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Author : Brad Aiken
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It is the year 2497, and Earth is about to come under attack by its former inhabitants. For nearly five centuries humans have peacefully coexisted with the Neanderthal descendants who they banished to the planet Teconea. But now, the Neanderthals want their home world back. They have amassed a vast armada, well concealed in the ion storms of the Orion system until Danny Stryker, a Federation trader, stumbles upon their secret. Humankind's best hope of survival against the powerful Teconean Empire, the Federation Defense System, is nearly complete. A potent new energy generator in the shape of an obelisk is the last key element needed to complete the FDS. Stryker discovers that the gilded obelisk is lost in time. The only hope for survival is to send someone back to nineteenth century California to retrieve it before the Teconean invasion is launched. An aficionado of the Old West, Stryker eagerly volunteers to make the trip. Fitting into the nineteenth century has its challenges, and to make matters worse, Teconean spies have infiltrated deep into the ranks of the Space Corps. The race through time and space is on.

Beginning Java Game Development with LibGDX

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Design and create video games using Java, with the LibGDX software library. By reading Beginning Java Game Development with LibGDX, you will learn how to design video game programs and how to build them in Java. You will be able to create your own 2D games, using various hardware for input (keyboard/mouse, gamepad controllers, or touchscreen), and create executable versions of your games. The LibGDX library facilitates the game development process by providing pre-built functionality for common tasks. It is a free, open source library that includes full cross-platform compatibility, so programs written using this library can be compiled to run on desktop computers (Windows/MacOS), web browsers, and smartphones/tablets (both Android and iOS). Beginning Java Game Development with LibGDX teaches by example with many game case study projects that you will build throughout the book. This ensures that you will see all of the APIs that are encountered in the book in action and learn to incorporate them into your own projects. The book also focuses on teaching core Java programming concepts and applying them to game development. What You Will Learn How to use the LibGDX framework to create a host of 2D arcade game case studies How to compile your game to run on multiple platforms, such as iOS, Android, Windows, and MacOS How to incorporate different control schemes, such as touchscreen, gamepad, and keyboard Who This Book Is ForReaders should have an introductory level knowledge of basic Java programming. In particular, you should be familiar with: variables, conditional statements, loops, and be able to write methods and classes to accomplish simple tasks. This background is equivalent to having taken a first-semester college course in Java programming.

Cape May Stars Cape May Book 3

Author : Claudia Vance
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There are stars in Cape May … and not just in the sky. A big-budget movie is filming in Cape May, and one of the stars, Katherine Duffield, has rented out The Seahorse Inn for two months. Excitement overtakes Margaret and Liz until they receive the celebrity’s ridiculous list demands. Dave is thrilled at the chance to use his construction skills on the film set, but tension unexpectedly arises between him and Margaret. Irene, Dave’s sister, is back in town working on the film as a production assistant and starts to rethink her career change. Judy and Bob abruptly decide to travel abroad, but regret bringing their friends along. Sarah converts an old vacant bank into a coffeehouse while Mark’s long work trips cause her to question their relationship. Greg takes a leap toward his dream of opening a restaurant with the support of Liz, but is it the best choice for their family? In Book 3 of the Cape May Series, follow the excitement of new beginnings for the Cape May locals while a movie production sets the New Jersey Victorian beach town abuzz. This is Book 3 in the Cape May Series. It is recommended to start with Book 1, The Cape May Garden.


Author : Kim Stanley Robinson
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'What a saga! Scifi with honest, complex humanity, physics, biology, sociology' - Tom Hanks 'Aurora is a magnificent piece of writing, certainly Robinson's best novel since his mighty Mars trilogy, perhaps his best ever' - Guardian Our voyage from Earth began generations ago. Now, we approach our destination. A new home. Aurora. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, Aurora is the work of a writer at the height of his powers. 'An accessible novel packed with big ideas, wonders, jeopardy and, at the end, a real emotional punch' SFX 'Aurora is Robinson's best book yet . . . Heart-wrenching, provocative' Scientific American 'Kim Stanley Robinson is one of science fiction's greats' Sunday Times Novels by Kim Stanley Robinson: Icehenge The Memory of Whiteness A Short, Sharp Shock Antarctica The Years of Rice and Salt Galileo's Dream 2312 Shaman Aurora New York 2140 Red Moon

The Starscape Project

Author : Brad Aiken
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At the dawn of the twenty-sixth century, man's definition of life is about to change. It has been nearly three years since Captain Danny Stryker helped stave off the Teconean invasion of Earth. A tenuous peace has been forged in the galaxy and the centennial celebration of 2500 is about to begin. The festivities provide the perfect backdrop for Stryker's enemies to exact their revenge. He's framed for the theft of a top-secret military weapon, and is forced to flee his home world of Kennedy Prime in search of evidence that will clear his name. As his quest begins, an artificial intelligence life form enters the galaxy and launches a series of covert attacks against the Empire. The Teconeans assume that the Federation is responsible, and galactic peace is about to unravel. As Stryker chases his nemesis into Teconean space, he finds himself thrown into the middle of the battle. Knowing that Earth will be the aliens' next target, Stryker must decide whether to let them destroy the Empire, or to join forces with his Teconean enemies against the invaders. The key to the mysterious aliens lies buried on the moon of Kennedy Prime, and it's up to Stryker to solve the puzzle before war begins. The fate of the galaxy is at stake. "It's a fun, fast-paced story that takes you back to a simpler time. If you like larger-than-life do-no-wrong heroes in a universe where good and evil are as clear as black and white than look no further."- Michael D. Pederson, Nth DEGREE

