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  1. Nanoagents: Moon Base
  2. Harvard Extension School Course Catalog - On Campus & Online Courses
  3. Nanocomposites, Nanophotonics, Nanobiotechnology, and Applications

For admission on scholarship, a minimum ALES score of at least 85 will be required. For admission on scholarship, a minimum foreign language proficiency score of at least 75 will be required in the abovementioned exams. The applicants will be required to have received UDS and KPDS equivalent scores in the exams noted above with respect to their international applicability, and to submit the results certificates of the exams at the time of filing application.

A candidate who applied for the program and who was interviewed will be assigned a total score through the assessment process. The procedure for the assignment of the total score will be executed by the department chair and the Director of the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. The Ph. To get a Ph. The students registered in the Ph. The graduate courses offered within the framework of the Biomedical Engineering Ph. Program are listed below. Surface characteristics of materials, parameters affecting the interaction of biological component materials, surface modification methods, plasma technology, low-pressure, atmospheric pressure and gliding arc-type plasma processes, critical issues in plasma process, and recommendations for target-specific special procedures.

The course provides an extended perspective on the biomaterial production techniques, to cover next generation biomaterial practices. Any category of materials, including polymers, ceramics, metals, composites, cells, and tissues are covered in the course. Special production on a case-by-case basis, and the potential benefits and disadvantages of this method will also be discussed.

The course will discuss mechanical and structural biomaterial concepts for successful medical implant design. The topics can be divided into three groups: material, mechanics, and case studies. In essence, sterilization, bio-compatibility, and the reactions of the body in the face of alien elements will be presented, with special emphasis on the fundamental structures of synthetic biomaterials and natural tissues.

Thereafter, theories covering the mechanical behavior of the materials, elastic deformation, viscoelasticity and time-dependent behavior, multi-axial loading and complex cases of stress will be produced, leading to in-depth discussion of failure and break mechanics. The last section on the clinical aspects of medical devices, in turn, will lead to case studies for the following four basic clinical areas: orthopedics, cardio-vascular devices, dentistry and soft-tissue implants.

The course will focus on the determination of the characteristics of cytoskeletons specific to the tissue, as well as their design, characterization, and applications within the wider framework of tissue engineering. Tissue-tissue interfaces are anatomically very complex structures. Their regeneration, in turn, requires equally advanced perspectives. Within the framework of the course, soft-hard, hard-hard, and soft-soft tissue interfaces found frequently around the body will be reviewed, followed by the development of proposed solutions to facilitate their regeneration, taking the chemical, biological, and biomechanical characteristics thereof.

First, the polymer process will be discussed in general, followed by a venture into the field of biomedical engineering, concluding with a review of the process techniques frequently employed there, such as extrusions etc. Information on concentration and dilution assessments, water, acit-base balance, pH, absorbers, bioenergetics, thermodynamics, enzyme kinetics and inhibition, and redox potentials will be provided. The course will provide information on the preparation and production of proteins and peptide medicine, production processes, upstream and downstream processes, pharmaceutical development processes, biological agents, vaccines, gene cloning, vectors, hosts, and the types of bioreactors, followed by a discussion of published studies on these topics.

The course will provide information on cell reproduction, reproduction cycle and control mechanisms, programmed cell death, cellular oncogenes, tumour viruses, mutations and DNA repair mechanisms, growth factors, tumor markers, invasion and metastasis, angiogenesis, the role of viral-chemical-physical agents in the growth of cancer, followed by a discussion of published studies on these topics.

Membrane science is widely applied in biotechnology. The course will go over the basic principles of ultrasound imaging and the acoustic characteristics of tissues, the transducer structures, cluster formation, and clinical practices. The course covers the operating principles of the basic sensors and stimulants used in the field of biomedical, as well as production methods and the design of relevant electronic sensor and drive circuits.

The course will basically cover Probability Theory, Linear Algebra, Common and partial differential equations, and Laplace and Fourier Transformations. The course will present the thermodynamic review of macroscopic systems, combination of such a review with statistical mechanics at the molecular level, and will try to develop an understanding chemical and biochemical processes about biological macromolecules. The course will discuss the structures, conformation, purification, identification, and structural analyses of protein, as well as the use of biotechology methods for the production of proteins and enzymes, along with their use in industry and medicine.

