Biography & Autobiography

Starman | ,

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On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in history to leave the Earth's atmosphere and venture into space. His flight aboard a Russian Vostok rocket lasted only 108 minutes, but at the end of it he had become the most famous man in the world. Back on the ground, his smiling face captured the hearts of millions around the globe. Film stars, politicians and pop stars from Europe to Japan, India to the United States vied with each other to shake his hand. Despite this immense fame, almost nothing is known about Gagarin or the exceptional people behind his dramatic space flight. Starman tells for the first time Gagarin's personal odyssey from peasant to international icon, his subsequent decline as his personal life began to disintegrate under the pressures of fame, and his final disillusionment with the Russian state. President Kennedy's quest to put an American on the Moon was a direct reaction to Gagarin's achievement--yet before that successful moonshot occurred, Gagarin himself was dead, aged just thirty-four, killed in a mysterious air crash. Publicly the Soviet hierarchy mourned; privately their sighs of relief were almost audible, and the KGB report into his death remains secret. Entwined with Gagarin's history is that of the breathtaking and highly secretive Russian space program - its technological daring, its triumphs and disasters. In a gripping account, Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony reveal the astonishing world behind the scenes of the first great space spectacular, and how Gagarin's flight came frighteningly close to destruction..

Biography & Autobiography

David Bowie: Starman | Paul Trynka

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"Ziggy Stardust," "Changes," Under Pressure," "Let's Dance," "Fame," "Heroes," and of course, "Starman." These are the classic songs of David Bowie, the artist whose personas are indelibly etched in our pop consciousness alongside his music. He wrote and recorded with everyone from Iggy Pop to Freddie Mercury to John Lennon, sold 136 million albums, has one of the truly great voices, and influenced bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. Paul Trynka illuminates Bowie's seemingly contradictory life and his many reinventions as an artist, offering over 300 new interviews with everyone from classmates to managers to lovers. He reveals Bowie's broad influence on the entertainment world, from movie star to modern-day icon, trend-setter to musical innovator. This book will define Bowie for years to come..

Comics & Graphic Novels

Starman: Sins of the Father | James Robinson

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A riot rocks Opal City while an ailing Ted Knight recovers from a recent attack. The action forces Ted's son Jack Knight to pick up Starman's Cosmic Rod and directly oppose the villainy he swore he'd never face! Is this his calling? Or his doom? Collecting Starman #0-5.

Fiction

Starman | Sara Douglass

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Starman is the third title in Sara Douglass's epic fantasy Wayfarer Redemption series. A sprawling tale of love and magic, enormous battles and true monsters Axis is the StarMan of prophecy and legend, destined to lead the three races of his world to unite as one people. The people of his world all know the Prophecy of the Destroyer, despite the failed attempts of the Seneschal to suppress it in the name of the god Artor the Ploughman, and it predicts and dictates Axis's path through war and destruction to the creation of Tencendor. The Prophecy foretold that Axis would defeat his half-brother and lay claim to the land that Tencendor will be created upon. The Prophecy told of the traitor in Axis's camp-Faraday's champion, Timozel. And the Prophecy foretold many a choice that Axis must make in order to fulfill his destiny . . . but neglected to mention the choice between the beautiful and courageous Faraday, his late half-brother's wife, and the feisty and hauntingly enchanting Azhure. To Faraday, he had pledged his love and a place by his side as ruler of Tencendor; to Azhure, he had given his children, his time, and his devotion. His love for both women is what the last twist of the Prophecy relies on. While Azhure explores her newfound powers as an Icarii Enchantress, and Faraday replants the ancient forests of the Mother, the evil Gorgrael is plotting Axis's downfall, invading the sky with ice and terror and the flesh-hungry Gryphons. His most daring move is to follow prophecy, to taunt Axis with the pain of his beloved. But which beloved woman will Gorgrael choose . . . and will she be the one whose death will distract Axis from saving the world? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied..

