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Chris Beckett - Author

About the Author

Chris Beckett is a former social worker and now university lecturer who lives in Cambridge. Beckett has written over 20 short stories, many of them originally published in Interzone and Asimov's. In 2009 he won the Edge Hill Short Story competition for his collection of stories, The Turing Test.

Featured books by Chris Beckett

The Holy Machine

The Holy Machine

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2013

George Simling has grown up in the city-state of Illyria in the Eastern Mediterranean, an enclave of logic and reason founded as a refuge from the Reaction, a wave of religious fundamentalism that swept away the nations of the twenty-first century. Yet to George, Illyria's militant rationalism is as close-minded and stifling as the faith-based superstition that dominates the world outside its walls. For George has fallen in love with Lucy. A prostitute. A robot. She might be a machine, but the semblance of life is perfect. And beneath her good looks and real human skin, her seductive, sultry, sluttish software is simmering on the edge of consciousness. To the city authorities robot sentience is a malfunction, curable by periodically erasing and resetting silicon minds. Simple maintenance, no real problem, its only a machine. But its a problem for George, he knows that Lucy is something more. His only alternative is to flee Illyria, taking Lucy deep into the religious Outlands where she must pass as human because robots are seen as demonic mockeries of God, burned at the stake, dismembered, crucified. Their odyssey leads through betrayal, war and madness, ending only at the monastery of the Holy Machin.

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Other books by Chris Beckett

Child Protection An Introduction

Child Protection An Introduction

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2007

Praise for the First Edition: `All readers will be drawn to the style of the book as well as its content. The structure will make sure that it is not just a one-off , being read as part of a course of study, but a book which is used frequently as a source of reference' - Child Abuse Review The Second Edition of this best-selling textbook provides students and practitioners with a broad introduction to, and critical analysis of, the complex issues involved in child protection work. Beckett unpacks these complexities in a clear and engaging way, all the time encouraging reflection and debate through such features as case examples and interactive exercises. The book is fully comprehensive, considering key topics such as: the consequences for children of abuse and neglect; the reasons why some adults abuse and neglect children; the personal challenges involved in doing child protection work; and the organizational framework within which child protection work takes place. Other key features of this thoroughly revised Second Edition include: Fully updated content: the book has been revised to incorporate new literature, research, legal and policy developments, including the recent Working Together guidelines Two new chapters: these comprise a chapter on domestic violence in families, and a chapter on bringing about change Interprofessional appeal: the author addresses all the professionals involved in child protection work, ensuring relevance across a range of disciplines and professions. The new edition of this highly successful textbook will be required reading for students studying social work and allied subjects, and an essential resource for all professionals involved in child protection work. Chris Beckett is based at the Division of Social Work and Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of three best-selling SAGE textbooks: Human Growth and Development; Values and Ethics in Social Work (with Andrew Maynard); Essential Theory for Social Work Practice. Find out more about Chris Beckett at the Anglia Ruskin University website

Child Protection An Introduction

Child Protection An Introduction

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2007

Praise for the First Edition: `All readers will be drawn to the style of the book as well as its content. The structure will make sure that it is not just a one-off , being read as part of a course of study, but a book which is used frequently as a source of reference' - Child Abuse Review The Second Edition of this best-selling textbook provides students and practitioners with a broad introduction to, and critical analysis of, the complex issues involved in child protection work. Beckett unpacks these complexities in a clear and engaging way, all the time encouraging reflection and debate through such features as case examples and interactive exercises. The book is fully comprehensive, considering key topics such as: the consequences for children of abuse and neglect; the reasons why some adults abuse and neglect children; the personal challenges involved in doing child protection work; and the organizational framework within which child protection work takes place. Other key features of this thoroughly revised Second Edition include: Fully updated content: the book has been revised to incorporate new literature, research, legal and policy developments, including the recent Working Together guidelines Two new chapters: these comprise a chapter on domestic violence in families, and a chapter on bringing about change Interprofessional appeal: the author addresses all the professionals involved in child protection work, ensuring relevance across a range of disciplines and professions. The new edition of this highly successful textbook will be required reading for students studying social work and allied subjects, and an essential resource for all professionals involved in child protection work. Chris Beckett is based at the Division of Social Work and Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of three best-selling SAGE textbooks: Human Growth and Development; Values and Ethics in Social Work (with Andrew Maynard); Essential Theory for Social Work Practice. Find out more about Chris Beckett at the Anglia Ruskin University website

The Dog Who Thinks He's a Fish

The Dog Who Thinks He's a Fish

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2004

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