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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.

Swedes Get 'Chipped' With Vaccine Passports
'Employees above a certain level were implanted with advanced microprocessors...' - William Gibson, 1984. (11/23/2021)
Gentle Monster Robot Head
'The robot knelt before the head, lifted it slowly, and with... its strong hands placed it on its shoulders...' - Hugo Correa, 1968. (11/21/2021)
SpinLaunch SubOrbital Accelerator
'But it had slid, not rolled, down upon these angry fly-wheels, and in an instant, with all our friends, it had been hurled into the sky!' - Edward Everett Hale, 1869. (11/19/2021)
Augmented Reality Palm Keyboard
'Three rows of four colored dots appeared on the heel of my left hand.'- John Varley, 1992. (11/17/2021)
Omni Hoverboard Envy Of Green Goblin
'I brought it back to the ship, charged it up, reprogrammed the inertia chips and voila!' - Dan Simmons, 1989. (11/15/2021)
Jetson ONE Speeds Through The Forest
'Over there! Two more of them!' - George Lucas, 1983. (11/13/2021)
Facebook's Algorithmic News Feed Knows Better Than You Do
'Their playmates were not “real,” but they were a lot realer than, say, a Betsy-Wetsy doll.' John Brunner, 1966. (11/11/2021)
Tselina Spacecraft Platform Destroyed In Russian Anti-Satellite Test
'pirate three-vee satellites sanded out of orbit...' - John Brunner, 1975. (11/9/2021)
Burro Robot Follows You And Gets Smarter
'Oh, there you are! the balloon piped at the amorphous mass of living tissue...' - Philip K. Dick, 1964. (11/7/2021)
Tiangong Space Station! Exercise Like It's 1953
'He couldn't imitate actual gravity, of course...' - Murray Leinster, 1953. (11/5/2021)
Facebook Unexpectedly Turns Away From Sfnal Face Recognition
'... the imprint of her image on the telephoto cell.' Schachner and Zagat, 1931. (11/3/2021)
Taihang Solar Farm Accurately Pictured In 1911
'The entire expanse, twenty kilometers square, was covered ... the photo-electric elements which transformed the solar heat direct into electric energy.' - Hugo Gernsback, 1911. (11/1/2021)
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Simulogs (Simulated Playmates)
Computer-generated playmates.
(From The Age of The Pussyfoot [1966] by John  Brunner)
Escape Pod
A small automated ship attached to a larger ship or station, used in the event of an emergency.
(From The Vanisher [1954] by Michael  Shaara)
Satellite Search and Destroy
Destroying satellites in orbit.
(From The Shockwave Rider [1975] by John  Brunner)
Individual powered flight.
(From A Journey to the Year 2025 [1921] by Clement  Fezandie)
Vacuum Wall Compartments
Shielding against heat by using walls with evacuated sections.
(From The Achilles Heel [1940] by Raymond Z.  Gallun)
Darkened Glass Face Plate
The use of darkened glass on the face plate of a space suit helmet to protect the wearer from solar radiation.
(From The Achilles Heel [1940] by Raymond Z.  Gallun)
Double-Pane Vacuum Window
Double-pane glass separated by vacuum.
(From The Achilles Heel [1940] by Raymond Z.  Gallun)
Emergency Space-Suit
A compacted space-suit stored for emergency use.
(From Pirates of the Gorm [1932] by Nat  Schachner)
Gravity Beam
An conical attractive ray, it pulls ships to their doom.
(From Wandl, The Invader [1932] by Ray  Cummings)
Time Scoop
Retrieved objects from other points in time.
(From Paycheck [1953] by Philip K.  Dick)
Robot Self-Assembly
A robot separated into many pieces reassembles itself.
(From Meccano [1968] by Hugo  Correa)
Snake Boring Truck
A long thin truck like a snake, with a boring tip.
(From Breakfast at Twilight [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Rom (Robot Operated Missiles)
Intercontinental robotic weapons.
(From Breakfast at Twilight [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Brain Rejuvenation
Erase unnecessary parts of memory to make room for new impressions.
(From The Message From Space [1930] by David M.  Speaker)
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)
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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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