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Margins and Murmurations by Otter Lieffe

Title Margins and Murmurations
Author Otter Lieffe
Publisher Active Distribution
Release 2018-07-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages 366
ISBN 9781909798984
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Written by a trans woman and sex worker, Margins and Murmurations puts transgender, sex work and femininity at the centre of its twisting, multi-layered narrative. In this sensitive exploration of exclusion, intimacy and control, Otter Lieffe calls us to renew our struggles against oppression and to proudly reclaim the margins that so many of us call home. "Imagine you had the ability to move through your own life, to revisit your past and foresee your future. Which events would you long to remember and which would you forget? Would you want to know what the future holds? This is the story of Ash, a trans woman and healer living in a corner of Europe controlled by a militarized state. Amidst the economic crash of the 2020s, this land, once a hub of diversity, saw the rise of a state-imposed monoculture of gender, sexuality, ability and race. Those that didn't fit, known as the divergents, were imprisoned, expelled or worse. Ash and her best friend Pinar long ago escaped the City, left behind their days of fighting State oppression, and are eking out a calmer life in the forest, ravaged by the effects of climate change. One day, Jason, a resistance fighter, arrives abruptly into their life, reigniting personal and political drives and they find themselves drawn back into the fight. Joining trans and queer organisers, sex workers and other members of a hidden underclass, they risk everything to return to the City and face their oppressors. In this fight for dignity, self-determination and their survival, Ash's ability to transcend time, a trait that until now she has considered her curse, turns out to be a more powerful weapon than anyone could have imagined."

Margins and Murmurations by Otter Lieffe

Title Margins and Murmurations
Author Otter Lieffe
Publisher
Release 2021-05-15
Category
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9783949349003
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Characters typically absent from mainstream fiction take centre stage in this action packed story, bringing their fabulous complexity to the front-lines. After the economic crises of the 2020s, a corner of Europe known only as the State has become a monoculture of gender, sexuality, ability and race. Forced to leave their home, Ash and Pinar, elder leaders of the Resistance, have made a new, quieter life in the forest. But nothing lasts forever. These best friends answer the calls of the past - and the future - to rejoin their community and face their oppressors head on. As a movement, they organise for dignity and self-determination. Together, they fight to survive.

Murmuration by Sid Balman, Jr.

Title Murmuration
Author Sid Balman, Jr.
Publisher She Writes Press
Release 2021-08-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages
ISBN 1684630924
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Charlie Christmas, Ademar Zarkan, and Prometheus Stone are the best of America—united by war, scarred by displacement, and resolute in the face of the troubles that rip the nation apart over three decades. Christmas, a Somali translator with a split personality, and Zarkan, a Muslim sharpshooter who defies gender and religious constraints to graduate from West Point, are first brought together by Stone, a lapsed Jew and an Army captain, amidst war and famine in East Africa. Their ensuing journey—which takes them from the mean streets of Mogadishu to the high desert of West Texas, from the barren plains of Indian country to the rolling hills of Minnesota—is at turns tragic and uplifting. Charlie’s son, Amir, is the bookmark in their lives, and the struggle to raise him amid the predators of white supremacy and violent radicalism is their life’s work. With the help of Buck, the bomb-sniffing dog with a nose for danger, they prevail over Somali militias, pirates, white supremacists, and ISIS terrorists in a splintering world that has turned on itself like a serpent in the singularly obscene act of devouring its own tail. A sweeping novel that digs deep into the backstories of some of the beloved West Texas characters from Seventh Flag, Balman’s award-winning debut novel, Murmuration is a mesmerizing story of what it means to be American in the twenty-first century.

Murmuration by Robert Lock

Title Murmuration
Author Robert Lock
Publisher Legend Press Ltd
Release 2018-07-12
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 1787198235
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This poetic novel follows lives and struggles across generations under the constant dance of the sea birds in the English resort town of Blackpool. The old Victorian pier of Blackpool has stood the test of time, carrying each generation over a cold and relentless sea. As the starlings swoop and glide in mesmerizing patterns over the stalwart structure, they watch the lives of those who pass beneath: people absorbed in their human dramas, following their own arcs of striving and despair. From the mid-1800s to the present day, Robert Lock’s Murmuration follows two scandalous comedians born a century apart; a seemingly ageless deckchair attendant; a fortune-teller who believes no one can see the future; as well as others who’ve been drawn to the possibilities of this seaside town. But here, too, is a man who knows that the only way to stop history from repeating itself is to solve a mystery as old as the pier.

