Glossary of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
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Device Name Book/Story Author Date
Wabbler - underwater robot The Wabbler Leinster  1942
WAGD Germ Detector - handy hand-held Quantico Bear  2007
Wakeshot Dune Herbert  1965
Waldo - the origin of telefactoring Waldo Heinlein  1942
Walking Fort - a fort with robotic legs The Killing Machine Vance  1964
Walking Mill Bread Overhead! Leiber  1958
Wall-Light Foundation and Empire Asimov  1952
Wandering Mine Half the Day is Night McHugh  1994
Wandering Worlds When Worlds Collide Balmer (w/P. Wylie)  1932
Wango Wave - sign of hyperspace Propagandist Leinster  1947
War-Balloon (Navigable Aerostat) The Angel of the Revolution Griffith  1893
WatchdØg (Watchdog) - guardian for a planet WatchdØg Haldeman  1972
Watchphone Islands in the Net Sterling  1988
Water Bulb The Space Merchants Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
Water Bulb The Space Merchants Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth)  1952
Water Repellent Surface - non-wetting surface Dune Herbert  1965
Water to Cushion Acceleration The Derelicts of Ganymede Campbell  1932
Waterbed (Hydraulic Bed) - a waterbed Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein  1961
Watercouch Beyond the Blue Event Horizon Pohl  1980
Water-Springs From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Watertube Dune Herbert  1965
Waveform Hypothesis - Backbeat - A Novel of Physics Arment  2004
Way Station - galactic station master Way Station Simak  1963
Way Station Materializer Way Station Simak  1963
Weapon Sound Tracker - I hear you Quantico Bear  2007
Wearable White-Noise Generator - urban isolation gear Idoru Gibson  1996
Wearables - computers to go Fast Times At Fairmont High Vinge  2001
Wearables (Wearable Computers) - embroidered circuits Rainbows End Vinge  2006
Weather Integrator - every day perfect Methuselah's Children Heinlein  1941
Weather Machine Slaves of Mercury Schachner  1932
Weather Pod - self-contained meteorology lab Dune: House Harkonnen Herbert  2001
Web (Data Network) - remarkable first use Souvenir Dick  1954
Webcast - first use Armageddon Blues Moran  1987
Webeye - Logitech endpoint The Ringworld Throne Niven  1996
Webfoam Cradle The Man in the Maze Silverberg  1969
Websight - visualize the Net WWW: Wake Sawyer  2009
Week Trees - quick bonsai Wetware Rucker  1988
Weightless Work Area - the ideal workbench Galactic Pot-Healer Dick  1969
Weightlessness - true science fiction discovery From the Earth to the Moon Verne  1867
Weightlessness (Godwin) The Man in the Moone Godwin  1638
Weightlessness (Kepler) Somnium (The Dream) Kepler  1634
Weight-Shoes The World With A Thousand Moons Hamilton  1942
Welton Cube - fine grain storage Time Enough For Love Heinlein  1973
Whale Waldo Sundiver Brin  1979
Wheelchair Space Station - home for the disabled in space Waldo Heinlein  1942
Whisper Line The Stars My Destination Bester  1956
Whispering Gallery Journey to the Center of the Earth Verne  1864
Whologram - word play Super-Toys Last All Summer Long Aldiss  1969
Wholographik Stand on Zanzibar Brunner  1968
Whoopee Drive Space Angel Roberts  1979
Whuffie Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom Doctorow  2003
Wimp - body without a mind Millenium Varley  1983
Wimp Vault Millenium Varley  1983
Wind Power Generation A Journey In Other Worlds Astor IV  1894
Window Wavelength Super-Toys Last All Summer Long Aldiss  1969
Window-Cleaner Robots Rendezvous With Rama Clarke  1972
Window-Willie - robot help for dirty windows The Door Into Summer Heinlein  1956
Windtrap - pure water source Dune Herbert  1965
Winged Rocket Shuttle Between Planets Heinlein  1951
Win-Reducing Gambling Circuit - very sneaky Return Match Dick  1967
Wintermute Neuromancer Gibson  1984
Wire Act Freezone Shirley  1985
Wire Gun Shadow Gold Cummings  1936
Wired Glove Interface Display - gesture interface from Minority Report Minority Report (Movie) Spielberg  2002
Wire-Gun Mobile Suit Gundam Tomino  1979
Wireless Access Point Men Like Gods Wells  1923
Wireless Wrist Intercom - like a cell phone The Shape of Things To Come Wells  1936
Womb Room - return to the control room A World Out of Time Niven  1976
Word Tab - find out more info. Cantata 140 Dick  1964
Worldcraft Bubble The Trouble With Bubbles Dick  1953
Worldweb All Thing Hyperion Simmons  1989
Wreck-Pack The Sargasso of Space Hamilton  1931
Wrist Command - very trek Tides of Light Benford  1989
Wristband Viewer Changeling Zelazny  1980
Wristpad New York 2140 Robinson  2017
Wunderland Treatymaker - peace through power mining Ringworld Engineers Niven  1980

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Is 'The Pulsar Positioning System' Evidence For SETI?
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Humans Use Mental Power For Turtle Slavery
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Solar-Powered Moisture Vaporator
re: George Lucas
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President Trump's Wall As Otra Nation Hyperloop
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Hundreds Of Robot Lawnmowers Invade Texas Town
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Smartflower Solar Panel Unfolds In Video
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3D Printed Prosthetic Coral
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Chowbotics Salad Robot, Sally
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Flying In An Ironman Suit
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(3/17/2017)

Are Observed Radio Bursts An Alien Propulsion Technology?
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(3/16/2017)

Caltech's ET Laboratory Looks For New Earths
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Wink To Magnify View
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