Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Calculator Pad - grandfather of the pocket calculator Foundation Asimov  1951
Caleban Contact - listen to the stars The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Caliban Beachball - home to the stars Whipping Star Herbert  1969
Call Notification Unit Eye of Cat Zelazny  1982
Caller Contact List - very early use The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Calster - portable cash printer Return from the Stars Lem  1961
Camden Speedster - compare this to an SUV Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Camera Tunnel Rainbows End Vinge  2006
Can City - spinning space habitat Hyperion Simmons  1989
CAN-D The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Cannibal Grass Sparrowhawk Easton  1990
Canola Oil - a cob in your tank Virtual Light Gibson  1993
Capillotomer Beyond This Horizon Heinlein  1942
Car Dashboard Drone Controller Runaway Crichton  1985
Car Sound Tape - what does a hybrid sound like? The Cat Who Walks Through Walls Heinlein  1985
Cardioplate - outta time 'Repent Harlequin' Said the Ticktockman Ellison  1965
Carniculture Plants - grow your own meat Four-Day Planet Piper  1961
Carniculture Vat - cultured meat Space Viking Piper  1962
Carryall - giant ornithopter Dune Herbert  1965
Carson Circuit - the secret of the Internet A Logic Named Joe Leinster  1946
Cartograph - a GPS-like trip readout The Cometeers Williamson  1936
Cataclysmite - high explosive Little Fuzzy Piper  1962
Catchpocket Dune Herbert  1965
Causality-violation Device (or Weapon) Singularity Sky Stross  2003
Cavorite - antigravity metal The First Men in the Moon Wells  1901
CCD Eyes - metal eyes Stone Lives Di Filippo  1985
Celestial Armamentarium - the mechanism of star movements The Dragon Masters Vance  1962
Cellphone Credit Card - mobile phone wallet The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Cellphone Tranquilizing Spray The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Cellphone Voice Mail - very early use of concept The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Centipede Killing Titan Bear  2015
Centipede-Machine Monsters of Mars Hamilton  1931
Central City (Lunar Habitat) Earthlight Clarke  1955
Central Computer The City and the Stars Clarke  1956
Central Guide-Beam Shell Game Dick  1954
Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy Brave New World Huxley  1932
Centrifugal Force Creates 'Artificial Gravity' The Prince of Space Williamson  1931
Centrifuge Room The Ophiuchi Hotline Varley  1977
Cephalic Pattern Door The Zap Gun Dick  1965
Cephalic Sniffer Clans of the Alphane Moon Dick  1964
Cephalochromoscope (Cephscope) - see what's going on in there A Scanner Darkly Dick  1977
Cephaloscope The Houses of Iszm Vance  1954
Cephalotropic Dart Lies, Inc. Dick  1964
Cerebral Microprocessors Millenium Varley  1983
Chain Gun - fires chains All Tomorrow's Parties Gibson  1999
Chairdog - the ultimate ergonomic chair The Tactful Saboteur Herbert  1964
Chalf (Quick-Scribe Powder) - wave the stick The Tactful Saboteur Herbert  1964
Chalf-Memory Stick The Tactful Saboteur Herbert  1964
Chameleon Battle-Dress Dorsai! Dickson  1960
Chameleon Cloth - great camouflage Dying of the Light Martin  1977
Chart Cabinet One Against The Legion Williamson  1939
Charted Planetoid Mines The Day We Celebrate Bond  1941
Cheekplate Container - exoskeleton accessory A Specter is Haunting Texas Leiber  1968
Chemelectric Afferent Nerve-Analogues This Immortal Zelazny  1966
Chemical Orders Hellstrom's Hive Herbert  1972
Chemical Production of Food Mizora: A Prophecy Lane  1881
Chemotactic Artificial Jellyfish - big jellies Big Jelly Rucker (w/B. Sterling)  1994
Chest Disc - speak clearly Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Chevaline - robotic horse The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Chicken Little - vat-grown protein The Space Merchants Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
ChickieNobs Oryx and Crake Atwood  2003
Chin Plates - hands-free controls Have Space Suit - Will Travel Heinlein  1958
Chin Window Have Space Suit - Will Travel Heinlein  1958
Chiphead - circuits rule, neurons drool Nanotime Kosko  1987
Chirpsithra Supercomputer - build your own Niven's Laws Niven  1984
Chlorella Plantation The Space Merchants Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