Fiction

Starman | Sara Douglass

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Starman is the third title in Sara Douglass's epic fantasy Wayfarer Redemption series. A sprawling tale of love and magic, enormous battles and true monsters Axis is the StarMan of prophecy and legend, destined to lead the three races of his world to unite as one people. The people of his world all know the Prophecy of the Destroyer, despite the failed attempts of the Seneschal to suppress it in the name of the god Artor the Ploughman, and it predicts and dictates Axis's path through war and destruction to the creation of Tencendor. The Prophecy foretold that Axis would defeat his half-brother and lay claim to the land that Tencendor will be created upon. The Prophecy told of the traitor in Axis's camp-Faraday's champion, Timozel. And the Prophecy foretold many a choice that Axis must make in order to fulfill his destiny . . . but neglected to mention the choice between the beautiful and courageous Faraday, his late half-brother's wife, and the feisty and hauntingly enchanting Azhure. To Faraday, he had pledged his love and a place by his side as ruler of Tencendor; to Azhure, he had given his children, his time, and his devotion. His love for both women is what the last twist of the Prophecy relies on. While Azhure explores her newfound powers as an Icarii Enchantress, and Faraday replants the ancient forests of the Mother, the evil Gorgrael is plotting Axis's downfall, invading the sky with ice and terror and the flesh-hungry Gryphons. His most daring move is to follow prophecy, to taunt Axis with the pain of his beloved. But which beloved woman will Gorgrael choose . . . and will she be the one whose death will distract Axis from saving the world? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied..

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Starman | Stormy Glenn

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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Sci-Fi Romance, M/M] Kyrinen was pretty sure that the world had gone to hell in a handbasket when someone tried to assassinate the president. He was positive of it when martial law was declared and armed soldiers sat on every corner. He knew it was time to get out of town and lay low before things got worse. Before he can leave, a man comes into his life who changes everything. Sebastian Haq is unlike anyone Kyrinen has ever met, even if he is his best friend's brother. For one, Haq can talk to Kyrinen through a telepathic link. When Haq starts talking about other worlds and bonds and spaceships, Kyrinen has to decide if great sex is worth having a boyfriend that is completely off his rocker. While Kyrinen just plans on getting out of town, Haq wants to get them off the planet. Can Kyrinen trust the madman or should he cut his losses and stay on Earth? ** A Siren Erotic Romance.

Foreign Language Study

Starman - With Audio Starter Level Oxford Bookworms Library | Phillip Burrows,Mark Foster

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A Starter level Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read. Written for Learners of English by Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster. The empty centre of Australia. The sun is hot and there are not many people. And when Bill meets a man, alone, standing on an empty road a long way from anywhere, he is surprised and worried. And Bill is right to be worried. Because there is something strange about the man he meets. Very strange . . ..

Comics & Graphic Novels

Starman: Night and Day | James Robinson

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Jack Knight, holder of the Cosmic Rod, and hence Opal City's champion, Starman, is still coming to terms with the changes in his life...as is the daughter of Starman's most deadly nemesis, The Mist. Now Jack must face a deadly freak-show mystery, and unearth secrets about the past holders of the Starman role; but moreover, he must face a terrifying crimewave, a lethal series of assassins, and the crazed Mist herself, in a twisted, labyrinthine duel to the death! But, as ever, help is at hand - albeit from the mysterious, immortal ex-villain, the Shade....

Fiction

Starman Jones | Robert A. Heinlein

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The stars were closed to Max Jones. To get into space you either needed connections, a membership in the arcane Guild, or a whole lot more money than Max, the son of a widowed, poor mother, was ever going to have. What Max does have going for him are his uncle's prized astrogation manuals¾books on star navigation that Max literally commits to memory word for word, equation for equation. When Max's mother decides to remarry a bullying oaf, Max takes to the road, only to discover that his Uncle Chet's manuals, and Max's near complete memorization of them, is a ticket to the stars. But serving on a spaceship is no easy task. Duty is everything, and a mistake can mean you and all aboard are lost forever. Max loves every minute of his new life, and he steadily grows in the trust of his superior officers, and seems to be on course for a command track position. But then disaster strikes, and it's going to take every trick Max ever learned from his tough life and his uncle's manuals to save himself and the ship from a doom beyond extinction itself. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management)..

