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Mephisto was a chess-playing pseudo-automaton created by Charles Godfrey Gümpel and was first shown in 1878. This volume contains the reformatted text of Gümpel's promotional pamphlet. Included are a fictional story mythologizing Mephisto, a chapter on Mephisto's competitors, testimonials about Mephisto as a machine and as a player, and some sample games played by the Victorian-era robot.
Mephisto, the Marvellous Automaton is available for download below:
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One Ahead Mysteries feature David P. Abbott. Aside from being an accomplished magician in early 20th century Omaha, NE, David Abbott was a skeptic and debunker of fraudulent mediums. In "The Case of the Real Estate Revenant," Abbott helps his brother Julian get to the bottom of ghostly rumors plaguing a business venture.
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HARD SCIENCE SUPERHERO
PHYSIC is an adventure of discovery where engineering and the scientific approach, rather than derring-do, save the day.
Ysenof engages the world in terms of elementary physics. He can manipulate matter and energy, but his focus on fundamentals fails with people. He could change the world, but needs help. Abby Skipper is a people person and mind reader. Special Agent John Clark sees connections. Pauline Morcet is indestructible and haunted by a violent alter ego. Together, they will find out what made them PHYSIC.
The Science of PHYSIC in the Real World
What do a Mars rover and Ysenof have in common? Curiosity's descendent, the Mars 2020 rover, will have an instrument, PIXL, that will scan at molecular resolution by inducing fluorescence with x-rays. Ysenof utilizes multi-photon stimulation to control the depth at which fluorescence occurs and to avoid unnecessary collateral damage.
Curious as to what the heck an FPGA is and why they are a useful tool for the NSA and for Ysenof? Read about Microsoft's Project Catapult and how it is using Field Programmable Gate Arrays to enhance the efficiency of Bing search.
Wonder what it might be like to be PHYSIC? Check out SCiO to learn about how the light we cannot see contains useful information. The hand-held near-IR spectrometry technology and cloud-based big data analytics might give users a very small taste of what it is like to be PHYSIC.
From 1905 to 1921, magician David P. Abbott wrote articles for The Open Court. about the methods of fraudulent spiritualists. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Abbott focused on explaining the tricks of mediumship to his audience rather than haranguing the cheaters. Included are "Half Hours with Mediums," "The History of a Strange Case," and "The Spirit Portrait Mystery: Its Final Solution."
David P. Abbott in The Open Court is available right here for free download:
One of the Entangled TOMES.
A fictional David P. Abbott is also the hero of the One Ahead mysteries. The Case of the Sorrowful Seamstress is the first novella in this series.
Science and Engineering are inherently dramatic enterprises. Initial impressions of how something should work are often inaccurate. First attempts at calculating what an outcome should be often aren't complete. Creative imagination and persistence can often find its way around seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Shortsightedness can render dire threats invisible and lead to ruin.
The Martian Engineer's Notebook is a scientific supplement and critique of The Martian by Andy Weir. It contains explanations of scientific concepts and detailed solutions to problems related to the challenges of Mark Watney's ordeal on Mars. Should he have survived? What did he get right? What did he get wrong? What did he get wrong, but it didn't matter? These are the kinds of questions that The Martian Engineer's Notebook seeks to provide researched and organized answers to.
Volume 1 covers weather on Mars and an in-depth analysis of the resources at Mark's disposal as well as what it takes to build a farming ecosystem on Mars.
Volume 2 covers the process of burning hydrazine inside the Hab and the thermodynamic consequences.
If science is a product of observation, then magic is the manipulation of what isn't or can't be observed. Private investigators are often generously described as "down on their luck." They are the good guys, helping the helpless, regardless of the cost. Sherlock Holmes rarely accepted payment from clients of little means.
Aleister Luck, despite his magic, has not had celebrities and nobility knock on his door. A native of Las Vegas, he gambles at the casinos for pocket money when he isn't finding clients in need. On a whim, he investigates the law firm of Devine, Chance & Merit and runs afoul of the greatest danger to his magic: his snoopy ex-girlfriend.
Felix Benes' gene-based cancer diagnostic will recommend against many profitable but useless or harmful treatments. His funding has been cut and he fears he's being hunted. While Dana Spelman, his attorney at DCM, evaluates the viability of his case, he disappears. Then, she attracts the attention of the sort of men that might make someone disappear. As Dana evades them, she runs into her gambling-addicted loser ex-boyfriend.
As they uncover the labyrinthine conspiracy behind Benes' disappearance, Luck's magic will struggle against Dana's efforts to survive.
Genre: Speculative Fiction Detective Thriller
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