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  • Dragonwriter
    Dragonwriter Todd McCaffrey (Editor)
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    Todd McCaffrey
    Mel Foster
    Emily Durante
    Janis Ian
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    A Tribute to SF Great Anne McCaffreyAngelina Adams - David Brin - David Gerrold - John Goodwin - Janis IanAlec Johnson - Georgeanne Kennedy - Mercedes Lackey - Sharon Lee & Steve MillerLois McMaster Bujold - Elizabeth Moon - Charlotte Moore - Robert NeilsonJody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett - Robin Roberts - Elizabeth Ann ScarboroughWen Spencer - Michael Whelan - Richard J. Woods - Chelsea Quinn YarbroWhen Anne McCaffrey passed in November 2011, it was not only those closest to her who mourned her death; legions of readers also felt the loss deeply. The pioneering science fiction author behind the Dragonriders of Pern® series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre.In Dragonwriter, Anne’s son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Award–winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern’s Lessa (and from Lessa’s creator); Hugo Award–winner David Brin recalls Anne’s steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan tells stories about never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more.Join Anne’s co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it.
  • Ender's Game Alive
    Ender's Game Alive Orson Scott Card
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    Scott Brick
    Stefan Rudnicki
    Christian Rummel
    Roxanne Hernandez
    Gabrielle de Cuir
    Kirby Heyborne
    Jim Meskimen
    Janis Ian
    John Rubinstein
    Harlan Ellison
    Emily Rankin
    Theodore Bikel
    Samantha Eggar
    Susan Hanfield
    Rex Linn
    Richard McGonagle
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    A dramatization written by Orson Scott Card, based on his bestselling novel and the upcoming theatrical film release. 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
  • Furious Gulf
    Furious Gulf Gregory Benford
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    Cassandra Campbell
    Janis Ian
    Harlan Ellison
    Kristoffer Tabori
    Stephen Hoye
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    Few writers have successful blended hard science and speculation with fully realized characters as Gregory Benford has in his critically acclaimed novels. Now he draws us into a vortex of mystery and danger at the heart of the galaxy in his dazzling epic drama, Furious Gulf. Containing the remnants of humanity from the planet Snowglade, the spaceship Argo hurtles toward its uncertain destiny, the bold and brilliant Captain Killeen at its helm. But he has grown increasingly isolated and anguished in command. The ship’s gardens are failing, its voyagers face starvation, and there are dark whispers within, talk of mutiny. Killeen’s will, however, remains as strong as ever, his determination to reach the True Center of the galaxy bordering on obsession. Amid a mad swirl of incandescent suns and ghostly blue clouds of galactic dust, beset by hostile worlds controlled by the mechs – a vast and violent artificial intelligence whose only meaning, only mission, is the complete extermination of the human race—Killeen pursues his desperate search, convinced his people’s one hope of survival lies in the True Center. The crew has followed him this far on faith, a faith now being tested to the limit. Even his own son Toby, groomed for leadership, is beginning to question his father’s command. As the Argo undertakes a perilous quest into the unknown, Toby faces his own journey into the mysteries of adulthood. Like the others in this Family of voyagers, Toby’s spine contains microchip implants holding the memories – the legacy – of his race. But just as the technology designed to save his people may tear Toby himself apart, so his father’s desperate gamble to save the Argo may plunge the ship and its inhabitants into a cosmic pit of all-consuming fire. In this extraordinary novel, part of an interconnected series of novels that began with In the Ocean of Night and continued in Across the Sea of Suns, Great Sky River, and Tides of Light, Gregory Benford explores the fundamental nature of human development and discovery. Across the gulf that stretches between fear and faith, past and future, we watch in wonder as an age-old question continues…the quest for the fulfillment of an individual, for the evolution of a species, for the immortality of the soul.
  • Kirinyaga
    Kirinyaga Mike Resnick
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    Janis Ian
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    Hailed for his grandeur of imagination and superb worldbuilding, winner of and nominee for more than fifty awards for his outstanding work, Mike Resnick has rightfully won a place as one of science fiction’s master storytellers. Now, in Kirinyaga, Resnick presents the haunting and utterly compelling tale of one man’s utopia.By the twenty-second century in the African nation of Kenya, polluted cities sprawl up the flanks of sacred Mount Kirinyaga. Great animal herds are but distant memories. European crops now grow on the sweeping savannas. But Koriba, a distinguished, educated man of Kikuyu ancestry, knows that life was different for his people centuries ago—and he is determined to build a utopian colony, not on earth, but on the terraformed planetoid he proudly names Kirinyaga.As the mundumugu—witch doctor—Koriba leads the colonists. Reinstating the ancient customs and stringent laws of the Kikuyu people, he alone decides their fate. He must face many challenges to the struggling colony’s survival: from a brilliant young girl whose radiant intellect could threaten their traditional ways to the interference of “Maintenance” which holds the power to revoke the colony’s charter. All the while, only Koriba—unbeknownst to his people—maintains the computer link to the rest of humanity.Ironically, the Kirinyaga experiment threatens to collapse—not from violence or greed—but from humankind’s insatiable desire for knowledge. The Kikuyu people can no more stand still in time than their planet can stop revolving around its sun.Deeply moving, swiftly paced, and profound in its implications, Kirinyaga is Mike Resnick’s most triumphant work to date. His Fable of Utopia is the book every science fiction reader will want to own and savor for years to come.
