Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is a 4X video game, considered a spiritual sequel to the Civilization series. Set in a science fiction depiction of the 22nd century, the game begins as seven competing ideological factions land on the planet Chiron in the Alpha Centauri star system; as the game progresses, Planet's growing sentience becomes a formidable obstacle to the human colonists. Sid Meier, designer of Civilization, Brian Reynolds, designer of Civilization II, developed Alpha Centauri after they left MicroProse to join the newly created developer Firaxis Games. Electronic Arts released both Alpha Centauri and its expansion, Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire, in 1999; the following year, Aspyr Media ported both titles to Classic Mac OS while Loki Software ported them to Linux. Alpha Centauri features improvements on Civilization II's game engine, including simultaneous multiplay, social engineering, customizable units, alien native life, additional diplomatic and spy options, additional ways to win, greater mod-ability.
Alien Crossfire introduces five new human and two non-human factions, as well as additional technologies, secret projects, native life, unit abilities, a victory condition. The game received wide critical acclaim, being compared favorably to Civilization II. Critics praised its science fiction storyline, the in-game writing, the voice acting, the user-created custom units, the depth of the technology tree. Alpha Centauri won several awards for best game of the year and best strategy game of the year. Space-race victories in the Civilization series conclude with a journey to Alpha Centauri. Beginning with that premise the Alpha Centauri narrative starts in the 22nd century, after the United Nations sends "Unity", a colonization mission, to Alpha Centauri's planet Chiron. Unbeknownst to humans, advanced extraterrestrials had been conducting experiments in vast distributed nervous systems, culminating in planetary biosphere-sized presentient nervous system on Chiron, leaving behind monoliths and artifacts on Planet to guide and examine the system's growth.
Prior to the start of the game, a reactor malfunction on the Unity spacecraft wakes the crew and colonists early and irreparably severs communications with Earth. After the captain is assassinated, the most powerful leaders on board build ideological factions with dedicated followers, conflicting agendas for the future of mankind, "desperately serious" commitments; as the ship breaks up, seven escape pods, each containing a faction, are scattered across Planet. In the Alien Crossfire expansion pack, it is learned that earlier alien experiments had led to disastrous consequences at Tau Ceti, creating a hundred-million-year evolutionary cycle that ended with the eradication of most complex animal life in several neighbouring inhabited star systems. After the disaster, the Progenitors split into two factions: Manifold Caretakers, opposed to further experimentation and dedicated to preventing another Flowering. In Alien Crossfire, these factions compete along with the human factions for control over the destiny of Planet.
The game focuses on the leaders of seven factions, chosen by the player from the 14 possible leaders in Alpha Centauri and Alien Crossfire, Planet. The player controls one of the leaders and competes against the others to colonize and conquer Planet, characterized by its "rolling red ochre plains" and "bands of lonely terraformed green"; the characters are developed from the faction leaders' portraits, the spoken monologues accompanying scientific discoveries and the "photographs in the corner of a commlink – home towns, first steps, first loves, graduation, spacewalk."The in-game menu gives the factions agendas as Green Democracy, Atheist Police State and free flow of information, Free Market Economics/Pro industry, Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Life of Religious worship, Humanitarian Ideals and Democracy. The expansion's are given as Rational Objectivity and burn, Emancipation of the working class, Free Flow of Information, Return planet to its pristine state, Prevent transcendence, Subvert planet for galactic domination.
The leaders, as listed in the manual and detailed by GURPS Alpha Centauri: Lady Deirdre Skye of Gaia's Stepdaughters, Scottish activist and former U. N. S. Unity Chief Botanist/Xenobiologist. GURPS characterizes Skye as a "formidable scientist and engineer", many of her faction the same, she worked for the Red Cross and the U. N. Disaster Relief Fund improving strains of crop plants. Committed environmentalists, the "Gaians" seek development without harming native life. While their environmentalism isn't quite a religion, they enjoy meditation and Skye has written a number of "pseudo-religious" works. Among the first to "discover the potential of psionics." Democratic and pacifistic. Chairman Sheng-Ji Yang of the Human Hive, former scholar, military officer and U. N. S. Unity Chief of Security and executive officer. GURPS characterizes Yang as incorruptible if profoundly nihilistic, with an "extraordinarily deep and powerful" mind, perfect recall and iron will. A teacher and master of calligraphy, poetry and martial arts, Yang obtained degrees in Chinese literature and
Moonlight (2016 film)
Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali; the film presents three stages in the life of the main character. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Filmed in Miami, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. Distributed by A24, the film was released in the United States on October 21, 2016, grossed over $65 million worldwide. At the 74th Golden Globe Awards Moonlight won Best Motion Picture – Drama and was nominated in five other categories; the film subsequently won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 89th annual Academy Awards, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney, from a total of eight nominations.
