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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.

Flatcat Robot Recalls Both Heinlein And Simak
Sorry, you'll need to read the article. (2/19/2021)
Nuclear Batteries May Pack Inner Punch
'... the most super-valuable substance in the solar system.' - Edmond Hamilton, 1940. (2/17/2021)
Elon Musk STILL Wants To Make Heinlein's 1940's Speedster
'As she neared the barrier the car surged and lifted...' - Robert Heinlein, 1941. (2/15/2021)
Mercury Capsule Ablative Shielding
'...a synthetic which air-friction would erode away.' - Doc Smith, 1934. (2/13/2021)
Heinlein And Russian Quail In Orbit
'No earth-hatched bird can learn to fly in that fashion...' - Robert Heinlein, 1942. (2/11/2021)
Listen Up, Coppertop - Wearable Device Turns You Into A Battery
'It's our way or the highway.' (2/9/2021)
Solar Powered Robot Cleans Up Solar Panels For Free
'... with large padded feet, who were apparently polishing their way the whole length of Rama's six artificial suns.' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1972. (2/7/2021)
Spot Arm From Boston Dynamics Picks Up Like Heinlein's Hired Girl Robot
'Anything larger than a BB shot it picked up and placed in a tray on its upper surface...' - Robert Heinlein, 1956. (2/5/2021)
Electric Vehicle Prices Will Drop To $2,890
'the human seats took up two-thirds of the room in each' (2/3/2021)
TIGER Ultimate Mobility Vehicle From Hyundai
'He admired the fast-plodding, articulated legs...' (2/1/2021)
Drones Communicate With Each Other Using Quantum Encryption
'the curious absent look of a robot talking on the TBR circuits...' - Frederik Pohl, 1954. (1/29/2021)
Space Construction Tools For Large Structures By OAC
'Mass-produced in the orbiting factories...' (1/27/2021)
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Adjustable House
A house with elastic walls and structural members, the shape of which can be changed.
(From Gather, Darkness! [1943] by Fritz  Leiber)
Inviolability Field
A kind of field of force built into a robe, to protect an individual person.
(From Gather, Darkness! [1943] by Fritz  Leiber)
Visigraphic Crowd Emotional Record
A graphic record of the emotions of a crowd.
(From Gather, Darkness! [1943] by Fritz  Leiber)
Personality Alteration
Permanent alternation of personality, the tools of the trade.
(From Gather, Darkness! [1943] by Fritz  Leiber)
Zeroentropy Spray
A method of reducing the disorder of an object as much as possible, reducing the temperature close to absolute zero.
(From Gather, Darkness! [1943] by Fritz  Leiber)
Solidograph
Long distance projection of three-dimensional images.
(From Gather, Darkness! [1943] by Fritz  Leiber)
Telesolidograph
Projects three-dimensional images at great distances.
(From Gather, Darkness! [1943] by Fritz  Leiber)
Rod
In a fight, it is used in a manner similar to a sword and a flamethrower.
(From Wolfling [1969] by Gordon R.  Dickson)
Coldlight
A means of producing illumination that does not produce heat.
(From Sunward Flight [1943] by Leo  Zagat)
Aladur
High tensile strength, lightweight material.
(From Sunward Flight [1943] by Leo  Zagat)
Airpolo
Polo played in mid-air with special aircraft and helium-filled balls.
(From Sunward Flight [1943] by Leo  Zagat)
Rocketeer
A person who pilots rockets.
(From Sunward Flight [1943] by Leo  Zagat)
Stratoyacht
A privately-owned pleasure craft capable of attaining orbit.
(From Sunward Flight [1943] by Leo  Zagat)
Durasteel
More durable than steel?
(From Sunward Flight [1943] by Leo  Zagat)
Viewscreen Pentagon
A display with a central, pentagonal display surrounded by square displays attached to the sides.
(From Sunward Flight [1943] by Leo  Zagat)
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FURO Waitress Robot
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Amazing Solar Impulse Completes Night Flight
12,000 solar panels cover its 64 meter wingspan; one-quarter of the weight of the plane is accounted for by the lithium batteries that powered it at night. (re: John W. Campbell)

Computational Journalism The Homeostatic Newspaper
The use of computers in the otherwise human task of news writing and dissemination. (re: Philip K. Dick)

Terahertz Remote Sensing Detectors
These sensors could see through walls, containers and clothing from hundreds of feet away. (re: Doc Smith)

Ikaros Solar Sail Works!
Ikaros has generated the biggest acceleration through photon during interplanetary flight in history. (re: Jack Vance)

Pharmed Blood Is DARPA's Tru Blood
We are basically mimicking bone marrow in a lab environment. (re: Charlaine Harris)

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