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

Second book in the Foundation trilogy; surely you can't put it down now! The flaws in the Seldon plan are beginning to show; how will the galaxy find peace? (Also, take a look at the inventive ideas from Asimov's first and third books in the trilogy - Foundation and Second Foundation.) Select an invention:

Flavor-Capsule
A small pill used to turn ordinary water into a flavored beverage.

Nuclear-Field Depressor
A device that causes nuclear-powered devices to stop working.

Pocket Projector
A personal device for replaying media.

Psychic Probe
A device capable of discerning truthful information in a living human brain.

Recorded Books
Electronically recorded books.

Ribbon World
A planet that presents the same face to its sun has a small habitable area - the ribbon between light and dark.

Stun Pistol
A hand-held device that causes unconsciousness.

Tiny Nuclear Generator
A complete nuclear-based generator of power no bigger than a walnut.

Visi-Sonor - emotional brain multi-media
An entertainment device which appeared to create both sound and light by acting directly on brain cells. It also stimulated emotions directly.

Wall-Light
The walls of a room provide illumination.

 

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