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Preludio a la Fundación

Preludio a la Fundación

Author: Issac Asimov
Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
ISBN: 8490180121
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Year: 2012-03-30
Corre el año 12020 E. G. y el último emperador galáctico de la dinastía Autun, Cleón I, ocupa el trono en un entorno de incertidumbre. Son tiempos turbulentos y Cleón está desesperado por imponer algo de calma. Cuando el joven matemático Hari Seldon llega a Trantor procedente de otro mundo para presentar una ponencia sobre psicohistoria, su asombrosa teoría de la predicción, el emperador cree que su seguridad futura quizá dependa de los poderes proféticos de Seldon. Pero este se convierte en el hombre más buscado del Imperio mientras lucha con desesperación por evitar que su singular teoría caiga en las manos equivocadas. Al mismo tiempo debe forjar la clave del futuro, ¡un poder que llegará a ser conocido como la Fundación!
Prelude to Foundation

Prelude to Foundation

Author: Isaac Asimov
Publisher: Spectra
ISBN: 0553900951
Pages: 512
Year: 2012-03-14
It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future. Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.
Los propios dioses

Los propios dioses

Author: Isaac Asimov
Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
ISBN: 8498008514
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Year: 2011-11-21
El futuro. En un universo paralelo, con leyes físicas ligeramente distintas a las nuestras, sus habitantes descubren la forma de intercambiar materia con nosotros. Materia que, una vez en el universo de destino, y merced a las diferencias físicas entre ambos, comienza a desprender energía de forma espontánea. Una vez consumida la capacidad energética del material puede volver a ser intercambiado, para recomenzar el ciclo. ¿Qué podríamos hacer con un suministro de energía gratuita e inagotable?
Hacia la Fundación

Hacia la Fundación

Author: Issac Asimov
Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
ISBN: 8490180156
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Year: 2012-03-30
Mientras Hari Seldon se esfuerza por perfeccionar su revolucionaria teoría de la psicohistoria, el gran Imperio Galáctico está al borde de un colapso apocalíptico. Seldon y aquellos a los que más quiere se convierten en peones en la lucha por el poder: quien lo controle a él controlará la psicohistoria, y con ella el futuro de la Galaxia. Entre los que desean convertir la psicohistoria en un arma se encuentran un político, el emperador Cleón, y un despiadado general. En su último acto de servicio a la humanidad, Seldon debe apañárselas para salvar el trabajo de toda su vida de las garras de ambos e ir en busca de sus verdaderos herederos y del sueño de una nueva Fundación.
Fundación

Fundación

Author: Issac Asimov
Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
ISBN: 8498009847
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Year: 2012-03-30
Mucho tiempo después de que la Tierra pasara al olvido, la galaxia se unificó alrededor de un Imperio pacífico gobernado desde la majestuosa ciudad de Trántor. El sistema funcionó y prosperó durante incontables generaciones. Todo el mundo creía que duraría eternamente... Todos menos Hari Seldon, la mente científica más poderosa de su tiempo. Sus investigaciones en el campo de la psicohistoria (las matemáticas aplicadas a las grandes aglomeraciones humanas) auguraban un desastre imposible de prevenir. El Imperio estaba condenado... Pero el Plan Seldon era una estrategia a largo plazo, destinada a minimizar las peores consecuencias del futuro que se avecinaba. Para ello se establecieron dos Fundaciones en ambos extremos de la galaxia. Esta es la historia de la primera.
Chindi

Chindi

Author: Jack McDevitt
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101190531
Pages: 528
Year: 2003-10-28
On a routine survey mission studying a neutron star, an Academy starship receives a transmission in an unknown language. Before leaving the area, the starship launches a series of satellites to find the signal—and perhaps discover its origins. Five years later, a satellite finally encounters the signal—which is believed to be of extraterrestrial origin by the Contact Society, a wealthy group of enthusiasts who fund research into the existence of alien life. Providing a starship to the Academy to be piloted by Captain Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins, the Contact Society embarks on a mission to find the source of the transmission. Across a myriad of stars, from world to world, Hutch and her crew follow the signal, but find only puzzles and lethal surprises. Then, in a planetary system far beyond the bounds of previous exploration, they discover an object. It is immense, ominous, and mysterious. And it may hold the answer not only to the questions of the Contact Society, but to those of every person who has ever looked to the sky and wondered if we were alone...
Fundación e Imperio

