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New in SUB: Nosferatu and Maelstrom

The final part of the Van Helsing’s Diaries by Peter Cawdron titled Nosferatu is out, and the entire series is available in one single Omnibus Edition.

Similarly, Maelstrom, the final part of Colliding Worlds, is out, and in an Omnibus, too. Maelstrom is also on kindle unlimited.

Judging by past writing of Cawdron, you can’t go wrong with buying it and 0.99 EUR each is an acceptable financial risk. 🙂

 

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Kim Stanley Robinson: New York 2140

New in the SUB: Kim Stanley Robinson imagines a submerged New York in the year 2140.

After the sea level rose in multiple increments of three meters, the world change, and so did New York. It didn’t die, though. It just changed. Told from the viewpoint of different characters with differing levels of privilege and different interests, the real star of the story is the City.

“New York 2140”, Kim Stanley Robinson (Kindle)

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New Arrival: How to Kill a City

How to kill a city

Peter Moskowitz has written a book on “Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood”, titled “How to Kill a City”. It’s available on Kindle for some 11 Euro.

There is a matching article in The Atlantic, The Steady Destruction of America’s Cities. Based on observations in Detroit, San Francisco, New York and Post-Katrina New Orleans, he tries to explain the process of Gentrification and distinguish it from urban renewal or other forms of change that are frequent in cities.

While urban renewal, the suburbanization of cities, and other forms of capital creation are relatively easy to spot (a highway built through a neighborhood is a relatively obvious event), gentrification is more discreet, dispersed, and hands-off,” he writes. Moskowitz adds to the growing canon aimed at understanding and explaining the process of gentrification, and he not so subtly suggests that while gentrification  naturally brings some improvements to a city,including more people and money, it also frequently kills some cultural traditions and diversity, the precise characteristics that make cities so dynamic and desirable in the first place.

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