a principal data scientist, Taylor is also an active open source contributor and staunch Pythonista.

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Supercharged Python: Take Your Code to the Next Level

> “Brian Overland makes programming simple. . . . To my amazement, his books explain complicated code clearly enough for anyone to understand.”
> *–Art Sedighi, PhD* Tapping into the full power of Python doesn’t have to be difficult. ***Supercharged Python** * is written for people who’ve learned the fundamentals of the language but want to take their skills to the next level.
After a quick review of Python, the book covers: advanced list and string techniques; all the ways to handle text and binary files; financial applications; advanced techniques for writing classes; generators and decorators; and how to master packages such as Numpy (Numeric Python) to supercharge your applications!
* Use profilers and “magic methods” to code like a pro
* Harness the power of regular expressions to process text quickly with a single statement
* Take advantage of 22 coding shortcuts, along with performance tips, to save time and optimize your code
* Create really useful classes and objects, for games, simulations, money, mathematics, and more
* Use multiple modules to build powerful apps while avoiding the “gotchas”
* Import packages to dramatically speed up statistical operations–by as much as 100 times!
* Refer to the five-part language reference to look up fine points of the language

***Supercharged Python** * demonstrates techniques that allow you to write faster and more powerful code, whether you’re manipulating large amounts of data or building sophisticated applications.
*Register your book for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available. See inside book for details.*   **

> “Brian Overland makes programming simple. . . . To my amazement, his books explain complicated code clearly enough for anyone to understand.”
> *–Art Sedighi, PhD* Tapping into the full power of Python doesn’t have to be difficult. ***Supercharged Python** * is written for people who’ve learned the fundamentals of the language but want to take their skills to the next level.
After a quick review of Python, the book covers: advanced list and string techniques; all the ways to handle text and binary files; financial applications; advanced techniques for writing classes; generators and decorators; and how to master packages such as Numpy (Numeric Python) to supercharge your applications!
* Use profilers and “magic methods” to code like a pro
* Harness the power of regular expressions to process text quickly with a single statement
* Take advantage of 22 coding shortcuts, along with performance tips, to save time and optimize your code
* Create really useful classes and objects, for games, simulations, money, mathematics, and more
* Use multiple modules to build powerful apps while avoiding the “gotchas”
* Import packages to dramatically speed up statistical operations–by as much as 100 times!
* Refer to the five-part language reference to look up fine points of the language

***Supercharged Python** * demonstrates techniques that allow you to write faster and more powerful code, whether you’re manipulating large amounts of data or building sophisticated applications.
*Register your book for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available. See inside book for details.*   **

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Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts

#### Unleash Your Inner Mechanical Mastermind
Welcome to the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, in which he shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled with do-it-yourself projects, *Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts* shows you how to build exquisite, ingenious contraptions on a budget. Learn from Lord Featherstone as he distills his wealth of hard-learned skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern mad scientist, and expounds on the art and philosophy of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive volume will guide you through the creation of your very own infernal devices. **Get steamed with these provocative projects:** * Aetheric ray deflector solid brass goggles * Calibrated indicator gauges * Ferromagnetic self-scribing automated encyclopedia (or, the Steampunk book drive) * High voltage electro-static cannon (or, the lamp gun) * Tesla-pod chrono-static insulating field generator (or, the mobile device enclosure) * Altitude mask with integrated respiratory augmentation * Armoured pith helmet * Mark I superior replacement arm with integrated Gatling gun attachment
**Make Great Stuff!**
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists. **
### Sinossi
#### Unleash Your Inner Mechanical Mastermind
Welcome to the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, in which he shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled with do-it-yourself projects, *Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts* shows you how to build exquisite, ingenious contraptions on a budget. Learn from Lord Featherstone as he distills his wealth of hard-learned skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern mad scientist, and expounds on the art and philosophy of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive volume will guide you through the creation of your very own infernal devices. **Get steamed with these provocative projects:** * Aetheric ray deflector solid brass goggles * Calibrated indicator gauges * Ferromagnetic self-scribing automated encyclopedia (or, the Steampunk book drive) * High voltage electro-static cannon (or, the lamp gun) * Tesla-pod chrono-static insulating field generator (or, the mobile device enclosure) * Altitude mask with integrated respiratory augmentation * Armoured pith helmet * Mark I superior replacement arm with integrated Gatling gun attachment
**Make Great Stuff!**
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.
### L’autore
**Thomas Willeford** has degrees in physics, history, and art. His alter ego, Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, has displayed his work, which blurs the line between art and engineering, throughout the United States and Europe for years. Willeford’s work (including the E-pod) was recently featured in the exhibit, “Device and Contraptions Extraordinaire” at the Ashmolean University of Oxford museum of the History of Science. He has made costume pieces for Abney Park, Beautiful Deadly Children, and GhostFire. Willeford has been called, “The most photographed person in the Steampunk community.” He has been featured in Steampunk Bizarre, the BBC, MTV, the Steampunk World’s Faire, Whitby Gothic Weekend, Glasgow Marker’s Faire, *Pirate* magazine, and the *Daily Mail*.

