Damia's Children is a 1993 science fiction novel by American writer Anne McCaffrey, forming part of the Talent series. Damia's Children forms a two-part story with the novel Lyon's Pride. Humanity has found a new ally in their ongoing war against the Beetle Hive, a tenacious species called the Mrdini. In order to better understand each other, some humans and'Dinis are raised together from childhood, but the two species' common enemy, the expansionist Beetle aliens, are once again encroaching on inhabited territory, necessitating that despite their youth, Damia's Children must become the last line of defense for both Human and'Dini. Damia's Children tells the first half of a story, continued in Lyon's Pride; the Talents Universe series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Acorna's World is a fantasy or science fiction novel by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. It was the fourth in the Acorna Universe series initiated by McCaffrey and Margaret Ball in Acorna: The Unicorn Girl. World was preceded by Acorna's People followed by Acorna's Search. Having come to understand her Linyaari past, Acorna has become a member of the crew of the Condor, a salvage ship; the crew consists of the mildly eccentric Captain Becker, the ship's feline first mate RK, Aari, a Linyaari, still scarred physically and from his capture and subsequent torture by the Khleevi. While searching space for salvage, they come across the wreck of a ship with information indicating that the Khleevi are on the move in that sector of space, may come to the Linyaari homeworld of Narhii-Viliinyar before long. Acorna and her friends must now warn their people and find a way to stop the oncoming Khleevi horde
New York City
The City of New York called either New York City or New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York is the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, exerts a significant impact upon commerce, research, education, tourism, art and sports; the city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of, a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898; the city and its metropolitan area constitute the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. New York City is home to more than 3.2 million residents born outside the United States, the largest foreign-born population of any city in the world. In 2017, the New York metropolitan area produced a gross metropolitan product of US$1.73 trillion. If greater New York City were a sovereign state, it would have the 12th highest GDP in the world. New York is home to the highest number of billionaires of any city in the world. New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan.
The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790, it has been the country's largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the U. S. by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is an international symbol of the U. S. and its ideals of liberty and peace. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability, as a symbol of freedom and cultural diversity. Many districts and landmarks in New York City are well known, with the city having three of the world's ten most visited tourist attractions in 2013 and receiving a record 62.8 million tourists in 2017. Several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Times Square, iconic as the world's "heart" and its "Crossroads", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
The names of many of the city's landmarks and parks are known around the world. Manhattan's real estate market is among the most expensive in the world. New York is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, with multiple signature Chinatowns developing across the city. Providing continuous 24/7 service, the New York City Subway is the largest single-operator rapid transit system worldwide, with 472 rail stations. Over 120 colleges and universities are located in New York City, including Columbia University, New York University, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top universities in the world. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, the city is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York.
James's older brother, King Charles II, had appointed the Duke proprietor of the former territory of New Netherland, including the city of New Amsterdam, which England had seized from the Dutch. During the Wisconsinan glaciation, 75,000 to 11,000 years ago, the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth; the erosive forward movement of the ice contributed to the separation of what is now Long Island and Staten Island. That action left bedrock at a shallow depth, providing a solid foundation for most of Manhattan's skyscrapers. In the precolonial era, the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by Algonquian Native Americans, including the Lenape, whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking, included Staten Island; the first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He named it Nouvelle Angoulême. A Spanish expedition led by captain Estêvão Gomes, a Portuguese sailing for Emperor Charles V, arrived in New York Harbor in January 1525 and charted the mouth of the Hudson River, which he named Río de San Antonio.
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Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 6,928, an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. It is part of Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is the largest city within Sussex County and was voted the 28th Best Small Town in America. It hosted the Seaford Eagles of the Eastern Shore Baseball League. Seaford is named after East Sussex in England. All land in current western and southern Sussex County was first settled as part of Maryland. Seaford, along with Bridgeville, Greenwood and others, were all part of Dorchester County in the Province of Maryland. Blades and Concord areas, on the other hand, were part of Somerset County, it is reported that an error in a map coordinate resulted in the east-west line of Delaware being from current Delmar to Fenwick. The original agreement had the eastwest line at the Cape Henlopen, not at the false cape. If the line had survived, Seaford would now be in Maryland.