Fundación e Imperio

Author: Issac Asimov
Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
ISBN: 8498009855
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Year: 2012-03-30
Dirigida por su padre fundador, el gran psicohistoriador Hari Seldon, y beneficiada por una ciencia y una tecnología superiores, la Fundación ha sobrevivido a la avaricia de sus belicosos vecinos. Ahora debe enfrentarse al Imperio, que, a pesar de estar exhalando sus últimos suspiros, sigue siendo la fuerza más poderosa de la galaxia. Cuando un ambicioso general vuelve la flota imperial contra la Fundación, la única esperanza para el pequeño planeta de eruditos y científicos se encuentra en las profecías de Hari Seldon. Pero ni siquiera él podría haber predicho el nacimiento del Mulo, una inteligencia mutante con un poder capaz de convertir al humano de voluntad más férrea en un esclavo.
Pump Six and Other Stories

Pump Six and Other Stories

Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Publisher: Start Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1597802379
Pages: 248
Year: 2008-02-01
Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning, and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience. The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the best Paolo's work, including the Hugo nominee "Yellow Card Man," the nebula and Hugo nominated story "The People of Sand and Slag," and the Sturgeon Award-winning story "The Calorie Man."
Axis

Axis

Author: Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 142993431X
Pages: 304
Year: 2007-09-18
Wildly praised by readers and critics alike, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin won science fiction's highest honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel. Now, in Axis, Spin's direct sequel, Wilson takes us to the "world next door"—the planet engineered by the mysterious Hypotheticals to support human life, and connected to Earth by way of the Arch that towers hundreds of miles over the Indian Ocean. Humans are colonizing this new world—and, predictably, fiercely exploiting its resources, chiefly large deposits of oil in the western deserts of the continent of Equatoria. Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance ten years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed—as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
El fin de la eternidad

El fin de la eternidad

Author: Isaac Asimov
Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas
ISBN: 8498008492
Pages:
Year: 2011-11-22
Andrew Harlan ha cometido un crimen, pero su acto no es un simple delito. Porque la ley que ha quebrantado es la más importante de todas para un Ejecutor: la ley que impide que miles de años de historia sean borrados y reescritos de forma irreversible por la guerra, la muerte y la decadencia. Pero ni siquiera la Eternidad, la organización a la que pertenece, puede detenerle. Harlan ha sido entrenado para introducir cambios en el tiempo, y sólo él puede rescatar a la única persona que le importa antes de que uno de los cambios la haga desaparecer para siempre. Lo que Harlan no sabe, sin embargo, es que lo que está en juego es mucho más de lo que él cree. Y lo que no podría imaginar de ningún modo es la partida de ajedrez temporal de la que forma parte, una partida que puede decidir el futuro de la humanidad.
Opus 300

Opus 300

Author: Isaac Asimov
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN:
Pages: 377
Year: 1984-11-01
Drawing on Asimov's third hundred works, this anthology is divided into subject categories, including astronomy, physics, biology, humor, history, and science fiction, and features background pieces that discuss the germination of the writings and their place in the Asimov canon
Parsifal Unveiled