#### Unleash Your Inner Mechanical Mastermind
Welcome to the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, in which he shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled with do-it-yourself projects, *Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts* shows you how to build exquisite, ingenious contraptions on a budget. Learn from Lord Featherstone as he distills his wealth of hard-learned skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern mad scientist, and expounds on the art and philosophy of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive volume will guide you through the creation of your very own infernal devices. **Get steamed with these provocative projects:** * Aetheric ray deflector solid brass goggles * Calibrated indicator gauges * Ferromagnetic self-scribing automated encyclopedia (or, the Steampunk book drive) * High voltage electro-static cannon (or, the lamp gun) * Tesla-pod chrono-static insulating field generator (or, the mobile device enclosure) * Altitude mask with integrated respiratory augmentation * Armoured pith helmet * Mark I superior replacement arm with integrated Gatling gun attachment
**Make Great Stuff!**
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists. **
### Sinossi
#### Unleash Your Inner Mechanical Mastermind
Welcome to the wondrous world of Thomas Willeford, aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, in which he shares his closely guarded secrets of Steampunkery. Filled with do-it-yourself projects, *Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts* shows you how to build exquisite, ingenious contraptions on a budget. Learn from Lord Featherstone as he distills his wealth of hard-learned skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern mad scientist, and expounds on the art and philosophy of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive volume will guide you through the creation of your very own infernal devices. **Get steamed with these provocative projects:** * Aetheric ray deflector solid brass goggles * Calibrated indicator gauges * Ferromagnetic self-scribing automated encyclopedia (or, the Steampunk book drive) * High voltage electro-static cannon (or, the lamp gun) * Tesla-pod chrono-static insulating field generator (or, the mobile device enclosure) * Altitude mask with integrated respiratory augmentation * Armoured pith helmet * Mark I superior replacement arm with integrated Gatling gun attachment
**Make Great Stuff!**
TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.
### L’autore
**Thomas Willeford** has degrees in physics, history, and art. His alter ego, Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone, has displayed his work, which blurs the line between art and engineering, throughout the United States and Europe for years. Willeford’s work (including the E-pod) was recently featured in the exhibit, “Device and Contraptions Extraordinaire” at the Ashmolean University of Oxford museum of the History of Science. He has made costume pieces for Abney Park, Beautiful Deadly Children, and GhostFire. Willeford has been called, “The most photographed person in the Steampunk community.” He has been featured in Steampunk Bizarre, the BBC, MTV, the Steampunk World’s Faire, Whitby Gothic Weekend, Glasgow Marker’s Faire, *Pirate* magazine, and the *Daily Mail*.

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Star Trek: The Original Series – Log 09

Another exciting episode from television’s most popular science fiction series.

Complete in this volume.

**Bem**

It seemed like such a simple request.

The Pandronians had petitioned to send a representative to observe a Federation crew carrying out a survey mission . . . precisely the type of mission the Enterprise had just been assigned.

What could go wrong?

So Commander Ari bn Bem joined Captain Kirk and his crew to evaluate aboriginal lifeforms of undetermined intelligence and accomplishment on the planet Delta Theta III.

And that’s when the trouble began . . .

Another exciting episode from television’s most popular science fiction series.

Complete in this volume.

**Bem**

It seemed like such a simple request.

The Pandronians had petitioned to send a representative to observe a Federation crew carrying out a survey mission . . . precisely the type of mission the Enterprise had just been assigned.

What could go wrong?

So Commander Ari bn Bem joined Captain Kirk and his crew to evaluate aboriginal lifeforms of undetermined intelligence and accomplishment on the planet Delta Theta III.

And that’s when the trouble began . . .

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Star Rain

The fight with the genetically engineered aliens seems impossible. Benny and Gina, both Seeders, stand on the bridge of their massive mother ship knowing they needed miracles to win.
They both know that if they work long enough and hard enough, miracles might happen. Centuries worth of work.
A massive-scale Seeders Universe story that started in the novel *Star Mist.*

The fight with the genetically engineered aliens seems impossible. Benny and Gina, both Seeders, stand on the bridge of their massive mother ship knowing they needed miracles to win.
They both know that if they work long enough and hard enough, miracles might happen. Centuries worth of work.
A massive-scale Seeders Universe story that started in the novel *Star Mist.*

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Star Quest

In a universe that had been ravaged by a thousand years of interplanetary warfare between the star-shattering Romaghins and the equally voracious Setessins, there seemed now but one thing that might bring the destruction to an end.
That would be the right catalyst in the hands of the right people.
The right catalyst could well be the individualist rebel, Tohm . . . he who had once been a simple peasant and who had been forcibly changed into a fearfully armored instrument of mechanical warfare–the man-tank Jumbo Ten.
But the right people? Could they possibly be the hated driftwood of biological warfare–those monsters of a cosmic no-man’s land–the Muties?
*
Ace Double: Emil Petaja – Doom of the Green Planet / Dean R. Koontz – Star Quest
Książka ma 127 stron.

