Posts Tagged ‘novel’

What a Day (Astronomy Poem)

May 19, 2017

What a day
when he figured it out –
Not a star cluster
within our galaxy
but its own
with another behind it
and another and another
and a field of them
that seemed to stretch
back and back further.

3D Printers

April 13, 2017

3D Printer – if you can print something here through a computer, why not something there?

Why not send info for 3D printing, through your computer HERE, through the internet, to create a 3D piece through someone else’s computer / 3D printer THERE.
Let’s say you have a vase in your house. You want to send it to XYZ. You send the instructions on how to recreate it on a 3D printer through the net to the machine at XYZ’s house that prints it up.

You have transported a vase through space.

Now imagine the machines at both ends getting better and better.
You have transported a vase through space almost instantly. What next, food, plants, …

My sci-fi novel, Writings In Science, a History of the Future, by Tom Hendricks, is full of spacey ideas like this. Please check it out at all streaming book sites.

Robot Servant Problem (excerpt from sci-fi novel Writings in Science)

March 7, 2017

ROBOT SERVANT PROBLEM. A Dialogue.

Loki: I mapped it out on the kitchen table last night. We were trying too hard, that’s why we were stymied.

Nemo: What do you mean?

Loki: We were thinking in terms of an individual being in the machine, as if it needed to do all things for all people, instead of just specific tasks for a specific master. We were mapping out a cat not a dog. That’s the clue. Rethink it as an adjunct to the human, a glove to a hand.

Nemo: Explain.

Loki: Don’t think of the human and robot servant as separate. Think of them as programmer and program. But in this case the programmer is not the human that owns the robot, it’s the human that made the robot. it is he that preprogrammed the robot to fill in the data later and build on that data.

Nemo: Go on.

Loki: The robot doesn’t need to think at all. It first needs to gather info, process info, and react to that info in a pre programmed way.

Nemo: And then?

Loki: We program the robot to monitor the human; his pulse, heart rate, breathing rate, brain waves, eye blinks, blood pressure, etc. Simple stuff. Humans are not that complicated or sophisticated. Their actions are decipherable. It’s easy to tell if they are happy / not happy, angry / not angry, active / not active. We program the robot to monitor the physical changes and respond to each in a specific pre set way.

Nemo: For instance?

Loki: The human becomes active. The robot senses this and responds, “Ready to do something?” or “Going somewhere”, or “What’s up?” Or the human becomes inactive. The robot notices this change and responds with; “Let’s rest,” or “Time for some mental activity.” Or the robot will monitor the signs; hunger signs, sleepy signs, time of day, or in extreme cases, signs of excess anger or fear. In each case he responds as programmed. That’s the basics. Then we take it further.

Nemo: What do you mean?

Loki: After the robot responds, it monitors the human a second time. This time it monitors the response of the human to the robots initial reaction, a feedback loop begins. If the robot response leads to positive reactions in the human, it reinforces that reaction in the robot. If the human reaction leads to a negative reaction, it reinforces in the robot not to repeat that action. Now it’s just simple math. The robot response that leads to a positive response in the owner are repeated or learned. Those that are negative are not. They are deleted or unlearned.

Nemo: So the robot’s job is threefold; monitor the human’s physical reactions, try out preprogrammed responses to those physical reactions, and reinforce those that get positive results while ending those that get negative results, altogether a simple feedback loop.

Loki: Yes! All of this we can do now: monitor human physical behavior, preprogram certain basic responses in the robots we make, and build in a feedback loop to reform that robot response through trial and error, a sort of mechanical selection.

Nemo: We end up with a robot servant with a personality; one that is unconsciously set up by the owner to best cater to his or her specific needs. The robot becomes a glove to the hand.

Loki: A comfortable glove!

Writings in Science, Sci-fi, First 5 Reviews

December 9, 2016

Writings in Science Synopsis and Reviews.

Synopsis Writings in Science, a History of the Future, is a vast sci-
fi novel written in stories, essays, poems, and plays. Here is the premise; during the last days of our planet, before he boards a rescue rocket, a man named “I” collects his favorite writings in science to remember Earth.
This is a large sci-fi book that covers a lot of science, with many amazing stories, characters, drama, and clever comedy. It does all this in a format of assorted stories, essays, poems and plays, that collectively tell a bigger story.

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/writings-in-science

FIVE REVIEWS,

Writings in Science is, in many aspects, a stunning achievement.. To tie all these topics and literary mediums into one book is no simple task, but Tom Hendricks does a great job.

This is quite a project, and this is quite a book. I liked it because it allowed my mind to ramble as I read Tom Hendricks’s viewpoint on many different topics, presented to me in different ways.

The first thing I can say about this book by Tom Hendricks is wow.

It is hard to know where to start in sharing my thoughts on this book other than just how much I enjoyed it.

Writings in Science: A History of the Future can’t be read as a novel with a linear plot; no, it’s a compendium of beautiful writings depicting the future of humankind and the world human beings inhabit.

Tom Hendricks is a gifted writer, and there is no doubt that his stories, essays and drama are very provocative, especially for readers who love rethinking the future. I will surely be going back to read some of my favorite parts.

Writings in Science: A History of the Future by Tom Hendricks is a dazzling portrait of the world millions of years from now, as seen through the eyes of the character called “I.” It is the kind of sci-fi that can be characterized as visionary.

The author shows a lot of ingenuity in creating new cultures and governments, offering access to other planets, but it is what humankind does in the face of extreme adversity that will capture the hearts of readers.

It’s a work that will be adored by fans of sci-fi, short stories, futuristic essays and fantasy.

A History of the Future by Tom Hendricks is a beautiful collection of stories, dialogues, essays, and many things in between, depicting the world millions of years in the future.

Readers will enjoy the drama that features in the stories, the tight prose in the essays, and the compelling, somewhat symbolic characters. Tom Hendricks exhibits a very rich imagination in this entertaining work.

The author covers a variety of themes in a variety of styles, including ethical issues, scientific inventions, culture and politics.

The Setting is captivating. I was drawn in by the images the author conjured through the beautiful writing.

FULL REVIEWS

Reviewed By Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite

Writings in Science is, in many aspects, a stunning achievement.. To tie all these topics and literary mediums into one book is no simple task, but Tom Hendricks does a great job.

This is quite a project, and this is quite a book. I liked it because it allowed my mind to ramble as I read Tom Hendricks’s viewpoint on many different topics, presented to me in different ways.

Writings in Science (A History of the Future) by Tom Hendricks is billed as A Novel of Stories, Essays, Poems, and Plays. This is probably, at least structurally speaking, one of the most experimental novels I have read in a long time. Many sections read like the musings of an intelligent human being who thinks quite a lot about science, man, art, the universe, and the future. That man would be author Tom Hendricks. At around 400 pages, this is a lot of serious but sometimes whimsical musing. It is organized into “bottles” instead of chapters. (I told you it was experimental.) It is huge in scope, imagining a dying Earth millions of years in the future, and a protagonist running around collecting these literary tidbits as a history of Earth. This is quite a project, and this is quite a book. I liked it because it allowed my mind to ramble as I read Tom Hendricks’s viewpoint on many different topics, presented to me in different ways.

Writings in Science is, in many aspects, a stunning achievement. To tie all these topics and literary mediums into one book is no simple task, but Tom Hendricks does a great job. I enjoyed the essays more than I did the poems, plays, or stories. He hit on some topics that I have written on myself, and even came to a similar conclusion sometimes. The poems, jokes, and plays are good and, though I prefer straightforward prose in a novel for the most part, I found this a very interesting book.

5th Review for Sci-fi novel Writings In Science

November 19, 2016


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