After many years in the courts of London, the boundary lines are as the surveyors Mason and Dixon defined in 1763. Only 20 acres of land remain from the plantations original size of 1,400 acres. There are many notable buildings on this property, you can find a granary, smokehouse, corn cribs, Delaware's only documented surviving slave quarters. Seaford is one of seven Main Street communities that participated in the Delaware Main Street Program, part of the national Main Street plan to revitalize commercial districts; the program was developed in the 1970s by the National Trust Main Street Center, in turn a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1999–2000 Seaford's historic downtown area along High Street underwent major renovations, preserving the city's old fashioned charm with $1.5 million of landscaping, street paving, lamp posts, street lights, utility upgrades. The Building at 200-202A High Street, Building at 218 High Street, Building at High and Cannon Streets, Burton Hardware Store, J. W. Cox Dry Goods Store, First National Bank of Seaford and Rawlins Mill, Maston House, Jesse Robinson House and Rachel Ross House, Gov. William H. Ross House, St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Church, Seaford Station Complex, Sussex National Bank of Seaford are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Seaford is located at 38°38′28″N 75°36′40″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles, of which, 3.5 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square miles of it is water. Situated on the Atlantic Coastal Plain, Seaford's weather is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean. Seaford has a mild subtropical climate consisting of mild winters; the average daytime high in July is 87 °F and a low of 65 °F. The highest official temperature recorded in Seaford was 104 °F on July 22, 2011, while the all-time low was -13 °F on January 28, 1987; as of the census of 2000, there were 6,699 people, 2,629 households, 1,664 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,925.9 people per square mile. There were 2,809 housing units at an average density of 807.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 64.04% White, 30.02% African American, 0.37% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.25% of the population.
There were 2,629 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 22.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.7% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.95. In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 25.6% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 77.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $28,402, the median income for a family was $39,688. Males had a median income of $30,467 versus $23,490 for females; the per capita income for the city was $15,022. About 22.0% of families and 27.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.4% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.
Seaford has a mayor-council system of government with a City Council. As of 2017, the Mayor of Seaford is David Genshaw while the members of City Council are Vice Mayor Dan H. Henderson, Grace S. Peterson, Leanne Phillips-Lowe, Orlando Holland, H. William Mulvaney III. U. S. Route 13 is the main north-south thoroughfare within city limits, with Delaware Route 20 being the main east-west highway. U. S. Route 13 connects Seaford with Bridgeville to the north and Laurel to the south as part of the Sussex Highway. State Route 20 connects Seaford with Millsboro to Maryland to the west; the closest airport with commercial air service to Seaford is the Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury, Maryland. The closest public airport is Laurel Airport in Delaware. There is a
Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction dealing with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, extraterrestrials in fiction. Science fiction explores the potential consequences of scientific other various innovations, has been called a "literature of ideas." "Science fiction" is difficult to define as it includes a wide range of concepts and themes. James Blish wrote: "Wells used the term to cover what we would today call'hard' science fiction, in which a conscientious attempt to be faithful to known facts was the substrate on which the story was to be built, if the story was to contain a miracle, it ought at least not to contain a whole arsenal of them."Isaac Asimov said: "Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology." According to Robert A. Heinlein, "A handy short definition of all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world and present, on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method."Lester del Rey wrote, "Even the devoted aficionado or fan—has a hard time trying to explain what science fiction is," and that the reason for there not being a "full satisfactory definition" is that "there are no delineated limits to science fiction."
Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty, saying "science fiction is what we point to when we say it." Mark C. Glassy described the definition of science fiction as U. S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart did with the definition of pornography: "I know it when I see it." Science fiction had its beginnings in a time when the line between myth and fact was arguably more blurred than the present day. Written in the 2nd century CE by the satirist Lucian, A True Story contains many themes and tropes that are characteristic of contemporary science fiction, including travel to other worlds, extraterrestrial lifeforms, interplanetary warfare, artificial life; some consider it the first science-fiction novel. Some of the stories from The Arabian Nights, along with the 10th-century The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and Ibn al-Nafis's 13th-century Theologus Autodidactus contain elements of science fiction. Products of the Age of Reason and the development of modern science itself, Johannes Kepler's Somnium, Francis Bacon's New Atlantis, Cyrano de Bergerac's Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon and The States and Empires of the Sun, Margaret Cavendish's "The Blazing World", Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Ludvig Holberg's Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum and Voltaire's Micromégas are regarded as some of the first true science-fantasy works.
