Anathem by Neal Stephenson:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Fascinating novel by Stephenson details the lives of scientist monastics; centuries of scholastic arguments by nerd avouts take place against a background of the rise and fall of civilizations. Vast clocks set the pace for the intervals at which the avouts interact with the rest of the world. Until something unexpected happens. Select an invention:

Allswell
An organic compound found (or placed) in food that calms and mellows those who partake of it.

Blithe
A plant engineered to produce a substance that brought out compliant behavior in those who consumed it.

Fuel Tree
Plants raised as fuel.

Kinagram - moving letters
Small print-size icons that presented a moving image.

Photomnemonic Tablet - blank recording slate
A device that both records and displays images with the same element.

Spine-Clamp - restraint bolt for humans
A device that constrains the movements of convicted criminals.

 

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