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Days Out Underground

Beneath our feet is a secret world – and you can visit it. The 50 underground adventures featured in this book are not just for intrepid potholers and other daredevils. Hidden beneath Britain are plenty of attractions open to everyone.
This is the definitive guide to the best days out underground. From caves to nuclear bunkers, sewers to secret railways, as well as abandoned mines, ancient crypts and labyrinthine tunnels, these unique tourist attractions are a journey through Britain’s hidden history going back thousands of years.
Travel writer Peter Naldrett explores each location with evocative, light-hearted text that reveals the fascinating history of why it came to be constructed, or how it was first discovered. As well as information about facilities and accessibility, Peter also includes essential advice about how to get there and when to go.
There are atmospheric full colour photographs throughout, and boxes that highlight precisely why you should visit, as well as things to look out for when you do. *Days Out Underground* has something to excite everyone, especially families – here’s how you entertain the kids on those wet-weather weekends!

Beneath our feet is a secret world – and you can visit it. The 50 underground adventures featured in this book are not just for intrepid potholers and other daredevils. Hidden beneath Britain are plenty of attractions open to everyone.
This is the definitive guide to the best days out underground. From caves to nuclear bunkers, sewers to secret railways, as well as abandoned mines, ancient crypts and labyrinthine tunnels, these unique tourist attractions are a journey through Britain’s hidden history going back thousands of years.
Travel writer Peter Naldrett explores each location with evocative, light-hearted text that reveals the fascinating history of why it came to be constructed, or how it was first discovered. As well as information about facilities and accessibility, Peter also includes essential advice about how to get there and when to go.
There are atmospheric full colour photographs throughout, and boxes that highlight precisely why you should visit, as well as things to look out for when you do. *Days Out Underground* has something to excite everyone, especially families – here’s how you entertain the kids on those wet-weather weekends!

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David Copperfield 1

David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impecunious Wilkins Micawber, one of literature’s great comic creations. In David Copperfield – the novel he described as his ‘favourite child’ – Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of the most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. This edition uses the text of the first volume publication of 1850, and includes updated suggestions for further reading, original illustrations by ‘Phiz’, a revised chronology and expanded notes. In his new introduction, Jeremy Tambling discusses the novel’s autobiographical elements, and its central themes of memory and identity.

David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr Murdstone; his brilliant, but ultimately unworthy school-friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impecunious Wilkins Micawber, one of literature’s great comic creations. In David Copperfield – the novel he described as his ‘favourite child’ – Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of the most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. This edition uses the text of the first volume publication of 1850, and includes updated suggestions for further reading, original illustrations by ‘Phiz’, a revised chronology and expanded notes. In his new introduction, Jeremy Tambling discusses the novel’s autobiographical elements, and its central themes of memory and identity.

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Data Wrangling With Python

**Simplify your ETL processes with these hands-on data hygiene tips, tricks, and best practices.**
#### Key Features
* Focus on the basics of data wrangling
* Study various ways to extract the most out of your data in less time
* Boost your learning curve with bonus topics like random data generation and data integrity checks

#### Book Description
For data to be useful and meaningful, it must be curated and refined. Data Wrangling with Python teaches you the core ideas behind these processes and equips you with knowledge of the most popular tools and techniques in the domain.
The book starts with the absolute basics of Python, focusing mainly on data structures. It then delves into the fundamental tools of data wrangling like NumPy and Pandas libraries. You’ll explore useful insights into why you should stay away from traditional ways of data cleaning, as done in other languages, and take advantage of the specialized pre-built routines in Python. This combination of Python tips and tricks will also demonstrate how to use the same Python backend and extract/transform data from an array of sources including the Internet, large database vaults, and Excel financial tables. To help you prepare for more challenging scenarios, you’ll cover how to handle missing or wrong data, and reformat it based on the requirements from the downstream analytics tool. The book will further help you grasp concepts through real-world examples and datasets.
By the end of this book, you will be confident in using a diverse array of sources to extract, clean, transform, and format your data efficiently.
#### What you will learn
* Use and manipulate complex and simple data structures
* Harness the full potential of DataFrames and numpy.array at run time
* Perform web scraping with BeautifulSoup4 and html5lib
* Execute advanced string search and manipulation with RegEX
* Handle outliers and perform data imputation with Pandas
* Use descriptive statistics and plotting techniques
* Practice data wrangling and modeling using data generation techniques

#### Who this book is for
Data Wrangling with Python is designed for developers, data analysts, and business analysts who are keen to pursue a career as a full-fledged data scientist or analytics expert. Although, this book is for beginners, prior working knowledge of Python is necessary to easily grasp the concepts covered here. It will also help to have rudimentary knowledge of relational database and SQL.

