Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Date Device Name (Novel Author)
1960 Bolo (from Combat Unit by Keith Laumer)
An highly advanced combat tank controlled by a sophisticated Artificial Intelligence.
1960 Metal BIrds (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
Surveillance robots that carried weapons, in addition to using their metal bodies.
1960 Power Holster (from Deathworld by Harry Harrison)
Puts the sidearm right in your hand.
1960 Art-Derm (from Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick)
Artificial skin sprayed directly on the body.
1960 Ball and Hammer Ship (from Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson)
Spaceship comprised of two sections connected by a shaft.
1960 Cold-Pack (from Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick)
Technology for indefinite cold storage of human beings.
1960 Robot Tracking Device (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
Small UAV robot remotely operated by an artificially intelligent computer.
1960 Transdermal Drug Capsule (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
A drug capsule that delivers medication by being placed on the skin.
1960 Hammer (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
Flying blunt trauma weapon remote-controlled by an artificially intelligent computer.
1960 Infiltrators (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
Surveillance devices, small and insectile.
1960 Dermal Spray (from Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick)
A color coating for the skin, applied as a jet of vapor.
1960 Adiabatic Pods (from The Lady Who Sailed The Soul by Cordwainer Smith)
Tiny space capsules large enough to hold one passenger.
1960 Vulcan 3 (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
Artificially intelligent self-modifying supercomputer.
1960 Bacteria-Destroying Radiation (from Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick)
A special beam that created a sterile field for operations.
1960 Semi-Conducting Graphite-Gel (from Callahan and the Wheelies by Stephen Barr)
Computer brain structured like animal brain.
1960 Starlight Sail (Light Sail) (from The Lady Who Sailed The Soul by Cordwainer Smith)
A light sail capable of sailing between solar systems.
1960 Dixon Pump (from Dr. Futurity by Philip K. Dick)
An temporary mechanical heart to circulate blood.
1960 Chameleon Battle-Dress (from Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson)
Camouflage that allows its wearer to visually blend into the environment.
1960 Pencil Beam (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
A thin tube-like laser beam weapon.
1960 Fluid Metal Letters (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
A smooth metal display able to display words.
1960 Spring-Rifle (from Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson)
Projectile weapon designed to be resistant to countermeasures.
1960 Indestructible Contract (from Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson)
Legal document in which can't be easily altered or damaged.
1960 Domed Mapviewer (from Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson)
Illuminated hemispherical map display.
1960 Learning Robot (from Callahan and the Wheelies by Stephen Barr)
A robot that learns from its own experiences.
1960 Self-Charging Robot (from Callahan and the Wheelies by Stephen Barr)
A robot that is able to autonomously find an electrical outlet and plug itself in to recharge.
1960 Single Sheet Molecule (from Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson)
A counterfeit-proof way to output unique documents.
1960 Interactive Blackboard (from Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick)
Early description of an interactive display device for lectures and demonstrations.
1961 Space Bubble (Bubb) (from The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun)
An inflatable spacecraft.
1961 Chlorophane (from The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun)
Similar to chlorophyll but synthetic and far more efficient.
1961 Gravitics (from Tricky Tonnage by Malcom Jameson)
The science of using gravity as a technology.
1961 Hydroponics in Space (from The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun)
Growing plants for food without soil on a spacecraft.
1961 Self-Guided Rocket Bullets (from The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun)
A rifle made for airless environments shoots rocket bullets.
1961 Hunting Robe (from Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak)
A very thin, furry hunter that captures by constriction.
1961 Transo (from Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak)
Teleportation of objects and personnel, used as the basis for "Trading Post" stores across the planet.
1961 Gobathian (from Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak)
An alien medical technology that enables full body healing in the event of traumatic injury.
1961 Dimensino (from Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak)
An alien entertainment center that provides the ultimate in immersive experience.
1961 Butcher Plant (from Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak)
A plant that grows steaks (protein).
1961 Star Machine (from Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak)
A device that serves as a boost to psychokinetic powers of mind, enabling paranormals to send their awareness to distant planets.
1961 Taper (from Time is the Simplest Thing by Clifford Simak)
A device that records details about a visit to a distant planet.
1961 Reading Machine (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
A projector which showed text on a screen or the ceiling for easy reading.
1961 Stellene (from The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun)
A tough, transparent material used to make domes or even spacecraft.
1961 Recording Radio (from Four-Day Planet by H. Beam Piper)
A handheld device that both recorded sound and transmitted it live to a remote broadcasting location.
1961 Parastatics (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
Means of completely eliminating injury in vehicles during crashes.
1961 Betrization (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
An in utero method of reducing human aggression.
1961 Crystal Corn (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
Tiny data storage crystals.
1961 Sky Ceiling (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
Ceilings that consist of large screens, on which are presented images of the sky.
1961 Opton (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
Very early description of an electronic book, with storage media.
1961 Interactive Map (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
A small book with a 'touch-screen' paper interactive map.
1961 Calster (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
A handheld device that printed legal currency on the spot.
1961 Spray-On Clothing (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
Body coverings from a spray can.
1961 Mind Destroyer (from A Planet Named Shayol by Cordwainer Smith)
A method for wiping clean the mind of a human being, leaving only enough to run the body's functions.
1961 Transmit Camera (from Four-Day Planet by H. Beam Piper)
A camera that both takes pictures and uploads it directly to a news station.
1961 Electronic Book Store (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
A place to pick up your electronic books.
1961 Teleprinter (from Four-Day Planet by H. Beam Piper)
A device that printed out a copy of today's newspaper.
1961 Mental Radio-Handicap (from Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
A device that destroys concentration.
1961 Lyle Drive (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
Propulsion system for use inside the solar system.
1961 Air-Restorer Capsule (from The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun)
A device that re-oxygenates air in space suits.
1961 Pleasure Cap (from A Planet Named Shayol by Cordwainer Smith)
A device that delivers amps of pleasure directly to the brain.
1961 Waterbed (Hydraulic Bed) (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
A bed that uses water instead of springs and stuffing.
1961 Dromozoa (from A Planet Named Shayol by Cordwainer Smith)
Life forms that cause the human body to bud new parts for harvesting.
1961 Emotional Register (ER) (from The Primal Urge by Brian Aldiss)
A small disk worn in the forehead that discloses the emotional state of the wearer.
1961 Carniculture Plants (from Four-Day Planet by H. Beam Piper)
Industrial plants that grow meat protein.
1961 Dust-Ski (from A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke)
Special vehicle adapted for quick travel over powdered lunar soil.
1961 IntruGrab (from The Hunch by Christopher Anvil)
A system designed to capture intruders.
1961 Astroposit (from The Hunch by Christopher Anvil)
Retro-style system provides a readout on your position anywhere in the galaxy.
1961 Flitterboat (from A Ship Named McGuire by Gordon Randall Garrett)
A one-man cargo space craft.
1961 Magnetic Soles (from A Ship Named McGuire by Gordon Randall Garrett)
Magnetized footwear for easy walking on low gravity metal surfaces.
1961 Plexiskin (from A Ship Named McGuire by Gordon Randall Garrett)
A means of disguise.
1961 Sun-Powered Ionic Drive Motor (from The Planet Strappers by Raymond Z. Gallun)
A rocket propulsion system that takes solar energy to power an ion drive.