In a universe that had been ravaged by a thousand years of interplanetary warfare between the star-shattering Romaghins and the equally voracious Setessins, there seemed now but one thing that might bring the destruction to an end.
That would be the right catalyst in the hands of the right people.
The right catalyst could well be the individualist rebel, Tohm . . . he who had once been a simple peasant and who had been forcibly changed into a fearfully armored instrument of mechanical warfare–the man-tank Jumbo Ten.
But the right people? Could they possibly be the hated driftwood of biological warfare–those monsters of a cosmic no-man’s land–the Muties?
*
Ace Double: Emil Petaja – Doom of the Green Planet / Dean R. Koontz – Star Quest
Książka ma 127 stron.

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Star Mist: A Seeders Universe Novel

A dead alien ship appears close to human space. But in millions of years, no alien race managed to leave its own galaxy.
The alien ship originated in a galaxy over two hundred thousand years of travel away. But the Seeders need to know about the alien race, in case they are a threat.
Star Mist takes on the vast scale of the Seeders Universe and expands it even more.
Galaxy-spanning science fiction at its very best. **
### Sinossi
A dead alien ship appears close to human space. But in millions of years, no alien race managed to leave its own galaxy.
The alien ship originated in a galaxy over two hundred thousand years of travel away. But the Seeders need to know about the alien race, in case they are a threat.
Star Mist takes on the vast scale of the Seeders Universe and expands it even more.
Galaxy-spanning science fiction at its very best.
### L’autore
Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres. At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, and a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang. His monthly magazine, Smith’s Monthly, which consists of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and offers readers more than 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month. During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, he wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown. Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing, where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as series editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series. For more information about Dean’s books and ongoing projects, please visit his website at www.deanwesleysmith.com and sign up for his newsletter.

A dead alien ship appears close to human space. But in millions of years, no alien race managed to leave its own galaxy.
The alien ship originated in a galaxy over two hundred thousand years of travel away. But the Seeders need to know about the alien race, in case they are a threat.
Star Mist takes on the vast scale of the Seeders Universe and expands it even more.
Galaxy-spanning science fiction at its very best. **
### Sinossi
A dead alien ship appears close to human space. But in millions of years, no alien race managed to leave its own galaxy.
The alien ship originated in a galaxy over two hundred thousand years of travel away. But the Seeders need to know about the alien race, in case they are a threat.
Star Mist takes on the vast scale of the Seeders Universe and expands it even more.
Galaxy-spanning science fiction at its very best.
### L’autore
Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres. At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, and a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang. His monthly magazine, Smith’s Monthly, which consists of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and offers readers more than 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month. During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, he wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown. Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing, where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as series editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series. For more information about Dean’s books and ongoing projects, please visit his website at www.deanwesleysmith.com and sign up for his newsletter.

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Star Mist

A dead alien ship appears close to human space. But in millions of years, no alien race managed to leave its own galaxy.
The alien ship originated in a galaxy over two hundred thousand years of travel away. But the Seeders need to know about the alien race, in case they are a threat.
Star Mist takes on the vast scale of the Seeders Universe and expands it even more.
Galaxy-spanning science fiction at its very best.

A dead alien ship appears close to human space. But in millions of years, no alien race managed to leave its own galaxy.
The alien ship originated in a galaxy over two hundred thousand years of travel away. But the Seeders need to know about the alien race, in case they are a threat.
Star Mist takes on the vast scale of the Seeders Universe and expands it even more.
Galaxy-spanning science fiction at its very best.

