'Eyes to the Sky' is the first short story set in the BSR universe. At the end of the story are custom units and a unique faction, the Glitchorz, designed for solo play using the BSR: Core Rulebook.
Author: Nicholas Tockert
In the wastelands of the distant world of Praxxis 5, where huge walking war machines called BSR's do battle with other armored vehicles, an Old Man keeps a lonely vigil and carries a terrible secret left over from a war everyone would rather forget. Together with a young man he must face an impossible threat and the ghosts of his past.'Eyes to the Sky' is the first short story set in the BSR universe. At the end of the story are custom units and a unique faction, the Glitchorz, designed for solo play using the BSR: Core Rulebook.
While it may well solve serious crimes and even help ease the traffic along your morning commute, it could also enable far more sinister and dangerous intrusions into our lives. This is closed-circuit television on steroids.
Author: Arthur Holland Michel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The fascinating history and unnerving future of high-tech aerial surveillance, from its secret military origins to its growing use on American citizens Eyes in the Sky is the authoritative account of how the Pentagon secretly developed a godlike surveillance system for monitoring America's enemies overseas, and how it is now being used to watch us in our own backyards. Whereas a regular aerial camera can only capture a small patch of ground at any given time, this system—and its most powerful iteration, Gorgon Stare—allow operators to track thousands of moving targets at once, both forwards and backwards in time, across whole city-sized areas. When fused with big-data analysis techniques, this network can be used to watch everything simultaneously, and perhaps even predict attacks before they happen. In battle, Gorgon Stare and other systems like it have saved countless lives, but when this technology is deployed over American cities—as it already has been, extensively and largely in secret—it has the potential to become the most nightmarishly powerful visual surveillance system ever built. While it may well solve serious crimes and even help ease the traffic along your morning commute, it could also enable far more sinister and dangerous intrusions into our lives. This is closed-circuit television on steroids. Facebook in the heavens. Drawing on extensive access within the Pentagon and in the companies and government labs that developed these devices, Eyes in the Sky reveals how a top-secret team of mad scientists brought Gorgon Stare into existence, how it has come to pose an unprecedented threat to our privacy and freedom, and how we might still capitalize on its great promise while avoiding its many perils.
He chuckled. “Don't you want to know what the assignment is?” “Nope.” “You don'
t want to know where you are going?” “Nope. I just want to go.” S. “Right. Well,
here is the tablet; your flight is waiting. 19 Eyes in the Sky Chapter Three.
Author: Viola Grace
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Riasa has been working with the resistance to warn talents of the scanning bots flying overhead on schedules. The warning of eyes in the sky saved lives and families. Rescued before she could be caught, Riasa begins life at Citadel Teklan, but she knows something is very wrong. Confronting her suspicions, she calls in help and destroys the only home she has been offered before getting assigned to a flyer with wings of stone. Natu was disgruntled to be picking up a farmerês daughter on Resicor, but once he met Riasa and saw her talent in action, he had to admit that he had been in the right place at the right time.
Another worldwide collaboration of radio observatories is using a network of
large radio telescopes to measure the arrival times of pulses from an array of
pulsars distributed over the sky. The objective is to detect cosmic gravitational
Author: Francis Graham-Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Four centuries ago, Galileo first turned a telescope to look up at the night sky. His discoveries opened the cosmos, revealing the geometry and dynamics of the solar system. Today's telescopic equipment, stretching over the whole spectrum from visible light to radio and millimetre astronomy, through infrared to ultraviolet, X-rays and gamma rays, has again transformed our understanding of the whole Universe. In this book Francis Graham-Smith explains how this technology can be engaged to give us a more in-depth picture of the nature of the universe. Looking at both ground-based telescopes and telescopes on spacecraft, he analyses their major discoveries, from planets and pulsars to cosmology. Large research teams and massive data handling are necessary, but the excitement of discovery is increasingly shared by a growing public, who can even join in some of the analysis by remote computer techniques. Observational astronomy has become international. All major projects are now partnerships; most notably the Square Kilometre Array, which will involve astronomers from over 100 countries and will physically exist in several of them. Covering the history and development of telescopes from Galileo to the present day, Eyes on the Sky traces what happens when humankind looks up.
