Author: Michael Crichton, John Lange
Publisher: Open Road Media
An agent races to stop a chemical attack in this thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park. His name is John Wright, and he’s the most dangerous man in the United States. A millionaire radical with a deep hatred for everything America stands for, he has concocted a scheme that will shatter the very foundation of our democracy—and he’s just crazy enough to pull it off. The only man who can stop him is John Graves, an embittered federal agent whose mission in life is to destroy Wright. He’ll get his chance—or America will burn. A train races across the Utah desert, carrying a shipment of the deadliest nerve gas known to man. Seven mobsters stop the train, steal the gas, and hand it over to Wright. His target? The Republican National Convention in San Diego, where unleashing the gas will kill one million honest citizens, including the US president. Graves has just one shot to stop Wright—and for the sake of democracy, he’d better not miss. From “the master of the sci-tech thriller,” this is a terrifying high-speed novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end (Booklist). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author’s estate.
Author: Sarah Gerard
An intense, elegiac portrait of young lovers as they battle personal afflictions, toy with veganarchism, and traverse the American countryside.
Author: Brit Mandelo
Publisher: Lethe Press
Speculative fiction is the literature of questions, of challenges and imagination, and what better to question than the ways in which gender and sexuality have been rigidly defined, partitioned off, put in little boxes? These seventeen stories explore the ways in which identity can go beyond binary from space colonies to small college towns, from angels to androids, and from a magical past to other worlds entirely, the authors in this collection have brought to life wonderful tales starring people who proudly define (and redefine) their own genders, sexualities, identities, and so much else in between.
Author: Sonja K. Foss, Mary E. Domenico, Karen A. Foss
Publisher: Waveland Press
Essential for anyone who seeks to understand the contemporary gender landscape, Gender Stories defines gender as the socially constructed meanings that are assigned to bodies. The book helps readers navigate issues of gender by introducing them to the ubiquitous gender binary, the problems with much of the research on gender differences, and the variety of gender stories in popular culture. At the heart of the book is a description of the process of becoming a gendered person through crafting and performing gender stories. Because each gender performance is unique, a virtually unlimited number of genders existsnot just two, as the gender binary would have us believe. The same multiplicity that characterizes the gender landscape characterizes the individual, who typically changes gender multiple times a day and across the lifespan. In Gender Stories, personal gender performances are framed within a philosophy of choice. Readers are encouraged to become more conscious of the choices they have in constructing their gender identities and to allow others the same choice by respecting their gender performances. Readers will easily find a place for themselves in the book, regardless of their views on gender, because one perspective on gender is not presented as the right one. Gender Stories affirms and legitimizes diverse perspectives as providing more comprehensive knowledge about gender for everyone.
Author: Christopher Hinz
Publisher: Open Road Media
Winner of the Compton Crook Award: This tale of genetically modified killers of the future is “a genuine page-turner . . . Don’t miss it” (Locus). Two hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse forced humanity to flee earth, humans still remember the most feared warriors of that planet—the Paratwa, genetically modified killers who occupy two bodies controlled by one vicious mind. The legendary Paratwa named Reemul, known as the Liege-Killer, was the strongest of them all. Now someone has revived Reemul from stasis and sent him to terrorize the peaceful orbital colonies of Earth. Is this an isolated incident, or has the one who unleashed this terrible power announced a gambit for control over the entire human race?
Author: Mojtaba Ahmadieh Khanesar, Hassan Tavakoli, Mahdi Aliyari Shoorehdeli, Mohammad Teshnehlab
In this study a new interpretation for the velocity of binary PSO was proposed, which is the rate of change in bits of particles. Also the main difficulty of older version of binary PSO which is choosing proper value for wis solved. The previous direction and previous state of each particle is also taken into account and helped finding good solutions for problems. This approach tested and returned quite satisfactory results in number of test problems. The binary PSO can be used in variety of applications, especially when the values of the search space are discrete like decision making, solving lot sizing problem, the traveling salesman problem, scheduling and routing.
Author: Michael Crichton, John Lange
Publisher: Open Road Media
An Edgar Award finalist from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Jurassic Park: A diver enters dangerous waters to recover a sunken yacht. The Grave Descend lies under more than sixty feet of clear blue Caribbean water, guarded by a coral reef and schools of hungry hammerhead sharks. Raising it would be a near-impossible task, but James McGregor is suited to the impossible. An expert diver, he makes his living exploring sunken ships. But there’s something strange about the wreck of the Grave Descend. How did she sink? Why do none of the survivors tell the same story? And what was the cargo inside her hull? To answer these questions, McGregor will have to contend with the deadliest sharks around—both underwater and on land. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author’s estate.
