Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Nanny Robot - child-care robot with punch Nanny Dick  1955
Nanofax - fax 3D objects, not flat ones All Tomorrow's Parties Gibson  1999
Nanomachine Swarm (Black Cloud) - tiny machines work together The Invincible Lem  1954
Nano-Paste Alpha Centauri Meier  1999
Nanotech Buildings - built with fibers Idoru Gibson  1996
Napcap Capsule - snooze at will Saturn's Race Niven (w/S. Barnes)  2000
Napcap Induction Cap - get a good night's sleep Saturn's Race Niven (w/S. Barnes)  2000
Nautilus - Captain Nemo's ride 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Verne  1875
Navicloud Custom Debinder Rainbows End Vinge  2006
N-e (Needle-eyeification) Weapon - absolute positioning precision The Zap Gun Dick  1965
Near-Space Solar Energy Collectors Star Maker Stapledon  1937
Necap The Human Blend Foster  2010
Neck Radio Our Friends From Frolix 8 Dick  1970
Needle Gun Slacker's Paradise Jameson  1941
Needle Pipe - needle gun Beyond the Stars Cummings  1928
Needlecast - tightbeam transmission of being Altered Carbon Morgan  2003
Needle-Gun Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter Asimov  1957
Needles (Chocolate and Vanilla) Sundiver Brin  1979
Negative Gravity Field 50th Century Revolt Stangland  1932
Negative Molecular Motion The Universe Between Nourse  1951
Nemourlon West of Honor Pournelle  1976
Neodog - smarter than Fido Starship Troopers Heinlein  1959
Neoterics - genius on tap Microcosmic God Sturgeon  1941
Neotopological Metaeuclidean Adjacency - just around the corner The Hole in the Hole Bisson  1994
Nerve Machine The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Net Shutdown Worm - computer tapeworm project The Shockwave Rider Brunner  1975
Netwar - communications warfare Distraction Sterling  1998
Network Monitoring Detection - why the slowdown? The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Networked Personal Device - the backend is more important The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Networked Telephone Answering Machine Men Like Gods Wells  1923
Networked World When the Sleeper Wakes Wells  1899
Neural Cut Out Chip - makes a meat puppet Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Neural Door Lock The Unreconstructed M Dick  1957
Neuristor The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Heinlein  1966
Neuristor Brain My Name is Legion Zelazny  1976
Neuroinduction Field Starfish Watts  1999
Neuro-netsukes - tiny personality construct Rim Besher  1994
Neuronic Control Apparatus - put your experience in reverse Masson's Secret Gallun  1939
Neuronic Receptor-Transmitter Masson's Secret Gallun  1939
Neuronic Whip - it delivers pain The Stars, Like Dust Asimov  1951
Neutral (Point) On The Martian Way Bishop  1907
Neutron Disruption Blaster The Complete Paratime Piper  1951
Neutronic Dust Twelve Hours To Live Williamson  1931
Neutronic Shielding - monomolecular protection The Sign of the Tiger Nourse (w/Meyer)  1958
Neutronium - how dense is it Skylark Three Smith  1930
News Clown - they're all the rage Stand-By Dick  1963
News Receptor - listens for news If There Were No Benny Cemoli Dick  1963
News Roundup - better than Tivo Beyond This Horizon Heinlein  1942
Newsbox (News-Receptor) - better than Google news plus Tivo Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
News-Dispenser After Armageddon Flagg  1932
Newspad - flat panel news display 2001: A Space Odyssey Clarke  1968
Newspad Electronic Newspaper 2001: A Space Odyssey Clarke  1968
Newstaper Gear Flash Crowd Niven  1972
Nexialist Voyage of the Space Beagle van Vogt  1950
Nexus-6 Brain Unit - meet my friend Roy Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Nightmask Hellstrom's Hive Herbert  1972
Nikon Eyes - cultivated eyes Neuromancer Gibson  1984
No-Globe Heretics of Dune Herbert  1984
Nose Gun Arm of the Law Harrison  1958
No-Ship Heretics of Dune Herbert  1984
Nothing - just holes It was Nothing - Really! Sturgeon  1969
Novel-Writing Machines 1984 Orwell  1948
Nuclear Shears Foundation Asimov  1951
Nuclear-Field Depressor Foundation and Empire Asimov  1952
Nullboxing Bubble Streetlethal Barnes  1983
Nullentropy Bin - world's best salad crisper Heretics of Dune Herbert  1984
Nullfield The Ophiuchi Hotline Varley  1977
Null-Suit The Ophiuchi Hotline Varley  1977
Numbitol The Mote in God's Eye Niven (w/J. Pournelle)  1974
Nutrient Extractor and Maximizer (NEM) - get more out of food The Human Blend Foster  2010
Nutri-Matic - not quite tea The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adams  1979

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'Hello, Computer!' Intel's Core M Catches Up To Scotty
re: Gene Roddenberry
(9/18/2014)

Visual Speech Recognition - When Will HAL Read Lips For Real?
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(9/17/2014)

MIT's Robotic Cheetah Runs Free - And Frolics In The Grass
re: William Gibson
(9/16/2014)

Flying Robot Has An Arm
re: Philip K. Dick
(9/15/2014)

Strati 3D Printed Car
re: Philip K. Dick
(9/14/2014)

Tracking Spinning Space Junk
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(9/13/2014)

Baidu Kuaisou Dune Poison Snooper Chopsticks
re: Frank Herbert
(9/12/2014)

Crystalized Light Created At Princeton
re: John W. Campbell
(9/11/2014)

The Amazing Gravity-Assisted Journey Of Rosetta
re: Ray Cummings
(9/10/2014)

AirDog Auto-Follow Drone Captures Your Awesomeness
re: Karen Traviss
(9/9/2014)

Dell's Venue 8 7000 Tablet With RealSense Depth-Mapping
re: Ridley Scott
(9/8/2014)

Google's Cartographer Backpack For Indoor Mapping
re: Jack Williamson
(9/7/2014)

T-Mobile Sues Huawei Over Button Pushing Robot Idea From The 1930's
re: Schachner and Zagat
(9/6/2014)

Hayabusa-2 Asteroid Cannon Strategy From 1950's SF Novel
re: EC Tubb
(9/5/2014)

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum Cleaner
re: Robert Heinlein
(9/4/2014)

First 3D Printer In Space?
re: Arthur C. Clarke
(9/3/2014)

Google's Project Wing Will Find You
re: Philip K. Dick
(9/1/2014)

3D Printed Space Pizza For Astronauts
re: Various
(8/30/2014)

World's First Rapid 3D Nanoscale Printer
re: Raymond Z. Gallun
(8/28/2014)

Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt
re: Rudy Rucker
(8/26/2014)

Smartphone Holographic Displays In 2015
re: Edmond Hamilton
(8/24/2014)

Touch Typing Taught Haptically DIY-style
re: Robert Heinlein
(8/22/2014)

New Material Is One Molecule Thick
re: Roger Zelazny
(8/20/2014)

Robot Swarm Obeys Commands
re: Stanislaw Lem
(8/18/2014)

 

 

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