Edwin Hubble discovered a star that changed brightness with clocklike precision
in the Andromeda Nebula, one of the largest spirals in the sky. Such behaviour
was well known from similar stars in our own Milky Way, whose true luminosities
Author: Govert Schilling
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Adopted as the official book of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009, this stunningly illustrated history of telescopic discovery spans the range from the first telescopes via the Hubble Space Telescope to next generation platforms, and how they have changed and continue to change our view of the universe, our place in it and where it all came from. EYES ON THE SKIES features numerous full-page photographs and is printed in high-quality color throughout. Also includes the official IYA DVD with 59 minutes of narrated text, expert comments and interviews, animations, computer simulations, science results, plus footage from observatories.
This previously untold story of the secret Cold War espionage program makes full use of the author’s own firsthand knowledge and of the information gained from interviews with important participants.
Author: Dino Brugioni
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Dino A. Brugioni, author of the best-selling account of the Cuban Missile crisis, Eyeball to Eyeball, draws on his long CIA career as one of the world's premier experts on aerial reconnaissance to provide the inside story of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s efforts to use spy planes and satellites to gather military intelligence. He reveals Eisenhower to be a hands-on president who, contrary to popular belief, took an active role in assuring that the latest technology was used to gather aerial intelligence. This previously untold story of the secret Cold War espionage program makes full use of the author’s own firsthand knowledge and of the information gained from interviews with important participants. As a founder and senior officer of the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center, Brugioni was a key player in keeping Eisenhower informed of all developments, and he sheds new light on the president’s contributions toward building an effective and technologically advanced aerial reconnaissance organization. Eyes in the Sky provides details of the president’s backing of the U-2’s development and its use to dispel the bomber gap, to provide data on Soviet missile and nuclear efforts and to deal with crises in the Suez, Lebanon, Chinese Off Shore Islands, Tibet, Indonesia, East Germany, and elsewhere. Brugioni offers new information about Eisenhower’s order of U-2 flights over Malta, Cyprus, Toulon, and Israel and subsequent warnings to the British, French, and Israelis that the U.S. would not support an invasion of Egypt. He notes that the president also backed the development of the CORONA photographic satellite, which eventually proved the missile gap with the Soviet Union didn't exist, and a variety of other satellite systems that detected and monitored problems around the world.
He kissed me again, with equal passion. “Wendy . . . I don't believe this.” . . . put
his arms around me and sighed. “You're right . . . We've got to get back to the
house.” He drew back. Bright flashes oflightening lit the sky and our eyes met for
Author: Sylvia Fraley
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Love at first sight is what happened to Wendy when she walked into the gas station one morning. Trouble is . . . the only contact she had with Mr. Right (Lance) were the looks they exchanged as he walked past her and out of the door. After months of wishing and wondering who he was . . . lots of gas station drive-bys and dead-end searching . . . there he stood . . . in the bank . . . right next to her. As luck would have it, all hell broke loose right then. Two bank robbers flung open the door and asked what was taking them so long to bag up the money. Surprise glances were exchanged between the two of them. Fate had thrown Wendy and Lance together . . . Their attempt to escape found Wendy ripping a hole in one of the robbers coveralls only to discover a policemans uniform hidden underneath. Now . . . the chase was on . . . Fake names . . . . Daring close escapes . . . Hiding out in far away places and near death encounters brings the two of them closer together than either of them ever dreamed . . . . of course . . . THERE IS A SURPRISE ENDING.
Crop yields in smallholder systems are traditionally assessed using farmer-reported information in surveys, occasionally by crop cuts for a sub-section of a farmer's plot, and rarely using full-plot harvests.
