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Friday, April 28, 2006

A work in progress

I've been working towards coming up with a good visualization image for Robert J. Sawyer's website as a whole. This is still a work in progress, but I'll post what I have done so far with it. Ideally, I would like to see the keywords in density cloud relationships (bigger font = more search results for the word) but I'm not sure that I will get that part of it completed; it's a big project. Anyway, the concept was/is to take a somewhat modified version of his book themes + some of my ideas as far as overall site themes and come up with a few relationships between his identified themes and to include some related keywords (which appear on at least 5% of the pages on his site) for each theme. I've tried to come up with color scemes which I think will fit well- green for life, red for death, shades of blue for immortality/artificial intelligence. Darker shades for external space, lighter for internal space, Yellow for past, cyan for present, and magenta for future. Obviously, I haven't perfected this by any means, at this point. But I do at least have a fairly well visualized concept in mind. The major portion of the relationship color "star" will be a six pointed star with psychology on the inside of the star and cosmology/religion on the outside. I think evolution probably belongs more towards the inside as well. THere are a few loose ends, but overall, I think it forms a fairly coherent picture (at least as I envision it). Anyway, still in the preliminary stages, but I want to save it for now, so I thought I'd go ahead and post what I have at this point.

RELATIONSHIP

Love and Marriage

"Where the Heart Is" (1992) Fossil Hunter (1993) End of an Era (1994) Starplex (1996) Frameshift (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) Flashforward (1999) Calculating God (2000) Hybrids (2003) "Relativity" (2003) Mindscan (2005)

Infidelity or Contemplated Infidelity

Golden Fleece (1990) End of an Era (1994) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Starplex (1996) Flashforward (1999)

Parent-Child Relationship

Far-Seer (1992) Fossil Hunter (1993) Foreigner (1993) Frameshift (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) Flashforward (1999) Calculating God (2000) Hominids (2002) "Relativity" (2003) Mindscan (2005) "Flashes" (2006)

keywords- male female family mother father son daughter relationship husband wife

(present - biological)

Abortion / Birth Control / New Reproductive Technologies

Far-Seer (1992) Fossil Hunter (1993) Foreigner (1994) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Frameshift (1997) Calculating God (2000) Hominids (2002) Hybrids (2003) Mindscan (2005)

Far-Seer (1992)
Foreigner (1994) "Above It All" (1996) Frameshift (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) Flashforward (1999) "Shed Skin" (2002) "Flashes" (2006)

Terminal Illness

End of an Era (1994) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Frameshift (1997) Calculating God (2000) Mindscan (2005)

Murder (17) (
Golden Fleece (1990) "Just Like Old Times" (1993)
Foreigner (1994) The Terminal Experiment (1995) "Peking Man" (1996) "The Hand You're Dealt" (1997) Frameshift (1997) Illegal Alien (1997) Flashforward (1999) "Iterations" (2000) Hominids (2002)

EXTRATERRESTRIAL (15)(space: cosmic; time: future) - (biological or artificial)
EXPLORATION (14) OF UNIVERSE (19)

First Contact (18)

"Motive" (1980)
Foreigner (1994) End of an Era (1994) Starplex (1996) "Peking Man" (1996) Illegal Alien (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) "Stream of Consciousness" (1999) "Mars Reacts!" (1999) Calculating God (2000) Hominids (2002)

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (18))

Golden Fleece (1990) End of an Era (1994) "You See But You Do Not Observe" (1995) Factoring Humanity (1998) Calculating God (2000) "The Shoulders of Giants" (2000) "Ineluctable" (2002) Mindscan (2005)

keywords-
discover explore explores exploration species star trek planet planets stars ship beings aliens universe galaxy moon space stations extraterrestrial mars astronomy flight ships crew interstellar flying starship solar cosmic orbit

(present/future - artificial ) / COMPUTERS

Number (19) - Crunching

Golden Fleece (1990) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Factoring Humanity (1998) Flashforward (1999)

Artificial Intelligence

"Motive" (1980)
Golden Fleece (1990) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Factoring Humanity (1998) Hominids (2002) Mindscan (2005)

Scanning Brains (14) and/or Duplicating Them Inside a Computer (20)

Golden Fleece (1990) "Where the Heart Is" (1992) Foreigner (1994) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Flashforward (1999) Calculating God (2000) "Iterations" (2000) "Shed Skin" (2002) Mindscan (2005)

keywords- quantum computers technology artificial intelligence intelligent consciousness reason thinking brain brains minds knowledge memory internet electronic


Immortality (13)(Figurative and Literal) ( - mostly future biological or artificial)

The Terminal Experiment (1995) Starplex (1996) Frameshift (1997) "Forever" (1997) Flashforward (1999) Calculating God (2000) "Immortality" (2003)

RELIGION (17) / PHILOSOPHY (13)


The Devil as a Character / Hell as a Place
"If I'm Here, Imagine Where They Sent My Luggage" (1980) "The Contest" (1980) "Fallen Angel" (1999) "Above It All" (1996)