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Star Force: Mak’to’ran

Civil War looms on the horizon for the galactic dinosaur empire and one lone T-rex bears the mark of treason to rally the loyal and reunify the races…
Beginning the Star Force Phase 2 timeline, the Mak’to’ran serial details the defeated V’kit’no’sat fleet commander’s days following the attack on Earth and the fallout within the Dinosaur empire that results from it. For as bad as the treason regarding the Humans and the bastardized Hadarak is, and the implications that one of the two founding V’kit’no’sat races are behind it, a much larger rift within the empire is being exposed that has the potential to do what neither the Zak’de’ron culling nor the Rit’ko’sor rebellion accomplished.
A full Dinosaur civil war.
\——
Star Force is a massive scifi franchise currently divided into two phases. Phase 2 is the V’kit’no’sat war between Star Force and the Dinosaur empire. Phase 1 is the backstory to that conflict detailed in the ‘Origin Series’ that contains 100 novella-length episodes.
New readers can either start with the backstory or jump right into the conflict with the Phase 2 entry novel ‘Lost Destiny’. The Mak’to’ran series is written in heavy canon detail and not friendly to new readers…unless you’re adventurous, adaptive, and overly intelligent. If you are, then you might be worthy of being a V’kit’no’sat, in which case dive right in and learn how Jurassic Park got the dinosaurs oh so wrong. They’re not attractions in a petting zoo. They’re the masters of our galaxy.
**
### Sinossi
Civil War looms on the horizon for the galactic dinosaur empire and one lone T-rex bears the mark of treason to rally the loyal and reunify the races…
Beginning the Star Force Phase 2 timeline, the Mak’to’ran serial details the defeated V’kit’no’sat fleet commander’s days following the attack on Earth and the fallout within the Dinosaur empire that results from it. For as bad as the treason regarding the Humans and the bastardized Hadarak is, and the implications that one of the two founding V’kit’no’sat races are behind it, a much larger rift within the empire is being exposed that has the potential to do what neither the Zak’de’ron culling nor the Rit’ko’sor rebellion accomplished.
A full Dinosaur civil war.
\——
Star Force is a massive scifi franchise currently divided into two phases. Phase 2 is the V’kit’no’sat war between Star Force and the Dinosaur empire. Phase 1 is the backstory to that conflict detailed in the ‘Origin Series’ that contains 100 novella-length episodes.
New readers can either start with the backstory or jump right into the conflict with the Phase 2 entry novel ‘Lost Destiny’. The Mak’to’ran series is written in heavy canon detail and not friendly to new readers…unless you’re adventurous, adaptive, and overly intelligent. If you are, then you might be worthy of being a V’kit’no’sat, in which case dive right in and learn how Jurassic Park got the dinosaurs oh so wrong. They’re not attractions in a petting zoo. They’re the masters of our galaxy.

Civil War looms on the horizon for the galactic dinosaur empire and one lone T-rex bears the mark of treason to rally the loyal and reunify the races…
Beginning the Star Force Phase 2 timeline, the Mak’to’ran serial details the defeated V’kit’no’sat fleet commander’s days following the attack on Earth and the fallout within the Dinosaur empire that results from it. For as bad as the treason regarding the Humans and the bastardized Hadarak is, and the implications that one of the two founding V’kit’no’sat races are behind it, a much larger rift within the empire is being exposed that has the potential to do what neither the Zak’de’ron culling nor the Rit’ko’sor rebellion accomplished.
A full Dinosaur civil war.
\——
Star Force is a massive scifi franchise currently divided into two phases. Phase 2 is the V’kit’no’sat war between Star Force and the Dinosaur empire. Phase 1 is the backstory to that conflict detailed in the ‘Origin Series’ that contains 100 novella-length episodes.
New readers can either start with the backstory or jump right into the conflict with the Phase 2 entry novel ‘Lost Destiny’. The Mak’to’ran series is written in heavy canon detail and not friendly to new readers…unless you’re adventurous, adaptive, and overly intelligent. If you are, then you might be worthy of being a V’kit’no’sat, in which case dive right in and learn how Jurassic Park got the dinosaurs oh so wrong. They’re not attractions in a petting zoo. They’re the masters of our galaxy.
**
### Sinossi
Civil War looms on the horizon for the galactic dinosaur empire and one lone T-rex bears the mark of treason to rally the loyal and reunify the races…
Beginning the Star Force Phase 2 timeline, the Mak’to’ran serial details the defeated V’kit’no’sat fleet commander’s days following the attack on Earth and the fallout within the Dinosaur empire that results from it. For as bad as the treason regarding the Humans and the bastardized Hadarak is, and the implications that one of the two founding V’kit’no’sat races are behind it, a much larger rift within the empire is being exposed that has the potential to do what neither the Zak’de’ron culling nor the Rit’ko’sor rebellion accomplished.
A full Dinosaur civil war.
\——
Star Force is a massive scifi franchise currently divided into two phases. Phase 2 is the V’kit’no’sat war between Star Force and the Dinosaur empire. Phase 1 is the backstory to that conflict detailed in the ‘Origin Series’ that contains 100 novella-length episodes.
New readers can either start with the backstory or jump right into the conflict with the Phase 2 entry novel ‘Lost Destiny’. The Mak’to’ran series is written in heavy canon detail and not friendly to new readers…unless you’re adventurous, adaptive, and overly intelligent. If you are, then you might be worthy of being a V’kit’no’sat, in which case dive right in and learn how Jurassic Park got the dinosaurs oh so wrong. They’re not attractions in a petting zoo. They’re the masters of our galaxy.

