Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
( 3023 Inventions Available)

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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
T.I.E. Fighter (Tie Fighter) - the bane of the rebel resistance in Star Wars Star Wars Lucas  1976
Tacspace The Algebraist Banks  2004
Tagalong In the Bowl Varley  1976
Tag-Along Balloon - find the space station leak Gentlemen, Be Seated Heinlein  1948
Talisman - focus on your hopes Way Station Simak  1963
Talking Bomb - psych warfare Starship Troopers Heinlein  1959
Talking Head - retro output device Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Talking Pamphlet - maybe too convenient Ellison Wonderland Ellison  1974
Talking Robot Robbie Asimov  1940
Talking Speedometer Biddiver Sturgeon  1941
Talking Tape - smart as a brick Distraction Sterling  1998
Tand - an abstract venerated sculpture The Dragon Masters Vance  1962
Tanglefoot Field - non-lethal crowd control The Star Beast Heinlein  1954
Tanks - massive mass storage A Logic Named Joe Leinster  1946
Tannin-Secretion Pills Crashlander Niven  1994
TANSTAAFL - and there isn't The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Heinlein  1966
Taper - interstellar portable Time is the Simplest Thing Simak  1961
Tapeworm Tranquilizer Revolution from Rosinante Gilliland  1981
Taprisiot - galactic long distance calling The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Taprisiot Monitor Bead - last chance to surveil The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Tasp - right where you live Ringworld Niven  1970
Tattletale - predicts the ankle monitor The Game Players of Titan Dick  1963
TBR (Talk Between Robots) Circuit The Midas Plague Pohl  1954
Teaching Chair Rammer Niven  1991
Teakettle - booster rocket Double Star Heinlein  1956
TechnoCore Hyperion Simmons  1989
Tectogenetic Crisis in Utopia Knight  1940
Teddy Super-Toys Last All Summer Long Aldiss  1969
Teddy Bear Robot I Always Do What Teddy Says Harrison  1965
Teep Rod - give me your thoughts Galactic Pot-Healer Dick  1969
Telaudiogram The World With A Thousand Moons Hamilton  1942
Telautograph Ralph 124c 41 + Gernsback  1911
Tele-Audiovized Meeting Exiles of the Moon Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Telebook - words on a screen The Fun They Had Asimov  1951
Telechart - the one indispensable aid Crashing Suns Hamilton  1928
Telechronometer Blowups Happen Heinlein  1940
Teledar - 3D TV The Jester Tenn  1951
Telelubricator - perfectly frictionless The Exalted de Camp  1940
Telemedicine Apparatus - first known reference The Machine Stops Forster  1909
Tele-Motor-Coasters - power skates Ralph 124c 41 + Gernsback  1911
Teleoperated Beetle Car Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Teleoperated Lab Robot Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Teleoperated Robot Surrogate - love via robot The Robot and the Lady Wellman  1938
Telepath Transmitter Agent of Vega Schmitz  1949
Telepathic Transmitter (Telep-transmitter) We Can Remember It For You Wholesale Dick  1966
Telephonic Music Room Looking Backward Bellamy  1888
Telephot - early videophone Ralph 124c 41 + Gernsback  1911
Telepomp (Matter Transmission) - first use The Man Without a Body Mitchell  1877
Telepresence Bulldozer - robotics for remote operation Oath of Fealty Pournelle (w/L. Niven)  1981
Teleprinter Four-Day Planet Piper  1961
Teleradio Control (Hand Flash) Exiles of the Moon Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Telescreen - Big Brother is watching 1984 Orwell  1948
Tele-Screen After Armageddon Flagg  1932
Telespectroscope Cosmic Quest Hamilton  1936
Telestereo - earliest reference to holograms? Crashing Suns Hamilton  1928
Teleview The Phantom Teleview Olsen  1929
Televisiophone Islands of Space Campbell  1931
Televisor The Phantom Teleview Olsen  1929
Telucid If The Sun Died Starzl  1931
