John Varley:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
John Herbert Varley (b. 1947) is an American sf writer. He went to MSU on a National Merit Scholarship, started out in physics, switched to English and then dropped out at 20. After trying panhandling, he decided that writing might be better. He has collected three Hugos and two Nebula Awards.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Time Capsule - time traveler's use them
A hollow block of metal, impervious to the elements, used by time travelers to send messages to the future.

Millenium (1983)

Timepress - time in a bottle
A device that makes time go more quickly in a limited area.

Millenium (1983)

Twonky - trashes the time stream
A futuristic artifact left by time travelers in the past which, if discovered, could cause a paradox.

Millenium (1983)

Wimp - body without a mind
A special-purpose body; grown without personality, but physically intact.

Millenium (1983)

Wimp Vault
Lots of spare bodies.

Millenium (1983)

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