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Poem: "Zee"
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lb_lee From: lb_lee Date: January 5th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
That actually sounds familiar to a short story I read a good few years ago. (Long since forgotten the title, but it was in an anthology called "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers," or something close to that.) It was a story where everyone could just have anything they wanted downloaded into their head--skills, mainly. You'd just say, "I want to learn X today," and bam! Insta-learn.

The tale concerned one guy who the insta-learn didn't work for. He went into a sculpting contest, and was really upset that he couldn't download the style for, so he had to learn it the old-fashioned way. It was a huge pain in the ass, but he realized it was actually quite rewarding, and found that because of the insta-learn, a lot of people had forgotten how to learn any other way... so if it wasn't in the insta-learn, it wasn't worth knowing.

I remember very little about it (like I said, AGES ago) but it was pretty interesting idea.

--Rogan
From: rhodielady_47 Date: January 6th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I can remember George Alec Effinger playing around with concepts much like your insta-learn--was he the author?
:)
lb_lee From: lb_lee Date: January 6th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry, I don't remember anything about the title or author of the story, only vaguely the name of the anthology. :( I'm really bummed out by that too, because now I'm not fourteen and would like to read that story again!
From: rhodielady_47 Date: January 6th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've encountered the same problem too.
I never was interested in who wrote something. I just enjoyed the reading. It wasn't until I reached college age that it finally dawned on me that if I enjoyed a book by a certain author that I MIGHT ENJOY SOME OF THAT AUTHOR'S OTHER WORK. Weird, I know, considering how basic a concept it is.
Part of my problem was that I never laid eyes on a genuine BOOK STORE until I was in college. That was the first time I ever saw fiction neatly arranged by genre and then I saw several of a writer's books sitting side by side and I started recognizing books I'd already read. (Talk about the brain-light switching on!!!)
The public library where I'd always gotten my SCI-FI reading material before usually only had a single book by each author--in paperback--which it kept in a wire rack jumbled up with romances and westerns.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

That's a really interesting example of a futuristic learning disability.

If you like stories about robots/androids/AIs, unusual sexes/genders, and other things that veer from usual humanity -- keep an eye on my writing. I do those periodically. Also you can request your favorite topics anytime they seem to match my poetry fishbowl themes. The Clockwork War series has 3 out of its 5 poems posted now.
lb_lee From: lb_lee Date: January 6th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Yeah, I've been trying to read up when I can. Due to lack of Internet at home, though, it means I have trouble keeping up, much to my dismay. Hopefully I get a chance to read more of your stuff in more than just quick snaps and yoinks. Because the more of your stuff I see, the more I find stuff I WANT.

--Rogan
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>Due to lack of Internet at home, though, it means I have trouble keeping up, much to my dismay. Hopefully I get a chance to read more of your stuff in more than just quick snaps and yoinks.<<

You are welcome to browse upcoming fishbowl topics and dates, and leave me advance prompts. Look on the Poetry Fishbowl landing page for those.

Given your limited net connection, I'll add that we can discuss other means of payment if PayPal is inconvenient for you.

>> Because the more of your stuff I see, the more I find stuff I WANT.<<

Yay! That's encouraging. I hope you have the opportunity for more browsing.
lb_lee From: lb_lee Date: January 6th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Given your limited net connection, I'll add that we can discuss other means of payment if PayPal is inconvenient for you

That would be WONDERFUL. I can do checks and other analog payments, I just worry at the amount of time they'd take to get to you, and how to send them. And I would indeed like to send you moneys.

--Rogan
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