In 2017, The New York Times considered it the "twentieth-best film of the 21st century so far". Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBTQ film, the second-lowest-grossing film domestically to win the Oscar for Best Picture; the film's editor, Joi McMillon, became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. In Liberty City, Cuban drug dealer Juan finds Chiron, a withdrawn child who goes by the nickname "Little," hiding from a pack of bullies in a crackhouse. Juan lets Chiron spend the night with him and his younger girlfriend Teresa before returning Chiron to his mother Paula, who subsequently grounds him from watching TV for worrying her. Chiron continues to spend time with Juan, who teaches him how to swim and advises him to make his own path in life. One night, Juan encounters Paula smoking crack with one of his customers. Juan berates her for her addiction and neglect of her son, but she rebukes him for selling crack to her in the first place.
She implies that she knows why Chiron gets beaten up by his peers, alluding to "the way he walks," before going home and taking out frustrations on Chiron. The next day, Chiron admits to Juan and Teresa that he hates his mother and asks what a "faggot" means. Juan describes it as "a word used to make gay people feel bad." He tells Chiron that he should not allow others to mock him. After asking Juan whether he sold drugs to Paula, Chiron leaves. Now a teenager, Chiron juggles avoiding school bully Terrel and spending time with Teresa, who has lived alone since Juan's death. Paula supports her crack addiction with prostitution and coerces Chiron into giving her money Teresa loans him. One night, Chiron has a dream. On another night, Kevin visits Chiron at the beach near his house. While smoking a blunt, the two discuss their ambitions and the nickname Kevin gave Chiron when they were children, they kiss, Kevin masturbates Chiron. The next morning, Terrel manipulates Kevin into participating in a hazing ritual.
Kevin reluctantly punches Chiron until he is unable to stand before watching as Terrel and his goons beat him up. When a social worker urges him to reveal his attackers' identities, not wanting to turn him in refuses, stating that reporting them will not solve anything; the next day, an enraged Chiron walks into class with a sense of purpose and puts Terrel in his place by smashing him over the head with a chair. The police arrive, arrest Chiron for assault, send him to juvenile hall. Now going by the nickname "Black," an adult Chiron, is released from prison and deals drugs in Atlanta, he receives frequent calls from Paula, who asks him to visit her at the drug treatment center where she now lives. One day, he receives a call from Kevin, who invites him to visit him should he decide to come to Miami; the next day, he realizes he has had a wet dream. While visiting Paula, Chiron stands up to her, she proceeds to apologize for not loving him when he needed it most and tells him she loves him if he does not love her back.
The two of them reconcile before Paula lets her son go. Chiron travels to reunites with Kevin, who now works at a diner; when his attempts to probe Chiron about his life result in silence, Kevin tells him he's had a child with an ex-girlfriend and, although the relationship ended, he is fulfilled by his role as a father. Chiron proceeds to ask Kevin why he called, to which Kevin plays a song on the jukebox that made him think of Chiron. After Kevin serves Chiron dinner, the two of them go to his apartment. Kevin tells Chiron that he is happy despite the fact that his life didn't turn out as he had hoped, resulting in Chiron breaking down and admitting that he has not been intimate with anybody since their encounter years ago and since his arrest. Kevin comforts they embrace. In a flashback, Little stands on a beach in the moonlight. Chiron Harris, the film's protagonist Trevante Rhodes as Adult Chiron / "Black" Ashton Sanders as Teen Chiron / "Black" Alex Hibbert as Child Chiron / "Little" Kevin Jones, Chiron's closest friend André Holland as Adult Kevin Jharrel Jerome as Teen Kevin Jaden Piner as Child Kevin Naomie Harris as Paula, Chiron's mother Janelle Monáe as Teresa, Juan's girlfriend Mahershala Al
Bugatti 18/3 Chiron
The Bugatti 18/3 Chiron is a 1999 concept car developed by French automobile manufacturer Bugatti Automobiles and designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro of Italdesign. Powered by a 6.3 L W18 engine, it is a 2-seater mid-engine coupé. The 18/3 Chiron was the last in a trio of Bugatti concept cars by Italdesign, after the 1998 EB 118 coupé and the 1999 EB 218 saloon; the Chiron name was used again on the 2016 successor to the Bugatti Veyron. The 18/3 Chiron is named after Bugatti race driver Louis Chiron, while the "18/3" prefix stands for the engine's 18 cylinders distributed into three banks of six cylinders each; the Bugatti 18/3 Chiron premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1999. Fabrizio Giugiaro of Italdesign was responsible for the design with input from Hartmut Warkuß from the Volkswagen design centre in Wolfsburg. In creating a logical successor to the EB110, they had the unique opportunity to style Bugatti's possible flagship model. Airflow management and aerodynamics were key considerations in the exterior design.