General characteristics of transformed - cancer cell, model systems used in the study of cancer cells, cell cycles and their control: division, transformation and apoptosis, molecules playing a role in cell cycles and their control, fundamental mechanisms which play a role in the development and growth of the tumor; oncogene activation, tumor suppressor gene activation.

The importance of micro-environment for the cancer cell. Structure and characteristics of oncogene products - activation mechanisms. Mutations and chemical carcinogenes; DNA repair mechanisms and cancer. Tumour suppressor genes - structure and functions of protein products; loss of heterozygous character LOH , predisposition to cancer and the concept of hereditary cancer.

The characteristics of the sub-components of DNA bases, sugars and nucleotide structures , types of DNA, DNA replication mechanisms, definition of the origin of DNA replication in procaryotic and eucaryotic cells, characteristics and regulation of the replication complex, DNA packaging, characteristics of centromere and telomere structures.

Mutations: their classification, occurrence mechanisms, and phenotype reflections. Regulation of gene activation: The response of the cell to external stimulants, temporary and permanent changes in genome activities DNA rearrangement, change of chromatine structure etc. Definition of stem cell, embryonic stem cells, isolation, surface markers and genes of stem cells, the concept of totipotent cell. Fetal and mature stem cells: isolation and descriptions. The concept of plasticity. Differentiation of stem cells; in-vitro conditions and required factors, transdifferentiation.

Mechanisms and examples. Regenerative medicine, therapeutic cloning and tissue engineering will be discussed as new forms of treatment. Bioethics, legal issues and concepts. Definition of cloning vectors, plasmid, phage and cosmide vectors for bacteria systems, YAC Yeast Artificial Chromosomes as an example of high-capacity vectors, cell transfection methods, expression of cloned genes in eucaryotic cells.

Fundamentals of in-vivo cloning methods: Vectors used; viral, non-viral vector systems. In-vitro cloning methods: PCR technology and its applications. Hybridization methods: Blotting, probe production and marking methods, the reasons to use hybridization methods. Gene expression analyses: N. Gene sequencing and array systems: Examples of large scale technologies; sequencing methods, automatic genome sequencing, microarray systems.

Gene expression analyses and SNP analyses in array systems. Protein array systems Examples of applications. Human Genome Project. The application of its results in medicine and genome science.

Development of genetic tests for the diagnosis of hereditary diseases, and examples of applications. The reflection of cloning methods on gene therapy. The course will provide a detailed picture of the hystological structures of epitelium, connective tissue, cartilage, bone, muscle, nerve and skin tissues, followed by an emphasis on the relationship between the structure and function.

The topics covered on a theoretical framework will be further reviewed under light microscobe. Biomedical Engineering. The must and elective courses to be taken, and the minimum credit count required for a master's degree In the master's programs with dissertation, the student should successfully complete the course load of at least 21 twenty one credits excluding the courses required under the scientific preparation program , as well as a seminar, and should defend her thesis successfully. FBE Scientific Research Techniques and Publication Ethics no credit - must Upon completing the course load, the students will be required to write a dissertation under the supervision of the advisor to be assigned board of directors of the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences upon the proposal of the Department.

BMM Fundamentals of Engineering Sciences 3—0 3 The course covers conservation of mass and energy, transfer events, thermodynamics, mathematical foundations of physiological systems, time and frequency range review of physiological signals, principles of image processing.

BMM— Biological Sciences 3—0 3 The course will provide information on cell biology and physiology, biomolecules proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, carbohydrates , bio-energetics and metabolism, genetic materials, genetic information flow, bio-signalization, neural signalling and the structure of the nervous system, skeletal system, physiology of muscles, and cardio-vascular physiology.

BMM Mathematics of Engineering 3—0 3 The course covers differential equations, quick solutions to differential equations, Fourier series, Fourier transform and Fourier integral, partial differential equations, variable sorting and special functions such as Gamma, Bessel, and Laguerre, as well as their areas of use.

BMM Digital Methods in Engineering 3—0 3 The course will provide general information on digital methods and algorithms, and applied information on current topics such as diffusion, bioinformatics, molecular dynamics, and homology modeling, with a view to ensuring the adaptation of the students to this area of rapid development. BMM— Bioinformatics 3—0 3 Introduction to the concepts and methods in the field of bioinformatics. BMM Advanced Topics on Biomaterials 3—0 3 This course will particularly focus on the biomaterials used to repair or replace soft and hard tissue, and in the design of medical devices.

