• Face aux Yuuzhan vong, toutes les stratégies sont bonnes... Y compris convaincre les impériaux de combattre aux cotés de l'Alliance Galactique ? Née des cendres de la Nouvelle République, l'Alliance Galactique est résolue à ramener l'harmonie partout dans sa sphère d'influence. Pour cela, il faut d'abord vaincre les Vong, toujours aussi menaçants. Eternellement à la pointe du combat, Luke Skywalker se lance à la recherche de Zonama Sekot, une planète vivante qui aurait jadis tenu en échec une avant-garde vong. Dès le début de leur voyage dans les Régions Inconnues, Luke, Mara, Jacen et leurs compagnons sont pris dans une bataille spatiale entre les Vong et la flotte des Vestiges de l'Empire. Tentés de laisser leurs nouveaux et leurs anciens ennemis s'entre-tuer, les Jedi envisagent de passer leur chemin. Mais ils changent vite d'avis et se rangent dans le camp des Impériaux...

  • An -3500. Tassaa Bareesh, la matriarche du cartel du crime hutt, organise une mystérieuse vente aux enchères. Des représentants de la République et de l'Empire s'y pressent, ainsi que des invités incognito plutôt disparates parmi lesquels : un Padawan, une ancienne de l'Escouade républicaine Blackstar, un contrebandier et un énigmatique Mandalorien. Par-dessus le marché, l'émissaire de la République n'est pas celui qu'il prétend être et la délégation impériale compte une impitoyable Apprentie Sith dans ses rangs. Aucun de ces protagonistes n'a réellement l'intention de participer aux enchères. Tous projettent de voler le butin : deux morceaux de métal fondu d'un vaisseau qui proviendrait d'un monde inconnu, riche de ressources insoupçonnées. Mais ce trésor se révèle portentiellement mortel. Aussi, Sith et Jedi, Empire et République, devront accomplir l'impensable : s'allier pour vaincre une menace capable de détruire la galaxie...

  • Un an après la mort de l'homme qu'elle aimait, l'ex-pilote Impériale Juno Eclipse enfreint les ordresde l'Alliance. Alors qu'elle teste les défenses autour des usines d'esclavage de Cato Neimoidia, ellese tient prête à aider le Général Kota dans sa campagne contre l'Empire. Mais la Princesse Leia luiconfie une tâche plus importante : une mission secrète vers Dac, pour convaincre les Mon Cal et lesquarren de se joindre à la cause rebelle. Pendant ce temps, sur la planète aquatique Kamino, où les stormtroopers de l'Empire ont grandi, un homme se réveille, hanté par des visions. Ces visions sont-elles un signe de la folie qui gagne les clones utilisant la Force ? Ou bien est-il le véritable Starkiller, ayant réussi à tromper la mort ? Peu importe. Il devra faire ce que Vador lui ordonne : détruire la Rébellion qu'il a créée... et tuer Juno Eclipse, la femme qu'il aime. Purgé des souvenirs de sa vie précédente, Starkiller entre en action...

  • As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse, never suspecting that he was just a tool in the schemes of his masters--until it was too late to escape their lethal betrayal.
    Juno mourned Starkiller as dead...but now he is back, purged of all memories and programmed to kill. And as fate brings Juno and Starkiller closer to reuniting, with Darth Vader determined not to lose his assassin a second time, they will both have to make a stand. The prize is freedom. The punishment for failing will be eternal enslavement to the dark side of the Force...
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  • BioWare and LucasArts--creators of the hugely popular Star Wars:r Knights of the Old Republicr video game--have combined their storytelling talents and cutting-edge technology for an innovative new massively multiplayer online role-playing game that allows players to create their own personal Star Wars adventure 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader. Now #1 New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams brings the world of the game to life in his latest novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance.
    Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda. But the Republic’s envoy is not what he seems, the Empire’s delegate is a ruthless Sith apprentice, the Jedi Padawan is determined to do the right thing and terrified that he can’t, the trooper hopes to redeem her reputation, and the Mandalorian is somehow managing to keep one step ahead of everyone.
    None of these guests--invited or uninvited--have any intention of participating in the auction. Instead they plan to steal the prize, which is locked inside an impregnable vault: two burned chunks of an exploded star cruiser, one of which may hold the key to the wealth of an entire world.
    But the truth about the treasure is dangerous and deadly. And in the end, Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, must do something they’ve never done before, something that all the agents of good and evil could never make them do: join together to stop a powerful threat that could destroy the galaxy.
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  • “The Sith always betray one another. . . . I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough.”
    The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious–the cunning Sith lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for . . . and dealt with. These crucial tasks fall to the Emperor’s ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader. In turn, the Dark Lord has groomed a lethal apprentice entrusted with a top-secret mission: to comb the galaxy and dispatch the last of his masters’ enemies, thereby punctuating the dark side’s victory with the Jedi’s doom.
    Since childhood, Vader’s nameless agent has known only the cold, mercenary creed of the Sith. His past is a void; his present, the carrying out of his deadly orders. But his future beckons like a glistening black jewel with the ultimate promise: to stand beside the only father he has ever known, with the galaxy at their feet. It is a destiny he can realize only by rising to the greatest challenge of his discipleship: destroying Emperor Palpatine.
    The apprentice’s journeys will take him across the far reaches of the galaxy, from the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to the junkyard planet of Raxus Prime. On these missions, the young Sith acolyte will forge an unlikely alliance with a ruined Jedi Master seeking redemption and wrestle with forbidden feelings for his beautiful comrade, Juno Eclipse. And he will be tested as never before–by shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes and stir within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name . . . and changing his destiny.
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  • éternité

