Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Maas-Neotek Biochip Mona Lisa Overdrive Gibson  1988
Machine (Thinking Machine) - very early description of an intelligent computer The Machine Campbell  1935
Machine Apartment The Machine Stops Forster  1909
Machine City Twilight Campbell  1934
Machine Evolution Second Variety Dick  1953
Machine Psychologist - computer psychiatrist Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Machine Suicide All the Troubles in the World Asimov  1958
Machine Surveillance - first mention of idea Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Machine Test Scoring The Fun They Had Asimov  1951
Maelstrom Maelstrom Watts  2002
MagnaPoon - as in harpoon Snow Crash Stephenson  1992
Magnet Grapnel The Space Rover Sloat  1932
Magnetic Clamps Twelve Hours To Live Williamson  1931
Magnetic Control of Nebulae - by alien beings The Black Cloud Hoyle  1957
Magnetic Elevator - no watches allowed The Gods of Mars Burroughs  1918
Magnetic Eyes A Journey In Other Worlds Astor IV  1894
Magnetic Grapple-Beams Solar Lottery Dick  1955
Magnetic Levitating Bed Spook Country Gibson  2007
Magnetic Railroads A Journey In Other Worlds Astor IV  1894
Magnetic Ram Storm Thief Wooding  2006
Magnetic Sandals - stick around The Warriors Niven  1966
Magnetically Floating Furniture - like sitting on a cloud The Sirens of Titan Vonnegut, Jr.  1959
Magnetic-Soled Shoes - required for space walks Space Tug Leinster  1953
Magnetized Boots - made for walking Lost Rocket Wellman  1941
Magnus-Effect Ambulance - sidewise force Earth Brin  1990
Magsail Falling Stars Flynn  1998
Magship Falling Stars Flynn  1998
Mail-Post Letter-Ball The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century Loudon  1828
Mall (Great City Bazaar) - Wal-Mart foreseen Looking Backward Bellamy  1888
Mammontelephas - baby mammoths Earth Brin  1990
Mandroid - a mechanical human Altered Carbon Morgan  2003
Manna Manna Brain  2002
Manshonyagger - fighting robot Mark Elf Smith  1957
Manual Closet - old-style storage Clans of the Alphane Moon Dick  1964
Manual Search For Habitable Planet Skylark of Valeron Smith  Astounding
Manufactured Wife - an early reference A Wife Manufactured to Order Fuller  1895
Marine Spider (Hydrofoil) A Journey In Other Worlds Astor IV  1894
Mark IV Door Keeping Robot - automated rejection The Man Who Could Not Stop Chandler  1959
Martian Perambulator Between Planets Heinlein  1951
Martian Print Amoeba - unicellular organism Now Wait For Last Year Dick  1966
Martian Sawgrass - air plant QRM - Interplanetary Smith  1942
Marvin the Robot - brain the size of a planet The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adams  1979
Mass Pointer Crashlander Niven  1994
Mass-Conversion Ship Farmer in the Sky Heinlein  1950
Mass-Driver Catapult - mass driver for the Moon The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Heinlein  1966
Master Machine The Revolt of the Machines Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Matched-Frequency Separable Units Skylark Three Smith  1930
Matrix - shared virtual reality Burning Chrome Gibson  1982
Matter Annihilation Ray Twelve Hours To Live Williamson  1931
Matter Compiler - stereolithography on steroids The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Matter Editation Alpha Centauri Meier  1999
Matter Organizer The City and the Stars Clarke  1956
Matter Transmitter - ride the beam The Conquest of Gola Stone  1931
Mattress Sleep Sensor - foolproof anti-sleep Dream Park Niven (w/S. Barnes)  1981
Maula Pistol Dune Herbert  1965
Max Detention (Virtual Counsel) - I ob-b-b-b-ject! Quantico Bear  2007
Maximum-security Booth - high security phone system Double Star Heinlein  1956
Meat Puppet Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Mechanical Bride - woman or robot The Mechanical Bride Leiber  1954