**Simplify your ETL processes with these hands-on data hygiene tips, tricks, and best practices.**
#### Key Features
* Focus on the basics of data wrangling
* Study various ways to extract the most out of your data in less time
* Boost your learning curve with bonus topics like random data generation and data integrity checks

#### Book Description
For data to be useful and meaningful, it must be curated and refined. Data Wrangling with Python teaches you the core ideas behind these processes and equips you with knowledge of the most popular tools and techniques in the domain.
The book starts with the absolute basics of Python, focusing mainly on data structures. It then delves into the fundamental tools of data wrangling like NumPy and Pandas libraries. You’ll explore useful insights into why you should stay away from traditional ways of data cleaning, as done in other languages, and take advantage of the specialized pre-built routines in Python. This combination of Python tips and tricks will also demonstrate how to use the same Python backend and extract/transform data from an array of sources including the Internet, large database vaults, and Excel financial tables. To help you prepare for more challenging scenarios, you’ll cover how to handle missing or wrong data, and reformat it based on the requirements from the downstream analytics tool. The book will further help you grasp concepts through real-world examples and datasets.
By the end of this book, you will be confident in using a diverse array of sources to extract, clean, transform, and format your data efficiently.
#### What you will learn
* Use and manipulate complex and simple data structures
* Harness the full potential of DataFrames and numpy.array at run time
* Perform web scraping with BeautifulSoup4 and html5lib
* Execute advanced string search and manipulation with RegEX
* Handle outliers and perform data imputation with Pandas
* Use descriptive statistics and plotting techniques
* Practice data wrangling and modeling using data generation techniques

#### Who this book is for
Data Wrangling with Python is designed for developers, data analysts, and business analysts who are keen to pursue a career as a full-fledged data scientist or analytics expert. Although, this book is for beginners, prior working knowledge of Python is necessary to easily grasp the concepts covered here. It will also help to have rudimentary knowledge of relational database and SQL.

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Data Science With Python

**Leverage the power of the Python data science libraries and advanced machine learning techniques to analyse large unstructured datasets and predict the occurrence of a particular future event.**
#### Key Features
* Explore the depths of data science, from data collection through to visualization
* Learn pandas, scikit-learn, and Matplotlib in detail
* Study various data science algorithms using real-world datasets

#### Book Description
Data Science with Python begins by introducing you to data science and teaches you to install the packages you need to create a data science coding environment. You will learn three major techniques in machine learning: unsupervised learning, supervised learning, and reinforcement learning. You will also explore basic classification and regression techniques, such as support vector machines, decision trees, and logistic regression.
As you make your way through chapters, you will study the basic functions, data structures, and syntax of the Python language that are used to handle large datasets with ease. You will learn about NumPy and pandas libraries for matrix calculations and data manipulation, study how to use Matplotlib to create highly customizable visualizations, and apply the boosting algorithm XGBoost to make predictions. In the concluding chapters, you will explore convolutional neural networks (CNNs), deep learning algorithms used to predict what is in an image. You will also understand how to feed human sentences to a neural network, make the model process contextual information, and create human language processing systems to predict the outcome.
By the end of this book, you will be able to understand and implement any new data science algorithm and have the confidence to experiment with tools or libraries other than those covered in the book.
#### What you will learn
* Pre-process data to make it ready to use for machine learning
* Create data visualizations with Matplotlib
* Use scikit-learn to perform dimension reduction using principal component analysis (PCA)
* Solve classification and regression problems
* Get predictions using the XGBoost library
* Process images and create machine learning models to decode them
* Process human language for prediction and classification
* Use TensorBoard to monitor training metrics in real time
* Find the best hyperparameters for your model with AutoML

#### Who this book is for
Data Science with Python is designed for data analysts, data scientists, database engineers, and business analysts who want to move towards using Python and machine learning techniques to analyze data and predict outcomes. Basic knowledge of Python and data analytics will prove beneficial to understand the various concepts explained through this book.