Title James Tiptree Jr Award Cumulative List
Author Jeanne Gomoll
Publisher Lulu.com
Release
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Total Pages
ISBN 1794702865
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten
Author Neil Gaiman
Publisher Solaris
Release 2016-05-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 624
ISBN 1849979324
Language English, Spanish, and French
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FEATURING Paolo Bacigalupi • Elizabeth Bear • Greg Bear • Jeffrey Ford • Neil Gaiman • Nalo Hopkinson • Nisi Shawl • Simon Ings • Gwyneth Jones • Caitlin R. Kiernan • Anne Leckie • Kelly Link • Usman T. Malik • Ian McDonald • Vonda McIntrye • Sam J. Miller • Tamsyn Muir • Robert Reed • Alastair Reynolds • Kim Stanley Robinson • Kelly Robson • Geoff Ryman • Nike Sulway • Catherynne Valente • Genevieve Valentine • Kai Ashante Wilson • Alyssa Wong Jonathan Strahan, the award-winning and much lauded editor of many of genre’s best known anthologies is back with his 10th volume in this fascinating series, featuring the best science fiction and fantasy from 2015. With established names and new talent this diverse and ground-breaking collection will take the reader to the outer-reaches of space and the inner realms of humanity with stories of fantastical worlds and worlds that may still come to pass.

A Natural Year by Michael Fewer

Title A Natural Year
Author Michael Fewer
Publisher Merrion Press
Release 2020-03-02
Category Nature
Total Pages 280
ISBN 178537320X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In A Natural Year, critically acclaimed travel writer Michael Fewer celebrates the everyday wonder of Irish nature in these beautifully written diaries, observed from his homes in south Dublin and rural Waterford, in which he delights at the startling beauty and extraordinary complexity of the natural world through the tranquil rhythms of the passing seasons. Fewer’s infectious passion for his subject simply inspires our own observation, and suggests how careful study of the natural world around us can be a sure antidote to the stresses of modern life. At a time when it’s essential for us to understand the crisis that faces our wildlife and environment, we need to know more about the natural world around us, the treasures that are being needlessly lost, and the threat to our very way of life. A Natural Year will open eyes and hearts to a greater understanding of the world around us, and its innate beauty and fragility.

Title The Year s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8
Author John Barnes
Publisher AudioText
Release 2016-08-25
Category Fiction
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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An unabridged collection spotlighting the “best of the best” science fiction stories published in 2015 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster. In “My Last Bringback,” by John Barnes, an expert on restoring the memories of Alzheimer's patients becomes her own patient.A young man living in a bubble habitat on the ocean floor of Venus must deal with terraforming gone awryin “The Tumbledowns of Cleopatra Abyss,” by David Brin. In“Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight,” winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award, byAliette de Bodard,the death of a scientist in the Dai Viet interstellar empire is mourned. The shipmind of a cobbled together fighter spacecraft and its pilot press on under dire circumstances in “Damage” by David Levine. An aristocrat’s trip to Venus, in search of her disgraced brother, is memorialized by papercuts of flora native to this planet in “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan,” by Ian McDonald. In “The Audience,” by Sean McMullen, a spacecraft’s trek to another planet discovers a malevolent species interested in Earth. An AI is on a mission to the outer reaches of the solar system to found a sanctuary in a posthuman universe in “Empty,” by Robert Reed. In “A Murmuration,” by Alastair Reynolds, a scientist struggles to publish a paper on her exhilarating findings on the flocking behavior of birds. In the dystopian future of “Two-Year Man,” by Kelly Robson, a janitor brings a mutant baby home to his wife hoping to fill their lives with love. And finally, an android medical attendant, capable of mimicking family members, cares for an Alzheimer’s patient in “Today I Am Paul,” by Martin L. Shoemaker.

Title Queer Animals Coloring Book
Author Amy Subach
Publisher
Release 2020-10-28
Category Child rearing
Total Pages 48
ISBN 9781621062585
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Lesbian lizards, gay orgies of manatees, polyamorous oystercatchers, trans clownfish, bisexual red deer, and masturbating bonobos! This colouring book celebrates the diversity of animals and the way our beautiful queer communities exist far beyond the realms of human culture. So many of us grew up with wildlife programs and school biology classes that never once mention these natural aspects of life on Earth. It was all 'male meets female, seduces her with his bright feathers or funky dance and they very quickly mate.' The implication has always been that that the whole point of life is to make little baby animals and there was nothing in the great natural world that might challenge the cis-het norms of biologists. This entertaining and educational resource, created by trans woman and ecologist Otter Lieffe, and richly illustrated by Anja Van Geert, liberates this knowledge and helps free us all to express our true selves.

Weirdest Maths by David Darling

Title Weirdest Maths
Author David Darling
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2021-02-04
Category Mathematics
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1786078066
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Maths is everywhere, in everything. It’s in the finest margins of modern sport. It’s in the electrical pulses of our hearts and the flight of every bird. It is our key to secret messages, lost languages and perhaps even the shape of the universe of itself. David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee reveal the mathematics at the farthest reaches of our world – from its role in the plots of novels to how animals employ numerical skills to survive. Along the way they explore what makes a genius, why a seemingly simple problem can confound the best and brightest for decades, and what might be the great discovery of the twenty-first century. As Bertrand Russell once said, ‘mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty’. Banerjee and Darling make sure we see it right again.