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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 3,600 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 6,100 Science Fiction in the News articles.

New Train Station Offers Minority Report-Style Signs
A whole new world awaits you, John Anderton! (9/23/2022)
The Autonomous Robotic Urethral Catheter - Would You Use It?
'It'll snake its way in on its own.' (9/21/2022)
The Far Side Of The Moon, By NASA (2015) And By PAUL (1932)
"We had leisure to make a thorough observation of the hidden side of earth's satellite." (9/19/2022)
LoadRunner Robot Works Alone, Or In A Group
'They marched in unison, seven of them...' - Isaac Asimov, 1944. (9/17/2022)
Sierra Space Inflatable LIFE Habitat Burst Pressure Test
'It was like being inside a balloon...' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1961. (9/15/2022)
Longest Immersed Tunnel Will Connect Denmark and Germany
'... iron tubes... the ends of the tubes were joined to each preserve it from the action of the seawater.' - Michel Verne, 1895. (9/13/2022)
Alcohol-Sensing Cars - NTSB Catches Up With Philip K. Dick (1963)
'Mr. Garden, you are in no condition to drive....' - Philip K. Dick, 1963. (9/11/2022)
Solar-Powered Remote-Control Cockroaches!
'A cable, here, from the controller to the interface plug... wires from that to the brain.' - Thomas A. Easton, 1990. (9/9/2022)
SolarBotanic Tree For Solar Energy - Would You Need A Forest, Or Just One?
'The slender stalks of a sunshade-photocell collector...' - David Brin, 1990. (9/7/2022)
Metaverse Hardware - Run And Flail Like A Maniac, Or Lie Quietly?
'Holodeck 4 was waiting to be programmed...' - David Gerrold, 1987. (9/5/2022)
Robot Food Delivery Coming To Campus Near You
'... he rewired the delivery robot so that it would serve him midnight snacks.' - Robert Heinlein, 1962. (9/3/2022)
Are Craiyon Images Puddinged, ala Philip K. Dick?
'I stood in line for half an hour for this, and it's just a blob!' - Philip K. Dick, 1956. (9/1/2022)
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Trolling Tether Cable
Simple fishing technique applied to moving cargo off-planet.
(From Atom Drive [1956] by Charles  Fontenay)
Earth Normal
Using the earth standard.
(From The Pygmy Planet [1932] by Jack  Williamson)
A mass of white, dough-like protoplasm, ranging in size from a single cell to perhaps twenty tons of mushy filth.
(From Parasite Planet [1935] by Stanley G.  Weinbaum)
Metal Fish
Fake flounders for sport fishermen on Martian canals.
(From Atom Drive [1956] by Charles  Fontenay)
Robot Introspection
A robotic brain grows and learns about itself.
(From Unforeseen [1949] by Roger P.  Graham)
Robot Cat
A biological feline with mechanical parts.
(From The Cat and the King [1946] by Raymond F.  Jones)
A method for a plane to know its location over the Earth.
(From The Iron World [1937] by Otis Adelbert  Kline)
An airplane that flies up to the edge of the atmosphere.
(From Colossus [1934] by Donald  Wandrei)
Electric Cat (Robot Cat)
A robot presenting the appearance of a common domestic cat.
(From Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? [1968] by Philip K.  Dick)
Time Loop
A series of events repeats, the stream crosses over itself.
(From The Time Entity [1936] by Eando  Binder)
Shadow People
Alien knowledge leads to alien results - for humans.
(From Way Station [1963] by Clifford  Simak)
Powered Print-Book
Part computer, part book.
(From Prelude to Foundation [1988] by Isaac  Asimov)
You’ve seen them.
(From Prelude to Foundation [1988] by Isaac  Asimov)
Scanning-Disk Telescope
A telescope which uses a television-like monitor instead of an eyepiece.
(From The Power Planet [1931] by Murray  Leinster)
Air Tank Flying
Using little blasts of compressed air to fly around inside a space station.
(From The Power Planet [1931] by Murray  Leinster)
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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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