**Leverage the power of the Python data science libraries and advanced machine learning techniques to analyse large unstructured datasets and predict the occurrence of a particular future event.**
#### Key Features
* Explore the depths of data science, from data collection through to visualization
* Learn pandas, scikit-learn, and Matplotlib in detail
* Study various data science algorithms using real-world datasets

#### Book Description
Data Science with Python begins by introducing you to data science and teaches you to install the packages you need to create a data science coding environment. You will learn three major techniques in machine learning: unsupervised learning, supervised learning, and reinforcement learning. You will also explore basic classification and regression techniques, such as support vector machines, decision trees, and logistic regression.
As you make your way through chapters, you will study the basic functions, data structures, and syntax of the Python language that are used to handle large datasets with ease. You will learn about NumPy and pandas libraries for matrix calculations and data manipulation, study how to use Matplotlib to create highly customizable visualizations, and apply the boosting algorithm XGBoost to make predictions. In the concluding chapters, you will explore convolutional neural networks (CNNs), deep learning algorithms used to predict what is in an image. You will also understand how to feed human sentences to a neural network, make the model process contextual information, and create human language processing systems to predict the outcome.
By the end of this book, you will be able to understand and implement any new data science algorithm and have the confidence to experiment with tools or libraries other than those covered in the book.
#### What you will learn
* Pre-process data to make it ready to use for machine learning
* Create data visualizations with Matplotlib
* Use scikit-learn to perform dimension reduction using principal component analysis (PCA)
* Solve classification and regression problems
* Get predictions using the XGBoost library
* Process images and create machine learning models to decode them
* Process human language for prediction and classification
* Use TensorBoard to monitor training metrics in real time
* Find the best hyperparameters for your model with AutoML

#### Who this book is for
Data Science with Python is designed for data analysts, data scientists, database engineers, and business analysts who want to move towards using Python and machine learning techniques to analyze data and predict outcomes. Basic knowledge of Python and data analytics will prove beneficial to understand the various concepts explained through this book.

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Data Science for Marketing Analytics

**Explore new and more sophisticated tools that reduce your marketing analytics efforts and give you precise results**
#### Key Features
* Study new techniques for marketing analytics
* Explore uses of machine learning to power your marketing analyses
* Work through each stage of data analytics with the help of multiple examples and exercises

#### Book Description
Data Science for Marketing Analytics covers every stage of data analytics, from working with a raw dataset to segmenting a population and modeling different parts of the population based on the segments.
The book starts by teaching you how to use Python libraries, such as pandas and Matplotlib, to read data from Python, manipulate it, and create plots, using both categorical and continuous variables. Then, you’ll learn how to segment a population into groups and use different clustering techniques to evaluate customer segmentation. As you make your way through the chapters, you’ll explore ways to evaluate and select the best segmentation approach, and go on to create a linear regression model on customer value data to predict lifetime value. In the concluding chapters, you’ll gain an understanding of regression techniques and tools for evaluating regression models, and explore ways to predict customer choice using classification algorithms. Finally, you’ll apply these techniques to create a churn model for modeling customer product choices.
By the end of this book, you will be able to build your own marketing reporting and interactive dashboard solutions.
#### What you will learn
* Analyze and visualize data in Python using pandas and Matplotlib
* Study clustering techniques, such as hierarchical and k-means clustering
* Create customer segments based on manipulated data
* Predict customer lifetime value using linear regression
* Use classification algorithms to understand customer choice
* Optimize classification algorithms to extract maximal information

#### Who this book is for
Data Science for Marketing Analytics is designed for developers and marketing analysts looking to use new, more sophisticated tools in their marketing analytics efforts. It’ll help if you have prior experience of coding in Python and knowledge of high school level mathematics. Some experience with databases, Excel, statistics, or Tableau is useful but not necessary.

