Author: Silvio Sosio
Publisher: Delos Digital srl
RIVISTA (192 pagine) - Ted Chiang - James Patrick Kelly - Leonardo Patrignani - Mauro Antonio Miglieruolo - Piero Schiavo Campo - Davide Paparozzi - Interviste con Leonardo Patrignani e John Scalzi Si stima che quest'anno verranno scattate oltre mille miliardi di fotografie. Negli ultimi cinque o sei anni sono state scattate quasi la metà delle foto scattate nell'intera storia della fotografia. E quando gireremo filmati di ogni singolo istante della nostra vita, come cambierà la nostra percezione della realtà? Su questo intrigante argomento indaga Ted Chiang nel suo "La verità dei fatti, la verità dei sentimenti", come sempre capace di creare storie affascinanti e sorprendenti dall'analisi dell'essere umano. Altrettanto intriganti sono i problemi familiari ipotizzati da James Patrick Kelly col racconto finalista all'Hugo "Immersione profonda", dove una figlia-clone incontra per la prima volta sua madre. L'autore bestseller Leonardo Patrignani ci assale mettendo in dubbio tutto ciò che sappiamo, e il premio Urania Piero Schiavo Campo mette in dubbio tutto ciò che crediamo. Amore e vendetta sono al centro del durissimo romanzo breve di Mauro Antonio Miglieruolo, mentre il sorprendente esordio di Stefano Paparozzi, vincitore del Premio Robot, è un intricato gioco temporale. Primo numero dell'annata 2015, annata che sarà caratterizzata dalle copertine di Aldo Katayanagi, straordinario illustratore americano selezionato tra gli artisti "Spectrum" che ha lavorato anche nel mondo di "Star Wars".
Author: Vittorio Curtoni
Publisher: Delos Digital srl
Racconti di Allen M. Steele (Premio Hugo), Paul Di Filippo, Giuseppe Lippi, Dario Tonani, Maico Morellini. Interviste con Carlo Freccero, Ted Chiang, Brian Despain. È Il momento più triste per la storia di Robot, dopo la scomparsa del suo direttore e fondatore, Vittorio Curtoni, lo scorso 4 ottobre. L'omaggio migliore è andare avanti: far vivere la sua rivista, con un numero ricco di straordinari racconti e di brillanti articoli, con il suo ultimo, splendido editoriale e con un'analisi del suo ultimo libro, Bianco su nero, firmata da Salvatore Proietti. La fantascienza è letteratura di evasione? Il racconto premio Hugo di Allen M. Steele L'imperatore di Marte dà tutto un nuovo significato a questa frase con una storia commovente sul filo della nostalgia. Corre invece sul filo dell'ironia il geniale Paul Di Filippo che in Wikiworld immagina un mondo retto dagli stessi principi della famosa enciclopedia online. Un racconto, un quasi racconto e altro per il mini-speciale dedicato al curatore di Urania Giuseppe Lippi. E a proposito di Urania, presentiamo il vincitore del premio omonimo Maico Morellini con un racconto che conferma il suo talento. E torna anche Dario Tonani, con un racconto nella Milano di [email protected]
Nelle rubriche da segnalare interviste con Carlo Freccero direttore di Rai 4, con l'artista Brian Despain e con il grande scrittore Ted Chiang.
Follows the lives of Ana Alvarado and Derek Brooks as they create and relate to the artificial intelligences they helped design.
Author: C. A. Higgins
Publisher: Ballantine Books
"Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond--not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship's electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship"--Dust jacket flap.
Fantasy fiction. When they were first published, THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS became instant classics. Treasured by readers young and old, these works of sweeping fantasy, steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness have sold more than 150 million copies around the world. This new boxed set contains both titles and features brand new cover designs. It offers readers a new opportunity to discover Tolkien's remarkable world of Middle-earth and to follow the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits' part in the epic quest for the Ring beginning with Bilbo's fateful visit from Gandalf and culminating in the dramatic climax between Frodo and Gollum atop Mount Doom.
A guide to the development process covers phase planning, indicators, models, configuration, project inception, system definition, design, and production, and project debriefing
The Human Front
Author: Ken MacLeod
Publisher: PM Press
Winner of a Prometheus and Sidewise Award, this science fiction novella is a comedic and biting commentary on capitalism and an exploration of technological singularity in a posthuman civilization. As a world war rages on without an emerging victor, the story follows John Matheson, an idealistic teenage Scottish guerilla warrior who must change his tactics and alliances with the arrival of an alien species. This alternate history and poignant political satire flips hero types and expectations, delivering a lively tale of adventure—as dramatic and thought provoking as it is funny. Also included is an interview with the author and two essays that relate his poignant views on social philosophies.
