John W. Campbell Reshapes Sci-Fi – Pulp! Astounding Stories – Extra Sci Fi

Writer-turned-famous-editor of Astounding Stories, John W. Campbell helped usher in the golden age of science fiction, driven by a new authorial understanding of real science and real psychology.
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The Empire of Mali – The Final Bloody Act – Extra History – #5

The Mali Empire comes to an end after the rise of rival powers and weakened by colonial influences, but not without leaving a legacy as a place of wealth and splendor.
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The Digital Museum – Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour – Extra Credits

The Assassin’s Creed Origins team recently added a non-violent exploration mode to their game coupled with an educational voiceover narrating facts about ancient Egypt. How could we improve on this museum-like experience to integrate future games into education?
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Comics and Hard-Boiled – Pulp! Noir – Extra Sci Fi

Many sci fi writers, especially in the United States, had backgrounds in reading and writing detective stories. They introduced to the sci-fi genre the action hero–no longer just scientific or philosophical protagonists.
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Lovecraft & Howard – Pulp! Weird Tales – Extra Sci Fi

Weird Tales was a pulp magazine that started out as a collection of detective stories before getting taken over by writers like H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, whose fantastic tales instilled both good and bad tropes that we still see in modern sci fi.
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The Empire of Mali – Mansa Musa – Extra History – #3

Mansa Musa is remembered as the richest person in the entire history of the world, but he also worked hard to establish the empire of Mali as a political and even religious superpower. However, his excessive wealth started creating bigger problems…
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Wolfenstein vs Call of Duty – The Need for “B” Games – Extra Credits

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus offers up one of the most honest depictions and criticisms of Nazism and bigotry in modern mainstream games, and part of that is due to its “b”-game-like nature–similar to b-movies that transgress the standards of their time.
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Hugo Gernsback – Pulp! Amazing Stories – Extra Sci Fi

Sci fi “pulp” stories sometimes have a reputation for being cheesy and over-dramatic, but they were extremely important for building up the sci fi genre as something *anyone* could write for AND get paid for–not just famous authors.
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The Empire of Mali – An Empire of Trade and Faith – Extra History – #2

Seeking a meeting with the emperor of the Mali Empire, a man named Ibn Battutah journeyed across the perilous Sahara sands to discover Mali’s gold… instead, he found out how Mali blended its Islamic and African cultures.
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Yggdrasil – Nine Worlds of the Norse – Extra Mythology

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Everything, from the giants’ home of Jotunheim, to the primeval Vanaheim, to the mortal realm of Midgard, is connected by the tree named Yggdrasil, life to all nine worlds of Norse peoples.
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