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05/23/2013 7:00 pm
“Steve McEllistrem has created a searingly vivid portrayal of a very possible future.”--Jeffrey Morris, FutureDude and author of Venus: Daedalus One
In a future where religion and disease have brought social order to the verge of collapse, and where some humans have been biologically and others mechanically enhanced, Jeremiah Jones must find the one man who might be able to fix everything. Problem is, that man--Walt Devereaux--may have created bio-weapons that could wipe out humanity. Is Devereaux really a dangerous man? Or is Jeremiah simply a pawn in a deadly game? Who can he trust? The nun who is sheltering Devereaux? Jeremiah’s ex-partner and former lover, who betrayed him? The Attorney General, who hopes to capture Devereaux to catapult himself to the presidency? Surrounded by questions, the only way Jeremiah will learn the truth is by battling the transgenic Escala and their sworn enemies, the mechanically enhanced Elite Ops. And the odds of survival are slim.
“The Devereaux Dilemma is full of complex plot twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. McEllistrem writes gripping, action-packed scenes with eye-popping tech and well-imagined future combat.”---Lyda Morehouse, Philip K. Dick Award-winning author of Archangel Protocol and Resurrection Code
Steve McEllistrem is a lawyer, writer and editor. He produces and co-hosts Write On! Radio on KFAI in the Twin Cities, where he interviews local, national and international authors. The Devereaux Dilemma is is his first novel.
Kevin Powers talks to Colin about his critically acclaimed first novel, The Yellow Birds
Susan Schneider discusses "The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World"
05/29/2013 7:00 pm
"A remarkable book... It's marvelous."--Paul Chance, former editor of Psychology Today and author of Learning and Behavior
While it's easy to see that consequences are important, few have heard there's a science of consequences, with principles that affect us every day and applications everywhere--at home, at work, and at school, and that's just for starters. Despite their variety, consequences appear to follow a common set of scientific principles and share some similar effects in the brain (think "pleasure centers"). Based on these principles, Schneider and other scientists have been able to create mathematical models of certain behaviors.Further, learning from consequences predictably activates genes and restructures the brain. The Science of Consequences brings together research from many fields to explain how adeceptively simple idea can explain so much.
The science of consequences helps dispel prejudice, free addicts of their destructive habits, and treat depression. It enriches the lives of pets and zoo animals. It also sheds light on our biggest societal challenges, where we must choose between short-term and long-term consequences.
Biopsychologist Susan M. Schneider, PhD, has an international reputation in nature-nurture relations and the principles of learning from consequences. A friend of B. F. Skinner, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at University of the Pacific. The Science of Consequences is her first book.
Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of our first annual Common Good Amateur Love Poem Contest! Thomas Kendrick, Barbara Miller, and Delores Mixer won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, but we’ll feature one poem a week from each of the 12 finalists, right here. Stay tuned!
A few weeks back I wrote about the poet Christian Wiman's meditation on belief, and once again, I find myself drawn to a book about a poet that's not poetry. Actually, it's two poets. And, truth be told, Airmail is full of poems sent back and forth between said poets, Robert Bly and Tomas Transtromer. That is, when they're not talking about the 1964 election, or the death of Randall Jarrell, or the birth of a daughter. By the way, why is it that we caution ourselves from poets with the title, while novelists and memoirists and famous chefs stay, simply, "authors"? Is it the worry that a poet might actually open the door of a moving vehicle? Read on.
"The thing about movies is -- it’s dark in theaters. And summer is short! Winter is long. You can watch movies then."
Mary Losure discusses Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron, Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. at Common Good Books!
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