Samuel R. Delany:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Samuel R. Delany (b. 1942) is an American science fiction author. He published his first novel at 20; his influential works include Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection. He currently serves as a professor of English at the University of Buffalo.


(Samuel R. Delany)

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Antigravity Globe Arena
A spherical arena for wrestling.

Babel-17 (1966)

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

Babel-17 (1966)

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

Babel-17 (1966)

Discorporaphone
For speaking with the electronic dead.

Babel-17 (1966)

Discorporate Sector
An electronic afterlife.

Babel-17 (1966)

Filing Crystal
Part kiosk, part storage system.

Babel-17 (1966)

Illyrion
Super-heavy and super-stable elements with atomic numbers greater than 296.

Nova (1968)

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

Babel-17 (1966)

Sensory-Syrynx
A complex musical instrument.

Nova (1968)

Seven Vane Starship
A faster-than-light ship with seven vanes of energy controlled by human nervous systems.

Nova (1968)

Stellarimeter
Used by space navigators.

Babel-17 (1966)

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

Babel-17 (1966)

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

Babel-17 (1966)

TW-55 Spy
Conscious control of facial characteristics.

Babel-17 (1966)

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

Babel-17 (1966)


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