Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
R. Daneel Olivaw - I, robot Caves of Steel Asimov  1953
R2-D2 (Artoo-Detoo) - the original Star Wars Lucas  1976
Rabbit-Paper - pregnancy test strip The Game Players of Titan Dick  1963
Radar Mesentery - sensitive robot skin This Immortal Zelazny  1966
Radiant - just like RFID The Houses of Iszm Vance  1954
Radiant Power Receptor - broadcast power receiver Waldo Heinlein  1942
Radiant Shield The Houses of Iszm Vance  1954
Radiation Garment Waldo Heinlein  1942
Radiation Shield The Ultimate Weapon Campbell  1936
Radioactive Coding for Checks The Door Into Summer Heinlein  1956
Radioactive Ruin - first reference The World Set Free Wells  1914
Radio-Dirigible Torpedo Triplanetary Smith  1934
Radium Salt - assassin's choice Murder in the Void Hamilton  1938
Radium-Action Lighter The Worlds of Tomorrow Wellman  1940
Radson Skimmer This Immortal Zelazny  1966
Raisin - intelligent hearing aid Nanotime Kosko  1987
Ram Field - tweaked Bussard Ramjet Protector Niven  1973
Ramrobot - automated space exploration A Gift From Earth Niven  1968
Ramsbotham Gate - wormhole Tunnel in the Sky Heinlein  1955
Ramscoop - pull in hydrogen World of Ptavvs Niven  1965
Randominoes Nymphomation Noon  2000
Rapid-Transit Hover Blimp Galactic Pot-Healer Dick  1969
Rat Thing Snow Crash Stephenson  1992
Ray Gun The Black Star Passes Campbell  1930
Raytron Apparatus - aerial surveillance Beyond the Stars Cummings  1928
Razorback Daemon Suarez  2009
Reaction Pistol - zero gee maneuvering Diamond Planetoid Giles  1937
Reaction-Motors Twelve Hours To Live Williamson  1931
Reactive Walls - club scene 2020 Freezone Shirley  1985
Reading Machine - read while reclining Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein  1961
Reading Plaque - ultrathin display Earth Brin  1990
Reading Plate - 50's style flat panel The Star Beast Heinlein  1954
Readout Skin - Gutenberg gets tattoos Steel Beach Varley  1992
Reality Graphics A Fire Upon The Deep Vinge  1992
Reality Tape The Electric Ant Dick  1969
Reason Hypervelocity Railgun Snow Crash Stephenson  1992
Receptor Tape - very thin microphone The Face Vance  1979
Reciprocal Name - cellphone nickname Return from the Stars Lem  1961
Recorded Books Foundation and Empire Asimov  1952
Recorded News - Tivo for radio in 1889 In the Year 2889 Verne  1889
Recorded Personalities Mona Lisa Overdrive Gibson  1988
Recording Eye - interplanetary surveillance The Man in the Maze Silverberg  1969
Recording Radio Four-Day Planet Piper  1961
Recycler Starfish Watts  1999
Refreshing Chamber Coventry Heinlein  1940
Refrigeration Tape - ground cooling Tower of Glass Silverberg  1970
Refurbished Nervous System - rewired for speed The Stars My Destination Bester  1956
Regen-Buds The Velvet Glove Harrison  1956
Reggie the Bartending Machine - beverage, sir? The Outpost Resnick  2002
Relations with Extraterrestrial Life - before the Prime Directive Ogre Simak  1944
Remote (or Seeker Remote) - Jedi training device Star Wars Lucas  1976
Remote Control Taxicab The Unreconstructed M Dick  1957
Remote-Cast Snooper Dune Herbert  1965
Remotely Operated Auto-targeting Gun (ROAG) - I see you Quantico Bear  2007
Repair Drones - flying fix-it bot The Two Faces of Tomorrow Hogan  1979
Repair Robots - helpful droids The Invincible Lem  1954
Repellor Anti-Gravity Rays Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Replaced Worker Benefits Spark Twelve Hawks  2014
Replicant - an artificial human Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick  1968
Reporting Machine The Simulacra Dick  Ace
Repulsor What Mad Universe Brown  1949
Residual Poison Dune Herbert  1965
Resting Pits Limits Niven  1985
Restraining Bolt - keeps robots in check Star Wars Lucas  1976
Retaliatory Tapeworm (Counter-Worm) - take that! The Shockwave Rider Brunner  1975
Retinal Implant The Neutronium Alchemist Hamilton  1997
Retinal Projection - put the ad right on the eyeball The Space Merchants Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
Retinal Vid-Screen - implanted news screen Sales Pitch Dick  1954
Retro-Rockets - Verne invented them! From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Revitalizer Console. - perk up your bloodstream Millenium Varley  1983
Rex Regenerator (Mechanotherapist) - heavy duty therapy Bad Medicine Sheckley  1956
Rhennius Machine - reverse yourself Doorways in the Sand Zelazny  1976
Rhetorizer - the writer's assistant The Penultimate Truth Dick  1964
Ribbon World Foundation and Empire Asimov  1952
Riding Robot The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Rifle Range (Virtual Shooting Range) - virtual skeet shooting designed by aliens Way Station Simak  1963
