Science Fiction Dictionary
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Latest By

Artificial Intelligence
Data Storage
Input Devices
Living Space
Space Tech
Virtual Person

"SF is a controlled way to think and dream about the future."
- Gregory Benford

Robot Self-Assembly  
  A robot separated into many pieces reassembles itself.  

The men of the Swan, a star ship, landed on an a planet that had supposedly been settled by men. They found instead a vast treasure of useful ore, and began loading it into their ship.

Behind Meccano's impassive face, at the bottom of the dark orbits, the delicate mechanism that was built to last for thousands of years threw a switch with a low snap that was swallowed up in the silence...

('Meccano' by Hugo Correa)

... A sort of car, shaped like no vehicle ever made by human hands, its wheels all the hidden under a rounded belly. It had small cavities in its flat roof and three openings in the longest side. As soon as the man had gone it rolled noiselessly to the center of a vast plane where it stopped and placed itself carefully. Another strangely shaped car, a flat underneath and rounded on top. With long legs ending in small wheels, came up from another direction and rolled smoothly over the other one so that the roof of one fitted neatly under the belly of the other. The legs then folded up like those of a monstrous beetle.

Mecanno fitted his body together into a powerful machine. The feet, high as 30 m towers, and the hands, wide as terraces, joined ankles and wrists. In the middle of the plain a headless body took shape, arms and legs outspread...

Meccano took note of its bearings, and walked away to the crater with hundred-meter strides. Its shadow was a huge batracian sliding over the stony ground. The robot knelt before the head, lifted it slowly, and with a single careful pressure of its strong hands placed it on its shoulders in the cavity prepared for it. Next, the eyes. Two white balls lay on the pedestal where the head had rested. The robot screwed them carefully into its eyesockets.

From Meccano, by Hugo Correa.
Published by International Science Fiction in 1968
Additional resources -

Comment/Join this discussion ( 0 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from Meccano
  More Ideas and Technology by Hugo Correa
  Tech news articles related to Meccano
  Tech news articles related to works by Hugo Correa

Articles related to Robotics
Burro Robot Follows You And Gets Smarter
Auto-Targeting Fire Sprinkler Systems Now Reality
LEONARDO Robot Has Legs And Thrusters, Can Skateboard, Slackline
Xavier Robots On Patrol For 'Anti-Social Behavior'

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.





Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Science Fiction Invention Timeline, or see what's New.





Science Fiction Timeline
1940's   1950's
1960's   1970's
1980's   1990's
2000's   2010's

Science Fiction in the News

Omni Hoverboard Envy Of Green Goblin
'I brought it back to the ship, charged it up, reprogrammed the inertia chips and voila!'

Jetson ONE Speeds Through The Forest
'Over there! Two more of them!'

Facebook's Algorithmic News Feed Knows Better Than You Do
'Their playmates were not “real,” but they were a lot realer than, say, a Betsy-Wetsy doll.'

Tselina Spacecraft Platform Destroyed In Russian Anti-Satellite Test
'pirate three-vee satellites sanded out of orbit...'

Burro Robot Follows You And Gets Smarter
'Oh, there you are! the balloon piped at the amorphous mass of living tissue...'

Tiangong Space Station! Exercise Like It's 1953
'He couldn't imitate actual gravity, of course...'

Facebook Unexpectedly Turns Away From Sfnal Face Recognition
'... the imprint of her image on the telephoto cell.'

Taihang Solar Farm Accurately Pictured In 1911
'The entire expanse, twenty kilometers square, was covered ... the photo-electric elements which transformed the solar heat direct into electric energy.'

Galaxy Z Fold 3 Perfect For William Gibson's 'Control-Face'
'Chia recognized the square as the control-face of the computer she'd seen in his room.'

Amazon Automatic Packaging Catches Up With Gernsback's 1911 Book
'The automatic packing machine could pack anything from a small package a few inches square up to a box two feet high by three feet long.'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

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

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.