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How much does Planned Obsolescence affect the value of stockes of automobile companies?  Does the value depend on consumers being STUPID?  They keep redesigning piston engine junk 47 years after the Moon landing.

How much have consumers lost on the depreciation of automobiles over the last 50 years?  There were One Billion cars in 2010.
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Harry Potter versus Science Fiction

There is matter and there is anti-matter.  And there is a huge amount of matter in the universe.  Googling Harry Potter yields more than 79 Million results.

Since there is so much Potter in the universe it is only reasonable that there also be anti-Potter!  LOL  The 7 Harry Potter books are 6.3 megabytes.  So how would that much anti-Potter be measured and accumulated?

Using a program to determine SF and Fantasy densities gives the HP series an SF density of 0.076 and a Fantasy density of 0.706.  The Fantasy density is 9 times the SF density.  J. K. Rowling uses the word 'wand' 1,500 times.

A score of 1.000 would mean that 1 science or fantasy word was used for every 1,000 characters of text, including spaces and punctuation.

So I have selected a list of 13 books totaling 6.2 megabytes which should qualify as Anti-Potter.  The SF density is 1.134 and the Fantasy density is 0.049.  With an SF density higher than the Fantasy density of the HP series and a Fantasy density lower than the SF density than the Potter series it qualifies as Anti-Potter.  The SF density is 23 times the Fantasy density so this is really heavy literature.

Omnilingual (Feb 1957) by H. Beam Piper            Public Domain
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnilingual

Badge of Infamy (1963) by Lester del Rey        Public Domain
The Foundation Trilogy (1941-59) by Isaac Asimov
Brain Wave (1954) by Poul Anderson
A Fall of Moondust (1961) by Arthur C. Clarke
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966) by Robert Heinlein
Tau Zero (1970) by Poul Anderson
The Mote in God's Eye (1974) by Larry Niven
The Two Faces of Tomorrow (1979) by James P. Hogan
Cold as Ice (1992) by  Charles Sheffield
Old Man's War (2005) by John Scalzi

The first two are the shortest and in the public domain so the collection can be tested at little cost.  The true cost of a book is the time it takes to read, but what is the benefit?
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Oh I follow your reasoning. I was merely suggesting that religious teachings as an analog for "energy" might be more antithetical to Harry Potter as an opposite energy source. There seems to be a reason why the initialism "SSF" exists -- two sides to the same coin, in my book.
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More 50s science fiction from Project Gutenberg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_the_Sky#Reception

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/52228/52228-h/52228-h.htm

Reviewer says not as good as The Space Merchants.  But hey, not very much is!
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    The input file is: FP.SearchSky.txt with 305609 characters.

brain    3
radio    3
biological    3
computer    3
logical    3
technology    3
biochemical    3
scientist    3
gene    3
atmosphere    4
pressure    4
gravity    4
galaxy    6
orbit    7
program    8
solar    8
planetary    9
genes    12
planet    30
planets    30

    It uses 60 SF words 200 times for an SF density of 0.655

    The word count limit of: 30 was exceeded by: 63

dwarf    ==    1
magic    ==    1

    2 Fantasy words used 2 times for a Fantasy density of 0.007
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Here we go again!

"The thing is, it’s been years since I sat down and watched it. Why? Well, we have those crappy sequels to blame for that. Those movies left such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t want to pick up and watch the original again."

http://theessentialfilms.blogspot.com/2011/11/matrix-1999.html

Are some people just not smart enough to "Get" The Matrix Trilogy therefore the sequels must be BAD.

There are two concepts in the Matrix series for which the words are never used, "Reincarnation" and "Avatar".  Neo story is a techno version of a reincarnation of the Avatar.  Check out The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ.

The Matrix is more than just science fiction.
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“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”
-- Isaac Asimov
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What wasscience fiction trying to tell us about Thorium in 1947?

