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"Harry Potter" versus "science fiction"

I think Omnilingual by H. Beam Piper is the quintessential science fiction short story. This is sci-fi with scientists with some talk about real science, not just wiz bang techno adventure. Seven Harry Potter books consist of more than SIX MEGABYTES of reading. Omnilingual is less than 100 Kilobytes, 1/60th as much reading. But here is a breakdown of some of the sciencey words for comparison.

Harry Potter vs Omnilingual
- - - - - 6 Meg vs 100 K
history - - - 80 vs 10
astronomy - - - 30 vs 0
planet - - - 19 vs 6
oxygen - - - 3 vs 9
hydrogen - - - 0 vs 9
physics - - - 0 vs 18
chemistry - - - 0 vs 10
atomic - - - 0 vs 9
helium - - - 0 vs 6
engineer - - - 0 vs 5
nuclear - - - 0 vs 5
orbit - - - 0 vs 3
atom - - - 0 vs 3
Biology - - - 0 vs 1

"History" appears 80 times in Harry Potter but it almost always refers to the history of magic. Omnilingual is about the Martian word for history or history of Martians. Astronomy is used 30 times in the HP books but it is usually about the Astronomy Towers at Hogwarts.

Planet is used 19 times versus 6 times but HP talks about planetary movement while never using the word "orbit". WHAT? So after oxygen there isn't much of substance in Harry Potter.

Omnilingual (1957) by H. Beam Piper
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/03/scientific-language-h-beam-pipers-qomnilingualq
http://librivox.org/omnilingual-by-h-beam-piper/
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/308/omnilingual
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That is interesting.  I have finished chapter 1.  It is better than the boring Harry Potter.
 
Jeez. I'd forgotten about H. Beam Piper. He's great.
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