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The ultimate guide to cryptography, updated from an author team of the world's top cryptography experts.Cryptography is vital to keeping information safe, in an era when the formula to do so becomes more and more challenging. Written by a team of world-renowned cryptography experts, this essential guide is the definitive introduction to all major areas of cryptography: message security, key negotiation, and key management. You'll learn how to think like a cryptographer. You'll discover techniques for building cryptography into products from the start and you'll examine the many technical changes in the field.After a basic overview of cryptography and what it means today, this indispensable resource covers such topics as block ciphers, block modes, hash functions, encryption modes, message authentication codes, implementation issues, negotiation protocols, and more. Helpful examples and hands-on exercises enhance your understanding of the multi-faceted field of cryptography.An author team of internationally recognized cryptography experts updates you on vital topics in the field of cryptographyShows you how to build cryptography into products from the startExamines updates and changes to cryptographyIncludes coverage on key servers, message security, authentication codes, new standards, block ciphers, message authentication codes, and moreCryptography Engineering gets you up to speed in the ever-evolving field of cryptography.
Cryptography has been employed in war and diplomacy from the time of Julius Caesar. In our Internet age, cryptography's most widespread application may be for commerce, from protecting the security of electronic transfers to guarding communication from industrial espionage. This accessible introduction for undergraduates explains the cryptographic protocols for achieving privacy of communication and the use of digital signatures for certifying the validity, integrity, and origin of a message, document, or program. Rather than offering a how-to on configuring web browsers and e-mail programs, the author provides a guide to the principles and elementary mathematics underlying modern cryptography, giving readers a look under the hood for security techniques and the reasons they are thought to be secure.
Provide information about cryptography, gives tips and techniques.
How can we Christians move forward, when our very existence seems imperiled?
Winner of two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Brian W. Aldiss has, for over fifty years, continued to challenge readers' minds with literate, thought-provoking, and inventive fiction.In the year 2093, human consciousness has expanded to the point that man can now travel to the past using a technique called "mind-traveling." Artist Edward Bush returns from a nearly three-year mind-travel to find that his government has crumbled and society is now under the leadership a new regime. Given Bush's excellent ability to mind-travel, he is recruited by the regime to track down and assassinate a scientist whose ideas threaten to topple everything they've built.This ebook includes an introduction by the author.
The ultimate quest for the world's most mysterious creaturesThe Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman -- these are the names of the elusive beasts that have caught the eye and captured the imaginations of people around the world for centuries. Recently, tales of these "monsters" have been corroborated by an increase in sightings, and out of these legends a new science has been born: cryptozoology -- the study of hidden animals.Cryptozoology A to Z, the first encyclopedia of its kind, contains nearly two hundred entries, including cryptids (the name given to these unusual beasts), new animal finds, and the explorers and scientists who search for them. Loren Coleman, one of the world's leading cryptozoologists, teams up with Jerome Clark, editor and author of several encyclopedias, to provide these definitive descriptions and many never-before-published drawings and photographs from eyewitnesses' detailed accounts. Full of insights into the methods of these scientists, exciting tales of discovery, and the history and evolution of this field, Cryptozoology A to Z is the most complete reference ever of the newest zoological science.
When a skinned corpse found in a cemetery rises from the dead, supernatural agents Avi Grissom and Jakob Ender hunt for the killer. But Grissom is more interested in his partner's mysterious disappearance two years ago and his recent return. Something isn't right with Ender, and the werewolf in Grissom desperately needs to sniff out what has Ender so tight-lipped while fighting off the desire for the secretive vampire that has only grown during his absence. His quest to solve the murder unearths personal truths of vengeance and death magic, and reveals one of their most notorious enemies.
