Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"The answer to the problem of information overload on the Net is reputations… engineer a system called a reputation server."
- Neal Stephenson

JAL Shuttle  
  Shuttle capable of attaining low earth orbit.  

When this novel was written, I think that many people believed that this technology was relatively close. However, while passenger jets that attain these speeds are in development, it's also true that the fastest civilian airliner, the Concorde, was retired from active use this year.

However, in the future Earth of Neuromancer, just hop on board a Japan Air Lines shuttle. Nothing to worry about; they monitor your vital signs just as a matter of procedure.

"You've been up, haven't you?" Molly asked, as he squirmed his way back into the deep temperfoam couch on the JAL shuttle.

"Nah. Never travel much, just for biz." The steward was attaching readout trodes to his wrist and left ear.

He closed his eyes and told himself the shuttle was only a big airplane, one that flew very high. it smelled like and airplane, like new clothes and chewing gum and exhaustion. He listened to the piped koto music and waited.

Twenty minutes, then gravity came down on him like a great soft hand with bones of ancient stone.

From Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
Published by Phantasia Press in 1984
Additional resources -

So what do you need to get to LEO? A hardy sort of vehicle (able to deal with the heat of re-entry as well as the cold of space) and something that will push it to a velocity of about 7,800 meters per second tangent to the curve of the earth. For a great technical description, see Getting to Low Earth Orbit.

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

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from Neuromancer
  More Ideas and Technology by William Gibson
  Tech news articles related to Neuromancer
  Tech news articles related to works by William Gibson

Articles related to Transportation
Musk Tunnels Wisely Restrict Drivers
Amazing Tesla Autopilot Video
Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Taxi Fleet In 3 Years
President Trump's Wall As Otra Nation Hyperloop

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.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

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 Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

TALOS Exoskeleton Development Proceeding
'Suited up, you look like a big steel gorilla...'

Autonomous Robots Navigate Like Rats
'Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted.'

SINTEF Robot Cleans Solar Panels
'The window cleaners, with large padded feet...'

Pangorin Restaurant Service Robots
What'll you have? Jawa juice?

Drug Creates Real Melanin Tan
I've used them all my life...

Medical Drones Hover Like Angels Near You
'The death-reversal equipment is on its way...'

SkEye Amazing Israeli Gigapixel Drone
'An eye that could not only see, but fly...'

How Rude! DARPA Wants Robots To Behave More Like Threepio
'Do I know protocol? Why, it's my primary function.'

'Liquid Light' Flows Around Corners
Light as a superfluid.

Unrolling The Filmy Materials Of Space Tech
'When unfolded and unrolled... it became a tough, gleaming film.'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

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

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.