War With The Newts

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Author: Karel Capek
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810114682
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War With The Newts by Karel Capek


Original Title: War With The Newts

Originally written in 1936, two years before Capek's death and three years before the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, War with the Newts is considered by many to be Capek's greatest book. Working in the "fantastic" satiric tradition of Wells, Orwell, and Vonnegut, Capek chronicles the discovery of a colony of highly intelligent giant salamanders off the coast of an Indonesian island. Capek sardonically details all the reactions of the civilized world - from horror to skepticism, from intellectual fascination to mercantile opportunism - and the ultimate destruction from which it (and the newts) might not escape.

R U R

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Author: Karel Capek
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ISBN: 9780575099456
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R U R by Karel Capek


Original Title: R U R

Two dystopian satires from one of the most distinguished writers of 20th-century European science fiction. R.U.R. is the work that first introduced the word 'robot' into popular usage. Written against the background of the rise of Nazism, War With the Newts concerns the discovery in the South Pacific of a sea-dwelling race, which is enslaved and exploited by mankind. In time they rebel, laying siege to the strongholds of their former masters in a global war for supremacy. R.U.R., or Rossum's Universal Robots, seen by many as a modern interpretation of the 'golem' myth, is regarded as the most important play in the history of SF. It introduced the word 'robot' and gave the genre one of its most enduring tropes.

The Animal Fable In Science Fiction And Fantasy

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Author: Bruce Shaw
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786455985
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The Animal Fable In Science Fiction And Fantasy by Bruce Shaw


Original Title: The Animal Fable In Science Fiction And Fantasy

Though animal stories and fables stretch back into the antiquity of ancient India, Persia, Greece and Rome, the reasons for writing them and their resonance for readers (and listeners) remain consistent to the present. This work argues that they were essential sources of amusement and instruction—and were also often profoundly unsettling. Such authors in the realm of the animal fable as Tolkien, Freud, Voltaire, Bakhtin, Cordwainer Smith, Karel Čapek, Vladimir Propp, and many more are discussed.

Maritime Governance And Policy Making

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Author: Michael Roe
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447141539
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Maritime Governance And Policy Making by Michael Roe


Original Title: Maritime Governance And Policy Making

A close analysis of the framework of existing governance and the existing jurisdictional arrangements for shipping and ports reveals that while policy-making is characterized by national considerations through flags, institutional representation at all jurisdictions and the inviolability of the state, the commercial, financial, legal and operational environment of the sector is almost wholly global. This governance mismatch means that in practice the maritime industry can avoid policies which it dislikes by trading nations off against one another, while enjoying the freedoms and benefits of a globalized economy. A Post-modern interpretation of this globalized society prompts suggestions for change in maritime policy-making so that the governance of the sector better matches more closely the environment in which shipping and ports operate. Maritime Governance and Policy-Making is a controversial commentary on the record of policy-making in the maritime sector and assesses whether the reason for continued policy failure rests with the inadequate governance of the sector. Maritime Governance and Policy-Making addresses fundamental questions of governance, jurisdiction and policy and applies them to the maritime sector. This makes it of much more interest to a much wider audience – including students, researchers, government officials, and those with industrial and commercial interests in the shipping and ports areas - and also of more value as it places the specific maritime issues into their wider context. Maritime Governance and Policy-Making addresses fundamental questions of governance, jurisdiction and policy and applies them to the maritime sector. This makes it of much more interest to a much wider audience – including students, researchers, government officials, and those with industrial and commercial interests in the shipping and ports areas - and also of more value as it places the specific maritime issues into their wider context.