Mechanical Cleaning Device The Unreconstructed M Dick  1957
Mechanical Cobra - slither and destroy Lord of Light Zelazny  1967
Mechanical Funeral The Coffin Bradbury  1947
Mechanical Hound - a fireman's best friend Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury  1953
Mechanical Jokester Jokester Asimov  1956
Mechanical Mole - Underground vehicle Oath of Fealty Pournelle (w/L. Niven)  1981
Mechanical Teacher - one for all The Fun They Had Asimov  1951
Mechanical Thought Transformers The Conquest of Gola Stone  1931
Mechanist Drogue Schismatrix Sterling  1985
Mediaglyphic - animated symbols The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Mediatron - paper-thin LCD display The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Mediatronic Display The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Medical Mantis - telefactoring device for physicians Starfish Watts  1999
Medical Mech Warrior Dickson  1965
Medically Applicable Biochip - a microarray Blood Music Bear  1984
Megadont The Calorie Man Bacigalupi  2005
Membrane Balloon Helmet The Flight of the Horse Niven  1969
Memory Biochip Shards of Honor Bujold  1986
Memory Diamond - high density storage Iron Sunrise Stross  2004
Memory Hole 1984 Orwell  1948
Memory Plastic Death by Ecstasy Niven  1969
Memory Recording The Ophiuchi Hotline Varley  1977
Memo-Voice War Game Dick  1959
Menslator - mental translation Troubled Star Smith  1952
Mentat Dune Herbert  1965
Mercy Rifle Grendel Niven  1968
Meson Filter - a robotic sense of humor The Jester Tenn  1951
Message Cylinder - locked capsule Dune Herbert  1965
Message Tree - communication standard for a world A Case of Conscience Blish  1958
Metal BIrds Vulcan's Hammer Dick  1960
Metal Calculator Planet - the Burroughs planet Limiting Factor Simak  1949
Metal Foil Advertisement The Illustrated Man Bradbury  1951
Metal Insects The Invincible Lem  1954
Metal Paste The Mote in God's Eye Niven (w/J. Pournelle)  1974
Metallic Display Scroll Freedom Suarez  2010
Metallic Marx The Robots Strike Harrison  1959
Metamen - live in a robot body The Mechanical Monarch Tubb  1958
Metaverse - the whole virtual world Snow Crash Stephenson  1992
Meteor Blasters - clear the spaceways First Contact Leinster  1945
Meteor Warning System - incoming meteor swarm detected A Conquest of Two Worlds Hamilton  1932
Meteorometer - meteors ahead! Crashing Suns Hamilton  1928
Meteorscope The World With A Thousand Moons Hamilton  1942
Meteor-Spotting Radar Recoil Smith  1943
Meteor-Sweeps Crashing Suns Hamilton  1928
Methuen Treatment - smart injection The Exhalted de Camp  1940
Michael (Orion Ship) - atomic pulse rocket Footfall Niven (w/J. Pournelle)  1985
Micro Book (Microbook) - perfect for space travel One Way Trip Boucher  1943
Micro Label Blade Runner Scott  1982
Micro-Bachelor - downscale apartment Idoru Gibson  1996
Microde - get a new look like you get the flu Armed Memory Smith  1995
Microfarm Prelude to Foundation Asimov  1988
Micromind - just a little AI Tides of Light Benford  1989
Microsoft - the cool kind Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Microsurgery Tool - first description Masson's Secret Gallun  1939
Microtransmitter Dot Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said Dick  1974
Microwavable Food - pre-packaged ready to heat-n-eat Space Cadet Heinlein  1948
Microwave Beamer Limits Niven  1985
Microwave Pistol Blindsight Watts  2006
Microwire Between Planets Heinlein  1951
Mike (Mycroft Holmes - Fair Dinkum Thinkum) - artificial intelligence early on The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Heinlein  1966
Military Spider A Day For Damnation Gerrold  1985
Millipede Train - lotsa little legs Eon Bear  1985
Mimetic Polycarbon Suit - urban camouflage Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Mind Destroyer A Planet Named Shayol Smith  1961
Mind-Shield - internal mind control Slan van Vogt  1940
