At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.
"Fasten your seat belt..."
The irreverent author of the cult classic Syrup hits his target in this satire on the wages of big capital. In Max Barry's hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly.
"Well done but just a bit preachy--"
Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.
"Characters brought to life"
From Fangoria, America's number-one source for horror, an AudioGO exclusive with six uncut episodes available for the first time! Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories with host and narrator Malcolm McDowell are fully-dramatized radio dramas to thrill you and chill you!
"DON'T BE SHEEPEPLE"
Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts. Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon. A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man's quest for ultimate self-improvement.
"Better living through engineering?"
In Max Barry's twisted, hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly-traded security firms. Jennifer Government is a Catch-22 for the New World Order, a satire both broad and pointed, deeply funny and disturbingly on-target.
Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died. Few people know what really happened. Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love. Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it.
"Brilliant & original, but, oh, dreadful accents!"
Worte sind Waffen: Wil Parke ist ein einfacher Zimmermann. Oder zumindest glaubt er das. Bis er auf einer Flughafentoilette in Portland von zwei Männern angegriffen wird. Sie behaupten, er sei der Schlüssel in einem geheimen Krieg, ein "Ausreißer", immun gegen die Kraft der Worte. Sie zwingen ihn mitzukommen in die Geisterstadt Broken Hill, deren gesamte Bevölkerung bei einem Chemieunfall vor zwei Jahren ausgelöscht wurde. Dort soll ein mächtiges Artefakt verborgen liegen, das den Krieg ein für alle Mal beenden könnte.