Foundation by Isaac Asimov:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Space opera at its finest, from a man who really knew how to put a story together. Fast-paced story with interesting characters; its a different sort of story if you've only read Gibson and Sterling. You need to know what psychohistory is, so start reading. (Also, take a look at the inventive ideas from Asimov's second and third books in the trilogy - Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation.) Select an invention:

Agricultural World

Anti-Spying Device

Calculator Pad - grandfather of the pocket calculator

Directional Ticket - the ticket guides you

Force-Field Penknife - origin of the Lightsaber?

Gravitic Repulsion Elevator - going up

Jump Through Hyperspace - is travel through hyperspace possible?

Nuclear Shears

Personal Capsule - for your eyes only

Personal Force-Shield - earliest mention?


Pocket Nucleo-Bulb - better than those LED flashlights


Spy Beam

Static Field

Trantor - planet city

Ultrawave Relay (or Hyperwave Relay) - first use of FTL communication 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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ANNABELL AI Can Learn English From Scratch
re: Robert Heinlein

Tesla Suit Gives Haptic Hugs
re: Frederik Pohl

Surgically Implantable Artificial Kidney Starts Testing
re: Philip K. Dick

Self-Filling Water Bottle Is Beetle-Based
re: Frank Herbert

Senate Passes Space Mining Legislation
re: Nat Schachner

Microsoft's Surface Book Is Part Clipboard
re: Arthur C. Clarke

Police Use Predictive Maps ala 'Minority Report' Routinely
re: Philip K. Dick

Tesla Autopilot Road Trip 2995 Miles, 57 Hours
re: Arthur C. Clarke

The 'Marching Mountains' Of Pluto
re: Edmond Hamilton

Graphene Thermopile May Grant Predator Heat Vision To Humans
re: Various

BitDrones Flying Microbots Model Programmable Matter
re: Abraham Merritt

Starship Turbolift Elevators Coming From ThyssenKrupp AG
re: Gene Roddenberry

LineFORM MIT's Shape-Changing Interface
re: Philip K. Dick

LM3D Swim First 3D-Printed Production Car
re: Philip K. Dick

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