Indeed, Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan considered Somnium the first science-fiction story. Following the 18th-century development of the novel as a literary form, Mary Shelley's books Frankenstein and The Last Man helped define the form of the science-fiction novel. Brian Aldiss has argued. Edgar Allan Poe wrote several stories considered science fiction, including "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall" which featured a trip to the Moon. Jules Verne was noted for his attention to detail and scientific accuracy Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea which predicted the contemporary nuclear submarine. In 1887, the novel El anacronópete by Spanish author Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau introduced the first time machine. Many critics consider H. G. Wells one of science fiction's most important authors, or "the Shakespeare of science fiction." His notable science-fiction works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds. His science fiction imagined alien invasion, biological engineering and time travel.
In his non-fiction futurologist works he predicted the advent of airplanes, military tanks, nuclear weapons, satellite television, space travel, something resembling the World Wide Web. In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published A Princess of Mars, the first of his three-decade-long planetary romance series of Barsoom novels, set on Mars and featuring John Carter as the hero. In 1926, Hugo Gernsback published the first American science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, in which he wrote: By'scientifiction' I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type of story—a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision... Not only do these amazing tales make tremendously interesting reading—they are always instructive, they supply knowledge... in a palatable form... New adventures pictured for us in the scientifiction of today are not at all impossible of realization tomorrow... Many great science stories destined to be of historical interest are still to be written...
Posterity will point to them as having blazed a new trail, not only in literature and fiction, but progress as well. In 1928, E. E. "Doc" Smith's first published work, The Skylark of Space, written in collaboration with Lee Hawkins Garby, appeared in Amazing Stories. It is called the first great space opera; the same year, Philip Francis Nowlan's original Buck Rogers story, Armageddon 2419 appeared in Amazing Stories. This was followed by the first serious science-fiction comic. In 1937, John W. Campbell became editor of Astounding Science Fiction, an event, sometimes conside
The Ship Who Searched
The Ship Who Searched is a science fiction novel by American writers Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey. It is the third of seven books in The Ship Who Sang series by McCaffrey and four other authors, the only one by Lackey, it was first published as a serial in the monthly Amazing Stories, June to September, as a paperback original by Baen Books in August 1992. The Ship Who Searched follows the adventures of Hypatia Cade, whom an alien virus renders quadriplegic, her only hope for a good life, free of the prison her body has become, is to enter the BB Program, named for Brain and Brawn. She does so, becomes a brainship, a cyborg human being and interstellar spacecraft; the book begins when she contracts the virus at age seven and features her adventures as AH-1033 with her "brawn" Alex, the human partner whom she secretly loves. Hypatia or AH-1033 is unique among protagonists of the Brain & Brawn Ship series in that she is disabled as a child rather than at birth; the premise introducing the series is that the parents of babies with severe physical disabilities but developed brains may allow them to become "shell people" rather than to be euthanised.
Taking that option, physical growth is stunted, the body is encapsulated in a titanium life-support shell with capacity for computer connections, the person is raised for "one of a number of curious professions. As such, their offspring would suffer no pain, live a comfortable existence in a metal shell for several centuries, performing unusual service for Central Worlds."Shell children do come of age with heavy debts which they must work off in order to become free agents. They are employed as the "brains" of spacecraft "brainships"), so on cities. A brainship is able to operate independently but is employed in partnership with one "normal" person called a "brawn" who travels inside the ship much as a pilot would. A brawn is specially trained to be the mobile half of such a partnership; the nickname is relative: the training is long and intense and the brawns must be brainy people in fact. The Ship Who Searched is the specific reference for "The Future Imperfect" by disability rights advocate Sarah Einstein, a critique of the Brain & Brawn Ship series representing science fiction and modern convention in general.
