• Eriophora

    Peter Watts

    Ils sont trente mille.
    Ils voyagent depuis soixante millions d'années.
    Leur mission : déverrouiller la porte des étoiles...

    Avez-vous jamais pensé à eux ?

    Aux Progéniteurs, aux Précurseurs - qu'importe le nom que vous leur avez choisi cette semaine -, ces dieux anciens disparus qui ont laissé derrière eux leurs portails et leurs autoroutes galactiques pour votre plaisir ? Avez-vous jamais cessé de vous demander ce qu'ils ont vécu ?

    Pas d'hyperespace de seconde main pour eux. Pas d'épaules de géant sur lesquelles se dresser. Ils rampent à travers la galaxie, pareils à des fourmis, en sommeil pendant des millénaires, se réveillant juste assez longtemps pour lancer un chantier d'un système solaire à l'autre. Ils vivent au fil d'instants répartis le long des millions d'années, au service d'ancêtres morts depuis une éternité, pour des descendants n'ayant plus rien de commun avec eux. À vrai dire, ce ne sont pas des dieux mais des ouvriers, des hommes des cavernes vivant dans des astéroïdes évidés, lancés dans une mission sans fin pour étendre un empire posthumain qui ne répond même plus à leurs appels...

  • Nous sommes les hommes des cavernes. Nous sommes les Anciens, les Progéniteurs, les singes qui érigent vos charpentes d'acier. Nous tissons vos toiles, construisons vos portails magiques, enfilons le chas de l'aiguille à soixante mille kilomètres/seconde. Pas question d'arrêter, ni même d'oser ralentir, de peur que la lumière de votre venue ne nous réduise en plasma. Tout cela pour que vous puissiez sauter d'une étoile à la suivante sans vous salir les pieds dans ces interstices de néant infinis...

  • A soldier on his own in alien-controlled New York City, on the run from his own superiors as well as the enemy when the rest of his unit is massacred, is convinced that he might be able to change everything if he only knew the true situation.

  • This book explores the problems an application of agency law in commercial practice. Moving beyond the limited introductory resources currently available, it "tests" abstract agency law concepts in specific commercial contexts, with reference to jurisdictions around the world.

    There is an enduring commonality of concepts and principles within agency law, both within the Commonwealth and within the jurisdictions of the United States. The book's comparative approach, drawing together analysis of national and international jurisdictions, provides innovative perspectives and insights, as well as practical guidance on solving commercial problems.

    The book opens with a detailed introductory chapter which provides a broad overview of the agency issues arising in specific commercial contexts. The subsequent chapters are grouped thematically: company law, financial transactions and services, sale of goods; as well as agency in procedural contexts. Topics covered include the role of the director and directorial board in company law and agency law, agency in shipping law, undisclosed principal in sale of goods cases, regulation of conflicts
    of interest in securities transactions, poseur-agents and transactional intermediation, the operation of agency in retail financial services, the agent's warranty of authority, and power of attorney.

    This book is an invaluable resource on both agency theory and commercial practice.

  • Part I Introduction.- The Values and Challenges of Long-Term Field Studies.- Part II Madagascar.- Berenty Reserve, Madagascar: A Long Time in a Small Space.- Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve: Long-Term Research on Lemurs in Southwestern Madagascar.- Long-Term Lemur Research at Centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.- A 15-Year Perspective on the Social Organization and Life History of Sifaka in Kirindy Forest.- Part III America.- The Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus): Lessons on Behavioral Plasticity and Population Dynamics from a Critically Endangered Species.- The Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project: Two Decades of Research on Cebus capucinus.- Tracking Neotropical Monkeys in Santa Rosa: Lessons from a Regenerating Costa Rican Dry Forest.- The Group Life Cycle and Demography of Brown Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus [apella] nigritus) in Iguazú National Park, Argentina.- Part IV Asia.- Social Organization and Male Residence Pattern in Phayre's Leaf Monkeys.- White-Handed Gibbons of Khao Yai: Social Flexibility, Complex Reproductive Strategies, and a Slow Life History.- V Africa.- The Amboseli Baboon Research Project: Forty Years of Continuity and Change.- The Thirty Year Blues: What We Know and Don't Know About Life History, Group Size, and Group Fission of Blue Monkeys in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya.- Long-Term Research on Chimpanzee Behavioral Ecology in Kibale National Park, Uganda.- Long-Term Field Studies of Chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania.- Long-Term Studies of the Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania.- Long-Term Research on Grauer's Gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC: Life History, Foraging Strategies, and Ecological Differentiation from Sympatric Chimpanzees.- Long-Term Studies on Wild Bonobos at Wamba, Luo Scientific Reserve, D.R. Congo: Towards the Understanding of Female Life History in a Male-Philopatric Species. VI Summary.- A Comparative Perspective on Long-term Field Studies.

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