Author: Abe Cofnas
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
A clear and practical guide to using binary options to speculate, hedge, and trade Trading Binary Options is a strategic primer on effectively navigating this fast-growing segment. With clear explanations and a practical perspective, this authoritative guide shows you how binaries work, the strategies that bring out their strengths, how to integrate them into your current strategies, and much more. This updated second edition includes new coverage of Cantor-Fitzgerald binaries, New York Stock Exchange binaries, and how to use binaries to hedge trading, along with expert insight on the markets in which binaries are available. Independent traders and investors will find useful guidance on speculating on price movements or hedging their stock portfolios using these simple, less complex options with potentially substantial impact. Binary options provide either a fixed payout or nothing at all. While it sounds simple enough, using them effectively requires a more nuanced understanding of how, where, and why they work. This book provides the critical knowledge you need to utilize binary options to optimal effect. Learn hedging and trading strategies specific to binaries Choose the markets with best liquidity and lowest expenses Find the right broker for your particular binary options strategy Utilize binaries in conjunction with other strategies Popular in the over-the-counter market, binary options are frequently used to hedge or speculate on commodities, currencies, interest rates, and stock indices. They have become available to retail traders through the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the American Stock Exchange, as well as various online platforms, allowing you the opportunity to add yet another tool to your investing arsenal. Trading Binary Options is the essential resource for traders seeking clear guidance on these appealing options.
Author: Douglas Coupland
Publisher: Harper Collins
They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day "coding" and eating "flat" foods (food which, like Kraft singles, can be passed underneath closed doors) as they fearfully scan company e-mail to learn whether the great Bill is going to "flame" one of them. But now there's a chance to become innovators instead of cogs in the gargantuan Microsoft machine. The intrepid Microserfs are striking out on their own—living together in a shared digital flophouse as they desperately try to cultivate well-rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated, subhuman whir and buzz of their computer-driven world.
Author: Rosie Claverton
Publisher: Carina Press
Book one of The Amy Lane Mysteries Police detectives rely on Amy Lane to track the digital debris of their most elusive criminals—when she's not in the throes of a panic attack. After two students disappear in Cardiff, Amy uncovers photographic evidence that they've been murdered. From the safety of her computer, she looks through the city's digital eyes to trace the steps of a killer. Amy's investigation requires footwork, however, and the agoraphobic genius can't hack it alone. She turns to her newly-hired cleaner, ex-con Jason Carr. Jason is fascinated by both Amy and the work, and can't refuse even when she sends him into situations that risk returning him to prison. The killer strikes again and again, and Amy and Jason are the only investigators closing in on him. But Amy's psyche is cracking under the strain, and Jason's past is catching up with him. To stop the next murder, they must hold their unconventional partnership together at any cost. 78,000 words
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Spanning eight decades and chronicling the wild ride of a Greek-American family through the vicissitudes of the twentieth century, Jeffrey Eugenides’ witty, exuberant novel on one level tells a traditional story about three generations of a fantastic, absurd, lovable immigrant family -- blessed and cursed with generous doses of tragedy and high comedy. But there’s a provocative twist. Cal, the narrator -- also Callie -- is a hermaphrodite. And the explanation for this takes us spooling back in time, through a breathtaking review of the twentieth century, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie’s grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set our narrator’s life in motion. Middlesex is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. It’s a brilliant exploration of divided people, divided families, divided cities and nations -- the connected halves that make up ourselves and our world. Justly acclaimed when it was released in Fall 2002, it announces the arrival of a major writer for our times. From the Hardcover edition.
Highlights: A local binary pattern for color images (LBPC) is developed to represent local color texture. A fusion of LBPC with LBP of hue image and color histogram is performed. The combined descriptor outperforms state-of-the-art local color descriptors. A time analysis shows significantly low computation time of proposed descriptor. Experimental results demonstrate the superior performance of proposed descriptor. Abstract: We propose a novel local color texture descriptor called local binary pattern for color images (LBPC). The proposed descriptor uses a plane to threshold color pixels in the neighborhood of a local window into two categories. To boost the discriminative power of the proposed LBPC operator, local binary patterns of the hue component in the HSI color space, called the local binary pattern of the hue (LBPH) is derived. Further, LBPC, LBPH are fused to derive LBPC+LBPH which when combined with the color histogram (CH) of the hue component results in an effective image retrieval method LBPC+LBPH+CH. The uniform patterns of the two proposed descriptors ULBPC and ULBPH are combined to yield another low dimension local color descriptor ULBPC+ULBPH+CH which provides a good tradeoff between retrieval accuracy and speed. Detailed experiments conducted on Wang, Holidays, Corel- 5K and Corel- 10K datasets demonstrate that the proposed low dimension descriptors LBPC+LBPH+CH, and ULBPC+ULBPH+CH outperform the state-of-the-art color texture descriptors in terms of retrieval accuracy and speed.
Author: Joshua Cohen
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
"When the enigmatic billionaire founder of the world's most powerful tech company hires a failed novelist to ghostwrite his memoirs, the mogul brings the ghostwriter behind the digital veil"--]cProvided by publisher.