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A Ruby Beam of Light (Dark World Chronicles Book 1)
The world has gone dark. Nothing works. Cars and trucks and airplanes and guns and bombs are nothing more than paperweights. A mysterious disturbance propagated onto the earth's magnetic field has the effect of inhibiting all explosions. It has repealed most of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, leaving the world as it was in your great great grandparents' time. The villain (or hero, [...]


Airship Nation
The world has gone dark. Nothing works. Cars and trucks and airplanes and guns and bombs are nothing more than paperweights. A mysterious disturbance propagated onto the earth's magnetic field has the effect of inhibiting all explosions. It has repealed most of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, leaving the world as it was in your great great grandparents' time. The villain (or hero, [...]


The One-Way Time Traveler
A Handmaid's Tale in reverse: a 1970s man dropped into an aggressively matriarchal future . . . American astronaut John Donegal has cheated death when his damaged re-entry vehicle veered away from the earth into deep space. He has flooded the cabin with liquid nitrogen from the reserve air supply to freeze himself in the hopes of eventual rescue when his orbit next brings him within reach, [...]


Peopleware - Productive Projects and Teams
Few books in computing have had as profound an influence on software management as Peopleware . The unique insight of this longtime best seller is that the major issues of software development are human, not technical. They're not easy issues; but solve them, and you'll maximize your chances of success. "Peopleware has long been one of my two favorite books on software engineering. Its underlying [...]


Dark Harbor House
Bring together a wonderfully varied mix of characters in a once-grand Maine island summer cottage, leave them to their own devices over the course of a long, idyllic summer in the late 1940s, and you have all the ingredients for a fine comedy of manners. Author Tom DeMarco starts with a simple little love story, weaves in tantalizing details of the old mansion's not totally respectable history, [...]


The Deadline - A Novel About Project Management
From prolific and influential consultant and author Tom DeMarco comes a project management novel that vividly illustrates the principles - and outright absurdities - that affect the productivity of a software development team. With his trademark wit set free in the novel format, DeMarco centers the plot around the development of six software projects. Mr. Tompkins, a manager downsized from a [...]


Slack - Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency
To most companies, efficiency means profits and growth. But what if your "efficient" company the one with the reduced headcount and the "stretch" goals is actually slowing down and losing money? What if your employees are burning out doing the work of two or more people, leaving them no time for planning, prioritizing, or even lunch? What if you're losing employees faster than you can hire them? [...]


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