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An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings

by Frank M. Robinson Charles E. Morris III Jason Edward Black Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk was one of the first openly and politically gay public officials in the United States, and his remarkable activism put him at the very heart of a pivotal civil rights movement reshaping America in the 1970s. An Archive of Hope is Milk in his own words, bringing together in one volume a substantial collection of his speeches, columns, editorials, political campaign materials, open letters, and press releases, culled from public archives, newspapers, and personal collections. The volume opens with a foreword from Milk's friend, political advisor, and speech writer Frank Robinson, who remembers the man who "started as a Goldwater Republican and ended his life as the last of the store front politicians" who aimed to "give 'em hope" in his speeches. An illuminating introduction traces GLBTQ politics in San Francisco, situates Milk within that context, and elaborates the significance of his discourse and memories both to 1970s-era gay rights efforts and contemporary GLBTQ worldmaking.

Blowout!

by Thomas N. Scortia Frank M. Robinson

In the early years of the twenty-first century, forced by a wave of terrorism to find an alternative to air travel, the United States government is building the world's longest tunnel to accommodate a high-speed bullet train. The crucial eastern leg of the tunnel is nearing completion in the dead of winter, under Lake Michigan. The men working below the icy waters don't know they are using phony geological data. Their bosses do. The bosses have gotten away with it before, at the cost of many lives. And, to maintain the contract for the most impressive construction project in history, they are willing to risk fines again. Dane Nordlund, chief engineer for the project, doesn't know about the phony data. He's also unaware that the brother of a victim of an earlier tunnel collapse is on his crew and bent on revenge. If that weren't enough, he's got an eager beaver assistant conniving to get his job, a bitter ex-wife conspiring for his downfall, and a political opportunist, an inspector from Washington, wreaking havoc with his ability to get the job completed on deadline. The hole-through turns into a political and media circus right before the maniac strikes. A huge explosion rocks the tunnel, killing hundreds and trapping Nordlund and seven others underground. The killer is down there with them, still determined to get even. Yard by yard, against insuperable odds, Nordlund leads the survivors through an underground maze. While Nordlund stays one step ahead of the avenger, he must place all hope for his escape in the hands of his assistant, a man who can only profit from Nordlund's loss. Slowly bleeding to death but refusing to die until he extracts total retribution, the madman stalks Nordlund's band, picking them off one by one. As poisonous gas rises behind them, Nordlund leads his charges to a rendezvous under the deteriorating escape hatch that might let them out...if his assistant has calculated right. And if they don't drown first. From its first shattering scene beneath New York's East River to the explosive finale under the freezing waters of Lake Michigan, Bfawout! is breakneck entertainment at its most compelling. Read it and you'll never take a tunnel for granted again.

The Dark Beyond the Stars

by Frank M. Robinson

The Astron has been roaming the stars for centuries, looking for alien life. As a 17-year-old, Sparrow knows this ship is his life, but he doesn't know how important he is to the ship.

The Donor

by Frank M. Robinson

Dennis is running for his life. He woke up in a small private hospital, after a minor car accident, to discover that one of his organs was missing. He's an involuntary transplant donor. He fled to a municipal hospital and learned that this was the second organ to be harvested from him. So he is running. Clearly someone, somewhere, needs his organs and knows his every move. The next time, he might lose his heart or lungs. He wouldn't wake up after that. Dennis heads home to Boston to confront his adoptive father, who seems to have forged his name to a donor card. And the hunt is on: Dennis must find his harvester before the harvester finds him again.

The Glass Inferno

by Thomas N. Scortia Frank M. Robinson

It burst into flame without warning. An incendiary deathtrap claiming victims as powerless against the blaze as the fire fighters sixty-six stories below. Their emotions laid bare, hundreds cringed or found new courage-millionaires, criminals, lovers, children-in a rain of raw panic from which few-or none-would escape.

The Gold Crew

by Thomas N. Scortia Frank M. Robinson

It was the most dangerous test since the first A-bomb. Aboard the mammoth submarine Alaska on patrol and cut off from contact with the outside world, the crew was deliberately and systematically being led to believe that Russia had attacked the United States. Would the crew follow standing orders and fire the Alaska's missiles in retaliation? Would they release the final weapon in a war that could not be won? It was a psychological test: probing the ability of flesh-and-blood men to perform under the ultimate stress. If something went wrong, the Gold Crew who were manning the sub might be lost. But even more was at stake--if the real missiles, instead of those secretly equipped for the trial with dummy warheads, were fired, the entire world could explode. Now "something" has gone wrong. An unseen, unfelt, unplanned-for "something" has emerged as the sub sinks below the waters on its way to its rendezvous with unreality, to its fantasy-induced confrontation with the enemy. And who can stop the inevitable...now that the unthinkable is just a matter of time?

The Nightmare Factor

by Thomas N. Scortia Frank M. Robinson

Was it simply "a new epidemic"--or something frighteningly more sinister? First, Dr. Calvin Doohan's friend Benoit becomes ill and in a matter of hours is dead. The next morning, Doohan, the local World Health representative, finds the San Francisco Public Health Department in an uproar. Reports pour in of people throughout the state stricken by a mysterious influenza. Quickly, the fatality rate approaches 100 percent. Is it a new mutant strain of flu? A terrorist poison plot? And why does it claim as its victims only those who attended a recent VAW convention? It's soon obvious that the disease is neither the flu nor the Legionnaire's Disease that surfaced in Philadelphia a few years before. But what is it? Doohan, a dedicated doctor and researcher, starts his own investigation for The World Health Organization. Isolated by Army security, he uncovers disturbing evidence of a terrifying plot, evidence that places in jeopardy his own life and the lives of the men working with him. Doohan now finds himself a hunted man, his life forfeit if he makes the wrong move. A chilling novel of international intrigue and non-stop action from the best-selling authors of The Glass Inferno and The Prometheus Crisis, THE NIGHTMARE FACTOR is a suspenseful drama which is all too possible in today's world.

The Prometheus Crisis

by Thomas N. Scortia Frank M. Robinson

In northern California, Project Prometheus, a five-billion-dollar nuclear power station-the largest in the world -has reached the final critical stages of thermal equilibrium. Momentarily, the President of the United States is going to announce to the nation that Prometheus has been activated and that this country has the solution to the energy crisis within its grasp. But deep within the reactor's central core, the factor of human error sparks that one chance in 300,000,000: Prometheus unleashes a hideous nuclear holocaust that no one can reverse.... Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson, whose masterful and chilling ways with suspense are currently on view in The Towering Inferno, the film based in part on their first novel, The Glass Inferno, again deliver a taut story that could come from tomorrow's front pages: a story of the men and women caught up in a horrifying race in which science and technology are ultimately pushed too far and too fast.

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