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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 3,200 are available. Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or browse by favorite author / book. Browse more than 5,800 Science Fiction in the News articles.

Habitability Of Galactic Bulge - Good News For Foundation Fans
'Toran resigned himself to days of careful plotting between Jumps.'- Isaac Asimov, 1955. (7/29/2020)
Lava Tubes On Mars And Moon May Be Huge
'Most of the stuff written about Bats' Cave gives a wrong impression.' - Robert Heinlein, 1957. (7/27/2020)
Olfactory User Interfaces - Judith Amores Dissertation
Awakened with a whiff of lemon. (7/25/2020)
Personalized Masks Appear
'The tiger stripes on Jim's mask... made the young people easy to identify.' - Robert Heinlein, 1949. (7/23/2020)
Foiling Facial Recognition, Fighting Coaster Viruses, Harlan Ellison-Style
I have no mouth and I must scream. (7/21/2020)
Ford Uses Obedient Robot Dogs To Update Facilities Maps
'If he sent out two or three of the small tele-operated devices... [he] could see machinery and construction details in real time from both above and below.' - Niven and Pournelle, 1981. (7/19/2020)
AirTouch Panels Means No More Dirty Touchscreens!
Useful interfaces now appear in thin air. (7/17/2020)
EllipticaRunner Robot Is Fast, Amazing, Slightly Worrisome
'THEY sent A SLAMHOUND on Turner's trail in New Delhi...' - William Gibson, 1986. (7/15/2020)
SPECTER Electroshock Round Fireable From Shotgun
'...the balls sent by this gun are not ordinary balls, but little cases of glass.' - Jules Verne, 1875. (7/13/2020)
100 Terabyte Exadrive SSD Also Has Biggest Price
'A man could carry AIs or complete planetary dataspheres in a Schrön loop.' - Dan Simmons, 1989. (7/11/2020)
Mechanical Milking Of Microalgae For Fuel Production
'They call 'em culture tanks. They have bugs -- germs -- growing in them.' - Hal Clement, 1950. (7/9/2020)
Feel Virtual Reality In Mid-Air!
'...a pressure on the lips - warm and soft, moist and sweet.' - Frederick Pohl, 1965. (7/7/2020)
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Alcatraz of Space
A planetoid prison.
(From Reunion on Ganymede [1938] by Clifford  Simak)
Robotic Animals
Artificial animals created using robotic elements.
(From Reunion on Ganymede [1938] by Clifford  Simak)
Comsole (Home Communications Console)
A home computer, connected to data services.
(From Imperial Earth [1976] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Painted Masks
Children choose to decorate otherwise uniform equipment masks.
(From Red Planet [1949] by Robert  Heinlein)
Pacification Drones
Surveillance drones that emit calming notes.
(From The Breach [2020] by M.T.  Hill)
Sloth Pill
A medication to induce a kind of somnolence like short-term hibernation; used in air travel.
(From The Breach [2020] by M.T.  Hill)
Analogue Treatment
Hypnotic drug treatment that normalizes behavior in humans.
(From Ticket to Anywhere [1952] by Damon  Knight)
Aero
A flying bus.
(From What Not: A Prophetic Comedy [1918] by Rose  Macaulay)
Burner Modem
A connection device that can be thrown away if necessary.
(From The Breach [2020] by M.T.  Hill)
DNA Swab Palate
Adheres to the palate, and provides false material for DNA swabs.
(From The Breach [2020] by M.T.  Hill)
Treatment of Extramundane Aborigines
Laws for aliens on their own planet.
(From Symbiotica [1943] by Eric Frank  Russell)
Basic Robot Personality
Providing simple personalities to robots.
(From Simultaneous Worlds [1938] by Nat  Schachner)
Scuttle-bot
An all-purpose surveillance robot that climbed rather than flew.
(From Hella [2020] by David  Gerrold)
Bio-Implant (Compensator Chip)
A neural implant that helps an autistic child to live a more complete and useful life.
(From Hella [2020] by David  Gerrold)
Knife Missile
A sharp-edged weapon that can maneuver in space.
(From Use of Weapons [1990] by Iain M  Banks)
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