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AN ASTRONAUT'S UNLIKELY JOURNEY TO UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
Written by MIKE MASSIMINO

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Crown Archetype

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90354-4

Mike Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, but his journey to realizing those dreams is as unlikely as it is captivating. In his new memoir Spaceman Massimino invites readers into a rare, wonderful world where hard science meets the most thrilling adventure, and pulls back the curtain on just what having “the right stuff” really means.

“Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller -- a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived...

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UNDERSTANDING THE 12 TECHNOLOGICAL FORCES THAT WILL SHAPE OUR FUTURE
Written by KEVIN KELLY

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-42808-4

A New York Times Bestseller

From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives


Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the...

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A JOURNEY WITH A PILOT
Written by MARK VANHOENACKER

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-16971-4

In the twenty-first century, airplane flight— once a remarkable feat of human ingenuity—has been relegated to the realm of the mundane. In this mesmerizing reflection on flying, Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flying, helps us to reimagine what we—as pilots and as passengers—are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. In a seamless fusion of history, politics, geography,...

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THE UNLIKELY TALE OF MARKUS "NOTCH" PERSSON AND THE GAME THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 06/16/2015

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80575-3

For this second edition, the story has been enriched with more Minecraft than ever—a new section describes Minecraft's sale to Microsoft, Notch's less than heartwarming last day in the office, and Mojang's final days of independence.

His whole life, all Markus Persson wanted to do was create his own games. Create his own games and get rich. Then in 2009 a strange little project of his quickly grew into a worldwide phenomenon and, in just a few short years, turned its maker into an...

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A JOURNEY WITH A PILOT
Written by MARK VANHOENACKER

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/02/2015

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35181-2

A poetic and nuanced exploration of the human experience of flight that reminds us of the full imaginative weight of our most ordinary journeys—and reawakens our capacity to be amazed. 

The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight—a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity—to the realm of the mundane. Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to reimagine what we—both as pilots and as...

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THE SCIENTIFIC QUEST TO UNDERSTAND, ENHANCE, AND EMPOWER THE MIND
Written by MICHIO KAKU

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 02/17/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47334-9

Michio Kaku, the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.

The Future of the Mind brings a topic that once belonged solely to the province of science fiction into a startling new reality. This scientific tour de force unveils the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and...

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THE HIGH-STAKES RACE TO SATISFY OUR NEED FOR THE SCARCEST METALS ON EARTH
Written by KEITH VERONESE

Format: Hardcover, 270 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14972-7

How will your life change when the supply of tantalum dries up? You may have never heard of this unusual metal, but without it smartphones would be instantly less omniscient, video game systems would falter, and laptops fail.  Tantalum is not alone.  Rhodium. Osmium. Niobium. Such refugees from the bottom of the periodic table are key components of many consumer products like cell phones, hybrid car batteries, and flat screen televisions, as well as sophisticated medical devices and even...

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A MYSTERY WITH A BLINKING, BEEPING, VOICE-RECORDING GADGET GLOVE YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-594-74729-8

Bright siblings—and amateur inventors—Nick and Tesla Holt are back in this fourth installment of their whiz-bang middle-grade series. This time, the twins are out to save science itself, as they race against the clock to figure out why a robotic assortment of history’s greatest scientists and inventors keeps going haywire. Is this sabotage, robo-geddon…or something more sinister? To unravel the mystery, they’ll have to keep adding all-new gadgets to their cyborg glove as they stay one step...

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THE NEXT BIG EARTHQUAKE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Written by SANDI DOUGHTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-570-61942-7

Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake, also called a mega-quake, in the continental United States. A quake will happen—in fact it's actually overdue. The Cascadia subduction zone is 750 miles long, running along the Pacific coast from Northern California up to southern British Columbia.

In this fascinating book, The Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton introduces readers to the scientists who are...

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INSIDE THE CURIOSITY MISSION
Written by MARC KAUFMAN
Foreword by ELON MUSK

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-21278-9

With images never published before, many with surprising colors and landscapes that make you want to spend your next vacation on Mars, this is the one and only book written in consultation with NASA scientists that explains everything, detail by detail and moment by moment, about the most ambitious space expedition the human race has ever undertaken.
 
 Mars Up Close combines inside stories, fascinating facts, up-to-date maps, accessible science, eye-popping pictures, and visions of a future...

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VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE
Written by KEITH PARSONS

Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14929-1

Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the focus of this unique approach to the philosophy of science. Unlike standard textbooks, this book does not attempt a comprehensive review of the entire field, but makes a selection of the most vibrant debates and issues.

The author tackles such stimulating questions as: Can...

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AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MARS ROVER MISSION AND THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Written by ROD PYLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 300 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 07/15/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14933-8

Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle provides a behind-the-scenes look into the recent space mission to Mars of Curiosity--the unmanned rover that is now providing researchers with unprecedented information about the red planet. Pyle follows the team of dedicated scientists whose job it is to explore new vistas on Mars. Readers will also join Curiosity, the most advanced machine ever sent to another planet, on its journey of discovery. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion...

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