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8 Day Trips From London by Dee Maldon


Doomsday Book, information retrieval, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, the market place

Bath buns – a sweet baked dough, topped with sugar. Tourist office Bath Tourist Information Centre Abbey Churchyard Bath BA1 1LY E-mail: Brighton Distance from London: 47 miles or 76 kilometres. Brief History Brighton began as a small fishing village in the 7th century. It was mentioned in the 11th century Doomsday Book as having the name of Brighthelmstone. In the 18th century, a prominent physician recommended the health benefits of breathing in Brighton’s fresh air and swimming in its bracing sea. As a result, the popularity of the fishing village grew, and visitors flocked to take their dip in the sea. As hotels were developed and restaurants and entertainment venues were added, the village grew to become a small town.

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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis


Doomsday Book, indoor plumbing, invention of the wheel, stem cell

—Star Tribune, Minneapolis “The clarity and consistency of Willis’s writing, as well as her deft storytelling ability, place her among this decade’s most promising writers.… [Doomsday Book] rates special attention.” —Library Journal “An intelligent and satisfying blend of classic science fiction and historical reconstruction.” —Publishers Weekly “An ambitious, finely detailed, and compulsively readable novel.” —Locus Bantam Books by Connie Willis DOOMSDAY BOOK FIRE WATCH LINCOLN’S DREAMS IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BELLWETHER REMAKE UNCHARTED TERRITORY TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG MIRACLE AND OTHER CHRISTMAS STORIES PASSAGE BLACKOUT This edition contains the complete text of the original hardcover edition. NOT ONE WORD HAS BEEN OMITTED. DOOMSDAY BOOK A Bantam Spectra Book/July 1992 PUBLISHING HISTORY Bantam paperback edition / September 1993 Bantam reissue edition/July 1994 SPECTRA and the portrayal of a boxed “s” are trademarks of Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Praise for Connie Willis’s HUGO AND NEBULA AWARD WINNING DOOMSDAY BOOK: “Splendid work—brutal, gripping, and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing, and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the usual science-fiction constituency.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “The world of 1348 burns in the mind’s eye, and every character alive in that year is a fully realized being.… It becomes possible to feel … that Connie Willis did, in fact, over the five years DOOMSDAY BOOK took her to write, open a window to another world, and that she saw something there.” —The Washington Post Book World “A splendid job … intense and frightening.” —Detroit Free Press “One of the best genre novels of the year … Cannot be too highly recommended or too widely read.”

The air began to glitter, like snowflakes. “Apocalyptic!” Colin said, his face alight. Kivrin reached out for Dunworthy’s hand and clasped it tightly in her own. “I knew you’d come,” she said, and the net opened. CONNIE WILLIS has won six Nebula Awards (more than any other science fiction writer), six Hugo Awards, and for her first novel, Lincoln’s Dreams, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her novel Doomsday Book won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her other works include To Say Nothing of the Dog Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory, Miracle and Other Christmas Stories and Passage. Ms. Willis lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her family.

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State of Emergency: The Way We Were by Dominic Sandbrook

anti-communist, back-to-the-land, banking crisis, Bretton Woods, British Empire, centre right, collective bargaining, Corn Laws, David Attenborough, Doomsday Book, edge city, estate planning, Etonian, falling living standards, fear of failure, Fellow of the Royal Society, feminist movement, financial thriller, first-past-the-post, fixed income, full employment, German hyperinflation, mass immigration, moral panic, Neil Kinnock, new economy, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, North Sea oil, oil shock, Own Your Own Home, sexual politics, traveling salesman, union organizing, upwardly mobile, urban planning, Winter of Discontent, young professional

A decade before, writing about the Festival of Britain, Michael Frayn had captured the world of the ‘radical middle classes – the do-gooders; the readers of the News Chronicle, the Guardian, and the Observer; the signers of petitions; the backbone of the BBC … who look out from the lush pastures which are their natural station in life with eyes full of sorrow for less fortunate creatures, guiltily conscious of their advantages, though not usually ceasing to eat the grass’. He called them the Herbivores. And never had the name seemed more fitting than in the early 1970s, the years when green was good and small was beautiful.7 In 1971, the Yorkshire Post gave its annual award for non-fiction to a title that must have struck fear into the souls of all who read it. Written by the science journalist Gordon Rattray Taylor, The Doomsday Book begins ominously with a long quotation from the Book of Revelation. On the very next page, Taylor warns his readers that mankind is facing an ‘eventual population crash’, an ‘apocalypse’ that will probably wipe out a third of humanity. Thanks to ‘crowding, pollution and a disturbed balance of nature’, the planet itself is at risk. The land has been over-farmed, the seas have been over-fished, the air is full of chemicals, and ‘Spaceship Earth’, with its fragile crust of land and thin band of atmosphere, is on the brink of collapse.