MANHATTAN IS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. THEY'RE NOT FROM AROUND HERE. Welcome to the Big Apple, son. Welcome to the city that never sleeps: invaded by monstrous fusions of meat and machinery, defended by a private army that makes Blackwater look like the Red Cross, ravaged by a disfiguring plague that gifts its victims with religious rapture while it eats them alive. You've been thrown into this meat grinder without warning, without preparation, without a clue. Your whole squad was mowed down the moment they stepped onto the battlefield. And the chorus of voices whispering in your head keeps saying that all of this is on you: that you and you alone might be able to turn the whole thing around if you only knew what the hell was going on. You'd like to help. Really you would. But it's not just the aliens that are gunning for you. Your own kind hunts you as a traitor, and your job might be a bit easier if you didn't have the sneaking suspicion they could be right. . . .From the Trade Paperback edition.
Sixteen-year-old Crystal knows she's blessed. She is drop-dead gorgeous and in the beginning stages of a glamorous career as a model in New York City. At first, modeling is exciting. But soon, her life becomes less and less about her, and more and more about her body. Crystal wonders if her new life is worth giving up everything -- her friends, her beliefs, and her self-respect.
A Crystal Age is one of the earliest science-fiction novels which deals with a utopia of the distant future. The first-person narrator, a traveler and naturalist, wakes to find himself buried in earth and vegetation. He comes across a community of people who live in a mansion together, under a foreign set of rules and cultural assumptions. He falls desperately in love with a girl from the community, but the very basis of their utopia forbids his ever consummating his desires.
Many approaches to crystal massage focus on relaxation techniques for both body and mind, but only the method introduced in this practical step-by-step guide is designed to achieve inner and outer beauty. This method, known as Crystal Balance, maintains that physical well-being reflects upon every aspect of our everyday lives as well as our inner selves, and so massage can be effective on every level of the body, mind, and soul. As the method can utilize a wide variety of crystals, all of which have different healing properties, it can be personalized from patient to patient. The guidebook features clear descriptions of the gemstones used in the therapy, from agate to zoisite, and their properties, as well as a variety of exercises and goals to promote body relaxation and recovery.
The Crystal Bible Volume 2 provides an essential companion reference to the original bible, fully describing the properties of over 200 crystals not found in volume 1. Featuring new information on crystals for energy enhancement and healing grids, the historical use of crystals from biblical times to the present day and the latest updates on geological research, this comprehensive guide offers detailed analysis on the extensive range of new crystals on the market. This book also provides essential information on cleansing crystals, types of crystals and crystal shapes to give the reader extensive knowledge of their chosen stones.
Featured in Kindred Spiritmagazine, this third volumeof the best-selling Crystal Bible books presents more than 250 new generation, high-vibration stones for healing and transformation. Included are many new and rare minerals whose esoteric properties are not described elsewhere. This essential guide also includes a section on crystal skulls, crystal beings, Madagascan stones, and how to work with the 'new' chakras, such as the Soul Star and Manifestation chakras, that are stimulated by the powerful crystals featured. Your Crystal Bible Volume 3 includes... Crystal Reference Crystal Innovations Crystal Beings Crystal Structure High Vibration Crystals Exploring Crystal Potential Crystal Skulls Building in Stone The Madagascar Stones Crystal Directory Awakening Crystals Physical and Subtle Anatomy Chakras Associations The 'New Chakras Healing Grids Making a Gem Essence ...And Much More!
Passion is heating up those arctic Alaska nights! It took nerve for Northern California socialite Teresa Drake to walk away from her family's famed wine empire. Flying off to Alaska is even riskier-especially when the budding journalist stumbles down a cavern while admiring the spectacular sights. But it's her gorgeous rescuer who makes Teresa truly reckless. The night she spends with mogul Atka Sinclair convinces her she's found her soul mate...until her charming lover becomes her worst enemy. Atka has deep ties to his native land. So how can he trust the pampered beauty who just published a glowing article about the politician out to destroy his people's heritage? But as traitorous desire reignites, Atka realizes what he and Teresa share is too precious to lose. Will pride prevent him from building a future with the woman who could write them the most thrilling love story of all?
A young woman returns to the Connecticut town where she was born in spite of misgivings because her mother was murdered there. She finds that the towns-people are not all what they appear to be at first glance. She begins to put together the pieces of her mother's murder which leads her into danger.
