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Dragonwriter

Autor: Todd McCaffrey
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1937856844
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When Anne McCaffrey passed in November 2011, it was not only those closest to her who mourned her death; legions of readers also felt the loss deeply. The pioneering science fiction author behind the Dragonriders of Pern® series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre. In Dragonwriter, Anne’s son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Award–winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern’s Lessa (and from Lessa’s creator); Hugo Award–winner David Brin recalls Anne’s steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan shares (and tells stories about) never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more. Join Anne’s co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life, and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it. Contributors include: • Angelina Adams • David Brin • David Gerrold • John Goodwin • Janis Ian • Alec Johnson • Georgeanne Kennedy • Mercedes Lackey • Sharon Lee and Steve Miller • Lois McMaster Bujold • Elizabeth Moon • Charlotte Moore • Robert Neilson • Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett • Robin Roberts • Elizabeth Ann Scarborough • Wen Spencer • Michael Whelan • Richard J. Woods • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Smart Pop Preview 2013

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Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1939529875
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Get a sneak peak at Smart Pop's 2013 titles with this preview volume of standalone essays and exclusive book extras! Volume includes: “Anne McCaffrey, Believer in Us” – David Brin From Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern, edited by Todd McCaffrey Exclusive Extra: "Painting the Dragonwriter Cover" - Michael Whelan Excerpts from “Munchkin: Hollywood” – Liam McIntyre From The Munchkin Book: The Official Companion, edited by James Lowder “Percy Jackson and the Gods of Death” – J&P Voelkel From Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians, edited by Rick Riordan "Why the Best Friend Never Gets the Girl" - Kami Garcia From Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader, edited by Cassandra Clare "The Price of Our Inheritance" - Neal Shusterman From Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game, edited by Orson Scott Card Exclusive Extra: Q&A with Orson Scott Card "The Architects of the Rebellion" - V. Arrow From The Panem Companion: An Unofficial Guide to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, From Mellark Bakery to Mockingjays Exclusive Extras: “A Grosser Power” – Ned Vizzini "Capitol or Katniss - Who Am I?" - Lili Wilkinson From the special e-book only content for The Girl Who Was on Fire - Movie Edition, edited by Leah Wilson "A Prehistory of Fanfiction" - Anne Jamison From Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World Excerpts on Washington Commons, The Foundry, and AndrewAndrew From The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York: Inside the Cafes, Clubs, and Neighborhoods of HBO's Girls

Smart Pop Preview 2015

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Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1941631983
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Get a sneak peak at Smart Pop's upcoming 2015 titles, as well as some of our favorite backlist titles, with this preview volume of standalone essays, excerpts, and recipes! Volume Includes: “I Remember Star Trek”—D.C. Fontana From Boarding the Enterprise: Transporters, Tribbles, And the Vulcan Death Grip in Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek “Whimsy Goes with Everything”—Heather Swain From Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest “Men and Monsters”—Alyssa Rosenberg From Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons “From Factions to Fire Signs”—Rosemary Clement-Moore From Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy “Team Katniss”—Jennifer Lynn Barnes From Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy “Charge 6: Star Wars Pretends to Be Science Fiction, but Is Really Fantasy”— Ken Wharton with David Brin and Matthew Wooding Stover From Star Wars on Trial: Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Debate the Most Popular Science Fiction Films of All Time “Existentialism Meets Feminism”—C. Albert Bardi and Sherry Hamby From The Psychology of Joss Whedon: An Unauthorized Exploration of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly Plus, enjoy excerpts from Reacher: An Unofficial Companion to Lee Child’s Reacher Novels, The Munchkin Book, and YA trilogy, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant and delicious recipes from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men and The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide.

Dragonholder

Autor: Todd McCaffrey
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497689457
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An enthralling biography of one of the most luminous shining stars of fantasy and science fiction, world builder and dragon master Anne McCaffrey, written by her son, collaborator, and most devoted fan While you’ve been to Pern . . . you haven’t heard the stories behind the stories. I propose to fix that. When Anne McCaffrey’s Hugo Award–winning novella “Weyr Search” appeared in the late 1960s as part of the novel Dragonflight, the science fiction universe was gloriously transformed as readers first experienced the exhilarating thrill of soaring with dragons. With the many Pern novels that followed, McCaffrey steadily won the hearts and unwavering devotion of millions of fans, eventually earning a permanent position on the New York Times bestseller list. Dragonholder celebrates the birth and growth of McCaffrey’s breathtaking literary vision, as well as the momentous events of a life that was in many ways as extraordinary as the worlds and characters that McCaffrey created. No one understands or appreciates McCaffrey’s life and work better than her son, Todd, does. In Dragonholder, her frequent coauthor and avid fan intimately examines his mother’s childhood and early adulthood, the amazing gift of second sight she inherited from her own mother and grandmother, the trials she faced juggling a career and a family during the turbulent sixties, and her rise to literary stardom—and he reveals the events and influences that ultimately gave rise to the myriad wonders of Pern and the other miraculous worlds borne of Anne McCaffrey’s unparalleled imagination.