Performing Arts

When Hollywood Came to Utah | James D'Arc

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A profusely illustrated history of moviemaking in Utah, from the early twentieth century to the present. For more than 100 years, the magnificent scenery and locales of Utah have played host to hundreds of Hollywood films and TV episodes, including memorable films such as The Searchers, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, Easy Rider, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Thelma & Louise, and Forrest Gump. This book gives readers the inside scoop on how these films were made, what happened on and off set, and more. Author and film historian James V. D’Arc provides a wealth of trivial factoids for movie buffs, including anecdotes about the interactions of Utah locals with actors and crew. New and updated text and photos have been added to the previous edition (When Hollywood Came to Town) to bring this edition up to date with movies and TV shows filmed in Utah since 2010. James V. D’Arc was curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive at the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, for 41 years. He lives in Orem, Utah..

Music

On Bowie | Rob Sheffield

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape, a thoughtful and loving meditation on the life of the late David Bowie that explores his creative legacy and the enduring and mutual connection he enjoyed with his fans Innovative. Pioneering. Brave. Until his death in January 2016, David Bowie created art that not only pushed boundaries, but helped fans understand themselves and view the world from fantastic new perspectives. When the shocking news of his death on January 10, 2016 broke, the outpouring of grief and adulation was immediate and ongoing. Fans around the world and across generations paid homage to this brilliant, innovate, ever evolving artist who both shaped and embodied our times. In this concise and penetrating book, featuring color photographs, highly regarded Rolling Stone critic, bestselling author, and lifelong Bowie fan Rob Sheffield shares his own feelings about the passing of this icon and explains why Bowie’s death has elicited such an unprecedented emotional outpouring from so many lives..

Fiction

STARMAN | Alan Dean Foster

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1977 wurde die Sonde Voyager II in den Weltraum geschossen - mit der Einladung an alle Lebewesen des Universums, unseren Planeten Erde zu besuchen. Nun ist es soweit: Der Besuch ist da... Das fremde Wesen trifft in einer abgelegenen ländlichen Gegend der USA auf eine verwitwete junge Frau. Über alle Schwierigkeiten hinweg kommen sie sich näher, aber die Agenten der Regierung haben sich bereits an die Fersen des Besuchers geheftet... Starman von Alan Dean Foster ist der Roman zum gleichnamigen Kult-Film von John Carpenter aus dem Jahr 1984, in den Hauptrollen: Jeff Bridges als Starman, Karen Allen als Jenny Hayden und Richard Jaeckel als George Fox. Der Roman erscheint als durchgesehene Neuausgabe in der Reihe APEX SCIENCE-FICTION-KLASSIKER..

Fiction

Star Maker | Olaf Stapledon

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'A prodigious novel ... Stapledon's literary imagination was boundless' Jorge Luis Borges A lasting influence on successive generations of science fiction writers and on the physicist Freeman Dyson, this poetic, philosophical tale of one man's unexpected voyage through the universe is imbued with a sense of mystery and vast cosmic loneliness. 'The most wonderful novel I have ever read ... Star Maker remains light years ahead' Brian Aldiss 'Probably the most powerful work of imagination ever written' Arthur C. Clarke 'A unique genius' Doris Lessing 'One of the most creative thinkers of our time' Greg Bear.

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CAMION BLANC | Paul Trynka

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« Une lecture captivante. Avec de nombreuses sources inédites, il s’agit sans aucun doute de la biographie définitive. Écrite avec autorité, esprit, verve et un amour évident pour son sujet, elle contient tout pour exciter le plus obsessionnel des spécialistes de Bowie. Incontournable, passionnant et divertissant. » – Anthony Reynolds, Sunday Express. « Avec des recherches approfondies et une approche très nuancée des nombreuses vies de David Bowie, Paul Trynka signe un livre pointu, élégant et convaincant sur l’artiste. » – Mark Paytress, MOJO. « Une histoire qui intrigue par son mélange de dureté, de loyautés changeantes, de quantités de drogues monumentales, de décadence – et, pendant un temps, d’inventivité musicale intarissable. » – Sean O’Hagan, Guardian. « Truffé d’assez d’anecdotes et de faits inconnus pour surpasser votre collection de livres sur Bowie. Une histoire étonnante, parcourue d’humanité. La biographie de Bowie la plus essentielle sur le marché – une lecture jubilatoire. » – Record Collector.

Comics & Graphic Novels

Starman | Cristina Triana

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¿Cómo darte cuenta si ese chico te corresponde cuando ni siquiera sabes si es humano? Un romance diferente en un lugar muy común, una historia de amor realmente alienígena..

