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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.

Implantable Covid-Detecting Microchip Developed By DARPA
'Employees... were implanted with advanced microprocessors...' - William Gibson, 1984. (4/5/2021)
SpaceX Requests Starlink For Starship
'... sweating, heat-blistered engineers at every interplanetary radiograph station on three planets.' - Harry Gore Bishop, 1907. (4/3/2021)
SF Writers Predicted John Deere Autonomous Tractors
'The huge plow... seemed to shake itself - and began to move back southward.' - Otfrid von Hanstein, 1935. (4/1/2021)
DARPA Funding AI Fighter Pilots
'Cultured brains on a slab.' - Peter Watts, 1999. (3/29/2021)
StoryFile To Help William Shatner Become Landru
"I am Landru. I am he! All that he was, I am." Gene Roddenberry, 1967. (3/27/2021)
Telehealth Drones To The Rescue
'A shadow passed over him, and he looked up.' - Frederik Pohl, 1965. (3/25/2021)
Capture Asteroids In A Bag
'... just as a small boy catches a swift ball in his cap.' - VE Thiessen, 1947. (3/23/2021)
Sony Pocket Air Conditioner Is Phil Dick's Idea!
'... he went to the hall closet to get his pith helmet and his mandatory cooling-unit.' - Philip K. Dick, 1965. (3/21/2021)
Is It Possible To GROW Planes And Vehicles?
'These are your rudimentary seed packages...' - Greg Bear, 2015. (3/19/2021)
Guard Dog Robot Security Check
'We still use people at the main gates, but here it's an automated sentry.' - Greg Bear, 2003 (3/17/2021)
Sheepskin Parchment Helped Medieval Lawyers Prevent Fraud
'The single sheet he held, and even the words and signatures upon it, were all integral parts of a single giant molecule...' - Gordon R. Dickson, 1960. (3/15/2021)
Space 'Hurricane' Has Been Seen
'... it was the biggest of the four hundred odd storms raging in the Fifty Suns region.' - AE van Vogt, 1943. (3/13/2021)
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Light Beam Propulsion (Light-Ship)
Use of brilliant light as motive power for a space ship.
(From The Radium World [1932] by Frank K.  Kelly)
Luminous Stake-Markers
Illuminated pole designating a staked claim on the surface of a planet, moon or asteroid.
(From The Radium World [1932] by Frank K.  Kelly)
Landing-Cradle
A supporting structure for a space craft landing on a planetary surface.
(From The Radium World [1932] by Frank K.  Kelly)
Ostler Insulation Beam
A beam of energy stretching from one planet to another that protects space craft from radiation.
(From The Radium World [1932] by Frank K.  Kelly)
Polyceltron Iconoscope Televisor
A portable camera and microphone setup that could broadcast on-the-spot news.
(From Newscast [1939] by Harl  Vincent)
Autonomous Digging Machine
A mechanical device able to excavate on its own.
(From The War of the Worlds [1898] by H.G.  Wells)
Flexible Metal Arms (Tentacles)
An interesting description of how mechanical tentacles might function.
(From The Metal Giants [1926] by Edmond  Hamilton)
Directed Cars in Tunnels
Self-driving vehicles.
(From The Lord of Tranerica [1939] by Stanton A.  Coblentz)
Horsten Psychomat
Re-creates a mental scene for the viewer.
(From The Worlds of If [1935] by Stanley G.  Weinbaum)
Healing Crystal
A small object that burns off diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.
(From A Martian Odyssey [1934] by Stanley G.  Weinbaum)
Glass Pistol
A clear glass gun that fires poisoned splinters.
(From A Martian Odyssey [1934] by Stanley G.  Weinbaum)
Manshell
A spaceship large enough for just one man; also an escape pod.
(From Sunward Flight [1943] by Leo  Zagat)
Shipboard Medical Treatment
An elaborate system to guard against infection in returning space explorers.
(From Contagion [1950] by Katherine  MacLean)
Space-Dory
A small spacecraft sometimes used as a life boat.
(From Asteroid Justice [1947] by V.E.  Thiessen)
Regeneration Tank
A nutrient bath large enough to enclose a person that preserved life and treated disease.
(From Contagion [1950] by Katherine  MacLean)
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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!
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Pharmed Blood Is DARPA's Tru Blood
We are basically mimicking bone marrow in a lab environment. (re: Charlaine Harris)

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