Below the traditional horseshoe radiator grille a large opening provides enough air to the radiators of the 6.3-litre engine. A similar system is used on the side of the car to cool the rear brakes. At the rear a diffuser was integrated in the rear bumper. A retractable rear wing deploys at high speeds, much like on the EB 110; the 20-inch eight-spoke wheels resemble the cast aluminium wheels first found on Louis Chiron's Type 35B. The stylish body work was made from carbon fibre. Lighting on both ends of the car was cutting edge at its time, including triple Xenon headlights and elongated turn signals at the rear who served as the tail lights of the car, two double exhaust pipes were visible through a large air extractor at the rear which served as the underbody spoiler. Inside, the cabin is upholstered in Blu Pacifico and Sabbia leather with aluminium accents as well as a removable watch on the passenger side. Important design elements such as the classic horse shoe grille, inset front lights, converging front hood and an exposed intake plenum would be integrated into the production Veyron EB 16.4.
In order to construct a working prototype, Bugatti utlised the chassis and four-wheel drive system sourced from the Lamborghini Diablo VT in the 18/3 Chiron. The 18/3 Chiron uses the same Volkswagen-designed W18 engine that first appeared on the 1998 EB 118 and the 1999 EB 218 concept cars; as on the other two cars, the Chiron's W18 has 650 N ⋅ m of torque. The 18/3 Chiron's W18 engine is composed of three banks of six cylinders with a sixty degree offset between each cylinder bank. In contrast, the W16 engine in Bugatti Automobile's first production car, the 2005 Veyron EB 16.4 features a four-bank configuration of four cylinders each, totalling sixteen cylinders. The 18/3 Chiron could accelerate from 0–97 km/h in 5.3 seconds and could reach a top speed of 330 km/h. Bugatti 18/3 Chiron on the Italdesign Giugiaro official website
Cheiron Studios was a recording studio located in the Kungsholmen district of Stockholm, Sweden. Founded in 1992 by Denniz PoP and Tom Talomaa, it was famous for being the place where popular music acts of the late 1990s, such as Backstreet Boys, Robyn, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Westlife, produced many of their greatest hits. In addition, Cheiron Studios was a record label in affiliation with BMG for a while, a music publishing service, although those ventures were abandoned in favor of music production. After Denniz PoP's death in 1998, Cheiron closed in 2000. Talomaa and Max Martin reformed the company as The Location; the studio is owned by Roxy Recordings which includes the Hanssonic Studios of Anders Hansson. In 1986 a group of ten Swedish disc jockeys founded "SweMix", a remix service, as a response to DiscoNet, Hot Tracks and DMC; those included René Hedemyr, Sten Hallström, Emil Hellman and Johan Järpsten. At the beginning they were producing and distributed remixes of tracks without permission, so-called "bootlegs", for limited underground distribution on their newly founded Remixed Records.
Though being an underground collective, Remixed Records got noticed by, not only Scandinavia, but Germany and The Netherlands. Tom Talomaa, a nightclub owner, got involved and supported the studio with more sophisticated equipment. Artists were dropping by SweMix to get a production; as a result of the requests, two labels were started: Basement Division for the underground and SweMix Records via Swedish Sonet for commercial records. SweMix Records signed Swedish dance-acts like Dr. Alban, Dayeene, Leila K. and had their first biggest hit with Dr. Alban's "Hello Afrika". In 1991 the company was divided and sold Remixed Records to Giovanni Sconfienza, who converted it into a full-fledged label; the following year SweMix further split up into SweMix Records & Publishing. The latter was sold to BMG and taken over by Denniz PoP and Tom Talomaa, who renamed it Cheiron and began working in the studio in 1992. SweMix Productions, continued as a production company and a couple of months StoneBridge made it famous with his remix of Robin S. – “Show Me Love”, which put Sweden on the international map of club music.
