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"Science fiction has gotten more accurate as we've gotten closer to the present, because science fiction stories have not only attracted, but also generated current scientists."
- Larry Niven

Sunshade-Photocell Collector  
  A fanciful design for a device that gathers solar energy.  

This device has two functions; it gathers needed energy and provides needed shade to people.

Then he saw the geek - a codger this time - leaning against one of the slender stalks of a sunshade-photocell collector, looking directly at the three of them.
From Earth, by David Brin.
Published by Bantam in 1990
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