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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 2,500 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 4,300 Science Fiction in the News articles.

Biggest HiSeas 'Mars Mission' Problem? No Internet
I think sf writers have this covered! (9/16/2017)
Clever Electric Truck Generates More Power Than It Uses
Better than a fictional electrotruck! (9/14/2017)
Eden-ISS, Greenhouse In Antarctica
'With this kind of light we could get the gardens going again." - Barbara Humbly, 1983. (9/12/2017)
Make Space Tools On The Spot (Like Moties)
'A moment ago it was squeezing silver toothpaste in a ribbon...' - Niven and Pournelle, 1974. (9/10/2017)
Will Robots Be Moral If We Raise Them Like Our Children?
'The birth of Machine, my robot child...' - Henry Slesar, 1958. (9/8/2017)
Foldable Galaxy Phones, I Swear They're Coming (Maybe)
Apparently, it is very hard to do. We've been patient, though. (9/6/2017)
Bacteria Behave Differently In Space
'The Republic struggled to control its Sours...' - Bruce Sterling, 1985. (9/4/2017)
Brain Connected To Internet - ‘Brainternet'
Fascinating! or thoughts to that effect. (9/2/2017)
Artificial Spider Silk
You can also use it to make a roof - on an asteroid. (8/22/2017)
MIT Tunes Ions For Frictionless Surface - Superlubricity!
'My telelubricator here neutralizes the interatomic bonds the surface of any solid...' - L. Sprague de Camp, 1940. (8/21/2017)
Seiko Astron Always Knows Your Time Zone
'Harrington glanced at his wrist watch - a bulky affair - and whistled.' - Robert Heinlein, 1940. (8/20/2017)
Robot Buddhist Priest Chants, Drums
'He crossed the waiting room to the Padre booth...' - Philip K. Dick, 1969. (8/19/2017)
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Robot Control Board
Control panel with small screens showing the point of view of different robots.
(From The Robot Master [1929] by O.L.  Beckwith)
Trans-Space Transmission
A curious method of communication between worlds.
(From The Moon Moth [1976] by Jack  Vance)
Living Book
A small creature that is used to contain and play back information.
(From The World Below [Collins So] by Sydney Fowler  Wright)
Pocket Gravity Nullifier
Personal device stops gravity's effect.
(From The Sky Maniac [1929] by Henri Dahl  Juve)
Air Tunnel
A means of sending trains through the air.
(From Through the Air Tunnel [1929] by Harl  Vincent)
Beeper
A handheld radar set, used to find items that have drifted off.
(From Islands in the Sky [1952] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Cylinder Space Suit
A mostly rigid, cylindrical space suit.
(From Islands in the Sky [1952] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Tannin-Secretion Pills
Artificially darkens skin, for skin protection.
(From Crashlander [1994] by Larry  Niven)
Robobug
A cyborg insect.
(From The Golden City [2009] by John  Twelve Hawks)
Crowdcutter
A device worn to part crowds.
(From Infomocracy [2016] by Malka  Older)
Gravity Nullifier
Shields a large object from the effect of gravity.
(From The Sky Maniac [1929] by Henri Dahl  Juve)
New Blood For Old
Replacing the blood plasma of older people with material from younger people.
(From Methuselah's Children [1941] by Robert  Heinlein)
Flip to Brake
Maneuver to put the tail end (with rocket output) in the forward direction of travel to use for lowering velocity.
(From Methuselah's Children [1941] by Robert  Heinlein)
Interplanetary Clearance
Bureaucratic red tape associated with busy space ports.
(From Methuselah's Children [1941] by Robert  Heinlein)
Panoramic Viewer
Permits observation at a distance, as well as the projection of a holographic image.
(From Childhood's End [1953] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
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Planetary Parks Proposed For Mars Conservatio
A set of seven 'planetary parks' have been proposed for the conservation of the martian environment by two European scientists. (Re: Alfred Bester)

Robotic Tomato Harvester Ready For Space
Peter Ling of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center has created a robotic tomato harvester. (re: Gregory Benford)

Crime-Fighting Computer - The Game's Afoot 24x7
The computer system is able to work on crime-stopping twenty-four hours per day, all week long. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Ornithopters In Fact And Fiction
An ornithopter under development at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies may yet make Leonardo da Vinci's dream a reality. (re: Frank Herbert)

Skeletar And Dragon Lyre ExoticGuitars - Science Fiction Instruments
Luthier Peter McGilton has used his Masters Degree in Fine Arts, and post graduate studies in classical instrument construction, to take the guitar-maker's art to truly science-fictional levels. (re: Various)

Robotic Fish From China
The black-bodied robot fish is about four feet long, and resembles a real fish in both shape and movement. (re: Michael Swanwick)

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