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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.

Snap Specs - Snapchat Spectacles - Are Video Glasses
'The old woman laid her wire-knitting aside and fixed them with the bug-eyed, opaque gape...' David Brin, 1990. (9/10/2016)
Reading A Scroll Burned To Charcoal
'The scope was adjusted to generate... an image of the lower section of the book.' - James P. Hogan, 1977 (9/9/2016)
Robot Arrested In Moscow
They should have thrown a net over him. (9/8/2016)
Oh Great, Fence-Climbing Robots
How long till they add the acid-tipped stingers? (9/7/2016)
Software Agents Fight Unseen On The Web
'...Worms and counter-worms loose on the data-net.' - John Brunner, 1975. (9/6/2016)
Sandisk 1 Terabyte SD Memory Card Surfaces
'They should be Welton Fine-Grains, or they would be too bulky to ship...' - Robert Heinlein, 1973. (9/5/2016)
Carbyne, The Ultimate Form Of Carbon
'A continuous pseudo-one dimensional diamond crystal...'- Arthur C. Clarke, 1978. (9/4/2016)
Bradbury's Method Used In Search For Bombing Suspect
'He imagined thousands on thousands of faces peering into yards, into alleys...' - Ray Bradbury, 1953. (9/3/2016)
New Laser Space Debris Clearing More Subtle Than Clarke's
Rather than nudge them up, nudge them down. (9/2/2016)
Robots Learn To Swarm Safely
'They were bronzy gleams of smooth motion...' - Isaac Asimov, 1944. (9/1/2016)
Samsung's Smart Ring
'Crayn glanced at his finger watch...' HB Fyfe, 1951. (8/30/2016)
Proposal To Use Lasers To Analyze Asteroids
'Wendis stared thoughtfully at the brilliant lines on the spectroscope screen.' - EC Tubb, 1958. (8/29/2016)
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Automatic-Electric Packing Machine
A device able to pack randomly shaped objects combined into a single package automatically.
(From Ralph 124c 41 + [1911] by Hugo  Gernsback)
Iridium Spirals (Street Lights)
Streetlights provide sunlight at night.
(From Ralph 124c 41 + [1911] by Hugo  Gernsback)
Alohydrolium
The lightest metal.
(From Ralph 124c 41 + [1911] by Hugo  Gernsback)
Alternate Computer Personality
A computer system that can take on complete, alternate personalities.
(From The Moon is a Harsh Mistress [1966] by Robert  Heinlein)
TW-55 Spy
Conscious control of facial characteristics.
(From Babel 17 [1966] by Samuel R.  Delany)
Tensile Memory Polarized Matter
The same piece of material can take pre-determined shapes.
(From Babel 17 [1966] by Samuel R.  Delany)
Goat/Spider Silk
High tensile strength fibers from - goats.
(From Oryx and Crake [2003] by Margaret  Atwood)
Email Shirt
See your email on your shirt.
(From Oryx and Crake [2003] by Margaret  Atwood)
Self-Cleaning Gym Suit
Removes the source of odor.
(From Oryx and Crake [2003] by Margaret  Atwood)
Image-Amps
Boost the signal from the eyes to see in the dark.
(From Neuromancer [1984] by William  Gibson)
Pail of Air
A small bucket filled with (liquid) air.
(From A Pail of Air [1951] by Fritz  Leiber)
Slug
An underwater "barge", consisting of a giant tube for transporting oil.
(From Dragon in the Sea [1956] by Frank  Herbert)
Wimp Vault
Lots of spare bodies.
(From Millenium [1983] by John  Varley)
Discorporaphone
For speaking with the electronic dead.
(From Babel 17 [1966] by Samuel R.  Delany)
Filing Crystal
Part kiosk, part storage system.
(From Babel 17 [1966] by Samuel R.  Delany)
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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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