Lifeline by Robert Heinlein:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

“A new author suggests a means of determining the day a man must die — a startling plausible method.”

Lifeline is Robert Heinlein's first published story, appearing in Astounding Science Fiction in 1939. He wrote the story in response to a contest in Thrilling Wonder Stories for a $50 prize, but submitted it to Astounding and was paid $70.

('Lifeline' by Robert Heinlein)

Dr. Hugo Pinero has a machine, a "chronovitameter", that allows him to accurately predict the date of a person's death. As you might imagine, this has a profound impact on the insurance industry. Select an invention:

Chronovitameter - your birth and death revealed
Device that can determine a person's date of birth - and the date on which he or she will die. 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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LoadRunner Robot Works Alone, Or In A Group
re: Isaac Asimov

Sierra Space Inflatable LIFE Habitat Burst Pressure Test
re: Arthur C. Clarke

Longest Immersed Tunnel Will Connect Denmark and Germany
re: Michel Verne

Alcohol-Sensing Cars - NTSB Catches Up With Philip K. Dick (1963)
re: Philip K. Dick

Solar-Powered Remote-Control Cockroaches!
re: Thomas A. Easton

SolarBotanic Tree For Solar Energy - Would You Need A Forest, Or Just One?
re: David Brin

Metaverse Hardware - Run And Flail Like A Maniac, Or Lie Quietly?
re: David Gerrold

Robot Food Delivery Coming To Campus Near You
re: Robert Heinlein

Are Craiyon Images Puddinged, ala Philip K. Dick?
re: Philip K Dick

Hip'Safe Airbag For Seniors, From Helite
re: Neal Stephenson

Soulaje Self-Administered Euthanasia Wearable Prototype
re: Robert W. Chambers

Midjourney AI Creates 'Théâtre D'opéra Spatial', Wins Art Fair First Prize
re: Anthony Boucher

Mobot Robot Tests Smartphone Apps With Its Finger
re: Schachner and Zagat

Space-Based Solar Power A Priority - European Space Agency
re: Murray Leinster

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