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Paul A. Clayton
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re: What's the most amazing book no one (you know) ever read?
Paul A. Clayton   10/25/2012 1:50:41 PM
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There appears to be a nesting depth limit for comments, so I am posting my contact information here. My gmail.com address is 'paaronclayton'. (Sorry for the delayed response.)

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Max The Magnificent   10/18/2012 1:08:52 PM
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I used to have the Carver Mean one and the Thomas Cuthbert one -- not the other one (I say used to because I've been trying to clear my shelves of out of date books over the last few years)

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vapats   10/18/2012 1:03:24 PM
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And lest we forget: Patrick McGoohan's /The Prisoner/ TV series! It still holds up very well.

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vapats   10/18/2012 1:00:11 PM
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Found it: it's in /The Language of the Night/ Amazon, etc.

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vapats   10/18/2012 12:18:30 PM
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@Bar-Rollin, I'd be happy to share thoughts with you any time... how can we contact each other? I believe that you'll agree with me that /The Dispossessed/ is *not* about social systems; it's about what it means to be human, and the prices we pay. Why must I suddenly mention /The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas/? :-) cheers, - vic

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Max The Magnificent   10/16/2012 3:49:12 PM
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My secondhand copy of the Dispossessed arrived in my office -- but now it's on the shelf with all of the other books I want to read...

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Paul A. Clayton   10/16/2012 3:41:48 PM
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Perhaps you could find a person that likes speculative fiction and do a book trade ("I'll read a book from you and you'll read a book from me, and later we can discuss both."). I admit The Dispossessed is probably not popular even among SF readers, and many SF readers (it seems) are more interested in action-adventure and technology than sociological, psychological, or philosophical speculation. I have not had a deep philosophical conversation in quite a while, but I am almost a hermit, so this is more a failing on my part. I do hope you find someone to discuss this book with; it certainly has significant food for thought.

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vapats   10/16/2012 11:28:44 AM
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"I would not have thought that it would be especially hard to find someone" It's relatively obscure -- and certainly under-appreciated. "social conformity can be a worse tyranny than dictatorship" /The Stalin in the Soul/, also by U.K. LeG. Brilliant essay, but hard to find...

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strangluv   10/13/2012 4:38:07 AM
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I also love Ursula K LeGuin, 'The Lathe of Heaven' and a great PBS movie too. Protagonist's dreams become reality, and each day he wakes up in the previous dream. Seeking help, he visits a psych that realizes he is right, and has him create 'effective' dreams with suggestions that build him a fantastic new office. On the EE side, I am reading some really famous 'fossils' that are at the beginning of electronics and semiconductor design using computers: Introduction to VLSI Systems - Carver Mead Analysis and design of Analog Integrated Circuits - Paul Gray Circuit Design Using Personal Computers - Thomas Cuthbert I highly recommend these, for anybody wanting to know circuit simulation with working code (Cuthbert) examples, and straight forward math for analog design (Gray) Meade's book is without a doubt the landmark book that started CMOS design, and its very readable. I have never seen these three books on any engineers bookshelf. Maybe I am the fossil.

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Max The Magnificent   10/12/2012 1:17:46 PM
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Ah Ha! It's back up and I've added this to my wish list

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