A Case of Conscience by James Blish:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

This is a wonderful book; first published in 1959 and a winner of science fiction's Hugo award. It is both a fast-paced adventure story and a very thoughtful look at human values and ethics. Religious values are also explored, by looking at the creatures of the planet Lithia who appear to be moral creatures, though lacking belief in god. It is this very question that underlies our country's separation between church and state's; if you do not believe that it is possible to be moral without religion, how can you separate the state from religion? Select an invention:

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Bat Bot Robotic Flapping-Wing Drone
re: Roger Zelazny
(5/1/2017)

NASA's Astronaut Rescue Ball
re: Doc Smith
(4/30/2017)

ARM Wants To Build Brain Chips
re: William Gibson
(4/29/2017)

Sky Fence - A Drone-Proof Shield Created Over Prison
re: Robert Silverberg
(4/28/2017)

Geoengineering The Atmosphere For Climate Change
re: John Jacob Astor IV
(4/27/2017)

Archinaut Orbiting Robotic Factory
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(4/26/2017)

Cryonic Preservation - The Last Perk You'll Ever Need
re: Edward Page Mitchell
(4/25/2017)

Computers Understand Humans By Watching And Modeling Them
re: Anthony Boucher
(4/24/2017)

NASA Asks For Moon To Earth Delivery Ideas
re: Robert Heinlein
(4/23/2017)

Musk Tunnels Wisely Restrict Drivers
re: Schachner and Zagat
(4/22/2017)

Robot Swarms Controlled With Augmented Reality
re: Daniel Suarez
(4/21/2017)

MIT's C-LEARN Helps Robots Transfer Learning To Other Robots
re: Frederik Pohl
(4/20/2017)

Mini-Brains In A Dish
re: Peter Watts
(4/19/2017)

Rapid Automated Search For Habitable Planets Needed
re: Edmond Hamilton
(4/18/2017)

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