  • Patience and Sarah
    Patience and Sarah Isabel Miller
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    Janis Ian
    Jean Smart
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    Set in the 19th century, Isabel Miller’s classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White, an educated painter, and Sarah Dowling, a farmer’s daughter, whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England community in which they live. They choose to live together and love each other freely, even though they know of no precedents for their relationship; they must trust their own instincts and see beyond the disdain of their neighbors.Patience and Sarah is a meticulously researched historical novel, originally self-published by the author in 1969. This classic of GLBT literature garnered so much attention that the American Library Association created its first Stonewall Award specifically for it in 1971. Grammy Award-winning narrator Janis Ian and Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Jean Smart each perform as one of the characters in this dual point-of-view love story. Their narration marks the first time that this beautiful work is available in audio, and brings new life into this inspiring novel that is just as relevant today as it was decades ago.In addition to being an inspiring love story, the audiobook for Patience and Sarah is an ideal listen for young adult audiences. It is a story that shows how irrelevant race, religion, and gender are to love, and that loving, and being loved, are what keep us human and sane.Reviews:The writing has the directness and whimsicality of primitive paintings—it is like spiked gingerbread or surprising samplers. The tone is sweetly bold. And the tale evokes many kinds of frontier at once.—The Village VoiceThe story of a painter and a farmer in 19th-century New England. One of the first lesbian novels with a happy ending and, in 1971, the first recipient of ALA’s Stonewall Book Award.—Library Journal
  • Sailing Bright Eternity
    Sailing Bright Eternity Gregory Benford
    Narrator:
    Arthur Morey
    Janis Ian
    Harlan Ellison
    Stephen Hoye
    Maxwell Caulfield
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    Millennia of conflict between humans and mechs have driven the human race to near-extinction. Now, as the fierce AI mechs begin their final assault on mankind, it soon becomes apparent that three men—three generations in a family of voyagers—are their targets. Toby Bishop, his father, Killeen Bishop, and his grandfather, Nigel Walmsley, each carry a piece of the lethal secret that can destroy their enemies. But hunted through space and time by relentless assassins, they have no idea that they possess the only weapon that can save humanity.
  • Singer and the Song, The
    Singer and the Song, The Miriam Therese Winter
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    Janis Ian
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    This spiritual memoir of a remarkable woman—musician, author, missionary—will inspire not only those who know her work but anyone interested in living a life of love and service. Miriam Therese Winter, an award-winning musician and four-time Catholic Book Award-winner, shares her experiences of becoming a Sister, working with starving children in Ethiopia and with refugees in Cambodia, of exploring the mysteries of India and the wonders of God in her own backyard, of having breast cancer and having hope. She also illumines new aspects of community, eucharist, the word and spirit, water and the stars, spiritual blessedness and much more. Each chapter is like a short story, complete in itself but revealing new aspects of the author’s life and vision. Each one begins with a personal experience and segues into a spiritual lesson that will resonate in your mind and heart. You will come to know Miriam Theresa Winter as a friend and in the process understand more about your own life and the purpose God has for you.
  • Society's Child
    Society's Child Janis Ian
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    Janis Ian
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    Winner of the 2013 Grammy for Best Spoken Word AlbumJanis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at age fifteen, when her soul-wrenching song about an interracial relationship, “Society’s Child,” became a hit. The song climbed the charts despite the fact that many radio stations across the country refused to play it because of its controversial subject matter. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. Society’s Child is Ian’s fascinating personal account of her more than forty years in the music business.In 1975, Ian’s legendary “At Seventeen” earned two Grammy Awards and five nominations. Her next two albums brought her worldwide platinum hits. But after seven albums in as many years, she made a conscious decision to walk away from the music business and devote herself to writing. During this period, she struggled through a difficult marriage that ended with her then husband’s attempt to destroy her, and a sudden illness that very nearly cost her her life. The hiatus from music lasted for close to a decade until, in 1993, Ian returned with the release of the Grammy-nominated Breaking Silence, and she has been making unforgettable music ever since. In Society’s Child, she provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures, the hopes and dreams, of an extraordinary life.
