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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 2,500 are available. Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or browse by favorite author / book. Browse more than 4,300 Science Fiction in the News articles.

Graphene Cytobot - Cyborg Bacterial Spores May Help Astronauts
'[It] had not yet objected to being made over into a portion of an electronic system... '- Philip K. Dick, 1964. (3/15/2015)
XM82 Personal Flamethrower Now In Development
'Skeletons in tatters. Burned by a flesh gun'- Alfred Bester, 1974. (3/15/2015)
Delightful Plen2 Mirror Robot - The Anti-Terminator
The anti-Terminator. (3/14/2015)
LiquiGlide Will Be Everywhere
'They poured the remnants of eggs out of their frictionless cups...'- Larry Niven, 1973. (3/13/2015)
US Customs Now Doing Facial Recognition At DC Airport
Are you who you say you are? (3/12/2015)
How Many Systems In That Galactic Empire Now?
'An Empire to twenty million stellar systems...'- Isaac Asimov, 1953. (3/11/2015)
Petman Robot Pushes Itself To The Limit
'There was the butler robot, hard at work, his copper face expressionless...'- Frederik Pohl, 1954. (3/10/2015)
Coleus LED 'Skylight' Dispenses Natural Sunlight Indoors
'How do they work it so that the sky is visible at every level of the city?'- Stanislaw Lem, 1961. (3/9/2015)
UR3 Robot At Work On Copies Of Itself
'I don't mean that you should construct this ultra-microrobot with your own fingers, of course...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1937. (3/8/2015)
3D Printing 'Terminator T-1000-Style'
Not quite 'a mimetic polyalloy...' (3/7/2015)
Norlin Shoe Drone Robot UAV In-Store Delivery Thing
'Robot-salesmen were everywhere, gesturing, pleading, shrilling.'- Philip K Dick, 1954. (3/6/2015)
Bridge-MINDER Repair Robot
'The repair robots had started out on their rounds...'- Stanislaw Lem, 1954. (3/6/2015)
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Flesh Gun
A weapon that burns the skin and meat off the victim.
(From The Computer Connection [1974] by Alfred  Bester)
Paralyzing Eye
False eye contains mechanism for causing brief paralysis.
(From The Best-Laid Scheme [1941] by L. Sprague  de Camp)
Vanwinkling
Another name for time-traveling into the future.
(From The Best-Laid Scheme [1941] by L. Sprague  de Camp)
Momentum Screen
Allows a spacemen to avoid the problem of "high gee" forces on take-off.
(From Completely Automatic [1941] by Theodore  Sturgeon)
Trace Web
A small, handheld device that contacts (and even instantiates) the larger network.
(From Souvenir [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Web
An information network.
(From Souvenir [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Relay
A central information system used to coordinate all of human culture and technology.
(From Souvenir [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Histo-Research
Historical research using a time machine.
(From The Meddler [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
The Dip
A device that randomly dredges up things from the past... or the future.
(From The Meddler [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Human Quarter
A ghetto for human beings; in this case, in a world of robots.
(From James P. Crow [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Mother-Scanner
A device that can see your future through your next birth.
(From The Turning Wheel [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Robot Farmer
A humanoid robot used for agriculture.
(From The Turning Wheel [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Robot Guard
Very early reference to a guard robot.
(From The Turning Wheel [1954] by Philip K.  Dick)
Metal Solvent Ray Thrower
Acts like a flame thrower in space.
(From Lost Rocket [1941] by Manly Wade  Wellman)
Electrono-Mirror
Focuses the sun's rays on a planetary surface for terraforming purposes.
(From The Day We Celebrate [1941] by Nelson S.  Bond)
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Planetary Parks Proposed For Mars Conservatio
A set of seven 'planetary parks' have been proposed for the conservation of the martian environment by two European scientists. (Re: Alfred Bester)

Robotic Tomato Harvester Ready For Space
Peter Ling of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center has created a robotic tomato harvester. (re: Gregory Benford)

Crime-Fighting Computer - The Game's Afoot 24x7
The computer system is able to work on crime-stopping twenty-four hours per day, all week long. (re: Isaac Asimov)

Ornithopters In Fact And Fiction
An ornithopter under development at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies may yet make Leonardo da Vinci's dream a reality. (re: Frank Herbert)

Skeletar And Dragon Lyre ExoticGuitars - Science Fiction Instruments
Luthier Peter McGilton has used his Masters Degree in Fine Arts, and post graduate studies in classical instrument construction, to take the guitar-maker's art to truly science-fictional levels. (re: Various)

Robotic Fish From China
The black-bodied robot fish is about four feet long, and resembles a real fish in both shape and movement. (re: Michael Swanwick)

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