Parsifal Unveiled

Author: Samael Aun Weor
Publisher: Glorian Publishing
ISBN: 1934206911
Pages: 352
Year: 2013-11-19
"When religion becomes artificial, art has a duty to rescue it. Art can show that the symbols which religions would have us believe literally true are actually figurative. Art can idealize those symbols, and so reveal the profound truths they contain." - Richard Wagner Parsifal, the epic, final opera by Richard Wagner, stunned audiences and set the stage for the decline of modern civilization. For more than one hundred years, Parsifal has been one of the most controversial dramatic works in the world, not only moving the world's top composers and writers to tears and inspiring generations of creative geniuses, but it was also admired by Adolf Hitler. Wagner's retelling of the myth of the Holy Grail and the knights who protect it showed the secret path to liberation from suffering, but no one understood it. Wagner himself never explained Parsifal, and in his wake thousands of writers, critics, and artists have attempted to penetrate its mysteries yet have failed, since they were not initiated into the secret tradition it came from. Finally, in this book by Samael Aun Weor, the meaning of Parsifal is fully revealed, and the genius and spiritual accomplishments of Richard Wagner are made radiantly clear. "The year 1914 will always be a memorable date among the remarkable dates of this humanity, because of the explosion of the First World War and the simultaneous debut of Parsifal in all the civilized world." - Samael Aun Weor Features: • A complete exposure of the spiritual archetypes hidden in Parsifal, with examples from other religions and mythologies • Detailed instructions for sexual transmutation, including postures and mantras • Includes the complete libretto of Parsifal
Metro 2034

Metro 2034

Author: Dmitry Glukhovsky
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN: 1473204313
Pages: 384
Year: 2014-02-20
The basis of two bestselling computer games Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light, the Metro books have put Dmitry Glukhovsky in the vanguard of Russian speculative fiction alongside the creator of Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko. A year after the events of METRO 2033 the last few survivors of the apocalypse, surrounded by mutants and monsters, face a terrifying new danger as they hang on for survival in the tunnels of the Moscow Metro. Featuring blistering action, vivid and tough characters, claustrophobic tension and dark satire the Metro books have become bestsellers across Europe.
Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space

Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space

Author: Isaac Asimov
Publisher: Fawcett
ISBN: 0307792277
Pages: 288
Year: 2011-04-27
A thrilling nonfiction tour of the cosmos that brings the universe down to Earth, from one of the all-time masters of science fiction. No one makes sense out of science like Isaac Asimov. Are you puzzled by pulsars? Baffled by black holes? Bewildered by the big bang? If so, here are succinct, crystal-clear answers to more than one hundred of the most significant questions about the essential nature of the universe—questions that have fired the imagination since the beginning of history. Over the course of this fantastic voyage, the origins, the discoveries, and the stunning achievements of astronomy will unfold before your eyes. You will experience close encounters with giant planets, exploding stars, distant galaxies, and more. For anyone who has ever asked the ultimate questions, who has ever looked up at the sky and asked What in heaven is going on?, Isaac Asimov’s unique vision, skill, and authority will bring the big picture into focus. “A fine introduction to modern astronomical theory.”—Library Journal
The Roving Mind

The Roving Mind

Author: Isaac Asimov
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615921281
Pages:
Year:
Isaac Asimov's death on April 6, 1992, was a great loss to the world of literary science and freethought. The prolific author's vision is unmatched today, and his pointed honesty shines through in The Roving Mind, now reissued in this special tribute edition.This collection of essays is wide-ranging, reflecting Asimov's extraordinary skill in disseminating knowledge from across the spectrum of human thought. Some of the areas explored in this volume of 62 essays include creationism, pseudoscience, censorship, population, philosophy of science, transportation, computers and corporations of the future, and astronomy. His predictions about cloning which has only recently become the topic of public debate the theory of technophobia, and other scientific developments are astounding. In a lighter tone, Asimov includes several personal stories from his life including thoughts on his style of writing and memories of family in younger days.With tributes by Arthur C. Clarke, L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, Kendrick Frazier, Martin Gardner, Donald Goldsmith, Stephen Jay Gould, E. C. Krupp, Frederik Pohl, and Carl SaganThe collection is very readable and thus is accessible to a wide audience of nonscientists as well as scientists. Both adults and young people should find it interesting. -The Physics Teacher. . . Asimov's best include pieces detailing the present mysteries of solar astronomy, removing the mythology of cloning (backyard gardners do it all the time), and pointing out deficiencies in the supposed chemistry expertise of Sherlock Holmes. -Nature