Author: David B. Lobell
Crop yields in smallholder systems are traditionally assessed using farmer-reported information in surveys, occasionally by crop cuts for a sub-section of a farmer's plot, and rarely using full-plot harvests. Accuracy and cost vary dramatically across methods. In parallel, satellite data is improving in terms of spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution needed to discern performance on smallholder plots. This study uses data from a survey experiment in Uganda, and evaluates the accuracy of Sentinel-2 imagery-based, remotely-sensed plot-level maize yields with respect to ground-based measures relying on farmer self-reporting, sub-plot crop cutting (CC), and full-plot crop cutting (FP). Remotely-sensed yields include two versions calibrated to FP and CC yields (calibrated), and an alternative based on crop model simulations, using no ground data (uncalibrated). On the ground, self-reported yields explained less than 1 percent of FP (and CC) yield variability, and while the average difference between CC and FP yields was not significant, CC yields captured one-quarter of FP yield variability. With satellite data, both calibrated and uncalibrated yields captured FP yield variability on pure stand plots similarly well, and both captured half of FP yield variability on pure stand plots above 0.10 hectare. The uncalibrated yields were consistently 1 ton per hectare higher than FP or CC yields, and the satellite-based yields were less well correlated with the ground-based measures on intercropped plots compared with pure stand ones. Importantly, regressions using CC, FP and remotely-sensed yields as dependent variables all produced very similar coefficients for yield response to production factors.
Doctor Afras Petewerti's goal was to become the most successful alien in the universe.
Author: N Victoria Kennedy
Doctor Afras Petewerti's goal was to become the most successful alien in the universe. He had a creation in mind that would change his life forever. With various obstacles in the way, and emotional breakdowns, he brought a new species to life: the human beings. The new species brought hardships and chaos to the universe. Planets were destroyed, and innocent lives were taken. Dr. Petewerti has to choose between keeping his creation alive, or ending it once and for all.
He spun in a circle arms wide open, grinning as he stared at the sky, the flowers,
the grass. And came to a stop. A young woman sat cross-legged in front of him.
He held his breath. She looked at him and smiled. “Hi, I'm Lissa. I'm going to take
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
This is the 7th Psychic Visions Novel from USA Today Bestselling author Dale Mayer. Even when a person can see something, it doesn't necessarily mean he should look… Celina Wilton is technically blind, but, given the alternative of being dead instead, she's learned how to adapt to a condition she finds far from ideal. Leader of a community of psychics, Stefan Kronos is often asked by the police to help out on special cases where his unique abilities assist with investigations. When he's called upon to consult on a case, Celina falls squarely on his radar. For a long time, he's wanted to get to know Celina better, and the only reason he's gotten as far as he has around her walls is by proceeding in unusual ways. He's had to cautiously watch his every step…and now, in order to protect her, he has to watch hers as well. But, to unravel the threads tangling their lives with a vicious killer, Celina will need to trust Stefan enough to let him inside her barriers. This stalker is like none other Stefan has encountered. Before long, he realizes he's not the only one with eyes into Celina's soul… The Psychic Vision Series 1. Tuesday’s Child 2. Hide’n Go Seek 3. Maddy’s Floor 4. Garden of Sorrow 5. Knock, Knock… 6. Rare Find 7. Eyes to the Soul 8. Now You See Her… 9. Shattered 10. Into the Abyss… 11. Seeds of Malice 12. Eye of the Falcon 13. Itsy Bitsy Spider 14. Unmasked 15. Deep Beneath 16. From the Ashes mystery, thriller, romantic suspense
Through Whisper's ghostsight the wood and iron were transformed into a
thousand human hands all reaching for the sky high above, and the sculpture
pulsed with an eerie sense of yearning. After that I kept my gaze on the floor and
Author: Joseph Nassise
A Jeremiah Hunt Supernatual Thriller In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice. Abandoning all hope for a normal life, he enters the world of ghosts and even more dangerous entities from beyond the grave. Sacrificing his normal sight so that he can see the souls of the dead and the powers that stalk his worst nightmares, Hunt embarks upon a strange new career—a pariah among the living; a scourge among the dead; doomed to walk between the light of day and the deepest darkness beyond night. His love for his departed daughter sustains him when all is most hopeless, but Hunt is cursed by something more evil than he can possibly imagine. As he descends into the maelstrom of his terrifying quest, he discovers that even his deepest fears are but prelude to yet darker deeds by a powerful entity from beyond the grave...that will not let him go until it has used him for its own nefarious purposes. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Me shorts! Here I am standing in the middle of the city with nothing on. Henry
