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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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Who are the top ten figures in the history of amateur radio?

Should we consider Samuel Morse to be one of the top ten figures in amateur radio? I’m working with an author who is working on amateur radio reference book. It will have a glossary of terms, a list of Q-signals, and some other good stuff. Yesterday, he sent me a link to the Wikipedia page for Samuel Morse, the inventor of the Morse Code. He asked, “Would this be useful? Can we use it?” We’re having enough trouble getting this book done without adding material to it, so I jokingly replied, “May...
Tags: Wikipedia, History, Radio, Hugo Gernsback, Samuel Morse, Hiram Percy Maxim, Guglielmo Marconi, Books and Magazines, Heathkit, Wayne Green, Lee De Forest, Wireless Association of America Arthur A Collins, Collins Radio William Halligan, Hallicrafters Company Joseph Taylor Nobel, Howard Anthony the man


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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This Video Chat Prediction From 1918 Was So Much Cooler Than Zoom

People living in the year 2020 have plenty of options for talking over video chat: Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Portal, and perhaps the most popular video app of our pandemic era, Zoom. But none of them look nearly as cool as this idea published in a tech magazine from 1918, a time when radio broadcasting was in its…Read more...
Tags: Science, Inventions, Hugo Gernsback, Predictions, 1910s, Videophones, Videophone, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Skype FaceTime Facebook Portal


Science Fiction Breuer, Miles J., Paradies and Iron (1930); v1; 24 March 2020

Miles J Breuer's only novel, published in 1930 in Hugo Gernsback's "Amazing Stories Quarterly". It was subsequently revised by Jack Williamson as "The Birth of a New Republic". An altruistic scientific genius establishes an ideal colony on a Caribbean island, dedicated to the finest in arts, and with the labour progressively undertaken by more and more sophisticated machines. Alas, the utopia has become dystopia, as a young visitor discovers. The cover is based on a portion of the Amazing Qu...
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Science Fiction Breuer, Miles J., Paradise and Iron (1930); v1; 24 March 2020

Miles J Breuer's only novel, published in 1930 in Hugo Gernsback's "Amazing Stories Quarterly". It was subsequently revised by Jack Williamson as "The Birth of a New Republic". An altruistic scientific genius establishes an ideal colony on a Caribbean island, dedicated to the finest in arts, and with the labour progressively undertaken by more and more sophisticated machines. Alas, the utopia has become dystopia, as a young visitor discovers. The cover is based on a portion of the Amazing Qu...
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A Science Fiction Writer Makes an Electric Dog

Back in 1923, Hugo Gernsback was promoting radio and other electrical innovations.  One of his patents was for an "electric dog" . This was 76 years before Sony came out with the Aibo robotic dog!Hugo Gernsback was more than a minor inventor, however; he was also an early and rather famous science fiction writer and publisher.  Along with H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, Gernsback is sometimes called "The Father of Science Fiction".Gernsbeck's Amazing Stories magazine has been published, with some...
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Vintage Advertisement Mural for 72andSunny 

Vintage Advertisement Mural for 72andSunny  abduzeedo Oct 12, 2018 Zender ! and Christiaan Dros were invited to paint one of the walls of 72andSunny advertisement agency in Amsterdam. Their concept was to try and make a vintage advertisement mural for a fictitious object, that would get the agency an advantage over their competition. So behold: The future spectacles have arrived! Vintage advertisement mural These glasses actually existed and were in...
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This Futuristic Color TV Set Concept From 1922 Was Way Ahead of Its Time

This TV set was the futuristic vision of illustrator Frank R. Paul in 1922. And I absolutely love it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Television, Science And Invention, Hugo Gernsback, Radio History, Science And Invention Magazine, Tv history, Television History, Doctor Hackensaw, Frank R Paul


This Was the Radio-Equipped Policeman of the Future in 1934

If you’ve seen any old gangster movies, you’re probably familiar with the phrase: “Calling all cars, calling all cars!” It became a cliche for when police headquarters sent out an alert via radio. But radio hasn’t been around forever. And at the dawn of radio technology, there were some pretty goofy-looking devices…Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Hugo Gernsback, Radio History, Radios, Radio Craft Magazine, Police History


Kickstarting a print revival of Amazing Stories, the world's oldest sf magazine

Ira Nayman writes, "I'm the Managing Editor of Amazing Stories, which was the first true science fiction magazine (Hugo Gernsback published the first issue in April, 1926; yes, the Hugo Awards were named after him). In its time, it published such luminaries of the genre as Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, E. E. 'Doc' Smith and Arthur C. Clark, to name a few. (more…)
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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...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Knowledge, Vr, Virtual Reality, Hugo Gernsback, Crowdsource, eLearning, Retrofuturism, Gernsback, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Antonin Artaud, Holodeck, Mindtools


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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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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I Want This 1923 Prediction For the American City of the Future To Be Real

When the world is descending into chaos, it can be hard to believe that optimistic visions of the future are within our reach. But personally, I think I’ve hit that point where escapist fantasy worlds of tomorrow are the only thing that can ease the stresses of our modern world. This 1923 illustration, for instance,…Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Science, Cities, Skyscrapers, Science And Invention, Flying Cars, Hugo Gernsback, Utopian, Science And Invention Magazine, City Of The Future, Louis Biedermann


Hugo Gernsback and Perversity and Optimism at the Dawn of Science Fiction (Review)

Grant Wythoff's new collection of Hugo Gernsback's writings is an indispensable volume for students of science fiction. [Author: Gregory L. Reece]
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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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The Hugo Awards: Tarnished by Puppies?

-Laurel Sutton Senior Strategist & Linguist at Catchword Brand Name Development Have you read J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? What about Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game? Frank Herbert’s Dune? Maybe Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (coming soon to the cable network Starz)? If you’ve read any of those books, you’ve read a Hugo Award winner. The Hugos (named for Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories) have been given out every year sin...
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Retro Technology, Way Before Its Time…

A few retro technology images. Super-fascinating, especially when you think how far we’ve come, and, how unoriginal some of the “newest” technology “breakthroughs” really are. Sometimes you really are just too early for your own good – the rest of the world really needs to catch the heck up. The “Portable TV” concept makes me LOL. Motorized roller skates – 1961 Archivists France – 1937 The Auto Wash Bowl in Chicago – 1924 Propellor-driven Russian post office delivery vehicle – 1...
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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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People Used to Blame Earthquakes and Droughts on New Radio Technology

New technology is scary. Just ask the people who think that their illnesses are caused by wifi. But blaming unfortunate things on newfangled technology has been happening for decades, if not centuries. Like when farmers of the 1920s used to blame too much rain, earthquakes, and droughts on the new technology of radio.Read 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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What to Buy the Paleofuturist Who Has Everything

What do you get for the paleofuturist who has everything? Forget the boring book and DVD sets . How about a real flying car? Or a robot butler? These paleofuturistic wonders can all be yours! Provided you have a few hundred thousand dollars lying around.Read more...
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