1961 Dust-Cruiser (from A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke)
Specialized lunar transport able to negotiate dust-filled craters on the Moon.
1961 Stereo Tank (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
A receiver for three-dimensional televised images.
1961 Lecton (from Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem)
A device that would read aloud an electronic text book.
1961 Moondozer (from A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke)
A bulldozer for lunar conditions.
1961 Living Grass Carpet (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
An indoor area covered with grass, in the manner of a carpet.
1961 Stereovision Tank (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
Three dimensional mass media (the grandson of television).
1961 Screensaver (Inventor of) (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
Screen savers are used to prevent phosphor burnout in CRTs, and to provide restful entertainment on computer screens.
1961 Jump Harness (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
A device small enough to be worn as a backpack, that gave booster power for jumping.
1961 Farside (from A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke)
The portion of the Moon's surface that faces away from Earth.
1961 Grok (from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein)
To understand fully; become one with (from the Martial verb "to drink").
1961 Electrosecretary (from A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke)
An automatic transcription device.
1961 Igloo Inflatable Moon Habitat (from A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke)
An inflatable, portable lunar shelter that can be easily moved and set up.
1962 Lunar Web (from Hothouse by Brian Aldiss)
The moon ensnared by cobwebs.
1962 Diamagnetic Levitation (from The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov)
Levitation accomplished using magnetic field's interference with the motion of electrons orbiting the atoms or molecules of a material.
1962 Serving Robot (from Space Viking by H. Beam Piper)
A non-humanoid robot designed to serve.
1962 Psychotropic House (from The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista by J.G. Ballard)
Buildings designed to sense, and mirror, the psychological state of their owners.
1962 Plastex (from The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista by J.G. Ballard)
A combination of plaster and latex, it allows houses to change shape for you.
1962 Celestial Armamentarium (from The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance)
A small crystal planetarium, in which the stars and planets surrounding Aerlith are seen.
1962 Luminescent Vial (from The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance)
A glass tube full of luminescent algae; used to provide some measure of light underground.
1962 Senso-Cells (from The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista by J.G. Ballard)
Sensors that recorded personal characteristics of the owners of a house, to better serve their needs.
1962 Rat-Robot (from Anything You Can Do by Gordon Randall Garrett)
A small remotely-operated surveillance robot.
1962 Cataclysmite (from Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper)
A high explosive.
1962 Dumbler (from Hothouse by Brian Aldiss)
Half-sentient spores of the whistle thistle.
1962 Tand (from The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance)
A metal sculpture, made in contemplation, which has great meaning for the initiates.
1962 Solar Sail (Light Sail) (from Sail 25 by Jack Vance)
A form of propulsion for spacecraft; a sheet of lightweight material reflects light from the sun or other light source.
1962 Carniculture Vat (from Space Viking by H. Beam Piper)
Technology to grow meat sans animal.
1962 Static House (from The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista by J.G. Ballard)
A house that was once fully psychotropic and malleable, but which had been frozen in one configuration.
1962 Light-Sail Ship (from Think Blue, Count Two by Cordwainer Smith)
A spacecraft that used a huge sail moved by light pressure.
1962 Freezebox (from Think Blue, Count Two by Cordwainer Smith)
A chamber for long term sleep between the stars.
1962 Alcodote (from Space Viking by H. Beam Piper)
A compound that maintains sobriety while drinking.
1962 Self-Healing Building (from The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista by J.G. Ballard)
A building that responds to stresses or cracks in walls by healing the damaged portion.
1962 Veridicator (from Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper)
A device that measured physiologic responses (biometric data) and translated it to a set of colors that unerringly reported whether or not the measured person was telling the truth.
1962 Robot Librarian Filer (from The Robot Who Wanted to Know by Harry Harrison)
A device that works as a librarian, automatically filing books in the stacks.
1962 Photonic Sail (from Think Blue, Count Two by Cordwainer Smith)
A sail that uses light pressure for propulsion.
1962 Laminated Mouse Brain Computer (from Think Blue, Count Two by Cordwainer Smith)
A computing device that makes use of neurons from a mouse.
1962 Robot Earthworm (from War With The Robots by Harry Harrison)
Autonomous swarming robots the size of earthworms, with similar earth-digging capabilities.
1963 Alcohol-Sensing System (from The Game Players of Titan by Philip K. Dick)
A vehicle subsystem that detected alcohol use in the driver, and then took control of the car away from the driver.
1963 Way Station (from Way Station by Clifford Simak)
A device used to transport individuals across the galaxy.
1963 Ice-Nine (from Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
A crystalline form of water so stable that in practical terms it would never melt.
1963 Fold Box (from Glory Road by Robert Heinlein)
A chest that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
1963 Subliminal Billboards (from The Subliminal Man by J.G. Ballard)
Enormous outdoor billboards that are totally blank - or are they?
1963 Talisman (from Way Station by Clifford Simak)
Device that causes beings nearby to experience truth and peace; works only in the hands of rare adepts.
1963 Rabbit-Paper (from The Game Players of Titan by Philip K. Dick)
A paper pregnancy test that showed immediate results.
1963 Tattletale (from The Game Players of Titan by Philip K. Dick)
A device is attached to a criminal suspect, ensuring that his whereabouts are always known.
1963 Homotropic News Vending Machine (from The Game Players of Titan by Philip K. Dick)
An autonomous news-selling robot, that was able to specifically seek out human beings.
1963 Transparent, Frictionless Coating (from Way Station by Clifford Simak)
An absolutely frictionless, impenetrable coating.
1963 Free Telephone Call (from The Subliminal Man by J.G. Ballard)
All telephone calls are free - in exchange for short commercials.
1963 Desk Secretary (from The Long Result by John Brunner)
A desk with a computerized secretary built into it.
1963 Multiverse (from The Sundered Worlds by Michael Moorcock)
A set or series of universes in parallel with our own.
1963 News Receptor (from If There Were No Benny Cemoli by Philip K. Dick)
Devices used by homeostatic newspapers to gather news autonomically.
1963 Jump Drive (from Ethical Engineer by Harry Harrison)
A means of propulsion used on spacecraft that allows a ship to travel from point to distant point without actually needing to traverse the space in between.
1963 News Clown (from Stand-By by Philip K. Dick)
A person who delivers specially selected light news.
1963 Unicephalon 40-D (from Stand-By by Philip K. Dick)
A problem-solving supercomputer.
1963 Solar Yacht Periscope (from Sunjammer by Arthur C. Clarke)
A device used in the small cabin of a solar yacht.
1963 Solar Yacht (from Sunjammer by Arthur C. Clarke)
A space craft whose motive power is light pressure on a solar sail.
1963 Sleep-Inducer (from Sunjammer by Arthur C. Clarke)
A device that electronically imposes sleep on a human being.
1963 Rifle Range (Virtual Shooting Range) (from Way Station by Clifford Simak)
Virtual skeet shooting gallery with clay pigeon traps created by aliens.
1963 Homeostatic Newspaper (from If There Were No Benny Cemoli by Philip K. Dick)
An autonomous news-gathering and publishing entity; abbreviated as homeopape.
