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From true weird fiction visionary Jeff Noon comes the fourth book in this Philip K. Dick Award-nominated mystery series. In the year 1960, private eye John Nyquist arrives in Delirium, a city of a million borders, to pursue his strangest case yet: tracking down the stolen sentient image of faded rock'n'roll star Vince Craven. As Nyquist tracks Vince's image through Delirium, crossing a series of ever-stranger and more surreal borderzones, he hears tantalising stories of a First Border, Omata, hidden within the depths of the city. But to find it, he'll have to cross into the fractured minds of Delirium's residents, and even into his own...Show more
When Vidor Kiraly, a world-renowned neuroscientist and Cambridge don, violently attacks a man at a prize ceremony (while in an apparent state of psychosis), the story attracts the attention of Anton Gessen, a psychiatrist with a penchant for unusual cases, who runs a private clinic in the Swiss Alps. Not long after Vidor arrives at the clinic, Gessen suspects that his newest patient is not all he seems. As Vidor resists Gessen's efforts to uncover the secrets of his past, a cat-and-mouse game ensues, with Gessen trying to discover the truth about his patient's mysterious behaviour, before he hurts anyone else. Purportedly the son of a prominent Hungarian businessman in Paris's émigré community, Vidor's story fails to add up, and Gessen begins to question the veracity of the man's identity. That he is the renowned Cambridge neuroscientist who has styled himself as Vidor Kiraly, Gessen has no doubt. But where does he come from? And if Vidor is truly a refugee from the 1956 Hungarian uprising as he claims, why does he bear a disturbing resemblance to a boy with a different name who Gessen knew briefly at university in Paris? When Gessen travels to Cambridge and Paris to uncover clues about Vidor's life, a tip from one of Vidor's students about the disappearance of a fellow researcher suggests foul play. After a patient at the clinic dies from a mysterious fall, Gessen suspects Vidor of having a role in his death. Had the dead man uncovered something about Vidor's true identity, such that it cost him his life?Show more
What just happened and how did we get into this mess? Since 2016, the UK has been in a crisis of its own making; this is not the fault of Brexit but of a larger problem of our politics. The status of political parties, the mainstream media, public experts and officials have all been disrupted. Along the way, there have been shocking and exhilarating events: the unforeseen 2017 election result, the horrific details of Grenfell Tower and the Windrush scandal, the sudden rise and fall of the Brexit Party. As the 'mainstream' of politics and media has come under attack, the basic norms of public life have been thrown into question. This Is Not Normal takes stock of a historical moment that no longer recognises itself. Davies tells the story of the apparently chaotic and irrational events, and extracts their underlying logic and long-term causes. What we are seeing are the effects of the 2008 financial crash, the failure of the British neoliberal project, the dying of Empire, and the impact of the changes that technology and communications have had on the idea of the public sphere as well as the power of information. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to make sense of this current moment.Show more
The Expanse meets Altered Carbon in this breakneck science fiction thriller where immortality is theoretically achievable, yet identity, gender and selfhood are very much in jeopardy... Carter Langston is murdered whilst salvaging a derelict vessel - a major inconvenience as he's downloaded into a brand-new body on the space station where he backed up, several weeks' journey away. But events quickly slip out of control when an assassin breaks into the medbay and tries to finish the job. Death no longer holds sway over a humanity that has spread across the solar system: consciousness can be placed in a new body, or coil, straight after death, giving people the potential for immortality. Yet Carter's backups - supposedly secure - have been damaged, his crew are missing, and everything points back to the derelict that should have been a simple salvage mission. With enemies in hot pursuit, Carter tracks down his last crewmate - re-coiled after death into a body she cannot stand - to delve deeper into a mystery that threatens humanity and identity as they have come to know it. "This is a story that kicks off at breakneck speed... A compelling, multi-layered sci-fi tale." CULTUREFLYShow more
When Vale Moonwing is summoned to the Black Tower, she must prepare herself for a confrontation with the dread warlord Balthus Dire. "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
Join elven hero Vale Moonwing and adventurer Cassius Stormblade on their quest through the depths of Firetop Mountain. Can they survive the deadly traps and evade Zagor's army of the undead? Can they stay alive long enough to confront the dark warlock himself? "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
When Vale Moonwing returns to Darkwood Forest, he discovers that her old friend, the wizard Yaztromo, has vanished....himself? "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
Using forbidden Marrangha magic and the three stolen vapours, the evil sorcerer Zharradan Marr has created a creature....but for what purpose?! "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
Adventurers are once again gathering in Fang to participate in Baron Sukumvit's 'Trial of Champions' and undertake 'The Walk' through Deathtrap Dungeon...but this year the prize has changed...and the stakes have never been higher! "...exactly what you'd want a drama based on the Fighting Fantasy series to be... The tale nails the feel of the Fighting Fantasy series perfectly" - STARBURST MAGAZINEShow more
Everyone thinks they know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, but they don't know sh*t. There was never a painting that showed the true Britain, that clogged sewer Rome abandoned just as soon as it could. A Britain where petty warlords murdered each other in the mud, while all the while the Angles and Saxons and worst of all the Jutes, were coming over here and taking our lands and taking our jobs and taking our women. You want to know the truth? Are you sure you can handle the truth? Arthur? An over-promoted gangster, in thrall to that eldritch parasite, Merlin. Excalibur? A shady deal with a watery arms dealer. The Grail Quest? Have you no idea about the aliens and the radioactive blight? Well, you'd better read this then. "Lavie Tidhar bears comparison with the best of Philip K. Dick" FINANCIAL TIMESShow more
Free yourself from cosmological tyranny! Everything started in a big bang? Invisible dark matter? Black holes? Why accept such a weird cosmos? For all those who wonder about this bizarre universe, and those who want to overthrow the big bang, this handbook gives you ‘just the facts’: the observations that have shaped these ideas and theories. While the big bang holds the attention of scientists, it isn’t perfect. The authors pull back the curtains, and show how cosmology really works. With this, you will know your enemy, cosmic revolutionary - arm yourself for the scientific arena where ideas must fight for survival! This uniquely-framed tour of modern cosmology gives a deeper understanding of the inner workings of this fascinating field. The portrait painted is realistic and raw, not idealized and airbrushed - it is science in all its messy detail, which doesn’t pretend to have all the answers.Show more
Discover for yourself the pleasures of philosophy! Written both for the seasoned student of philosophy as well as the general reader, the renowned writer provides a survey of modern philosophy. Always engaging, the authorn takes us on a fascinating tour of the subject, from founding father Descartes to the most important and famous philosopher of the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein. He identifies all the principal figures as well as outlines of the main intellectual preoccupations that have informed western philosophy. Painting a portrait of modern philosophy that is vivid and animated, the author introduces us to some of the greatest philosophical problems invented in this period and pursued ever since. Including material on recent debates, A Short History of Modern Philosophy is already established as the classic introduction. Read it and find out why.Show more
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