Islands of Space by John W. Campbell:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

"WHEREAS atomic power is not yet a thing of actuality, but rather a much hoped for future realization, our young author goes beyond this still necessarily limited power. Says Mr. Campbell, there is tremendous power in the cosmos. Why limit ourselves to the mere atom as a source of power? But even his imagination, accustomed as it is to conquering vast space — even beyond our galaxy, seems somewhat appalled at the prospect of some day learning the secret of cosmic power.

Arcot, Morey, their respective fathers, and Wade are characters well known to a good many of our readers — and well liked. But that is the only relationship between "Islands of Space” and Mr. Campbell's previous stories. You cannot afford to miss this novel-length classic of science fiction. It is the best story by this author that has been published thus far "

('Islands of Space' by John W. Campbell)

Select an invention:

Faster-Than-Light - ftl
Describes something that exceeds the usual speed limit on physical objects of 186,282 miles per second in vacuum.

Force-Field - an energy barrier
A barrier to objects, created by projected forces.

Free Fall
Phrase describing how bodies move in orbit.

Hand Grip
Means of pulling oneself through a space ship at zero gravity.

Normal Space
As opposed to hyperspace.

Radio Meteor Detector
A device carried by space ships that could detect meteors in space early enough to avoid them.

A much better telescope than yours.

A device that combines picture with sound for personal communication. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
new authors and technologies - Shop for yourself, your library and your lab.





Science Fiction
in the News

LORIS Passive-Gripper Climbing Robot
re: Ken MacLeod

Neuroplatform Human Brain Organoid Bioprocessor Uses Less Electricity
re: Peter Watts

Drug To Regenerate Teeth In Humans
re: William Gibson

Coin-Sized Nuclear Battery Good For 100 Years
re: Alfred Bester

Live Stream With Meta-Ban Multimodal Smart Glasses
re: David Brin

'Autonomous' Waymo Improves Driving With Remote Human Operators
re: Charles Stross

Will Whales Be Our First Contact?
re: Murray Leinster

Heinlein’s Controlway - Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Corridor In Michigan
re: Robert Heinlein

SliceIt! Why Not Teach Robots To Use Knives?
re: Anne McCaffrey

NYC/Dublin Portal Fails To Meet 'Guardian Of Forever' Standards
re: Gene Roddenberry

FLOAT Levitating Train On The Moon ala Clarke
re: Arthur C. Clarke

Singapore Writers Push Back On LLM Training
re: Anthony Boucher

SpaceX Intros Extravehicular Activity Suit
re: Garret P. Serviss

Athena Smart Security Guard Robot With Face Recognition
re: Greg Bear

More SF in the News

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise | - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.