Du général Custer à Sitting Bull, du mont Rushmore au pont de Brooklyn, le grand roman de l'Amérique de Dan Simmons.
Indien lakota, Paha Sapa alias " Collines noires " possède un don remarquable : il lui suffit de toucher un être humain pour pénétrer sa conscience et lire dans son passé comme dans son avenir. C'est en 1876, lors de la bataille de Little Big Horn, qui oppose une coalition de tribus indiennes aux tuniques bleues du général Custer, que le jeune Indien alors âgé de onze ans découvre ses pouvoirs visionnaires et divinatoires. Entré fugitivement en contact avec Custer, Collines noires est aussitôt envahi par les pensées du chef de guerre américain, tombé au champ d'honneur. Il va devoir désormais cohabiter avec cet esprit étranger qui loge en lui.
Les Collines noires (en anglais, Black Hills), c'est également le nom que les Blancs ont donné au territoire sacré des Indiens, dans le Dakota du Sud. Un lieu où, dans les années 1930, ils ont décidé d'édifier une oeuvre monumentale à la gloire des Pères fondateurs de la nation américaine : les quatre célèbres statues sculptées sur le mont Rushmore, au coeur même de ce sanctuaire. C'est là que, devenu vieux, Collines noires travaille en tant que dynamiteur - caressant le rêve fou de réduire un jour en poussière ces symboles infamants de la suprématie autoproclamée de l'Homme blanc.
Figure emblématique de la science-fiction, Dan Simmons se mue, avec Collines noires, en historiographe. À l'instar de son héros Collines noires, dont il narre le destin prodigieux - depuis son enfance au côté de Sitting Bull et Crazy Horse jusqu'à la fin de sa vie au mont Rushmore, en passant par ses années au sein de la troupe de Buffalo Bill, la rencontre de l'amour lors de l'Exposition universelle de Chicago de 1893 ou ses souvenirs de la construction du pont de Brooklyn -, Simmons nous invite à pénétrer la psyché des Amérindiens. Il en tire un plaidoyer vibrant en faveur d'une civilisation à la richesse incomparable, impitoyablement ruinée par le cours de l'Histoire.
The conclusion to the groundbreaking Hyperion Cantos. The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples.
But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing machine--who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered--an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;There are those who worship it.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;There are those who fear it.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;And there are those who have vowed to destroy it.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Each carries a desperate hopeand a terrible secret.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;From the Paperback edition.
In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;And the secrets they contain mean that nothingnothing anywhere in the universewill ever be the same.From the Paperback edition.
Jeremy Bremen has a secret.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;All his life he's been cursed with the ability to read minds.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;He knows the secret thoughts, fears, and desires of others as if they were his own.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;For years, his wife, Gail, has served as a shield between Jeremy and the burden of this terrible knowledge.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;But Gail is dying, her mindebbing slowly away, leaving him vulnerable to the chaotic flood of thought that threatens to sweep away his sanity.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Now Jeremy is on the runfrom his mind, from his past, from himselfhoping to find peace in isolation.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;Instead he witnesses an act of brutality that propels him on a treacherous trek across adark and dangerous America.yes'>#160;yes'>#160;From a fantasy theme park to the lair of a killer to a sterile hospital room in St. Louis, he follows a voice that is calling him to witness the stunning mystery at the heart of mortality.From the Paperback edition.
A woman returns from the dead with disastrous results for the family who loves her.... An old-fashioned barbershop is the site of a medieval ritual of bloody terror.... During a post-apocalyptic Christmas celebration, a messenger from the South brings tidings of great horror.... From a ghostly Civil War battlefield to a combat theme park in Vietnam, from the omnipotent brain of an autistic boy to a shocking story of psychic vampires, journey into a world of fear and mystery, a chilling twilight zone of the mind.
The multipleawardwinning science fiction master returns to the universe that is his greatest triumphthe world of Hyperion and The Fall ofHyperion with a novel even more magnificent than its predecessors.Dan Simmons's Hyperion was an immediate sensation on its first publication in 1989. This staggering multifaceted tale of the far future heralded the conquest of the science fiction field by a man who had already won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel (Song of Kali) and had also published one of the most wellreceived horror novels in the field, Carrion Comfort. Hyperion went on to win the Hugo Award as Best Novel, and it and its companion volume, The Fall of Hyperion, took their rightful places in the science fiction pantheon of new classics.Now, six years later, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terroran instant candidate for the field's highest honors.From the Paperback edition.
