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Monumental Summit

USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith returns to his Thunder Mountain universe with Monumental Summit, a science fiction novel of the new times in the Old West.
Bonnie and Duster Kendal, two of the world’s great mathematicians, hire historical interior designer April Buckley and architect Ryan Knott to design and furnish a huge lodge to the year 1900 standards.
Only problem: The lodge can’t be built. It can’t exist. Yet, somehow it does because they’ve built it before.
USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith published more than a hundred novels in thirty years and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres.
He 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, they 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 a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.
He now writes his own original fiction under just the one name, Dean Wesley Smith. In addition to his upcoming novel releases, his monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly premiered October 1, 2013, filled entirely with his original novels and stories.
Dean also worked as an editor and publisher, first at Pulphouse Publishing, then for VB Tech Journal, then for Pocket Books. He now plays a role as an executive editor for the original anthology series Fiction River.
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The bonefields. One of the oldest mysteries of the Six Species.
They say the bonefields are a myth. They say the bonefields are empty. They say the bonefields are the lair of an unspeakable ancient evil that makes the Damorakind look peace-loving and benevolent.
They say you can only go there once. They say that nobody who has gone into the bonefields ever wants to go back, and never talks about what they saw.
But then…
They said much the same thing about Horatio Bunzo’s Funtime Happy World, didn’t they?
Molran is the sixth book in the Final Fall of Man series. In its pages, we finally discover the truth about the bonefields, the fate of Aquilar, the long and checkered history of the Artist, and take a stumbling step closer to the end of Six Species civilisation as we know it.

MIT App Inventor v 2.0: App Creation That Transforms

MIT App Inventor is an innovative beginner’s introduction to programming and app creation that transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks. The simple graphical interface grants even an inexperienced novice the ability to create a basic, fully functional app within an hour or less.

Midst Toil and Tribulation

David Weber’s *New York Times* bestselling Safehold series of military Science Fiction adventure, which began with *Off Armageddon Reef,* continues with *Midst Toil and Tribulation*
Once the Church of God Awaiting dominated all the kingdoms of Safehold. Then, after centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of Mother Church–egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athrawes, who enjoys the Charisian royal family’s absolute trust.
What vanishingly few people know is that Merlin is the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which aliens destroyed Earth…and that since awakening, his task has been to restart the history of the long-hidden human race.
Now, reeling from the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis’s declaration of independence, the Republic of Siddermark slides into chaos. The Church has engineered a rebellion, and Siddermark’s all-important harvest is at risk. King Cayleb and Queen Sharleyan struggle to stabilize their ally, which will mean sending troops–but, even more importantly, preventing famine. For mass starvation in Safehold’s breadbasket is a threat even more ominous than civil war…
**Safehold Series**
1. *Off Armageddon Reef*
2. *By Schism Rent Asunder*
3. *By Heresies Distressed*
4. *A Mighty Fortress*
5. *How Firm A Foundation*
**6. *Midst Toil and Tribulation***
6. *Like A Mighty Army*
7. *Hell’s Foundations Quiver*
8. *At the Sign of Triumph*

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MicroPython for ESP8266 Development Workshop

This book explores how to work with MicroPython development for ESP8266 modules and boards such as NodeMCU, SparkFun ESP8266 Thing and Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with ESP8266 WiFi. The following is highlight topics in this book
* Preparing Development Environment
* Setting Up MicroPython
* GPIO Programming
* PWM and Analog Input
* Working with I2C
* Working with UART
* Working with SPI
* Working with DHT Module **

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This book explores how to work with MicroPython development for ESP8266 modules and boards such as NodeMCU, SparkFun ESP8266 Thing and Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with ESP8266 WiFi. The following is highlight topics in this book
* Preparing Development Environment
* Setting Up MicroPython
* GPIO Programming
* PWM and Analog Input
* Working with I2C
* Working with UART
* Working with SPI
* Working with DHT Module

MicroPython Cookbook: Over 110 Practical Recipes for Programming Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers With Python

