A solid, riveting prequel to Larry Niven's classic 1970 novel Ringworld, as well as several of that book's sequels, plus various related short stories and novels also by Niven, all falling under the "Known Space" label, 2007's Fleet of Worlds by Niven and co-author Edward M. Lerner (Small Miracles; Fools' Experiments) recounts how a group of humans under the rule of Niven's Puppeteer race (here called the "Citizens") tries to seek out evidence of their own race's history beyound what their alien benefactors have set down. Meanwhile, slightly insane Puppeteer Nessus (from the Ringworld novels) has his/her's own agenda, involving a group of renegade humans threatening the Citizens' empire.
January 2010 Archives
Taking a cue from my colleagues over on the Library News Blog, here are some online sites I've found that have been set up to assist the Haitians after last week's awful quake.
Lift, Inc. is an online nonprofit resource which, in its own words, "qualifies, trains, hires, and places information technology professionals who have physical disabilities through contacts with major corporations who eventually hire them directly." Qualified candidates, including those without previous experience, will be trained but must show a strong desire to establish careers in information technology or infomation management, as well as being capable of developing strong analytical abilities. Details on how to apply are at http://www.lift-inc.org/apply.html.
One of the best "hard" science fiction writers in the field was James Blish (1921-1975), an award-winning author of over twenty books and several short stories. A one time biologist and former science writer, Blish gained long-sought public recognition via his Star Trek paperback adaptations during the late 60s, with the last volume published posthumously in 1976, as well as writing the very first paperback original novel (1970's Spock Must Die) based on the TV series (here's one fan's recollection of Blish's Trek books).
Another online provider of services to both employers, who wish to hire qualified workers with disabilities, and job seekers with disabilities, is the Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN). This service (go here to access their site) assists employers with understanding the needs of the disabled, provides job seekers with the tools in finding employment opportunities, and assists disabled veterans seeking to re-enter the workplace. EARN also offers resources (including counseling) for service providers in assisting job seekers in their search. For more information, go to EARN's home page at www.earnworks.com or contact them directly at 1-866-327-6669 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).