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)

Spider Tripod Robot - three-legged cleaning bot
Three-legged alien robot.

Rendezvous With Rama (1972)

Spinnerettes - handling nanofibers
A device that will unspool a nanowire filament and then pull it back in.

The Fountains of Paradise (1978)

Stardrive - not faster than light
Propulsion method that quickly brings a ship's speed to nearly that of light.

Childhood's End (1953)

Stiletto Beam - mysterious beam in vacuum
A beam of molten metal, projected electromagnetically.

Earthlight (1955)

Sunlight Blocker
A roughly circular field which denies sunlight to an area of a planet.

Childhood's End (1953)

TMA-1 - the Tycho monolith
The Tycho Monolith.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Virtual Immortality
A method for storing the mind and memories of a person, and recalling and reconstituting them at will.

The City and the Stars (1956)

Voice in the Ear
Project a voice or sound to one individual's ears only.

Childhood's End (1953)

Window-Cleaner Robots
Robots that perform the task of cleaning and polishing transparent surfaces.

Rendezvous With Rama (1972)

Zero 'g' (Zero Gee)
In a ship in orbit, in free fall.

Islands in the Sky (1952)

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