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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China Deploys Robot Traffic Police
re: Harry Harrison
(8/11/2019)

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re: Frank Herbert
(8/9/2019)

Gather, An AI Warehouse Inventory Drone Startup
re: James P. Hogan
(8/7/2019)

China's Artificial Intelligence-Enhanced Education
re: James Blish
(8/5/2019)

Orbital Manufacturer 'Made in Space' Gets $73 Million NASA Contract
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(8/3/2019)

Soli Gesture Tech Will Be In Google Pixel 4
re: Philip K. Dick
(8/1/2019)

Uber Eats Pairs Cars With Drones
re: Denis Villeneuve
(7/27/2019)

Space-Based Solar Power Roundup
re: Murray Leinster
(7/25/2019)

Lost Language Meanings Found By Machine Learning
re: Larry Niven
(7/23/2019)

'Aerogel' Sheets For Martian Gardens
re: Raymond Z Gallun
(7/21/2019)

France's 'Red Team' Of Science Fiction Authors
re: Niven and Pournelle
(7/19/2019)

Dim The Sun With Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment
re: Niven and Pournelle
(7/17/2019)

Mashambas Skyscraper Farm Design Wins
re: Poh and Kornbluth
(7/15/2019)

Self-Driving Tractors From China Plan Ahead
re: Otfrid von Hanstein
(7/13/2019)

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