The Danish record company Mega Records sent Denniz PoP a demo tape by a then-unknown band called Ace of Base. The song on the tape was called "Mr. Ace" and although at first Denniz was not impressed, the tape got stuck in his car stereo so he ended up listening to it over and over until he said "I gotta do something with this" and the solution was to make a reggae tune out of it, it was recorded at the SweMix Studio by Denniz and was given a new title "All That She Wants". The track was an unexpected catapulted both Ace of Base and Denniz PoP into stardom; the SweMix collective and Denniz PoP parted ways due to creative differences. When Denniz started Cheiron with Douglas Carr, he started to bring in influences from other musical styles than dance music. Swedish artists like Leila K. Papa Dee, Rob'n'Raz and Herbie enjoyed success with him, their initial attempts at publishing records and albums was a failure, as most of the records proved to be unsuccessful and financing music videos was too expensive.
As such, they started to concentrate on what their strengths: producing songs. The requests for Denniz's services increased as more upcoming artists wanted his sound and sense for what is working on the dance floor. To handle the offers he started to hire more people with the same approach, they began working with foreign artists in 1994 through Zomba, owned by BMG. "I didn't know what a producer did, "I spent two years day and night in that studio trying to learn what the hell was going on." – Max Martin, March 19, 2001While Cheiron was still a record label, Denniz was seeking a heavier style. Talomaa had promised a Swedish glam-style metal band It's Alive a gig at Ritz, offered a deal to release their second album Earthquake Visions and got Denniz to shape up the sound on the songs before the album's initial release; the members of the band stepped into the studio, nervous about the meeting with someone of Denniz's reputation. However, never taught any instruments, fumbled among his papers for chords and found instructions showing him where to put his fingers on the keyboard.
The members of It's Alive looked at each other and realized, "the guy had no idea about chords at all". The album failed to meet with any success but its frontman and singer at that time, Max Martin was encouraged to continue and write songs. Denniz thought Martin wrote great songs, he asked Martin if he could write songs for them instead and soon Martin joined Cheiron as an in-house producer. Their partnership proved to be successful, with their first collaboration, "Wish You Were Here" by Rednex, reaching #1 in several European countries. Cheiron next hired the duo of John Amatiell and Kristian Lundin as producers, they were signed to Dr. Alban’s Dr. Records label and had floor hits through the Cheiron/Pitch Control AB label. David Kreuger and Per Magnusson joined the crew to produce music for various upcoming Swedish and major international artists. 1994 turned out to be a successful year for Cheiron. Denniz and Amadin helped Dr. Alban to produce his third album Look Who's Talking!, which attained gold certification in Sweden.
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Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593 in collaboration with George Peele. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and is seen as his attempt to emulate the violent and bloody revenge plays of his contemporaries, which were popular with audiences throughout the 16th century; the play is set during the latter days of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of Titus, a general in the Roman army, engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. It is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work, traditionally was one of his least respected plays. In the Victorian era, it was disapproved of because of what was considered to be a distasteful use of graphic violence, but from around the middle of the 20th century its reputation began to improve; the play begins shortly after the death of the Roman emperor, with his two sons and Bassianus, squabbling over who will succeed him. Their conflict seems set to boil over into violence until a tribune, Marcus Andronicus, announces that the people's choice for the new emperor is Marcus's brother, who will shortly return to Rome from a victorious ten-year campaign against the Goths.
Titus subsequently arrives to much fanfare, bearing with him as prisoners the Queen of the Goths, her three sons, Aaron the Moor. Despite Tamora's desperate pleas, Titus sacrifices her eldest son, Alarbus, to avenge the deaths of his own sons during the war. Distraught and her two surviving sons vow to obtain revenge on Titus and his family. Meanwhile, Titus refuses the offer of the throne, arguing that he is not fit to rule and instead supporting the claim of Saturninus, duly elected. Saturninus tells Titus. Titus agrees, although Lavinia is betrothed to Saturninus's brother, who refuses to give her up. Titus's sons tell Titus that Bassianus is in the right under Roman law, but Titus refuses to listen, accusing them all of treason. A scuffle breaks out, during which Titus kills Mutius. Saturninus denounces the Andronici family for their effrontery and shocks Titus by marrying Tamora. Putting into motion her plan for revenge, Tamora advises Saturninus to pardon Bassianus and the Andronici family, which he reluctantly does.