  • Stars
    Stars Janis Ian (Editor)
    Mike Resnick (Editor)
    Narrator:
    Stefan Rudnicki
    Janis Ian
    John Rubinstein
    Emily Rankin
    Paul Boehmer
    Susan Hanfield
    Gabrielle De Cuir
    Kathe Mazur
    Sile Bermingham
    Kristoffer Tabori
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    Featuring original short stories by 30 of Science Fiction's top writers, Stars is a huge anthology in both volume and talent. Each story, available only here, is based on a Janis Ian song and written expressly for Stars, creating a meld of jazz, prose, and science fiction found nowhere else—a treasure trove for fans of both SF and Janis Ian!Stars was compiled and edited by Mike Resnick and Janis Ian and includes stories by Nebula winners and science fiction greats such as Joe Haldeman, Jane Yolen, Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, and more. Included, too, a story by Janis Ian.The stories 'have heart. They have life. They have truth. They move me,' says Janis Ian. 'As an artist I can ask for nothing more.'Janis Ian, an American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist, and science fiction author, began her career singing in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1975, she won a Grammy Award for her song 'At Seventeen' and has continued to wow the world with her music ever since. Her books include science fiction, poetry, magazine articles and opinion columns, and her top-selling autobiography, Society's Child.
  • Who Really Cares
    Who Really Cares Janis Ian
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    Janis Ian
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    Who Really Cares: Poems from Childhood and Early Youth by Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Janis Ian, includes all poetry from earlier, print editions of this early proof of what was to come from one of America’s most talented songwriters. Though Ian is a prolific composer and world-famous for her music and performances, this is the musician’s only book of poetry. It was first published in 1969, and has become a collector’s item in print. Janis Ian wrote almost all of the poems during her teen years, a time when she was first thrust into the national and international spotlight as a songwriter and voice of her generation. This edition includes a new afterword by Janis Ian, along with all poems from earlier editions. The audio editions are narrated by Janis, and include original music and some singing by her as well!
  • Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
    Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader Herminia Ibarra
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    Jennifer Van Dyck
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    You aspire to lead with greater impact. The problem is you're busy executing on today's demands. You know you have to carve out time from your day job to build your leadership skills, but it's easy to let immediate problems and old mind-sets get in the way. Herminia Ibarra—an expert on professional leadership and development and a renowned professor at INSEAD, a leading international business school—shows how managers and executives at all levels can step up to leadership by making small but crucial changes in their jobs, their networks, and themselves. In Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, she offers advice to help you: Redefine your job in order to make more strategic contributions Diversify your network so that you connect to and learn from a bigger range of stakeholders Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar—and possibly outdated—leadership style to evolve Ibarra turns the usual 'think first and then act' philosophy on its head by arguing that doing these three things will help you learn through action and will increase what she calls your outsight—the valuable external perspective you gain from direct experiences and experimentation. As opposed to insight, outsight will then help change the way you think as a leader: about what kind of work is important; how you should invest your time; why and which relationships matter in informing and supporting your leadership; and, ultimately, who you want to become. Packed with self-assessments and practical advice to help define your most pressing leadership challenges, this book will help you devise a plan of action to become a better leader and move your career to the next level. It's time to learn by doing.
  • HBR's 10 Must Reads For New Managers
    HBR's 10 Must Reads For New Managers Harvard Business Review
    Daniel Goleman
    Robert B. Cialdini
    Herminia Ibarra
    Linda A. Hill
    Narrator:
    Tom Parks
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    Develop the mindset and presence to successfully manage others for the first time. If you listen to nothing else on becoming a new manager, listen to these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you transition from being an outstanding individual contributor to a great manager of others. This book will inspire you to: Develop your emotional intelligence Influence your colleagues with the science of persuasion Assess your team and enhance its performance Network effectively to achieve business goals and for personal advancement Navigate relationships with employees, bosses, and peers Get support from above View the big picture in your decision-making Balance your team's work and personal life in a high-intensity workplace
  • Beirut, Beirut
    Beirut, Beirut Sonallah Ibrahim
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    Fajer Al-Kaisi
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    November 7, 1980. An Egyptian writer has chosen the wrong time to come to Beirut in search of a publisher for his controversial new book. Men with machine guns are on every street corner. When the writer meets an old friend from his revolutionary student days, he is introduced to two fascinating women: idealistic filmmaker Antoinette and Lamia, the seductive wife of his would-be publisher. Based on the author's real-life experience of the civil war in Lebanon, Beirut, Beirut is an exploration of how, in the midst of chaos and violence, it is impossible to see where anyone truly stands.
  • Mustard Seed
    Mustard Seed Laila Ibrahim
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    Bahni Turpin
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    The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home. Oberlin, Ohio, 1868. Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South. Jordan Freedman was born a slave to Mattie, Lisbeth’s beloved nurse. The women have an unlikely bond deeper than friendship. Three years after the Civil War, Lisbeth and Mattie are tending their homes and families while Jordan, an aspiring suffragette, teaches at an integrated school. When Lisbeth discovers that her father is dying, she’s summoned back to the Virginia plantation where she grew up. There she must face the Confederate family she betrayed by marrying an abolitionist. Jordan and Mattie return to Fair Oaks, too, to save the family they left behind, who still toil in oppression. For Lisbeth, it’s a time for reconciliation. For Jordan and Mattie, it’s time for liberation. As the Johnsons and Freedmans confront the injustice that binds them, as well as the bitterness and violence that seethes at its heart, the women must find the courage to free their families—and themselves—from the past.
  • Yellow Crocus
    Yellow Crocus Laila Ibrahim
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    Bahni Turpin
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    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters—and their lively and loving community—bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.
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