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 Recognition Sunglasses The Water Knife Bacigalupi  2015
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
False Animal Repairman Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Famnexdo The Simulacra Dick  Ace
Fanmetal - build temporary shelters Dune Herbert  1965
Farcaster - step through to another planet Hyperion Simmons  1989
Farside A Fall of Moondust Clarke  1961
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
Fido Riders of the Purple Wage Farmer  1967
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
Filing Crystal Babel-17 Delany  1966
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 Key Decision Fyfe  1951
First Contact Proxima Centauri Leinster  1935
Flame Pistol The Empress of Mars Rocklynne  1939
Flame-Pistol Parasite Planet Weinbaum  1935
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
Flat Photo Hyperion Simmons  1989
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
Flesh Gun The Computer Connection Bester  1974
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 (Vehicle) The Machine Campbell  1935
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 Exiles of the Moon Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Food Preparation Machine Unto Us A Child Is Born Keller  1933
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
Fornixation Riders of the Purple Wage Farmer  1967
Fottengill Process Gypped Biggle, Jr.  1956
Fractal Knife - more cutting surface Virtual Light Gibson  1993
Free Fall Islands of Space Campbell  1931
Free Play (The Mind Game) Ender's Game Card  1985
Free Return Trajectory - first mention From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Free Robot - Robert F-R Robot Unwanted Keyes  1952
Free Telephone Call The Subliminal Man Ballard  1963
Freedom ID Spark Twelve Hawks  2014
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 Protector Niven  1973
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
Fusion Sunlight Tube At the Bottom of a Hole Niven  1966

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