@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
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.
"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...
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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