Even the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition eagerly jumped aboard the bandwagon, with displays showing the homeowners of 1975 how they could make wall lights from empty tin cans, rugs from old cardigans, a lamp from cigarette packets, a chair from drainpipes and a table from corrugated iron sheeting, which was surely carrying recycling to post-apocalyptic extremes. For some people, however, growing one’s own vegetables and saving on electricity were not enough: as Gordon Rattray Taylor had shown in The Doomsday Book, the situation was so desperate that only collective action could stave off disaster. One such group were the members of the Conservation Society, which had been founded in 1966 (by James Lees-Milne, among others) after a series of letters to the Observer about the dangers of massive population growth. During the next few years, the society devoted itself not only to population policy, family planning and abortion reform, but to water conservation, national parks projects, the problems of disappearing hedgerows, the urgent need for recycling and the campaigns against Concorde and the Maplin scheme.

Jonathan Raban, Soft City (London, 1975), pp. 60, 88, 175, 190; Roy Greenslade, Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits from Propaganda (London, 2004),p. 337; Lawrence James, The Middle Class: A History (London 2006), pp. 575–7. 7. Margaret Drabble, The Middle Ground (Harmondsworth, 1980), p. 207; Michael Frayn, ‘Festival’, in Michael Sissons and Philip French (eds.), Age of Austerity (Oxford, 1963), pp. 307–8. 8. Gordon Rattray Taylor, The Doomsday Book: Can the World Survive? (London, 1970), pp. 13–14, 17, 52–3, 59–61, 229, 275. 9. Philip Lowe and Jane Goyder, Environmental Groups in Politics (London, 1983), pp. 16–17; Edward M. Nicholson, The Environmental Revolution (Harmondsworth, 1972), pp. 158–60; S. K. Brooks et al., ‘The Growth of the Environment as a Political Issue in Britain’, British Journal of Political Science, 6 (April 1976), pp. 245–55; Meredith Veldman, Fantasy, the Bomb and the Greening of Britain: Romantic Protest, 1945–1980 (Cambridge, 1994), pp. 208–10. 10.

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz


Doomsday Book, mutually assured destruction

Afterward you are in so much nerve pain that you can barely move. Some nights you have Neuromancer dreams where you see the ex and the boy and another figure, familiar, waving at you in the distance. Somewhere, very close, the laugh that wasn’t laughter. And finally, when you feel like you can do so without blowing into burning atoms, you open a folder you have kept hidden under your bed. The Doomsday Book. Copies of all the e-mails and fotos from the cheating days, the ones the ex found and compiled and mailed to you a month after she ended it. Dear Yunior, for your next book. Probably the last time she wrote your name. You read the whole thing cover to cover (yes, she put covers on it). You are surprised at what a fucking chickenshit coward you are. It kills you to admit it but it’s true.

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Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard


air freight, business process, clean water, Donald Trump, Doomsday Book, Mahatma Gandhi, pushing on a string, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rubik’s Cube, urban sprawl

My values are a result of living a life close to nature and being passionately involved in doing what some people would call risky sports. My wife, Malinda, and I and the other contrarian employees of Patagonia have taken lessons learned from these sports and our alternative lifestyle and applied them to running a company. My company, Patagonia, Inc., is an experiment. It exists to put into action those recommendations that all the doomsday books on the health of our home planet say we must do immediately to avoid the certain destruction of nature and collapse of our civilization. Despite near-universal consensus among scientists that we are on the brink of an environmental collapse, our society lacks the will to take action. We’re collectively paralyzed by apathy, inertia, or lack of imagination. Patagonia exists to challenge conventional wisdom and present a new style of responsible business.

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Time Travel: A History by James Gleick


Ada Lovelace, Albert Einstein, Albert Michelson, Arthur Eddington, augmented reality, butterfly effect, crowdsourcing, Doomsday Book, index card, Isaac Newton, John von Neumann, luminiferous ether, Marshall McLuhan, Norbert Wiener, pattern recognition, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Schrödinger's Cat, self-driving car, Stephen Hawking, telepresence, wikimedia commons

Ali Smith, How to Be Both, 2014. George Steiner, The Portage to Cristóbal of A.H., 1981. Tom Stoppard, Arcadia, 1993. William Tenn, “Brooklyn Project,” 1948. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, 1889. Jules Verne, Paris au XXe siècle, 1863. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, 1969. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, 1895. The Sleeper Awakes, 1910. Connie Willis, Doomsday Book, 1992. Virginia Woolf, Orlando, 1928. Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, 2010. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, Back to the Future, 1985. ANTHOLOGIES Mike Ashley, The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF, 2013. Peter Haining, Timescapes, 1997. Robert Silverberg, Voyagers in Time, 1967. Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg, The Best Time Travel Stories of the Twentieth Century, 2004.

