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Powers, Richard 1957-

Works: 84 works in 621 publications in 12 languages and 21,605 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Musical fiction  Domestic fiction  Suspense fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Fantasy fiction  Science fiction  Historical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Creator, Author of introduction, Illustrator
Classifications: PS3566.O92, 813.54
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The echo maker by Richard Powers( Book )

73 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 3,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter, suffering from a rare brain disorder that causes him to believe his sister to be an impostor, endeavors to discover the cause of the motor vehicle accident that resulted in his head injury
Generosity : an enhancement by Richard Powers( Book )

46 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Chicagoan Russell Stone finds himself teaching a Creative Nonfiction class, he encounters a young Algerian woman with a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amzwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell. How can this refugee from perpetual terror be so happy? Won't someone so open and alive come to serious harm? Wondering how to protect her, Russell researches her war-torn country and skims through popular happiness manuals. Might her condition be hyperthymia? Hypomania? Russell's amateur inquiries lead him to college counselor Candace Weld, who also falls under Thassa's spell. Dubbed Miss Generosity by her classmates, Thassa's joyful personality comes to the attention of the notorious geneticist and advocate for genomic enhancement, Thomas Kurton, whose research leads him to announce the genotype for happiness
Orfeo : a novel by Richard Powers( Book )

31 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Composer Peter Els --the "Bioterrorist Bach"--Pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey and, through the help of his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime collaborator, he hatches a plan to turn his disastrous collision with Homeland Security into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them
The time of our singing by Richard Powers( Book )

66 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jonah, Joseph and Ruth grow up during the early Civil Rights era, come of age in the riot-torn 1960s, and live out their adulthoods through the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, "whose voice could make heads of state repent," pursues a life devoted to his parents' beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, chooses a path of militant activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this far-ranging, multigenerational tale, struggles to remain loyal to both siblings. As a polarized America threatens to tear the family apart, only their deep, shared love of song stands any hope of preserving them."--Jacket
The gold bug variations by Richard Powers( Book )

30 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and Dutch and held by 1,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A double love story of two couples seperated by a distance of twenty five years
Three farmers on their way to a dance by Richard Powers( Book )

43 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three interrelated stories, based on an actual photograph made in 1914, that connect in a surprising way and provide a mystery that spans a century of brutality and progress
Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers( Book )

44 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man's experiment in creating the ideal woman. He is Richard Powers, a professor with a taste for the cerebral. As no woman matches his expectations, he creates Helen, a talking intelligence which he programs with his favored books. The novel follows Richard and Helen's relationship to its sad and inevitable conclusion. By the author of The Gold Bug Variations
Plowing the dark by Richard Powers( Book )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the shores of Puget Sound, a band of virtual reality researchers is building an empty white room that can become a jungle, a painting, or a cathedral. In a war-torn Mediterranean city, an American is held hostage in another empty white room. These two remote places will be linked by the power of the imagination
Operation wandering soul : a novel by Richard Powers( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of sick children in a hospital in Los Angeles and the people who work to keep them alive, to combine fact and fantasy, revealing to adults the forgotten place they came from and preparing the children for the hidden destination they are off to
Gain by Richard Powers( Book )

37 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A soap company establishes itself in Massachusetts, bringing better hygiene and employment to the community. But there is a negative side, pollution, and the victim is Laura, a woman suffering from cancer. A look at the pros and cons of progress. By the author of Galatea 2.2
Prisoner's dilemma by Richard Powers( Book )

30 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Something is wrong with Eddie Hobson, Sr., father of four, sometime history teacher, quizmaster, black humorist, and virtuoso invalid. His recurring fainting spells have worsened, and with his ingrained aversion to doctors, his worried family tries to discover the nature of his sickness. Meanwhile, in private, Eddie puts the finishing touches on a secret project he calls Hobstown, a place that he promises will save him, the world, and everything that's in it."
The echo maker by Richard Powers( Recording )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman - who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister - is really an impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing the infinitely bizarre world of brain disorders. Weber recognizes Mark's condition as a rare case of Capgras Syndrome - the delusion that people in one's life are doubles or impostors - and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident. The truth of that evening will change the lives of all three beyond recognition.-Dust jacket
White noise by Don DeLillo( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Winner of the 1985 National Book Award from the author of "Zero K" Winner of the National Book Award, "White Noise" tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultramodern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an industrial accident unleashes an "airborne toxic event," a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the "white noise" engulfing the Gladneys-radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings-pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous"-- Provided by publisher
Orfeo by Richard Powers( Recording )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An experimental composer becomes a fugitive after his home microbiology lab, set up to find music in surprising patterns, results in a Homeland Security raid
Generosity by Richard Powers( Recording )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russell Stone is teaching creative nonfiction in Chicago when he meets a young Algerian woman with "a disturbingly luminous presence. Thassadit Amwar's blissful exuberance both entrances and puzzles the melancholic Russell." His curiosity about her happiness despite her refugee status leads a geneticist to research further and announce discovery of a genotype for happiness. This fantasy fiction asks us to consider both science and imagination as humankind rewrite[s] our own existence."--Publisher description
Davy Crockett, frontier hero : the truth as he told it, the legend as friends built it by Walter Blair( Book )

1 edition published in 1955 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The machine awakes by Stephen Andrew Taylor( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chicago by Nelson Algren( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galatea 2.2 : Roman by Richard Powers( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.30 (from 0.07 for "In the on ... to 0.95 for Galatea 2. ...)

The echo maker
Alternative Names
Powers, Richard

Richard Powers Amerikaans auteur

Richard Powers écrivain américain

Richard Powers romanziere statunitense

Richard Powers US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Richardus Powers

פאוארס, ריצ'רד 1957-

ریچارد پاورز نویسنده آمریکایی

रिचर्ड पावर्स

리처드 파워스

パワーズ, リチャード


English (391)

German (51)

French (28)

Italian (18)

Japanese (15)

Dutch (15)

Spanish (6)

Swedish (2)

Hebrew (2)

Chinese (1)

Danish (1)

Czech (1)

Generosity : an enhancementThe time of our singingThe gold bug variationsThree farmers on their way to a danceGalatea 2.2Plowing the darkOperation wandering soul : a novelGain