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Old January 19 2011, 06:33 PM   #42
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Re: Some science fiction "firsts"

JarodRussell wrote: View Post
What, no love for Jules Verne?

And Forbidden Planet is a version of The Tempest, which makes Shakespeare one of the earliest science fiction authors.

Well it almost feels a given that Verne and Wells came up with a lot of "firsts". I wanted to focus on things Sci-fi fans took for granted and were less well known...thing we almost feel were only invented in our lifetimes.

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Smallest launchable nuke I've seen is a two-man 102mm recoilless rifle version.
Presumably the Davy Crockett from the 60's.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_(nuclear_device)

I guess if you had powered armour, you'd be strong enough to tote it under your arm.

The 60's also gave us the Aeropack.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_pack

The trouble is that the more technology you have, the more likely it is to break down at a critical moment, or to screw up and kill the operator.
That didn't stop anyone from building supercomputers, electromagnetic rails guns, nuclear aircraft carriers or the like.

Jet/rocket packs seem to be one of the most spectacular failures of 20th century sci-fi speculation so far. Only two modern examples exist and they are barely more advanced than the the US military versions in the 60s.

http://www.jetpackinternational.com/equip.html

http://www.tecaeromex.com/ingles/RB-i.htm

..on that note...the first known rocketpack? Possibly 1928 in Amazing.



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