1963 Way Station Materializer (from Way Station by Clifford Simak)
By sending impulses that describe a creature from star to star, transport across the galaxy is accomplished.
1963 Perky Pat Layout (from The Days of Perky Pat by Philip K. Dick)
A very special playset into which adults could project their very being.
1963 Field-Minder (from Who Can Replace A Man by Brian Aldiss)
An agricultural robot.
1964 Manual Closet (from Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick)
An old-fashioned storage room for clothing, which required the user to place and organize articles of apparel by hand.
1964 Famnexdo (from The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick)
A set of four simulacra, one adult male, one adult female and two children; the family next door.
1964 Live Memo (from The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick)
A paper memo or short letter that reads itself and can even argue with or exhort its reader.
1964 Word Tab (from Cantata 140 by Philip K. Dick)
A feature of an e-paper document; touch the word tab and get more information.
1964 Reporting Machine (from The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick)
A robotic roving reporter.
1964 Cephalotropic Dart (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
A slim, short-range device that homes in on the brain wave pattern of the target.
1964 Commercial Fly (from The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick)
An autonomous, fly-sized manufactured creature that presents commercial advertisements.
1964 Chairdog (from The Tactful Saboteur by Frank Herbert)
A chair that is alive and partly sentient; it shapes itself to the person sitting in it.
1964 Pry-Vie (Robotic Detective) (from Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick)
A robotic private eye; autonomic detection services.
1964 Cephalic Sniffer (from Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick)
Device can locate an individual using brain patterns.
1964 Adjustable Television (from The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick)
A television that allowed viewers to adjust the content of political speeches.
1964 Rhetorizer (from The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick)
A computerized assistant for writers.
1964 Artif-Org (from Cantata 140 by Philip K. Dick)
A mechanical version of a human organ.
1964 Auto Course-Finding Pilot (from Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick)
A device that not only pilots the craft, but will also plot out a course for you.
1964 Autonomic Plow (from Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick)
A set of farm implements able to combine and perform as a weapon.
1964 Ident-Key (from The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick)
Allows the retrieval of a person's entire history of reading material, allowing the prediction of his future thinking.
1964 Surface Slider (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
A small, lightweight craft.
1964 Chalf (Quick-Scribe Powder) (from The Tactful Saboteur by Frank Herbert)
A special powder that forms itself into words and symbols.
1964 Chalf-Memory Stick (from The Tactful Saboteur by Frank Herbert)
Device that organizes special dust in the shape of words and symbols.
1964 Housefly Monitor (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
A living fly that is outfitted with sensors for surveillance work.
1964 Robot Busboy (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
A robotic device able to autonomously clear tables in a restaurant.
1964 Auto Shovel (from The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick)
Automated mining equipment for use in space.
1964 Platform Flyer (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
A small craft suitable for journeys close to the ground.
1964 Agfom Potent-Shot (from Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick)
Special film allows user to take a picture of what happens in the next thirty minutes.
1964 Autonomic Food-Processing System (from Cantata 140 by Philip K. Dick)
Technology allows food to be prepared untouched by human hands.
1964 Ampek F-a2 Recording System (from The Simulacra by Philip K. Dick)
A device that incorporated a living protoplasm, used as a recording and playback system.
1964 Poison-Bearing Invisible Glove (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
Membranous apparel for the hands, used to dispense poisons.
1964 Creditor Jet-Balloon (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
A small, hovering device that hounds debtors.
1964 Boulder (from Cantata 140 by Philip K. Dick)
A device that homed in on a person's brain wave pattern; a very specific assassination device.
1964 Time-Warping Construct (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
A device that appears to cause alternate worlds or paraworld.
1964 Syn-Cof (from Cantata 140 by Philip K. Dick)
Synthetic coffee.
1964 Flexible Stem (from The Killing Machine by Jack Vance)
A long flexible tube that can expand and contract its length quickly.
1964 Solar Updraft Tower (from Shortstack by Leigh and Walt Richmond)
A renewable-energy scheme that generates power from air movement inside a tall chimney.
1964 Bibs (from Cantata 140 by Philip K. Dick)
People who are put in cold-sleep because there is no niche for them in society.
1964 Color Generator (from The Killing Machine by Jack Vance)
A variable spectrum light source
1964 Jet-Powered Aquaplane (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
Overpowered surface boat.
1964 Stick-Tight (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
A general term for surveillance devices that will follow a subject and record speech or video.
1964 Identificator (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
A hologram projector used to flash door signs.
1964 Surgical Hand (from Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick)
A specialized robotic hand used for surgery.
1964 Bug Chasers (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
Anti-surveillance devices.
1964 Fake-Meter (from The Killing Machine by Jack Vance)
A pocket-sized counterfeit currency detector.
1964 Jump Point (from Bill for Delivery by Christopher Anvil)
A specific location in space where an interstellar jump can be accomplished.
1964 Universal Technical Consultative Service (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
Interstellar travel plans calculated, reserved and confirmed.
1964 Suicide Tooth (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
A false tooth containing poison.
1964 Nipple-Assist (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
A multi-purpose electronic device worn upon the nipple.
1964 Empathy Box (from The Little Black Box by Philip K. Dick)
A device which allows a group of people to empathize with a single person (like television lets many people view the same broadcast).
1964 Cholinesterase-Destroying Gas (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
Horrific anti-personnel poison.
1964 Weary Deep-Sleep (from Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick)
Phildickian old-sleep.
1964 Walking Fort (from The Killing Machine by Jack Vance)
A biomimetic fort based on the model of a centipede.
1964 Court Robo-Clerk (from The Tactful Saboteur by Frank Herbert)
A robotic law clerk.
1964 Skin Toning (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
Using artificial means to effect a temporary change in skin color.
1964 Undersea Restaurant (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
A restaurant located in its entirety under the sea.
1964 Single Seat Scooter (from The Star King by Jack Vance)
A self-service monocycle.
1964 Courtarena (from The Tactful Saboteur by Frank Herbert)
A combination of a court of law, and an arena of combat, in which every participant could be called out and executed under legal circumstances.
1965 Suspensor Chair (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A chair that suspends itself above the floor.
1965 Doorseal (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A portable plastic seal used in temporary camps to keep moisture from escaping from dwelling places.
1965 Ego-Likeness (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
An extremely detailed portrait played through a shigawire projector; capable of reproducing minute movements said to convey the ego essence of a person.
1965 Fanmetal (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
High tensile strength material; used in collapsible structures opened by "fanning" them out.
1965 Sapho Juice (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Unique substance enhanced the cognitive performance of Mentats.
1965 Krimskell Fiber (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A "claw" fiber which will rubs against itself in such a way that, the tighter the rope is pulled, the stronger the knot becomes.
1965 Lasgun (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A continuous-wave laser projector; can be used as a weapon or as a cutting tool.
1965 Palm Lock (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A lock or seal which can be opened only by contact with the palm of the human hand to which it has been keyed.
1965 Cardioplate (from 'Repent Harlequin' Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison)
A device that could take seconds or minutes off your life, one beat at a time (or all at once).
1965 Distrans (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Device produces a temporary neural imprint on the nervous system of Chiroptera or birds.
1965 Implanted Steel Teeth (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
Replacement teeth implanted in the jaw.
