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My Son, The Physicist
"MY SON, THE PHYSICIST" is a science fiction short story by American writer Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov
. It was commissioned by Hoffman Electronics Corporation and appeared in February 1962 in Scientific American
Scientific American
. It later appeared in Asimov's collection Nightfall and Other Stories (1969). PLOT SUMMARYGerard Cremona, a communications engineer with an American space agency, is trying to maintain communication that has been established with an expedition that has apparently reached the planet Pluto
Pluto
after four years in space. The difficulty lies in the significant delays for the radio signal to travel back and forth, making timely and meaningful interaction impossible. His proud mother, who happens to visit his office whilst he is wrestling with the problem, ultimately advises him to keep talking and get the expedition crew to keep talking as well
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Radio
RADIO is the technology of using radio waves to carry information, such as sound, by systematically modulating properties of electromagnetic energy waves transmitted through space, such as their amplitude , frequency , phase , or pulse width . When radio waves strike an electrical conductor , the oscillating fields induce an alternating current in the conductor. The information in the waves can be extracted and transformed back into its original form. Radio
Radio
systems need a transmitter to modulate (change) some property of the energy produced to impress a signal on it, for example using amplitude modulation or angle modulation (which can be frequency modulation or phase modulation ). Radio
Radio
systems also need an antenna to convert electric currents into radio waves , and radio waves into an electric current. An antenna can be used for both transmitting and receiving
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Internet Speculative Fiction Database
The INTERNET SPECULATIVE FICTION DATABASE (ISFDB) is a database of bibliographic information on genres considered speculative fiction , including science fiction and related genres such as fantasy fiction and horror fiction . The ISFDB is a volunteer effort, with both the database and wiki being open for editing and user contributions. The ISFDB database and code are available under Creative Commons licensing and there is support within both and ISFDB for interlinking. The data is reused by other organizations, such as Freebase , under the creative commons license. CONTENTS * 1 Purpose * 2 History * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links PURPOSEThe ISFDB database indexes authors, novels, short stories, publishers, awards, and magazines. Additionally, it supports author pseudonyms, series, awards, and cover art plus interior illustration credits which is combined into integrated author, artist, and publisher bibliographies
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Internet Archive
Coordinates : 37°46′56″N 122°28′18″W / 37.7823°N 122.4716°W / 37.7823; -122.4716 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
TYPE OF BUSINESS 501(c)(3) nonprofit TYPE OF SITE Digital library AVAILABLE IN English FOUNDED May 12, 1996; 21 years ago (1996-05-12) HEADQUARTERS Richmond District San Francisco
San Francisco
, California
California
, U.S
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The Up-to-Date Sorcerer
SORCERER may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Magic * 2 Gaming * 3 Music * 4 Film * 5 Computing * 6 Animals * 7 Literature * 8 Other uses * 9 See also MAGIC * Magician (paranormal) , a practitioner of magic, the ability to attain objectives or acquire knowledge or wisdom using supernatural means * Magician (fantasy)
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Unto The Fourth Generation
FOURTH or 4TH may refer to: * Fourth, the ordinal number following third * A fraction , one quarter or ¼, equal to 0.25 * "The Fourth", colloquially referring to the United States holiday of Independence Day , celebrated on the Fourth
Fourth
of JulyIN MUSIC * Perfect fourth , a musical interval between two notes 5 semitones apart * Diminished fourth , a musical interval bet
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Science Fiction
SCIENCE FICTION (often shortened to SF, SCI-FI or SCIFI) is a genre of speculative fiction , typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology , space travel , time travel , faster than light travel , parallel universes , and extraterrestrial life . Science
Science
fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations , and has been called a "literature of ideas". It usually avoids the supernatural , and unlike the related genre of fantasy , historically, science-fiction stories were intended to have a grounding in science-based fact or theory at the time the story was created, but this connection is now limited to hard science fiction
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Pluto
PLUTO (minor-planet designation : 134340 PLUTO) is a dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt , a ring of bodies beyond Neptune . It was the first Kuiper belt object to be discovered. Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 and was originally considered to be the ninth planet from the Sun. After 1992, its status as a planet was questioned following the discovery of several objects of similar size in the Kuiper belt. In 2005, Eris , a dwarf planet in the scattered disc which is 27% more massive than Pluto, was discovered. This led the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to define the term "planet" formally in 2006, during their 26th General Assembly. That definition excluded Pluto and reclassified it as a dwarf planet
