Arthur C. Clarke:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Arthur C. Clarke was born in Somerset, England in 1917 and died in his second home of Sri Lanka in 2008, where he moved in 1956. Best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhood's End. He has also been honored by scientists; he developed the idea of the geosynchonous satellite.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Private Flyer

Childhood's End (1953)

Saga - very early virtual reality reference

The City and the Stars (1956)

SAL 9000

2010 (1982)

Self-Sufficient House

Childhood's End (1953)


Sunjammer (1964)

Solar Yacht

Sunjammer (1964)

Solar Yacht Periscope

Sunjammer (1964)

Space Elevator (Orbital Tower) - best novel reference

The Fountains of Paradise (1978)

Spider Space Elevator Test Vehicle - test the cables

The Fountains of Paradise (1978)

Spider Tripod Robot - three-legged cleaning bot

Rendezvous With Rama (1972)

Spinnerettes - handling nanofibers

The Fountains of Paradise (1978)

Stardrive - not faster than light

Childhood's End (1953)

Stiletto Beam - mysterious beam in vacuum

Earthlight (1955)

Sunlight Blocker

Childhood's End (1953)

TMA-1 - the Tycho monolith

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Virtual Immortality

The City and the Stars (1956)

Voice in the Ear

Childhood's End (1953)

Window-Cleaner Robots

Rendezvous With Rama (1972)

Zero 'g'

Islands in the Sky (1952)

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