The Roads Must Roll by Robert Heinlein:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

This novella deals with the dangers of rapidly advancing technology. From the standpoint of "predicting the future" this story veers from our path; but the characters and situations are recognizable in our world. Select an invention:

Hush-a-Phone - noise suppression for telephones
A special kind of telephone that reduced noise while talking.

Rolling Road - public transport
A set of fast-moving strips to move people over distances.

Solar Reception Screen - photovoltaics in action
A device for converting sunlight to electricity

Tumblebug - a gyro-stabilized monocycle
A monocycle; a motorcycle that balances on a single wheel.

Two-Wheeled Car
A small passenger vehicle with two centerline wheels.

 

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