Design and Function
A Desk was similar to real-life tablets both in their shape and functionality and that they appeared to be used by much or most of the population. Large desks, like their namesakes, could be mounted for stationary use, whereas smaller desks could be used personally, and were notable for use in Battle School to run the Mind Game and a number of academic programs.
Children of the Fleet
- When someone referenced the Apple iPad to Orson Scott Card, jokingly saying they stole his idea from the Desk, Card said that the iPad was still far off from his vision of the Desk.