Einstein observes that 40 years we have many more technological wonders than McCaffrey had imagined. The protagonists in the story would have been much helped, for instance, by a secure communications channel and a GPS system, both of which I have in my battered old car, but most of all, the heroine of this book would have been helped by a future shaped by the actions of today’s disability activists. Because, at its heart, this series of books tells the story of the enslavement of promising children who have the bad luck to be born—or in this one case alone, become—disabled; the essay serves as a call for reader-submitted stories. Einstein concludes, This is not the sort of future disability advocates. No, we see a future without stairs.... How will science help us build inclusive communities? There is too little science fiction written that envisions a accessible, universally designed future, and so we are asking you, gentle readers, to do just that." The editors posted some clarifying notes by Einstein with the contest details.
Evidently a winning essay was published in Redstone Science Fiction, September 2010. The Ship Who Searched title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
The Death of Sleep
The Death of Sleep is a science fiction novel by American writers Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye, published by Baen Books in 1990. It is the second book in the Planet Pirates trilogy and continues the Ireta series that McCaffrey initiated with Dinosaur Planet in 1978. Elizabeth Moon and McCaffrey wrote the other two Planet Pirates books. Like its predecessor, The Death of Sleep is written in four parts; each book centers on a new stage in the life of Dr. Lunzie Mespil. Lunzie leaves her daughter for what she thinks will be a brief and lucrative job, but through various circumstances she suffers extended periods of cold sleep on several occasions, finds herself thrown into a time different from her own, is never able to meet her daughter again. Throughout her various experiences, Lunzie teams up with a changing cast of characters in order to bring down the planet pirates that plague the outer reaches of space; the book begins as Lunzie sets off from Tau Ceti to her first assignment away from her daughter, on Descartes Mining Platform 6, only 12 years old.
She tearfully leaves her teenage daughter behind, taking only a hologram of her and two duffel bags of clothes and the like. Her ship leaves, with her as acting psychologist, she speaks to a man who suffered from agoraphobia due to 12 years in cryo, she consoles him, but they are interrupted by the collision alarm: two asteroids are close to colliding with the ship, they have no way to avoid them. The crew run for the lifeboats, but Lunzie is cut off from the rest of the ship, so must board hers alone, she contacts the other lifeboats, is told that they will all hibernate till help arrives. She goes into the first part ends; the story resumes with a miner from Descartes Platform 6, now 74 years old, as he is led by a Thek to a large asteroid, with a dated escape pod embedded in its surface. Lunzie is revived to discover that she's been unconscious for 62 years, making her daughter in her 70s; the rest of the crew were recovered long ago, the man she'd been counselling for agoraphobia did not remember her.
She decided to move on with her life and relearn medicine, due to the new techniques which she did not know, so she returned to her old university, starts again. She falls in love, moves in, with'Tee', a technician, behind the times due to stasis, depressed due to his advanced developments having been made obsolete in the 12 years he missed. Lunzie qualifies again, receives an invitation from her now-extended family, along with her daughter, who she thought killed in an act of piracy, she takes a position on a space cruise liner, sets of for Alpha Centauri. Disaster strikes again when the ship's engines fail, they're dragged into orbit around the nearby gas giant; the passengers Lunzie herself. Lunzie's injured by a door, is put into coldsleep once again; when she wakes up 12 years have passed, and'Tee' has spent most of it looking for her, signing up with the FSP fleet. However, their reunion is marred by his having moved on from her, started a new relationship, they part ways as friends, Lunzie gets to meet her larger family on Alpha Centauri.
They are delighted to meet her, but she finds them hide-bound and dull, living on a planet, over populated and polluted. The only one that she can relate to is Lorna, similar to Fiona, who shares their'itchy feet'; because of this, Lunzie gives her some of her 62 years worth of salary. Lunzie must now leave, but before she does, the captain of her rescuing ship invites her out to dinner out of friendship, but to use here as a cover for getting close to some of the'planet pirates', groups of people who illegally colonise planets, he gets a call from his source, goes to meet him, but one of the waiters attacks them. Ireta series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database