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A User S Guide To The Millennium

Author : J. G. Ballard
ISBN : 9780007484201
Genre : Fiction
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A collection of essays and reviews by renowned author J.G. Ballard, spanning over thirty years and covering film, science, art, literature and current affairs.
Category: Fiction

J G Ballard S Politics

Author : Florian Cord
ISBN : 9783110490718
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book is the first sustained investigation of the political dimension in the work of J.G. Ballard. A product of and reaction to the cultural-socio-economic moment commonly designated as the postmodern condition, Ballard’s oeuvre is read as a continuous and developing meditation on the postmodern, examining it specifically as an expression of late capitalism. The book shows that at the heart of this meditation lies the question of resistance. Drawing on a wide range of concepts and ideas taken from the field of critical theory, it argues that in the face of a world marked by an unprecedented expansion of capital, in which modernity’s grand narratives have been invalidated and in which received forms of political struggle have lost their effectiveness, Ballard’s fiction commits itself to a deliberately irrational and extreme, pataphysical thought in order to develop a new discourse of resistance. Against past readings that have construed Ballard’s writing as non-political, decadent, or quietist, the study thus reveals Ballard as a thoroughly political author, committed to a subversive politics. In this way, the book also constitutes a timely intervention in the ongoing discussion concerning the nature and state of the political.
Category: Literary Criticism

Words A User S Guide

Author : Graham Pointon
ISBN : 9781317864288
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Words: A User's Guide is an accessible and invaluable reference that is ideal for students, business people and advanced learners of English. The book is structured in groups of words that may be confused because they sound alike, look alike or seem to have similar meanings, and this approach makes it much more intuitive and easy to use than a dictionary. Contrasting over 5000 words (such as habitable and inhabitable, precipitation and rainfall, reigns and reins), Words: a User’s Guide provides examples of usage adapted from large national databases of contemporary English, and illustrates each headword in typical contexts and phrases. This book gives you straightforward answers, and helps with pronunciation, spelling, style and levels of formality. For those working internationally it presents international standards and compares usage in Britain and the USA. Words: A User’s Guide is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to communicate well in written and spoken English. "At last! A book about the use of words that clarifies and de-mystifies in an eminently usable way. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to write well. It is a book to keep." Sandy Gilkes, Head of the Centre for Academic Practice, University of Northampton "Rigorous, fresh, intriguing and downright useful, it deserves a place on every properly stocked reference shelf." Brian Cathcart, Professor of Journalism, Kingston University "From the pedantic to the permissive, everyone who’s interested in the English language and the way we speak and write it will want a copy of this practical, entertaining book." Wynford Hicks (author of Quite Literally and The Basics of English Usage)
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

J G Ballard

Author : Jeannette Baxter
ISBN : 9781441163622
Genre : Literary Criticism
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J.G. Ballard is one of the most significant British writers of the contemporary period. His award-winning novels are widely studied and read, yet the appeal of Ballard's idiosyncratic, and often controversial, imagination is such that his work also enjoys something of a cult status with the reading public. The hugely successful cinematic adaptations of Empire of the Sun (Spielberg, 1987) and Crash (Cronenberg, 1996) further confirm Ballard's unique place within the literary, cultural and popular imaginations. This guide includes new critical perspectives on Ballard's major novels as well as his short stories and journalistic writing covering issues of form, narrative and experimentation. Whilst offering fresh readings of dominant and recurring themes in Ballard's writing, including history, sexuality, violence, consumer capitalism, and urban space,the contributors also explore Ballard's contribution to major contemporary debates including those surrounding post 9/11 politics, terrorism, neo-imperialism, science, morality and ethics.
Category: Literary Criticism

Surrealism Science Fiction And Comics

Author : Gavin Parkinson
ISBN : 9781781387597
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Although the self-definition of Surrealism and the initial defining of science fiction as a genre both took place in the 1920s and the links between the two are manifest, no full study has appeared till now on Surrealism and SF. Across ten original essays, Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics looks at how the Surrealist movement in France and the USA used, informed, contributed to, and criticised SF from that moment, whilst including discussion of the related genre of comics. Among its aims are a reassessment of Jules Verne in the light of Surrealism and an analysis of the debate in the 1950s on the 'new' Anglo-American literature arriving in France. This received, in fact, a mixed reception from the Surrealists of that decade even though writers and intellectuals close to the movement in the 1920s were directly responsible for its success. The book includes further essays on the subsequent impact of Surrealism on SF novelists J.G. Ballard and Alan Burns, and features essays that argue for Salvador Dalí's closeness to SF in the 1960s and his disagreement with the earlier scientific romance defined by Verne. The chapters that bring in comics range from theoretical discussions of the relation between the original comic strips of Rodolphe Töpffer and the key Surrealist technique of automatism, used in art and writing, through the cybernetic implications of the proto-SF Surrealist ciné-roman 'M. Wzz...' of 1929, which has never discussed in any detail before, to the 1948 Vache paintings by René Magritte, inspired by Louis Forton's strip Les Pieds nickelés. This pioneering set of essays shows how Surrealism from the 1920s to the 1970s did not just receive and adapt SF but impacted the genre in its later manifestations.
Category: Literary Criticism