**Explore new and more sophisticated tools that reduce your marketing analytics efforts and give you precise results**
#### Key Features
* Study new techniques for marketing analytics
* Explore uses of machine learning to power your marketing analyses
* Work through each stage of data analytics with the help of multiple examples and exercises

#### Book Description
Data Science for Marketing Analytics covers every stage of data analytics, from working with a raw dataset to segmenting a population and modeling different parts of the population based on the segments.
The book starts by teaching you how to use Python libraries, such as pandas and Matplotlib, to read data from Python, manipulate it, and create plots, using both categorical and continuous variables. Then, you’ll learn how to segment a population into groups and use different clustering techniques to evaluate customer segmentation. As you make your way through the chapters, you’ll explore ways to evaluate and select the best segmentation approach, and go on to create a linear regression model on customer value data to predict lifetime value. In the concluding chapters, you’ll gain an understanding of regression techniques and tools for evaluating regression models, and explore ways to predict customer choice using classification algorithms. Finally, you’ll apply these techniques to create a churn model for modeling customer product choices.
By the end of this book, you will be able to build your own marketing reporting and interactive dashboard solutions.
#### What you will learn
* Analyze and visualize data in Python using pandas and Matplotlib
* Study clustering techniques, such as hierarchical and k-means clustering
* Create customer segments based on manipulated data
* Predict customer lifetime value using linear regression
* Use classification algorithms to understand customer choice
* Optimize classification algorithms to extract maximal information

#### Who this book is for
Data Science for Marketing Analytics is designed for developers and marketing analysts looking to use new, more sophisticated tools in their marketing analytics efforts. It’ll help if you have prior experience of coding in Python and knowledge of high school level mathematics. Some experience with databases, Excel, statistics, or Tableau is useful but not necessary.

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Darkness on His Bones

Simon. Something frightful has happened to Jamie. Please come . . .
When James Asher is found unconscious in the cemetery of the Church of St. Clare Pieds-Nus with multiple puncture-wounds in his throat and arms, his wife, Lydia, knows of only one person to call: the vampire Don Simon Ysidro. Old friend and old adversary, he is the only one who can help Lydia protect her unconscious, fevered husband from the vampires of Paris.
Why James has been attacked – and why he was called to Paris in the first place – Lydia has no idea. But she knows that she must find out, and quickly. For with James wavering between life and death, and war descending on the world, their slim chance of saving themselves from the vampires grows slimmer with each passing day . . .

Simon. Something frightful has happened to Jamie. Please come . . .
When James Asher is found unconscious in the cemetery of the Church of St. Clare Pieds-Nus with multiple puncture-wounds in his throat and arms, his wife, Lydia, knows of only one person to call: the vampire Don Simon Ysidro. Old friend and old adversary, he is the only one who can help Lydia protect her unconscious, fevered husband from the vampires of Paris.
Why James has been attacked – and why he was called to Paris in the first place – Lydia has no idea. But she knows that she must find out, and quickly. For with James wavering between life and death, and war descending on the world, their slim chance of saving themselves from the vampires grows slimmer with each passing day . . .

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Dark Skies

Witnessing the sweep of the Milky Way, the remains of comets burning up in our atmosphere, or the shimmering aurora, we better understand the universe and our place in it. Lonely Planet’s ***Dark Skies*** , the first world’s guide to astrotourism, can help you experience all of this and more first-hand.
Meticulously researched by dark sky expert Valerie Stimac, this comprehensive companion includes guides to 35 dark-sky sites and national parks, where to see the aurora, the next decade of total solar eclipses and how to view rocket launches, plus the lowdown on commercial space flight, observatories and meteor showers.
***Dark Skies*** is divided into sections to help you plan your dark sky tour:
1. **Stargazing** focuses on the basics of appreciating the dark sky, with an overview on how to stargaze and what types of objects to look for, as well as tips for the urban stargazer.
2. **Dark Places** is devoted to 35 of the best places around the globe for stargazing and experiencing the night sky, including sites designated by the Dark Sky Association.
3. **Astronomy in Action** features some of the world’s top research facilities and observatories,where you can get a closer look at space science.
4. **Meteor Showers** has everything you need to know about the most consistent and impressive meteor showers that happen annually.
5. **Aurora** is divided into two parts, one focusing on the aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere and the other on the aurora australis in the southern hemisphere.
6. **Eclipses** follows the schedule of total solar eclipses over the next decade. If you’ve never experienced totality, here is your definitive guide to planning your trip.
7. **Launches** helps you experience a different side of astrotourism: rocket launches and the countries that allow you to travel to see them.
8. **Space Tourism** discusses the future of humans in space – including you! The major players in the evolving space tourism market are detailed, plus the world’s most common destinations and experiences.

