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Technovelgy Has 2,000 SF Inventions, Ideas and Technologies

I just realized that my database of technovelgy - science-fictional ideas, inventions and technology - now has two thousand entries! Each technovelgy item has a text quote (or, in the case of movies, a picture), the citation of the book and its author and a descriptive article. Each page also has additional links to the following:

  • A brief description of the book or story, with links to other technovelgy from the same story
  • A brief biography of the author, with links to technology from the same author
  • Direct links to more technovelgy and news stories from the author and the cited work.
For the uninitiated, Technovelgy.com provides this information in a variety of useful formats:

Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions

An alphabetic reference.


(Glossary of Science Fiction Technology)

Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions

A historical perspective; two thousand entries presented in order by year.


(Timeline of Science Fiction Technology)

Categories of Science Fiction Inventions

Presenting both technovelgy items and related Science Fiction in the News stories in a variety of categories, like robotics, space technology, materials and medical.

What's New in Technovelgy?

A list in order of entry into the database, with the most recent items presented first.


(Newest Science Fiction Technology)

Science Fiction Authors and Their Inventions

A listing of the nearly 250 authors whose works are on display at Technovelgy.com.


(Science Fiction Technology By Author)

Science Fiction Books and Stories

A list of the more than 625 books and stories referenced on the site, with links to the books and related SF in the News stories.


(Science Fiction Books and Stories)

And, of course, there are the 3,200 Science Fiction in the News stories, each of which relates a recent development in science and technology to the works of our favorite writers.

It took seven years, and a lot of reader help, to reach this milestone; please don't hesitate to use the contact form to hasten our steps toward the next milestone.

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