BMM- Database Management System for Health Services 3—0 3 The design of databases to be used in medical services, database architectures, normalization techniques, forms of file and access, query and update languages, data integrity, use of medical record systems and database applications to support medical service systems. BMM— Seminar The seminars offered by graduate students, on their own study and research fields. The applicants should meet the requirements specified in the following table.

The must and elective courses to be taken, and the minimum credit count required for a Ph. The courses offered for the Ph. Thesis BMM- Applied Plasma Processes for Biomedical Engineering 3 Surface characteristics of materials, parameters affecting the interaction of biological component materials, surface modification methods, plasma technology, low-pressure, atmospheric pressure and gliding arc-type plasma processes, critical issues in plasma process, and recommendations for target-specific special procedures.

BMM-6XX Advanced Cytoskeleton Design 3 The course will focus on the determination of the characteristics of cytoskeletons specific to the tissue, as well as their design, characterization, and applications within the wider framework of tissue engineering. BMM-6XX Polymer Process for Biomedical Engineering Applications 3 First, the polymer process will be discussed in general, followed by a venture into the field of biomedical engineering, concluding with a review of the process techniques frequently employed there, such as extrusions etc.

BMM-6XX Digital Biochemistry 3 Information on concentration and dilution assessments, water, acit-base balance, pH, absorbers, bioenergetics, thermodynamics, enzyme kinetics and inhibition, and redox potentials will be provided. BMM-6XX Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3 The course will provide information on the preparation and production of proteins and peptide medicine, production processes, upstream and downstream processes, pharmaceutical development processes, biological agents, vaccines, gene cloning, vectors, hosts, and the types of bioreactors, followed by a discussion of published studies on these topics.

BMM-6XX Biology of Cancer 3 The course will provide information on cell reproduction, reproduction cycle and control mechanisms, programmed cell death, cellular oncogenes, tumour viruses, mutations and DNA repair mechanisms, growth factors, tumor markers, invasion and metastasis, angiogenesis, the role of viral-chemical-physical agents in the growth of cancer, followed by a discussion of published studies on these topics.

BMM-6XX Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy Applications 3—0 3 The course will go over the basic principles of ultrasound imaging and the acoustic characteristics of tissues, the transducer structures, cluster formation, and clinical practices. BMM-6XX Sensors and Stimulants 3—0 3 The course covers the operating principles of the basic sensors and stimulants used in the field of biomedical, as well as production methods and the design of relevant electronic sensor and drive circuits.

BMM— 6XX Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 3—0 3 The course will present the thermodynamic review of macroscopic systems, combination of such a review with statistical mechanics at the molecular level, and will try to develop an understanding chemical and biochemical processes about biological macromolecules.

BMM-6XX Chemistry and Technologies of Proteins 3 The course will discuss the structures, conformation, purification, identification, and structural analyses of protein, as well as the use of biotechology methods for the production of proteins and enzymes, along with their use in industry and medicine.

Nanoagents: Moon Base

BMM-6XX Molecular Biology of Cancer 3 General characteristics of transformed - cancer cell, model systems used in the study of cancer cells, cell cycles and their control: division, transformation and apoptosis, molecules playing a role in cell cycles and their control, fundamental mechanisms which play a role in the development and growth of the tumor; oncogene activation, tumor suppressor gene activation. BMM-6XX Molecular Biological Foundations of Cell Treatment 3—0 3 Definition of stem cell, embryonic stem cells, isolation, surface markers and genes of stem cells, the concept of totipotent cell.

BMM-6XX Methods of Genome Analysis 3—0 3 Definition of cloning vectors, plasmid, phage and cosmide vectors for bacteria systems, YAC Yeast Artificial Chromosomes as an example of high-capacity vectors, cell transfection methods, expression of cloned genes in eucaryotic cells. BMM-6XX Hystological Structures of Tissues 3 The course will provide a detailed picture of the hystological structures of epitelium, connective tissue, cartilage, bone, muscle, nerve and skin tissues, followed by an emphasis on the relationship between the structure and function.

I spend long hours staring at my love, which causes cramps in unmentionable places. My love, unfortunately, is not returned and this causes me untold agonies. No matter how badly I yearn, I know I must suffer, yadda, yadda, yadda. But I must have it. I MUST! You thought I was talking about some delectable space captain or something? No way would I allow myself to get into this state over a mere man. No, no, no. My love is, of course, a space ship. The most beautiful, streamlined, luxurious craft I have ever seen. I MUST have it. Heather, can I borrow Chef?

