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I was perusing my local Half Price Books when I came across a 1955 collection of four short stories by the late, great Isaac Asimov:

Flipping it open, I found some 1955 nerd had already graded the stories for me:

The markings are in pencil, and the handwriting varies a little. Did he grade them all at one time? Or did he grade each one separately, after he finished reading? Does the “OK” become more emphatic as he is increasingly semi-displeased by the stories?

I just picture that ancestral nerd wishing there were some kind of global information network where he could register his semi-disapproval. Poor guy. The word “meh” would not become available to him for another 50 years.

Nerds, man.

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2 Responses to “Nerds, man: Same as it ever was”

  • Dara says:

    Nice find. I wonder if there were different people grading the stories, accounting for the slightly different handwriting? Like maybe he asked 3 of his friends for their opinions. Sort of like a 1950s chat room…on paper.

  • Tony Goins says:

    I think it’s the same handwriting, but the guy took more time on the last one. Maybe that one was more “OK” than the others?

    But it could be a primordial chat room. Or maybe he sent all of his friends a 140-character telegram about the book.


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