During a royal hunt the following day, Aaron persuades Demetrius and Chiron to kill Bassianus, so they may rape Lavinia. They do so, throwing Bassianus's body into a pit and dragging Lavinia deep into the forest before violently raping her. To keep her from revealing what has happened, they cut off her hands. Meanwhile, Aaron writes a forged letter, which frames Titus's sons Martius and Quintus for the murder of Bassianus. Horrified at the death of his brother, Saturninus arrests Martius and Quintus, sentences them to death; some time Marcus discovers the mutilated Lavinia and takes her to her father, still shocked at the accusations levelled at his sons, upon seeing Lavinia, he is overcome with grief. Aaron visits Titus and falsely tells him that Saturninus will spare Martius and Quintus if either Titus, Marcus, or Titus's remaining son, cuts off one of their hands and sends it to him. Titus has Aaron cut off his left hand and sends it to the emperor but, in return, a messenger brings Titus Martius and Quintus's severed heads, along with Titus's own severed hand.
Desperate for revenge, Titus orders Lucius to flee Rome and raise an army among their former enemy, the Goths. Lavinia writes the names of her attackers in the dirt, using a stick held with her mouth and between her mutilated arms. Meanwhile, Tamora secretly gives birth to a mixed-race child, fathered by Aaron. Aaron kills the nurse to keep the child's race a secret and flees with the baby to save it from Saturninus' inevitable wrath. Thereafter, marching on Rome with an army, captures Aaron and threatens to hang the infant. In order to save the baby, Aaron reveals the entire revenge plot to Lucius. Back in Rome, Titus's behaviour suggests. Convinced of his madness, Tamora and Demetrius approach him, dressed as the spirits of Revenge and Rape. Tamora tells Titus that she will grant him revenge on all of his enemies if he can convince Lucius to postpone the imminent attack on Rome. Titus sends Marcus to invite Lucius to a reconciliatory feast. Revenge offers to invite the Emperor and Tamora as well, is about to leave when Titus insists that Rape and Murder stay with him.
When Tamora is gone, Titus has them restrained, cuts their throats and drains their blood into a basin held by Lavinia. Titus morbidly tells Lavinia that he plans to "play the cook", grind the bones of Demetrius and Chiron into powder, bake their heads; the next day, during the feast at his house, Titus asks Saturninus if a father should kill his daughter when she has been raped. When Saturninus answers that he should, Titus tells Saturninus of the rape; when the Emperor calls for Chiron and Demetrius, Titus reveals that they have been baked in the pie Tamora has just been eating. Titus kills Tamora and is killed by Saturninus, subsequently killed by Lucius to avenge his father's death. Lucius is proclaimed Emperor, he orders that Titus and Lavinia be laid in their family tomb, that Saturninus be given a state burial, that Tamora's body be thrown to the wild beasts outside the city, that Aaron be buried chest-deep and left to die of thirst
Voyage from Yesteryear
Voyage from Yesteryear is a 1982 science fiction novel by British writer James P. Hogan. According to Hogan, the idea for the book originated around 1976 when he was asked by a friend about whether there was a solution to "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland, he said that there was no solution that he could see and that the only thing that might work was separating the children and the adults to prevent the prejudices from being taught at an early age. However, some years he returned to the concept of a society free from conditioning, which formed part of the basis for Voyage from Yesteryear; the story opens early in the 21st century, as an automated space probe is being prepared for a mission to explore habitable exoplanets in the Alpha Centauri system. However, Earth appears destined for a global war which the probe designers fear that humanity may not survive, it appears that the only chance for the human species is to reestablish itself far away from the conflict but there is no time left for a manned expedition to escape Earth.
The team, led by Henry B. Congreve, change their mission priority and modify the design to carry several hundred sets of electronically coded human genetic data. Included in this mission of embryo space colonization is a databank of human knowledge, robots to convert the data into genetic material and care for the children and construct habitats when the destination is reached, a number of artificial wombs; the probe's designers name it the Kuan-Yin after the bodhisattva of compassion. Shortly after the launch, global war indeed breaks out and several decades Earthbound humanity is united under an authoritarian government, it is this government that receives a radio message from the fledgling "Chironian" civilization revealing that the probe found a habitable planet and that the first generation of children have been raised successfully. As the surviving power blocs of Earth before the conflict are still evident, North America and Asia each send a generation ship to Alpha Centauri to take control of the colony.