Temporary Quarters - interior tents Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Tensile Memory Polarized Matter Babel-17 Delany  1966
Terraforming - remake a planet Collision Orbit Williamson  1941
Tesseract House -And He Built A Crooked House Heinlein  1940
Test Box The Devil's Pocket Hardart  1940
Tether Space Station Tank Farm Dynamo Brin  1983
The Book of the Machine The Machine Stops Forster  1909
The Cosmic Express The Cosmic Express Williamson  1930
The Dip The Meddler Dick  1954
The Hub Worlds of Origin Vance  1958
The Krang - instrument or weapon? The Tar-Aiym Krang Foster  1972
The Machine - supplies every need The Machine Stops Forster  1909
The Machine (M) The Unreconstructed M Dick  1957
The Machines The Evitable Conflict Asimov  1950
The Shed - sf predecessor to the VAB Space Tug Leinster  1953
The Terror Master of the World Verne  1904
The Twonky - original robot The Twonky Padgett  1942
The Veldt - serengeti in the nursery The Illustrated Man Bradbury  1951
Thermalite Planet of Eternal Night Campbell  1939
Thermatite Jurisdiction Schachner  1941
Thermide Parasite Planet Weinbaum  1935
Thermlectrium Blindness Campbell  1935
Thermodyne Heat Ray A Brand New World Cummings  1942
Thigh Grips Space Tug Leinster  1953
Third Eye Daemon Suarez  2009
Thorsen Memory Tube The Door Into Summer Heinlein  1956
Thought Coil (Machine Intelligence) The Revolt of the Machines Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Thought Screen The Emperor of the Stars Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Thought-receptor Vote-counting Machine If The Sun Died Starzl  1931
Thought-Screen - stop alien mind control Gray Lensman Smith  1942
Three Laws of Robotics (Rules of Robotics) - the original robot laws Runaround Asimov  1942
Thumper - rhythmic vibration Dune Herbert  1965
Tickler - clears smog Eurema's Dam Lafferty  1972
Tiered Internet The Shockwave Rider Brunner  1975
Tiersian Therapy Red Orc's Revenge Farmer  1991
Tight-Beam - hard to find Skylark Three Smith  1930
Tik-Talker The Sign of the Tiger Nourse (w/Meyer)  1958
Tik-Tok Ozma of Oz Baum  1907
Time Capsule - time traveler's use them Millenium Varley  1983
Time Dingbat - time machine welfare The Computer Connection Bester  1974
Time Dredge Dr. Futurity Dick  1960
Time Machine - the original The Time Machine Wells  1895
Time Stream Time Stream Taine  1931
Timebroker - trading fungible time Shuteye for the Timebroker Di Filippo  2006
Timeout War Dogs Bear  2014
Timepress - time in a bottle Millenium Varley  1983
Time-Telespectroscope. The Exile of Time Cummings  1931
Time-Warping Construct Lies, Inc. Dick  1964
Tin Cabby (Flying Robotic Taxi) - mechacab Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Tiny Atomic-Power Drive Unit - compact power of the atom The Brain Pirates Campbell  1938
Tiny Nuclear Generator Foundation and Empire Asimov  1952
Tleilaxu Eyes (Metal Eyes) - insectile mechanical eyes Dune Messiah Herbert  1969
TMA-1 - the Tycho monolith 2001: A Space Odyssey Clarke  1968
Toaster Accidental Flight Wallace  1952
Todos Santos Independency - maximize your green space Oath of Fealty Pournelle (w/L. Niven)  1981
Toll Door - pay for entry Ubik Dick  1969
Toner - dead nanobot bits The Diamond Age Stephenson  1995
Tongueprint Verification - touching, not licking Fleet of Worlds Niven (w/E.M. Lerner)  2007
Toothbud Transplant - implanted teeth Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Toposcope Cities in Flight Blish  1957
Torch Farmer in the Sky Heinlein  1950
Torchship - a tail of flame Sky Lift Heinlein  1953
Torpoon Seed of the Arctic Ice Winter  1939
Total Environmental and Mental Simulator - accelerated machine intelligence Crown of Infinity Faucette  1968
Touch Tablet Darwin's Children Bear  2003
Tourist Rocket The Space Merchants Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
Towel - massively useful The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adams  1979