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Star Force: Lost Destiny

What’s it like to be the last Human?
And not even know you’re Human?
Esna Donovan was stranded on a planet full of people that didn’t look like her as a child along with her brother. Their father was murdered, leaving them sitting in their spaceship waiting for his return.
They remember almost nothing from before that time, when two Calavari who were business associates of their father took them in and told them they could never be seen outside their full body armor. They’ve honored their father’s dying wish, living and working on the Calavari’s farm while exploring the barren wastelands looking for bits of technological salvage from the time before the great cataclysm.
They don’t know they’re Human, just that they’re different and they can’t show their skin in pubic. The two siblings have lived almost their entire lives in their self-styled body armor and dream of leaving the farm and doing something that mattered…but there’s nowhere to go. Nothing to do.
Then one day that all changes and Esna is set forth on a rollercoaster ride of a life she could never have expected once the word ‘Human’ is once again spoken on the planet…only its a word of rage and fear, with the local aliens trying to kill whoever it is applied to, though they’ve never seen one before.
Regardless, the word is tagged to her and she must run…with a little help.
\————–
Excerpt from ‘Lost Destiny’:
“Donovan!” he called out, running towards him with plodding footsteps as his nose picked up the scent of burnt flesh even before he saw the hole in the chest plate of the full body armor the man wore. Whatever race he was his blood flowed a sickly red, a fact that he’d prefer to not have known as he leaned over and gripped the man’s shoulders, prying him up into a sitting position.
“What happened?”
A shaking hand rose up to the neck of his armor, fumbling for the latch that Yammar finally helped him with. The helmet cracked opened with a hiss and the Calavari helped him pull it off, revealing the pale skin beneath that had alarmingly become even more so, now nearly white.
“Gladers,” he said, wincing horribly as he half bent over. “Jumped me from behind. I got two of them, but the third…”
“Where’s the latch for the chest piece?” Yammar asked, pulling back the cloak that covered most of the hard plates as he looked, but the man took a death grip on his lower arm and locked eyes with him.
“My children. In the ship. You have to…please. I’m all they’ve got. They’re dead without you.”
“Where’s the latch?” he repeated, searching around with his other three hands and finally finding something that looked promising. He pressed and turned the small button, being rewarded with another hiss as a crack formed along the side beneath the man’s left arm, but suddenly that arm went straight to Yammar’s giant head and gripped it tightly, forcing him to look into the dying man’s eyes.
“Promise me. Promise me…” he said, wincing again.
“I don’t know anything about your race,” Yammar said, feeling helpless.
“Good…” the man spat in a cough but no blood came out of his mouth, though it was continuing to pour out of his chest and seep down over his waistband plates in spurts every time he jerked in pain. “Good. Don’t ask questions…just…make sure they wear armor…in public. Promise me.”
“I promise. I promise,” Yammar repeated quickly, then the death grip on his arm and head relaxed and the Calavari was able to pull the torso armor completely off, seeing the hole in the man’s abdomen when the blood-soaked, charred clothing lined up. It was a lachar blast, pure and simple, and one delivered at fairly close range by the looks of it. Probably several to get through that armor, but the last one must have hit with nearly full force. He didn’t know how his friend had survived this long, but then again he had no idea what internal organs he had or even where they were located.
“Keep them safe…” Donovan said, eyes flickering. “Keep them…aw **
### Sinossi
What’s it like to be the last Human?
And not even know you’re Human?
Esna Donovan was stranded on a planet full of people that didn’t look like her as a child along with her brother. Their father was murdered, leaving them sitting in their spaceship waiting for his return.
They remember almost nothing from before that time, when two Calavari who were business associates of their father took them in and told them they could never be seen outside their full body armor. They’ve honored their father’s dying wish, living and working on the Calavari’s farm while exploring the barren wastelands looking for bits of technological salvage from the time before the great cataclysm.
They don’t know they’re Human, just that they’re different and they can’t show their skin in pubic. The two siblings have lived almost their entire lives in their self-styled body armor and dream of leaving the farm and doing something that mattered…but there’s nowhere to go. Nothing to do.
Then one day that all changes and Esna is set forth on a rollercoaster ride of a life she could never have expected once the word ‘Human’ is once again spoken on the planet…only its a word of rage and fear, with the local aliens trying to kill whoever it is applied to, though they’ve never seen one before.
Regardless, the word is tagged to her and she must run…with a little help.
\————–
Excerpt from ‘Lost Destiny’:
“Donovan!” he called out, running towards him with plodding footsteps as his nose picked up the scent of burnt flesh even before he saw the hole in the chest plate of the full body armor the man wore. Whatever race he was his blood flowed a sickly red, a fact that he’d prefer to not have known as he leaned over and gripped the man’s shoulders, prying him up into a sitting position.
“What happened?”
A shaking hand rose up to the neck of his armor, fumbling for the latch that Yammar finally helped him with. The helmet cracked opened with a hiss and the Calavari helped him pull it off, revealing the pale skin beneath that had alarmingly become even more so, now nearly white.
“Gladers,” he said, wincing horribly as he half bent over. “Jumped me from behind. I got two of them, but the third…”
“Where’s the latch for the chest piece?” Yammar asked, pulling back the cloak that covered most of the hard plates as he looked, but the man took a death grip on his lower arm and locked eyes with him.
“My children. In the ship. You have to…please. I’m all they’ve got. They’re dead without you.”
“Where’s the latch?” he repeated, searching around with his other three hands and finally finding something that looked promising. He pressed and turned the small button, being rewarded with another hiss as a crack formed along the side beneath the man’s left arm, but suddenly that arm went straight to Yammar’s giant head and gripped it tightly, forcing him to look into the dying man’s eyes.
“Promise me. Promise me…” he said, wincing again.
“I don’t know anything about your race,” Yammar said, feeling helpless.
“Good…” the man spat in a cough but no blood came out of his mouth, though it was continuing to pour out of his chest and seep down over his waistband plates in spurts every time he jerked in pain. “Good. Don’t ask questions…just…make sure they wear armor…in public. Promise me.”
“I promise. I promise,” Yammar repeated quickly, then the death grip on his arm and head relaxed and the Calavari was able to pull the torso armor completely off, seeing the hole in the man’s abdomen when the blood-soaked, charred clothing lined up. It was a lachar blast, pure and simple, and one delivered at fairly close range by the looks of it. Probably several to get through that armor, but the last one must have hit with nearly full force. He didn’t know how his friend had survived this long, but then again he had no idea what internal organs he had or even where they were located.
“Keep them safe…” Donovan said, eyes flickering. “Keep them…aw