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Isaac Asimov
ISAAC ASIMOV (/ˈaɪzək ˈæzɪmɒv/ ; born ISAAK OZIMOV; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University . He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science . Asimov was a prolific writer , and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards . His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification . Asimov wrote hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke , he was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series ; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series . The Galactic Empire novels are explicitly set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series
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Short Story
A SHORT STORY is a piece of prose fiction that can be read in one sitting. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the short story has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. In doing so, short stories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote , yet to a far lesser degree than a novel . While the short story is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques . Short stories have no set length
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Engineer
ENGINEERS, as practitioners of engineering , are people who invent, design, analyse, build and test machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. The word engineer ( Latin
Latin
ingeniator ) is derived from the Latin
Latin
words ingeniare ("to contrive, devise") and ingenium ("cleverness"). The foundational qualifications of an engineer typically include a 4-year bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, or in some jurisdictions, a master's degree in an engineering discipline plus 4–6 years of peer-reviewed professional practice (culminating in a project report or thesis) and passage of engineering board examinations. The work of engineers forms the link between scientific discoveries and their subsequent applications to human and business needs and quality of life
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Special
SPECIAL or SPECIALS may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Music * 2 Film and television * 3 Other uses * 4 See also MUSIC * Special (album) , a 1992 album by Vesta Williams * "Special" (Garbage song) , 1998 * "Special" (Mew song) , 2005 * "Special" (Stephen Lynch song) , 2000 * The Specials
The Specials
, a British band * "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked * "Special", a song on
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Scientific American
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (informally abbreviated SCIAM) is an American popular science magazine. Many famous scientists, including Albert Einstein , have contributed articles in the past 170 years. It is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 International editions * 3 First issue * 4 Editors * 5 Special issues * 6 Scientific American 50 award * 7 Website * 8 Columns * 9 Television * 10 Books * 11 Scientific and political debate * 12 Awards * 13 Top 10 Science Stories of the Year * 14 Controversy * 15 See also * 16 References * 17 External links HISTORY Scientific American was founded by inventor and publisher Rufus M. Porter in 1845 as a four-page weekly newspaper. Throughout its early years, much emphasis was placed on reports of what was going on at the U.S. Patent Office
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It's Such A Beautiful Day
"IT\'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov . It was first published in 1955 in Star Science Fiction Stories No.3 , an anthology of original stories edited by Frederik Pohl , and later reprinted in the 1969 collection Nightfall and Other Stories . PLOT SUMMARYSet in the year 2117, the story presents District A-3, a newly built suburb of San Francisco , and the world's first community to be built entirely using Doors, a method of travel via teleportation . When the Door that transfers him from home to school fails, Richard "Dickie" Hanshaw takes a dislike to the method and starts to wander outside in the unfamiliar open, exposed to the elements. When he catches a cold , Mrs. Hanshaw is horrified and takes him to see Dr. Sloane, a psychiatrist , afraid that her son's wanderings are signs of a mental abnormality . Despite his own misgivings, Dr
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Insert Knob A In Hole B
"INSERT KNOB A IN HOLE B" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov . The story was first published in the December 1957 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and reprinted in the 1969 collection Nightfall and Other Stories
Nightfall and Other Stories
. The story is unusually short, totalling just 350 words, and arose from a televised panel discussion that Asimov took part in on 21 August 1957. During the panel discussion, Asimov was challenged to write a story on the spot. He accepted, and this story is the result. Asimov later admitted to some preparation prior to the interview, as he suspected that other panel members might make such a request. PLOT SUMMARYTwo men on a remote space station receive all of their equipment from Earth unassembled, and must assemble it with only vague and confusing instructions ("composed by an idiot", one says); as a result, it often fails to work properly or at all
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