The Voyager library management system is scheduled to be down on Monday, March 4th in order to update the server’s operating system. This operation should take about 4 hours to complete, but the entire day is reserved as a maintenance window. During this time the following services will be unavailable:
- The Online Catalog
The online databases and LibGuides, however will still be available.
- Major: English
- Minor: History and English
- Class: 2014
- Hometown: Indian Trail, NC
- Campus Activities: English Advisory Board, Prism
- Interests: Books, Movies, Travel
- Favorite Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Kirstie is a junior majoring in English, with a double minor in History and Sociology. She has been a library assistant at the Ethel K. Smith Library for all almost three years, and became a Saturday Supervisor last year. She is originally from Indian Trail, NC.
After graduation she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Publishing or British Literature. Kirstie stays busy with the English Advisory Board, her work in Conferencing and Facilities Services, and her teacher assistantship. Kirstie is such a positive and valuable part of our EKS Team!
Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (TOR 2012)
A common complaint about Niven’s recent offerings has been that they fall short of their illustrious predecessors from forty years ago or so. Let us concede from the start that Fate of Worlds is not the ground-breaking work that Ringworld or Protector were. However, anyone else should agree that few otherwise excellent instances of science fiction can match the audacity of a world that is the equatorial section of a Dyson Sphere or an extraterrestrial species, such as the Pak, that could conform with and at the same time work against our understanding of human evolution or our place in the universe. What Niven and Lerner have done is fill in yet more details and extended the history of Known Space. Fate of Worlds is for those of us who care about the Humans and Puppeteers we have meet in the past as much as the science around them.
Fate of Worlds follows Ringworld’s Children, so the Ringworld has moved itself—against all known physics—into hyperspace to parts unknown. The Human, Luis Wu, and the Puppeteer, Baedeker, have escaped aboard the Longshot, itself a ship that defies what is understood about hyperspace. The disappearance of the Ringworld has more or less shifted the previous interstellar Fringe War to the Puppeteers’ Fleet of Worlds, to Hearth itself. Hearth is in more danger than it knows. Known to very few of the trillion or so Citizens of Hearth, their worlds are not their own. As previously related, the megalomaniac puppeteer Apollo had betrayed Hearth to the Gw’oth. The Gw’oth vaguely resemble octopi and individually are no more intelligent than Puppeteers but are capable of joining in a single group mind. Unknown to everyone is that Apollo’s attempts to regain power not only heightens tensions with rival species but is creating an intelligence that would rival the Gw’oth and has only instrumental use for Hearth. Perhaps the only redeeming feature of this intelligence is that it has the good taste to steal one the most quoted lines from a certain iconic science fiction movie of 1968.
Into the mix are drawn the citizen of New Terra (formally a human colony enslaved on what had be Nature Preserve Four of the Fleet of Worlds) whose leaders would just assume remain anonymous, even from Earth. Here we are reintroduced to Sigmund Ausfaller, Alice Jordan, and the Puppeteer Nessus.
If one can suspend belief for a moment and accept both hyperdrive and that intelligent beings would travel across the galaxy with a technology they don’t understand and which their creators don’t use, the science is solid. This isn’t a space opera, but the science doesn’t take center stage. Through all the various plot twists, one really does come to care about the characters. One rejoices in reunions, is left in dumbfounded grief at sudden loss, and cheers at small victories (one involving a shipload of manure). One even starts to have a greater affinity for the Puppeteers than the Humans (which may be saying something, given that they are cowardly, two-headed herbivores).
In the end Niven and Lerner tie things together nicely and convincingly. Things seem pretty well settled, save for the loose end only the reader knows anything about. So, if you want to go where no science fiction has taken you before, look elsewhere. However, if you are after a satisfying addition to a series you may have come to both love and loath, by all means include Fate of Worlds.
Need Absolute Quiet to study for those upcoming Midterms? Individual study rooms are available — just ask at the Circulation Desk.
Best of luck on Midterm Exams!