God as a Character (18)

"The Contest" (1980)
Fossil Hunter (1993) Calculating God (2000)

Mundane Beings Becoming Gods (15)

Golden Fleece (1990) Fossil Hunter (1993) End of an Era (1993) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Starplex (1996)

Judaism

Golden Fleece (1990) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Frameshift (1997) Mindscan (2005)

Whether there can be Scientific (19) Proof (14) for Matters of Faith (14)

Far-Seer (1992) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Frameshift (1997) Illegal Alien (1997) Calculating God (2000) "Come All Ye Faithful" (2003) Hybrids (2003)

The Conflict (14) Between Religion (17) and Science (27)

Far-Seer (1992) Fossil Hunter (1993) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Illegal Alien (1997) Calculating God (2000) Hominids (2002) Humans (2003) "Come All Ye Faithful" (2003) Hybrids (2003)

The Anthropic Principle

End of an Era (1994) Starplex (1996) Flashforward (1999) Calculating God (2000)

Frank (15) Tipler's Omega Point Theory (16)

Flashforward (1999) "Iterations" (2000)


PSYCHOLOGY (space: mostly internal - local or cosmic; time: past/present/future)

Biology Determining Psychology

"Motive" (1980)
Far-Seer (1992) Fossil Hunter (1993) Foreigner (1994) End of an Era (1994) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Starplex (1996) Illegal Alien (1997) Calculating God (2000) "Ineluctable" (2002) Hybrids (2003) "Relativity" (2003) Mindscan (2005)

Psychotherapy / Counseling / Psychological Testing

Golden Fleece (1990) Foreigner (1994) End of an Era (1994) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Starplex (1996) Frameshift (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) Humans (2002)

Related:

False Accusation

Golden Fleece (1990) Illegal Alien (1997) Frameshift (1997)Factoring Humanity (1999) Hominids (2002)

Courtroom Drama

"Motive" (1980) "Just Like Old Times" (1993)
Frameshift (1997) Illegal Alien (1997) Hominids (2002) Mindscan (2005)

Paleontology (time: past space: local or cosmic)

"If I'm Here, Imagine Where They Sent My Luggage" (1981)
Far-Seer (1992) Fossil Hunter (1993) "Just Like Old Times" (1993) Foreigner (1993) End of an Era (1994) "Lost in the Mail" (1995) "Peking Man" (1996) "Forever" (1997) "Gator" (1997) Calculating God (2000)

Time Travel (past/future space: local or cosmic)

"If I'm Here, Imagine Where They Sent My Luggage" (1981) "Just Like Old Times" (1993)
End of an Era (1994) Starplex (1996) Flashforward (1999) "On the Surface" (2003)

Canada (space : external; local time: past/present/future)

"Ours to Discover" (1982) "Where the Heart Is" (1992) End of an Era (1994) "Lost in the Mail" (1995) The Terminal Experiment (1995) Frameshift (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) Flashforward (1999) Calculating God (2000) Hominids (2002) "The Stanley Cup Caper" (2003) Humans (2003) Hybrids (2003) Mindscan (2005)


Evolution

Fossil Hunter (1993) The Terminal Experiment (1995) "Peking Man" (1996) Frameshift (1997) Illegal Alien (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) "Mars Reacts!" (1999) Calculating God (2000) Hominids (2002)

Genetics

Frameshift (1997) "The Hand You're Dealt" (1997) Calculating God (2000) Humans (2003) Hybrids (2003)

keywords- genetic gene species DNA


Parallel Worlds

End of an Era (1994) "Lost in the Mail" (1995) "You See But You Do Not Observe" (1995) "Gator" (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) Flashforward (1999) Hominids (2002) Humans (2003) Hybrids (2003)
Modern Physics and the Nature of Reality
"Lost in the Mail" (1995) "You See But You Do Not Observe" (1995) Starplex (1996) "Gator" (1997) Factoring Humanity (1998) Flashforward (1999) Calculating God (2000) "Iterations" (2000)


MORE SITE SPECIFIC THAN BOOK THEME
OPTIMISTIC / ENTHUSIASTIC
wonderful fantastic love enjoyed enjoy excellent favorite interested interesting amazing fascinating moving pleasure terrific loved exciting intriguing concept compelling entertaining brilliant beautiful funny delighted delight engaging
LOGICAL / SCIENTIFIC
truth proof systems theory information scientific scientist scientists
CREATIVE EXPRESSION
movie movies film films music creative painting
DREAMS / IMAGINATION
speculative imagine imagination dream possibility dreams
BOOKS, AUTHORS AND WRITING
write writers science fiction nonfiction story writing author authors read fantasy reading editor editors writes reader publishers essay book reviews plot literature publishing genre anthology publisher edited tale publication outline editions tales novella editing novelette robert sawyer isaac asimov asimovs orson scott card mike resnick michael crichton frederik pohl tesseracts





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