The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Classic Clarke; this novel is a great exemplar of his careful, reasoned style. The novel intertwines two stories; the first that of a king long dead and his obsession with his mountain paradise, and the second a modern story of a man who wanted to build a tower to the heavens. Highly recommended; this is also a great place to learn about space elevators. Select an invention:

1D Diamond Crystal - might be a carbon fullerene molecule

CORA - Coronary Alarm

Holopad

Hyperfilament

Operation Cleanup - remove orbital debris the brute force way

Orbiting Factories

Personal Interest Profile (PIP) - invention of Google Alerts

Space Elevator (Orbital Tower) - best novel reference

Spider Space Elevator Test Vehicle - test the cables

Spinnerettes - handling nanofibers

 

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Jaguar I-Pace Audible Vehicle Alert System For EVs
re: Robert Heinlein
(10/12/2018)

Autonomous 'Fiberbots' Weave Large Structures
re: Charles Sheffield
(10/10/2018)

Birds Aren't Real - Wake Up, California! (With Bird Watching Guide)
re: Philip E. High
(10/8/2018)

Self-Healing Material Pulls Carbon Out Of The Air
re: Raymond Z. Gallun
(10/6/2018)

IRL Glasses Block Screens, Limit Vision To Real Life
re: John Varley
(10/4/2018)

Testing The Single-Person Spacecraft
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(10/2/2018)

Shapeshifting Materials Transform By Light
re: Philip K. Dick
(9/29/2018)

Fully Automated Farm Iron Ox Hydroponics
re: Otfrid von Hanstein
(9/27/2018)

BrainNet Social Network Of Brains
re: Pournelle and Niven
(9/25/2018)

Phil Nuyttnn's City Under The Sea
re: Andre Laurie
(9/23/2018)

IONITY Opens First 10 Fast-Charging Stations
re: John Jacob Astor IV
(9/21/2018)

Superstrong Multilayer Metal-Graphene Composite Material
re: Frank Herbert
(9/19/2018)

Deepfakes Imperil Democracy (George Orwell, Right Again)
re: George Orwell
(9/17/2018)

String Art Courtesy Of Robot Artist
re: Isaac Asimov
(9/15/2018)

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