User:KYPark/1941

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Jorge Luis Borges[edit]

The Library of Babel
in collection of stories El Jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (The Garden of Forking Paths)
  • The story repeats the theme of Borges's 1939 essay "The Total Library" ("La biblioteca total"), which in turn acknowledges the earlier development of this theme by Kurd Lasswitz in his 1901 story "The Universal Library" ("Die Universalbibliotek"):
  • In any case, it is clear that a library containing all possible books, arranged at random, is equivalent (as a source of information) to a library containing zero books.
  • In "The Net of Babel", published in Interzone in 1995, David Langford imagines the Library becoming computerized for easy access. This aids the librarians in searching for specific text while also highlighting the futility of such searches as they can find anything, but nothing of meaning as such. The sequel continues many of Borges's themes, while also highlighting the difference between data and information, and satirizing the Internet. cf. User:DeafMan

Victor Gollancz[edit]

Betrayal of the Left
Left Book Club

Reginald Smith[edit]

Towards a Living Encyclopædia: A Contribution to Mr. Wells's New Encyclopædism
London: Andrew Dakers, 1941.

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