1965 Carryall (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A flying wing (aircraft); used to pick up a sandcrawler (harvester factory)
1965 Electronic Bard (from The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age by Stanislaw Lem)
A computing machine that is able to write original poetry.
1965 Pain Box (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A small box which induced pain into the nerves of the hand.
1965 Suspensor Lamp (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A lamp that will float in mid-air, and will stay where you put it.
1965 Sandsnork (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A device like a snorkel that would provide air to a tent buried by a sand storm.
1965 Suspensor (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
An energy field that can nullify gravity for small objects.
1965 Stillsuit (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
It covers almost the entire body, provides cooling and ensures that almost no moisture is lost.
1965 Factory Crawler (or Harvester Crawler) (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A mobile factory which filtered and processed the sands of Dune for the spice, mélange.
1965 Autonomic Cab (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
An automated taxicab (without robotic driver).
1965 Filament Paper Book (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Very small book, made for space travelers in an era when the smallest added weight was costly.
1965 Antithermal Shield (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
A material that protected against climate warming.
1965 Filterable Virus (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
A special virus that is instantly carcinomatous.
1965 Leybyrdite (from Subspace Explorers by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
Extremely tough crystalline metal.
1965 Ornithopter (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Also called a 'thopter, it had adjustable wings and was jet-powered. Describes any plane capable of wing-beat flight in the manner of birds.
1965 Golden Lights (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Another unusual use of the suspensor field; lights are suspended in it.
1965 Windtrap (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A device which precipitates water from the air for use by people.
1965 Chromoplastic Dew Collector (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A small, egg-shaped device that uses a special surface to collect morning dew on the desert planet of Arrakis.
1965 Thumper (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A short stake with a spring-driven clapper at one end; used to call sandworms.
1965 Stilltent (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A small, sealable enclosure which reclaimed moisture from the breath of occupants.
1965 Solido Projector (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Projects 3-dimensional images.
1965 Oil Lens (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Oil held in tension in an enclosing force field, used as an optical component.
1965 Inter-Vehicle Communication (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
The ability to talk car-to-car directly.
1965 Cutteray (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A laser used in a range of tools - including mining equipment.
1965 Poison Tongue Dart (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
Weapon surgically implanted in the tongue.
1965 Hunter-seeker (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
An assassination device that floats in mid-air; kills by entering the body and following nerve pathways to vital organs.
1965 Handicloset (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
A self-organizing closet
1965 Wakeshot (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
An injection designed to bring a person out of sleep to full wakefulness.
1965 Dispensing Tooth (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A device shaped like a tooth that dispenses gas.
1965 Kingdom in a Box (from The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age by Stanislaw Lem)
An entire civilization in miniature - in an interactive box.
1965 Cephalic Pattern Door (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
A door that only opens for specific people.
1965 Heighliner (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Enormous starship used by the Spacing Guild for interstellar travel.
1965 Dekon Type DCQ (from Subspace Explorers by E.E. 'Doc' Smith)
Decontamination foam.
1965 Residual Poison (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A poison that, once administered, resides in the body; only regular intake of the antidote keeps the person alive.
1965 Poison Snooper (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A device that checked food and drink for poisons.
1965 Steel Teeth (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
Artificial teeth welded to the bone.
1965 Plasteel (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Extremely tough form of steel, stabilized with stravidium fibers grown into its crystal.
1965 N-e (Needle-eyeification) Weapon (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
A class of weapons that had the most precise effect imaginable.
1965 Luxvid Eyes (Jensen Wide-Angle) (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
Artificial, unmoving implanted eyes.
1965 Civic Notification Distorter (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
A device that subtly damages databases full of government information.
1965 Death-rattle File (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
A cache of information set to destroy itself upon the death of its owner.
1965 Battery-Powered 3D Comic Book (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
A comic book the pages of which were animated by battery power.
1965 Slow Pellet Stunner (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A projectile device that throws darts in a manner calculated to get past a force shield.
1965 Sheep Dip Isolator (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
A non-lethal malodorant weapon.
1965 Autonomic Interviewer (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
A robotic reporter.
1965 Interchangeable Hands (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
Specialized manual extremities.
1965 Paracompass (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A very specialized compass that makes use of local magnetic anomalies.
1965 Semuta (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A combination of a specific drug and music, which penetrated to the deepest levels of consciousness.
1965 Ramscoop (from World of Ptavvs by Larry Niven)
An enormous magnetic field precedes a spaceship moving through space, directing interstellar hydrogen inward for use as fuel.
1965 Remote-Cast Snooper (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A small, easily concealed poison snooper.
1965 'Thopter (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Describes any plane capable of wing-beat flight in the manner of birds.
1965 Garbage-can Banger (from The Zap Gun by Philip K. Dick)
An elaborate noise-based weapon.
1965 Fencing Mirror (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A dummy fighting instructor for the young Kwisatz Haderach-in-training.
1965 Crysknife (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A knife blade ground from the tooth of a giant sandworm of Dune.
1965 Shigawire (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A very fine wire, used as a recording medium (among other things).
1965 Teddy Bear Robot (from I Always Do What Teddy Says by Harry Harrison)
A special toy bear given to every child in the world.
1965 Jubba Cloak (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
An all-purpose garment in common use on Arrakis
1965 Water Repellent Surface (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A surface that water flows over without sticking at all.
1965 Glowglobe (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Floating spherical light bulb with organic energy source.
1965 Battle Language (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A special-purpose language designed for both clear communication of information related to war, and difficulty of translation.
1965 Dr. Smile (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
A suitcase-sized analyst; a machine that served as a psychotherapist.
1965 Commuter Cooling Unit (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
A portable air conditioner for commuters.
1965 Truffle Skins (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
Genetically unique skins are the common currency; their special genetic makeup makes forgery impossible.
1965 Bubblehead (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
A person who as undergone E therapy, and achieved the frontal lobe of their dreams.
1965 Robot Bar (from Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison)
A combination bartender and bar; a robot capable of dispensing beverages.
1965 Message Cylinder (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A small metal object containing some form of message media and a mechanism for either playing or extruding the medium; secured communication device.
1965 Minimic Film (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Very fine message medium.
1965 Catchpocket (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A small container in a stillsuit that stored reclaimed water.
1965 Model the Universe (from The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age by Stanislaw Lem)
A computer capacious enough to contain a representation of the entire universe.
1965 Personalized Fashion Display (from Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison)
A set of displays that show you dressed in different uniforms.
1965 Gigagnostotron (from The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age by Stanislaw Lem)
Enormously powerful computing device.
1965 Imperial Handicraft Globe (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Perfectly crafted globe for planetary governors.
1965 Rachag (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A caffeine-style stimulant.
1965 Spatial-Postal Card (from Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison)
Mail from home - that hungry soldiers can also eat.
1965 Voice (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Combines exceptional insight into personalty with voice modulation to achieve control over individuals.
1965 Servok (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
An 'automatic' or clock-set mechanism to perform simple tasks.
1965 Mnemonic Pulse (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A feature of filmbook recordings that helps imprint knowledge on the mind of the user.
1965 Filmbook (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A storage medium for information, both text and video.
1965 Robomule (from Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison)
The robotic equivalent of a mule.
1965 Watertube (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Carries water to and from the catchpockets in a Fremen stillsuit.