Dragon Rider

Autor: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Chicken House
ISBN: 190948914X
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Brave young dragon Firedrake and his orphan friend Ben start a perilous journey to the legendary Rim of Heaven. But close behind is a heartless monster who aches to destroy the very last dragons on earth...

The Letter For The King

Autor: Tonke Dragt
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545820227
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Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help. A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains--a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter . . . Tiuri's journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places.

Dragon S Code

Autor: Gigi McCaffrey
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 1101964758
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A new hero emerges in a divided world as one of sci-fi’s most beloved series—Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern—relaunches with this original adventure from Anne’s daughter, Gigi McCaffrey. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dragonriders of Pern series, Gigi does her mother proud, adding to the family tradition of spinning unputdownable tales that recount the adventures of the brave inhabitants of a distant planet who battle the pitiless adversary known as Thread. The last time Thread attacked Pern, the world was unprepared for the fight—until the Oldtimers appeared. These courageous dragonriders arrived from the past, traveling four hundred years to help their descendants survive. But the collision of past and present took its toll. While most of the displaced rescuers adapted to their new reality, others could not abide the jarring change and found themselves in soul-crushing exile, where unhappiness and resentment seethed. Piemur, a journeyman harper, also feels displaced, cast adrift by the loss of his spectacular boyhood voice and uncertain of his future. But when the Masterharper of Pern sees promise in the young man and sends him undercover among the exiled Oldtimers, Piemur senses the looming catastrophe that threatens the balance of power between the Weyrs and Holds of Pern. When the unthinkable happens, Piemur must rise to the challenge to avert disaster and restore honor to the dragons and dragonriders of Pern. Because now, in a world already beset by Thread, another, more insidious danger looms: For the first time in living memory, dragons may be on the verge of fighting dragons.

Secrets Of The Dragon Riders

Autor: James A. Owen
Publisher: BenBella Books
ISBN: 1933771976
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Presents a collection of essays about the fantasy series "Inheritance cycle" by Christopher Paolini, covering criticism of the author, plots, major themes, and characters.

Dragon Harper

Autor: Anne McCaffrey
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0345480317
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As a deadly epidemic sweeps across Pern, only Kindan, a young apprentice to the guild of musicians and teachers known as the Harpers, recognizes the imminent peril and must come up with a way to stop the illness from spreading.

My Father S Dragon

Autor: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486492834
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A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a free twenty-four hour, seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island.

How Big Were The Dinosaurs

Autor: Bernard Most
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780152368005
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Describes the size of different dinosaurs by comparing them to more familiar objects, such as a school bus, a trombone, or a bowling alley.

The Writer S Guide To Training Your Dragon

Autor: Scott Baker
Publisher: Ashe Publishing
ISBN:
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Want to dictate up to 5000 WORDS an hour? Want to do it with 99% ACCURACY from the day you start? NEW EDITION: UPDATED to cover the latest Dragon Professional Individual v15 for PC & v6 for Mac FREE video training included! As writers, we all know what an incredible tool dictation software can be. It enables us to write faster and avoid the dangers of RSI and a sedentary lifestyle. But many of us give up on dictating when we find we can't get the accuracy we need to be truly productive. This book changes all of that. With almost two decades of using Dragon software under his belt and a wealth of insider knowledge from within the dictation industry, Scott Baker will reveal how to supercharge your writing and achieve sky-high recognition accuracy from the moment you start using the software. You will learn: - Hidden tricks to use when installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking on a Windows PC or Dragon Dictate for Mac; - How to choose the right microphone and set it up perfectly for speech recognition; - The little-known techniques that will ensure around 99% accuracy from your first install – and how to make this even better over time; - Setting up fail-safe dictation profiles with multiple microphones and voice recorders, without impacting your accuracy; - How to train the software to adapt to both your voice AND writing style and avoid your accuracy declining; - Strategies for achieving your entire daily word count in just one or two hours; - Many more tips and tricks you won't find anywhere else. At the end of the book, you'll also find an exclusive list of resources and links to FREE video training to take your knowledge even further. It's time to write at the speed of speech – and transform your writing workflow forever! Subject keywords: Dragon Dictate Naturally Speaking for PC Mac, dictating your book or novel, dictation for writers authors beginners advanced, creative writing guides, self publishing

The Ice Dragon

Autor: George R. R. Martin
Publisher: Tor Teen
ISBN: 1466885785
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The Ice Dragon is an enchanting tale of courage and sacrifice for young readers and adults by the wildly popular author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin. Lavish illustrations by acclaimed artist Luis Royo enrich this captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon. In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember. Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara's home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction. This new edition of The Ice Dragon is sure to become a collector's item for fans of HBO's megahit Game of Thrones. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

A Dragon Lover S Treasury Of The Fantastic

Autor: Margaret Weis
Publisher: Aspect
ISBN: 0446555177
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Dragons are monsters, mages, heroes, horrors. Dragons thrill our dreams and haunt our legends. Now Margaret Weis, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Dragonlance and Death Gate series, author of the Star of the Guardians series, and one of the world's leading dragonists and dracophiles, gathers the greatest classic dragon stories of our time, written by the winners of every award in the fields of fantasy and science fiction. Book jacket.

