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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.

Brainwaves As Biometric Identification
'The doors of Mr. Lars, Incorporated, shut, tuned as they were to his own cephalic pattern.'- Philip K. Dick, 1965. (6/23/2015)
What-If Machine Concocts Creative Premises
'Books were just a commodity that had to be produced, like jam or bootlaces.' George Orwell, 1948. (6/22/2015)
Underwater Balloon Gardens
'He puffed heavily as he angled around the bulbous lifezones...'- Gregory Benford, 1989. (6/21/2015)
Storing 1 Zettabyte In 10 Grams
'It is theoretically possible to have a matrix in which each individual molecule has a meaning...'- Robert Heinlein, 1951. (6/20/2015)
Laser-Powered Spacecraft To Explore The Solar System
'Whoever launched it fired a laser cannon... for about forty-five years, so the intruder would have a beam to travel on...'- Niven/Pournelle, 1974. (6/19/2015)
Skin Chair For That 'Sitting On A Fat Guy' Feeling
'The semi-sentient artifact glided to a position behind McKie...' -Frank Herbert, 1964. (6/18/2015)
Pneumatic Micro-Tentacles Kidnapping Ants
'Long, flexible, glittering tentacles...'- H.G. Wells, 1898. (6/17/2015)
Bee Narcs To Perform Drug 'Stings'
'Time for a replacement of both Behren and his dipterous insect...'- Philip K. Dick, 1964. (6/16/2015)
3D Printed Spherical Flying Machine
'Gold dots against blue, basketball-sized, twelve feet up....' - Larry Niven, 1972. (6/15/2015)
Airbus E-Fan All-Electric Plane Now Ready
I couldn't believe it, either. An amazing technical feat. (6/14/2015)
Robot Swarms Improve Culture By Forgetting
'My mind was filled to the splitting point...' - Roger Zelazny, 1976. (6/13/2015)
Melomics Avant Garde Computer Musician
'Rollo sat at the keyboard, prim, inhuman, rigid, twin lenses focused somewhere off into the shadows...'- Herbert Goldstone, 1953. (6/12/2015)
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A simple device that filters water perfectly for reuse.
(From The Water Knife [2015] by Paolo  Bacigalupi)
Solar Yacht Periscope
A device used in the small cabin of a solar yacht.
(From Sunjammer [1964] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Solar Yacht
A space craft whose motive power is light pressure on a solar sail.
(From Sunjammer [1964] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
A device that electronically imposes sleep on a human being.
(From Sunjammer [1964] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Face Recognition Sunglasses
Sunglasses that connect with a remote database to perform face recognition.
(From The Water Knife [2015] by Paolo  Bacigalupi)
Artificially Pulsating Star
A star that has been modified to pulsate with a message to the entire universe.
(From The Cosmic Blinker [1953] by Eando  Binder)
An electronic brain that is able to do problem solving. This idea seems to be the impetus behind current artificial intelligence that seeks to solve problems, rather than to simulate human intelligenc
(From The Cosmic Blinker [1953] by Eando  Binder)
Space Walk
Going outside your space craft for a short time.
(From Edison's Conquest of Mars [1898] by Garrett P.  Serviss)
Automatic Control Car
An autonomous vehicle.
(From Imperial Earth [1976] by Arthur C.  Clarke)
Yeast-Culture Vats
Using cultured yeast as the basis for food production.
(From Caves of Steel [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
A device that stores information in vibration patterns on a mercury surface.
(From Caves of Steel [1953] by Isaac  Asimov)
Planets Made Habitable
A plan to "terraform" a planet to improve its habitability by human beings.
(From Last and First Men [1930] by Olaf  Stapledon)
Red Weed (Terraforming Plant)
A plant brought by the Martians that grew on Earth.
(From The War of the Worlds [1898] by H.G.  Wells)
An implanted telecommunications device.
(From The Chromium Fence [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
A caffeine-style stimulant.
(From Dune [1965] by Frank  Herbert)
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Ten Years Ago In Technovelgy

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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