Warburton is there, laughing. 'Had an accident, old son?' There's people
everywhere, looking. Never seen so many eyes in all me life. I walk. My legs are
Author: Tim Winton
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
A tale about a boy’s vision of the world beyond, and the blurry distinctions between the natural and supernatural. At twelve years old, Morton – Ort for short – is not quite a child, but not yet an adult; his isolated outback world is an intriguing combination of boyish innocence, adolescent confusion and burgeoning awareness. When his father is seriously injured in a car crash, however, that world is suddenly thrown into complete disarray and the whole family have to adjust. As Ort, his sister, mother and grandmother are struggling to come to terms with what has happened, a stranger appears in their midst. Preaching God’s word, Henry Warburton’s unexpected arrival seems eerily prescient, at a time when the family most need a helping hand, and Henry quickly makes himself indispensable. In fact, for Ort in particular, it is Henry’s presence, perhaps more even than his father’s accident, that brings the greatest change to his world. ‘Towards the end of the novel Ort prays for a miracle: “Funny when you talk to God. He’s like the sky . . . Never says anything. But you know he listens.” Though God hasn’t answered Ort yet, Mr. Winton convinces us he might’ New York Times ‘The great strength of the novel is in the way the grotesque contrasts and parallels in human life are spread out, examined and accepted’ Los Angeles Times
in While this was happening down in the jungle , way up the skies , Sun King's
daughter Surya parted the clouds and peeped out . Her hair was like a halo of
flames . She glowed and sparkled in the sky . Surya saw Peacock . She fell
Author: Vayu Naidu
Publisher: Tulika Books
Peacock becomes leader of the forest, and marries Surya, the daughter of the sun king. But Peacock, who is only concerned with his looks, is replaced by another leader and learns that looks alone are not what matter.
She bent down, bracing herself on her knees, and turned her face up to the sky,
squinting her eyes to get a better look at the Raven Mockers. The birds were still
making their way somewhere like zombies. Aaliyah listed her choices: she could
Author: Sheeza Iqbal
Publisher: Balboa Press
The Sky Realm is where her rightful home is. Aaliyah, an everyday teenager on Earth, she has been led to believe that she is nothing more than an ordinary village healer. After a cruel attack on her grandmother, Aaliyah discovers not only that she is an Ultimate, who can reign over the four elements, but also that the people around her are not who she thought they were. Now, Aaliyah must do everything in her yet-to-emerge powers to defeat an evil force and salvage her home. Her journey of a thousand miles starts with a spark and consumes her as she strives for justice, love and power.
A wry look at how different people see the world, told in the caustically fun style of award-winning science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick.
Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A wry look at how different people see the world, told in the caustically fun style of award-winning science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick.
He raised his eyes to the blazing bone-yellow sky overhead, praying his thanks
that the mule and McAfferty's horses chose to follow. Where they were going, he
didn't have a goddamned idea. But they had less than three hours to find water, ...
Author: Terry C. Johnston
Crack in the Sky continues the development of the young Titus Bass as he gradually learns the lore of the mountain man. From a raucous rendezvous of trappers to a searing fight with Comanche, from a frigid winter's chill to the angry heat of a chase with horse thieves, Titus Bass's West comes alive in the pages of this remarkable novel--and in its final scene, Titus Bass will meet young Josiah Paddock and form the deep friendship explored in the pagers of Carry the Wind. From the Paperback edition.
Run! Before she could act on the impulse, a police officer entered the dining
room followed by Jeremiah Hawkins. The officer turned to the overseer. “Is this
the one?” There was no mistaking the malevolent gleam in Hawkins's eyes ...
Author: Darlene Mindrup
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
On the eve of the Civil War, slavery is a volatile issue in American society. But for Jenny, a slave girl from Tennessee, it is simply a question of survival. As circumstances conspire to bring her to despair, she must flee to the North. Following the "drinking gourd in the sky," she sets out on her quest, about to face the greatest challenge of her life. To Benjamin Walters, helping others to realize the liberty he has known all his life is a passion. Meeting Jenny is an event that will have far greater consequences than either of them could imagine. As they travel the Underground Railroad together, Ben and Jenny forge a bond even greater than the iron bands of slavery.