In the first part of the previous century the new science aiming at researching the methods of improving the human race appeared. It got the name of eugenics and immediately became very popular among scientists, writers and educators. In the 1920s most of schoolchildren learned its principles at schools. Even lawyers and doctors were seriously interested in eugenics. In 1924 the Congress passed the law that would not allow people from Eastern and Southern Europe immigrate to the U.S. There were even thoughts about sterilizing unwanted people. Despite the popularity of eugenics in the English-speaking countries, Chesterton was against it. And he expressed his protest in his outstanding book that is still popular all over the world called Eugenics and Other Evils. The author claims that eugenics is one of the greatest evils of his society. As it turned out later with notorious experience of the Nazi ideas of purifying the German nation and eliminating the whole nations, especially Jews and Slavs. In this book, however, the author addresses not only eugenics but other evils of his society. Chesterton believes that socialism which was developing at that time gaining more and more popularity is one of them. As the book shows, the author has a wonderful sense of humor applying it in his story. At the same time it is scientific and in many ways rebelling. This edition contains fifty pages of extracts from the works of Chesterton's opponents to strengthen the value of the author's arguments.
After the colonists landed on the uninhabited planet every man was making an aircraft – communicators, but their tools – they disappeared! They couldn’t find even their clothes! This is a fascinating science alien planet riddle from the man writer, critic and Nebula award winner Barry Maltzberg calls "One of the twelve most influential science fiction writers Here is an enthralling science alien planet puzzle from the man writer, critic and Nebula award winner Barry Maltzberg calls "One of the twelve most influential science fiction writers". Eden, the Earth colony, is silent for eleven light years, and doesn’t answer any communications from native planet. That makes the Earth’s government go into panic. What if something terrible happened on a world already proven to have no smart and dangerous lifeforms? Or, maybe colonists do not want to answer and ignore all the messages for some strange and unknown reason? What kind of explanation for the mysterious silence of scientific colony can be found? To find the answer, government asks Extrapolators (called also Es) for help. Extrapolators are men and women with almost supernatural abilities to see the core of any problem. After having agreed to help the Earth’s leaders Extrapolators send Calvin Grey to Eden. If he finds and solves any problems, he will definitely get total admission into the ranks to the Es. Despite the fact that Grey is specially trained, he is still not prepared that well to the dangerous trip to Eden, struck by the nature disaster. Here start his adventures, described by Mark Clifton, who, with his co-author Frank Riley, won the 1955 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of the year.
The book is full of excitement, mature philosophy and gentle irony. All that combined with really great plot makes an extremely interesting story with unbelievable ending. Despite its intellectually-oriented theme, this is a well-written novel that is not at all difficult going for the reader. Clifton writes with pure clarity and simplicity, so the novel is easy to be understood. The book is full of refined and sophisticated humor that finely interweaves with actions. Every time you read this book, you will definitely find something new, not mentioned previously. "Eight keys to Eden" is full of mysteries and surprises. This novel is basically about perception, about the way people filter all their thoughts, ideas, and words through their already existing experiences. Doing that, they miss real opportunities to process truly new information. Rather philosophical novel, don’t you think so? It will be interesting and useful for the kids and also for their parents. Easy and light, it is to be read at one breath. "Eight keys to Eden" is a classic literature ‘must have’ for everyone, who doesn’t see his life without books. This masterpiece is worth being a part of your home library or mentioning in the list of your favorite books. It totally changes the way you think, despite the fact this is a simple (as it may seem at first sight) science fiction book.
The Victorians' eagerness for travel writings has probably never been equaled, and nearly every major writer of the 18th century tried his hand at writing a travel book. Alexander William Kinglake was not an exception. A book of an English traveler, writer and historian, describes his journey through the Ottoman Empire to Cairo, where he resided in the times of plague. Depicting monuments and museums, it is nevertheless more about the author’s internal journey, recording of personal experience. Not without the reason, the title means “from the early dawn” or “from the East”. Written in a conversational style, this a-century-and-a-half-old work still remains fresh and original as it was when it was first published in 1844.
Eric Brighteyes is a famous book written by Haggard Henry Rider which describes the adventures of the main character Eric who lives in Iceland in the 10th century. The novel appeared for the first time in 1890 and since then has been translated into many languages and published in various countries. Brighteyes is not Eric's last name but his nickname that was given to him for his most distinguished trait. He is in love with a beautiful girl named Gudruda the Fair and does everything to be with her. Her father, however, being a priest of the old Norse gods, is against their love as he believes that Eric will not have a worthy future. There is also one more character who is against the couple being together. It is Swanhild, Gudruda's half-sister, who wishes to be with Eric herself and makes up many evil things to break them up. Swanhild persuades the chief Ospakar Blacktooth to court Gudrida and they become enemies with Eric. The novel is full of inrigues, adventures and love.
East o the Sun and West o the Moon is remarkable romance written in the genre of epic by Peter Christen Asbjrnsen in the Norwegian language. Later, in the year of 1859 it was translated into English by Sir George Webbe Dasent. It is a powerful work created in the best traditions of the Gothic style that will keep modern readers attentive and carried-away. Sir George Webbe Dasent has made an outstanding translation which preserves the original relaxing and in many places colloquial style which is at the same time strong and passionate. The main character of this epic romance is an extremely beautiful lass who has to travel to a distant kingdom to find her sweetheart prince who was kidnapped by an evil and ugly bride. On her way she meets a number of obstacles, people and animals wanting to stop her. However, every cloud has a silver lining and in this world appear someone who wishes to help the lass. The book is intended for children of the age of 4 and up but it also will be interesting for their parents. This book resembles a good and old tale but it is at the same time very smart because it rises the questions of honesty and justice, love and hate, devotion and betrayal. Thus, it has not lost its urgency and would be interested for modern readers.
A “Human Comedy” of Honoré de Balzac, a French novelist and playwright, one of his earliest novels.
Eugenie Grandet was one of the most desirable fiancée of Saumur. Her father, a cooper in his past, became rich during the Revolution. The story is centred around the struggle between Eugenie and her father, which begun when she falls in love with her penniless cousin Charles. The madness about money makes him completely inhuman and cruel. Creating a human comedy Balzac posed a problem, new for the literature of that time. He aspired to portray, without pity but truthfully, the France of the 19th century, the real life of his contemporaries. In “Eugenie Grandet” he applies to the destructive power of money over people.
Balzac’s works are still popular among the wide readership, old and young, discovering in his novels the key to understanding of human soul.
Allie and Nick have been in Everlost for a few years. Like everything else that fails to get to where it’s going, they’ve settled in an unpredictable routine that’s become more like a mission. Their days are not consumed by tedious repetition or useless patterns Mary Queen of Snots would approve of. Allie and Nick have long-term goals. The dynamics differ for each, but in the end all Allie wants is to find her home; Nick wants to destroy Mary Hightower. Left to her own extreme ideas of what’s really best for the children of Everlost, her selfish ideals have begun to sink to new lows. Now she’s demonizing Nick as the “Chocolate Ogre,” perpetuating a self-fulfilling prophecy that threatens to overwhelm Nick’s operation and reveal Mary’s true colors. Neither Nick or Allie is ready to take their coin yet, nor as it turns out, is Mary. And Mikey, Allie’s companion on her journey to find her family, seems to be a bit too preoccupied with how boring his natural state is now that he is no longer The McGill…