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Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner


Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, asset-backed security, Atul Gawande, bank run, banking crisis, Basel III, Bernie Madoff, Bernie Sanders, break the buck, Buckminster Fuller, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, collateralized debt obligation, correlation does not imply causation, creative destruction, credit crunch, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, currency manipulation / currency intervention, David Brooks, Doomsday Book, eurozone crisis, financial innovation, Flash crash, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, housing crisis, Hyman Minsky, illegal immigration, implied volatility, London Interbank Offered Rate, Long Term Capital Management, margin call, market fundamentalism, Martin Wolf, McMansion, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, money market fund, moral hazard, mortgage debt, Nate Silver, negative equity, Northern Rock, obamacare, paradox of thrift,, price stability, profit maximization, pushing on a string, quantitative easing, race to the bottom, RAND corporation, regulatory arbitrage, reserve currency, Saturday Night Live, savings glut, selection bias, short selling, sovereign wealth fund, The Great Moderation, The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver, Tobin tax, too big to fail, working poor

In those early months, I often joked that being president of the New York Fed was like being the Wizard of Oz; my friend and former Treasury colleague Sheryl Sandberg, who had become a vice president at Google, used to call me the man behind the curtain. There was a widespread perception that we had awesome powers to fight financial fires, but when I studied our actual firefighting equipment—cataloged in a New York Fed binder known internally as “the Doomsday Book”—I was not particularly impressed. In addition to its monetary policy instruments, the Fed could lend to institutions that needed cash in a crisis—but only if they were commercial banks with insured deposits, and only if we thought they were fundamentally solvent, with their assets worth more than their liabilities. We did have additional authority in “unusual and exigent circumstances” through Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, but the Fed hadn’t invoked it since the Great Depression, and even that break-the-glass, only-in-extremis power was severely constrained.

“Too big to fail” has become the catchphrase of the crisis, but that night, our fear was that Bear was “too interconnected to fail” without causing catastrophic damage. And it was impossible to guess the magnitude of that damage. There were too many other firms that looked like Bear in terms of their leverage, their dependence on short-term funding, and their exposure to devastating losses as the housing market dropped and recession fears mounted. But there was one piece of better news. Tom Baxter, our general counsel, taking a page from the Doomsday Book, the binder full of information about the New York Fed’s emergency powers that he had helped write years earlier, proposed an idea that could keep Bear alive through the weekend, a “back-to-back” loan involving JPMorgan. Rather than lending directly to Bear, Tom said, we could make a short-term loan to JPMorgan that it would “on-lend” to Bear, while pledging some of Bear’s securities as collateral.

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Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight by Chris Dubbs, Emeline Paat-dahlstrom, Charles D. Walker


Berlin Wall, call centre, desegregation, Donald Trump, Doomsday Book, Elon Musk, high net worth, Iridium satellite, iterative process, Jeff Bezos, Mark Shuttleworth, Mikhail Gorbachev, multiplanetary species, Norman Mailer, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Ronald Reagan, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, technoutopianism, V2 rocket, X Prize, young professional

Its creation blended the growing scientific interest in space settlement with the pent-up public interest in space that had reached its peak with the moon landings. Then it catalyzed the brew with an activism that ignited a populist movement. O'Neill's call for the colonization of space represented more than just another space program option. He wanted an optimistic future for mankind, he would often say. The suggestion, of course, was that mankind's future was not so optimistic, a theory trumpeted by a spate of popular doomsday books published in the late L96os and early 1970s. Titles such as The Population Bomb (1968), The Late Great Planet Earth (1970), and The Limits to Growth (1972) prophesied overpopulation, uncontrolled pollution, resource depletion, and economic collapse. Their philosophy, known collectively as limits to growth (LTG), offered a bleak view of human future. In Krafft Ehricke's visionary future there were no limits to growth because there were no limits to humans' creativity.

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The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF by Gardner Dozois


back-to-the-land, Buckminster Fuller, Burning Man, call centre, Columbine, congestion charging, dark matter, Doomsday Book, double helix, Extropian, gravity well, Mason jar, offshore financial centre, out of africa, pattern recognition, phenotype, Silicon Valley, slashdot, Stephen Hawking, telepresence, Turing machine, Turing test, Winter of Discontent, Y2K, zero-sum game

She first attracted attention as a writer in the late ’70s with a number of stories for the now-defunct magazine Galileo, and went on to establish herself as one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of the 1980s. In 1982, she won two Nebula Awards, one for her novelette “Fire Watch,” and one for her short story “A Letter from the Clearys”; a few months later, “Fire Watch” went on to win her a Hugo Award as well. In 1989, her novella “The Last of the Winnebagoes” won both the Nebula and the Hugo, and she won another Nebula in 1990 for her novelette “At The Rialto.” In 1993, her landmark novel Doomsday Book won both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award, as did her short story “Even the Queen.” She won another Hugo in 1994 for her story “Death on the Nile,” another in 1997 for her story “The Soul Selects Her Own Society,” another in 1999 for her novel To Say Nothing of the Dog, and yet another in 2000 for her novella “The Winds of Marble Arch” – all of which makes her one of the most honoured writers in the history of science fiction, and, as far as I know, the only person ever to win two Nebulas and two Hugos in the same year.