Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Fabricow Piecework Brin  1990
Fabricules - squeaky clean nanomachine The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Face Dancer Dune Messiah Herbert  1969
Face Seal Starfish Watts  1999
Factory Crawler (or Harvester Crawler) - sift the sands of Arrakis Dune Herbert  1965
Fake-Meter - counterfeit detector The Killing Machine Vance  1964
Famnexdo The Simulacra Dick  Ace
Fanmetal - build temporary shelters Dune Herbert  1965
Farcaster - step through to another planet Hyperion Simmons  1989
Faster-Than-Light - ftl Islands of Space Campbell  1931
Fatline - FTL communication Hyperion Simmons  1989
Feeler-Planes - sensors for 3D models The Houses of Iszm Vance  1954
Feelies (Feely) Brave New World Huxley  1932
Femfatalatron The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age Lem  1965
Fencing Mirror - fencing instructor Dune Herbert  1965
Fenton Silencer - early noise cancellation Tales from the White Hart Clarke  1957
Ferretscope - who's listening? If This Goes On... Heinlein  1940
Field-Minder Who Can Replace A Man Aldiss  1963
Field-Projector Easy Money Hamilton  1938
Fieldstim Freezone Shirley  1985
Filament Paper Book - small for space travel Dune Herbert  1965
Filmbook Dune Herbert  1965
Filter Program - live in your own world Earth Brin  1990
Filter Wheel - stepwise refinement The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Filterable Virus The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Filt-Plug - lose no moisture Dune Herbert  1965
Finger Watch - the original The Puppet Masters Heinlein  1951
Flash Crowd (Flash Mob) - or flash mob Flash Crowd Niven  1972
Flash Suit - laser game suit Ender's Game Card  1985
Flashlight Laser Ringworld Niven  1970
Flat Cat The Rolling Stones Heinlein  1952
Flatscreen Movie - old-fashioned 2D entertainment Orbital Resources Barnes  1991
Flavor-Capsule Foundation and Empire Asimov  1952
Flavor-Fix Rheostat - perfect flavor every time The Jester Tenn  1951
Flexible Armor Suit - now you're Superman Neutron Star Niven  1966
Flexible Frank - the all-purpose household robot The Door Into Summer Heinlein  1956
Flexible Stem The Killing Machine Vance  1964
Flexible Wall Sheet Display - flexy flat panel The Mechanical Monarch Tubb  1958
Flexitime - you've had enough, pal Master of Space and Time Rucker  1984
Flex-Wheels 2001: A Space Odyssey Clarke  1968
Flexy (or Flexies) Pushing Ice Reynolds  2005
Flicker Drive - in between beats Fremder Hoban  1996
Flickercladding - light emission and absorption Wetware Rucker  1988
Flight Stick The Flight of the Horse Niven  1969
Flitter Vortex Blaster Smith  1941
Floater Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Floater Camera - fly and spy Runaway Crichton  1985
Float-home - living houseboat Whipping Star Herbert  1969
Floating Booths Handicap Niven  1967
Floating Building Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said Dick  1974
Floating Castle Ringworld Niven  1970
Floating Island - living space Saturn's Race Niven (w/S. Barnes)  2000
Floating Lunar Dust Dust Rag Clement  1956
Fluid Metal Letters Vulcan's Hammer Dick  1960
Flycycle - if a Harley could fly Ringworld Niven  1970
Flying Car Blade Runner Scott  1982
Flying Crowbars - speed kills Footfall Niven (w/J. Pournelle)  1985
Flying Eye - I see you The Repairman Harrison  1959
Flying Harness Skylark of Space Smith  1928
Flying Saucer - alien spacecraft The Puppet Masters Heinlein  1951
Flying Wing - Northrup's all-metal dream Triplanetary Smith  1934
Flywheel Cycle The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Flywheel Launcher The Brick Moon Hale  1869
Focusing - using mindrot A Deepness in the Sky Vinge  1999
Fold Box Glory Road Heinlein  1963
Fontema First Lensman Smith  1950
Food Brick - tasty cubes Ringworld Niven  1970
Food Factory - fast food from outer space Beyond the Blue Event Horizon Pohl  1980
Food Tablet - a pill for dinner John Jone's Dollar Keeler  1915
Force Pencil Gather Darkness Leiber  1943
Force-Field - an energy barrier Islands of Space Campbell  1931
Force-Field Penknife - origin of the Lightsaber? Foundation Asimov  1951
Force-Screen - protective energy The Dweller in Outer Darkness Long, Jr.  1939
Fottengill Process Gypped Biggle, Jr.  1956
Fractal Knife - more cutting surface Virtual Light Gibson  1993
Free Play (The Mind Game) Ender's Game Card  1985
Free Return Trajectory - first mention From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Free Telephone Call The Subliminal Man Ballard  1963
Freedom Machine - nanotech birth control The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Free-fall Couch Hyperion Simmons  1989
Freeside Orbital Resort Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Freezone - artificial island community Freezone Shirley  1985
Fresher - refreshing chamber Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Frictionless Cups The Mote in God's Eye Niven (w/J. Pournelle)  1974
Fuel Tree Anathem Stephenson  2008
Fulgurator Facing The Flag Verne  1896
Fuligin The Shadow of the Torturer Wolfe  1980
Full-Motion Building Advertising Facade - a new life awaits Blade Runner Scott  1982
Full-Shift Set Variable - early mention in gaming Return Match Dick  1967

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