The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Satiric masterpiece explores a future in which most people are forced to live miserable lives in unpleasant and depressing environments. Their only comfort is their ability to immerse themselves in models of the life they all once had. Select an invention:

Antithermal Shield
A material that protected against climate warming.

Autonomic Cab - all on its own
An automated taxicab (without robotic driver).

Bubblehead - big-head brainiacs
A person who as undergone E therapy, and achieved the frontal lobe of their dreams.

CAN-D
Illegal narcotic chewed to alter the state of colonists.

Commuter Cooling Unit - portable air conditioning
A portable air conditioner for commuters.

Dr. Smile - psychiatrist in a suitcase
A suitcase-sized analyst; a machine that served as a psychotherapist.

Filterable Virus
A special virus that is instantly carcinomatous.

Implanted Steel Teeth
Replacement teeth implanted in the jaw.

Interchangeable Hands - mechanical variety
Specialized manual extremities.

Inter-Vehicle Communication
The ability to talk car-to-car directly.

Luxvid Eyes (Jensen Wide-Angle) - unusual eye slits
Artificial, unmoving implanted eyes.

Poison Tongue Dart - just squeeze
Weapon surgically implanted in the tongue.

Steel Teeth - all stainless
Artificial teeth welded to the bone.

Truffle Skins - genetically unique money
Genetically unique skins are the common currency; their special genetic makeup makes forgery impossible.

 

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