Sunday, June 13, 2010

Catching Crumbs From the Table - Ted Chiang

Vignette

Number of words : 770
Percent of complex words : 25.2
Average syllables per word : 1.9
Average words per sentence : 28.6


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 21.5
Flesch : 14.8
Flesch-Kincaid : 18.3



PEOPLE

Humphries

Histocompatibility genetics expert.

Sugimoto

A gene therapist.


TECHNOLOGY

Digital neural transfer

Information access method.

ExaCollider

Physics research machine.


PLACES

Gobi desert

Covering part of Southern Mongolia.


CONCEPTS

Neurogenesis

Process by which neurons are made, particularly before birth.

Textual hermenutics

Interpreting metahuman science.



RACES

Metahumans

Modified humans.


PLOT

Written in academic scientific style, discussing the worth of whether humans should try and analyse the intellectual achievements of metahumans.


3.5 out of 5

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