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"If you have a gut response to a story, you are not responding to something new ..you are really responding to a story you were told when you were six or sevenů"
- Samuel R. Delany

Accelerated Schooling Helmet  
  A device that stimulates the brain and imparts knowledge directly.  

The "schoolroom" was a large, gray, featureless chamber devoid of blackboard or desk; its only furniture consisted of a number of couches scattered about the floor... They conducted you to your couch and helped you to fit over your head a bright metal helmet which had inside it what seemed to be hundreds of tiny, extremely sharp points which bit into your scalp just enought to make you nervous, but without enough pressure to break the skin.

...the torrent of facts that came from the memory cells of the City Fathers into the prickly helmet was overwhelming and merciless.

Technovelgy from Cities in Flight, by James Blish.
Published by Avon in 1957
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