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But there is SCIENCE Fiction and there is Science Fiction and there is science FICTION.  Arthur C. Clarke's A Fall of Moondust is SCIENCE Fiction.  Lois Bujold''s Komarr is Science Fiction and Alan Dean Foster's Tar Ayim Krang is science  FICTION.   LOL

I wrote a computer program that counts the science and fantasy words in a work and computes an SF and Fantasy word density.   1.000 means 1 science of fantasy word per 1,000 characters including punctuation.  A Fall of Moondust has a science word density of 1.2.  Most SF is less than that, some less than 0.20.
If you click your heels together three times and say there's no place like home, and that gets you across the universe, that's fantasy. If you click your heels together three times, and the spark that results touches a vulner...
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+Zak Starlord  ". the value of literature is not in its utility."

The very first use of the term "science-fiction" contradicts that statement.

"The term "science fiction" was used first in 1851 (in Chapter 10 of William Wilson's A Little Earnest Book upon a Great Old Subject): "Science-Fiction, in which the revealed truths of Science may be given interwoven with a pleasing story which may itself be poetical and true.""
http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~hbf/sfhist.html
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Computers in education 1996

These dropout prevention programs dramatize the efficacy of computerized education. Computers can teach students of different ages, teach them well, and make learning enjoyable. However, we have to remember that these are initial programs. Software is just beginning to expose the potential of computerized education. These "at-risk" programs don't even tap into the staggering possibilities that multimedia opens up, and about which I will talk in Chapter 14 (in the January, 1997 issue of First Monday). Despite the demonstrated results with students in these rudimentary programs, American schools generally have ignored the results and continue on their usual well trodden paths. Most don't even investigate how computers could, at a minimum, revitalize the education of the hordes of students who are "at-risk," who become pariahs in a technological world. Schools continue to spew out millions of illiterates. This deprivation of students is both astounding and deplorable.

http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/500/421

So why haven't educators figured out what to do since 1996?
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Now this looks like an interesting book:

Old Europe's Suicide, (1922) by Christopher Birdwood Thomson
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/53464/53464-h/53464-h.htm

The excuse of Archduke's Ferdinand's assassination always looked stupid and flimsy to me but no one ever suggested to me a book by someone in a position of authority at the time.

Why did World War I happen?
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It is where the Royals in European countries really lost their power.  The most dramatic case being the Romanovs in Russia.  The British Empire began a serious decline that was finalized with WWII, though symbolically they still have a monarchy.

I haven't read the book yet though so I don't know what this guy says and he won't know about WWII at this writing.
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There are so many things so scattered about.  I suppose this qualifies as Black History:

THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY, 1995, MEMORIAL ISSUE.

CONTENTS

SOJOURNER TRUTH, THE LIBYAN SIBYL by Harriet Beecher Stowe
RECONSTRUCTION by Frederick Douglass
AN APPEAL TO CONGRESS FOR IMPARTIAL SUFFRAGE by Frederick Douglas
THE NEGRO EXODUS by James B. Runnion
MY ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY by Frederick Douglass
THE GOOPHERED GRAPEVINE by Charles W. Chesnutt
PO' SANDY by Charles W. Chesnutt
DAVE'S NECKLISS by Charles W. Chesnutt
THE AWAKENING OF THE NEGRO by Booker T. Washington
THE STORY OF UNCLE TOM'S CABIN by Charles Dudley Warner
STRIVINGS OF THE NEGRO PEOPLE by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
THE WIFE OF HIS YOUTH by Charles W. Chesnutt
THE BOUQUET by Charles W. Chesnutt
THE CASE OF THE NEGRO by Booker T. Washington
HOT-FOOT HANNIBAL by Charles W. Chesnutt
A NEGRO SCHOOLMASTER IN THE NEW SOUTH by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
THE CAPTURE OF A SLAVER by J. Taylor Wood
MR. CHARLES W. CHESNUTT'S STORIES by W. D. Howells
PATHS OF HOPE FOR THE NEGRO by Jerome Dowd
SIGNS OF PROGRESS AMONG THE NEGROES by Booker T. Washington
THE MARCH OF PROGRESS by Charles W. Chesnutt
THE FREEDMEN'S BUREAU by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
OF THE TRAINING OF BLACK MEN by W. E. Burghardt Du Bois
THE FRUITS OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING by Booker T. Washington
THE NEGRO IN THE REGULAR ARMY by Oswald Garrison Villard
BAXTER'S PROCRUSTES by Charles W. Chesnutt
THE HEART OF THE RACE PROBLEM by Quincy Ewing
NEGRO SUFFRAGE IN A DEMOCRACY by Ray Stannard Baker

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/206/206-h/206-h.htm

Buried among the coal in the Gutenberg gold mine.
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Thursday Sept 22, 1966

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_No_Man_Has_Gone_Before

1967 was the first year of Star Trek and it is synchronous with 2017.

This was the 2nd pilot, the 1st did not have William Shatner.
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The genetic engineering people should find this interesting:

Who stole the DNA of 14,000 long-lived Italians?

https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/16/who-stole-the-dna-of-14-000-long-lived-italians/

Sounds like Robert Heinlein's Methuselah's Children.

Science Fiction gets real AGAIN! LOL
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I have not read this book:

https://www.packtpub.com/hardware-and-creative/learning-beaglebone-python-programming

I just got it.  This book has more to say about interrupts than any other book I have seen about the Beaglebone or the Raspberry Pi.  Most books say little to nothing about them.  If you do not understand interrupts then you don't know how computers work.  You don't have to be able to code them to understand the basics.  But really sophisticated hardware projects on these micro-computers will need them.

That is funny.  I was really annoyed when microcomputers became PCs.  It was just marketing nonsense.  But devices like the Raspberry Pi are definitely microcomputers.

I have a Raspberry Pi 3, a Beaglebone Black and a Beaglebone Green Wireless.  I have run a C benchmark program on the Pi and the BBBlack.  You can find the program in the Jan 1983 Byte magazine where the fastest machine was the IBM 3033 that cost $3 million.  The Beaglebone is faster than the IBM and the RasPi 3 is slightly faster than that.  But the RasPi 3 has 4 cores and can run the program 4 times simultaneously at full speed.

The Internet of Things will make these devices even more pervasive but they must handle interrupts.  This book looks like a really good place to start..  But we need a Python compiler.  LOL
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Reading chapter 3. Found out about 'capemgr' and the 'device tree overlay'. There is no mention of them in Beaglebone for DUMMIES even though it has twice as many pages.
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Access to the complete full text. This is a short preview of the document. Your library or institution may give you access to the complete full text for this document in ProQuest. Connect to ProQuest. Once connected, you can view documents in full as well as cite, email or print them.
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Young Readers Science Fiction Stories, (1957) by Richard Mace Elam

Dick and Jane in Outer Space!  LOL

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/53456/53456-h/53456-h.htm

1965, 1989 and 2004 are mentioned as though they are the future along with 2027 and 2031.

Part of Reading List for young kids??
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It is a kind of "Dick and Jane in Outer Space".  Not for adults but it would have made early grade school more interesting.
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The Night of the Trolls, (1963) by Keith Laumer
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/53132/53132-h/53132-h.htm

http://everything2.com/title/The+Night+of+the+Trolls

I have been unable to forget Timmy for decades.
Science Fiction can do the strangest things to your mind.
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Learn the latest in motion picture directing.  1922

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/53117/53117-h/53117-h.htm

Be sure to buckle your swash.
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