Be seeing ya! Agent Z. Thrilling, to say the least, especially since many of them are ebooks. Anyway, Maria Zannini is one author who has been waiting, writing, and waiting, and writing some more in anticipation of a good market for science fiction romance. What an exciting time for her—and readers who need more stories to glom. Rachel Cruz is a Nephilim masquerading as an archeologist and she's stuck with an alien who believes she can lead him to his ancestral gods. Black Ops wants to find these gods too.

They want them dead. I had the opportunity to interview Maria Zannini about her latest book. Her answers are chock full of fun stuff. This includes a contest news for readers as well as an excerpt, so away we go! Maria Zannini: I write what I like to read. I want my science to make sense, the fantasy to be magical, and the romance to be spicy. Half-hearted because I knew I had committed the mortal sin of science fiction. I let my hero and heroine fall in love. Several agents were interested, and one even offered representation if I added a battle scene and toned down the romance.

Around that same time, I had back-to-back eye surgeries that kept me blind and off my computer for weeks at a time. By the time I was whole again and contacted the agent agreeing to her terms, she had left the business. I didn't think about the story again until Angela James burst out on the scene at Carina Press. It didn't take a Mack truck to hit me to realize this was where True Believers belonged. Probably the funniest part of this story was that my editor asked for more romance—not less.

I was happy to oblige. TGE: What type of setting and characters can readers expect from the story? MZ: What is space opera if you can't glimpse inside a starship? But this story also takes you to the high desert, a military complex hidden deep in a lake, and even inside the hard drive of a sentient computer. And the characters! Taelen Jessit doesn't want to own up to a forced vocation, not if it means being neutered for his trouble. And Rachel can't let her guard down. Not ever. The last time she did, she killed someone accidentally. In the mean time, the government is plotting the genocide of an entire species and the AIs have evolved beyond the scope of human programming.

Everyone in this story is going for broke because it's all or nothing when there's so much at stake. TGE: Do you have an excerpt to share? MZ: Here's a scene where the main character, Rachel, is meeting her father at an archeological dig site where she's working. Rachel's father is none other than the legendary Gilgamesh, formerly of Sumer. Gilgamesh's baptisms had a tendency to end in blood. I thought you'd be pleased with this find. I was being helpful. You do nothing if it doesn't help you first.

Why did you bring me here?

You are here

You get that from me. And in Israel, you scared the poor curator into cardiac arrest. There was no reason to set off every alarm in a five-block radius.

Harvard Extension School Course Catalog - On Campus & Online Courses

Israel thought it was a terrorist act. They put the entire country into lockdown! You get that from your mother. The most fun? MZ: I loved working on the battle scenes because I spent many happy hours debating with my husband on how the scene would progress. He's a crack battle strategist and it was great fun planning an attack.

The other thing I enjoyed was the research. Everything in the book is based on actual technology. The sentient computers evolved from conversations I had with the sister of one of my best friends, a computer scientist at NASA. She works in the private sector now. But the Nephilim connection came from the surprising and inexplicable lack of information.

I was fascinated with these people and decided to give them a scientific explanation for their existence and apparent disappearance. MZ: That was a case of being at the right place at the right time. Initially, they were looking for a graphic artist to spruce up the appearance of the newsletter, along with a full time editor. The publisher liked my ideas and hired me for the redesign. But it was my sparkling wit and audacity that let her try me out as an editor. It's been a happy marriage ever since.

MZ: Don't assume that a rejection is carved in stone. The opinion of every agent or editor is subjective. Keep trying different people, different queries. If you continue getting the same response, find yourself a hardnosed crit partner and figure out what's keeping the manuscript from getting a contract.

Thank you, Heather for being such a gracious hostess. How close are we to creating truly artificial intelligence? And should we embrace it or fear it? Contest time! Every time you leave a comment, tweet or mention "Maria Zannini" anywhere with a link to my blog, your name goes in the hat for a chance to win a Texas sized prize. Go here for more information. Go on. You know you want to. It's got pirates, and ghosts, and sexy shifters. Check out this month's excerpt and judge for yourself!

