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[NSG-d] Historian is trolling for memories about the early days of SF and ARPANet. Anybody?
Sorry for nonoperational content, but this struck me as
a good place to post this query.

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From: Fred Hapgood <>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:18:33 -0500
Subject: [NSG-d] Historian is trolling for memories about the early days of
SF and ARPANet. Anybody?
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From: "Christopher Leslie" <[1]>
To: [2]
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 15:47:39 -0500
Subject: sf-lovers
Dear Mr. Hapgood:

Damien Broderick suggested that I contact you for a project I am
working on. I have become intrigued by a connection between
science fiction and the early days of the ARPAnet. As you may
know, one of the first group distribution lists that was not
directly related to defense research was the mailing list
SF-lovers, which was created in Sept. 1979 at MIT by Richard
Brodie. When Usenet became available, a connection was
established, and the travails of the list after that point are
fairly well documented by Saul Jaffe and others.
Before the Usenet list, however, there is not so much
information. I've been in contact with some researchers about
this, but I am hoping that someone on the list might also
remember the days of the sf-lovers list before Usenet. I've also
heard that there were mailing groups on local computers and BBSs
(bulletin board systems) before there were widely dispersed
e-mail list, which if they were discussing science fiction, I
would love to learn about.
If you have any information to share, or can direct me to someone
who does, I would greatly appreciate it. I am writing a book on
science fiction and I think this list demonstrates an interesting
synergy between science fiction and engineering.

Chris Leslie
Christopher S. Leslie, Ph.D.
Instructor of Media and Technology Studies
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
6 MetroTech Center, RH 213h
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 260-3130



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