**About Lonely Planet:** Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.
**Important Notice:** The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

Witnessing the sweep of the Milky Way, the remains of comets burning up in our atmosphere, or the shimmering aurora, we better understand the universe and our place in it. Lonely Planet’s ***Dark Skies*** , the first world’s guide to astrotourism, can help you experience all of this and more first-hand.
Meticulously researched by dark sky expert Valerie Stimac, this comprehensive companion includes guides to 35 dark-sky sites and national parks, where to see the aurora, the next decade of total solar eclipses and how to view rocket launches, plus the lowdown on commercial space flight, observatories and meteor showers.
***Dark Skies*** is divided into sections to help you plan your dark sky tour:
1. **Stargazing** focuses on the basics of appreciating the dark sky, with an overview on how to stargaze and what types of objects to look for, as well as tips for the urban stargazer.
2. **Dark Places** is devoted to 35 of the best places around the globe for stargazing and experiencing the night sky, including sites designated by the Dark Sky Association.
3. **Astronomy in Action** features some of the world’s top research facilities and observatories,where you can get a closer look at space science.
4. **Meteor Showers** has everything you need to know about the most consistent and impressive meteor showers that happen annually.
5. **Aurora** is divided into two parts, one focusing on the aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere and the other on the aurora australis in the southern hemisphere.
6. **Eclipses** follows the schedule of total solar eclipses over the next decade. If you’ve never experienced totality, here is your definitive guide to planning your trip.
7. **Launches** helps you experience a different side of astrotourism: rocket launches and the countries that allow you to travel to see them.
8. **Space Tourism** discusses the future of humans in space – including you! The major players in the evolving space tourism market are detailed, plus the world’s most common destinations and experiences.

**About Lonely Planet:** Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.
**Important Notice:** The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

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Cuttlefish

The smallest thing can change the path of history. The year is 1976, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London. Clara Calland is on the run. Hunted, along with her scientist mother, by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers, they flee Ireland for London. They must escape airships, treachery and capture. Under flooded London’s canals they join the rebels who live in the dank tunnels there. Tim Barnabas is one of the under people, born to the secret town of drowned London, place of anti-imperialist republicans and Irish rebels, part of the Liberty – the people who would see a return to older values and free elections. Seeing no further than his next meal, Tim has hired on as a submariner on the Cuttlefish, a coal fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols, to the fortress America and beyond. When the ravening Imperial soldiery comes, Clara and her mother are forced to…

The smallest thing can change the path of history. The year is 1976, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London. Clara Calland is on the run. Hunted, along with her scientist mother, by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers, they flee Ireland for London. They must escape airships, treachery and capture. Under flooded London’s canals they join the rebels who live in the dank tunnels there. Tim Barnabas is one of the under people, born to the secret town of drowned London, place of anti-imperialist republicans and Irish rebels, part of the Liberty – the people who would see a return to older values and free elections. Seeing no further than his next meal, Tim has hired on as a submariner on the Cuttlefish, a coal fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols, to the fortress America and beyond. When the ravening Imperial soldiery comes, Clara and her mother are forced to…

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CSS3 Quick Syntax Reference

The *CSS3 Quick Syntax Reference* is a 150-page syntax reference to the Cascading Style Sheets language. It presents the essentials of CSS3 in a well-organized format that can be used as a handy reference. You won’t find any technical jargon, bloated samples, drawn-out history lessons or witty stories in this book. What you will find is a CSS reference that is concise, to the point, and highly accessible. The book is packed with useful information and is a must-have for any CSS programmer or web developer.
**What You Will Learn**
* Use the various selectors available in CSS3
* Leverage various other CSS properties
* Design and build web UIs using color, text, spacing, fonts, background, and more
* Work with lists, tables, and media in CSS3
* Employ CSS3 best practices

**Who This Book Is For**
Experienced programmers and web developers new to CSS3 or even new to CSS in general.

The *CSS3 Quick Syntax Reference* is a 150-page syntax reference to the Cascading Style Sheets language. It presents the essentials of CSS3 in a well-organized format that can be used as a handy reference. You won’t find any technical jargon, bloated samples, drawn-out history lessons or witty stories in this book. What you will find is a CSS reference that is concise, to the point, and highly accessible. The book is packed with useful information and is a must-have for any CSS programmer or web developer.
**What You Will Learn**
* Use the various selectors available in CSS3
* Leverage various other CSS properties
* Design and build web UIs using color, text, spacing, fonts, background, and more
* Work with lists, tables, and media in CSS3
* Employ CSS3 best practices