Investments

現金流為王2 | Starman

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先現金流,後資本,再投資,讓雪球自動滾大; 先現金流,後價值,再產融結合,不斷累積資產。 投資源自現金流,取自現金流,終極也是現金流! 全港最暢銷財經著作《現金流為王》向讀者介紹了「現金流投資法」。《現金流為王2》進一步深化此心法,講解資本運作、資產配置及槓桿的理念及應用,將「現金流為王」的理念推向極至。 回報=本金X時間X回報率。「複利」是投資者的最好朋友,但資本運作和配置得宜,才能讓投資雪球自動滾動,動力就是現金流。而一開始推動雪球就靠槓桿,但使用槓桿的時機、技巧以至去槓桿的終極藝術,決定著投資者財富的層次。 只要掌握以上「現金流為王」的宗旨,市場上的投資機會便多的是,並不限於債券+REITs,也不用受市況掣肘,甚至營商也可套用,成就生生不息的多元化收入,令財富齒輪不斷滾動。 目錄 推薦序 止凡 推薦序 汪敦敬 推薦序 徐閔 推薦序 時景恒 推薦序 關志康 推薦序 99啪 自序 導讀 第一章 如何構建收入系統 1.1 你想得到何種「收入」? 1.2 由建立收入管道開始 1.3 利用管道建立系統 第二章 建立有效「系統」的考慮 2.1 「系統」的背景與原理 2.2 「REITs + Bond」組合的五個重點 2.3 有關債券投資的補充 2.4 浮息債券 應對利率上升 2.5 浮息基金比高息債基可取 2.6 「REITs+Bond」以外的選擇 第三章 累積財富的秘訣 3.1 投資是為「賺資產」而非「賺錢」 3.2 嚴謹對「資產」下定義 3.3 投資「有效資產」的心態與考慮 3.4 從收入、有效資產、資本看現金流 3.5 輕資產/重資產的投資模式 3.6 「防守」才是最強的「進攻」 第四章 槓桿的應用與藝術 4.1 投資,要有可槓桿的選擇 4.2 槓桿的藝術 4.3 槓桿前先要「融資平台」 4.4 實戰需要的融資平台 4.5 槓桿是為了「去槓桿」 4.6 「貪心」與「知足」的藝術 4.7 「動態」與「靜態」的投資思維 第五章 現金流的極至--資本化與證券化 5.1 資產「升值」的意義何在? 5.2 現金流資本化 5.3 資產證券化的終極操作 第六章 營商實戰與產融結合 6.1 以槓桿投資思維營商 6.2 營商如投資 投資如營商 6.3 空手入白刃的地產項目 6.4 提升估值 產融結合 6.5 迷你倉市場整合下的機會 第七章 宏觀拆局與投資部署 7.1 貿易戰下 中國債市的隱憂 7.2 美國加息的啟示 7.3 港匯套利操作示範 7.4 認清何謂「加息」 7.5 加息的根本與邏輯 7.6 傳統經濟理論過時? 結語.

Poetry

Land of Adventure | Thaddeus Hutyra

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' Hangover ' There were two young men with hangover in a Greenwich Cafe of New York City at the very heart of the Village, the artists' haven They looked moodily as if caught by a storm mysterious one, with dancing ghostly demons Their faces expressed tints of deep-seated sorrow ' I know it quite good you cry deep within yourself unable to solve your problem, Romeo alike I also know she was your muse, a goddess of love and it makes me feeling so much sorrowful for you I really share your suffering, my dear friend ' said one of them to another one, visibly shaken His friend looked up with dampened eyes ' She was my only beauty, my love greater than life with so many brilliantly sparkling tints on the heavenly canvas filled with stars She was my beloved angel looking after me my sweet protector, my sense of life, my only love She was a swan with wings spread wide with nothing to hide and everything to show a swan on the canvas of the sky above reflected in the waters of a quiet lake one performing a shining serenade of love with a carousel of many hues and shades She was my everlasting support, my arm a gentle pillar and though all powerful one like all the pillars of the Acropolis of Athens supposed to stay eternally, withstanding time as part of me, she, my heavenly angel of love Yet she's gone, no chance to have her back ' ' Don't cry, my dear friend ', the other man said ' I'm your pillar now, your best and caring friend for as long as you need it, my dearest friend ' He took him in his very arms and held him so for long minutes, stroking him gently on his arm while strangers in the cafe looked curiously at them ' Hangover ' by Thaddeus Hutyra Copyright © Thaddeus Hutyra All Rights Reserved..