Rigid Metallic Clothing - almost an exoskeleton A Conquest of Two Worlds Hamilton  1932
Ring Road - mag-lev old-style Starman Jones Heinlein  1953
Ringworld - sun-girdling artifact Ringworld Niven  1970
RNA Shots - don't read Cliff notes; eat Cliff A World Out of Time Niven  1976
Roachster Sparrowhawk Easton  1990
Robant The Impossible Planet Dick  1953
Robant Bill Collector Automated bill collection Now Wait For Last Year Dick  1966
Robass - a robotic mule The Quest for Saint Aquin Boucher  1951
Robbie - mechanical child companion Robbie Asimov  1940
Robofish (Mitsubishi Robot Turbot) - robot fish Slow Life Swanwick  2002
Robomule Bill the Galactic Hero Harrison  1965
Robopark - automated parking garage Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Robot - the origin of the term R.U.R. Capek  1920
Robot Bar - ancestor of R2D2 Bill the Galactic Hero Harrison  1965
Robot Bartender - early mention The Stars My Destination Bester  1956
Robot Biomimicry The War of the Worlds Wells  1898
Robot Bird - voice recognition and surveillance Invader on My Back High  1968
Robot Busboy Lies, Inc. Dick  1964
Robot Cab Driver - everybody's got problems A Present for Pat Dick  1952
Robot Cells (Crystal-Shaped Modules) - robot building blocks Isaac Asimov's Odyssey : Robot City: Book1 Kube-McDowell  1987
Robot Chef - a creative cook Robinc Boucher  1943
Robot Comedian - laughs at its own jokes The Jester Tenn  1951
Robot Cook - tasty meals nightly Helen O'Loy del Rey  1938
Robot Crab - robot gardener Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Robot Door - stolid decision-maker Colony Dick  1953
Robot Earthworm - spaghettibot War With The Robots Harrison  1962
Robot Emotions - mech feelings Helen O'Loy del Rey  1938
Robot Gardener - gardening robot War Veteran Dick  1955
Robot Gas Station Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said Dick  1974
Robot Gun Aliens Foster  1986
Robot Handlers The Golden Globe Varley  1998
Robot Judge - before Dred Robot Justice Harrison  1959
Robot Lawn Mower - already here City Simak  1944
Robot Librarian Filer The Robot Who Wanted to Know Harrison  1962
Robot Mice - tiny cleaning machines The Martian Chronicles Bradbury  1950
Robot Mother - self-reproducing automaton The Mechanical Mice Hugi  1941
Robot Pianist - robotic virtuoso Virtuoso Goldstone  1953
Robot Pope - Urbi et Orbi et Digiti Good News From the Vatican Silverberg  1971
Robot Probes (Arr-twos) - remote-controlled eyes and ears Oath of Fealty Niven (w/J. Pournelle)  1981
Robot Psyche Tester - gestalting device Colony Dick  1953
Robot Situation Neurosis The Unreconstructed M Dick  1957
Robot Snake Spy Mariposa Bear  2009
Robot Spectra Analyzer The Repairman Harrison  1959
Robot Spider (Handling Machine) The War of the Worlds Wells  1898
Robot Surgeon The Bicentennial Man Asimov  1976
Robot Surgeon-Hand - attached at the wrist War Veteran Dick  1955
Robot Taste Buds Robinc Boucher  1943
Robot Taxi Solar Lottery Dick  1955
Robot Tracking Device - preferred surveillance tool of AIs Vulcan's Hammer Dick  1960
Robot Voice Catch That Rabbit Asimov  1944
Robotic Abattoir - robots with knives Freedom's Landing McCaffrey  1996
Robotic Arm - handy for robots City Simak  1944
Robotic Hand The Door Into Summer Heinlein  1956
Robotic Horse - magical The Warlock in Spite of Himself Stasheff  1969
Robotic Trash Can - watch it Robot Justice Harrison  1959
Robotnik Automated Hotel - no human interaction The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Robutler The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Rocket Cruiser The Worlds of Tomorrow Wellman  1940
Rocket Gun Armageddon: 2419 A.D. Nowlan  1928
Rocket Pine The Human Blend Foster  2010
Rocket Racing Habit del Rey  1939
Rocket-Belt The Worlds of Tomorrow Wellman  1940
Rod of Wrath - a light sabreur Gather Darkness Leiber  1943
Rogue Planet Satan's World Anderson  1967
Rogue World Dying of the Light Martin  1977
Rolem (Wrestling Robot) - robot wrestler This Immortal Zelazny  1966
Roller Shadow World Simak  1957
Rolling Road - public transport The Roads Must Roll Heinlein  1940
Rolov Roll Our the Rolov! Anvil  1953
Rooftop Windmill - renewable energy vision A Journey In Other Worlds Astor IV  1894
Rotating House - turn the salon The Godmakers Herbert  1972
Roujin Z-0001 Robotic Bed - military bed robot Roujin Z Otomo  1991
Roving Bomb - RC weaponry Lost Rocket Wellman  1941
Ro-Womb - enfold the patient. The Dream Master Zelazny  1966
RUMOKO - island builder My Name is Legion Zelazny  1976
Runcible - every page an LCD screen The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995

