Sci-Fi Month

Sci-Fi Month: Top Five Sci-Fi Objects You Wish Were Real

Today’s Sci-Fi Month post covers the objects in science fiction I wish were real. From a mix of books, films and television, I wish I could use these objects in everyday life. If you want to join in with your top five, please do! Don’t forget to check out the schedule for the rest of today’s posts. You can also Tweet about the event using the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

1. The Sonic Screwdriver from Doctor Who – Naturally. Number one, because it’s from Doctor Who, and number two because it is very useful. Just don’t expect it to work with wood. The Doctor has used this to escape many a sticky situation, unlock doors, scare off monsters, stop alien technology… and whilst I’m not expecting to need it for any of that, it would be a nice thing to have all the same!

(Artwork from dansimmons.com)

2. Martin Silenus’ house from The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons – Whilst that image is not of Martin’s house, it is of a farcaster. If you haven’t read Dan Simmons’ The Hyperion Cantos, then farcasters are essentially teleporters, allowing you to instantly get from one planet to another. In Endymion, the poet Martin Silenus has a house built from farcasters. Every room is on a different planet. Just imagine it – a conservatory on a sunny, tropical planet; an observatory on a planet where it’s always nighttime; a library where each section is on a different planet, and the planet is chosen depending on the genre.

(Artwork by Ernest Cline)

3. The VR Headset from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Now whilst I wouldn’t want to be stuck in the world that Ready Player One is set in, I would love the virtual reality headset that Wade uses to enter OASIS. I play a lot of video games, so being able to completely immerse myself like Wade does in a game like Dragon Age (and see Alistair up close and personal, eh Paola? 😉 ) or Mass Effect would be amazing!

4. A podracer from Star War Episode I: The Phantom Menace – I was nine when Episode I was released. My dad borrowed the videos from a neighbour so that me and my sisters could watch the other films before seeing this one in the cinema, but it was actually Phantom Menace that grabbed my attention – because of the podracing. Breaks and lunchtimes during the last few years of primary school were spent playing podracers with my friends… and we used to play the Podracer PC game a lot.

5. Grace’s laboratory from Avatar – Because why would you not want to take a break from your real life to become a ten foot tall blue cat person?! Pandora is a gorgeous world, and there can’t be a better way to explore it than in the body of a Na’vi, naturally suited for the climate and terrain.

What five objects in science fiction do you wish were real? Join in the fun and make your own post, and then leave your link in the comments! Don’t forget to check the schedule to see what else is being posted today.

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24 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Month: Top Five Sci-Fi Objects You Wish Were Real”

  1. It’s funny, I’ve had a draft for a “top # of inventions I wish were real” in my blog for what seems like forever, and could never finish it. I’m glad I’m doing Thursday Tech now because it gets all those objects I want to share out there, without the pressure of thinking of a list. I’m terrible at “top whatever” lists, for some reason!Oh wow it sounds like I need to read The Hyperion Cantos, because a house made entirely of rooms on different planets would be amazing! I wonder if he feels a little wobbly every time he switches rooms.I still need to read Ready Player One. I don’t know why I keep putting it off! Maybe I’m afraid of another book hangover after I finish.There are a LOT of awesome things I wish were real in Star Wars. I mean pretty much everything. Talking androids, light sabers, the spaceships, Vader’s suit. Gosh.

    1. Yep, ten often feels like too many, luckily five seemed a good number here!You really do, it’s a brilliant series. I still have the last book to go though. Ready Player One is also amazing =)Haha I think Star Wars needs its own list… so much!

    2. Ask and ye shall receive! I wrote TWO Top 5 posts for today. One at my own blog and one at Fandom Post with a Star Wars theme. My Fandom Post is now linked up here as well. I write a weekly post for them that is always Star Wars themed (I’ve been doing it about 2 years now).

    3. Oooh! I will check it out later, I’m still suffering at the moment so I’m only on my computer for short bursts. I’m so bored of being ill, haha, I WANT to go to work!

  2. OMFG that house sounds SO EFFING COOL! (And it actually makes me think of some elements of the Mortal Instruments series, especially in the later books. Huh.)VR headsets always fascinate — but scare — me. It sounds super cool, because I would be able to play video games without hurting my lame-o wrists further, but actually being IN the game scares me. I already get enough anxiety playing Skyrim — or even just WATCHING someone play Skyrim. I can’t imagine having to BE THERE!This is such a fun idea, I might write up a post and add it to the linky if I have time today. 😀

    1. I know, I want that house! *pssst* Read the Hyperion Cantos ;DIt would be amazing for Skyrim. Can you imagine it for something like Dead Space? That would be TERRIFYING!Yay, I’ll keep an eye out =)

    2. Ohmygod if I had to play Dead Space in virtual reality I would die in real life of a heart attack. That game is the scariest prolonged experience I’ve ever willingly put myself through!

  3. Great list! I totally want #1 of course! I haven’t read The Hyperion Cantos, but other commenters have said, I would love to have that house! I would be in danger of never leaving it though, but oh well! And it’s sad that I haven’t seen Avatar yet, I have to get on that soon!

  4. I think almost all the sci-fi tech I want is from Star Trek. They have replicators to make any food they want, teleporters to get them anywhere in no time, medical tricorders that can diagnose anything within seconds, etc. Such a fun topic to think about!

    1. I just saw the replicator to make any food they want when I watched a couple of Voyager episodes last night! My face was like this: o_o And I was totally thinking it was like the sci-fi version of the banquets at Hogwarts.

  5. I would LOVE to have a sonic screwdriver. I’d be unstoppable >:D Okay, not really. But I’d be able to work myself out of sticky situations when I need to, which is awesome. Martin Silenus’ house sounds like a dream come true. I would do anything for that house! And yup, getting into the body of a Na’vi would be super cool, despite the thought that you aren’t in your own body.

    1. Well, you’d be unstoppable until you reached wood! ;D Yeah, I guess the idea that your real body was lying defenseless and unconscious elsewhere could be a bit freaky, but the way you’d be able to explore Pandora would be amazing.

  6. I saw this post and my first thought was “SONIC SCREWDRIVER!” I’m a weird sci-fi fan in that I watch it a LOT more than I read it. It’s only the last couple years that I’ve been getting into the books more. However, I live and breathe Doctor Who and I’m excited to check out your blog for sci-fi goodness I’ve missed over the years. C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons

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