Using the lore and the folk-magic of the men and women who settled North America, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate world where magic works, and where that magic has colored the entire history of the colonies.
In this gripping first-person account, former Olympian Eric LeMarque recounts a harrowing tale of survival--of eight days in the frozen wilderness, of losing his legs to frostbite, and coming face-to-face with death. But Eric's ordeal on the mountain was only part of his struggle for survival--as he reveals, with startling candor, an even more harrowing and inspiring tale of fame and addiction, healing and triumph. On February 6, 2004, Eric, a former professional hockey player and expert snowboarder, set off for the top of 12,000-foot Mammoth Mountain in California's vast Sierra Nevada mountain range. Wearing only a long-sleeve shirt, a thin wool hat, ski pants, and a lightweight jacket--and with only four pieces of gum for food--he soon found himself chest-high in snow, veering off the snowboard trail, and plunging into the wilderness. By nightfall he knew he was in a fight for his life...Surviving eight days in subfreezing temperatures, he would earn the name "The Miracle Man" by stunned National Guard Black Hawk Chopper rescuers. But Eric's against-all-odds survival was no surprise to those who knew him. A gifted hockey player in his teens, he was later drafted by the Boston Bruins and a 1994 Olympian. But when his playing days were over, Eric felt adrift. Everything changed when he first tasted the rush of hard drugs--the highly addictive crystal meth--which filled a void left by hockey and fame. By the time Eric reached the peak of Mammoth Mountain in 2004, he was already dueling demons that had seized his soul. A riveting adventure, a brutal confessional, here Eric tells his remarkable story--his climb to success, his long and painful fall, and his ordeal in the wilderness. In the end, a man whose life had been based on athleticism would lose both his legs, relearn to walk--even snowboard--with prosthetics, and finally confront the ultimate test of survival: what it takes to find your way out of darkness, and--after so many lies--to tell truth... and begin to live again. From the Hardcover edition.
A RARE GEM It was the sort of sale that most jewelers only dreamed about. When a sleek, successful Los Angeles attorney breezed into Chrystal Cummins's jewelry store and purchased the most expensive item in the shop, Chrystal thought her problems were solved. It had been rough going since she'd pooled all her resources to buy Cummins Jewelry, the business her father had started. But with the sale of the canary diamond necklace, Chrystal would have enough money to pay most of her bills and keep the Rodeo Drive shop afloat. But attorney Maxwell Morris returned to the shop with devastating news. The necklace Chrystal had sold him contained a stolen gem-a rare canary diamond that belonged to one of his clients. With the confidence of a jaguar ready to strike, Max produced a list of clients seeking stolen jewels-gems that were now in Chrystal's shop! In a flash, the awful truth was crystal clear: she had purchased a business based on stolen merchandise. Chrystal's entire world was in jeopardy-her shop, her savings, her family's reputation, her dreams. And to make matters worse, she couldn't stop thinking about Max Morris, the man who'd turned her life upside down. With full lips, chiseled features, and eyes that glimmered like dark, mysterious stones, Max captivated Chrystal's thoughts. In Max's arms she found a love that was more precious than the rarest gemstones from the far corners of the earth. How could she be so responsive, so enthralled by the man determined to destroy her?
CRYSTAL COVE Lisa Kleypas As the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, Justine Hoffman has the life she has always wanted. But there is still something missing: Love. A spell was cast on Justine when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. But she is nothing if not determined and eventually Justine finds a way to break the enchantment--never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow. . . When Justine meets Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threatens everything she holds dear. . . because little does she know that Jason has secrets of his own. And he wants more from her than fate will ever allow. . .
Autobiographical novel about a woman's 20 years of a life of predominantly illegal activities on the streets.
Fourteen-year-old cousins Gwen and Vic have lived together ever since the mysterious deaths of Gwen's parents and the disappearance of Vic's mother. But Vic's scientist father accidentally transports them through a magical crystal door to the island of Elantya. Cobblestone streets and silver towers mark the picturesque island, a trading hub and center of knowledge that runs on advanced physics and sorcery.
