John Jacob Astor IV:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912) was the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor (wealthiest man in the U.S. in the 1830's from fur trading and real estate). Besides dabbling in science fiction, he also patented several inventions, including a vibratory disintegrator used to produce gas from peat moss and a pneumatic road-improver. He died on the RMS Titanic.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Aeriduct (Rain Maker) - watch for showers
A specific means of producing rain.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Arctic Signal Light
A means of communicating with spacecraft from the surface of the Earth.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Double-Door Vestibule
A special doorway leading from the interior of a spacecraft leading out into space which maintains the air pressure within the craft.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Electric Car Recharging Station
A public place for recharging electric cars.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Electric Phaetons (Electric Cars)
Vehicles whose motive power is entirely derived from electricity.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Electric Protection-Wires (Electrified Fence)
An electric fence.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Global Climate Control
Adjust the Earth's axis so the seasons are more temperate and uniform.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Instantaneous Kodaks (Traffic Control)
Use of cameras to help police officers enforce speed limits.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Magnetic Eyes
A device that permits remote monitoring of people or other objects.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Magnetic Railroads
A scheme for powering railroads using enormous electromagnets.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Marine Spider (Hydrofoil)
A very early mention of the hydrofoil concept.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Rooftop Windmill - renewable energy vision
Renewable energy source for the home.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Solar Power Generation
A very early description of the use of solar powered 'farms' for generating electrical power on a large scale.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Space-ship - first use in fiction
A space-going vessel.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Vehicle Energy Reclamation
Reclaiming the energy gained by climbing a hill on the way back down.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)

Windmill Mast
Enclosed machinery in large masts powers ships.

A Journey In Other Worlds (1894)


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