The Rat Race, by Jay Franklin
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/51854/51854-h/51854-h.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rat_Race_%28novel%29

Thorium is mentioned more than 20 times in this 1947 novel but I don'trecall heaing anything about in in the 60s.
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A Trace of Memory, by Keith Laumer
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/51712/51712-h/51712-h.htm

Gutenberg is getting into the big time.  A big name Science Fiction author with a book rated well on Goodreads.

This is not a Hard SF story and has a higher than usual Fantasy density.

    It uses 58 SF words 128 times for an SF density of 0.351

    18 Fantasy words used 60 times for a Fantasy density of 0.165
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A Trace of Memory is an adventure story fundamentally similar to a later Laumer tale, Galactic Odyssey.  Here a near immortal alien with amnesia is trapped on Earth for 3,000 years.  Then a down on his luck American helps him escape.  Somewhat silly but might be fun.
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So where is the link to Part 1?

SF literature began before there was film and television.
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H.G. Welles - the godfather of sci fi (dont dare disrespect him)
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Here are some curious statistics:

"von neumann machine"
About 35,000 results (0.61 seconds)

"von neumann architecture"
About 103,000 results (0.71 seconds)

"artificial intelligence"
About 29,400,000 results (0.82 seconds)

That is what you geton Google searches.  But how many AI machines are based on the von Neumann design?   Then how is AI supposed to be understood without comprehending von Neumanns.

Curious that the term shows up so much less often.
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I just discovered something curious about the Star Wars vs Star Trek war.  What does it mean to the social psychology and cultural significance of science fiction?

All of the Star Wars movies are in the top100 box office gross, adjusted for inflation.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm

2     Star Wars                         Fox     $1,528,266,100     1977^
11     Star Wars: The Force Awakens     BV           $927,649,200     2015
13     The Empire Strikes Back         Fox       $842,389,900     1980^
16     Return of the Jedi                 Fox       $807,029,700     1983^
18     Star Wars I The Phantom Menace     Fox         $774,877,600     1999^
63     SWars III Revenge of the Sith     Fox         $509,004,900     2005^
91     SWars II - Attack of the Clones Fox            $458,759,500     2002^

But none of the Star Trek movies are even in the top 200.

There are more than 500 Star Trek episodes though and how do you compare that to Box Office intake?  How much has each Star Trek franchise made on advertising in nearly 50 years, adjusted for inflation of course.  LOL
All time box office adjusted for ticket price inflation.
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Science fiction presents ideas, that does not mean they must be implemented exactly as in fiction.  What would a more rational human culture be like and why isn't the current culture like that?  I wassent to a Catholic school but I discovered atheism*m and *agnosticism in science fiction.  I decided I was an agnostic in 7th grade.

There is a scene from the 1950s movie The Day the Earth Stood Still where professor Barnhardt is talking to his secretary regarding her reaction to the electricity being turned off.  Reimagine that scene with Spock as the professor and nurse Chapel as the secretary.   That way of thinking is not an invention of Gene Roddenberry.
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Here is an interesting issue:  Artificial Intelligence enhancing intelligence.

http://singularityhub.com/2016/05/11/ai-teaching-assistant-helped-students-online-and-no-one-knew-the-difference/
Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class. Jill was 1 of 9 TAs assigned to help... read more
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Prize winning science fiction story by Pohl & del Rey

Preferred Risk, by Edson McCann
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/51814/51814-h/51814-h.htm

McCann is a nom de plume
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“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”
-- Isaac Asimov
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Here is the science fiction:
The Space Merchants (1952) Frederick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth
http://www.zone-sf.com/spacemerch.html

Subversive (1962) by Mack Reynolds
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23197/23197-h/23197-h.htm
What kind of TV did Marx watch?  What did he say about Planned Obsolescence.  What has happend to the depreciation of all of the consumer junk for the last 50 years?  Try this essay:
http://www.toxicdrums.com/economic-wargames-by-dal-timgar.html
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