Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Lifeline
by Robert Heinlein

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.

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Death Risk Rankings Provides 'Death Calculator'
   Interesting website attempts to determine your chance of death in the coming year scientifically.

'Predict Your Death' Paper Withdrawn
   How long have _you_ got?

Artificial Intelligence Software Predicts Lifespan
   'The doctor... went behind his apparatus... exposed dials came to life and a low humming came from the machine...' - Robert Heinlein, 1939. 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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