**Learn how you can control LEDs, make music, and read sensor data using popular microcontrollers such as Adafruit Circuit Playground, ESP8266, and the BBC micro:bit** Key Features Load and execute your first program with MicroPython Program an IoT device to retrieve weather data using a RESTful API Get to grips with integrating hardware, programming, and networking concepts with MicroPython Book Description MicroPython is an open source implementation of Python 3 that runs in embedded environments. With MicroPython, you can write clean and simple Python code to control hardware instead of using complex low-level languages like C and C++. This book guides you through all the major applications of the MicroPython platform to build and program projects that use microcontrollers. The MicroPython book covers recipes that’ll help you experiment with the programming environment and hardware programmed in MicroPython. You’ll find tips and techniques for building a variety of objects and prototypes that can sense and respond to touch, sound, position, heat, and light. This book will take you through the uses of MicroPython with a variety of popular input devices and sensors. You’ll learn techniques for handling time delays and sensor readings, and apply advanced coding techniques to create complex projects. As you advance, you’ll get to deal with Internet of Things (IoT) devices and integration with other online web services. Furthermore, you’ll also use MicroPython to make music with bananas and create portable multiplayer video games that incorporate sound and light animations into the game play. By the end of the book, you’ll have mastered tips and tricks to troubleshoot your development problems and push your MicroPython project to the next level! What you will learn Execute code without any need for compiling or uploading using REPL (read-evaluate-print-loop) Program and control LED matrix and NeoPixel drivers to display patterns and colors Build projects that make use of light, temperature, and touch sensors Configure devices to create Wi-Fi access points and use network modules to scan and connect to existing networks Use Pulse Width Modulation to control DC motors and servos Build an IoT device to display live weather data from the Internet at the touch of a button Who this book is for If you want to build and program projects that use microcontrollers, this book will offer you dozens of recipes to guide you through all the major applications of the MicroPython platform. Although no knowledge of MicroPython or microcontrollers is expected, a general understanding of Python is necessary to get started with this book. Table of Contents Getting started with MicroPython Controlling LEDs Creating sound and music Interacting with buttons Reading sensor data Button Bash Game Fruity Tunes Let’s move it move it Coding on the micro:bit Controlling the ESP8266 Interacting with the Filesystem Networking Interacting with the Adafruit FeatherWing OLED Building an IoT Weather Machine Coding on the Adafruit HalloWing

Matplotlib 3.0 Cookbook

**Build attractive, insightful, and powerful visualizations to gain quality insights from your data**
#### Key Features
* Master Matplotlib for data visualization
* Customize basic plots to make and deploy figures in cloud environments
* Explore recipes to design various data visualizations from simple bar charts to advanced 3D plots

#### Book Description
Matplotlib provides a large library of customizable plots, along with a comprehensive set of backends. Matplotlib 3.0 Cookbook is your hands-on guide to exploring the world of Matplotlib, and covers the most effective plotting packages for Python 3.7.
With the help of this cookbook, you’ll be able to tackle any problem you might come across while designing attractive, insightful data visualizations. With the help of over 150 recipes, you’ll learn how to develop plots related to business intelligence, data science, and engineering disciplines with highly detailed visualizations. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the fundamentals, you’ll move on to developing professional dashboards with a wide variety of graphs and sophisticated grid layouts in 2D and 3D. You’ll annotate and add rich text to the plots, enabling the creation of a business storyline. In addition to this, you’ll learn how to save figures and animations in various formats for downstream deployment, followed by extending the functionality offered by various internal and third-party toolkits, such as axisartist, axes_grid, Cartopy, and Seaborn.
By the end of this book, you’ll be able to create high-quality customized plots and deploy them on the web and on supported GUI applications such as Tkinter, Qt 5, and wxPython by implementing real-world use cases and examples.
#### What you will learn
* Develop simple to advanced data visualizations in Matplotlib
* Use the pyplot API to quickly develop and deploy different plots
* Use object-oriented APIs for maximum flexibility with the customization of figures
* Develop interactive plots with animation and widgets
* Use maps for geographical plotting
* Enrich your visualizations using embedded texts and mathematical expressions
* Embed Matplotlib plots into other GUIs used for developing applications
* Use toolkits such as axisartist, axes_grid1, and cartopy to extend the base functionality of Matplotlib

#### Who this book is for
The Matplotlib 3.0 Cookbook is for you if you are a data analyst, data scientist, or Python developer looking for quick recipes for a multitude of visualizations. This book is also for those who want to build variations of interactive visualizations.