**Who This Book Is For**
Experienced programmers and web developers new to CSS3 or even new to CSS in general.

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Crystal Express

This collection gathers twelve tales by one of the leading new voices in science fiction. The stories are divided into three groups: Five fall into Sterling’s “Shaper/Mechanist” coterie of tales; three are science fiction of a more generic type; and four tales are labeled as fantasy. The Shaper/Mechanist stories center on a future world in which two opposing sects have developed: the “Shapers” have evolved themselves through genetic tinkering; the “Mechanists” through computerized prosthetics. Sterling explores the consequences of both approaches, painting neither side as necessarily good nor evil, and stories are related Erom both points of view. Among the other tales, “20 Evocations” effectively links anecdotal episodes of Nikolai Leng’s life to create a coherent picture of Leng’s gradual transformation from young innocent to cornipt elder. In “Spook,” the earth has suffered a “brain drain” through mass emigrations to space leaving a world populated mainly with “undesirables.” The powers-diat-be have their hands full trying to maintain a semblance of order and control; faced with a potential uprising in Central America, they contract the services of a futuristic secret agent-the “spook” of the title-to quell the insurgency. The denouement to this space-age thriller is devasting. “Green Days in Brunei” is set in the tiny nation of Brunei on the island of Borneo to which Canadian engineer Turner Choi has been dispatched to help introduce a bit of twenty-first-century technology to a society that has previously rejected high tech to the point of outlawing telephones. Choi eventually becomes romantically involved with the royal princess of Brunei in this, what may well be Sterling’s best story. The fantasy-oriented tales which close out the collection largely feature a tongue-in-cheek tone and are, unfortunately, not as interesting as the preceding works.

This collection gathers twelve tales by one of the leading new voices in science fiction. The stories are divided into three groups: Five fall into Sterling’s “Shaper/Mechanist” coterie of tales; three are science fiction of a more generic type; and four tales are labeled as fantasy. The Shaper/Mechanist stories center on a future world in which two opposing sects have developed: the “Shapers” have evolved themselves through genetic tinkering; the “Mechanists” through computerized prosthetics. Sterling explores the consequences of both approaches, painting neither side as necessarily good nor evil, and stories are related Erom both points of view. Among the other tales, “20 Evocations” effectively links anecdotal episodes of Nikolai Leng’s life to create a coherent picture of Leng’s gradual transformation from young innocent to cornipt elder. In “Spook,” the earth has suffered a “brain drain” through mass emigrations to space leaving a world populated mainly with “undesirables.” The powers-diat-be have their hands full trying to maintain a semblance of order and control; faced with a potential uprising in Central America, they contract the services of a futuristic secret agent-the “spook” of the title-to quell the insurgency. The denouement to this space-age thriller is devasting. “Green Days in Brunei” is set in the tiny nation of Brunei on the island of Borneo to which Canadian engineer Turner Choi has been dispatched to help introduce a bit of twenty-first-century technology to a society that has previously rejected high tech to the point of outlawing telephones. Choi eventually becomes romantically involved with the royal princess of Brunei in this, what may well be Sterling’s best story. The fantasy-oriented tales which close out the collection largely feature a tongue-in-cheek tone and are, unfortunately, not as interesting as the preceding works.

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Cryptozoic!

He roamed through the dim reaches of the remote past and like a phantom, the Dark Woman haunted him at every turn. Was she a hallucination produced by the stresses of his bizarre existence? Or was she a ghost from a future more distant than his own? Bush had been called into a totalitarian world, trained to kill, and then sent back in time – as an assassin. And still the Dark Woman pursued him, posing new questions, new possibilities, new terrors
Cover: Don Punchatz

He roamed through the dim reaches of the remote past and like a phantom, the Dark Woman haunted him at every turn. Was she a hallucination produced by the stresses of his bizarre existence? Or was she a ghost from a future more distant than his own? Bush had been called into a totalitarian world, trained to kill, and then sent back in time – as an assassin. And still the Dark Woman pursued him, posing new questions, new possibilities, new terrors
Cover: Don Punchatz

