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The Isolator: A 1925 Helmet Designed to Eliminate Distractions & Increase Productivity (Created by SciFi Pioneer Hugo Gernsback)

The anti-distraction device is the modern mousetrap: build a better one, and the world will beat a path to your door. Or so, at least, will the part of the world engaged in the pursuits we’ve broadly labeled “knowledge work.” Even among the knowledge workers who’ve spent most of the past year in pandemic-prompted isolation, many still feel besieged by unending claims on their attention. Laments at having been rendered unproductive by constant distraction go back at least to medieval times, but ...
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Every Possible Kind of Science Fiction Story: An Exhaustive List Created Pioneering 1920s SciFi Writer Clare Winger Harris (1931)

When Jeanette Ng gave her acceptance speech at the 2019 Joseph W. Campbell awards (now called the Astounding Award for Best New Writer), she described “Golden Age” editor Campbell as “a fascist” who “set a tone of science fiction that still haunts the genre to this day. Sterile. Male. White.” The list of Hugo winners this year show how much the situation is changing. Ng herself won a Hugo for her Campbell speech. (The unpleasant performance of the awards' online presenter sadly got more headlin...
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Imagined futures 4: Enhanced vision

Image from Wikimedia Commons The notion of technology as a mind tool is seductive. Being able to enhance or extend any or all of the capabilities of the mind through the use of distributed memory, crowdsourced knowledge and enriched experiences is a goal for many researchers and developers, especially in education.Perhaps the most seductive of all goals is the capability to enhance or improve vision. We've been working on it for years, correcting vision problems with spectacles and contac...
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Enter a Huge Archive of Amazing Stories, the World’s First Science Fiction Magazine, Launched in 1926

If you haven’t heard of Hugo Gernsback, you’ve surely heard of the Hugo Award. Next to the Nebula, it’s the most prestigious of science fiction prizes, bringing together in its ranks of winners such venerable authors as Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Neil Gaiman, Isaac Asimov, and just about every other sci-fi and fantasy luminary you could think of. It is indeed fitting that such an honor should be named for Gernsback, the Luxembourgian-American inventor who, in April of...
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A Huge Archive of Amazing Stories, the World’s Oldest & Longest-Running Science Fiction Magazine (Since 1926)

If you haven’t heard of Hugo Gernsback, you’ve surely heard of the Hugo Award. Next to the Nebula, it’s the most prestigious of science fiction prizes, bringing together in its ranks of winners such venerable authors as Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Neil Gaiman, Isaac Asimov, and just about every other sci-fi and fantasy luminary you could think of. It is indeed fitting that such an honor should be named for Gernsback, the Luxembourgian-American inventor who, in April of...
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Hugo Gernsback's 1963 television eyeglasses anticipated virtual reality

This photo, frequently seen described as an ancestor of virtual reality goggles, depicts Hugo Gernsback wearing his "teleyeglasses" in 1963. Gersnback, an inventor of such innovations as a combination electric hair brush/comb and a battery-powered handheld illuminated mirror, is best known to science fiction fans as the founder of Amazing Stories magazine! Gernsback coined the term "science fiction" and the Hugo Awards are named in his honor. But back to the history of his teleyeglasses, as di...
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Hugo Gernsback's introduction to the first issue of Amazing Stories, 1926

When Hugo "Award" Gernsback launched Volume 1, Number 1 of Amazing Stories in April, 1926, he created the first magazine in the world solely devoted to science fiction stories: on the magazine's editorial page, Gernsback laid out his vision for the genre. (more…)
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2016 / 1916 - Science Fiction - Gernsback - FAZ

Wie das alles zusammenpasst? Zur neuen Jahreszahl ein paar allgemeine Erwägungen als Wochenendlektüre zum Thema "Hugo Gernsback" und seiner vom Autor Dietmar Dath im Jahr 1916 verankerten (Erst-)Nutzung des Begriffes Science Fiction, (ach nein, richtiger "scientifiction" ;)) und der Entwicklung des Genres in der FAZ hier.
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