What’s it like to be the last Human?
And not even know you’re Human?
Esna Donovan was stranded on a planet full of people that didn’t look like her as a child along with her brother. Their father was murdered, leaving them sitting in their spaceship waiting for his return.
They remember almost nothing from before that time, when two Calavari who were business associates of their father took them in and told them they could never be seen outside their full body armor. They’ve honored their father’s dying wish, living and working on the Calavari’s farm while exploring the barren wastelands looking for bits of technological salvage from the time before the great cataclysm.
They don’t know they’re Human, just that they’re different and they can’t show their skin in pubic. The two siblings have lived almost their entire lives in their self-styled body armor and dream of leaving the farm and doing something that mattered…but there’s nowhere to go. Nothing to do.
Then one day that all changes and Esna is set forth on a rollercoaster ride of a life she could never have expected once the word ‘Human’ is once again spoken on the planet…only its a word of rage and fear, with the local aliens trying to kill whoever it is applied to, though they’ve never seen one before.
Regardless, the word is tagged to her and she must run…with a little help.
\————–
Excerpt from ‘Lost Destiny’:
“Donovan!” he called out, running towards him with plodding footsteps as his nose picked up the scent of burnt flesh even before he saw the hole in the chest plate of the full body armor the man wore. Whatever race he was his blood flowed a sickly red, a fact that he’d prefer to not have known as he leaned over and gripped the man’s shoulders, prying him up into a sitting position.
“What happened?”
A shaking hand rose up to the neck of his armor, fumbling for the latch that Yammar finally helped him with. The helmet cracked opened with a hiss and the Calavari helped him pull it off, revealing the pale skin beneath that had alarmingly become even more so, now nearly white.
“Gladers,” he said, wincing horribly as he half bent over. “Jumped me from behind. I got two of them, but the third…”
“Where’s the latch for the chest piece?” Yammar asked, pulling back the cloak that covered most of the hard plates as he looked, but the man took a death grip on his lower arm and locked eyes with him.
“My children. In the ship. You have to…please. I’m all they’ve got. They’re dead without you.”
“Where’s the latch?” he repeated, searching around with his other three hands and finally finding something that looked promising. He pressed and turned the small button, being rewarded with another hiss as a crack formed along the side beneath the man’s left arm, but suddenly that arm went straight to Yammar’s giant head and gripped it tightly, forcing him to look into the dying man’s eyes.
“Promise me. Promise me…” he said, wincing again.
“I don’t know anything about your race,” Yammar said, feeling helpless.
“Good…” the man spat in a cough but no blood came out of his mouth, though it was continuing to pour out of his chest and seep down over his waistband plates in spurts every time he jerked in pain. “Good. Don’t ask questions…just…make sure they wear armor…in public. Promise me.”
“I promise. I promise,” Yammar repeated quickly, then the death grip on his arm and head relaxed and the Calavari was able to pull the torso armor completely off, seeing the hole in the man’s abdomen when the blood-soaked, charred clothing lined up. It was a lachar blast, pure and simple, and one delivered at fairly close range by the looks of it. Probably several to get through that armor, but the last one must have hit with nearly full force. He didn’t know how his friend had survived this long, but then again he had no idea what internal organs he had or even where they were located.
“Keep them safe…” Donovan said, eyes flickering. “Keep them…aw **
### Sinossi
What’s it like to be the last Human?
And not even know you’re Human?
Esna Donovan was stranded on a planet full of people that didn’t look like her as a child along with her brother. Their father was murdered, leaving them sitting in their spaceship waiting for his return.
They remember almost nothing from before that time, when two Calavari who were business associates of their father took them in and told them they could never be seen outside their full body armor. They’ve honored their father’s dying wish, living and working on the Calavari’s farm while exploring the barren wastelands looking for bits of technological salvage from the time before the great cataclysm.
They don’t know they’re Human, just that they’re different and they can’t show their skin in pubic. The two siblings have lived almost their entire lives in their self-styled body armor and dream of leaving the farm and doing something that mattered…but there’s nowhere to go. Nothing to do.
Then one day that all changes and Esna is set forth on a rollercoaster ride of a life she could never have expected once the word ‘Human’ is once again spoken on the planet…only its a word of rage and fear, with the local aliens trying to kill whoever it is applied to, though they’ve never seen one before.
Regardless, the word is tagged to her and she must run…with a little help.
\————–
Excerpt from ‘Lost Destiny’:
“Donovan!” he called out, running towards him with plodding footsteps as his nose picked up the scent of burnt flesh even before he saw the hole in the chest plate of the full body armor the man wore. Whatever race he was his blood flowed a sickly red, a fact that he’d prefer to not have known as he leaned over and gripped the man’s shoulders, prying him up into a sitting position.
“What happened?”
A shaking hand rose up to the neck of his armor, fumbling for the latch that Yammar finally helped him with. The helmet cracked opened with a hiss and the Calavari helped him pull it off, revealing the pale skin beneath that had alarmingly become even more so, now nearly white.
“Gladers,” he said, wincing horribly as he half bent over. “Jumped me from behind. I got two of them, but the third…”
“Where’s the latch for the chest piece?” Yammar asked, pulling back the cloak that covered most of the hard plates as he looked, but the man took a death grip on his lower arm and locked eyes with him.
“My children. In the ship. You have to…please. I’m all they’ve got. They’re dead without you.”
“Where’s the latch?” he repeated, searching around with his other three hands and finally finding something that looked promising. He pressed and turned the small button, being rewarded with another hiss as a crack formed along the side beneath the man’s left arm, but suddenly that arm went straight to Yammar’s giant head and gripped it tightly, forcing him to look into the dying man’s eyes.
“Promise me. Promise me…” he said, wincing again.
“I don’t know anything about your race,” Yammar said, feeling helpless.
“Good…” the man spat in a cough but no blood came out of his mouth, though it was continuing to pour out of his chest and seep down over his waistband plates in spurts every time he jerked in pain. “Good. Don’t ask questions…just…make sure they wear armor…in public. Promise me.”
“I promise. I promise,” Yammar repeated quickly, then the death grip on his arm and head relaxed and the Calavari was able to pull the torso armor completely off, seeing the hole in the man’s abdomen when the blood-soaked, charred clothing lined up. It was a lachar blast, pure and simple, and one delivered at fairly close range by the looks of it. Probably several to get through that armor, but the last one must have hit with nearly full force. He didn’t know how his friend had survived this long, but then again he had no idea what internal organs he had or even where they were located.
“Keep them safe…” Donovan said, eyes flickering. “Keep them…aw