Mastering Windows Server 2019, Second Edition

**Enhance and secure your data center with the latest Microsoft Server platform**
#### Key Features
* Develop skills to design and implement Microsoft Server 2019 in an enterprise environment
* Support your medium to large enterprise with the latest features by Microsoft Server 2019
* Administer Windows Server 2019 effectively with the help of practical examples

#### Book Description
With everything from a clean interface to flexibility in using Server Manager from almost anywhere, Windows Server 2019 has a lot to offer to administrators and IT professionals. This updated edition is designed to help you understand the essential concepts related to implementing and using this platform for your data center computing needs. You’ll begin by installing and managing Server 2019, before moving on to gaining clarity on the common points of confusion surrounding versions and licensing of this new product. Since centralized management, monitoring, and configuration of servers is key to an efficient IT department, you’ll discover multiple methods for quickly managing all your servers from a ‘single pane of glass’ – the ability to monitor different servers across a network using Server Manager from anywhere. Even though this book is more focused on Windows Server 2019 LTSC, you’ll still be able to explore containers and Nano Server, which are more commonly related to the SAC channel. This additional coverage will give you insights into all aspects of using Windows Server in your environment. Finally, you’ll explore various remote access technologies available in this operating system, and guidelines for virtualization of your data center with Hyper-V. By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills to implement and manage Windows efficiently.
#### What you will learn
* Work with the updated Windows Server 2019 interface, including Server Core and Windows Admin Center
* Secure your network and data with new technologies in Windows Server 2019
* Learn about containers and understand when to use Nano Server
* Discover new ways to integrate your data center with Microsoft Azure
* Learn how to reinforce and secure your Windows Servers
* Virtualize your data center with Hyper-V
* Explore Server Manager, PowerShell, and the new Windows Admin Center, formerly known as Project Honolulu


Mastering Tableau 2019.1

**Build, design and improve advanced business intelligence solutions using Tableau’s latest features, including Tableau Prep, Tableau Hyper, and Tableau Server**
#### Key Features
* Master new features in Tableau 2019.1 to solve real-world analytics challenges
* Perform Geo-Spatial Analytics, Time Series Analysis, and self-service analytics using real-life examples
* Build and publish dashboards and explore storytelling using Python and MATLAB integration support

#### Book Description
Tableau is one of the leading business intelligence (BI) tools used to solve BI and analytics challenges. With this book, you will master Tableau’s features and offerings in various paradigms of the BI domain.
This book is also the second edition of the popular Mastering Tableau series, with new features, examples, and updated code. The book covers essential Tableau concepts and its advanced functionalities. Using Tableau Hyper and Tableau Prep, you’ll be able to handle and prepare data easily. You’ll gear up to perform complex joins, spatial joins, union, and data blending tasks using practical examples. Following this, you’ll learn how to perform data densification to make displaying granular data easier. Next, you’ll explore expert-level examples to help you with advanced calculations, mapping, and visual design using various Tableau extensions. With the help of examples, you’ll also learn about improving dashboard performance, connecting Tableau Server, and understanding data visualizations. In the final chapters, you’ll cover advanced use cases such as Self-Service Analytics, Time Series Analytics, and Geo-Spatial Analytics, and learn to connect Tableau to R, Python, and MATLAB.
By the end of this book, you’ll have mastered the advanced offerings of Tableau and be able to tackle common and not-so-common challenges faced in the BI domain.
#### What you will learn
* Get up to speed with various Tableau components
* Master data preparation techniques using Tableau Prep
* Discover how to use Tableau to create a PowerPoint-like presentation
* Understand different Tableau visualization techniques and dashboard designs
* Interact with the Tableau server to understand its architecture and functionalities
* Study advanced visualizations and dashboard creation techniques
* Brush up on powerful Self-Service Analytics, Time Series Analytics, and Geo-Spatial Analytics

#### Who this book is for
This book is designed for business analysts, BI professionals and data analysts who want to master Tableau to solve a range of data science and business intelligence problems. The book is ideal if you have a good understanding of Tableau and want to take your skills to the next level.