The 2nd Coming

Author : Edward J. McFadden
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THE 2ND COMING is Volume 2 of The Best of Pirate Writings, featuring science fiction & fantasy collected from the pages of Pirate Writings magazine. The stories are not about Pirates, nor are they "pirated". Pirate is more indicative of the attitude and ambition that set the magazine apart from the rest and made it one of the best small press speculative fiction magazines of its day. This collection features cutting edge fiction by well knowns, best sellers, Hugo winners, as well as up & comers. Featuring the talents of: Brendon Adams . Linda D. Addison . Kathryn J. Brown . G. William Cromer . Paul DiFilippo . Steve Hamilton . J.L. Hanna . Anthony J. Howard . Brett Hudgins . Mary Soon Lee . Lyn Lifshin . Edward J. McFadden . Tom Piccirilli . Brian Plante . Mike Resnick . Arthur J. Scott . Josepha Sherman . Allen Steele . Christopher Stires . Patrick Thomas . Jeffrey Valka Praise For Pirate Wrtings "FABULOUS...QUITE AN ACHIEVEMENT." DEAN R. KOONTZ "SIGN ON UNDER THE FLAG OF MCFADDEN'S JOLLY ROGER NOW " ASIMOV'S "EXCELLENT." SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE

Redliners Second Edition

Author : David Drake
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Now with a new afterword by David Drake! They were the toughest fighters in the galaxy- until they got used up. The mission: redemption-or death, The troops were walking dead already, so there wasn't much of a downside. Major Arthur Farrell and the troops of Strike Force Company C41 had seen too much war with the alien Kalendru. They had too many screaming memories to be fit for combat again, but they were far too dangerous to themselves and others to be returned to civilian life. The bureaucracy that administered human affairs arranged a final mission with the same ruthless efficiency as it conducted the war against the Kalendru. C41 would guard a colony being sent to a hell planet. If the troops succeeded, they might be ready to return to human society. When the mission went horribly wrong, Art Farrell and his troops found their lives on the line as never before, protecting civilians to whom bureaucratic injustice was a new experience. And there was one more thing... A story of soldiers and civilians, of hope and, possibly, redemption. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Hold Up the Sky

Author : Cixin Liu
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A collection of award-winning hard science fiction short stories.

iMovie The Missing Manual

Author : David Pogue
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This edition covers iMovie 10.0 for Mac and iMovie 2.0 for iOS. iMovie's sophisticated tools make it easier than ever to turn raw footage into sleek, entertaining movies—once you understand how to harness its features. Experts David Pogue and Aaron Miller give you hands-on advice and step-by-step instructions for creating polished movies on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Dive in and discover why this is the top-selling iMovie book. The important stuff you need to know Get started. Import footage, review clips, and create movies, using iMovie’s new, streamlined layout. Include stunning effects. Introduce instant replays, freeze frames, fast-forward or slo-mo clips, and fade-outs. Add pro touches. Create cutaways, picture-in-picture boxes, side-by-side shots, and green-screen effects. Make movies on iOS devices. Tackle projects on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with our book-within-a-book. Produce stunning trailers. Craft your own Hollywood-style “Coming Attractions!” previews. Share your masterpiece. Quickly post movies to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, and iTunes. Watch iMovie Theater. Play your movies on any Apple gadget in iMovie’s new full-screen cinema.


Author : Jack Campbell
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Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary may have saved the Alliance only to destroy it, in this thrilling and eagerly awaited continuation of the New York Times bestselling series. Geary believed in the Alliance. Even when he uncovered overwhelming evidence that the highest echelons of the government and fleet command were involved in secret programs and prison camps, he believed it was worth saving. And that his duty was to see that justice was served even though some factions feared that revealing the truth would cause the Alliance to crumble. But after narrowly surviving two assassination attempts when he brings evidence of the misdeeds to the capital star system, Geary realizes that some have decided the easiest way to make the Alliance's problems go away is to get rid of him. He finds himself ordered to undertake a perilous new mission outside of the reaches of human-occupied space while the Senate clashes over the evidence. Geary's warships must escort a diplomatic and scientific mission across the dangerous, disintegrating remnants of the Syndicate Worlds empire. But even if he can make it to Midway Star System, the gateway to alien-controlled space, Geary will face former Syndicate officials who have rebelled and regard the Alliance with deep suspicion. And that will be the easy part. . . .