Douglas Adams:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge (UK) in 1952. His most famous work is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; it originally started as a BBC radio series. He was awarded a Golden Pan for Hitchhiker in 1984. He died in 2001 of a heart attack; he was only 49.
Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Absolute Black - so dark, you can't see it
A material so absolutely black that it absorbed all incident light.

Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)

Babel Fish - improbable translator
A living fish which, when placed in your ear, will live there and translate any form of language for you.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Deep Thought - second largest computer
The second-largest computer ever made.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Electric Monk - belief on demand
Robotic device provides belief services.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987)

Electronic Book - more massively useful than a towel
An early reference and description of electronic book hardware and operation.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Gesture-Controlled Device
An electronic device that is controlled by hand gestures.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

GPP Genuine People Personalities
Giving mechanisms their own unique affect.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Infinite Improbability Drive - what are the odds it exists?
Generates a field in which anything, no mater how improbable, can exist.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses
Sunglasses that darken at the sight of danger.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Marvin the Robot - brain the size of a planet
Another fine robot from the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Nutri-Matic - not quite tea
A drink dispenser that scans the person to determine what might go down well.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Self-Satisfied Door - aaaahh!
A door that is much more satisfied with its functionality than it has any right to be.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic - better range than your thumb
A device which senses passing spacecraft; essential tool of interstellar hitchhikers

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Towel - massively useful
A simple scrap of cloth with surprisingly many uses.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

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