Mastering Pandas

**Perform advanced data manipulation tasks using pandas and become an expert data analyst.**
#### Key Features
* Manipulate and analyze your data expertly using the power of pandas
* Work with missing data and time series data and become a true pandas expert
* Includes expert tips and techniques on making your data analysis tasks easier

#### Book Description
pandas is a popular Python library used by data scientists and analysts worldwide to manipulate and analyze their data. This book presents useful data manipulation techniques in pandas to perform complex data analysis in various domains.
An update to our highly successful previous edition with new features, examples, updated code, and more, this book is an in-depth guide to get the most out of pandas for data analysis. Designed for both intermediate users as well as seasoned practitioners, you will learn advanced data manipulation techniques, such as multi-indexing, modifying data structures, and sampling your data, which allow for powerful analysis and help you gain accurate insights from it. With the help of this book, you will apply pandas to different domains, such as Bayesian statistics, predictive analytics, and time series analysis using an example-based approach. And not just that; you will also learn how to prepare powerful, interactive business reports in pandas using the Jupyter notebook.
By the end of this book, you will learn how to perform efficient data analysis using pandas on complex data, and become an expert data analyst or data scientist in the process.
#### What you will learn
* Speed up your data analysis by importing data into pandas
* Keep relevant data points by selecting subsets of your data
* Create a high-quality dataset by cleaning data and fixing missing values
* Compute actionable analytics with grouping and aggregation in pandas
* Master time series data analysis in pandas
* Make powerful reports in pandas using Jupyter notebooks

#### Who this book is for
This book is for data scientists, analysts and Python developers who wish to explore advanced data analysis and scientific computing techniques using pandas. Some fundamental understanding of Python programming and familiarity with the basic data analysis concepts is all you need to get started with this book.

Mastering Adobe Captivate 2019

**Create responsive eLearning content, including quizzes, demonstrations, simulations and Virtual Reality projects that fit on any device with Adobe Captivate 2019**
#### Key Features
* Build responsive, interactive and highly engaging eLearning content with Adobe Captivate 2019
* Build Virtual Reality eLearning experiences with Adobe Captivate 2019
* Assess your student knowledge with interactive and random quizzes
* Seamlessly integrate your eLearning content with any SCORM or xAPI compliant LMS

#### Book Description
Adobe Captivate is used to create highly engaging, interactive, and responsive eLearning content. This book takes you through the production of a few pieces of eLearning content, covering all the project types and workflows of Adobe Captivate.
First, you will learn how to create a typical interactive Captivate project. This will give you the opportunity to review all Captivate objects and uncover the application’s main tools. Then, you will use the built-in capture engine of Captivate to create an interactive software simulation and a Video Demo that can be published as an MP4 video. Then, you will approach the advanced responsive features of Captivate to create a project that can be viewed on any device. And finally, you will immerse your learners in a 360o environment by creating Virtual Reality projects of Adobe Captivate. At the end of the book, you will empower your workflow and projects with the newer and most advanced features of the application, including variables, advanced actions, JavaScript, and using Captivate 2019 with other applications.
If you want to produce high quality eLearning content using a wide variety of techniques, implement eLearning in your company, enable eLearning on any device, assess the effectiveness of the learning by using extensive Quizzing features, or are simply interested in eLearning, this book has you covered!
#### What you will learn
* Learn how to use the objects in Captivate to build professional eLearning content
* Enhance your projects by adding interactivity, animations, and more
* Add multimedia elements, such as audio and video, to create engaging learning experiences
* Use themes to craft a unique visual experience
* Use question slides to create SCORM-compliant quizzes that integrate seamlessly with your LMS
* Make your content fit any device with responsive features of Captivate
* Create immersive 360° experiences with Virtual Reality projects of Captivate 2019
* Integrate Captivate with other applications (such as PowerPoint and Photoshop) to establish a professional eLearning production workflow
* Publish your project in a wide variety of formats including HTML5 and Flash

#### Who this book is for
If you are a teacher, instructional designer, eLearning developer, or human resources manager who wants to implement eLearning, then this book is for you. A basic knowledge of your OS is all it takes to create the next generation of responsive eLearning content.

Master and Apprentice

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**An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.**
A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council―knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.
When Jedi Rael Aveross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the Royal Court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested―just as a threat surfaces which will demand that Master and Apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever. **