They say that necessity is the mother of invention, but inspiration can come from the pages of a book as well. In fact, science fiction authors can exert considerable influence on development of modern technology. An example of this is the virtual world known as Second Life, which was directly inspired by Neal Stephenson’s novel Snow Crash, as described in this NPR story. More examples can be found in this related article.
The website Technovelgy helps interested users explore this phenomenon with tools such as a timeline of science fiction invention as well as an alphabetic glossary of science fiction technology, searchable by book, author, or category. Users can also browse the site’s archive of almost 3,000 news articles featuring science fiction.
What science fiction innovations do you foresee in our future?