Dermot Somers has been rock-climbing and mountaineering all over the world, from the Alps to the Himalayas. He was a member of the expedition to Changtse (Tibet) in 1987, to Manaslu (Nepal) in 1991 and to Everest (Tibet) in 1993. He has published three books of stories: Mountains and Other Ghosts (Diadem Books, 1990); At the Rising of the Moon (Baton Wicks, 1994); and, Collected Short Stories (Baton Wicks, 2004). In 2005 his book Endurance (O'Brien Press) was an historical and mythological account of famous journeys throughout Ireland. At the Rising of the Moon won the Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature. He was also awarded the Oireachtas Prize for Rince ar na Ballaí (Cois Life, 2002). Ar Muir is ar Sliabh (Cois Life, 2010) was published in 2010. He has made three television series for TG4 and RTÉ; Cuairt na Cruinne (Best Documentary Award, Celtic Film & TV Festival for a programme about the Eiger), An Bealach ó Dheas and Turas Feasa. He has also made travel programmes with shepherds with CTL Films. The series is called Turais i mBaol - An tSibéir (2001); An Sahára (2002); An Iaráin (2004); and the fourth - Trasna na Himiléithe, Dolpo, Neipeal (2008).
It is no ordinary juggernaut. Longer than a football pitch, weighing 550 tons, and moving at just five miles per hour, its job – and that of troubleshooter Neil Mannix – is to move a giant transformer across an oil-rich African state. But when Nyala erupts in civil war, Mannix’s juggernaut is at the centre of the conflict – a target of ambush and threat, with no way to run and nowhere to hide...
With the aid of maps and photographs, Dermot Somers -- mountaineer, Gaelic scholar, TV presenter, and writer -- follows in the footsteps of these epic journeys, revealing the people, the cultures, the times, the places and the echoes surviving in our landscape -- from Art O'Neill's icy grave in the Wicklow mountains to the ringfort-hiding place of the brown bull in the secret valley of the Cooley Mountains.
One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.
In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.
But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .
Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.