The Sistine Chapel
Author: Antonio Paolucci
- Presenting, for the first time, the new photographs of one of the most visited place in the world- Every day up to 22,000 tourists visit the Sistine Chapel- This book is a coedition with the Vatican MuseumPublished 2016 in collaboration with Edizioni Musei Vaticani, this book beautifully reproduces close-up views of Michelangelo's supreme work in new photography of the restored Sistine Chapel. Contents: Introduction; The Sistine Chapel; The Frescoes of the 15th Century; The Ceiling; The Last Judgement
Author: John Shirley
Publisher: Start Publishing LLC
John Shirley’s Debut Novel! Ben Rackey, Professional Irritant: A man who is assigned to steal the Exciter—a device that can amplify and release strong, hostile human emotions in anyone, anywhere. The Exciter can turn suppressed anger into a full-scale war. With the power to psychically manipulate crowds of people, Rackey can demolish The Barrier, an invisible wall of densely flowing ions entirely enclosing the continental United States...and escape. BEN RACKEY Foremost Professional irritant, remarkable in acting both as burglar and inciter in the bizarre and pleasure-seeking world of the 22nd century is a fearless, ruthless man of ingenuity, completely overwhelmed with his own strength. His latest and most dangerous assignment is to steal THE EXCITER. A dangerous and fragile device for the augmentation of the telepathic transfer of mania. By seeking out and amplifying strong, hostile human emotions, the exciter can turn a street brawl into a full scale war. As soon as Ben has possession if it he will have the power to destroy THE BARRIER. Conceived as the perfect defense against nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare, it was activated in 1989 - an invisible screen of densely flowing ions entirely enclosing the continental zone labeled "The United States." Once the barrier is demolished Ben can escape.
Andrea Molesini’s exquisite debut novel—winner of the prestigious Campiello Prize—portrays the depths of heroism and horror within a Northern Italian village toward the end of the Great War. While a family’s villa is requisitioned by enemy troops, they are forced to intimately confront war’s injustice as their involvement with its sinister underpinnings grows more and more complex. In the autumn of 1917, Refrontolo—a small community north of Venice—is invaded by Austrian soldiers as the Italian army is pushed to the Piave river. The Spada family owns the largest estate in the area, where orphaned seventeen-year-old Paolo lives with his eccentric grandparents, headstrong aunt, and a loyal staff. With the battlefront nearby, the Spada home become a bastion of resistance, both clashing and cooperating with the military members imposing on their household. When Paolo is recruited to help with a covert operation, his life is put in irrevocable jeopardy. As he bears witness to violence and hostility between enemies, he grows to understand the value of courage, dignity, family bonds, and patriotism during wartime.
Fermat’s Last Theorem
Author: Simon Singh
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
‘I have a truly marvellous demonstration of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.’
Author: Diego Rasskin-Gutman
Publisher: MIT Press
How the moves of thirty-two chess pieces over sixty-four squares can help us understand the workings of the mind. When we play the ancient and noble game of chess, we grapple with ideas about honesty, deceitfulness, bravery, fear, aggression, beauty, and creativity, which echo (or allow us to depart from) the attitudes we take in our daily lives. Chess is an activity in which we deploy almost all our available cognitive resources; therefore, it makes an ideal laboratory for investigation into the workings of the mind. Indeed, research into artificial intelligence (AI) has used chess as a model for intelligent behavior since the 1950s. In Chess Metaphors, Diego Rasskin-Gutman explores fundamental questions about memory, thought, emotion, consciousness, and other cognitive processes through the game of chess, using the moves of thirty-two pieces over sixty-four squares to map the structural and functional organization of the brain. Rasskin-Gutman focuses on the cognitive task of problem solving, exploring it from the perspectives of both biology and AI. Examining AI researchers' efforts to program a computer that could beat a flesh-and-blood grandmaster (and win a world chess championship), he finds that the results fall short when compared to the truly creative nature of the human mind.
A Baghdad merchant, who discovers an alchemical device that can send him back in time twenty years, tries to return to an earlier time to save his dead wife.