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Crown of Slaves

**A NEW SERIES SET IN THE “HONORVERSE” OF HONOR HARRINGTON**
The Star Kingdom’s ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Added to the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon’s stellar backyard, which High Ridge refuses to deal with, the recent assassination of the Solarian League’s most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the Solarian League—which is also close to Erewhon.
In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore’s envoys find themselves in a mess. Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven’s most capable agents—Victor Cachat—but they also discover that the Solarian League’s military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery.
And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene—led by its notorious and ruthless assassin, Jeremy X.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

**A NEW SERIES SET IN THE “HONORVERSE” OF HONOR HARRINGTON**
The Star Kingdom’s ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Added to the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon’s stellar backyard, which High Ridge refuses to deal with, the recent assassination of the Solarian League’s most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the Solarian League—which is also close to Erewhon.
In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore’s envoys find themselves in a mess. Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven’s most capable agents—Victor Cachat—but they also discover that the Solarian League’s military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery.
And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene—led by its notorious and ruthless assassin, Jeremy X.
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Croaked

The heroine of The Firefly Witch, Dr. Tanna Tully, returns for more adventures into the dangerous, the absurd, and the deadly.
• Tanna receives a mysterious box that contains something alive, and possibly diabolical. Does Ry have the nerve to open it?
• When her research connects a long-vanished local lake with a global ecological crisis, Tanna and her husband Ry must find a way to cross dimensions into a strange other reality.
• A young boy vanishes inside an amusement park’s latest attraction, and his ghost begs Tanna for help. She and Ry must figure out what has happened to him, and then take a trip into the darkest place imaginable, if they dare, to try and free him.
• “Son” Emerson, obnoxious redneck country star, has a problem: the guitar once used by his late father, the legendary “Dad” Emerson, seems to be haunted. Can Tanna figure out who the ghost is, and what it wants?

The heroine of The Firefly Witch, Dr. Tanna Tully, returns for more adventures into the dangerous, the absurd, and the deadly.
• Tanna receives a mysterious box that contains something alive, and possibly diabolical. Does Ry have the nerve to open it?
• When her research connects a long-vanished local lake with a global ecological crisis, Tanna and her husband Ry must find a way to cross dimensions into a strange other reality.
• A young boy vanishes inside an amusement park’s latest attraction, and his ghost begs Tanna for help. She and Ry must figure out what has happened to him, and then take a trip into the darkest place imaginable, if they dare, to try and free him.
• “Son” Emerson, obnoxious redneck country star, has a problem: the guitar once used by his late father, the legendary “Dad” Emerson, seems to be haunted. Can Tanna figure out who the ghost is, and what it wants?

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Creating Data-Driven Web Sites: An Introduction to HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL

**The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to this set of technologies to teach a new programmer how to get started creating data-driven websites and to provide a jumping-off point for the reader to expand his or her skills.** Today’s modern world is heavily dependent on the World Wide Web. It affects the way we communicate, how we shop, and how we learn about the world. Every website, every page, consists of four fundamental elements: the structure, the style, the programming, and the data. These correspond to four different “languages,” respectively: HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL. After learning the necessary components, users will have the understanding required to use the above technologies to create a working website. This book is aimed at the programmer or student who understands the basic building blocks of programming such as statements and control structures but lacks knowledge of the syntax and application of the above-mentioned technologies. **
### Sinossi
**The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to this set of technologies to teach a new programmer how to get started creating data-driven websites and to provide a jumping-off point for the reader to expand his or her skills.** Today’s modern world is heavily dependent on the World Wide Web. It affects the way we communicate, how we shop, and how we learn about the world. Every website, every page, consists of four fundamental elements: the structure, the style, the programming, and the data. These correspond to four different “languages,” respectively: HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL. After learning the necessary components, users will have the understanding required to use the above technologies to create a working website. This book is aimed at the programmer or student who understands the basic building blocks of programming such as statements and control structures but lacks knowledge of the syntax and application of the above-mentioned technologies.

