The Cyberpunk

The Cyberpunk is attracted to nonfiction books on science and technology with a forward-thinking futurist worldview, but not necessarily as serious as the CC; some of what they read has origins in cyberspace; will be drawn to more ‘pop’ types of fun reads and obsessive fanatic stuff 

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Here (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375406508
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon - December 9th, 2014

An ultra cool graphic novel depicting the events in a single space over thousands of years, HERE uses ingenious page cuts to layer the images from different times on top of one another, creating strange, dream-like tableaus. This year's Building Stories, HERE will be a gem in the collection of any graphic novel enthusiast. An imported and extremely limited title, get your copy of HERE while you can!

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by), Amanda Palmer (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781940450285
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Published: McSweeney's - November 18th, 2014

Cory Doctorow's first full-length nonfiction book explores the current state of copyright law, net neutrality, and the future of creativity in the internet age. INFORMATION DOESN'T WANT TO BE FREE provides a convincing, passionate and timely argument that is impossible to be ambivalent about. This is the perfect gift idea for the tech savvy activist in your life or anyone interested in current events and our digital world.

Virtually Human: The Promise--And the Peril--Of Digital Immortality Cover Image
By Martine Rothblatt, Ray Kurzweil (Foreword by), Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250046635
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 9th, 2014

VIRTUALLY HUMAN is an incredible look at the very real future of cyberconsciousness--computer technology that can simulate the human brain, or artificial intelligence. Sound like science fiction? This is happening now. Sentient robots exist. So much human thought has already been digitized through the internet and social media that soon it will be possible to completely replicate a human consciousness--a digital copy of an actual person that would technically be immortal. But what ethical implications does this technology pose for humanity? An unbelievably true exploration of cutting edge science, VIRTUALLY HUMAN is a vital read for any technophile.

Knowledge Is Beautiful: Impossible Ideas, Invisible Patterns, Hidden Connections--Visualized Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062188229
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Published: Harper Design - October 21st, 2014

Utilizing stunning infographics, David McCandless shows how disparate flows of information explain how the world works. KNOWLEDGE IS BEAUTIFUL breaks down the formulae behind movie plotting, the make-up of the galaxy, the ethics of corporations, the various structures of political economy, and much more! But more than simply presenting this information in an aesthetic way, the reader learns how to process this info into knowledge and create practical understanding. Anyone with an interest in graphic design, culture and science will absolutely love KNOWLEDGE IS BEAUTIFUL.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 2nd, 2014

Providing scientific answers to absurd questions has made Randall Munroe of xkcd and internet star. Now, in WHAT IF?, former NASA employee Munroe collects his explanations to the weirdest questions ever posed to him. What is the statistical probability of finding your soulmate? What would happen if every human being jumped at the same time? How would Mars change if the Earth's oceans were dumped on it? This is science (albeit hypothetical) explained with intelligence and humor. WHAT IF? has something for everyone. It's a great gift choice for that person on your list who's impossible to shop for.

Google, Volume 1 Cover Image
By King Zog (Editor)
ISBN: 9782365680059
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Jean Boite Editions - September 30th, 2014

Limited to only 300 copies, this beautiful one-of-a-kind artbook collects all the top Google Images search results for every word in the Oxford English Dictionary. More than a mere visual reference book, GOOGLE, VOLUME 1 provides a snapshot of our cultural timeline. It is somewhere between art and archive. Sure to appeal to anyone in love with art, pop culture or design, Google, Volume 1 is a must-have rarity.

The Onion Magazine: The Iconic Covers that Transformed an Undeserving World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316256452
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 4th, 2014

The Onion. Need I say more? I do? OK. Well, this side-splitting, over-sized collection of the most hilarious covers published by the cultural satire stalwarts at The Onion. How to Stay Goth After 50, What to Know Before Adopting a Great White, they're all here. THE ICONIC COVERS is a great gift idea for any fan or anyone who just loves to laugh.

Is Your Neighbor a Zombie?: Compelling Philosophical Puzzles That Challenge Your Beliefs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620408414
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 28th, 2014

IS YOUR NEIGHBOR A ZOMBIE? is philosophy at its most fun. Filled with brainbending logic puzzles and thought experiments and composed with Stangroom's trademark wit, these conundrums will challenge you to examine the way you see the world and teach you about key tenants of philosophical theories along the way. Entertaining and smart on many levels, IS YOUR NEIGHBOR A ZOMBIE? is sure to confound and amuze the smarty-pants in your life. Don't worry! Solutions and commentary are included.

Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313577
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Published: Milkweed Editions - December 1st, 2014

ADVENTURES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE is the travelogue of Gaia Vince, environmental activist and editor of Nature magazine, who toured the world, visiting locales on the frontline of climate change. She observed all of the ways human industry has affected the planet from rising sea-levels to pollution. However, she also witnesssed the ingenious ways people are fighting back--making artificial glaciers, electrified reefs, islands constructed out of trash, and more! It's a sobering look at the present state of our global environment and an optimistic appraisal of human ingenuity in solving the very crisis it caused. This will make a terrific gift for readers of nature, travel and science writing.

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780374275655
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 2nd, 2014

Mathematics made fun again! THINGS TO MAKE AND DO IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION is an accessible and entertaining tour of math, from basic arithmetic principles to extremely advanced Calculus and theoretical concepts. Aimed at being entertaining as well as educational and including games, puzzles and hands-on activities, THINGS TO MAKE AND DO IN THE FOURTH DIMENSION is the perfect gift for the mathlete on your list.

Station Eleven: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf - September 9th, 2014

STATION ELEVEN is the most optimistic post-apocalyptic novel you'll read this year! Set in a dystopian future after a plague has killed almost everybody, a nomadic troupe of Shakespearian actors roam the wasteland and put on performances for the survivors. It's a celebration of the humanity of the technological age and the arts' ability to give life purpose in a horrible, meaningless world. This National Book Award finalist will make the season for any science fiction and/or Shakespeare geek, while also appealing to readers who demand the highest in literary quality from their fiction.

The Book of Strange New Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553418842
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - October 28th, 2014

A philosophical exploration masquerading as high science fiction, A BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS follows the incredible journey of a missionary on an alien planet, where the locals have shown an immense interest in religion. Meanwhile, his wife is on a disintegrating Earth and communications are starting to fail. A testament to the endurance and frailty of faith, love and humanity in the face of unfathomable challenges, A BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS is the book of the year for anyone who craves literature that isn't afraid to take chances.

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