    Sean Williams

    Si la vitesse de la lumière constitue une barrière infranchissable, il est fort possible que les immenses distances qui séparent les étoiles et autres contraintes physiques, biologiques et psychologiques rendront impraticables les voyages interstellaires par des êtres en chair et en os. Dans cette nouvelle, l'auteur envisage une autre solution : l'envoi des versions numérisées de personnalités humaines capables de survivre pendant des décennies pour arriver à destination. Ces « engrammes », stockés dans des unités informatiques à bord des sondes relativement petites, passent le temps du parcours dans des environnements virtuels. Malheureusement, suite à une collision avec un grain de poussière à haute vitesse, l'une de ces sondes se retrouve avec le moteur en panne, sur un mauvais cap et coupé de tout contact avec la Terre. Mais la pire menace à laquelle les membres de l'équipage doivent faire face est logée au coeur même de leur programmation : l'ennui existentiel. Une ébauche intéressante d'une idée que Sean Williams a développé par la suite avec Shane Dix dans leur trilogie, Les Orphelins de la Terre.

  • La République est tombée.
    L'Empire est en pleine ascension.
    Palpatine et Dark Vador règnent en maîtres.
    Jedi, prenez garde : l'assassin impitoyable du Côté Obscur est lâché dans la galaxie L'apprenti entraîné depuis l'enfance par Dark Vador en personne, est prêt pour affronter l'épreuve finale : traquer et tuer les vieux ennemis de son Maître, les derniers Jedi encore en vie. Secondé dans sa tâche par la pilote impériale Juno Eclipse ainsi que par le redoutable droïde PROXY, l'apprenti n'a aucun scrupule à utiliser tous les moyens en sa possession pour parvenir à ses fins. Seule règle à respecter : ne laisser aucun témoin.
    Mais de retour d'une mission, celui-ci découvre que son rôle privilégié auprès de Dark Vador ne le protège en rien de certaines menaces

  • From across the galaxy they've come: agents of both the Republic and the Sith Empire, an investigating Jedi Padawan, an ex-trooper drummed out of the Republic's elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian. An extraordinary auction has drawn them all together-in quest of a prize only one can claim. Each is prepared to do what he must to possess the treasure, whose value may be the wealth of a world itself. None intend to leave empty-handed. All have secrets, desires, and schemes. And nothing could ever unite them as allies-except the truth about the deadly danger of the object they covet. But can Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire-enemies for millennia-join as one against the certain doom of the galaxy?
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  • Plus que jamais, les quatre élus, Conor, Abéké, Meilin et Rollan doivent s'entraîner ensemble et consolider leur lien avec leur animal totem pour devenir plus forts. Car le Dévoreur et son armée de Conquérants ont commencé à envahir le monde d'Erdas, et ils gagnent petit à petit du terrain. Aidés de Tarik, le fidèle Cape-Verte qui les accompagne dans leur quête, ils partent vers le Kho Kensit, une région reculée du Zhong.
    Leur but : convaincre Dinesh l'éléphant, une nouvelle Bête Suprême, de leur confier son talisman. Seulement, les Conquérants les talonnent, et il devient difficile de circuler sans se faire repérer...

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  • As the bloodied and weary galaxy faces battle once more, the Jedi take on the formidable task of bringing the last of the Empire into the light-From the ashes of the New Republic, torn apart by the Yuuzhan Vong forces, the newly formed Galactic Alliance has risen, determined to bring peace to the entire galaxy. But first the Yuuzhan Vong must be contained once and for all. And so Luke Skywalker seeks a world long lost to legend: Zonama Sekot, a sentient planet believed to have repelled an invasion by the Yuuzhan Vong decades before. Deciphering the enigmatic secrets of Zonama Sekot just might turn the relentless tides of war-

  • The Jedi move one step closer
    to saving the embattled galaxy-only to confront
    a formidable wall
    of resistance....
    The harrowing search for
    Zonama Sekot if finally
    over for Luke Skywalker,
    Jacen Solo, and others aboard the Jade Shado. But joy
    turns to alarm when the living planet
    sends a defiant message: it refuses to follow them back
    to a galaxy full of war, exploitation, and misery.While Luke works feverishly to persuade the elusive
    planet to reconsider, the Yuuzhan Vong launch a full-
    scale attack aimed at the heart of the new alliance. Sent
    to defend a major communicating base, Han and Leia
    find themselves hopelessly outnumbered.
    Reinforcements are just too far away to help before
    everything is destroyed. So the courageous pair must
    now fight an unrelenting battle against staggering odds.
    Whether they actually survive is another matter....

