Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in The Space Merchants
by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)

Exceptional novel; it's focus on marketing and advertising will make you scratch your head and realize that there was someone who thought about our world that is packed tight with advertising - in 1950!

Science fiction in the News articles describe real-world events that relate to the ideas and inventions in sf novels and movies. Select a news article:

Microvision Laser Monocle: Technician Retina-Vision
   Microvision's Nomad Expert Technician System shines laser light right onto your retina, providing images and diagrams that seem to float in the air in front of you.

Virtual Retinal Displays Get All Geordi With It
   Scientists have been hard at work; the Human Interface Technology Laboratory is continuing work on virtual retinal displays - and building in a very Star Trek look while they're at it.

Meth Coffee Now The Coffiest
   It's an edgy beverage with a special alkaloid dusted right in.

Vortex Engine - Tame Tornadoes May Generate Power
   Not only could this technique produce electricity, it could also serve as a form of planetary air conditioning to counter global warming.

Retinal Scanning Display Projects Images On Retina
   This display uses your own retina as a screen upon which to show an image; the idea is at least fifty years old.

Beaker Burgers From In Vitro Meat
   All around the world, scientists are racing to be the first to produce meat in a vat. No waste materials to be cut away. Just the burger - in a beaker.

Brother AirScouter Retinal Imaging Display Video
   Remarkable technology presaged sixty years earlier in The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth.

Tasty In Vitro Meat Eaten On Stage!
   Fried in a pan, no less.

Neuroprosthetic Projects Words Directly Onto Retina
   '...soon we'll be testing a system that projects directly on the retina of the eye...' - Pohl/Kornbluth, 1952.

Plantscraper From Plantagon
   'A towering eighty-story structure like the office "In-and-Out" baskets stacked up to the sky.'- Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.

Pasona Office Building Is An Urban Farm
   To what extremes of temperature and humidity would you accede in order to be more green?

Avegant Glyph Virtual Retinal Display
   '...soon we'll be testing a system that projects directly on the retina of the eye…'- Kornbluth and Pohl, 1952

Ooho Water Bulb (Or Blob) Replaces Horrific Plastic Bottles
   'I held up my bulb of water ... visibly there was water missing.'- Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.

Napping Station Now At UofM Library
   'Then he strolled across the dayroom to the hypnoteleset...'- Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.

Vertical Farms Have Advantages
   'Like the office In-and-Out baskets stacked up to the sky...'- Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.

'3D Light Sculpture' Projected Directly Onto Retina
   '...projects directly on the retina of the eye…'- Kornbluth and Pohl, 1952

Vertical Farms? Still Waiting, But Concepts Abound
   'Stacked up to the sky...' - Pohl and Kornbluth, 1951.

SuperMeat - Crowdfunding Pohl/Kornbluth's Chicken Little
   'Chicken Little, who would be sliced and packed to feed people from Baffinland to Little America.' - Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.

Mashambas Skyscraper Farm Design Wins
   '...a towering eighty-story structure like the office In-and Out baskets stacked up to the sky.' - Poh and Kornbluth, 1952.

Are You Ready For Commercial Space Travel?
   'It wasn't a pleasant trip; it was a miserable trip on a miserable, undersized tourist rocket...' - Pohl/Kornbluth, 1952.

Bosch Smartglasses Laser Paints AR Image On Your Retina
   'Soon we'll be testing a system that projects directly on the retina of the eye.' - Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952. 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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re: Niven and Pournelle

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