Frank Herbert:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Frank Herbert (1920-1986) was born in Tacoma, Washington. He worked in many fields before becoming a writer; TV cameraman, radio news commentator, oyster diver, judo instructor and newspaperman. His towering novel Dune won the Hugo and Nebula awards.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Agony Box - testing for humans
A device for causing non-lethal, non-injuring pain by nerve induction.

Heretics of Dune (1984)

Alien Zoo
A zoo that brings together plants and animals from many planets.

The Dosadi Experiment (1977)

Armored Clothing - modern armor
Ordinary apparel that contained both armor and muscle amplification devices.

The Dosadi Experiment (1977)

Atlotl/Gibiril Regimen - regrow and rejuvenate
A method of altering the flow of energy in the body to aid in regrowth of damaged or missing tissue.

The Godmakers (1972)

Autobutle
An automated servant.

The Godmakers (1972)

Axolotl Tank - device for regeneration
A device to regenerate or reshape organic material.

Dune Messiah (1969)

Battle Language
A special-purpose language designed for both clear communication of information related to war, and difficulty of translation.

Dune (1965)

Bedog - a comfy canine
A sentient creature designed to be a bed.

The Dosadi Experiment (1977)

Black square
A device for secret communication.

God Emperor of Dune (1981)

Caleban Contact - listen to the stars
A form of telepathy based on the use of unimaginably enormous amounts of energy.

The Dosadi Experiment (1977)

Caliban Beachball - home to the stars
Dwelling place for unusual lifeform who make jumpdoors possible.

Whipping Star (1969)

Carryall - giant ornithopter
A flying wing (aircraft); used to pick up a sandcrawler (harvester factory)

Dune (1965)

Catchpocket
A small container in a stillsuit that stored reclaimed water.

Dune (1965)

Chairdog - the ultimate ergonomic chair
A chair that is alive and partly sentient; it shapes itself to the person sitting in it.

The Tactful Saboteur (1964)

Chalf (Quick-Scribe Powder) - wave the stick
A special powder that forms itself into words and symbols.

The Tactful Saboteur (1964)

Chalf-Memory Stick
Device that organizes special dust in the shape of words and symbols.

The Tactful Saboteur (1964)

Chemical Orders
Use of chemical triggers for behavior and behavior modification.

Hellstrom's Hive (1972)

Chromoplastic Dew Collector - when every drop counts
A small, egg-shaped device that uses a special surface to collect morning dew on the desert planet of Arrakis.

Dune (1965)

City of Glass
An entire city made of unique structural glass and ceramic.

The Godmakers (1972)

Comeye - portable video camera
A portable video camera, used by the mobile functionary to keep in touch with office.

Heretics of Dune (1984)

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