1965 Gnostotron (from The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age by Stanislaw Lem)
Computing device capable of producing an informational model of absolutely everything in existence.
1965 Sietch (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A cave warren designed to protect a tribal community, with a population of thousands, with its own water supply in an endless desert.
1965 Optical-Effect Suit (from A Plague of Demons by Keith Laumer)
An invisibility garment.
1965 Police Control-Override (from A Plague of Demons by Keith Laumer)
A device that allows police officers to take control of an otherwise normal vehicle.
1965 Filt-Plug (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A nose plug worn to collect moisture from exhaled air.
1965 Smart Dust (from The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age by Stanislaw Lem)
Very tiny computers.
1965 Dew Gatherers (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Devices used to gather morning dew as a source of drinking water.
1965 Heat-Removing Staff (from The Dead Lady of Clown Town by Cordwainer Smith)
Device absorbs all heat from its target.
1965 Medical Mech (from Warrior by Gordon R. Dickson)
A medical robot designed to prevent death during emergencies.
1965 Femfatalatron (from The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age by Stanislaw Lem)
A device that reverses an infatuation for a particular woman.
1965 Maula Pistol (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A spring-loaded projectile device.
1965 Mentat (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A person who has been specially trained and conditioned for excellence in
1965 Gom Jabbar (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A needle with deadly poison, used to test for humans.
1965 Communinet (from Dune by Brian Herbert)
A public data network.i
1965 Spice (Melange) (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
The spice must flow.
1965 Hypno-Ligation (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
A means of psychological control over an individual.
1965 CAN-D (from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick)
Illegal narcotic chewed to alter the state of colonists.
1965 Chowlock (from The Starfox by Poul Anderson)
A small opening in a space helmet for food insertion.
1965 Family Atomics (from Dune by Frank Herbert)
Noble houses had their own atomic weapons.
1966 Networked Personal Device (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
The idea that the true power of a mobile device lies in it's backend network capabilities.
1966 Simicolor (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
Artificial coloring for the body.
1966 Voice Dialing (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
Speak the name of the person and call them on the phone.
1966 Ground-to-Orbit Ferry (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A kind of space shuttle craft.
1966 Diptray (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
A hovering tray of drinks, used for parties.
1966 Sunshades (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
Sunglasses that darken and lighten based on ambient lighting.
1966 Joymaker (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A networked personal digital assistant - that really is an assistant.
1966 Flexible Armor Suit (from Neutron Star by Larry Niven)
A pressure suit that, while flexible, becomes rigid like armor upon impact.
1966 Lunar Greenhouse Tunnel (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A multipurpose conservatory on the Moon.
1966 Confinement Asteroid (from At the Bottom of a Hole by Larry Niven)
A place where asteroid miner's babies stay to experience some needed gravity.
1966 Antigravity Globe Arena (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
A spherical arena for wrestling.
1966 Neuristor (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A solid-state computer component that mimics the human neuron.
1966 Transparent Platisplasm Cage (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
A replacement framework for a body joint - in this case, the shoulder.
1966 Multi-View Surveillance Display (from This Moment of the Storm by Roger Zelazny)
Lots of different video sources combined into one display.
1966 Radar Mesentery (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
A thick covering that supports a network of sensors.
1966 Drinking Bulb (from The Warriors by Larry Niven)
A small container, used for drinks.
1966 Big Screen Control (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
Display content from your personal device on a large shared screen.
1966 Right Angle Projectile (from The Mad Metropolis by Philip E. High)
A missile that turns at right angles after being fired.
1966 Auto-Navigation (from The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny)
Automatic car navigation, provided on a video console in the dashboard.
1966 Laser Rifle (from Door to Anywhere by Poul Anderson)
A laser weapon shaped (and fired) like a traditional rifle.
1966 Interests Profile (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
An intelligent agent; a software program with your personal tastes on file.
1966 Moon As Prison (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
The moon is a prison without bars.
1966 Virtual Kiss (Tactile Net) (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A phone-like device that will communicate a kiss in a tactile manner.
1966 Reciprocal Name (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A nickname or familiar name used to specify a more completely defined full name and telephone number.
1966 Virtual Reality Construct (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A means of projecting a virtual reality experience without special headsets.
1966 Caller Contact List (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A list of callers kept on the phone instrument.
1966 Decorative Implant (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
Small devices that can be implanted subcutaneously in the body and then controlled consciously.
1966 Virtual Keyboard (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A keyboard that appears at the right moment in game play.
1966 Virtual Reality Video Game (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A description of a computer game simulation played in real time as entertainment.
1966 Rolem (Wrestling Robot) (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
A robotic wrestling companion.
1966 Filing Crystal (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
Part kiosk, part storage system.
1966 Miniaturization (from Fantastic Voyage (Novel) by Isaac Asimov)
Making a physical object smaller in size.
1966 Vivatape (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
Perfectly seals cuts also helps through-skin implants heal.
1966 Gravity Planer (from The Warriors by Larry Niven)
Device that creates a gravity field.
1966 Belter (from The Warriors by Larry Niven)
A person who was born and raised in the asteroid belt around Sol.
1966 Bubbleworld (from At the Bottom of a Hole by Larry Niven)
A rigid space station that is shaped like a cylinder, rotated to achieve centripetal gravity.
1966 Self-Guided Tractors (from At the Bottom of a Hole by Larry Niven)
A farm vehicle that drives itself.
1966 Computer Humorist (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A computer acquires the ability to tell original jokes.
1966 Discorporate Sector (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
An electronic afterlife.
1966 Chemelectric Afferent Nerve-Analogues (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
An engineered sensory skin.
1966 Laser Cannon (from Neutron Star by Larry Niven)
A laser source powerful enough to provide significant light pressure to a "light sail."
1966 Alternate Computer Personality (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A computer system that can take on complete, alternate personalities.
1966 Extra-Factual Memory (from We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick)
A "memory" placed in a person's mind by artifice, rather than by real life experience.
1966 Discorporaphone (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
For speaking with the electronic dead.
1966 General Products Hull (from Neutron Star by Larry Niven)
Nearly indestructible outer skin for spaceships; pick your hull size and put what you want inside.
1966 Morgue (Recall Stage) (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
Storage and retrieval of frozen bodies.
1966 Tensile Memory Polarized Matter (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
The same piece of material can take pre-determined shapes.
1966 Fusion Sunlight Tube (from At the Bottom of a Hole by Larry Niven)
Central light source for a spun cylinder space station.
1966 Gauzy (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
A feather-light tent, made of a fabric just one molecule thick.
1966 TW-55 Spy (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
Conscious control of facial characteristics.
1966 Babel-17 (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
An alien weapon in the form of a language.
1966 Garbage Device (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
Autonomous garbage collection device.
1966 TANSTAAFL (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
1966 Death-Reversal Equipment (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
Brings you back from losing a duel.
1966 Cyborg Pilot (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A combination of a human being (at least the thinking part) and a machine.
1966 Stellarimeter (from Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany)
Used by space navigators.
1966 Hush Hood (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A device that cancels noise, ensuring that others cannot overhear.
1966 Morphogen (from Fantastic Voyage (Novel) by Isaac Asimov)
A drug that party relieves the need for sleep.