  • The second of a mass-market original trilogy charting the beginning of the galaxy's victory over the dreaded Yuuzhan Vong alien invaders. Under the leadership of Luke Skywalker and a combined Jedi-government council, the newly formed Galatic Federation of Free Alliances is doggedly fighting back--and winning. Luke is on a quest for a legend, in hope of bringing back the ultimate answer to the war. And a mysterious prophet has risen among the Yuuzhan Vong lower castes to turn Yuuzhan Vong culture on its ear. This adventure includes major storylines for favorite characters, both old and new.

  • Not just an epic videogame from BioWare and LucasArts, Star Wars: The Old Republic™ spawned a New York Times bestselling series of novels--which are now together in one electrifying ebook bundle. Fatal Alliance, Deceived, Revan, and Annihilation tell four daringly original stories of Jedi and Sith that embody this unique, beloved era in Star Wars Legends storytelling. . . .
    FATAL ALLIANCE by Sean Williams
    From across the galaxy they’ve come: a Jedi Padawan, an ex-trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian. An extraordinary auction has drawn them all together, in quest of a prize whose value may be the wealth of a world itself. None intend to leave empty-handed. All have secrets, desires, and schemes. And nothing could ever unite them as allies--except the truth about the deadly danger of the object they covet. But can Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, join as one against the certain doom of the galaxy?
    DECEIVED by Paul S. Kemp
    A Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords, Darth Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace will transform him into something far more heinous--something Malgus would never want to be but cannot stop becoming, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching. Her name is Aryn Leneer--and the lone Jedi Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master.
    REVAN by Drew Karpyshyn
    Hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior--Revan has been all of these. He left Coruscant a Jedi, on a mission to defeat the Mandalorians. He returned a Sith disciple, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was the loss of his memories. All that’s left are nightmares--and deep, abiding fear. One thing he’s certain of: Something very dark is plotting against the Republic. With no idea how to identify the threat, let alone stop it, Revan may be doomed to fail. But only death can stop him from trying.
    ANNIHILATION by Drew Karpyshyn
    After his triumphant destruction of a Sith superweapon arsenal, covert agent Theron Shan is recruited for an even more dangerous mission. A power struggle has the Empire in flux, but Darth Karrid remains bent on total domination, using a fearsome Imperial cruiser in her reign of terror. Now, joined by a hotheaded smuggler and Karrid’s former Jedi Master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a crew of the most cold-blooded dark side disciples. And if they don’t seize their one chance to succeed, they will have countless opportunities to die.

  • Methods, Processes, and Tools for Collaboration "The time has come to fundamentally rethink how we handle the building of knowledge in biomedical sciences today. This book describes how the computational sciences have transformed into being a key knowledge broker, able to integrate and operate across divergent data types."-Bryn Williams-Jones, Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer The pharmaceutical industry utilizes an extended network of partner organizations in order to discover and develop new drugs, however there is currently little guidance for managing information and resources across collaborations. Featuring contributions from the leading experts in a range of industries, Collaborative Computational Technologies for Biomedical Research provides information that will help organizations make critical decisions about managing partnerships, including: Serving as a user manual for collaborations Tackling real problems from both human collaborative and data and informatics perspectives Providing case histories of biomedical collaborations and technology-specific chapters that balance technological depth with accessibility for the non-specialist reader A must-read for anyone working in the pharmaceuticals industry or academia, this book marks a major step towards widespread collaboration facilitated by computational technologies.

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  • Jack and Jaide Shield are determined to discover more about what it means to be a troubletwister, but their special powers remain untamed. Even troubletwisters have to go to school, but the twins remain vigilant for any sign of the Evil returning to Portland. Could it be something to do with the legendary Monster of Portland?

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  • Car la réponse de la planète vivante à leur requête a de quoi doucher le plus bel enthousiasme : pas question pour elle de retourner dans une galaxie en guerre où les malheurs du plus grand nombre font la fortune de quelques privilégiés. Pendant que Luke tente d'amener Zonama Sekot à de meilleurs sentiments, les Yuuzhan Vong lancent une attaque massive contre le coeur de l'Alliance Galactique. Comme de juste, Yan et Leia, chargés de défendre une base de communications vitale, seront à la pointe du combat.

  • Au coeur des Régions Inconnues, une multitude de dangers guettent Luke Skywalker et ses compagnons, partis à la recherche de Zonama Sekot, la planète vivante qui pourrait être la clé d'une victoire définitive des Jedi sur les Yuuzhan Vong. A condition de la trouver, et de revenir vivants... Pendant ce temps, à l'autre bout de la galaxie, de vieilles querelles, ravivées par les Vong, menacent de saper de l'intérieur les forces d'un monde devenu stratégiquement vital pour l'Alliance Galactique. Un nouveau défi que devront relever Yan et Leia, engagés dans une mission diplomatique dont ils se demandent vite si elle ne sera pas la dernière !

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