Ray Bradbury:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Ray Bradbury was born in Illinois, US, in 1920; he is still writing today. He became serious about becoming a writer when still in high school; he graduated but never went on to college. His first story was published in 1938. His most famous works are The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and The Illustrated Man. He has won many awards, including the Grand Master Award from the SFWA.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Air-Propelled Train - silent mass transit
A silent means of mass transit.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Big Flue
Enormous incinerators serviced directly by helicopter.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Buttered Toast Robot
What it says on the tin.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Computer-Controlled House
A residence that is an autonomous robotic system.

The Martian Chronicles (1950)

Electrical Grandmother (Robot Grandma) - more than a machine
A robotic companion.

I Sing The Body Electric! (1969)

Electronic-Eyed Snake
A fully automated stomach pump.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Green Bullet - carry your mentor with you
A very compact (for 1950) radio transceiver, worn in the ear like a hearing aid.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Happylife Home - visit to The Veldt
An automated multi-media home, which provided the good life to its inhabitants.

The Illustrated Man (1951)

Levitating Path
Anti-gravity metal used to make a floating walkway.

A Sound of Thunder (1952)

Mechanical Funeral
An entirely autonomous burial rite.

The Coffin (1947)

Mechanical Hound - a fireman's best friend
An eight-legged robotic "hound" with hypodermic poison fangs.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Metal Foil Advertisement
An advertising circular made out of metal.

The Illustrated Man (1951)

Odorophonics - scent player
A system capable of reproducing selected scents capable of fooling the human nervous system.

The Illustrated Man (1951)

Parlor Wall (TV Parlor) - original big screen TV
The original "big screen TV" takes up an entire wall of a room.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Robot Mice - tiny cleaning machines
Tiny cleaning robots.

The Martian Chronicles (1950)

Robotic Dishwasher
A fully automated solution to the dishwashing problem.

The Martian Chronicles (1950)

Salamander - it was a pleasure to burn
Name given to the fire trucks of the future, which carry kerosene rather than water, and are used to burn houses.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Sand Ship
A wind-powered vehicle in the desert.

The Martian Chronicles (1950)

Seashell Radio (Thimble Radios) - original walkman (or ear buds)
Small radios that fit into the ears like hearing aids or ear buds.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Spot-Wavex Scrambler - personalized mass media
Provides a more personalized experience of television, by letting the announcers talk to you personally.

Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

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