Inspired by New York Times best-selling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, from some of today´s leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction. In his 2011 article ´´Innovation Starvation´´, Neal Stephenson argued that we - the society whose earlier scientists and engineers witnessed the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, the computer, and space exploration - must reignite our ambitions to think boldly and do Big Stuff. He also advanced the Hieroglyph Theory which illuminates the power of science fiction to inspire the inventive imagination: ´´Good SF supplies a plausible, fully thought-out picture of an alternate reality in which some sort of compelling innovation has taken place.´´ In 2012, Arizona State University established the Center for Science and the Imagination to bring together writers, artists, and creative thinkers with scientists, engineers, and technologists to cultivate and expand on ´´moon shot ideas´´ that inspire the imagination and catalyze real-world innovations. Now comes this remarkable anthology uniting 20 of today´s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries - among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson - to contribute works of ´´techno-optimism´´ that challenge us to dream and do Big Stuff. Engaging, mind-bending, provocative, and imaginative, Hieroglyph offers a forward-thinking approach to the intersection of art and technology that has the power to change our world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Danny Campbell, Cassandra Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004117/bk_harp_004117_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A distinguished expert offers a dazzling preview of the cars of the future while exploring the science and politics behind climate change. As the director of the EPA´s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, engineer Margo Oge was the chief architect behind the Obama administration´s landmark 2012 deal with automakers in the US market to double the fuel efficiency of their fleets to 54.5 mpg and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025. This was America´s first formal climate action using regulation to reduce emissions through innovation in car design. Tom Friedman praised the new rules as the ´´Big Deal´´ that redeemed the administration´s previous inaction. In Driving the Future Oge portrays a future where clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains will produce zero emissions and run at 100+ mpg. With electronic architectures more like that of airplanes, cars will be smarter and safer, will park themselves, and will network with other vehicles on the road to drive themselves. Offering an insider account of the partnership between Federal agencies, California, environmental groups, and car manufacturers that led to the historic deal, she discusses the science of climate change, the politics of addressing it, and the lessons learned for policymakers. She also takes the listener through the convergence of macro trends that will drive this innovation over the next 40 years and be every bit as transformative as those wrought by Karl Benz and Henry Ford. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eva Kaminsky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022826/bk_adbl_022826_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first aircraft to appear in the skies over the battlefields of World War I showed few signs of the dominant future of airplanes in warfare. Small, fragile, and slow, they provided no hint of the sleek jet fighters that would one day slash across the skies of Earth faster than sound to unleash the lethal blast and fire of sophisticated missiles, or the bombers able to level an entire city with one nuclear bomb. That said, they did not represent a complete novelty in warfare either, at least not during the early months of World War I. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Teutsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072269/bk_acx0_072269_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Boarding an airplane strikes at least a small sense of fear into most people. Even though we all have heard that the odds of being struck by lightning are greater than the odds of perishing in a plane crash, it still doesn´t feel that way. Airplane crashes might be rare, but they do happen, and they’re usually fatal. David Soucie insists that most of these deaths could be prevented. He’s worked as a pilot, a mechanic, an FAA inspector, and an aviation executive. He’s seen death up close and personal - deaths of colleagues and friends that might have been prevented if he had approved certain safety measures in the aircrafts they were handling. His years of experience have led Dave to become an impassioned consultant on the topic of airline safety. This includes not only advising the Obama administration, but also taking a leading role in the congressionally funded NextGen interdepartmental initiative in regards to both the department of transportation and the departments of defense, homeland security, FBI, CIA, and others. Find out the truth about airplane safety and discover what the future holds for air travel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Chamberlain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/008604/bk_adbl_008604_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first aircraft to appear in the skies over the battlefields of World War I showed few signs of the dominant future of airplanes in warfare. Small, fragile, and slow, they provided no hint of the sleek jet fighters that would one day slash across the skies of Earth faster than sound to unleash the lethal blast and fire of sophisticated missiles, or the bombers able to level an entire city with one nuclear bomb. That said, they did not represent a complete novelty in warfare either, at least not during the early months of World War I. While airplanes had never before appeared above the field of war, other aerial vehicles had already been in use for decades, and balloons had carried soldiers above the landscape for centuries to provide a high observation point superior to most geological features. The French used a balloon for this purpose at the Battle of Fleurus in 1794, and by the American Civil War, military hydrogen balloons saw frequent use, filled from wagons generating hydrogen from iron filings and sulfuric acid. The balloonist Thaddeus Lowe persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to use the airships for observation, communicating troop movements to the ground with a telegraph wire. At first, airplane improvements occurred in an ad hoc, almost accidental manner during the war. However, when pilots’ mounting of armaments on airplanes proved a successful means of defeating other aircraft and even attacking men on the ground, a much more active and systematic development of warplanes began across the continent. Each advance prompted a countermeasure, as the two sides strove for primacy in a deadly, unforgiving environment which rewarded real advances in equipment and tactics with survival and punished poor ideas with death. The Dogfights of the World Wars: The Evolution and History of the Fight in the Skies During World War I and World War II looks at how technology and tactics evolved during the wars. You will learn about dog... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Teutsch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105500/bk_acx0_105500_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his number-one Kindle Single ´´CRASH! How I Lost a Hundred Billion and Found True Love´´, Irish satirist Julian Gough deftly laid bare the Eurozone crisis in all its humor and absurdity. Now in ´´BANG!´´ Gough has turned his inimitable wit and wisdom to third-world economies, managing to explain derivatives, arbitrage, and futures through airplanes crashing into livestock. Dr. Ibrahim Bihi of Somaliland has an advanced degree in economics and, as far as worldly goods go, a goat with three legs. Using his knowledge of temporary market inefficiencies and the propellers of a UN food plane, he turns his goat into capital and sends the global economy into a speculative frenzy. Soon most of the world´s wealth is tied up in goat-backed securities. What could possibly go wrong? Only everything, and with our faithful orphan Jude as guide, we can sit back and laugh our way toward the resolution of this uproariously instructive satire. A version of ´´BANG!´´ was the first short story to be published in The Financial Times, where it appeared in 2003. The story also was adapted as a BBC radio play in 2009 and sold-out stage production in 2012. For listeners unacquainted with the wonderful and bizarre universe of Julian Gough´s literary fiction, this companion to the best-selling short story ´´CRASH!´ will serve as a perfect introduction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fleet Cooper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023738/bk_adbl_023738_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Katelynn and Nate are ready to move on with their lives, now that Nate has rescued his beloved Katelynn from kidnappers and things seem to be returning to normal. Nate has finally proposed, and Katelynn said an enthusiastic ´´Yes!´´, and the wedding is being planned for San Francisco. The two of them fly out to begin the preparations, with her family to follow in a few days. She´s on her way to her future with the man she loves, and he´s rich - so what could possibly go wrong? That´s a dumb question to ask in an airplane at 30,000 feet over the Rockies. Now, Katelynn and Nate have to depend on each other for their very survival, and it´s not even certain that survival is in the cards.... For either of them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hunter Millbrook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/043900/bk_acx0_043900_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is an autobiography about a man from New Jersey born in 1947. Following his graduation from high school in 1965, he enlisted in the Marines and went to Vietnam. Home and honorably discharged before turning 21, he meandered for a few years in the time of the anti-war movement and psychedelic drugs that were the late ´60s and early ´70s. He found his feet in aviation with his first introductory flight. He immediately knew piloting an airplane was what he wanted to do. His involvement in the drug culture led to incarceration and jeopardized his future, though. He met a woman fell in love and has been married for 42 years. They raised a family and built a house while he struggled to stay employed as an airplane pilot. The ebb and flow of the pilot employment market led to various jobs and even an attempted career change. After earning a degree at a culinary school, he bought a failing restaurant and gave it a go for a few years. Before becoming bankrupt he managed to get back in aviation as the restaurant was failing. The return to flying was in turbine powered equipment at first doing more night freight work, but it led to his best job ever. Someone ran an ad for a position in Africa: ´´Sabreliner Captain wanted so I can give my man a holiday.” The timing was perfect because it was the same type airplane he had been flying. The job was for a month but he stayed on for four years as pilot for a dictator’s cabinet in the heart of Africa. It wasn’t all smooth air over there but survive he did. On returning to the States he went back to grass roots stick-and-rudder agricultural aviation for three years, spraying corn in Iowa. In the journey there was one wife, two children, two sailboats, one airplane and one house built. He also earned two Associates degrees. One in Science/Math and the other Arts/Culinary. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Gannone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117055/bk_acx0_117055_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Flying cars? Trains that travel faster than airplanes? Colonies on Mars? They´re the dreams of science fiction, and in the minds of certain people like Elon Musk, may quickly become a reality. Those things are just a few of the visions Musk has for the future of humankind. He´s currently quite busy, serving as the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Project Architect at Tesla Motors, chairman of SolarCity, and co-chairman of OpenAI. The South African-born inventor and engineer is currently worth $12.7 billion, making him the 37th wealthiest person in the United States and the 94th wealthiest in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelly Rhodes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061098/bk_acx0_061098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The definitive investigation into the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 and the mind of the copilot who committed the most shocking crime in aviation history. On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps. All 144 passengers and six crew members were killed. In the ensuing days, a picture of the flight´s harrowing final moments began to emerge. Shortly after reaching cruise altitude, a 27-year-old first officer named Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit, took control of the plane, and deliberately caused its descent. In Fatal Descent, journalist and aviation expert Jeff Wise travels to Lubitz´s hometown in Germany and pieces together a definitive and haunting portrait of the killer and the system he betrayed, revealing in heart-pounding detail how a lifelong superachiever like Lubitz could have committed such an unthinkable act, what actually happened inside the cockpit, and whether current airline regulations leave us vulnerable to similar attacks in the future. Jeff Wise is a science journalist specializing in aviation and psychology. He is the author of the best-selling Kindle Single The Plane That Wasn´t There, about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. A licensed pilot of gliders and light airplanes, he also has stick time in powered paragliders, trikes, World War II fighter planes, Soviet jet fighters, gyroplanes, and zeppelins as well as submarines, tanks, hovercraft, dog sleds, and swamp buggies. A contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine, he has written for New York, The New York Times, Time, Businessweek, Esquire, Details, and many others. His Popular Mechanics story on the fate of Air France 447 was named one of the Top 10 Longreads of 2011. His last book was Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Wise. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025803/bk_adbl_025803_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.