The magnificent conclusion to one of the greatest science fiction sagas of our timeThe time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, onetime shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples. But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrikemonster, angel, killing machinewho is about to reveal the longheld secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be deliveredan apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.From the Paperback edition.
The men on board Her Britannic Majesty's Ships Terror and Erebus had every expectation of triumph. They were part of Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition - as scientifically advanced an enterprise as had ever set forth - and theirs were the first steam-driven vessels to go in search of the fabled North-West Passage.
But the ships have now been trapped in the Arctic ice for nearly two years. Coal and provisions are running low. Yet the real threat isn't the constantly shifting landscape of white or the flesh-numbing temperatures, dwindling supplies or the vessels being slowly crushed by the unyielding grip of the frozen ocean.
No, the real threat is far more terrifying. There is something out there that haunts the frigid darkness, which stalks the ships, snatching one man at a time - mutilating, devouring. A nameless thing, at once nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition's nemesis.
When Franklin meets a terrible death, it falls to Captain Francis Crozier of HMS Terror to take command and lead the remaining crew on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. With them travels an Eskimo woman who cannot speak. She may be the key to survival - or the harbinger of their deaths. And as scurvy, starvation and madness take their toll, as the Terror on the ice become evermore bold, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape...
June 1924. On the brutal North East Ridge of Mount Everest, famous adventurers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine vanish into the snow-whipped night.
Daredevil explorer Richard Deacon devises a plan to follow in the men's footsteps, accompanied only by two friends. Off piste and with no support team, the three men strike for Everest's peak and the most vicious climate on earth.
As the winds rise and the temperature and oxygen levels drop, Deacon and his companions hear howls in the distance. Some dark creature is tracking them up the mountain, sending them scrabbling blindly into Everest's dangerous heights to escape it.
Soon they will discover what happened to Mallory's crew - but can they escape the same hideous fate?
A gripping thriller by a master of the genre, The Abominable blends historical fact with spine-tingling drama - this is one of the most chilling and unforgettable novels you will ever read.
In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to investigate the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams - a member of the family that has given the United States two Presidents. Quickly, the investigators deduce that there's more to Clover's death than meets the eye - with issues of national importance at stake.
Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus - his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. The disturbed Holmes has faked his own death and now, as he meets James, is questioning what is real and what is not.
Holmes' theories shake James to the core. What can this master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power - possibly Moriarty - that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows? And what was Holmes' role in Moriarty's rise?
Conspiracy, action and mystery meet in this superb literary hall of mirrors from the author of Drood.
Nelson Algren sought humanity in the urban wilderness of postwar America, where his powerful voice rose from behind the billboards and down tin-can alleys, from among the marginalized and ignored, the outcasts and scapegoats, the punks and junkies, the whores and down-on-their luck gamblers, the punch-drunk boxers and skid-row drunkies and kids who knew they'd never reach the age of twenty-one: all of them admirable in Algren's eyes for their vitality and no-bullshit forthrightness, their insistence on living and their ability to find a laugh and a dream in the unlikeliest places.
In Entrapment and Other Writings--containing his unfinished novel and previously unpublished or uncollected stories, poems, and essays--Algren speaks to our time as few of his fellow great American writers of the 1940s and '50s do, in part because he hasn't yet been accepted and assimilated into the American literary canon despite that he is held up as a talismanic figure. "You should not read [Algren] if you can't take a punch," Ernest Hemingway declared. "Mr. Algren can hit with both hands and move around and he will kill you if you are not awfully careful."
2035. Les États-Unis ne sont plus que les vestiges d'un passé glorieux. Un passé devenu le refuge d'une population sans espoir : une nouvelle drogue, le flashback, permet de revivre des souvenirs parfaits.
Nick Bottom était inspecteur avant de devenir accro. Avant le décès de son épouse, Dara. Aujourd'hui, il n'est plus rien. Pourtant, un milliardaire japonais lui demande d'enquêter sur le meurtre de son fils, six ans plus tôt. Pour découvrir la vérité, Nick va avoir besoin du flashback, qui lui permettra aussi de revoir Dara. Sauf qu'elle ne devrait pas se trouver dans ce passé-là...