By the time that the first generation ship arrives after 20 years, Chironian society is in its fifth generation. The Mayflower II has brought with it thousands of settlers, all the trappings of the authoritarian regime along with bureaucracy, fascism and a military presence to keep the population in line. However, the planners behind the generation ship did not anticipate the direction that Chironian society took: in the absence of conditioning and with limitless robotic labor and fusion power, Chiron has become a post-scarcity economy. Money and material possessions are meaningless to the Chironians and social standing is determined by individual talent, which has resulted in a wealth of art and technology without any hierarchies, central authority or armed conflict. In an attempt to crush this anarchist adhocracy, the Mayflower II government employs every available method of control; the Chironians use methods similar to Gandhi's satyagraha and other forms of nonviolent resistance to win over most of the Mayflower II crew members, who had never experienced true freedom, isolate the die-hard authoritarians.
Frustrated with their lack of success, the authoritarian faction stages a military coup on board the Mayflower II and launches the ship's armed "battle module", threatening to attack unless they submit to a military dictatorship. Having isolated the authoritarians, the Chironians destroy the module with an antimatter particle beam weapon; the remainder of the crew join Chironian society. The week after, the laser communications beam to the Mayflower II cuts off, having been destroyed in another global war that had taken place 4.5 years ago. The epilogue is set five years after these events and shows that the Chironians assimilated the crews of the Asian and European starships. Now united, the Chironians refit and recommission the Mayflower II with an advanced antimatter drive and rename it the Henry B. Congreve; the Henry B. Congreve is sent back to Earth to rebuild human civilization, fulfilling the Kuan-Yin's mission of preserving humanity. Much of the reaction to the novel has been related to the creation of the Chironian society.
Ken MacLeod praised the "attractive and... plausible depiction of a communist anarchy" while John Clute compared it with the work of Eric Frank Russell. The strong libertarian themes in the novel led to it winning the Prometheus Award in 1983, the first of Hogan's two wins. Hogan's essay "What Really Brought Down Communism?" Explains the reception given to the book in the Soviet Union. In the mid-1980's, Hogan was informed that the novel had been serialized in a Polish science fiction magazine Fantastyka, and, in the absence of a functioning exchange mechanism, paid for it in Polish złotys credited to an account taken out in Hogan's name; the story was republished in other Eastern European countries where its depiction of nonviolent resistance against authority proved popular. In 1989, Hogan attended a convention in Kraków before travelling to Warsaw to meet the publishers of the magazine serial and draw out the money he had been paid. However, inflation following the collapse of the communist regime had reduced the value of the money in the account to just $8.43.
Hogan concluded: "So after the U. S. had spent trillions on its B-52s, Trident submarines, NSA, CIA, the rest, my tab for toppling the Soviet empire. There's always an easy way if you just look." Voyage from Yesteryear title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Voyage from Yesterye
Overcome (All That Remains album)
Overcome is the fourth studio album by the American heavy metal band All That Remains. It was released on September 19, 2008. Overcome is the first album by All That Remains, not produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage and the first album with drummer Jason Costa. On July 21, 2008, two tracks from the new album - "Before the Damned" and "Relinquish" - made their first appearance on the band's MySpace profile. Commenting on the tracks, vocalist Philip Labonte stated, "This represents the heavier side of ATR. Last time we did this we put up'The Weak Willed' and we feel like it's a bit of a tradition to kick you in the nuts when we first show off new stuff! So here is the heaviest stuff we came up with for'Overcome.'" "Chiron" made its first appearance on August 2008, on the band's MySpace profile. The song was the first single from the album, with a behind-the-scenes shoot up and the official music video submitted to YouTube. Two of the album's tracks, "Two Weeks" and "Chiron", were made available as downloadable content for Rock Band on September 9, 2008.
The tracks were exclusive to Rock Band for one week before the album was released."Two Weeks" was added to the band's MySpace page on September 8, 2008, to help promote the release of the song pack on Rock Band. It is a music video has been released for it; the song has since become their biggest hit to date, entering the top ten on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. The album entered the Billboard 200 at #16, has sold over 200,000 copies; the band released their third single from the album, "Forever In Your Hands", to radio on June 15, 2009. This featured an acoustic version of the song, the first time the band had released an acoustic song. On October 7, 2009, the band released the bonus track "Frozen" available in Japan only, as a free download from their website. On the same day, a music video for "Forever In Your Hands" was released. On March 17, 2010, "Days Without" was released on the Rock Band Network as a downloadable song. On April 8, 2010, "Forever In Your Hands" followed. "Undone" was released on April 27, 2010