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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.

Another Soil Bacterium Eats Plastic
'...the plastic was dissolved before his eyes.' - Michael Crichton, 1969. (3/17/2020)
reLive Memorial Come Back As A Tree
'It was time - time to go again. She touched the leaf. She was wanted.' - Philip K. Dick, 1954. (3/15/2020)
Engineered Living Building Materials
'... it was the cheapest building material known.' Larry Niven, 1968. (3/13/2020)
Draw Circuits With Conductive Ink
'It's rewiring things... squeezing silver toothpaste in a ribbon along the printed circuitry.' (3/11/2020)
Arkangel: Automatic Visual Censoring
It's whatever the Party says it is, Winston. (3/9/2020)
NASA Competition To Design A Bucket Drum For Moon Mining
'There was a heap of discarded ore where Grantline had carted and dumped it...' - Ray Cummings, 1930. (3/7/2020)
Medical Assistant Robot May Roam The Halls Of Hospitals
'Take care, sir.' (3/5/2020)
No Autonomous Trucks? Wait, What?
'...it resembled conventional human-operated transportation vehicles, but with one exception -- there was no driver's cabin.' - Philip K. Dick, 1955. (3/3/2020)
As Big As A Biltong - World's Largest 3D Printer
'Huge and old, it squatted in the center of the settlement park... On the concrete platform... lay a heap of originals to be duplicated.' - Philip K. Dick, 1956. (3/1/2020)
Drones Used To Smuggle Contraband Into Prison
'And some mega chip inside so it never runs into anything and no cop ever sees it.' - Bruce Sterling, 1994. (2/29/2020)
Are You Ready For Commercial Space Travel?
'It wasn't a pleasant trip; it was a miserable trip on a miserable, undersized tourist rocket...' - Pohl/Kornbluth, 1952. (2/27/2020)
Amplified Nerves Lead To Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Hands
'The electrical impulses generated by your brain command everything...' - Martin Caidin, 1972. (2/25/2020)
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Vandelite Gun
An artillery device that freezes the explosive material for firing so it doesn't explode in the gun when it fires.
(From The World Masters [1903] by George  Griffith)
Aerial Navies
Use of vast numbers of air-ships (planes) to overwhelm land defenses.
(From The World Masters [1903] by George  Griffith)
Death-Ray
A thin ray of electric light that melts flesh away from the bone.
(From The World Masters [1903] by George  Griffith)
Hypomatrin
A spinal anesthetic that allows the reformation of personality.
(From The Confession of Dr. DeKalb [1939] by Stanton A.  Coblentz)
Wine Pellets
Fine wine in convenient, dried form.
(From Redmask of the Outlands [1934] by Nat  Schachner)
Hypno-Ligation
A means of psychological control over an individual.
(From Dune [1965] by Frank  Herbert)
Penetron
A synthetic substance that is opaque unless penetrated by infra-red.
(From Redmask of the Outlands [1934] by Nat  Schachner)
Invisibility Magnets
They can cloak a space ship by bending light around it.
(From Redmask of the Outlands [1934] by Nat  Schachner)
Jump
Instantaneous movement over vast distances, points many light-years apart.
(From Invaders From The Infinite [1932] by John W.  Campbell)
Slide Rule w/Radio Attachment
Slide rule communicates results immediately with computer.
(From Mission to the Stars [1955] by A.E.  van Vogt)
Smart Piston Spokes
A car that uses a set of pistons that feels and reacts to the surface to move around.
(From Heavy Weather [1994] by Bruce  Sterling)
Flexible Car Map
A nonrigid map that extrudes from the dashboard of a car when needed.
(From Heavy Weather [1994] by Bruce  Sterling)
Robots Refuse To Serve Man
When robots evolve their own perspectives, and ultimately refuse to act as servants to human beings.
(From The Mentanicals [1934] by Francis  Flagg)
Chronoscope
A device used to see into specific internals of time.
(From Legion of Time [1938] by Jack  Williamson)
Impermite
A substance that is impervious to penetration.
(From Redmask of the Outlands [1934] by Nat  Schachner)
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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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