In 1865 Charles Dickens, the world's most famous writer, narrowly escapes death in the Staplehurst Rail Disaster. He will never be the same again. A public hero for rescuing survivors, he slowly descends into madness as he hunts the individual he believes to be responsible for the carnage: a spectral figure known only as Drood.His best friend, Wilkie Collins, is enlisted for the pursuit. Together they venture into Undertown, the shadowy, lawless web of crypts and catacombs beneath London. Here Drood is rumoured to hold sway over a legion of brainwashed followers. But as Wilkie spirals ever further into opium addiction and jealousy of the more successful novelist, he must face a terrifying possibility: is Charles Dickens really capable of murder?
Paha Sapa, 'Black Hills', is an American Indian shaman who, as a young boy at the Battle of Little Bighorn, believes that he has taken the ghost of the dying General Custer into his body. Sixty years later, while working as a dynamiter on Mount Rushmore, Paha Sapa plots to blow up the monument. Meanwhile, Custer finds himself trapped in a strange, dark place and begins to write sensuous, heartbreaking missives to his beloved wife.Thus begins an intricate, visionary story that sweeps across some of the most tumultuous and violent periods of American history, from the old West to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and into our own time and beyond.
Carrion Comfort penetrates the darkest recesses of the 20th century, as one man seeks to justify his belief that a secret society of powerful beings is behind many of the world's most horrific catastrophes. Ranking among the greatest reinventions of the vampire legend, this classic novel explores humanity's attraction to violence and what it means for our future.
A clear and lucid bottom-up approach to the basic principles of evolutionary algorithms Evolutionary algorithms (EAs) are a type of artificial intelligence. EAs are motivated by optimization processes that we observe in nature, such as natural selection, species migration, bird swarms, human culture, and ant colonies. This book discusses the theory, history, mathematics, and programming of evolutionary optimization algorithms. Featured algorithms include genetic algorithms, genetic programming, ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization, differential evolution, biogeography-based optimization, and many others. Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms: Provides a straightforward, bottom-up approach that assists the reader in obtaining a clear-but theoretically rigorous-understanding of evolutionary algorithms, with an emphasis on implementation Gives a careful treatment of recently developed EAs-including opposition-based learning, artificial fish swarms, bacterial foraging, and many others- and discusses their similarities and differences from more well-established EAs Includes chapter-end problems plus a solutions manual available online for instructors Offers simple examples that provide the reader with an intuitive understanding of the theory Features source code for the examples available on the author's website Provides advanced mathematical techniques for analyzing EAs, including Markov modeling and dynamic system modeling Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms: Biologically Inspired and Population-Based Approaches to Computer Intelligence is an ideal text for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals involved in engineering and computer science.
A bottom-up approach that enables readers to master and apply the latest techniques in state estimation
This book offers the best mathematical approaches to estimating the state of a general system. The author presents state estimation theory clearly and rigorously, providing the right amount of advanced material, recent research results, and references to enable the reader to apply state estimation techniques confidently across a variety of fields in science and engineering.
While there are other textbooks that treat state estimation, this one offers special features and a unique perspective and pedagogical approach that speed learning:
* Straightforward, bottom-up approach begins with basic concepts and then builds step by step to more advanced topics for a clear understanding of state estimation
/> * Simple examples and problems that require only paper and pen to solve lead to an intuitive understanding of how theory works in practice
* MATLAB(r)-based source code that corresponds to examples in the book, available on the author's Web site, enables readers to recreate results and experiment with other simulation setups and parameters
Armed with a solid foundation in the basics, readers are presented with a careful treatment of advanced topics, including unscented filtering, high order nonlinear filtering, particle filtering, constrained state estimation, reduced order filtering, robust Kalman filtering, and mixed Kalman/H? filtering.
Problems at the end of each chapter include both written exercises and computer exercises. Written exercises focus on improving the reader's understanding of theory and key concepts, whereas computer exercises help readers apply theory to problems similar to ones they are likely to encounter in industry. With its expert blend of theory and practice, coupled with its presentation of recent research results, Optimal State Estimation is strongly recommended for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in optimal control and state estimation theory. It also serves as a reference for engineers and science professionals across a wide array of industries.