1966 Sprung-Samser Treatment (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
A medical treatment to extend human life.
1966 Mass-Driver Catapult (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
An escape-speed induction catapult to launch material into orbit.
1966 Autodoc (from The Warriors by Larry Niven)
An automated physician, a fully autonomous surgical robot.
1966 Corpsicle (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
Cryogenically frozen person who could (hopefully) be revived later.
1966 Sleeping Plates (from Neutron Star by Larry Niven)
A pair of plates that nullify gravity for the being(s) sleeping between them. Is null gravity the answer to your sleep problems?
1966 Ansible (from Rocannon's World by Ursula LeGuin)
Faster-than-light communication.
1966 Cloaking Device (from Balance of Terror by Paul Schneider)
A force field that renders an object invisible to human eyes as well as other sensor devices.
1966 Mike (Mycroft Holmes - Fair Dinkum Thinkum) (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A large computer that woke up - an artificially intelligent, self-aware machine.
1966 Erased Memory (from We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick)
A procedure that deletes selected memories from the human mind.
1966 Sand-Yacht (Land Schooner) (from Cry Hope, Cry Fury! by J.G. Ballard)
A vehicle that used wind power upon its sails to move on the land.
1966 Ro-Womb (from The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny)
Device enfolds the patient during therapy.
1966 Dream Console (from The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny)
Device allows a therapist to enter and create dreams in patients.
1966 Tru-Mem Systems (from We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick)
Organic process of recalling personal events.
1966 Adam Selene (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A computer generates a human avatar for itself.
1966 Auto-Scan (from This Moment of the Storm by Roger Zelazny)
Automated control of remote surveillance drones.
1966 Eyes (from This Moment of the Storm by Roger Zelazny)
Flying remote-operated surveillance drones.
1966 Artificial Gill Outfit (from We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick)
A diving suit that pulls air from the water.
1966 Photosensitive Pigment (from Cry Hope, Cry Fury! by J.G. Ballard)
Special paint that stays 'blank' until exposed to a scene.
1966 Specialized Prosthetic Arm (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
A set of prosthetics that provide different functionality in place of missing arm.
1966 Ebony Teeth (from Now Wait For Last Year by Philip K. Dick)
Completely black artificial teeth.
1966 Martian Print Amoeba (from Now Wait For Last Year by Philip K. Dick)
An organism able to mimic consumer goods.
1966 Robant Bill Collector (from Now Wait For Last Year by Philip K. Dick)
A robot designed to collect overdue bills, no matter what.
1966 Radson Skimmer (from This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)
A small vehicle designed for a small number of passengers; capable of low, slow flight.
1966 Surgical Homeostatic Unit (from Now Wait For Last Year by Philip K. Dick)
An autonomous surgical robot, able to drill into the body and perform surgery.
1966 Sheem Spider Robot (from The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz)
A robotic spider.
1966 Self-Assembling Robots (from The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz)
Robots with the capacity to assemble themselves from components, and then switch themselves on.
1966 Magnetic Sandals (from The Warriors by Larry Niven)
Special footgear to walk in zero-gee spacecraft.
1966 Voice-Enabled Smartphone (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A smartphone capable of complete voice-enabled operation.
1966 Telepathic Transmitter (Telep-transmitter) (from We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick)
A device using living alien tissue to transmit your thoughts.
1966 Lunar Ice Mining (from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein)
The practice of mining for ice on the moon.
1966 Cellphone Credit Card (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
Cellphone that can act as a credit card.
1966 Online Job Search (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
Networked assets allow ordinary people to search through nationwide job listings upon providing a short set of qualifications.
1966 Cellphone Tranquilizing Spray (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
A mild sedative administered automatically by your cellphone.
1966 Online Employability Profile Testing (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
An online test that determines the best areas in which you might search for a job.
1966 Vision Implant (from The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny)
Photoelectric cell implanted in the forehead grants some vision to the blind.
1966 Life Recorder (from The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny)
Record the details of your life.
1966 Auto-Driven Auto (Spinner) (from The Dream Master by Roger Zelazny)
A vehicle that accepts coordinates and proceeds to its destination automatically.
1966 Cellphone Voice Mail (from The Age of The Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl)
Callers speak into their instrument, and the content of the call is stored by the network for the user to replay at will.
1967 Purple Wage (from Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip Jose Farmer)
Guaranteed subsidy paid to every citizen.
1967 Mining Disintegrator (from The Arsenal Out of Time by David McDaniel)
A special-purpose boring machine.
1967 Vapor Charge (from Logan's Run by William Nolan (w/G.C. Johnson))
A bullet that discharges gas.
1967 Tangler (from Logan's Run by William Nolan (w/G.C. Johnson))
Strong webbing in a tiny capsule, it expands to a net, capturing a suspect.
1967 Homer (from Logan's Run by William Nolan (w/G.C. Johnson))
A device fired from a gun that ends the life of a citizen, based on the color of their palm flower.
1967 Sleepshop (from Logan's Run by William Nolan (w/G.C. Johnson))
A quiet place to die.
1967 Lift Chair (from The Last Castle by Jack Vance)
A single occupant lifted by great birds.
1967 Pray-o-Mat (from Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny)
A device that would offer prayers in exchange for a few coins properly deposited.
1967 Organlegging (from The Jigsaw Man by Larry Niven)
Technology needed to deal in illicitly obtained body parts.
1967 Pray-Machine (from Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny)
A kind of energy receiver that could retrieve a soul from the radiation belt surrounding a planet.
1967 Win-Reducing Gambling Circuit (from Return Match by Philip K. Dick)
Circuitry in a game that detects winning strategies and then alters the game to make winning more difficult.
1967 Fornixation (from Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip Jose Farmer)
Electrical stimulation of the pleasure centers of the brain.
1967 Energy-Cannon (from The Last Castle by Jack Vance)
Device projects destructive power.
1967 Multifunction Gun (from Logan's Run by William Nolan (w/G.C. Johnson))
Offers a selection of lethal and non-lethal alternatives.
1967 Embryonic Robots (from Counter Clock World by Philip K. Dick)
Very small robots, possibly a very early reference to nanotechnology in science fiction.
1967 Scientific Reincarnation (from Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny)
Technology to allow a person to transfer themselves to a new, healthy body.
1967 Mechanical Cobra (from Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny)
An assassination device; senses brain waves to find its victim.
1967 Full-Shift Set Variable (from Return Match by Philip K. Dick)
Infinite possibilities built into a game machine.
1967 Shuttlecraft (from Star Trek by Author Unknown)
A small spaceship designed for short journeys.
1967 Soft Weapon (from The Soft Weapon by Larry Niven)
A device that changes its shape to alter its function.
1967 Skycycle (from Handicap by Larry Niven)
A flying Harley; motorcycle of the skies.
1967 Floating Booths (from Handicap by Larry Niven)
Comfortable bar booths that float around and come together for conversation.
1967 Dolphin's Hands (from Handicap by Larry Niven)
Digital prosthetic for dolphins.
1967 Power-Wagon (from The Last Castle by Jack Vance)
Wagon powered by muscular creature from Etamin 9; uses carbohydrate syrup for fuel.