Chlorophane The Planet Strappers Gallun  1961
Cholinesterase-Destroying Gas Lies, Inc. Dick  1964
Christmas Bush Motile Robot - very fine fingers Rocheworld Forward  1985
Chromoplastic Dew Collector - when every drop counts Dune Herbert  1965
Chronoscope Legion of Time Williamson  1938
Chronovitameter - your birth and death revealed Lifeline Heinlein  1939
Chunker - non-violent weapon Virtual Light Gibson  1993
CIC Virtual Earth - google earth Snow Crash Stephenson  1992
Cider Press - acceleration made bearable Double Star Heinlein  1956
Cinematophote (Blue Optic Plate) - first reference to television The Machine Stops Forster  1909
Circumlunar - home with lunar views Schismatrix Sterling  1985
Citizen Journalism - silence dogood lives! Earth Brin  1990
City Fathers - AI with centuries of experience Cities in Flight Blish  1957
City of Glass The Godmakers Herbert  1972
City of Space - rotating habitat The Prince of Space Williamson  1931
City Ship Star of Wonder May  1953
Civic Notification Distorter - bit-rot weaponry The Zap Gun Dick  1965
Clave - a suburban enclave The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Claws (Attack Robot) - screamers! Second Variety Dick  1953
Cleaning Machine Warren Mona Lisa Overdrive Gibson  1988
Clearsac The Water Knife Bacigalupi  2015
Cloaking Device - invisibility for your whole ship Balance of Terror Schneider  1966
Clockwork Man The Clockwork Man Odle  1923
Clothing Size Scanner Sagramanda Foster  2006
Cloud Sculpting - remake the clouds The Cloud Sculptors of Coral D Ballard  1967
Coal Mole The Web Between the Worlds Sheffield  1979
Coder Storm Thief Wooding  2006
Coffee Cube The Marching Morons Kornbluth  1951
Coffiest - coffee plus The Space Merchants Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
Coffin Rack - coffin hotel The Science Fiction Yearbook (ed. Jerry Pournelle) Gibson  1984
Cogitator (The Chair of Reflection) The Consolidator Defoe  1705
Cold Ray The Atomic Conquerors Hamilton  1927
Cold-Pac Bin Ubik Dick  1969
Cold-Pack - death temporarily denied Dr. Futurity Dick  1960
Cold-Rest - reduced temperature somnolence Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Cold-Sleep - hibernation between the stars Between Planets Heinlein  1951
Cold-Sleep - hibernation for humans Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Coley Group The Shockwave Rider Brunner  1975
Collapsar Jump The Forever War Haldeman  1974
Color Generator The Killing Machine Vance  1964
Columbiad - 900 foot cannon From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Combat Wasp - bandolier of munitions The Reality Dysfunction Hamilton  1996
Comeye - portable video camera Heretics of Dune Herbert  1984
Comlink Star Wars Lucas  1976
Command Bracelet Sagramanda Foster  2006
Command Microphone - for Battle Commanders Diplomat At Arms Laumer  1982
Commercial Fly The Simulacra Dick  Ace
Communicate with Extraterrestrials - first use of concept From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Communication Disk Exiles of the Moon Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Communications Implant - I think therefore I network Oath of Fealty Pournelle (w/L. Niven)  1981
Communicator One Against The Legion Williamson  1939
Communinet Dune Herbert  1965
Commute Disk The Chromium Fence Dick  1955
Commute Ship Sales Pitch Dick  1954
Commuter Cooling Unit - portable air conditioning The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Compact Food Pastilles The Senator's Daughter Mitchell  1879
Companion Implant - life monitor Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax) Sawyer  2003
Compassion Circuit Compassion Circuit Wyndham  1954
Composite Expert System - interface with a heart Twenty Evocations Sterling  1984
Compulsive Subsonics - ads dodge your cortex The Space Merchants Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
Computational Textile Pushing Ice Reynolds  2005
Computer Generated DigItal Music The Moon Goddess and the Son Kingsbury  1979
Computer Humorist The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Heinlein  1966
Computer Translator - computer translator and GPS Idoru Gibson  1996
Computer Virus The Scarred Man Benford  1970
Computer Vision (Artificial Eye) The Metal Giants Hamilton  1926
