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The Smithsonian Museum Has An Early Draft Of Arthur C. Clarke's 2001

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center recently received a treasure trove: 85 cubic feet of Arthur C. Clarke’s papers, shipped from his home in Sri Lanka. Including a high-school notebook, where the young Clarke rated the science fiction stories he read. And an early draft of Clarke’s 2001:… » 4/30/15 11:30pm 4/30/15 11:30pm

Here's A Map That Shows All The Future Megacities From Science Fiction

The cities of the future are massive, sprawling, beautiful monsters, covering entire coastlines — and in some cases, entire continents. Whether it's Judge Dredd's Mega-Cities or William Gibson's "Sprawl," future cities always devour land. Here's a map of future megalopolises. » 4/03/15 4:38pm 4/03/15 4:38pm

How 2010: The Year We Make Contact Nails the Drama of Space Exploration

All this landing on comets business has got me thinking about the next chapter of space exploration in a totally new way. You can have your Armageddons and Deep Impacts with their Aerosmith soundtracks and Morgan Freeman presidents. What happened today reminded me more of 2010: The Year We Make Contact. » 11/12/14 8:15pm 11/12/14 8:15pm

Top Engineer and Futurist: Tomorrow's Robots Might Mercy-Kill Mankind

Nell Watson is an engineer, a futurist, and the founder and CEO of Poikos. As such, she knows a lot about the machines we use today, and the ones we're planning for tomorrow. And she's worried that the artificial intelligence of the near-future might decide the most benevolent thing to for mankind is to destroy it. » 8/30/14 7:06pm 8/30/14 7:06pm

2001 Inspired This Table Supported By Toppling Monolith Dominos

How's your furniture budget for 2014 looking? Obscenely well-funded? If that's the case, you might want to seriously consider this eye-catching Megalith Table. Inspired by Arthur C. Clarke's iconic science fiction series, the table's glass top appears to be supported by a series of domino-like monoliths frozen in a… » 5/13/14 4:20pm 5/13/14 4:20pm

DARPA Developing Weapon Inspired by Arthur C. Clarke Idea From 1955

Those of you who are familiar with Arthur C. Clarke's 1955 novel Earthlight may recognize a new weapon from DARPA dubbed the Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition (MAHEM). In the novel, a commander unleashes "The Stiletto"—a weapon consisting of a jet of molten metal hurled through space by an electro-magnet. The… » 4/23/08 8:30pm 4/23/08 8:30pm