The Modern Satiric Grotesque And Its Traditions

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Author: John R. Clark
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813161355
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The Modern Satiric Grotesque And Its Traditions by John R. Clark


Original Title: The Modern Satiric Grotesque And Its Traditions

Thomas Mann predicted that no manner or mode in literature would be so typical or so pervasive in the twentieth century as the grotesque. Assuredly he was correct. The subjects and methods of our comic literature (and much of our other literature) are regularly disturbing and often repulsive -- no laughing matter. In this ambitious study, John R. Clark seeks to elucidate the major tactics and topics deployed in modern literary dark humor. In Part I he explores the satiric strategies of authors of the grotesque, strategies that undercut conventional usage and form: the de-basement of heroes, the denigration of language and style, the disruption of normative narrative technique, and even the debunking of authors themselves. Part II surveys major recurrent themes of grotesquerie: tedium, scatology, cannibalism, dystopia, and Armageddon or the end of the world. Clearly the literature of the grotesque is obtrusive and ugly, its effect morbid and disquieting -- and deliberately meant to be so. Grotesque literature may be unpleasant, but it is patently insightful. Indeed, as Clark shows, all of the strategies and topics employed by this literature stem from age-old and spirited traditions. Critics have complained about this grim satiric literature, asserting that it is dank, cheerless, unsavory, and negative. But such an interpretation is far too simplistic. On the contrary, as Clark demonstrates, such grotesque writing, in its power and its prevalence in the past and present, is in fact conventional, controlled, imaginative, and vigorous -- no mean achievements for any body of art.

R U R

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Author: Karel Capek
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486112209
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R U R by Karel Capek


Original Title: R U R

Two sets of identical twins provide the basis for ongoing incidents of mistaken identity, within a lively plot of quarrels, arrests, and a grand courtroom denouement. One of Shakespeare's earliest comedic efforts.

An Anthropology Of Robots And Ai

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Author: Kathleen Richardson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317566963
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An Anthropology Of Robots And Ai by Kathleen Richardson


Original Title: An Anthropology Of Robots And Ai

This book explores the making of robots in labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It examines the cultural ideas that go into the making of robots, and the role of fiction in co-constructing the technological practices of the robotic scientists. The book engages with debates in anthropological theorizing regarding the way that robots are reimagined as intelligent, autonomous and social and weaved into lived social realities. Richardson charts the move away from the “worker” robot of the 1920s to the “social” one of the 2000s, as robots are reimagined as companions, friends and therapeutic agents.

Two Plays By Karel Apek

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Author: Karel ?apek
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0980382513
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Two Plays By Karel Apek by Karel ?apek


Original Title: Two Plays By Karel Apek

"Two stage plays, translated from the Czech, both originally published in 1920. R.U.R is an early science fiction play about the Robots, created by scientists, revolting and taking over the world. The word Robot first appeared in this work and was since adopted universally. The robber is a romantic comedy/drama, about a young adventurer infatuating an elderly professor's daughter and taking over all his possessions. The play is set in a small Bohemian village."--Provided by publisher.

A Brief History Of Computing

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Author: Gerard O'Regan
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1848000839
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A Brief History Of Computing by Gerard O'Regan


Original Title: A Brief History Of Computing

The history of computing has its origins at the outset of civilization. As towns and communities evolved there was a need for increasingly sophisticated calculations. This book traces the evolution of computation, from early civilisations 3000 B.C. to the latest key developments in modern times.This useful and lively text provides a comprehensive introduction to the key topics in the history of computing, in an easy-to-follow and concise manner. It covers the significant areas and events in the field - from the ancient Egyptians through to the present day - and both gives the reader a flavour of the history and stimulates further study in the subject.Features: Ideal for undergraduate courses, it offers many pedagogical features such as chapter-opening key topics, chapter introductions, exercises, chapter summaries, glossary, etc. Offers detailed information on major figures in computing, such as Boole, Babbage, Shannon, Turing and Von Neumann Includes a history of programming languages, including syntax and semantics Presents an overview of the history of software engineering Discusses the progress of artificial intelligence, with extension to such key disciplines as philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neural networks and cybernetics Examines the history of the Internet revolution, World Wide Web and Dot-Com Bubble Follows the evolution of a number of major technology companies such as IBM, Motorola and MicrosoftFocusing on the fundamental areas in the computing field, this clearly written and broad-ranging text will capture the attention of the reader and greatly benefit computer science students. In addition, it is suitable for self-study, and will also be of interest to the more casual reader.Dr Gerard O Regan is a CMMI software process improvement consultant with research interests including software quality and software process improvement; mathematical approaches to software quality; and the history of computing. He has published A Practical Approach to Software Quality and Mathematical Approaches to Software Quality.

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