General Technics


General Technics

General Technics is an informal organization started in the mid-1970s by a handful of Midwestern college students with a common interest in hard science fiction, the hard sciences, and engineering. Since its founding, General Technics has grown to have an active globally-distributed membership.

The name is used with kind permission by John Brunner (novelist), the author of Stand on Zanzibar, in which General Technics features prominently as a globe-spanning high-tech corporation.

Members of GT include:
*animators, astronomers, astrophysicists, and attorneys
*biochemists, bookkeepers, and biotechnology researchers
*cartographers, celestial mechanics, certified mining engineers, computer scientists, and cryptographers
*engineers and entrepreneurs
*homemakers
*librarians and linguists
*oceanographers and open source evangelists
*physicians, physicists, programming language experts, psychologists, and pyrotechnicians
*race car drivers and radiology technicians
*spacecraft propulsion experts and students
*veterinarians and videographers

Membership in General Technics was augmented by recognition of mutual interests with Michigan Technological University's "Permanent Floating Riot Club", a name taken from a Larry Niven hard-SF short story about Flash Crowds.

The "GT List" (by invitation) serves as a means for ongoing communication and to foster a sense of community.

In addition to academic credentials and academic or business careers, most GTers are known by their willingness and enthusiasm to reduce their interests to practice through hands-on work. Some notable accomplishments of GT members include:

*Holding "Build a Blinky" outreach events
*Voting on whether Pluto should remain a planet
*Two members were mentioned in Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code"
*Designing and building remotely-piloted and autonomous submarines
*Developing autonomous navigation systems for interplanetary spacecraft
*Organizing, running, and competing in Midwestern robotics competitions
*Steering and colliding particle beams in the world's most energetic particle accelerator
*Building kitchen-oil - based diesel vehicle on The Learning Channel's "Escape from Experiment Island"

External links

* [http://www.mystery.com/gt/ A General Technics Site]
* [http://www.gt.org/ The General Technics Homepage]


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