Biography & Autobiography

Forever Stardust | Will Brooker

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Most of the many books about David Bowie track his artistic 'changes' chronologically throughout his career. This book, uniquely, examines Bowie's 'sameness': his recurring themes, images, motifs and concepts as an artist, across all his creative work, from lyrics and music through to costumes, storyboards, films, plays and painting.To be published on Bowie's 70th birthday, Forever Stardust looks at Bowie's work not as a linear evolution through calendar time, to his tragic death in January 2016, but as a matrix, a dialogue, a network of ideas that echo back and forth across the five decades of his career, interacting with each other and with the surrounding culture. It explores Bowie's creative output as a whole, tracing the repetitions and obsessions that structure his work, discovering what they tell us about Bowie in all his forms, from Ziggy Stardust to David Jones.David Bowie challenged cultural expectations from the early 1970s until his final masterpiece, Blackstar. Forever Stardust offers a new understanding of this remarkable & significant artist..

Fiction

The Complete Wayfarer Redemption Series | Sara Douglass

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“Epic storytelling on a par with Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan.” —Library Journal. This Wayfarer Redemption discounted ebundle includes: Wayfarer Redemption, Enchanter, Starman, Sinner, Pilgrim, Crusader Sara Douglass’s The Wayfarer Redemption begins and ends with prophecy – of ancient beings who came to the land of Tencendorand set in motion a struggle that has lasted for millennia...and how their descendants are faced with the discovery of an artifact that could rule the Stars. The Wayfarer Redemption: One young woman, Faraday, betrothed of Duke Borneheld, discovers that all she has been told about her people's history is untrue. Now she must fight against oppressive forces until everyone knows the truth of the Star Gate. Enchanter: Axis is a true hero, in every sense of the word. On his shoulders lies the double burden of prophecy and war. Having fulfilled the first part of the prophecy by becoming the StarMan, he now must reunite the three races inhabiting his world. Starman: All know the tale of the Prophecy of the Destroyer, a riddle that foretold how Axis would defeat his half-brother and lay claim to the land that Tencendor will be created upon. But prophecies can sometimes be mecurious things. Sinner: The land Tencendor has been united for more than forty years. The Starman Axis defeated the dreaded monster Gorgrael and by fulfilling his destiny he has brought peace finally to this land: Attaining god-like powers, Axis retires to the ethereal sphere in the heavens. All seems golden for this land. Or so it might seem. Pilgrim: The Star Gate is destroyed and the Star Dance is dead. Icarii Enchanters, gods, and humans alike are helpless as the TimeKeeper Demons lay waste to Tencendor. There must be hope left, but no one knows wher to find it. Crusader: Choosing the land of Tencendor as their last battleground, the demons break through the Star Gate. The Gate destroyed, all magic in the world is gone and the three races of Tencendor are plunged into darkness. But there is one hope left: DragonStar. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied..

Nature

Ecopiety | Sarah McFarland Taylor

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Tackles a human problem we all share―the fate of the earth and our role in its future Confident that your personal good deeds of environmental virtue will save the earth? The stories we encounter about the environment in popular culture too often promote an imagined moral economy, assuring us that tiny acts of voluntary personal piety, such as recycling a coffee cup, or purchasing green consumer items, can offset our destructive habits. No need to make any fundamental structural changes. The trick is simply for the consumer to buy the right things and shop our way to a greener future. It’s time for a reality check. Ecopiety offers an absorbing examination of the intersections of environmental sensibilities, contemporary expressions of piety and devotion, and American popular culture. Ranging from portrayals of environmental sin and virtue such as the eco-pious depiction of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, to the green capitalism found in the world of mobile-device “carbon sin-tracking” software applications, to the socially conscious vegetarian vampires in True Blood, the volume illuminates the work pop culture performs as both a mirror and an engine for the greening of American spiritual and ethical commitments. Taylor makes the case that it is not through a framework of grim duty or obligation, but through one of play and delight, that we may move environmental ideals into substantive action..