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I put together a science fiction and non-fiction reading list for educational purposes. Since reading sci-fi got me interested in science and a lot of other things I assumed other people would be interested. Considering how often I hear Black people complaing about schools but talking about education I have found the lack of interest somewhat stupefying.

Here is the list:

http://africanamericansovereignty.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=58#58

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

umbra
I used to have a website up with a review of each book and the reason I included it in the list. I had one by Ellison but none by Dick. I have read THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP. I was trying to select books not just because the were good stories but because they also contained significant ideas to think about that related to real life, socially, psychologically and the impact of technology.

I divided them into scientific SF and liberal arts SF. The book BRAINWAVE by Poul Anderson was about humanity suddenly becoming more intelligent. I compared that to the internet with the more rapid exchange of ideas and perspectives. The ultimate effect of this interaction is quite unpredictable.

umbrarchist
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I put together a science fiction and non-fiction reading list for educational purposes. Here is the list:

http://africanamericansovereignty.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=58#58

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

umbra


I just scanned through your list. I'm more interested in the non-fiction list, some classics, and some interesting new ones to follow up thanks.

I had to buy a(nother) darn bookcase a few weeks back to fit all 2005's book purchases in and it's full already. Big Grin

I'm sure this will create protest Wink but when it comes to sci-fi, I can't go past the film Existenz.
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I'm sure this will create protest Wink but when it comes to sci-fi, I can't go past the film Existenz.


I haven't seen ExistenZ so I don't know if it meets my qualifications for science fiction or suggested science fiction.

Many people, myself included, do not consider STAR WARS to be science fiction. I call it space opera, being on the same level with Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. The Abyss: Special Edition is just about the best science fiction movie I know of The movie version falls kind of flat at the end. It is closely followed by 2001. The trouble with 2001 is the people aren't very warm or interesting. Babyon 5 is the best SF ever put on television, though personally I consider it to be just about the best television period.

http://www.infoshop.org/sf/index.php/Science_Fiction

This is from Babylon 5:

* "We are all slaves to our histories. If there is to be a .. bright future, we must learn to break those chains."- Ambassador Delenn, GROPOS"


umbra
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Sol is from the Romans therefore Latin I presume.

Helios is Greek.

But since Latin and Greek existed before English and plenty of English came from Latin and Greek...

It is just a matter of how we use the words. In sci-fi stories with people traveling to different star systems it makes sense that they would use a name for our sun since every star is a sun, but as long as we are stuck on this miserable planet I guess it doesn't matter much.

We will have to catch one of those aliens and ask them what they call it. lol

umbrarchist

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