Flying Off Everest

Author: Dave Costello
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493009168
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Perched impossibly on a ridge overlooking a 10,000-foot drop into Tibet, Sano Babu Sunuwar and Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa wait. Heel to toe, connected at the waist by a pair of carabineers that’s connected to nothing else, they stare down the North Face of Mount Everest, a red and white nylon tandem paragliding wing fluttering behind them. They know that jumping off the top of the world marks only the beginning of a longer, more audacious journey. And they know that the two-mile ride down Everest will be the easiest part. If the jump doesn’t kill them. In April 2011 the two unsponsored Nepalis set out on an unprecedented expedition to climb Everest, paraglide from its peak, and paddle nearly 400 miles to the ocean. Little problems wouldn’t stop them. Like the fact that Babu had no technical climbing experience. And that Lakpa had never been kayaking—or swimming. But after summiting, surviving their flight off the world’s tallest mountain, and being arrested, robbed, and nearly drowned—repeatedly—the two friends discovered their adventure had only just begun.

The Year S Best Science Fiction Nineteenth Annual Collection

Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1429903821
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The twenty-first century has so far proven to be exciting and wondrous and filled with challenges we had never dreamed. New possibilities previously unimagined appear almost daily . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore those possibilities with delightful results: Collected in this anthology are such compelling stories as: "On K2 with Kanakaredes" by Dan Simmons. A relentlessly paced and absorbing tale set in the near future about three mountain climbers who must scale the face of K2 with some very odd company. "The Human Front" by Ken MacLeod. In this compassionate coming-of-age tale the details of life are just a bit off from things as we know them-and nothing is as it appears to be. "Glacial" by Alastair Reynolds. A fascinating discovery on a distant planet leads to mass death and a wrenching mystery as spellbinding as anything in recent short fiction. The twenty-six stories in this collection imaginatively takes us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Eleanor Arnason Chris Beckett Michael Blumlein Michael Cassutt Brenda W. Clough Paul Di Filippo Andy Duncan Carolyn Ives Gilman Jim Grimsley Simon Ings James Patrick Kelly Leigh Kennedy Nancy Kress Ian R. MacLeod Ken MacLeod Paul J. McAuley Maureen F. McHugh Robert Reed Alastair Reynolds Geoff Ryman William Sanders Dan Simmons Allen M. Steele Charles Stross Michael Swanwick Howard Waldrop Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.

Into Hot Air

Author: Chris Elliott
Publisher: Weinstein Books
ISBN: 9781602860551
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Comedian Chris Elliott stumbles upon evidence that Sir Edmund Hillary had not been the first person to reach the peak of Mount Everest, when the diary of his Great Uncle Percy Brackett Elliott, an eccentric adventurer who had vanished decades earlier while attempting to ascend Everest, mysteriously appears on his doorstep. By the author of The Shroud of the Thwacker. Reprint.

Peak

Author: Roland Smith
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547417172
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The only thing you’ll find on the summit of Mount Everest is a divine view. The things that really matter lie far below. – Peak Marcello After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father's renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. As owner of Peak Expeditions, he wants his son to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit--and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it's also one that could cost him his life. Roland Smith has created an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family, and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk. The story of Peak’s dangerous ascent—told in his own words—is suspenseful, immediate, and impossible to put down.

Redshift

Author: Al Sarrantonio
Publisher: ROC Hardcover
ISBN: 9780451459046
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A revolutionary anthology of remarkable works of speculative fiction encompasses contributions by Ursula K. Le Guin, Joyce Carol Oates, Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove, Gregory Benford, Michael Moorcook, Joe Haldeman, Stephen Baxter, Catherine Asaro, and other acclaimed authors. Reprint.

Into Thin Air

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0679462716
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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds... Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. From the Paperback edition.

Grandparents And Grandchildren

Author: Noorjahan Ghazi
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1477220232
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This book is all about understanding humanity in order to improve quality of life. It focuses on family life and the social structure, which needs reforming and reviving in the ‘cool light of humanity’. The basis for this book is my article, I wrote about ‘weak relationship between parents and children, and poor upbringing leads to violence’, which was published in the ‘Ottawa Citizen’ in 2004. This book is for everyone, especially for the teenagers of our world. If parents cannot become the role models for their children, they should welcome grandparents; they should let them stay close to the children and be the role models for them — And let grandparents become the torchbearers of humanity – our torches started becoming dim when we started losing their guidance. We need to change our self-serving mindset — Reviving the role of grandparents is a need in our time — Understanding humanity should begin at home; this mindset can understand the significance of ‘taking care of neighbours’. As grandparents teach human values, they connect their families with the past, which gives them a better understanding of proper human behaviour. Grandparents teach dos and don’ts through examples, and they become examples; it is like a game of show-and-tell. Although this is not a lengthy book, this text is enough to learn how to respect others and to live with dignity, and to awaken humanity in human relations. Moral and ethical values that build a strong character are presented in the book, and, though these teachings are not new, they have been reminded to mankind throughout history.