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Star Force: Hradeiti

As the lizard core worlds invasion hammers on, a new development is arising within the ADZ as the dissentious elements find an avenue to pursue their long suppressed agendas.
“Hradeiti” is the 82nd episode in the Origin Series.
Word Count: 31,800 **
### Sinossi
As the lizard core worlds invasion hammers on, a new development is arising within the ADZ as the dissentious elements find an avenue to pursue their long suppressed agendas.
“Hradeiti” is the 82nd episode in the Origin Series.
Word Count: 31,800

As the lizard core worlds invasion hammers on, a new development is arising within the ADZ as the dissentious elements find an avenue to pursue their long suppressed agendas.
“Hradeiti” is the 82nd episode in the Origin Series.
Word Count: 31,800 **
### Sinossi
As the lizard core worlds invasion hammers on, a new development is arising within the ADZ as the dissentious elements find an avenue to pursue their long suppressed agendas.
“Hradeiti” is the 82nd episode in the Origin Series.
Word Count: 31,800

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Star Force: Evasion

Only months away from their escape from Mace, Esna and Rammak find themselves in the middle of a V’kit’no’sat attack on the Star Force ice world base. ‘Evasion’ is the 2nd book in the Wayward Trilogy and part of the Star Force Universe. It is a Phase 2 novel set during the V’kit’no’sat War era.

Only months away from their escape from Mace, Esna and Rammak find themselves in the middle of a V’kit’no’sat attack on the Star Force ice world base. ‘Evasion’ is the 2nd book in the Wayward Trilogy and part of the Star Force Universe. It is a Phase 2 novel set during the V’kit’no’sat War era.