1967 Syrup Sac (from The Last Castle by Jack Vance)
A device used to provide an efficient source of nutrition to Meks, servants of the aristocrats of Earth.
1967 Cloud Sculpting (from The Cloud Sculptors of Coral D by J.G. Ballard)
Using gliders and chemical showers to shape clouds artistically.
1967 Palm Flower (from Logan's Run by William Nolan (w/G.C. Johnson))
It's like a life clock.
1967 Sub-microscopic Medical Robots (from These Savage Futurians by Philip E. High)
Tiny robots travel the bloodstream, killing bacteria.
1967 Rogue Planet (from Satan's World by Poul Anderson)
A planet without a sun, it wanders through galactic space.
1967 AM (from I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison)
A supercomputer that hates.
1967 Fido (from Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip Jose Farmer)
Combination television, news camera and surveillance device.
1968 Andy (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
A slang term for "android" - an artificially created humanoid being.
1968 Kipple (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
The collection of useless bits of trash we wallow in; all the paper and junk that is not recycled.
1968 Mobile Lab (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
1968 Newspad (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
A notebook-sized computer and display screen for reading news stories or other text matter.
1968 TMA-1 (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
The Tycho Monolith.
1968 Hibernaculum (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
A small, self-contained chamber in which a person could endure months of enforced sleep.
1968 HAL 9000 (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
The canonical example of an artificially intelligent computer.
1968 Architectural Coral (from A Gift From Earth by Larry Niven)
A structure grown to a specific shape using small coral-like organisms.
1968 Stasis Box (from There is a Tide by Larry Niven)
A space entirely enclosed by a Slaver stasis field, in which time does not pass.
1968 Newspad Electronic Newspaper (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
An electronic version of a newspaper.
1968 Replicant (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
An android; an artificial human being.
1968 Mercy Rifle (from Grendel by Larry Niven)
Device fired slivers of anesthetic as darts.
1968 Steam Rifle (from Omnivore by Piers Anthony)
A gun that propels projectiles with steam.
1968 Robot Bird (from Invader on My Back by Philip E. High)
A small winged UAV that can mimic a bird in flight.
1968 Penfield Wave Transmitter (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
A device that directs some sort of energy wave into a person's brain, allowing them to experience a chosen (dialed) mood.
1968 Exoskeleton (Medical) (from A Specter is Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber)
Specially designed for Thins, eight-foot tall microgravity humans.
1968 Mood Organ (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
A device which allows you to dial the mood you would like to have.
1968 Ramrobot (from A Gift From Earth by Larry Niven)
An autonomous interstellar exploration craft using gathered hydrogen for fuel.
1968 Electric Sheep (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
An electronic farm animal; a non-organic robot covered with sheepskin that acts like a sheep.
1968 Voight-Kampff Empathy Test (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
A test consisting of a set of images and questions, asked while the subject's biometric data are gathered; intended to separate humans from non-humans.
1968 Sinclair Molecule Chain (from A Gift From Earth by Larry Niven)
A monofilament fiber, used for strength.
1968 Nexus-6 Brain Unit (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
The processing power behind android intelligence.
1968 Icon Thumbsized Image (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
A very early reference to a screen icon.
1968 Flex-Wheels (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
Special wheels designed for getting around on the Moon.
1968 Oat-Tropic Circuit (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
A robotic feature that caused electronic animals to move toward offered food.
1968 Artificially Grown Organs (from A Gift From Earth by Larry Niven)
Human organs suitable for transplantation, grown outside the body.
1968 Synthesist (from Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner)
A person who did nothing but make cross-references between one field and another.
1968 Sensory-Syrynx (from Nova by Samuel R. Delany)
A complex musical instrument.
1968 Loitering Micro-Missile (from Invader on My Back by Philip E. High)
A small missile that does not need line-of-sight and can move at a slow pace until it finds its target.
1968 Disease Circuit (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
A feature of robotic animals which indicated a need to repair by emulating animal sickness.
1968 Illyrion (from Nova by Samuel R. Delany)
Super-heavy and super-stable elements with atomic numbers greater than 296.
1968 Wholographik (from Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner)
Hologram-style picture.
1968 Panic Alarm (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
Alarm senses intruders and instills mindless panic.
1968 Auto-Seal (from Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner)
Automatically deployed cover for power outlets; instant child-proofing.
1968 Emergency Shelter (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
A small cubicle that provides a last refuge in case the spacecraft's atmosphere is lost.
1968 Crackers (from The Time Mercenaries by Philip E. High)
Bouncing, explosive mines.
1968 Karatand (from Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner)
A special glove made of impact-sensitive plastic.
1968 Android Safety Mechanism (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
A device that temporarily incapacitates an android.
1968 Nexus-7 Android (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
The next version after the Nexus-6.
1968 Seven Vane Starship (from Nova by Samuel R. Delany)
A faster-than-light ship with seven vanes of energy controlled by human nervous systems.
1968 Total Environmental and Mental Simulator (from Crown of Infinity by John M. Faucette)
An AI that could create and discard whole branches of science in pursuing the answer to a problem.
1968 Cyborg Collar (from A Specter is Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber)
A device worn around the neck that controls the person for the duration of a working day.
1968 Slow Glass (Scenedow) (from Light of Other Days by Bob Shaw)
A window made of Bose-Einstein Condensate that slows light to a snail's pace.
1968 Sun Goggles (from Grendel by Larry Niven)
Lenses darken in spots to block the brightness of alien suns.
1968 Cheekplate Container (from A Specter is Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber)
Special compartment of an exoskeleton; provides easy access to medical supplies related to survive heavy gravity environments.
1968 False Animal Repairman (from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
A specialized roboticist who repaired robotic animals.
1968 Grip Shoes (from 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke)
Shoes with velcro soles used to walk in weightless environments.
1968 Mining Worm (Organic) (from A Gift From Earth by Larry Niven)
Genetically altered earthworm created just for mining.
1969 Mole Probe (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
Automated devices that seek underground routes, burrowing as they go.
1969 Rod (from Wolfling by Gordon R. Dickson)
In a fight, it is used in a manner similar to a sword and a flamethrower.
1969 Viewing Tank (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
A display monitor.
1969 Remote-Control Slavery (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
Mental control (possibly mediated by radio waves) of individuals of other species.
1969 Automated Drone Probes (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
Human-sized robot probes for exploration.
1969 Droud (from Death by Ecstasy by Larry Niven)
A transformer to step down house current for the wire providing current directly to the pleasure center of the brain.
1969 Device Replication (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
Manufacturing devices from a template to save space on space craft.
1969 Robotic Horse - Faithful Cybernetic Companion (from The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff)
A robot that is specifically designed to closely resemble a horse.
1969 Drop-Capsule (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
Minimal spaceship.
1969 Tleilaxu Eyes (Metal Eyes) (from Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)
Tleilaxu eye surgery replaces natural eyeballs damaged or destroyed.
1969 Toll Door (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
An apartment door that operates on a cash-only basis.
1969 Automated Apartment Maintenance (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
Automated devices that would oversee the maintenance of a rented apartment.
1969 Stone Burner (from Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)
Atomic weapon which burrows deep into a planet; its radiation also attacks selected nerve tissues.