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|21st Century Leisure: Current Issues by Valeria J. Freysinger and John R. Kelly
GV14.45 .K447 2004
|Camera Traps in Animal Ecology: Methods and Analyses edited by Allan F. O’Connell, James D. Nichols, and K. Ullas Karanth
QH541.15.R4 C36 2011
|Falling Up: The Days and Nights of Carlisle Floyd: The Authorized Biography by Thomas Holliday; with a foreword by Plácido Domingo
ML410.F645 H65 2013
|Leisure and Leisure Services in the 21st Century: Toward Mid Century by Geoffrey Godbey; with a foreword by Timothy C. Mack.
GV14.45 .G664 2006
|Passion of Jonathan Wade: Vocal Score by Carlisle Floyd
M1503.F46 P38 2009
|Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History by Veronica Burchard.
KF4550.Z9 B857 2007
|The Top 1,300 Words for Understanding Media Arabic by Elisabeth Kendall
PJ6166 .K46 2012
|Willie Stark: Piano/Vocal Score libretto and music by Carlisle Floyd; from the novel All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
M1503.F56 W54 1980
Videos and DVD’s
|Jane Eyre Twentieth Century-Fox presents; William Goetz in charge of production; screen play by Aldous Huxley, Robert Stevenson, and John Houseman; directed by Robert Stevenson
PR4167 .J3 2007
|Pick Your Level: Weight Loss Pilates Dragonfly Productions, Inc.; producer/director, Andrea Ambandos; executive producers, Michelle Rygiel, Kim Kisner
RA781.4 .P53 2006
|Tae Bo Classic produced by Watch It Now Entertainment; BG Star Productions, Inc.; Billy Blanks; director/producer, Darren Capik
RA781.15 .T342 2012
|This is Tae Bo produced by Watch It Now Entertainment; BG Star Productions, Inc.; Billy Blanks; director/producer, Darren Capik
RA781.15 .T45 2010
The Library will be open during Spring break, albeit under an abbreviated schedule. The hours are as follows:
- Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd — Closed
- Monday, March 4th through Friday, March 8th — 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday, March 9th — Closed
- Sunday, March 10th — 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The Library will return to its normal hours of operations on Monday, March 11th.
Many databases off a folder option — a free, personalized account for storing articles, searches, etc. Folders are perfect for organizing research!
Ask us how to create an account.
Questions? Ask us!
|Cold Sassy Tree: A Musical Play in Three Acts libretto and music by Carlisle Floyd; from the novel by Olive Ann Burns
M1503.F56 C64 2000
|Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing by Sarah B. Keating
RT71 .K43 2011
|Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions edited by Martha J. Bradshaw, Arlene J. Lowenstein
RT71 .F84 2011
|Pathophysiology by Lee-Ellen C. Copstead and Jacquelyn L. Banasik
RB113 .P45 2013
|Presidents and the Constitution by Veronica Burchard and Gennie Burleson Westbrook
JK516 .B784 2009
|SPSS Survival Manual: A Step by step Guide to Data Analysis Using SPSS by Julie Pallant
HA32 .P35 2010
|Simulation Scenarios for Nurse Educators: Making it Real edited by Suzanne Hetzel Campbell and Karen M. Daley
RT73 .S515 2013
Videos and DVD’s
|Art:21 Collection. Seasons 1-6 Art in the Twenty-first Century created by Susan Dowling, Susan Sollin
N6497 .A78 2012
|Arts in Every Classroom: A Video Library, K-5 produced by Lavine Production Group in collaboration with KSA-Plus Communications and the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts
LB1591 .A77 2003
|Founding Mothers with Cokie Roberts; produced by ABC News Productions for the History Channel; producer, Diana Frank
E276 .F68 2008
EBSCO will be performing scheduled maintenance between Friday, February 22nd at 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 23rd at 3:00 a.m. on its e-journal full-text access servers.
Direct access to articles from EBSCO’s linking services will be unavailable for the following list of publishers:
- National League for Nursing
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- Intellect Ltd
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)
- College of Business and Public Affairs
- NRC Research Press
Only articles from these eight publishers accessed via Periodicals by Title will be affected. These publishers account for only 80 of EBSCO’s more than 15,000 journals handled by it’s linking services, so the overall impact should be minimal. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library present a Lyceum lecture by Author Wiley Cash on Friday, February 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the McGee Theater of the Batte Center.
Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that figures prominently in his fiction. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly. A Land More Kind than Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins, April 2012) is his first novel.
Wiley holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. The author will discuss his work, the writing process, take questions, and sign books.