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To Boldly Go…In Your Ear: Episode I: Untouched by Human Hands! Downloadable Audio!

From the Net Directly to Your Home or Rocket Ship!

Imagine a brave new world in which you can beam your scientific romances, speculative fiction, and fan-boy/girl favorites directly up to your starship using your already installed computer tractor beam or directly to the control room of your TARDIS! Well now you can! Have your Communications Officer tune your ansible to the Harris County Public Library’s website. (If you don't happen to have an ansible you can also use your home computer.) Send out a probe to detect the word “Downloadable” in the Format Field of the Refine menu on the right-hand side of the page. Then say, in a firm commanding voice, “Energize.” If that doesn’t work then click here.

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Native America

The first humans arrived on this continent about twenty thousand years ago; about sixteen thousand years later a new set of immigrants from began to show up in great numbers on its eastern shore. There was both cooperation and conflict between the new population and the old.

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The Bat-Man and his Ancestors

When writer Bill Finger met artist Bob Kane at a party in 1938 he realized that he’d met a kindred spirit.  Both young men were anxious to succeed in the new publishing enterprise that was blossoming in New York at the time: comic books!  Just that year two other young men, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, had sold an idea they’d thought up in their teens to National Publications.  It was their comic strip about an extremely physically fit extraterrestrial good guy.  Superman became a publishing phenomenon, exceeding sales expectations almost faster than a speeding bullet, and National Publication wanted more. 

Bob Kane had the idea for another costumed superhero, as the genre wo...

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