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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.

Cattle Avoidance Feature In Indian Autonomous Cars
'The driver went about the business of gently slipping the teflon-coated metal scoop beneath the first animal...' - Allan Dean Foster, 2006. (4/6/2017)
Project KOVR Fashion Protection From Infosphere
'... the entire shroudlike membrane took on whatever physical characteristics were projected at any nanosecond.' - Philip K. Dick, 1977. (4/5/2017)
Twist Bioscience High Density Digital Data On DNA
'They tied the memory to the bloodline and that was their record!' - Barbara Humbly, 1982. (4/4/2017)
'We're Not Creating A Terminator' Say Russians About Gun-Wielding Robot Fedor
Nobody is thinking about the Terminator. Westworld, maybe. (4/3/2017)
Vantablack Now IMMEASURABLY Black
'a black coating now thatís ninety-nine percent absorptive...' - Doc Smith, 1934. (4/2/2017)
Mercedes-Benz Autonomous Taxi Fleet In 3 Years
'... the taxi utilized sophisticated electronic sensors to perceive its surroundings.' - Allan Dean Foster, 2006. (4/1/2017)
Is 'The Pulsar Positioning System' Evidence For SETI?
'For a hyperspace jump, you need at least four beacons for an accurate fix.' - Harry Harrison, 1959. (3/30/2017)
Someday, You Might Like VR Enough To Move In
'That barrier was going to melt away someday soon. The transhumanists had promised...' - Stephen Baxter, 2008. (3/29/2017)
Humans Use Mental Power For Turtle Slavery
Now we need to start looking for animals with fingers... (3/28/2017)
Solar-Powered Moisture Vaporator
'The atmosphere yielded its moisture with reluctance.' - George Lucas, 1976. (3/27/2017)
DxtER! Tricorder Prize Won By Final Frontier Medical Devices
We've been waiting a long time for this, Star Trek fans. (3/26/2017)
President Trump's Wall As Otra Nation Hyperloop
'...an hollow tube must be constructed the whole distance... as to admit a four wheeled carriage...'- George Medhurst, 1812. (3/25/2017)
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Lead-Bodied Android
A robot designed for use in the nuclear industry.
(From Robots of the World! Arise! [1952] by Mari  Wolf)
Droid (First Use)
Contraction of "android".
(From Robots of the World! Arise! [1952] by Mari  Wolf)
Starship
A vehicle for space travel.
(From War in Space [1926] by Raymond  Quiex)
Artificial Island
An entirely artificial, floating island.
(From Between Earth and Moon [1930] by Otfrid  von Hanstein)
Neural Lace
An interface between the brain and computer facilities.
(From Surface Detail [2010] by Iain M  Banks)
Drop-Capsule
Minimal spaceship.
(From The Man in the Maze [1969] by Robert  Silverberg)
Space Socks
Protective garments for the lower extremities.
(From Lost Rocket [1941] by Manly Wade  Wellman)
Chin Window
An aperture that allows an astronaut to see his own feet (greater field of view).
(From Have Space Suit - Will Travel [1958] by Robert  Heinlein)
Remote-Control Slavery
Mental control (possibly mediated by radio waves) of individuals of other species.
(From The Man in the Maze [1969] by Robert  Silverberg)
Prime Directive
The first and most important rule; usually protective.
(From With Folded Hands [1947] by Jack  Williamson)
Durachrome
Very hard alloy for tanks.
(From Honor of the Regiment [2002] by Keith  Laumer)
OSMO (Osmic Mobile Observers)
UAV with the ability to "smell" their human quarry.
(From Quantico [2007] by Greg  Bear)
Midge
A very small flapping wing UAV that can be carried by a larger flying device.
(From Quantico [2007] by Greg  Bear)
Superscraper
Buildings that are hundreds of stories tall.
(From New York 2140 [2017] by Kim Stanley  Robinson)
Earther
A person born on planet Earth.
(From Make Mine Mars [1952] by C.M.  Kornbluth)
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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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