Zannini, thanks so much for your time, and for your art. Happy reading! I want to read it. Where can I buy it? Okay, so that steampunk one sounds fun, but after my last post , I started to wonder why no one seems to believe that science fiction romance is worthy of a spot in the Mammoth series. Yes, I know: SFR is still a niche subgenre. Fingers in my ears la la la. Anthologies are a great way to sample not only the work of a variety of authors in one tidy package, but also new types of stories.

Readers make an investment with minimal risk. I also dig the idea of further disentangling SFR from horror-based paranormal romance. However, if a print-first version is seen as too much of a risk, why not a digital-first version? Alas, perhaps it really is too soon for such a big step. What are your thoughts? Thanks to Nathalie Gray for the link. In Get Ready For Three Sci Fi Space Operas , the authors answered "questions about the project, their individual novels and their science fiction inspirations.

SFR in general and Impulse Power in particular is about transcending time and place, while always keeping what makes us who we are: the relationships important to us. Plus, we get to shoot up stars and shit!

Nanocomposites, Nanophotonics, Nanobiotechnology, and Applications

Robert Appleton has this to say about SFR heroines: To me, nothing speaks SFR like a kick-ass space babe who gets emotionally compromised along the way. Emotion, strong women, and space-wide kickassery: three things every reader should expect from Impulse Power. None of these stories are about small changes — the fates of worlds hang in the balance. With the romance in the foreground, you get this great dichotomy wherein our concern for the characters keeps this big epic story from feeling distant, while that same larger world helps to make the romance feel larger than life.

Now, tarry no further! Click on over for more terrific coverage. Congratulations, Ms. The collection was edited by Martin H. Check out the product description at Amazon : Space Or is it? Many say there's no frontier more forbidding than a romantic relationship between a man and a woman. But what if one's a human, and the other's an alien? Here is an original collection of space opera stories where authors take love unrequited or not , on a spaceship, space station, or planetary colony, and add enough drama, confusion and mayhem to ensure that the path to true love-or short-term infatuation-is seldom free of obstacles.

How did this anthology evolve? Gini Koch: Thanks! I'm really excited to be included. As far as I understand it, the editor the awesome Kerrie Hughes proposed the anthology to DAW, they agreed, Kerrie went and found authors she wanted to use and, while she was compiling, she met my agent, who suggested me, and the rest is history.

TGE: What's the title and premise of your story? GK: "Wanted" is written under my Anita Ensal pen name. The premise is finding what you really want when you least expect it. Evie's running away from something, gets stranded in the vast emptiness of the Belt, Cal saves her, and we see if they'll come together before the Galactic Police catch up to her. TGE: Are there any special ingredients that went into the making of this story? GK: Lots of Lady Gaga. I'm very musically oriented for writing, and for whatever reason, it was All Lady Gaga, All the Time, in order to get this story written and written well.

My husband now never wants to hear "Paparazzi" or "Speechless" again. TGE: What were the joys—and challenges—of writing a science fiction romance short story as opposed to a novel? GK: OMG, do we have the time for the challenges? LOL Well, I'm a natural novelist. I have no issue writing long, and novel structure comes easily to me. I enjoy writing shorter fiction, but it's much, much harder.

We talked about what she didn't like about it felt like it was from a novel universe instead of being on its own and I went back to the drawing board. Once I hit on the "Wanted" story, even that went through a variety of revisions. When I finally realized whose POV the story needed to be in, though, it flowed easily from there.

The joy was being able to create a love story that resonated with a limited number of words, while also creating a world that feels real. This is a quieter story, very focused on deeper emotions, and I really enjoyed it, and the characters. I can honestly say I fell in love with Cal while writing him, and I hope readers do, too.

TGE: What's the release date? Where can readers find the anthology? December's gonna be busy for me! I don't know if there will be an ebook version, though I'd guess there will be. TGE: What else can readers look forward to from you in the near future? And the lead story in Boondocks Fantasy is from Gene Wolfe, so the company is amazingly awesome.

So, it's a busy time for me, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Many happy sales, Ms. To learn even more about the anthology, read this interview with editor Kerrie Hughes at Flames Rising. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Read more about Ms. Sinclair's "Courting Trouble. As far as science fiction romance anthologies, seems like we had a drought for a while, and then, Boom! Okay, maybe not an explosion, but definitely some grand fireworks. For some reason, this topic just popped into my head the other night. The primary reason is that I like the fantasy of it not being an issue in my reading.

