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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.

LA Subway Scanner, As Seen In 'Total Recall'
'I'm afraid to tell you this Mr. Quaid, but you have suffered a schizoed embolism...' (8/17/2018)
Sion Electric Car Covered With Solar Panels
'It drew its power from six square yards of sunpower screens on its low curved roof.' - Robert Heinlein, 1940. (8/15/2018)
PAL-V Liberty Flying Helicopter Car
'...lifted themselves to skimming flight upon whirling helicopters." - Jack Williamson, 1931. (8/13/2018)
Space Drones - UK's Effective Space To Launch Rocket Tugs
'Twenty rocket tugs towed it from its Earth hangar out into space.' - Nat Schachner, 1937. (8/12/2018)
DIY Autonomous Robot Detects Trash
'The search-bug detached itself and rolled forward.' - Philip K. Dick (8/11/2018)
Ancient Russian Walking Excavator Would Be Perfect RV
I don't need it to go fast, it just needs to amble along. (8/10/2018)
ELROI Satellite 'License Plate'
Robert Heinlein was thinking about this in 1941. (8/9/2018)
When Robots Beg For Their Lives
"Just what do you think you're doing... Dave.' (8/7/2018)
Do You Still Want A Folding Screen Phone?
'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled...' - William Gibson, 1986. (8/5/2018)
'Snapchat Dysmorphia' Now A Thing, Say Plastic Surgeons
'The program raced up the screen one scan line at a time, subtly smoothing, deleting and coloring.' - Bruce Sterling, 1985. (8/3/2018)
Quiet Electric Cars Law Finalized By US Transportation Department
'... a sound tape to supply the noise'- Robert Heinlein, 1985. (8/1/2018)
Drone Assassin Fails To Kill Venezuelan President
'The spotter descends, and we think it searches the vicinity, looking for the victim's face...' - Daniel Suarez, 2012. (7/29/2018)
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Identification Beacon
Radio pulse to identify orbiting craft.
(From Methuselah's Children [1941] by Robert  Heinlein)
Heliocar
Ground vehicle that can also lift off like a helicopter.
(From The Prince of Space [1931] by Jack  Williamson)
FTL
Abbreviation for "faster than light".
(From The Enchanted Forest [1950] by Fritz  Leiber)
Search-Bug
An exploratory robot.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
Rocket Tug
The equivalent of a tug boat for space ships.
(From Crystalized Thought [1937] by Nat  Schachner)
Repulsor Screen
Diverts troublesome asteroids.
(From Crystalized Thought [1937] by Nat  Schachner)
Plani-Glass
Transparent and light and has the tensile strength of steel!
(From Crystalized Thought [1937] by Nat  Schachner)
Photo-Electric Mosaic
A means of capturing astronomical images.
(From Beyond Which Limits [1937] by Nat  Schachner)
Automatic Factory
Manufacturing facility that functions entirely autonomously.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
Mercy Gas
Breathe it and die.
(From The Saga of Pelican West [1937] by Eric Frank  Russell)
Poldek
Ability to sense life.
(From The Saga of Pelican West [1937] by Eric Frank  Russell)
Magnetic Anchor
A means of affixing an anchor point on a spacecraft hull.
(From The Saga of Pelican West [1937] by Eric Frank  Russell)
Automatic Ore Cart
An autonomous truck for raw ore processing.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
Pizzled (Semantic Garble)
Use of nonsensical statements to deliberately confuse an artificial intelligence.
(From Autofac [1955] by Philip K.  Dick)
No Human Programmers
The idea that computers are too complicated and too important to be programmed by human beings.
(From Millenium [1983] by John  Varley)
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Planetary Parks Proposed For Mars Conservatio
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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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