Weigh in on sci-fi to technology inspirations

CNET News.com is interested in readers' favorite examples of science fiction that inspired real technology

I was reading an article the other day that mentioned Neal Stephenson's ground-breaking novel, Snow Crash, and I started thinking that surely, a lot of science fiction has at least partially inspired some of the technology we use every day.

Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash inspired 3D virtual worlds Daniel Terdiman/CNET News.com

So I got to the office and started researching sci-fi that had a hand in future technology or science. And, sure enough. There's a ton of it.

The result? My package, The sci-fi effect on high tech, which ran on CNET News.com on Friday.

In the package, I discuss the technology inspired by Snow Crash, as well as William Gibson's Neuromancer, Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Minority Report, and several others.

But now, we want to hear from you. We'd love to hear other examples of great sci-fi that inspired technology or science or other innovation. So please post your ideas into TalkBack. And please, know when you do that I didn't omit your favorite example because I don't care. We had a limited amount of space, and besides, I wanted to give you the chance to speak up yourself.

About the author

Daniel Terdiman is a senior writer at CNET News covering Twitter, Net culture, and everything in between.


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