Windows Millennium

Author : David Pogue
ISBN : 059600009X
Genre : Computers
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Microsoft Windows Millenniurn Edition (or Windows Me, if you're in a hurry) brings refinement and new features to the most popular operating system on earth: drastically improved reliability, interactive Internet games, a movie/radio/MP3 player, and more. Unfortunately, it lacks one of the most important features of all: a printed manual. Windows Millennium: The Missing Manual is the book that should have been in the box. In this superbly written guide, bestselling author David Pogue lights the way for first-time and intermediate PC fan The book covers: * Getting started. The books early chapters cover using menus, finding lost files, reducing window clutter, and taming the wild Start menu. * Figuring out what's what. A complete guide, this book covers every single software crumb included with Windows Me, including every control panel, accessory program, and troubleshooting tool. * Mastering networks. Windows Me lets you connect several PCs so that they can use the same files, printers, and phone line simultaneously. * Flying the Net. This book demystifies Windows Me's rich Internet suite: its email, Web-browsing, video conferencing, and chat-room programs. It even explains how to use the PC for free long-distance phone calls. Above all, Windows Millennium: The Missing Manual offers warm, witty, jargon-free writing, with enough basics for the novice and enough depth for the power user. The book bursts with enough shortcuts, advice, and surprising tricks to make using Windows comprehensible - and even delightful.
Category: Computers

Windows User S Guide To Dos

Author : Carolyn Z. Gillay
ISBN : 1887902643
Genre : Computers
File Size : 21.61 MB
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Carolyn Gillay and Bette Peat have teamed up again to write the Millennium Edition version of their runaway bestseller Windows User's Guide to DOS. Like its predecessor, this book is aimed at the student who has had little or no experience in working with a computer at the operating system level. It is suitable for a three- credit, 16-week, semester-length course.
Category: Computers

The Unauthorized Guide To Windows Millennium

Author : Paul McFedries
ISBN : 0789724529
Genre : Computers
File Size : 60.48 MB
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Demonstrates the operating system's newest features while offering detailed documentation on dual booting, customizing components, the Windows Registry, maximizing memory, system maintenance, security, and Web integration.
Category: Computers

Survival Guide For The New Millennium

Author : Byron Kirkwood
ISBN : 0931892546
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 50.11 MB
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Inspired by Mary's Message to the World, Byron has compiled a manual to prepare for and survive the predicted "physical" earth changes. He has gathered hundreds of thoughtful suggestions and lists of supplies and materials which people should have on hand during natural emergencies and thereafter when smaller, isolated communities may need to be self-reliant.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The New Millennium Manual

Author : Robert G. Clouse
ISBN : 0801058481
Genre : Religion
File Size : 71.59 MB
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A religious interpretation of the coming millennium examines the scriptures, church history, theology, and contemporary culture
Category: Religion

Analysing David Peace

Author : Katy Shaw
ISBN : 9781443831178
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Analysing David Peace provides an exciting, challenging and accessible critical introduction to the work of contemporary British novelist David Peace. Through a detailed analysis of his writings, as well as the socio-cultural contexts of their production and dissemination, the collection explores Peace’s attempts to capture the sensibilities of late twentieth century society and contributes to an ongoing debate in the media about his representations. Peace is an emerging author who is widely read and taught and whose novels are increasingly celebrated. In the past decade Peace has won the James Tait Black Memorial Award and was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. The four novels of his Red Riding Quartet interrogate British society of the 1970s/80s through the prism of the hunt for the serial killer dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper. GB84 examines the machinations of the 1984–5 UK miners’ strike, while The Damned United explores relationships between masculinity and football through the doomed reign of manager Brian Clough at British football club Leeds United in 1974. In the Tokyo Trilogy, Peace develops an interest in occupation and the occult, interrogating Japan’s post-war legacy of defeat and its resonance to our contemporary world. This collection offers an essential guide to the work of David Peace, as well as a unique insight into his canon to date.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Generation Starship In Science Fiction