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Foodini 3D Printer
re: Larry Niven
(11/20/2014)

Parrot Bebop Drone Pairs With Your Smartphone
re: Ray Cummings
(11/19/2014)

SCRIBE Enables Distributed Genomically Encoded Memory
re: Barbara Hambly
(11/18/2014)

Artisanal 3D Printing By Martha Stewart
re: William Gibson
(11/17/2014)

Knightscope Robot Security Guards Ready
re: Philip K. Dick
(11/16/2014)

Bullet-Proof Kevlar Woven Electronics
re: Niven and Barnes
(11/15/2014)

USAF 'BATMAN' Wrist Display
re: Roger Zelazny
(11/14/2014)

CoBots - Collaborative Robots Ask Humans For Help
re: Harry Harrison
(11/13/2014)

Shape-Shifting Carbon Fiber
re: Philip K. Dick
(11/12/2014)

'Digital Drugs' (Like Herbert's Semuta?) Dismays Saudis
re: Frank Herbert
(11/11/2014)

Mind Control Of Gene Expression In Mice
re: Robert Heinlein
(11/10/2014)

Nixie Wrist-Ready Flying Selfie-Cam Drone
re: Karen Traviss
(11/9/2014)

DARPA Wants Airborne Launch Facility For Drones
re: Daniel Suarez
(11/8/2014)

Lit Motors Self-Balancing Motorcycle
re: Bruce Sterling
(11/7/2014)

Neuromorphic Brain-Chip Takes Flight
re: Peter Watts
(11/6/2014)

What Are Robots Thinking?
re: James Cameron
(11/5/2014)

Competing With Blue Collar Robots
re: Harry Harrison
(11/4/2014)

Robot Bartenders At Sea
re: Anthony Boucher
(11/3/2014)

SETI Workshop On Communicating Across The Cosmos
re: James Blish
(11/2/2014)

SEL 3-Fold OLED 9 Inch Display Is Pocket-Sized!
re: William Gibson
(11/1/2014)

Time For A Universal Basic Income?
re: Philip Jose Farmer
(10/30/2014)

Don't Let A Robot Take Your Job Without Compensation
re: John Twelve Hawks
(10/29/2014)

Ginger the LOLbot
re: William Tenn
(10/28/2014)

OSHbot, Lowe's Robotic Shopping Assistants
re: Philip K. Dick
(10/27/2014)

 

 

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