Sagramanda by Alan Dean Foster:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Very enjoyable new book creates a detailed and fascinating picture of a near-future India. Taneer Buthlahee has stolen a cutting edge technology; in trying to sell it he disappears into Sagramanda, a chaotic, sprawling supercity of 100 million people that incorporates game preserves, slums, amusement parks, corporate castles and shops. Foster's imagination has a lot to work with; Indian culture provides a great canvas for him. Don't bother with long reviews of this book; just go read it. Select an invention:

Automated Taxi

Clothing Size Scanner

Command Bracelet

Disperser - back off

Mobile Advertisements - airborne adverts

Municipal Cattle Remover

Pocket Scanner

Pocket-Sized Ad-Blocker

Traffic Lane Discharger

 

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