Author : Simone Caroti
ISBN : 9780786485765
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This critical history explores the concept of the multi-generational interstellar space voyage in science fiction between 1934, the year of its appearance, into the 21st century. It defines and analyzes what became known as the “generation starship” idea and examines the science and technology behind it, also charting the ways in which generation starships manifest themselves in various SF scenarios. It then traces the history of the generation starship as a reflection of the political, historical, and cultural context of science fiction’s development.
Category: Literary Criticism

Autopia

Author : Peter Wollen
ISBN : 1861891326
Genre : Social Science
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The reach of the car today is almost universal, and its effect on landscapes, cityscapes, cultures – indeed, on the very fabric of the modern world – is profound. Cars have brought benefits to individuals in terms of mobility and expanded horizons, but the cost has been very high in terms of damage to the environment and the consumption of precious resources. Despite the growing belief that a Faustian price is now being paid for the freedom cars have bestowed on us, we are none the less manufacturing them in ever greater numbers. Autopia is the first book to explore the culture of the motor car in the widest possible sense. Featuring newly commissioned essays by writers, critics, historians, artists and film-makers, as well as reprinting key texts, it examines the effect of the car throughout the world, including the USA, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, China, Cuba, India and South Africa. In this book the car is treated neither as a technological fetish object nor as an instrument of danger. Instead, it is examined as a hugely important determinant of 20th-century culture, neither wholly good nor an unmitigated disaster, and certainly endlessly fascinating. Contributors include Michael Bracewell, Ziauddin Sardar, Al Rees, Martin Pawley, Donald Richie and Peter Hamilton. Key texts by Marshall Berman, Jane Jacobs, Roland Barthes, Marc Augé and others.
Category: Social Science

The Kindness Of Women

Author : J. G. Ballard
ISBN : 9781466856653
Genre : Fiction
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In The Kindness of Women, a sequel to his award-winning Empire of the Sun, young James returns to England at the end of World War II. He stumbles through medical study at Cambridge, trains briefly as an RAF pilot in Canada, and marries. When his wife dies suddenly, Jim is thrust into the violence and sexual promiscuity of the sixties. Penetrating and wise, J. G. Ballard's biting social commentary and pushing of boundaries make this semi-autobiographical novel a small classic.
Category: Fiction

The Psychological Fictions Of J G Ballard

Author : Samuel Francis
ISBN : 9781441141712
Genre : Literary Criticism
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J. G. Ballard self-professedly 'devoured' the work of Freud as a teenager, and entertained early thoughts of becoming a psychiatrist; he opened his novel-writing career with a manifesto declaring his wish to write a science fiction exploring not outer but 'inner space', and declaring the need for contemporary fiction to be viewed 'as a branch of neurology'. He also apparently welcomed a reader's report on Crash (1973) condemning him as 'beyond psychiatric help' as confirming his achievement of 'total artistic success'. Samuel Francis investigates Ballard's engagement with psychology and the psychological in his fiction, tracing the influence of key figures including Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung and R.D. Laing and placing his work in the context of the wider fields of psychology and psychiatry. While the psychological preoccupations of his writing are very clear - including his use of concepts such as the unconscious, psychopathology, 'deviance', obsession, abnormal psychology and schizophrenia – this is the first book to offer a detailed analysis of this key conceptual and historical context for his fiction.
Category: Literary Criticism

Aircraft

Author : David Pascoe
ISBN : 9781861894687
Genre : Transportation
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In his celebrated manifesto, "Aircraft" (1935), the architect Le Corbusier presented more than 100 photographs celebrating airplanes either in imperious flight or elegantly at rest. Dwelling on the artfully abstracted shapes of noses, wings, and tails, he declared : "Ponder a moment on the truth of these objects! Clearness of function!" In Aircraft, David Pascoe follows this lead and offers a startling new account of the form of the airplane, an object that, in the course of a hundred years, has developed from a flimsy contraption of wood, wire and canvas into a machine compounded of exotic materials whose wings can touch the edges of space. Tracing the airplane through the twentieth century, he considers the subject from a number of perspectives: as an inspiration for artists, architects and politicians; as a miracle of engineering; as a product of industrialized culture; as a device of military ambition; and, finally, in its clearness of function, as an instance of sublime technology. Profusely illustrated and authoritatively written, Aircraft offers not just a fresh account of aeronautical design, documenting, in particular, the forms of earlier flying machines and the dependence of later projects upon them, but also provides a cultural history of an object whose very shape contains the dreams and nightmares of the modern age.
Category: Transportation

User S Guide To Natural Therapies For Cancer Prevention

Author : Abram Hoffer
ISBN : 1591201365
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Covering a wide range of popular alternative medicine and health issues, User's Guides are written by leading experts and science writers and are designed to answer the consumer's basic questions about disease, conventional and alternative therapies, and individual dietary supplements.
Category: Health & Fitness