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Technofashion - Thursday, 5/3/2012 11:22 PM

Ever wonder what might be in fashion 25, 50, or even 100 years from now when some of our most leading edge technologies are built right into what we wear?

When I wrote my novel, Glide, I was confronted with the challenge of creating a character who was not only a genius but THE genius inventor of the next century. For us non-geniuses and genius-wannabes it’s tough enough to imagine the kinds of thoughts a true genius might have, but it’s even tougher to translate those thoughts into realistic inventions. Still, it’s a lot of fun to think about. Kind of like imagining life forms on other worlds.

I had another parameter to work with. I wanted the inventions to be “green.” I’m one of those crazy authors who believes that Art Inspires Life just as much as Life Inspires Art. If we artists and authors imagine technologies that are healing technologies, ecologically responsible, and capable of improving our world, then maybe scientists will invent them. On the other hand, if we imagine Armageddon, then…well, you can fill in the blank.

So, with these parameters, and using history as my guide, I set out to figure out what scientific findings might turn the increasingly grim facts about our world (planet, especially) on their head. To me, it always seems like the simplest inventions are often the most elegant. And that’s how I stumbled on Glide. Anti-gravity. Imagine a technology that manipulated gravitational force fields. Impossible, you say. Well that’s what people a hundred years ago would have said about wireless communication (unless you consider bullhorns or shouting wireless).

But it wasn’t enough to imagine Glide technology, I had to set it in motion, literally. I wanted it to feel new and strange, but not too strange. So, I started by imagining what a converted car might look like, and I came up with a g*alopy. (In my novel, g* stands for all things that use glide technology). But then I had to think of how cars might be completely redesigned once combustion didn’t factor in and anti-gravity enabled them to travel at impossible speeds and heights. Thus, the g*car. But it wouldn’t just be vehicles that employed anti-gravity, it would be clothing (g*suit), recreation, furnishings, even construction (N3 Headquarters).

So, I present to you the g*suit as an example of what might be in fashion 50 years from now. I know, I know, I should stick to writing novels not designing apparel. But if you’re interested in some of Glide’s other futuristic inventions, you can find them in my image gallery at

I’m still busy coming up with new ideas, especially as I work feverishly on Glide’s sequel, which I hope to publish later next year. Have any good ideas yourself about anti-gravity, green science, or signs of the future? Send them my way!

Bill Gourgey is a native of Washington, DC. He writes fiction and poetry. His first novel, Glide, tells the tale of a legendary inventor who struggles to contain the fallout when the dark side of his world-saving invention is exposed. It is available in print and ebook at major online bookstores.