April 2020: TechnoLit

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Technology is what makes our world run these days! Dive into these books that feature technology as a main plot point, or learn more about the technology that brings us to today.

(Note: all formats are digital to support our patrons stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis.)


Connie Willis
Description: In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal--to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely--in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle--especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize love--and communication--are far more complicated than she ever imagined.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Kiki Prottsman
Description: A how-to volume filled with fun activites that can be done at home, as well as simple programs, and information about some of the most famous coders of all time. Includes glossary.
Call Number: J 005.1 Pro
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Steven Johnson
Description: A new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life and unearths unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields. An accompaniment to a six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world.--Excerpted from publisher statement.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
James Patterson, Tara Sands
Description: The Great War is over. The Robots have won. The humans who survived have two choices—they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created or be banished to the Reserve, a desolate, unforgiving landscape where it's a crime to be human.And the robots aren't content—following the orders of their soulless leader, they're planning to conquer humanity's last refuge. With nothing left to lose, Six, a feisty, determined young woman whose family was killed with the first shots of the war, is a rebel with a cause. On the run for her life after an attempted massacre, Six is determined to save humanity before the robots finish what the Great War started and wipe humans off the face of the earth, once and for all.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
S. J. Kincaid
Description: Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Drew Karpyshyn
Description: Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species, but beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on 'harvesting' the galaxy's organic species for their own dark purpose.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Deborah Lock
Description: Join a busy, noisy construction site to watch the mega machines in action constructing a new school.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Julia Keller, Norman Dietz, Tantor Media
Description: Soon after its debut at the time of the Civil War, the Gatling gun changed the nature of warfare and the course of world history. Discharging 200 shots per minute with alarming accuracy, the world's first machine gun became vitally important to protecting and expanding America's overseas interests. Its inventor, Richard Gatling, was famous in his own time for creating and improving many industrial designs, from bicycles and steamship propellers to flush toilets, though it was the gun design that would make his name immortal. A man of great business and scientific acumen, Gating used all the resources of the new mass age to promote sales across America and around the world. Ironically, Gatling actually proposed his gun as a way of saving lives, thinking it would decrease the size of armies and, therefore, make it easier to supply soldiers and reduce malnutrition deaths. The scientists who unleashed America's atomic arsenal less than a century later would see it much the same way.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Dan Brown
Description: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever". The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence. But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Michio Kaku
Description: The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Physics of the Impossible" offers a stunning and provocative vision of the future, and explains how science will shape human destiny and everyone's daily life by the year 2100.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Michael (Michael F.) Flynn, Malcolm Hillgartner
Description: Michael Flynn opened his saga of near-future technology and space exploration with Firestar, in which he introduced a set of characters orbiting around one powerful and determined woman: Mariesa van Huyten, who is obsessed with the need to get humanity...
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Neal Shusterman, Eric Elfman
Description: "With a plot combining science and the supernatural, four kids are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor, Nikola Tesla"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Richard Holmes
Description: "The Age of Wonder" explores the earliest ideas of deep time and space, and the explorers of "dynamic science": an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered. Three lives dominate the book: William Herschel, his sister Caroline, and Humphry Davy.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Dave Eggers
Description: "Set in the near future, this novel examines the inner workings of the Circle, an internet company that is both spiritual and literal successor to Facebook, Google, Twitter and more, as seen through the eyes of Mae Holland, a new hire who starts in customer service. As Mae is absorbed into the Circle's increasingly demanding multi- and social media experience, she plays an ever more pivotal role in the company's plans, which include preventing child abductions through microchips, reducing crime through omnipresent surveillance, and eliminating political corruption through transparency courtesy of personal cameras. Soon, she's not alone in asking what it will mean to "complete the Circle" as its ultimate goal comes into view; even her closest friends and family suspect the Circle is going too far in its desire to make the world a better, safer, more honest place"-- Publishers Weekly.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Robert Harris
Description: "A visionary scientist creates a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But after an intruder breaks into his home, he has to try to discover who is trying to destroy him"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
James Gleick
Description: From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood "talking drums" of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He also provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information, including Charles Babbage, Ada Byron, Samuel Morse, Alan Turing, and Claude Shannon.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
David Thorne
Description: The Internet personality and creator of 27bslash6.com presents an uproarious collection of online mischief and comedy that includes such viral successes as "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead" and "Missing Missy.".
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Alec Foege
Description: Showing how tinkering has been the guiding force behind both major corporate-sponsored innovations and smaller scale inventions with great potential, Foege argues that America still cultivates visionary innovators who do not allow cultural obsessions with efficiency and conformity to interfere with their passion and creativity.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
William Gibson
Description: 2005: Welcome to NoCal and SoCal, the uneasy sister-states of what used to be California. Here the millenium has come and gone, leaving in its wake only stunned survivors. In Los Angeles, Berry Rydell is a former armed-response rentacop now working for a bounty hunter. Chevette Washington is a bicycle messenger turned pickpocket who impulsively snatches a pair of innocent-looking sunglasses. But these are no ordinary shades. What you can see through these high-tech specs can make you rich--or get you killed. Now Berry and Chevette are on the run, zeroing in on the digitalized heart of DatAmerica, where pure information is the greatest high. And a mind can be a terrible thing to crash...
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
Kate Messner
Description: After a concussion that effects her balance, memory, and other abilities, twelve-year-old Kat goes to I-Can, the "Miracle Clinic in the Swamp," where she joins forces with other patients to expose plot that endangers them all.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 1, 2020
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Crosstalk [Electronic Resource]
Connie Willis
Rogue Star [Electronic Resource]
Michael (Michael F.) Flynn, Malcolm Hillgartner
How To Be A Coder
Kiki Prottsman
J 005.1 Pro
Tesla's Attic [Electronic Resource]
Neal Shusterman, Eric Elfman
How We Got To Now [Electronic Resource] : Six Innovations That Made The Modern World
Steven Johnson
The Age Of Wonder [Electronic Resource] : How The Romantic Generation Discovered The Beauty And Terror Of Science
Richard Holmes
Humans, Bow Down [Electronic Resource]. James Patterson.
James Patterson, Tara Sands
The Circle [Electronic Resource] : A Novel
Dave Eggers
Insignia [Electronic Resource]
S. J. Kincaid
The Fear Index [Electronic Resource]
Robert Harris
Mass Effect [Electronic Resource] : Retribution
Drew Karpyshyn
The Information : A History, A Theory, A Flood [Electronic Resource]
James Gleick
Mega Machines [Electronic Resource]
Deborah Lock
The Internet Is A Playground [Electronic Resource] : Irreverent Correspondences Of An Evil Online Genius
David Thorne
Mr. Gatling's Terrible Marvel [Electronic Resource] : The Gun That Changed Everything And The Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It
Julia Keller, Norman Dietz, Tantor Media
The Tinkerers [Electronic Resource] : The Amateurs, Diyers, And Inventors Who Make America Great
Alec Foege
Origin [Electronic Resource] : A Novel
Dan Brown
Virtual Light [Electronic Resource]
William Gibson
Physics Of The Future [Electronic Resource] : How Science Will Shape Human Destiny And Our Daily Lives By The Year 2100
Michio Kaku
Wake Up Missing [Electronic Resource]
Kate Messner