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Six Months with the iPad: Apple’s Life-Changing Tablet

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I’ve always wanted one of the tablets Captain Kirk and Picard use on the bridge of the Enterprise. Kirk authoritatively signs the small electronic device and still has time to leer at the yeomen in her red miniskirt. Picard is more – introspective – as he sits at his desk studying the slim tablet before encountering a Dyson sphere. A few years ago, I wrote a science fiction short story, and one of the gadgets in the story was a tablet media device that everyone carried around to get their news and entertainment. I thought the gadget was quite clever, but sadly Apple has surpassed me.

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Hugo Gernsback and the Invention of the Science Fiction Megatext

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Hugo Gernsback is simultaneously one of the most revered and despised figures in the history of science fiction. He has been called "the father of science fiction" and the Hugos, the genre's most prestigious awards, are named after him. He was the guest of honor at the 1952 Worldcon.

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