Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

This novel won the nebula award in 1968. It is a classic story, combining many fascinating characters and an interplanetary war that is ultimately stopped by a famous poet and her intuitive understanding of language and meaning.


(Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)

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Antigravity Globe Arena
A spherical arena for wrestling.

Babel-17 - words are telling
An alien weapon in the form of a language.

Decorative Implant - gadget surgery
Small devices that can be implanted subcutaneously in the body and then controlled consciously.

Discorporaphone
For speaking with the electronic dead.

Discorporate Sector
An electronic afterlife.

Filing Crystal
Part kiosk, part storage system.

Morgue (Recall Stage)
Storage and retrieval of frozen bodies.

Stellarimeter
Used by space navigators.

Tensile Memory Polarized Matter
The same piece of material can take pre-determined shapes.

Transparent Platisplasm Cage
A replacement framework for a body joint - in this case, the shoulder.

TW-55 Spy
Conscious control of facial characteristics.

Vivatape
Perfectly seals cuts also helps through-skin implants heal.

 

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