of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
|Date||Device Name (Novel Author)|
|2010|| Disabler (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
A device that drains power quickly from an electric vehicle.
|2010|| Darknet Farm (from Freedom by Daniel Suarez)
A farm that uses computer networked information systems to achieve sustainable agriculture in a community.
|2010|| Metallic Display Scroll (from Freedom by Daniel Suarez)
A rollable video screen.
|2010|| Angel Teeth (from Freedom by Daniel Suarez)
Essentially a spear dropped from a great height (or from orbit) with a guidance system.
|2010|| Alien Trojan (from Out of the Dark by David Webber)
Malware from another world!
|2010|| Aeromuse Pillow (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
A pillow that doubles as a music player.
|2010|| Rocket Pine (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
Genetically engineered trees for wood pulp.
|2010|| Necap (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
A device that burns out neural connections.
|2010|| Office Hand (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
A robotic hand with each finger customized for a different function.
|2010|| Neural Lace (from Surface Detail by Iain M Banks)
An interface between the brain and computer facilities.
|2010|| Nutrient Extractor and Maximizer (NEM) (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
Device that replaces and extends the capabilities of the human digestive system.
|2010|| Ugly T-Shirt (from Zero History by William Gibson)
Uses disruptive patterning to make the wearer invisible to computerized surveillance techniques.
|2010|| Humeld (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
A human being with augmented body parts.
|2010|| Barker (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
A device that scans for nearby medical implants, and allows the operator to take control.
|2010|| Power Stilts (from The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster)
Platforms that push inundated cities ever higher.
|2010|| Millenniaire (from The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi)
A person with much more Time than an ordinary person.
|2011|| Virtual Punishment (from Complete Sentence by Joe Haldeman)
It seems like decades in prison.
|2011|| Onionskin Transparent Jeans (from Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart)
|2011|| DNA Publishing (from Spiral by Paul McEuen)
Encode a poem or story in DNA, then multiply.
|2012|| Autonomous Assassination Drone (from Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez)
A flying UAV that is self-guided to a target, destroys the target, and is capable of destroying itself after mission completion.
|2012|| Brain-Jacking (from Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez)
Using insects for surveillance.
|2012|| Parent Drone (from Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez)
A drone platform that launches smaller drones.
|2012|| Wildcode (from The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi)
A vast, actual desert comprised of nanites, nanomachines.
|2012|| Robotic Eel (from Re:Set by Susan Beetlestone)
A five-foot long artificial eel, controlled by an operator.
|2012|| Eel Operator (from Re:Set by Susan Beetlestone)
A surgically modified human being able to operate a robotic eel
|2012|| DNA Music Storage (from Year Zero by Rob Reid)
Encoding music in junk DNA.
|2014|| Cosmoline (Warm Sleep) (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
Special gel that offers healing and hibernation for space travelers.
|2014|| Oxygen Fountain (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
A small factory for making oxygen on the Martian surface.
|2014|| Replaced Worker Benefits (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
Compensation for people whose jobs are taken by robots.
|2014|| Nubot (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
An android that directly replaces a human at their job.
|2014|| EYE Program (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
A massive government database on civilians.
|2014|| Norm-All Program (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
A set of algorithms that determine a reasonable location for every citizen.
|2014|| Timeout (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
The part of a Skyrene's life that is spent in Warm Sleep travel between Earth and the destination planet.
|2014|| Puff (Puff Balls) (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
Material that is used to help Skyrines dropped to the surface of Mars get rid of some of that excess velocity.
|2014|| Skintight (from War Dogs by Greg Bear)
Specialized space suit for low atmospheric pressure environments like Mars.
|2014|| Freedom ID (from Spark by John Twelve Hawks)
A chip inserted into the hand for identification (and surveillance) purposes.
|2015|| Vehicle Seeds (from Killing Titan by Greg Bear)
A matrix of materials and instructions that allow vehicles to grow themselves when placed in an environment of plentiful materials.
|2015|| Public Urine Collection (from The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi)
Arcologies offer public latrines, then collect for reclamation.
|2015|| Centipede (from Killing Titan by Greg Bear)
Perfect craft for crawling through slushy, frozen lakes - on Titan.
|2015|| Cranial Amplified Programming CAP (from Killing Titan by Greg Bear)
An aid to learning, which you apply directly to your skull.
|2015|| Clearsac (from The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi)
A simple device that filters water perfectly for reuse.
|2015|| Face Recognition Sunglasses (from The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi)
Sunglasses that connect with a remote database to perform face recognition.
|2015|| Jonnytruck (from The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi)
A movable bathroom for hire; cost is offset by reclamation.
|2016|| Crowdcutter (from Infomocracy by Malka Older)
A device worn to part crowds.
|2016|| Logical Pathogen (from The Medusa Chronicles by Alastair Reynolds (w/S. Baxter))
Malware concealed in DNA.
|2017|| Hotello (from New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson)
A portable room within a room.
|2017|| Wristpad (from New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson)
A tablet computer worn on the wrist.
|2017|| Superscraper (from New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson)
Buildings that are hundreds of stories tall.
|2019|| OLED Body Film (from Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan)
Attaching or implanting flexible screen material to the body as decoration.
|2019|| VEIL (from Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel by Neal Stephenson)
A wearable device used to foil facial recognition systems.
|2019|| Forward Warehousing (from Stealing Worlds by Karl Schroeder)
Using the trunks of cars as little warehouses.
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re: Anthony Boucher
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re: Robert Heinlein
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re: AE van Vogt
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re: Ron Friedman
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re: Stanislaw Lem
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re: Philip K. Dick
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re: Philip E. High
Amazon Blimp Parent Drone Concept
re: Daniel Suarez
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re: Albert Robida
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re: Raymond Z. Gallun
Hovering Over The Lunar Surface
re: Raymond F. Jones
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re: Capt. S.P. Meek
Interpol Launches Metaverse For Law Enforcement
re: Charles Stress
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VToonify Video Manicuring Program
re: Bruce Sterling
Alien Eyes - Here On Earth!
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re: Steven Spielberg
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The Far Side Of The Moon, By NASA (2015) And By PAUL (1932)
re: Frank R. Paul
LoadRunner Robot Works Alone, Or In A Group
re: Isaac Asimov
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