Still, going into detail regarding birth control is not a prerequisite for me. If I were reading a contemporary romance, my expectations would be different. Yet presented with a futuristic setting, I entertain the possibility that science has taken all the work and stress out of it. I like the fantasy of birth control being executed by advanced technology—and this goes for both the hero and the heroine. Neither do I expect heroines to be virgins and grappling with the issue for the first time.

For instance, the idea of nanotechnology modulating ovulation or sperm output—wow! Come to think of it, that concept could even be the focus of a science fiction romance. What are your thoughts on birth control in this subgenre? Joyfully yours, Heather. Posted by Heather Massey at PM. Having recently finished Pauline B. Wednesday, October 27, Androids Among Us.

This is why I love Japan: My favorite part is about halfway through the video when she darts her eyes back and forth. Longtime science fiction romance fan and advocate Kimber An is, after seemingly ten gazillion years of writing, is now a published author! Tuesday, October 19, Agent Z. There is some serious science fiction romance love in the air this week. Posted by Heather Massey at AM. The writer must know the limits of the audience's imagination. After reading the above, my mind started spinning all sorts of webs.

I recommend you read the article in its entirety since it was in the back of my mind as I wrote this post. Lichtenberg explored the idea that Americans have developed blinders on their imaginations in the pursuit of other interests. She postulates that such blinders limit the sorts of entertainment that we might otherwise enjoy. My husband and our friend wanted to watch some of the martial arts films being shown at the convention. I was not, however, a fan of teh chop socky. Or anything live action, regardless of whichever Eastern country gave it birth. At the time of the convention, I knew about martial arts films, but the only thing I really knew about them were that they featured a lot of fights.

Wall-to-wall fights, it seemed. Just the thought of watching an endless parade of fight scenes left me weary, and I remember being more than a little cranky at the prospect of a martial arts marathon. Where were the heroines in these films? Did they even exist? What about romance? More importantly, would they have a plot, or were the plots merely a hook on which to hang a bunch of fights?

What was the point in even trying? To put it bluntly, I had on a big honking pair of blinders. My husband was really excited about seeing the films, so I acquiesced. So we watched a film. Then we watched a few more. And then something magical happened: My blinders dropped away. How, you may be asking? That day, literally overnight, I became a fan of martial arts films. The choreography and feats reminded me of ballet which I had taken for ten years as a child—had that primed me in some way?

Apparently, my husband must have known on some level that I would enjoy the genre if I would just give it a try. Plus, his commentary while viewing them helped me interpret some of the elements that were new to me. I felt privileged, like I was part of an elite group. Looking back, I think one of the biggest reasons I had on blinders was fear of an onslaught of mindless fight scenes. The superficial violence factor had overwhelmed me, so much so that I initially refused to discover if could even enjoy a single film.

I wanted to share this story because I see a connection with science fiction romance and horror-based paranormal romance before its heyday. I wonder how their blinders fell off? That said, I see a distinction between subjective taste and blinders. Given my love of anime, the fact that I did so made me a hypocrite. I was blind to a rich cinematic experience that was right in front of my nose, one that all of my other interests had been pointing to all of my life. All I can say is, thank goodness for Jackie Chan. How can authors find out more about them?

What can authors do in their stories to help readers remove unnecessary blinders? Tuesday, October 5, Steampunk Prosthetics. We lived on a street that had numerous families with kids, great streets for bicycling, and lots of wooded areas to explore. However, despite the idyllic memories, the only thing I can recall with any certainty about Betsy is that her father had a silver hook for a hand.

I have a distinct memory of studying his hook up close and personal as he showed it to me. It looked shiny, heavy, and sharp. Obviously, I must have been curious and asked him about it—either that, or I stared inappropriately as children are wont to do. I only remember being simultaneously fascinated and shocked that such a thing could exist outside of fairytales.

I think my early exposure to such a device primed me to respond to them with strong interest when my love affair with genre stories began. I feel strongly attuned to such a story detail even now. The story is set in an alternate universe Old West and features the exploits of hero Jonathan Handleston who is preparing to play the poker game of a lifetime. What sets him apart from other players is that because of a war injury, he has a brace to provide support for his crippled hand. But not just any type of brace. His withered hand is encased by a steampunk exoskeleton! You can bet your sweet bippy that my anticipation spiked when I first learned about it in the story.