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Star Carrier

Earth builds her first war fleet!
The greatest warships ever constructed in known space rise up one by one, soon dominating our skies. They strike fear into the hearts of every citizen and rebel colonist alike.
Captain William Sparhawk, the very man who convinced the secretive Council to build this terrifying fleet, now has doubts about the project. What is their exact mission? How could anyone have built these huge ships so quickly? And most puzzling of all, what’s happening out at the isolated laboratory complex on Phobos, Mars’ lop-sided moon?
Learn the stunning truth in STAR CARRIER, the final book of the Lost Colonies Trilogy. STAR CARRIER is a novel of military science fiction by bestselling author B. V. Larson. **

Earth builds her first war fleet!
The greatest warships ever constructed in known space rise up one by one, soon dominating our skies. They strike fear into the hearts of every citizen and rebel colonist alike.
Captain William Sparhawk, the very man who convinced the secretive Council to build this terrifying fleet, now has doubts about the project. What is their exact mission? How could anyone have built these huge ships so quickly? And most puzzling of all, what’s happening out at the isolated laboratory complex on Phobos, Mars’ lop-sided moon?
Learn the stunning truth in STAR CARRIER, the final book of the Lost Colonies Trilogy. STAR CARRIER is a novel of military science fiction by bestselling author B. V. Larson. **

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Spring 5.0 Projects

**Discover the latest features of Spring framework by building robust, fast, and reactive web applications**
#### Key Features
* Take advantage of all the features of Spring 5.0 with third party tools to build a robust back end
* Secure Spring based web application using Spring Security framework with LDAP and OAuth protocol
* Develop robust and scalable microservice based applications on Spring Cloud, using Spring Boot

#### Book Description
Spring makes it easy to create RESTful applications, merge with social services, communicate with modern databases, secure your system, and make your code modular and easy to test. With the arrival of Spring Boot, developers can really focus on the code and deliver great value, with minimal contour.
This book will show you how to build various projects in Spring 5.0, using its features and third party tools. We’ll start by creating a web application using Spring MVC, Spring Data, the World Bank API for some statistics on different countries, and MySQL database. Moving ahead, you’ll build a RESTful web services application using Spring WebFlux framework. You’ll be then taken through creating a Spring Boot-based simple blog management system, which uses Elasticsearch as the data store. Then, you’ll use Spring Security with the LDAP libraries for authenticating users and create a central authentication and authorization server using OAuth 2 protocol. Further, you’ll understand how to create Spring Boot-based monolithic application using JHipster. Toward the end, we’ll create an online book store with microservice architecture using Spring Cloud and Netflix OSS components, and a task management system using Spring and Kotlin.
By the end of the book, you’ll be able to create coherent and flexible real-time web applications using Spring Framework.
#### What you will learn
* Build Spring based application using Bootstrap template and JQuery
* Understand the Spring WebFlux framework and how it uses Reactor library
* Interact with Elasticsearch for indexing, querying, and aggregating data
* Create a simple monolithic application using JHipster
* Use Spring Security and Spring Security LDAP and OAuth libraries for Authentication
* Develop a microservice-based application with Spring Cloud and Netflix
* Work on Spring Framework with Kotlin

#### Who this book is for
This book is for competent Spring developers who wish to understand how to develop complex yet flexible applications with Spring. You must have a good knowledge of Java programming and be familiar with the basics of Spring.

**Discover the latest features of Spring framework by building robust, fast, and reactive web applications**
#### Key Features
* Take advantage of all the features of Spring 5.0 with third party tools to build a robust back end
* Secure Spring based web application using Spring Security framework with LDAP and OAuth protocol
* Develop robust and scalable microservice based applications on Spring Cloud, using Spring Boot

#### Book Description
Spring makes it easy to create RESTful applications, merge with social services, communicate with modern databases, secure your system, and make your code modular and easy to test. With the arrival of Spring Boot, developers can really focus on the code and deliver great value, with minimal contour.
This book will show you how to build various projects in Spring 5.0, using its features and third party tools. We’ll start by creating a web application using Spring MVC, Spring Data, the World Bank API for some statistics on different countries, and MySQL database. Moving ahead, you’ll build a RESTful web services application using Spring WebFlux framework. You’ll be then taken through creating a Spring Boot-based simple blog management system, which uses Elasticsearch as the data store. Then, you’ll use Spring Security with the LDAP libraries for authenticating users and create a central authentication and authorization server using OAuth 2 protocol. Further, you’ll understand how to create Spring Boot-based monolithic application using JHipster. Toward the end, we’ll create an online book store with microservice architecture using Spring Cloud and Netflix OSS components, and a task management system using Spring and Kotlin.
By the end of the book, you’ll be able to create coherent and flexible real-time web applications using Spring Framework.
#### What you will learn
* Build Spring based application using Bootstrap template and JQuery
* Understand the Spring WebFlux framework and how it uses Reactor library
* Interact with Elasticsearch for indexing, querying, and aggregating data
* Create a simple monolithic application using JHipster
* Use Spring Security and Spring Security LDAP and OAuth libraries for Authentication
* Develop a microservice-based application with Spring Cloud and Netflix
* Work on Spring Framework with Kotlin

#### Who this book is for
This book is for competent Spring developers who wish to understand how to develop complex yet flexible applications with Spring. You must have a good knowledge of Java programming and be familiar with the basics of Spring.

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