Computer Worm (Tapeworm) - first use of the concept The Shockwave Rider Brunner  1975
Computer-Controlled House The Martian Chronicles Bradbury  1950
Computer-Created Dub Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Computers Improve Computers The Feeling of Power Asimov  1958
Computronium - nanocomputers by the handful Accelerando Stross  2005
Comsole (Home Communications Console) Imperial Earth Clarke  1976
Concentrated Light - predicts the laser The Shining One Schachner  1937
Concentro Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Concrete Boxes - U-Stor-U Earth Made of Glass Barnes  1998
Conductive Film - spray on wire The Face Vance  1979
Cone of Battle - the ultimate weapon Triplanetary Smith  1934
Cone of Silence - the original sound-dampener Cease Fire Herbert  1958
Confinement Asteroid At the Bottom of a Hole Niven  1966
Conscious Farm Machines The Hidden Colony von Hanstein  1935
Conscious Retarded Animation A Race Through Time Wandrei  1933
Construct - persona in software Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Construction Robot Runaway Crichton  1985
Consumption Robots The Midas Plague Pohl  1954
Contact Venom Twenty Evocations Sterling  1984
Contragravity Suit Uller Uprising Piper  1952
Control Disk The Slave Ship From Space Holmes  1931
Control Helmet Easy Money Hamilton  1938
Control Natural Beyond This Horizon Heinlein  1942
Control Screen Childhood's End Clarke  1953
Control-Face - an LCD remote control Idoru Gibson  1996
Controllable Drone Army Daemon Suarez  2009
Controlway Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Conversion Gun Hell Ship of Space Kummer, Jr.  1940
Conveyor Slaves of Mercury Schachner  1932
Conveyor Ribbon Exiles of the Moon Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Cookie-Cutters - bomblets in your bloodstream The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Cop Block - patrol officer's friend Quantico Bear  2007
Copseye - a surveillance drone Cloak of Anarchy Niven  1972
CopSpace - MySpace for police, and then some Halting State Stross  2007
Copter Harness The Star Beast Heinlein  1954
CORA - Coronary Alarm The Fountains of Paradise Clarke  1978
Coronium Ore Roamer of the Stars Wilson  1938
Corporol A Race Through Time Wandrei  1933
Corpsicle - thaw and fix The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Cortical Stack - USB/WiFi flashdrive for your brain Altered Carbon Morgan  2003
Cosmic Teletype Cosmic Teletype Jacobi  1938
Cosmoline (Warm Sleep) War Dogs Bear  2014
Court Robo-Clerk - hear ye, hear ye! The Tactful Saboteur Herbert  1964
Courtarena - trial by fire The Tactful Saboteur Herbert  1964
Crackers The Time Mercenaries High  1968
Crash Balloons Ringworld Niven  1970
Crash Web Crashlander Niven  1994
Crechepod - full life support The Godmakers Herbert  1972
Credit - first use The Mightiest Machine Campbell  1934
Credit Card - why carry cash? Looking Backward Bellamy  1888
Credit Wake - credit card transaction blog Hyperion Simmons  1989
Creditor Jet-Balloon - bane of debtors Lies, Inc. Dick  1964
Crimestop - no dangerous thoughts 1984 Orwell  1948
Crop Algae Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Crosswell Tape Worm Super-Toys Last All Summer Long Aldiss  1969
Crowdcutter Infomocracy Older  2016
Crysknife - knife from a sandworm's tooth Dune Herbert  1965
Crystal Corn - tiny crystal books Return from the Stars Lem  1961
CTC Computer (Closed-Timeline-Curve Time-Travel) Exultant Baxter  2004
Culture Tank Needle Clement  1950
Curtain (Force Barrier) Venus Mines, Incorporated Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Cushion Fence The Computer Connection Bester  1974
Cutoff Switch - a cable guillotine 2010 Clarke  1982
Cutteray - mining laser Dune Herbert  1965
Cyberethics Alpha Centauri Meier  1999
Cybernetic Water Witch - Idoru Gibson  1996
Cyberspace - the original consensual hallucination Burning Chrome Gibson  1982
Cyborg Cyborg Caidin  1972
Cyborg Collar - controlled work gangs A Specter is Haunting Texas Leiber  1968
Cyborg Dolphin (Jones) - war surplus named Jones Johnny Mnemonic Gibson  1981
Cyborg Pilot - man plus machine The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Heinlein  1966
Cybrid - person as data terminal Hyperion Simmons  1989
Cylinder Space Suit Islands in the Sky Clarke  1952

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