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Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 3,800 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 6,400 Science Fiction in the News articles.

Ulm Sleep Pods For The Homeless
'The lid lifted and she crawled inside...' - Larry Niven, 2000. (2/14/2024)
Prophetic Offers Lucid Dreaming Halo With Morpheus-1 AI
''Leads trail away from insertion points on her face and wrist... to a lucid dreamer...' - Peter Watts, 1999. (2/12/2024)
More Like A Tumblebug Than A Motorcycle
'It is about the size and shape of a kitchen stool, gyro-stabilized on a single wheel...'- Robert Heinlein, 1940. (2/10/2024)
Tesla Camera-Only Vision Predicted In 1930's SF
'By its means, the machine can see.' - Miles J. Breuer, 1930. (2/8/2024)
First Ever Proof Of Water On Asteroids
'Yes, strangely enough there was still sufficient water beneath the surface of Vesta.' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951. (2/6/2024)
Aptera Solar EV More Stylish Than Heinlein Steel Tortoise
'When confronted by hills, or rough terrain, it did not stop, but simply slowed until the task demanded equaled its steady power output.' - Robert Heinlein, 1940. (2/4/2024)
Gigantic Space Sunshade Would Fight Global Warming
'...the light of the sun had been polarized by two crossed fields so that no radiation could pass.' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1953. (2/2/2024)
Untethered Spacewalk's 50th Anniversary
'But that space walk of mine wasn't so very amazing.' - Dom Passante, 1939. (1/30/2024)
ESA Designs Huge Inflatable Moonbase
'It was like being inside a balloon; indeed, that was exactly where he was.' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1961. (1/28/2024)
AlphaGarden Robot Cares For Gardens Better Than Humans
'...a simple clock-set servok with pipe and hose arms.' - Frank Herbert, 1965. (1/26/2024)
Let's Make Slaver Sunflowers! Engineering Plants To Reflect Light
'The mirror-blossom was a terrible weapon.' - Larry Niven, 1965. (1/24/2024)
TeslaBot Uber Driver (2024) And The Automatic Motorist (1911)
'Robots have worse problems than anybody' Philip K. Dick, 1954. (1/22/2024)
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Life Phial
Similar to a food pill, food in concentrated form.
(From Improvements So Extraordinary The World Will Shudder [1893] by Mary Elizabeth  Lease)
Food Pellets
Sustenance in a concentrated form.
(From The Republic of the Future [1887] by Anna  Dodd)
Sleep Pod
A special place for snoozing.
(From Mantis [1967] by Chris  Boyce)
Sheep's Lozenge
The nutritious portion of an entire sheep, in one pill.
(From The Fatal Curiosity, or, A Hundred Years Hence [1877] by James  Payn)
Electrical Brain
A mechanism that grants memory an intelligence to machines.
(From Paradise and Iron [1930] by Miles J.  Breuer)
Vision-Based Autonomous Cars
A vehicle that uses a visual sensor to gather information sufficient to safely drive.
(From Paradise and Iron [1930] by Miles J.  Breuer)
Autonomous Ship
A sea-going vessel that can leave port, traverse vast distances, and then dock, entirely without human assistance.
(From Paradise and Iron [1930] by Miles J.  Breuer)
Supervision Robot (Squid)
A wheeled device with tentacular grasping limbs.
(From Paradise and Iron [1930] by Miles J.  Breuer)
Leading Machine
An exploratory device; it takes the form of an autonomous motorcycle.
(From Paradise and Iron [1930] by Miles J.  Breuer)
House Cleaning Device
A robotic means of thorough home cleaning.
(From Paradise and Iron [1930] by Miles J.  Breuer)
Aircycle
Motorcycle for the air with gravimetric coils instead of wheels.
(From Buck Rogers, 2430 AD [1929] by Philip  Nowlan (w/D. Calkins))
Spinner Ship
Pinwheel rockets created centrifugal forces like gravity.
(From Buck Rogers, 2430 AD [1929] by Philip  Nowlan (w/D. Calkins))
Circuit Inhibiting Destructiveness
Ensuring that robots take on the responsibility of pleasing their masters, and obeying their orders.
(From To Please The Master [1958] by Margaret  St. Clair)
Gyrocosmically Stabilized Interplanetary Rocket
A mouthful, perfect for trips to the larger asteroids.
(From Buck Rogers, 2430 AD [1929] by Philip  Nowlan (w/D. Calkins))
Retard-Jets
Rockets to slow down.
(From Brother Worlds [1951] by Raymond Z.  Gallun)
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