1969 Plastic-Eating Bacteria (from The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton)
Mutated bacteria able to 'eat' or dissolve rubber and plastic.
1969 Moratorium (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
A place that kept people in cold-pac after death, providing them a kind of half-life.
1969 Self-Powered Broom (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
A broom for use in small apartments that cleans under its own power.
1969 Ghola (from Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)
A living, functioning person who is regrown or recreated from the tissues of a dead person.
1969 Stillsuit Desert Boots (from Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)
Special boots that offered parasitic power harvesting.
1969 Protective Field (Safety Field) (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
An static energy field used to protect a city.
1969 Protophason Amplifier (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
Detects brain activity of those in half-life.
1969 Plastiskin (from We All Died At Breakaway Station by Richard Meredith)
Artificial human skin to cover prosthetics.
1969 Artificial Telepathy (from We All Died At Breakaway Station by Richard Meredith)
Using technology to determine thoughts, and then translate it to speech that could be shared electronically.
1969 Bot (from We All Died At Breakaway Station by Richard Meredith)
The first use of this contraction for "robot".
1969 Voicecorder (from Whipping Star by Brian Herbert)
A device that records verbal output and determines truth or falsehood.
1969 Mnemonic Flutter System (Pulse-Sychronizer) (from Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)
A device to imprint particular facts from a book upon the brain of the reader.
1969 Flying Robot Drone Probe (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
A remote-controlled flying drone used for remote investigation and surveillance.
1969 Rubber Hoof (from The Warlock in Spite of Himself by Christopher Stasheff)
Silent running for robot horses.
1969 Teddy (from Super-Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss)
A very intelligent and highly mobile robotic teddy bear.
1969 Rapid-Transit Hover Blimp (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
Public transportation for a paranoid age.
1969 Project Scoop (from The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton)
A space craft feature that collects dust for study.
1969 Physiognomic Template (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
A method for changing the appearance of your face at will.
1969 Parenthood Lottery (from Super-Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss)
A means of restricting population growth.
1969 Automatic Gun (from The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton)
A sentry gun that could target and decide to fire without any human intervention.
1969 Homeopape (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
A automated device that produces a newspaper without human assistance.
1969 Recording Eye (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
A surveillance device that can survive being dropped from space; transmits images in a wide view.
1969 Tranquilizing Gum (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
Chewing gum with a tranquilizing agent.
1969 'Pape Machine (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
Yet another name for the homeostatic newspaper; this one has special features including news search.
1969 Artiforg (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
An artificial organ kept 'on line' in the body.
1969 Reality Tape (from The Electric Ant by Philip K. Dick)
The medium upon which the life experience of an electric ant - a robotic person - is presented.
1969 Window Wavelength (from Super-Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss)
Display's that provide 'views' as if they were windows.
1969 Teep Rod (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
A device that gathers the thoughts of an individual.
1969 Spray-Foam Blouse (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
Clothing that is sprayed on fresh.
1969 Electrical Grandmother (Robot Grandma) (from I Sing The Body Electric! by Ray Bradbury)
A robotic companion.
1969 Cold-Pac Bin (from Ubik by Philip K. Dick)
A special coffin-sized chamber used to maintain half-life.
1969 Gyrocar (Gyro) (from The Ring by Piers Anthony (w/R. Margroff))
A gyroscopically stabilized car; a one-wheeled vehicle.
1969 Synthetic Flesh (from Super-Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss)
Provides robots with realistic coverings, not just plastic.
1969 Ultraflash (from The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton)
A device that sterilizes the skin by a pulse of light.
1969 Crosswell Tape Worm (from Super-Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss)
Device that allows you to eat without gaining weight.
1969 Whologram (from Super-Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss)
Presents a realistic illusion.
1969 Diagnostat (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
A device able to diagnose and treat most human ailments.
1969 Vision Cube (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
A solid-state memory device.
1969 Nothing (from It was Nothing - Really! by Theodore Sturgeon)
A super-hard substance created by carefully removing material.
1969 Ident Darts (from The Electric Ant by Philip K. Dick)
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that track individuals.
1969 Voice Encyclopedia (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
Access to information via robotic voice recognition over the phone.
1969 Vortal Tube (from Whipping Star by Frank Herbert)
An energy passage providing instantaneous transportation between points across the galaxy
1969 Mass Detector (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
Hunting aid.
1969 Face Dancer (from Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)
Mimicry enhanced through genetic manipulation.
1969 Membrane Balloon Helmet (from The Flight of the Horse by Larry Niven)
A selectively permeable membrane worn as a helmet.
1969 Flight Stick (from The Flight of the Horse by Larry Niven)
A personal flying vehicle, stripped down to the basics.
1969 Electronic Body Analyzer (from The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton)
A replacement for the human doctor.
1969 Automatic Vein Finder (from The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton)
A device to automatically locate veins for intravenous needle insertion.
1969 Ecstasy Plug (from Death by Ecstasy by Larry Niven)
An implanted module that allowed a wirehead to plug himself into ordinary house current.
1969 Sniggertrance (from Whipping Star by Frank Herbert)
The state of a person receiving a call mediated by a Taprisiot; interiorized consciousness accompanied by spastic, jerking body movements.
1969 Float-home (from Whipping Star by Frank Herbert)
Living entity genetically designed for use as a houseboat.
1969 Jumpdoor (from Whipping Star by Frank Herbert)
The entrance to an energy passage providing instantaneous transportation between points across the galaxy.
1969 Gravity Web (from Whipping Star by Frank Herbert)
Device for limiting the extent to which a person is subject to gravitational attraction.
1969 Ersatz Window (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
A display device used in a room without an actual view of the outside; it shows a projection of a real scene.
1969 Pseudoflesh (from Whipping Star by Frank Herbert)
Meat (protein) that is produced apart from an animal; great steaks without rumination.
1969 Psycho-Lease Encephalic Gadget (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
A device that provided the conviction that a faked scene was, in fact, real.
1969 Webfoam Cradle (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
1969 Disruptor Bomb (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
A bomb with a very special purpose; when detonated in space, it makes it impossible to detect the center of the explosion from the dispersion of the fragments.
1969 Memory Plastic (from Death by Ecstasy by Larry Niven)
Takes various shapes impressed into it on command.
1969 Multi-function Living Room (from Death by Ecstasy by Larry Niven)
A small living space with a variety of functions built-in.
1969 Book of the Kalends (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
The ever-changing book without a title; the documented history of a world.
1969 Axolotl Tank (from Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert)
A device to regenerate or reshape organic material.
1969 SSA Machine (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
A machine that compares two people for compatibility; it sees sub specie aeternitatis, literally 'under the aspect of eternity' or outside of time.
1969 Weightless Work Area (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
A small workspace within which there is no gravitational pull.
1969 Singleship (from Death by Ecstasy by Larry Niven)
A spacecraft designed for use by one person.
1969 Geriatric Rooming-House (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
An apartment building with rooms built especially with the very senior citizen in mind.
1969 Padre Booth (from Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick)
Device that provides religious aid and comfort on demand.
1969 Automatic City (from The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg)
A city designed to protect itself and maintain itself over millions of years.
1969 Caliban Beachball (from Whipping Star by Frank Herbert)
Dwelling place for unusual lifeform who make jumpdoors possible.

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