The Griffin S Feather Dragon Rider 2

Autor: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 133821554X
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It's now been two years since Ben and Firedrake defeated Nettlebrand and rescued the silver dragons. Both boy and dragon have finally found homes, but they must live hundreds of miles apart and can only see each other every once in a while. During one such visit, news reaches Ben, the Greenblooms, and their friends that the last Pegasus in the world has been discovered. The legendary horse has three unhatched eggs with him, but the only way they'll ever hatch -- and continue the survival of this incredible magical species -- is to place them under a griffin's feather. But griffins are the most dangerous creatures in the world, and their mortal enemies are dragons... Ben has vowed not to tell Firedrake about his quest, to protect him. But as he and the Greenbloom team set off for a remote island where the terrible griffins are rumored to live, he may just need the help of his best friend and dragon...

The Mcgraw Hill Multimedia Handbook

Autor: Jessica Keyes
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
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Here is your chance to learn powerful new methods for integrating text, imagery, animation, sound, and video to convey information. This definitive handbook features contributions on the newest multimedia innovations from experts at IBM, Apple, Kodak, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, DEC, and other leading corporations. You'll find up-to-the-minute discussions of multimedia specifications ... writable CDs ... virtual reality ... authoring multimedia ... and producing multimedia videos. The McGraw-Hill Multimedia Handbook also covers the following: networking multimedia applications; designing a multimedia system; multimedia standards; managing multimedia information; multimedia on cable; the virtual classroom; legal issues in multimedia; how to produce your own CD-ROM; CD-I developers' source guide; animation, video, and sound; and much more. In addition, this handbook includes an extensive Annotated Resource Guide. Whether you're a multimedia user or a newcomer to the field, this essential reference tool will guide you step by step through all areas of the burgeoning multimedia industry, providing state-of-the-art information on the latest breakthroughs!

The Art Of Michael Whelan

Autor: Michael Whelan
Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780553074475
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Award-winning artist Whelan has illustrated the work of almost every major author in speculative fiction. Here are featured all the artist's major recent paintings, as well as a series of 25 never-before-seen works produced especially for this book. Over 100 full-color reproductions.

Dragon S Kin

Autor: Anne McCaffrey
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345461991
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Beginning with the classic Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey has created a complex, endlessly fascinating world uniting humans and great telepathic dragons. Millions of devoted readers have soared on the glittering wings of Anne’s imagination, following book by book the evolution of one of science fiction’s most beloved and honored series. Now, for the first time, Anne has invited another writer to join her in the skies of Pern, a writer with an intimate knowledge of Pern and its history: her son, Todd. DRAGON’S KIN Young Kindan has no expectations other than joining his father in the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining settlement struggling to turn a profit far from the great Holds where the presence of dragons and their riders means safety and civilization. Mining is fraught with danger. Fortunately, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly related to dragons and uniquely suited to specialized work in the dark, cold mineshafts. Kindan’s father is the watch-wher’s handler, and his son sometimes helps him out. But even that important job promises no opportunity outside the mine. Then disaster strikes. In one terrible instant, Kindan loses his family and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are replaced by sons in the mine–except for Kindan, who is taken in by the camp’s new Harper. Grieving, Kindan finds a measure of solace in a burgeoning musical talent . . . and in a new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious girl no one seems to know exists. It is Nuella who assists Kindan when he is selected to hatch and train a new watch-wher, a job that forces him to give up his dream of becoming a Harper; and it is Nuella who helps him give new meaning to his life. Meanwhile, sparked by the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. Far below the surface, a group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret. As warring factions threaten to explode, Nuella and Kindan begin to discover unknown talents in the misunderstood watch-wher–talents that could very well save an entire Hold. During their time teaching the watch-wher, the two learn some things themselves: that even a seemingly impossible dream is never completely out of reach . . . and that light can be found even in darkness.

Eragon And Eldest Omnibus

Autor: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409096823
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ERAGON When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is a lucky discovery - perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone becomes a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? ELDEST Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and as his cousin Roran fights a new battle back home in Carvahall, Eragon is put in even graver danger. . .