"Jones demonstrates a tightrope-like eye for finagling between Pynchon-esque quasi-science-fictional feels and the books' physics, allowing almost anything to happen at any time, wrapped in a Wallace-like grip of childlike awe. The result is a novel that, paragraph to paragraph, is alive with imagination. Crystal Eaters is the rarest of kinds of objects, one that replenishes its readers' crystal counts by simply being read."-Vice"A woozy, near-psychedelic story... Jones's writing is simultaneously lyrical and blunt; whimsy is tempered with bleakness and violence. Crystal Eaters is easily his most ambitious work to date."-Impose"Jones has been bridging the magical and somewhat whimsical with stories that can resonate with anybody, and Crystal Eaters might be his most touching and best work to date."-Flavorwire"Crystal Eaters is splattered with Technicolor crystal vomit and eye goo, with bodies leaking red, yellow, and blue; the sun wants to swallow the earth; and the indestructible city encroaches on the country like kudzu. This crystal mining country is Jones's own Yoknapatawpha County, a town with its own peculiar inhabitants and notions and schemes (such as a prison break in reverse). These fantastical trappings give way to deeper questions - about death, the nature of life, of what it takes to be remembered after you die."-The Millions"Beautiful, crystalline...an admirably deep story that will wrench readers' hearts."-Time Out New York"A powerful narrative that touches on the value of every human life, with a lyrical voice and layers of imagery and epiphany."-BuzzFeed"Crystal Eaters is full of sentences that jump at you like a pop-up book, painting a world that is at some times painfully real, and at others an exercise in vivid hallucinations. Jones is pushing genres here, not unlike George Saunders or Karen Russell. Crystal Eaters grabs your face and pushes it up against a fantastic, sprawling, impressionistic painting of death and family." -The Rumpus"[Crystal Eaters is] a resonant piece of work... In Jones' world, a range of colors lives inside each person-in fact, that very rainbow gives the body its power, its life. And although death will one day drain those colors from each person, Crystal Eaters reminds us that life itself is a luminous thing." -HTML GiantRemy is a young girl who lives in a town that believes in crystal count: that you are born with one-hundred crystals inside and throughout your life, through accidents and illness, your count is depleted until you reach zero.As a city encroaches daily on the village, threatening their antiquated life, and the Earth grows warmer, Remy sets out to accomplish something no one else has: to increase her sick mother's crystal count.An allegory, fable, touching family saga, and poetic sci-fi adventure, Shane Jones underlines his reputation as an inspired and unique visionary.Shane Jones's (b. 1980) first novel, Light Boxes, was originally published by Publishing Genius Press in a print run of five hundred copies in 2009. The novel was reviewed widely, the film optioned by Spike Jonze, and the book was reprinted by Penguin. Light Boxes has been translated in eight languages and was named an NPR best book of the year. Jones is also the author of the novels Daniel Fights a Hurricane and The Failure Six.
Descended from a race of sorcerers long thought dead, Jalissa used her hidden talent to prevent interstellar conflict. Miklo's duty was to expose Jalissa's past. Mystical enchantress and cunning agent, they will pit ancient skills against space-age weaponry in a battle of wits that will end in either devastating defeat or passionate surrender.
A comprehensive, yet easy to understand guide to the use of crystals and gems for internal growth, healing and balance in your daily life. Learn how to extend your personal awareness and center by attuning to crystal energies. The magnitude and potential of crystals and gems to impact positively our personal lives and the evolving planet we live on is significant. Some of the topics explored in this book are: ¦ What are crystals physically and esoterically? ¦ Working with crystals for self-healing ¦ The ancient art of laying on stones ¦ Psychic Protection ¦ Generator Crystals ¦ Teacher Crystals
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down A storm is brewing on the streets of L.A., one that has intensified since a tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life. While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander Reese-the obsessed leader of the Believers-the fanatical church becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children. They're silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds. When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn sent to take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running out of time. He'll need to confront his past-and the man who made him-before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.
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