Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista
by J.G. Ballard

"Today's house-hunter has only minor problems: the schools, the taxes, the neighbors, the mortgage. But in a world of psychotropic houses— where the very walls respond to the emotions of those who live (and lived) in them— buying the right house can be a matter of life and death."

('The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista' by JG Ballard)

Another excellent story in the Vermillion Sands collection. A man and his wife hope to be happy in a new home, but its previous owner entangles them in her traumatic life due to the psychotropic features of the house.

Science fiction in the News articles describe real-world events that relate to the ideas and inventions in sf novels and movies. Select a news article:

Self-Healing Metal Coating
   Imagine a material that can heal itself when scratched, or become more corrosion-resistant, or become self-lubricating.

Nanotech Self-Healing Houses
   If a house had the right kind of walls, could it alter enough to heal itself?

Self-Healing Polymer Autonomous Material System
   Autonomous materials may be able to heal themselves without high maintenance costs.

HypoSurface Walls Are Full Of Life
   This remarkable new display surface is a pretty good implementation of a J.G. Ballard idea from the 1960's.

FLARE Creates 'Skin' For Buildings
   Interesting idea for a flexible, interactive membrane that would allow a building to let air and light in, and let freedom of expression out.

Touchy Feely Trigger Point Mouldings
   If you've ever desired a more intimate relationship with the walls of your apartment or business, I've got just the thing for you.

555 KUBIK - If A House Was Dreaming
   What would a morphing transforming building that constantly revealed its internal spaces look like?

Self-Healing Concrete Uses Bacteria For Healing
   Is it possible that bacteria in buildings could play the role of your body's osteoblast cells - repairing their minor fractures?

Autonomous Adaptive Structure Uses Shape Memory Polymer
   Part of an autonomous adaptive structure created at MIT.

'Supra B 'Toys Soon Self-Healing
   Toy, heal thyself.

Self-Healing Batteries
   It would be better if our gadgets could simply repair themselves when broken (with video).

Outdoor Testing For Self-Healing Concrete
   'I noticed that curious mottled knots were forming, indicating where the room had been strained and healed faultily.'- J.G. Ballard, 1962.

Fungi-Infused Concrete Repairs Itself
   'I noticed that curious mottled knots were forming, indicating where the room had been strained and healed faultily.'- J.G. Ballard, 1962.

MXene Hydrogel Skin For Robots Flexes And Senses
   'The plastex swam and whirled like boiling toothpaste...' - JG Ballard, 1962.

Kinetic Buildings And Psychotropic Houses
   'There was a dim whirring, and the spheres tipped and began to rotate...' - JG Ballard, 1962. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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re: David Brin

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re: Charles Stross

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re: Murray Leinster

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