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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 Dictionary 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.

Adorable One-Seater Electric Car From Wuxi Sinotech
'Noiselessly, on rubber-tired wheels, they journeyed...' - David H. Keller, 1928. (9/11/2021)
Zoom Adds Real-Time, Live Translation
'He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier..' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911. (9/9/2021)
It's Spacewalk Sunday, Thanks To The ESA
'The delicious, indescribable pleasure of being a little planet swinging through space...' - Garrett P. Serviss, 1898. (9/7/2021)
Pengxing Intelligent Robot Horse You Can Ride
'The horse reared up, pawing the air, then sprang into a gallop.' - Christopher Stasheff, 1969. (9/5/2021)
Tesla Bot Humanoid 'Robot' Vs. Boston Dynamics Atlas Parkour Robot
'...most jobs that require a human form are better done by those organic alternatives.' - Richard Morgan, 2003 (9/3/2021)
Altos Labs' Bezos Wants An Anti-Agathic (To Live Forever)
'So what we're looking for now is... an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug.' - James Blish, 1957. (9/1/2021)
Carver EV Single Person Microcar Leans In
'Farr paid his fare, summoned a one-man car...' - Jack Vance, 1954. (8/29/2021)
Smartphone Microdrone Concept - Viva Vivo!
'With the Scarab as big as a beetle, I could make a Scarab as big as a sand grain.' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1937. (8/27/2021)
Anti-Forced Organ Harvesting Global Summit
'The doctor was a line of machines with a conveyor belt running through them.' - Larry Niven, 1967. (8/25/2021)
Flyboard Water Jet Shoes Lift Off
'I shall never forget that first lesson in aerial walking.' - Francis Flagg, 1930. (8/23/2021)
Magnetically Driven Rotary Microfilter 3D Printed
'... not really walls but nearly infinite grids of submicroscopic wheels.' - Neal Stephenson, 1995. (8/21/2021)
Pyrus, An Alternative Wood Made From Kombucha
Science fiction has just the word you'll need for that real wood from trees you've been using. Until now. (8/19/2021)
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Planet City
A planet the surface of which is entirely covered over, forming one single city.
(From The Message From Space [1930] by David M.  Speaker)
Brain Rejuvenation
Erase unnecessary parts of memory to make room for new impressions.
(From The Message From Space [1930] by David M.  Speaker)
Rom (Robot Operated Missiles)
Intercontinental robotic weapons.
(From Breakfast at Twilight [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Snake Boring Truck
A long thin truck like a snake, with a boring tip.
(From Breakfast at Twilight [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Galactic Damping Field
A vast field of force emanating from the center of the galaxy.
(From Brain Wave [1953] by Poul  Anderson)
Meteoric Dust Cloud
A vast cloud in space, through which the solar system moved for a decade.
(From Secret of the Buried City [1939] by John Russell  Fearn)
Menograph (Mind-Writer)
Direct translation of thought to paper.
(From Ralph 124c 41 + [1911] by Hugo  Gernsback)
Time Quake
Too much energy applied to a time-fault may have started this.
(From Breakfast at Twilight [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Robot Surgery
Robots operate an advance operating theater.
(From Secret of the Buried City [1939] by John Russell  Fearn)
Helio-Dynamophores (Sun-Power-Generators)
Photo-electric elements which transformed the solar heat direct into electric energy.
(From Ralph 124c 41 + [1911] by Hugo  Gernsback)
Gravity Nullification (Gravity Screen)
Gravity annulled in its entirety in a small area.
(From Ralph 124c 41 + [1911] by Hugo  Gernsback)
Green Guk
Algae that produces essential oxygen as a byproduct.
(From The Beat Cluster [1961] by Fritz  Leiber)
An inflatable bubble in space, suitable for human habitation.
(From The Beat Cluster [1961] by Fritz  Leiber)
A colorful fabric with a silvered backing used to shield the interior of a living-globe from excessive sunlight.
(From The Beat Cluster [1961] by Fritz  Leiber)
Filtration system to remove dust and other particulates from the atmosphere in space stations.
(From The Beat Cluster [1961] by Fritz  Leiber)
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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!
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