Mindwipe - you may not want your mind Mindkiller Robinson  1982
Miniature Universe Fessenden's Worlds Hamilton  1937
Miniaturization Fantastic Voyage (Novel) Asimov  1966
Minimic Film one micron thick recording medium Dune Herbert  1965
Mining Disintegrator The Arsenal Out of Time McDaniel  1967
Mining Worm (Organic) - living miners A Gift From Earth Niven  1968
Mining Worm (Robot) - dig, robot, dig! Love Among The Robots McDowell  1946
Minisec Imperial Earth Clarke  1976
Minority Report Ads (Biometric Personalized Ads) Minority Report (Movie) Spielberg  2002
Minovsky Particles Mobile Suit Gundam Tomino  1979
Mirrorshades - Surgically Inset Glasses - why buy expensive frames? Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Mite - very small machine helpers The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Mnemiphot The Kokod Warriors Vance  1952
Mnemonic Pulse Dune Herbert  1965
Mnemonic Service Sucker Bait Asimov  1954
Mnemotropin - helps you build memory Stone Lives Di Filippo  1985
Mobile Advertisements - airborne adverts Sagramanda Foster  2006
Mobile Armor Mobile Suit Gundam Tomino  1979
Mobile Lab 2001: A Space Odyssey Clarke  1968
Mobile Persocom - your animated laptop Chobits Clamp  2002
Mobile Suit Mobile Suit Gundam Tomino  1979
Modded Dog The Shockwave Rider Brunner  1975
Moddy - no personality? No problem! When Gravity Fails Effinger  1987
Moldies Freeware Rucker  1997
Molecular Sieve Tales from the White Hart Clarke  1957
Molecule Matrix Between Planets Heinlein  1951
Molemen The Computer Connection Bester  1974
Monitored In-Home Security Camera Oath of Fealty Pournelle (w/L. Niven)  1981
Monobloc Dating System - advanced dating software The Best of all Possible Wars Niven  1998
Monocab Earthlight Clarke  1955
Monoline - overland sailing Big Planet Vance  1952
Monomol Mesh Armor - chain (molecule) mail Queen of Angels Bear  1990
Monopole Mining Protector Niven  1973
Monsters Manufactured - chimeras described The Island of Dr. Moreau Wells  1896
Mood Organ - play your partner Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Moon Dome - first reference Brigands of the Moon Cummings  1930
Moon Machine - very early description A Voyage to the Moon de Bergerac  1657
Moon Moth - a plain and timid mask The Moon Moth Vance  1976
Moon Skis - ah the lunar powder Requiem Heinlein  1939
Moon Walk - presages Apollo Brigands of the Moon Cummings  1930
Moonbase (or Moon Base) - first reference 240,000 Miles Straight Up Hubbard  1948
Moondozer - moonmover A Fall of Moondust Clarke  1961
Moonquake-Proof Habitats - thanks to Robert Heinlein Gentlemen, Be Seated Heinlein  1948
Moratorium Ubik Dick  1969
Morphogen Fantastic Voyage (Novel) Asimov  1966
Mother Ship - first use of expression Triplanetary Smith  1934
Motion Capture Suit - lifetime motion capture All Tomorrow's Parties Gibson  1999
Motorized Combat Boots - quick in a crowd Accelerando Stross  2005
Movable Slideway - it comes to you Between Planets Heinlein  1951
Move an Asteroid Misfit Heinlein  1939
Moving a Planet - early use of idea Triplanetary Smith  1934
Moving Picture Player - like a video iPod When the Sleeper Wakes Wells  1899
Moving Roadway - like a baggage conveyor When the Sleeper Wakes Wells  1899
Multi-function Living Room - extrude from the wall Death by Ecstasy Niven  1969
Multiple Robot Team - a squad plus leader Catch That Rabbit Asimov  1944
Multiple Sample Voice - sound mixing 30's style The Shining One Schachner  1937
Multivac Franchise Asimov  1955
Municipal Cattle Remover Sagramanda Foster  2006
Municipal Darwinism Mortal Engines Reeve  2003
Muscle Graft - got muscles? Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Muscle Sensor Interface The Algebraist Banks  2004
Mutated Kodiak Bears Exploration Team Leinster  1956

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