Tower of Glass - SETI architecture Tower of Glass Silverberg  1970
Town In One Building - like an arcology When the Sleeper Wakes Wells  1899
Toy Testing Dummy War Game Dick  1959
Trace Web Souvenir Dick  1954
Tracer-Bird - the birdie watches you Changeling Zelazny  1980
Tracing Glasses - find criminals now Case Closed (Detective Conan) Aoyama  1994
Tracked Vehicle - better than Hummer The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Tracking Bracelet - a high security device Shadowspeer Clayton  1990
Tractatruck The Moon is Hell Campbell  1950
Traction City - not cities in flight Mortal Engines Reeve  2003
Traction City Gut Mortal Engines Reeve  2003
Tractor Beam - pulling force at a distance Space Hounds of IPC Smith  1931
Traffic Control Camera - automatic identification Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Traffic Lane Discharger Sagramanda Foster  2006
Tramline The Mote in God's Eye Niven (w/J. Pournelle)  1974
Tranquilizing Gum Ubik Dick  1969
Transcriber - an automated transcriptionist Second Foundation Asimov  1953
Transdermal Drug Capsule - slap it on Vulcan's Hammer Dick  1960
Transdress - transparent clothing The California Voodoo Game Niven (w/S. Barnes)  1992
Transkin Parasite Planet Weinbaum  1935
Translatophone My Translatophone Stockton  1901
Translator Discs Ringworld Niven  1970
Transmat - instant transport Tower of Glass Silverberg  1970
Transmit Camera Four-Day Planet Piper  1961
Transmit-Paper - first use of this idea The Godmakers Herbert  1972
Transmitter Eyes The Dosadi Experiment Herbert  1977
Transo - teleportation Time is the Simplest Thing Simak  1961
Trans-Oceanic Rocket The Worlds of If Weinbaum  1935
Transparent Flat Panel Display - early flat panel The Shape of Things To Come Wells  1936
Transparent Overalls The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge Harrison  1970
Transparent Platisplasm Cage Babel-17 Delany  1966
Transparent Spherical Ship The Emperor of the Stars Schachner (w. AL Zagat)  1931
Transparent, Frictionless Coating - no stick before teflon Way Station Simak  1963
Trans-Space Transmission The Moon Moth Vance  1976
Trantor - planet city Foundation Asimov  1951
Tree-Grown Wood Gravy Planet Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
Treeship Hyperion Simmons  1989
Tri-D The Morning of the Day They Did It White  1950
Trimagniscope - see inside any object Inherit the Stars Hogan  1977
Trip-Box Eye of Cat Zelazny  1982
Triple Airlock Uller Uprising Piper  1952
Tripod - inhuman robotic ships from Mars! The War of the Worlds Wells  1898
Tri-Type Record - 3D reduced to two The Houses of Iszm Vance  1954
Trode-Net - electrode webbing Mona Lisa Overdrive Gibson  1988
True-Vu Lenses (Goggles) - sneak a peek Earth Brin  1990
Truffle Skins - genetically unique money The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Dick  1965
Tru-Mem Systems We Can Remember It For You Wholesale Dick  1966
Trumpaphone The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years Wilcox  1940
Trumps Nine Princes in Amber Zelazny  1970
Truth Meter - a 50's lie detector The Star Beast Heinlein  1954
Tube Rack Solstice Kelly  1985
Tubular Field of Force The Cometeers Williamson  1936
Tug Space-going version of the ocean vehicle Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Tumblebug - a gyro-stabilized monocycle The Roads Must Roll Heinlein  1940
Tuned-Laser Decontamination - zap just the bad Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax) Sawyer  2003
TW-55 Spy Babel-17 Delany  1966
Twing - twine by NASA Protector Niven  1973
Twist-Box - hack your own reality Wetware Rucker  1988
Twonky - trashes the time stream Millenium Varley  1983
Two-Wheeled Car The Roads Must Roll Heinlein  1940
Two-Wheeled Ground Car - gyro-stabilized First Lensman Smith  1950

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