**The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to this set of technologies to teach a new programmer how to get started creating data-driven websites and to provide a jumping-off point for the reader to expand his or her skills.** Today’s modern world is heavily dependent on the World Wide Web. It affects the way we communicate, how we shop, and how we learn about the world. Every website, every page, consists of four fundamental elements: the structure, the style, the programming, and the data. These correspond to four different “languages,” respectively: HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL. After learning the necessary components, users will have the understanding required to use the above technologies to create a working website. This book is aimed at the programmer or student who understands the basic building blocks of programming such as statements and control structures but lacks knowledge of the syntax and application of the above-mentioned technologies. **
### Sinossi
**The purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to this set of technologies to teach a new programmer how to get started creating data-driven websites and to provide a jumping-off point for the reader to expand his or her skills.** Today’s modern world is heavily dependent on the World Wide Web. It affects the way we communicate, how we shop, and how we learn about the world. Every website, every page, consists of four fundamental elements: the structure, the style, the programming, and the data. These correspond to four different “languages,” respectively: HTML, CSS, PHP, and MySQL. After learning the necessary components, users will have the understanding required to use the above technologies to create a working website. This book is aimed at the programmer or student who understands the basic building blocks of programming such as statements and control structures but lacks knowledge of the syntax and application of the above-mentioned technologies.

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Computing With the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is about as minimalist as a computer gets, but it has the power to run a full Linux operating system and many great desktop and command line tools as well. Can you push it to operate at the level of a $2,000 computer? This book is here to help you find out.
The primary focus of this book is getting as much as possible done with a simple Pi through non-graphic, non-mouse means. This means the keyboard and the text-mode screen. On the desktop side, you’ll look at many of the most powerful GUI apps available, as these offer an easy entry to get started as you learn the command line.
You’ll begin by setting up and configuring a Raspberry Pi with the option to run it as a graphical desktop environment or even more economically boot straight to the command line. If you want more performance, more efficiency, and (arguably) less complexity from your Pi that can only be found through the keyboard and command line.
You’ll also set up and configure a Raspberry Pi to use command line tools from within either the Raspberry Pi terminal, or by logging in remotely through some other computer. Once in, you’ll look at Package Managers, Tmux, Ranger, and Midnight Commander as general-purpose power tools. The book then gets into specific task-oriented tools for reading email, spreadsheet work, notes, security, web browsing and design, social media, task and video password management, coding, and much more. There are conceptual overviews of Markdown, LaTeX, and Vim for work.
**What You’ll Learn**
* Set up a Raspberry Pi system to get real work done using only the command line
* Login to a Pi remotely to use it as a remote server
* Integrate desktop Linux with command line mastery to optimize a Pi
* Work with tools for audio, writing news and weather, books, and graphics.

**Who This Book Is For**
Those with minimal technical skills or hobbyists who are interested in “retro computing” or “minimalist” approaches.

The Raspberry Pi is about as minimalist as a computer gets, but it has the power to run a full Linux operating system and many great desktop and command line tools as well. Can you push it to operate at the level of a $2,000 computer? This book is here to help you find out.
The primary focus of this book is getting as much as possible done with a simple Pi through non-graphic, non-mouse means. This means the keyboard and the text-mode screen. On the desktop side, you’ll look at many of the most powerful GUI apps available, as these offer an easy entry to get started as you learn the command line.
You’ll begin by setting up and configuring a Raspberry Pi with the option to run it as a graphical desktop environment or even more economically boot straight to the command line. If you want more performance, more efficiency, and (arguably) less complexity from your Pi that can only be found through the keyboard and command line.
You’ll also set up and configure a Raspberry Pi to use command line tools from within either the Raspberry Pi terminal, or by logging in remotely through some other computer. Once in, you’ll look at Package Managers, Tmux, Ranger, and Midnight Commander as general-purpose power tools. The book then gets into specific task-oriented tools for reading email, spreadsheet work, notes, security, web browsing and design, social media, task and video password management, coding, and much more. There are conceptual overviews of Markdown, LaTeX, and Vim for work.
**What You’ll Learn**
* Set up a Raspberry Pi system to get real work done using only the command line
* Login to a Pi remotely to use it as a remote server
* Integrate desktop Linux with command line mastery to optimize a Pi
* Work with tools for audio, writing news and weather, books, and graphics.

**Who This Book Is For**
Those with minimal technical skills or hobbyists who are interested in “retro computing” or “minimalist” approaches.

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