Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
O-220 Tarzan at the Eath's Core Burroughs  1929
Oat-Tropic Circuit Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Object-Finder Beam The Conquest of Gola Stone  1931
Oceanic Thermal Energy Converter - energy from the sea Saturn's Race Niven (w/S. Barnes)  2000
Odalarm - aromatherapy wake-up call The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Odorophonics - scent player The Illustrated Man Bradbury  1951
Office Hand The Human Blend Foster  2010
Oil Lens - infinitely adjustable lens Dune Herbert  1965
Olfactory Wakeup Call - wakey wakey eggs and bakey Altered Carbon Morgan  2003
Onionskin Transparent Jeans Super Sad True Love Story Shteyngart  2011
Online Employability Profile Testing - get the right job first The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Online Job Search - via cellphone The Age of The Pussyfoot Pohl  1966
Ontogenetic Adaptation The End of the Line Schmitz  1951
Operation Cleanup - remove orbital debris the brute force way The Fountains of Paradise Clarke  1978
Optic Prosthesis Changeling Zelazny  1980
Optic Television Twenty Evocations Sterling  1984
Optical-Effect Suit A Plague of Demons Laumer  1965
Opton - electronic book Return from the Stars Lem  1961
Orbital Mirror - sunlight when you want it Completely Automatic Sturgeon  1941
Orbital Retirement Hotel Contact Sagan  1985
Orbital Terminus - airport in orbit Count Zero Gibson  1986
Orbital Weapon Lancet (OWL) - watch the skies Quantico Bear  2007
Orbiting Factories The Fountains of Paradise Clarke  1978
Orbiting Penal Colony - Alcatraz in orbit Tekwar Shatner  1989
Organic Superlubricant Alpha Centauri Meier  1999
Organlegging - first mention of organ smuggling The Jigsaw Man Niven  1967
Ornithopter - flies like a bird Dune Herbert  1965
Orphids Postsingular Rucker  2007
Osmosis Generator (Cziltang Brone) - the air lock Ringworld Niven  1970
Overdrive - it's FTL First Contact Leinster  1945
Overlay Specs Halting State Stross  2007
Ownership of Machines The Revolt of the Machines Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Oxygen Fountain War Dogs Bear  2014
Oxygen Freshener - breath of fresh air Lost Rocket Wellman  1941
Oxygen Hip Flask - just a quick nip Earth Brin  1990

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Harvard's Robobees Now 'Fly' Underwater
re: Raymond Z. Gallun

ADEPT Heat Shield Works For Mars
re: EE 'Doc' Smith

Ultralight Origami Crane UAV Flexes Its Wings
re: Roger Zelazny

UM Solar Car Now Also With IBM Research Power
re: Robert Heinlein

Robot-Based Trash Collection
re: Harry Harrison

Warrior Web Exoskeleton For Soldiers Undergo Tests
re: Robert Heinlein

Tesla Promises Fully Autonomous Cars By 2018
re: Arthur C. Clarke

Light Molecules (And Maybe Light Sabers, Someday)
re: John W. Campbell

Telepresence In The Office
re: Niven and Pournelle

Piper, Google's 2 Billion Line Code Repository, Needs A Cool Display
re: Isaac Asimov

WEpod Driverless Vehicle On The Netherlands Roads
re: Larry Niven

Computer Predicts Psychosis Better Than Psychiatrists
re: Philip K. Dick

Robot Evolution Needs Mass Extinction Events
re: Philip K. Dick

Lab-Grown Kidneys Implanted Successfully - In Animals
re: Larry Niven

Korean Lab Ready To Clone Your Dog
re: Various

DARPA NeuroTech Hand With Natural Sensation
re: George Lucas

Nuke Mars To Terraform It, Says Elon Musk
re: Olaf Stapledon

Texas-Sized Ice Slab Found On Mars
re: Robert Heinlein

Invisible Drones Will (Not) Appear Over Your Town
re: EE 'Doc Smith

Transwheel Drone Robotic Delivery Vehicle
re: George Lucas

Cool Chaac Ha Dew Collector Video
re: Frank Herbert

NASA Turns To Museum Space Shuttles For Parts
re: Niven & Pournelle

Ecocapsule - Simak's Dream Of A Prefab House
re: Clifford Simak

New Super Slippery Surface Better Than Nature's
re: Frank Herbert



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